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What Jimbo Did…

…since last he blogged.

1. I completed Script Frenzy in 22 days. When I feel brave enough to show it to the world, you’ll be the first to know. But for now, this mish-mash of hallucinogenic, bleary-eyed, caffeine-riddled garbage is staying under lock and key. It seriously isn’t worth reading; but it served its purpose. Because of this exercise…

2… I completed the first draft of my novel, The Dark Crusade of Robinson Stone. 18 months in the writing, it’s been put to bed for the rest of this month. It needs some hard revision and editorial work. I know what needs to be done. Read it on WEbook, while it’s still there.

3. I got my hair cut because…

4. I went to Galway for a romantic weekend with the love of my life, Mary. (Cue happy sighs.)

5. I quit smoking…for good.

6. I updated my Facebook status three times a day, even when I was in Galway.

7. I contemplated quitting my job at least once a day.

8. I wondered why I wasn’t blogging, even though I had tonnes of ideas.

9. I fell in love with Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.

10. I fell in love with Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, The Doctor’s companion.

11. I fell well and truly in love with Mary. (Cue more happy sighs.)

12. I created a new character: Tara Kane, PI. (More on her at a later date.)

13. I’ve rediscovered Leslie Charteris’ Simon Templar, AKA The Saint. God, if only I could write that well.

14. I made a deal with God. Enough said!

15. I made a promise to myself to blog more often.

Your servant,

James the first-time novelist.

Plot Outline for Script Frenzy Project, “The Aardvark and The Stone.”

Connor Bellew is the owner of The Irish Tribune, a national daily newspaper with the largest circulation in the country. He is an opinionated misogynist who has friends in very high places — and hates all of them. Bellew is a megalomaniac who wants to bring Ireland to its knees. Out to stop him is…

Robinson Stone, a former banker who has fallen on hard times. He and Bellew were once friends and are now mortal enemies. Bellew is playing Robinson, using their shared history for his own nefarious plans. But Robinson is fighting back, hoping to reclaim his good name and peace of mind. Accompanying him is his unofficial biographer…

Jimbo, a down-on-his-luck journalism student and recovering alcoholic, who hopes to tell — and sell — Robinson’s story and make it to the big time. He may well be out of his depth, but there’s no gain without risk. At least, that’s what Allie says.

Who’s Allie? Allie is an aardvark, and that’s all you need to know right now.

The Aardvark Speaks…

Hi, all, Alistair Reginald Boothroyd IV here. But you can call me Allie. I’m an aardvark, just so you know.

Jimbo is upstairs at the moment, trying to figure out how to operate his new phone. He’s not getting on well, though. Every time he tries a new button or touches an icon on the screen, various electrical appliances around the flat take on a life of their own. The toaster is around here somewhere. I’ll find it before breakfast, trust the aardvark.

While he fiddles away with Mr. Samsung (no tittering at the back please), I want to take the opportunity to let you guys in on our little secret. Jimbo gets cranky at me when I bring up last year’s NaNoWriMo. I mean seriously cranky. He came up with a cracking idea for a novel, made a brilliant start and got as far as 10,000 words before he, inexplicably, stopped. He reminded me of a horse, leading from the off, only to somehow fall at the first hurdle.

Then he heard about this thing called Script Frenzy from Rik Scott, and after a bit of cajoling from Yours Truly, he decided to give it a go. But we’re going to write it together, he and I. We will put together, over the month of April, a 100 page script that is going to knock your socks off. It will be called The Aardvark and The Stone. For those who know Jimbo and his writing well, this can only mean one thing: a mash-up.

I’ll keep you all informed. In the meantime, I had better tend to matters close at hand. For some reason the lights are turning themselves on and off. That’s technology for you.

While you wait patiently, please enjoy this tune from a Dublin band called…The Script.