Saturday, October 14, 2006


Hello. Thought it might be a good opportunity to mop up a few loose threads (mixed metaphor there). I did get that Phantom prose story finished. In fact it was approved by King Features (who own the character) without changes, which doesn’t happen every day. And plucky Scotchland did visit the Ukraine and were given a 2-0 beating for their troubles. Ah it was tough watching it. All I can say is Scotchland don’t play their next competitive game until next March and I thank the Lord for that.

It’s probably worth mentioning what I’m doing at the moment. It’s another prose story for Moonstone to be presented in Widevision, where you have text and illustrations. All you Brits out there of a particular vintage need not think beyond the ‘Rupert the Bear’ newspapers strips for an idea of what I mean. Final format is still up in the air I suppose and won’t be fully decided until I get the fecker done. It’s set in the Wild West with the working title of ‘The Last Posse’ featuring a number of characters including Wyatt Earp, Belle Starr, and Geronimo all coming together to battle an ancient threat imperiling a Western town. I should be finishing the first draft in the next week or so. The word count at the moment is heading above 15000. It’s a big and ambitious job and if I do any more prose I’m in real danger of being considered a proper writer, but oh Lordy if you have a couple of moments feel free to wish me well on it.

So what are you up to at the moment?

7 comments:

Khayem said...

A busy couple of months for me: new job, two weeks in sunny Bulgaria, not to mention an unexpected and unwelcome bout of shingles (would definitely recommend pebbledashing as an alternative). And "The Hoff" seems to have snuck into the music charts whilst I was out of the country. My blog's in need of a stiff drink.

Jim Alexander said...

Khayem here has a rather nifty blog, very enjoyable and reassurably eclectic. He's neglected it a little recently for fairly understandable reasons (shingles! shingles!) but I do miss it so.

Check it out on:

http://khayem.blogspot.com

Khayem said...

At least you didn't repeat the chorus of "Shingle Bells" that greeted me on my return to work. Oh, the hilarity.

Tom64 said...

Good luck with the writing. Let us hope it is more successful than your football team!

Are you still going with the four hundred words a day or have your become more spurty?

Jim Alexander said...

The 400 words a day concept comes from acclaimed author Graham Greene. It doesn't seem a lot but a Monday to Friday shift'll deliver you 2000 words. It's actually quite difficult and, no, I haven't slavishly stuck to it. I did 290 words yesterday. Sometimes I do well in excess of the target although to be fair such occasions are as rare as Scottish football teams victories in Italy (oh wait 'haven't the mighty Teddy Bears just won in Livorno' I hear you cry). But the story is getting there. It's getting there.

Bobman said...

"Anyhoo better go as Johnny Mnemonic is on the tele."

That is a sentence that has never before been said- ever!

Jim Alexander said...

You better believe it true believer!

What's wrong with Johnny Mnemonic anyway?