So 2010 turned out to be a bit of a weird one for my writing, with the Arms Race short film rather taking over all my spare creative time. That turned out great but by the time it premiered back in November it was absolutely time to get back to doing what I love the most: writing.

Another It’s A Trap! project was gearing up just as Arms Race was winding down, namely the audio drama The Ravenskil Chronicles. Most easily (an inaccurately) described as a 1920s-set X-Files, it’s from the same people that made Jack Steel such a pulpy success but with a very different remit. The most noticeable change in approach is to have a team of writers, rather than Chris Burdett writing every episode.

As such, I’m penning episode 3 and have thoroughly enjoyed doing so. The first draft was completed just before Christmas and I’ve now completed the second, which is much more trim with a lot of fat removed and dialogue tweaked. There will doubtless be a third draft following some more feedback, and once the other scripts start to come together there will be a process of getting them all in sync.

Meanwhile, I’ve also started work once more on Of Rock And Earth – it’s so nearly finished in first draft form. Once that’s done I can go back to Evinden and – fainlly, at long last – get it into a publishable state.

While other projects will no doubt appear during 2011, I’m determined to keep it as primarily a ‘year of writing’. A few mini-test films wouldn’t go amiss, but major projects are out of bounds until I’ve got these two books finished.

More on all three projects (Ravenskil, Of Rock And Earth and Evinden) as they progress.

Hope you all had a good Christmas. I certainly did. 🙂


Phil Wesson · December 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I’ve recently gotten into screen writing, and I can’t tell if I like it better than working on VFX shot. Both allow you to find new and creative ways to paint a scene. It’s so much fun!
Once the holiday season winds down (I work in retail marketing), I can’t wait to dive back into it.

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