Evidence of Evil

No copyright infringement intended, these are stills, photographed from the television by my girlfriend, of yours truly in the CBSReality show Evidence of Evil.

It was an interesting experience. If you haven’t seen the show, you can’t hear any of the actors talk, but we all had to improvise the sort of dialog that might really be in those situations. I played the lead detective, so when I interviewed suspects, I had to really interview them.

Of course, my dream job would be a part in Star Trek: Picard. Come on CBS; two bald men in one show, you can’t possibly miss!

 

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High Jinks Ensue

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This is a very long post and I feel it says very little. I’m telling you this now so you don’t feel diminished later on. Really, I’ve read two books that left me feeling I’d lost something by reading them. This is only a blog post, but still…

There’s definitely something to be said for taking a long time to finish a book – ok, it depends on the book, taking years to write an Agatha Christie would be a bit much, not least because she’s already written them so there’s really no point.

Anyway, I’ve been writing the book I’m currently working on for what, until today, I felt was far too long. I actually don’t remember when I started! That exclamation mark is for dear Agatha, I think she got a job lot and wanted to get her money’s worth!

I remember when I first wrote the story. It began as a movie. Through a friend I made my first Hollywood connection with an agent. Said agent would be happy to look at my work. That I had never written a screenplay didn’t matter to me. I bought a copy of some movie, I don’t remember, it was twenty years ago. 

Copying the format, I wrote the greatest movie anyone had ever written. It was the story of a has-been movie star who, attempting to revive his career, put himself up as a prize in a competition. High jinks ensue.

It was turned down as not being high concept enough to take to a studio. A few years later I nearly threw up when Win a Date with Tad Hamilton was released. That does not mean my script was ripped off, I got the idea from Tony Curtis’ autobiography in which he wrote about the time he was a prize in a competition, and, if memory serves, had to go and live with a family for two weeks.

Well, that Hollywood dream fell apart when the agent fell out with the person who had put me in touch, and I was released back into the wild.

But what I wanted to tell you about is the value of taking your time when writing. I wrote many different versions of that movie script, and even published one through Createspace. I think it even sold a copy, although many more people downloaded it for free. Sometime ago I started to turn it into a standard novel and I’m currently on the third draft.

Working on it tonight, I found myself analyzing each sentence as if it were poetry, while at the same time searching for the truth of the character. That’s not to say I didn’t do the best job I could with the books I have already out, but there’s something very satisfying about simply sitting there and looking at a sentence  that zings! (Dear Agatha) 

I don’t know how many more drafts before it’s finished, but I’m looking forward to writing them. Who knows, by the time it’s finished, I might even be able to play the violin I currently can’t even get to stay in tune.

Lost Voices

 

I found this tonight. It’s the closing speech from Lost Voices, Ballyfermot Festival’s 1916 centenary production, in collabration with the now sadly defunct Ballyfermot Theatre Workshop. The play was based on Joe Duffy’s book Children of the rising.

Monotypes

Hi,

I’m selling these monotypes €30 each. They’re approx 11×14″ 279 x 355 mm, mounted with a white back.

Message me if you’re interested.

Pissing on the GPO

Pissing on the GPO

This wasn’t meant to be a political piece, but when I started thinking about it I didn’t see how it could be anything else.

I think it’s finished, but as usual they can only be abandoned, so I hope I’m abandoning this at the right time.

Let’s call it an early version.

Style Tips for Psychos

style tips for psychosI thought I’d try marketing this book and see what happens. At the moment I don’t really know what I’m doing, which might yet turn out to be a good thing.

 

Share your style tips in the comments.

Fun with the Elections

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I’m not on the ballot, but don’t let that stop you from voting for me on May 24.
I’m due to be evicted before that, so I might not even have a say.

It’s also worth keeping in mind the fact that if we have a largely corrupt political system, it’s because we have a largely corrupt electorate.

If you vote for someone based on your own self-interest, rather than who will be good for the community, don’t be surprised, and don’t complain, when their career is governed by their own self-interest.

That said, however you vote, vote

Check the register here.