Wednesday 29 April 2009

Twittering Heck - Third Day

I work during the day apart from Mondays, and I've all next week off, on annual leave...YEAH! So...I've come straight home from work & donned the flighty Francine's (fragharpy's) skin for yet another evening's Twitterooo. Surprising how easy it is to get straight into character, especially as all the other characters are interacting & helping shape one another. I like when they ask the RIGHT kind of questions!

Tuesday 28 April 2009

Tweeting - Twitter Play Second Day

I think things are shaping up...characters are coming to life in Real Time. It's strange, it's weird, but it's quite exhilarating. You can see that people are thinking on their feet, they're having to.

Mini sub-plots are forming, Spidery tangents are webbing together in intricate formation. There's also a lot of random stuff, and that's the way Twitter works.

So far, I'm loving it...

Monday 27 April 2009

Twitter News - I Play Character B!

After two weeks of nonsensical Tweeting on Twitter, I'm pleased & proud to say that I'm one of the chosen writers to write the part of Francine Harpur, a London based fragrance designer & freelance 'nose'. Lasting for two weeks, it all kicked off today, & so far it's going really well. I find myself 'being' this character & have imagined Lisa Goddard's character (remember the lovely Lisa?) in ITV's 'Yes Honestly' to be quite similar to Francine.

Follow my updates if you like: see the 'Follow Me' link under fragharpy on this Blog sidebar. I'm also on Twitter as my 'real' ID, Antoniablue, but have suspended the 'Follow' tag on this name for now.

It's going to be fun, a blast, a real experience.

Will update about its progress by the day.

Tuesday 21 April 2009

I Was Able to Change the 'About Me' Section!

...From "Hoping to become a full time MA Creative Writing student with Lancaster University..." TO...Well, see for yourself!

Yes! Lancaster University Here I Come!

Had word today that I've been offered a place on the MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster. I am so, so, pleased. I start in October 2009, and will Blog about the whole experience.

How's that song go? This could be the start of something good!!!

Friday 10 April 2009

Happy Easter!

Hope you all have a great time this Easter, whether you're DOING stuff, or just lounging the holiday away.

Some Easter facts and non-facts:

A child born on Good Friday and baptised on Easter Sunday has the gift of healing.

Many fishermen will not set out for catch on Good Friday.

Bread or cakes baked on this day will not go mouldy.

Eggs laid on Good Friday will never go bad.

The planting of crops is not advised on this day, as an old belief says that no iron should enter the ground (i.e. spade, fork etc.).

Hot cross buns baked on Good Friday were supposed to have magical powers. It is said that you could keep a hot cross bun which had been made on Good Friday for at least a year and it wouldn't go mouldy.

Hardened old hot cross buns are supposed to protect the house from fire

Sailors took hot cross buns to sea with them to prevent shipwreck.

A bun baked on Good Friday and left to get hard could be grated up and put in some warm milk to stop an upset tummy.

Having a hair cut on Good Friday will prevent toothaches the rest of the year.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Wouldn't you know it, all the hairdressers are on holiday! Ouch! That rotten molar!

Trailer For Duncan Jones's MOON Film

Must Watch: Phenomenal Trailer for Duncan Jones's Moon! It looks really good.


Thursday 9 April 2009

Reasons to be


Hurry, Hurry, Hurry!


Yes, I'm finally Tweeting on Twitter. You can follow me by clicking the Follow Me link on the right hand side of this Blog.

It's an experience...unusual...exhilarating...informative...crazily ubelieveably mad as a hatter...Alice in Wonderland...and I feel like I'm through the looking glass...

Sunday 5 April 2009

Eastenders - The Danielle Episode!


I've loved the whole Danielle/Ronnie storyline, but to be frank, I was getting a little bit tired of the will she tell, won't she tell dragging-it-out scenario. Yes, it was great each time she almost told Ronnie: "You're. My. Mother!" Archie lied his socks off saying he'd told Ronnie, then he hadn't, then he had. So frightened was he that Ronnie would find out that he lied about Danielle having died years ago, that he was prepared to KILL Danielle. I thought that showed the measure of our Archie, really, really well.

So, I was pleased when the biggie finally happened. I thought the dramatic writing was excellent, the acting superb, the directing wonderful. That wedding reception in a transformed Vic, was so realistic, from the background soothing music, to Billy and his attempt at a best-man speech.

I almost sobbed when Ronnie chased after Danielle, and said: "Baby." Wow. The car accident was realistic, and I found myself screeching at the screen: "NO! NO! NO!" God, I wanted that girl to live.

Or did I?

What would the aftermath have been like if she'd lived? Okay, she could have been in a coma for a while. We could have watched as Ronnie tootled along to the orspital with flowers and tears. Would that have been dragging it out again? Yes, I think so. What then? Wake from the coma? Saunter into the sunset hand in hand?

But what about the dramatic conflict?

What about Ronnie's character? She's cold, vulnerable underneath it all, damaged goods, and that's what I LIKE about her.

If she'd lived and Ronnie and Danielle had attempted some kind of relationship, it would have had to have gone wrong, or not live up to expectations, or SOMETHING, because where's the drama in that? Where's our wounded Ronnie?

Happy endings? Yes, sometimes, and there are plenty on tv, some in Eastenders too, though they tend not to remain happy for long - or they aren't without their conflicts. But that's Eastenders, and if you look at most of the other British soaps, they're exactly the same.

Take Coronation Street: We have alcoholic Peter Barlow, Steve and Becky's wedding gone wrong, dastardly David Platt who once tried to murder his mother, and much, much more. But Coronation Street is a gentler soap, for all that conflict. It just is. And there's more comedy in the Street. In Eastenders there's more dramatic tension, but there's irony there, black humour. I love it.

More on this later.