I have been really looking forward to writing today, but I am not sure I am going to be able to get a good flow going because I have the kids downstairs playing on computers instead of doing wholesome, clever things; a puppy who’s just coming to the end of her nap and a chicken in the oven but we’ll see how things go.
Writing feels like an indulgence to me because it is pure selfish time. I’m not doing it for anyone else, just me, but I do have a master plan. If you read my post from yesterday (don’t blame you if you didn’t!) you will know that I have a completely impractical and unsustainable career. I am an animator at the beck and call of Aardman (now that I am done with travelling for my pay packet). So, if Aardman have work in, it is fairly likely that I will be involved but if they don’t, then I’m just waiting and not earning money. I am waiting to start their next feature and am booked from the end of May and in the mean time trying to pick up whatever stop motion jobs are happening down at Gas Ferry Road, which sadly are very few and far between these days. So I am wracking my brains to stay creative. I have an idea, a series of ideas for a kids’ show and of course because I am a stop motion animator, I have always thought I would do it stop motion, but as it develops (slowly, painfully) the more I think it is suited to a different format, possibly books, CGI or even an app/educational tool. I guess I really must decide what it is going to be before I really get stuck into the writing. I can see it being appealing as a series of kids’ books, but it is NOT a particularly original setting and fear that it might be rejected before it is even read. But I do believe it has something that will appeal, especially at the moment with the rejuvenated interest in science for kids and space in particular. I am also very fond of the lead character- she is independent, strong, intelligent and charming and I don’t simply want her to disappear because ‘space’ is an instant turn off. However, I am slightly seduced by the idea of it being an educational tool for the computer/ app device. I can imagine it could reach out to boys and girls of primary school age and get them interested in asking questions about the universe and what is in front of them. I like the idea of it being a club, possibly at the end of the garden out of view from the grown ups, where our heroine has her ‘station’. She and her friends ask questions and from their station they observe the world around them. WHAT is the point of me writing this if I feel I can’t relax and give the details. I am worried that if I publish this and someone reads it and thinks it is the most incredible idea they have ever read and pinch it?? Look Fagan- no one’s going to read this so relax!!!
Ok tomorrow- you’ll get some details.