Recently, I have been mostly doodling.
I find doodling very relaxing. Below is a drawing I did of Darwin College, Cambridge (my old college). I also drew a wheelbarrow in the grounds of Jesus College.
There is something about nature that I love to draw. I don't tend to draw people. I leave those to the world of words in my head. They seem to be always talking, talking, talking at me. So would never sit still long enough to be able to draw.
Having said all that, my next project is to draw Professor Elizabeth Green, Godric and Inspector Abley. You will be the judge of my success when you see them.
In the meantime, hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine in the UK. And for those around the world, I wish you a happy weekend.
Recently, I have been finishing a script. I wanted to set the story in Cornwall and it was great to visit all the locations I included. I have been revisiting some of the photos from my last time there, just to check I represent the place accurately.
When you write scripts for TV, you never know if they will be made. You hope, but if you are like me and don't have a TV agent, the dream becomes even harder.
I have found that I don't need an agent to publish my novels, and they have done well, but TV is a different game.
There are many competitions, however, for budding TV and film writers, where you can find ways onto the ladder without one at the start. One of the best place to check out the opportunities if you are in the UK is the BBC Writersroom.
I was lucky enough to work there for six months, and they were lovely people. I am absolutely sure nothing has changed. The core reason it exists is to find new writers and encourage them on their journey.
So, if you are thinking about it, why not give it a try?
Sometimes writers are asked what they do in their spare time? Write of course!
But when I'm not writing I'm either walking the dog, playing the piano, watching TV or drawing.
I'm increasingly turning to music and art to relax. I don't know if it is the time of my life. Reflective rather than hurried, but they bring me closer to my own emotions and at the same time I feel more connected to this crazy beautiful world.
So, I thought I'd share my scribbles on www.lovelydayart.com
I've never really spoken about why I draw, paint or scribble. Sometimes I do it when I'm sad about the world. Sometimes I do it when I'm thinking about a plot. But, every time I do it I feel great.
I highly recommend picking up a pencil and scribbling. I got started years ago doing the same. Then I bought procreate for my phone and used to scribble when I was on the train or waiting for a meeting.
Love to you all, hoping you have found the thing that makes you happy. One of my scribbles below, of which you can find out how I drew them on YouTube here.