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Looking Forward

For as long as I can remember, and especially lately, I've been down on myself.

I've been through a lot of change in the past year: asexuality, finding out about HSP, sleep issues, depression, anxiety, oversharing this at times (maybe now) and not respecting friends' boundaries (truly sorry).

I've always thought that I wasn't capable of great things, that my disability would hold me back, and define me as nothing and not worthy of anyone or anything.

I'm taking steps to be a better me today than I was yesterday. I've started using the headspace app, started using brain training apps, started losing weight again, and retimed my medication which seems to have solved my sleep issues.

I always thought that I wanted to do brave and adventurous things, but never had the confidence to do them and took the easier path instead. But this past weekend, while I was watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, there was a character who expressed the same feelings, and the response to that character was that she did something brave and adventurous. What she did, I did. I've written it on a Post-It note so whenever I'm feeling unsure, or insecure I can remember:


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Eastbound & Down…

Loaded up and truckin'

We got a long way to go and a short time to get there...

See y'all on the other side.

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Sketch Writing Submissions

This past few weeks have been fairly busy, both work and writing wise.

I've managed to submit to 3 different shows over the past week or so. (And I've even managed to write a short story and send that off to a literary magazine.)

In all, I have written 15 sketches over the past 3 weeks.

I submitted 8 to The Show What You Wrote (The deadline passed on February 28th. Show will be broadcast in August.)
I submitted 5 to 4am Cab Series 3. (Usually released on the first of the month, for 6 months, from April onwards.)
And I have submitted 2 sketches and 9 one liners for Newsjack, which got sent off on Sunday. (The show is broadcast tomorrow, but there are 5 more that can be submitted to. Find more info here.)

So this is why I haven't written much stuff with variety on the website for a while. (And because I haven't done any improv gigs since January.)

But hopefully, now I have a little writing mojo, I'll be a bit more prolific.

Until next week, toodles.

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Blog Update!


You might have noticed that the writing has slowed a little here over the past few months. (Like the Friday jokes and such.) Well, in the next few weeks I shall be trying to rectify that. In an effort to kick start my own writing, I entered the NYC Midnight short screenplay competition. (See last week's blog post.) I got eliminated after the 2nd challenge. (I'll post that script soon.) In the meantime I working on my topical sketch abilities for the next series of Newsjack (which should be in February).
So as soon as I pull my finger out and write some new stuff, I'll be posting it. (Whether it be scripts, short stories, or even random shit that you all love me for.) Check back soon.

For now though, courage!

(Or you can have fun with this phrase generator that I found on the Internet. Or this writing exercises website.)

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Newsjack Record To Date

Tonight's episode of Newsjack brings series 7 to a close after 6 episodes.

It also marks the 30th episode I have submitted material to. I've submitted material to every episode since series 3 episode 1.

Since I didn't get an email today about the final episode of series 7, I can safely say that none of the 5 one liners I submitted made the script to be recorded. (If your stuff is recorded you receive an email on Thursday after the final edit has been completed. The email will either say one of two things: Your stuff was recorded but cut for time or your material made the final edit. In neither instance do they let you know what material made the script.)

Here is a breakdown of my submission record for each series:

Series 7 (br. 20th Sep - 25th Oct 2012), 6 episodes: 1 - 0 - 5.

Series 6 (br. 23rd Feb - 29th Mar 2012), 6 episodes: 1 - 0 - 5.

Series 5 (br. 15th Sep - 20th Oct 2011), 6 episodes: 0 - 1 - 5.

Series 4 (br. 10th Feb - 17th Mar 2011), 6 episodes: 0 - 0 - 6.

Series 3 (br. 17th Jun - 22nd Jul 2010), 6 episodes: 0 - 0 - 6.

Total record:

Series 3 to series 7 (2010 - 2012), 30 episodes: 2 - 1 - 27.

(Key: Broadcast Credit - cut for time email - nothing used.)

I'm pleased that I was able to get a second overall credit this series, but I'll be honest and say that I was hoping for 2 credits this series as it would indicate that at least I was improving and writing more of the kind of material that they wanted. But a credit is a credit, and a 6.67% success rate is better than nothing at all. And the only way to get better is to keep going.

So let's see if I can increase my 2 credits (S06E06 and S07E01) in series 8 next February.

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Reaching A Milestone

This past weekend was a fun one, I got to go to London to do Hoopla improv, but I also realised that in some ways it was a sad one, too.

Why? That's easy. As I prepared my Mundane Monday post for this week, I realised that my website has reached a fair number of hits:

I'm really pleased about that, but then i also saw the mileage on my car this weekend too:

That's right, the mileage on my car is now more than the number of hits on my website. And if there are any policemen reading out there, my readership is capable of clicking on website links faster than I can drive miles in my car. Especially since I've had my car less than a year and the website has been up and running since August 2009.

So let's see what we can do, shall we folks? I'll strive for interesting content (not this post, obviously) and you'll get a clickin'. And who knows? Maybe there might be a free give away in the future of this website.

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Onwards and Upwards

So the 50 Kisses shortlist was announced. And I didn't make that. Then the final 50 winners were announced. I wasn't on that list, either.

That's too bad. I can't say I'm not disappointed. I'll take a positive that I actually made the longlist, though.

I just have to keep going, both with the writing (which I don't find myself enjoying at the moment) and the improv (which I do enjoy). Things will get better.

Like most things in my life, I struggle with them. I don't know why I expected these two things in my life to be any different.

So now, it's time to knuckle down and try even harder.

I'm currently doing the Sketch Writing course with ComedySportz again. Time to really focus on it and get my funny down on paper.

Beyond that, in the next few months:

  1. There's the return of Newsjack. Can I get another £18 of my Licence Fee back?
  2. I've booked to go to London on Saturday October 13th for a Hoopla Impro workshop on Character. I've always enjoyed those workshops and this, the fourth time I've been, should be no different. Previous workshops I've attended have been on Genres (Saturday March 3rd 2012), Improv for Sketch Writing (Saturday July 7th 2012) and Game of Scene (Saturday July 21st 2012).
  3. As a group, Beware The Gnomes are trying to arrange some live sketch / improv gigs to complement the filmed stuff we have done, which should be fantastic.
  4. I'm even going to try and set myself a goal of having some new fiction here once a month.

So keep checking back in to see if I'm holding myself to my own promises.

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Announcement: Starship Improvise is no more.

Due to internal politics, Starship Improvise is no more.

And that means there will be no gig on June 21st. You may proceed with your life as normal that day.

I can't say that I'm not disappointed, but hopefully future projects will be more fruitful.

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Takin’ It Easy In Torquay

This past week (on Wednesday) I was sent to Torquay as a last minute thing for work.

The weather was nice, so I thought that I'd put up some of the photos that I took while I was there.

The view from the car park upon arrival:

This was the view from, and around, the bench that I sat on for lunch:

Torquay Harbour:

Me at Torquay Harbour:

More Harbour:

As I was down in Torquay over night, the next morning, after Breakfast, we ventured down to Ansteys Cove.

And that pretty much counts as my summer holiday this year.

Last week was a very, very good week in my life. Lots of good things happened, and this was a nice little seaside bonus.

Catch you next time,


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You've done it with me 10,000 times.

Thank you.

And you've given it to me 5,000 more times in just ten and a half months since I posted this little ode to 5,000 hits.

Amazing stuff!

I've had a lot of lows and a couple of highs over the past 10 months, and at least they are proving interesting enough reading.

The best thing to happen to me over the last 10 months has certainly been, in order, going to New York and doing improv 101 at UCB, going to London for the first time since 2004 to meet a friend and do an improv workshop, getting my first ever proper improv gig with the fine people of Wow Impro, getting my first BBC writing credit, and actually getting an invite to to the Wedding of the Century. The awesomeness of the event was conveyed on everyone's face:

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy.

L-R: Me, Bron (The Bride) and Stefania.

Here's to the next set of exciting adventures that await me.

And remember, the faster you click, the less i'll have done, so the shorter the 15K milestone blog post will be.

Until next time,


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