CAN I HAVE MORE TIME PLEASE?
I wish there were more hours in the day; more minutes in the hours; more seconds in the minutes! Or maybe I just need to manage my time better and actually do some bloody writing instead of practical, boring and mundane stuff like the washing, cleaning and ironing. Or instead of more pleasurable stuff like helping Yana with her homework, taking her to the park/beach/Easter egg hunts/play dates/the woods?!? Having said that, you don’t need to sit down at your PC or with pen and paper to write a story or come up with a great idea:
Whilst walking through the woods the other day Yana and I came up with a great story: I had told Yana that when I was her age, I used to go into the woods and talk to these strange kind of fairies called Crystalyte fairies, they lived in the large oak tree at the foot of the woods. When the sun rose in the morning it would shine on the tree and all the crystals that were perched on the end of each branch would be visible and would shine brightly, giving light and energy to the tree and the underground passages beneath – but they are only visible to humans for one minute during sunrise, and only a few humans at that, ones especially chosen by the Crystalyte fairies, and I was one of these humans! The fairies told me that when I had a daughter I was to take her to meet them when she turns 7 (which she did recently). Well, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so excited and animated. I took her to the tree and she started talking to it, asking the fairies to come out and play, it was the cutest thing in the world, but how was I to get out of this one??? Luckily I didn’t have to, we saw quite a few moth type creatures that fluttered by us quick as a flash! That was it, Yana was convinced they were the Crystalytes and they had come out of the tree to say hello to her. It was absolutely magical, and we sat down and started talking about them and their ‘world’. We came up with crystal names for them all and even developed some basic personality traits – Topaz is a feisty warrior, who protects the tree from intruders using her magical topaz crystal wand sword or sword wand (we haven’t decided yet), she doesn’t take any shit from anyone, but behind her tough exterior is a reluctant kindness and a very big heart. Then there’s Kimberlite, a total hypochondriac who doesn’t like the ‘outside’ world as there are lots of things that can make her ill – Topaz gets very frustrated with her! Then there is the Crystalyte Romeo called Malachite, a dark and handsome fairy who likes the limelight and fancies himself as a bit of an entertainer. There is of course a Crystalyte hierarchy, and right at the top are the King and Queen, Obsidian and Niccolite.
We made up about ten more characters and I’m eventually going to write an animation film, once I come up with some good storylines.
So, back to what I really should be working on, my Major Project and my Short Script. My MP as taken a back seat lately so next week when I’m in Scotland visiting Yana’s dad, I’m going to let him take over parental duties and get stuck into my secondary characters and their subplots – really excited, can’t wait. I’m also going to write the final outline for my Short Script, which I’ve turned on its head and swapped around the characters and their storylines. Again, really excited about it as I’m going back to my first love and making it a theatre piece.
On another note, I’ve been re-reading So You Want to be a Playwright by Tim Fountain. It’s an excellent read and a must for any budding or established Playwright, in my opinion. I also ordered Ten Traits of Faulty Dialogue by Robert McKee which arrived yesterday so can’t wait to get stuck into that too. But before all that, I’m going to enjoy Easter weekend with my family. I’m planning to go on an Easter Egg hunt, collect shells on the beach and eat lots of chocolate! Then I’ll start my work :o) Happy Easter everyone!! xxx