For all those out there who haven't read it - you must. Most people I know will find it really insightful, but especially so if you're female, are not 25, have kids AND wish to carry on working in TV/Film! Gosh - who would have thought? What a mad combo! Mad, I say..!
I think I can just about make you out in that dusty corner which was behind the Christmas tree. Never mind, I'll get the vacuum out and then you'll be all sparkly and new again.
Anyway, here's to 2013. It couldn't be any weirder than 2012, could it?
Well, life's funny little seesaw really went to town on me last year: professionally - higher than mean average, personally - lower than sea level. In fact I nearly drowned in emotion, but hey - I'm still here.
So, 2013? The year that all changes. A big huge shift in everything. I have intentionally cut back on projects as I have come to realise there is only one me and I can't actually do everything at once - I certainly can't work with/for others on a promise of finance 'at some point'. I do actually need to eat and The Kid needs shoes. More than anything, I know what I can do; I know my abilities and limits; I also know my worth.
The first time this "year-not-planned-out" struck me was when someone asked me what I was kicking the new year off with - I replied with a "Ummm, we'll see" and a shrug. Shock, horror. Was I 'just' becoming a Mummy? Ummm, no - although that would be quite enough on its own. I am fortunate to have some amazing work stuff going on, however, I have made a lot of big adjustments but actually, they work and are pretty good, all the same. I have cut away a lot of the driftwood that has weighed me down or held me back over the years and now every move I make has to count personally and professionally. It's all for me and The Kid, and we're quite a team.
I was going to write a hugely long post about work/life balance, life losses through over-work, working 'clever' and how sometimes PEOPLE are more important, but you know what - that lovely guy, Philip Bloom, beat me to it. When I first read his post I could have thought, "Oh bugger I was going to say lots of that..." but instead I smiled and said, "Cheers, Phil - I'm going to write a quick 2013 post, switch off and then play Lego with my little boy." Thanks, mate!
Happy New Year all. Make this the beginning of your new era. I know I will.
It is finally Halloween - and as promised, here is the "How To Be Dead" pilot.
We really hope you enjoy our general silliness and want more, so in the meantime, please feel free to keep on re-watching this pilot episode if you really do enjoy it. You may not realise, but the numbers and analytics behind all this really do matter - it shows us where you are in the world and if we've done something right (or wrong - but hopefully not!).
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Here we are then: the time is almost upon us, and How To Be Dead is ready to be born. Of course, no-one will see it until it goes live next Wednesday, 31st October; no-one that is except me and Dave, who will probably drive ourselves utterly bonkers with stupid irrational nit-picky quibbles that do not qualify for any time spent thinking about them. But we will.
I hate this 'calm' period.
This is the bit where we've all done as much as we can but no-one has seen it. It's the ultimate diet part of production when 7lbs falls off for no apparent reason. It's the time when I struggle to sleep for more than 3 hours solid at any given point. It's the "Should I have done xyz?" era.
Talking of tea - if you are at the London Screenwriters Festival pre-reg drinks tonight, we'll be chatting on the 'Break on Through' panel. Do say 'Hi' if you're there. Failing that, we'll both be around and about the festival most of the weekend anyway. See you there.