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January 18, 2018

LA is an interesting place.  Winter is 80 degrees and sunny, there's a raccoon eating out of our bins and sex has always been and always will be currency here.

I've been in meetings most of the week and everyone has a view on the Aziz story on babe.net.  To say that opinion is divided is a massive understatement.  New York Times says just bad sex, Atlantic goes harder, Guardian and Huff Post have a different take again and Samantha Bee says that if Aziz is a feminist, he should fuck like one.

In true Carrie Bradshaw style... "It got me thinking..."

While it's clear that...

January 2, 2018

So it's January 1st here and I've just woken up from my nap.  I tend to be of the opinion that a year begins on the second and the first is a kind of free pass, a recovery day from the previous evening or even, the previous year.

2017 was a pivotal year.  It consisted of five apartments, involved visits to eight countries and three US States.  It was a year of achievements, few greater than locking in US visa status and in October, finally making it to Santa Monica, LA, almost fourteen years to the day from my first paid writing gig.  Typically, I promised I woul...

October 4, 2017

It has felt like a career has flown by just getting here and the better part of the last year was spent compiling the 300 pages of evidence for the O1B Visa. It is no exaggeration that in the process of submission, processing and reprocessing by the Writer's Guild of America, The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and finally US Immigration itself has been the better part of a year of grind.

So yes, after ten years in the business, three completed feature film credits, six years of University Lecturing in London and Amsterdam and a whole separate consultin...

May 5, 2017

The really shoddy thing about being a progressive is the fact that you are, on some level, always expected to turn the other cheek.  We can't question certain ideas because 'everyone is entitled to their opinion' even if that opinion is dull as mince or purchased by a political and media machine that doesn't bother with ideas but plays exactly the hand that will allow it to triumph under the existing system.

I'm a political optimist, but I've had it.  The frankly moronic behaviour of our Prime Minister and senior politicians has gone beyond any ability I have just to chill...

May 3, 2017

In the age of spin, there's always a battle for the winning soundbite. As I sit in the US and watch the clown car derby that is Donald Trump in office, you can watch as each simple idea, simple solution and 'read my lips' promise splatters against the wall of reality.  Government is hard...  big revelation for those who serve, unless we're willing to assume a certain level of complication as standard - to give the benefit of the doubt to people doing a difficult thing.  This most people would do, if only they didn't keep telling us how simple the answers are....

February 24, 2017

Forgive me, those of you who have followed the daily blog.  That spaceship held together Millennium Falcon-like across the first 20 or so, better than I would have ever imagined, and certainly longer than my plan to do thirty push ups each morning.  But the crazy energy and music of the last insane, life-changing six months finally stopped last week.  I left Amsterdam, and my funny offbeat life there with its dear friends who helped me through so much.  I left with the confidence of someone who has moved often.  New places, new countries, new languages... none of it intim...

February 10, 2017

The more eagle-eyed among you will notice that operation 100 blogs has taken a battering this week.  I'm in Amsterdam on a mini lecturing tour, as well as taking the chance to properly say goodbye to a city and its many amazing, warm and kind people I really connected with over the last 18 months.

I've been bringing myself back to life - back in the classroom delivering my first Master's lecture at the University of Amsterdam, running weekend screenwriting intensives for the Mulholland Film Academy.  I've also been back on the squash court and even on the tennis court...

February 5, 2017

The journey is underway!  The next week will see me embark on a three venue teaching tour with a double weekend masterclass at Mulholland academy and my first guest lecture at the University of Amsterdam.  From there it will be Wow Air to Iceland before landing in San Francisco as my base for work meetings for the next few weeks.  

The first leg of the journey has also allowed me to reflect on my home away from home for the last 18 months. Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a very distinct culture.  As some of my friends are quick to point out, that culture is no...

February 3, 2017

Dear PR Hackers,

So, it turns out I'm now a 'Content Hacker'.  That's a bit of a thing to find out at 33, on an idle Tuesday and after having been called pretty much everything else in the writing space (Including some pretty graphic stuff as befits my savage Celtic heritage) 

Aside from that new identity crisis, (Thanks for that) I'm interested to know if there's a Content Hacking dress code?  Would I have to wear roller blades, leather and sneakers like a 90's style hacker and get 'Access Denied' tattooed somewhere unpleasant in big red Helvetica letters?  I hope not...

January 29, 2017

Who What Where Why When

Why I am blessed to walk in worlds where walls and souls are wrought with words 
To work and walk a wandering way so when I close the page they'll stay
The same, await that moment when I wander by that way again
What welcome will they give me? Warm?  I hope, but stay well braced for scorn
As when I'm gone their world stops dead - They wile away the hours in dread
I won't return to work their world, their moon unwaxed, their pages curled
By wonton wild distraction's flight - the things I'd rather do than write
Or worse that my attentions may drift...

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May 3, 2017