Today marks the start of the British Science Festival. It’s in Aberdeen – which is close enough for me to almost bother leaving the house to go to it. But… well… in the spring I tried to get them interested in Chasing Waves (what with Higgs Boson being about to be found and all that) thinking it might ‘enhance’ the festival. A play about Quantum Theory? You’d think, no? Talk about ‘gatekeepers’, I couldn’t get anywhere. Okay, I maybe didn’t try hard enough but I’m at the stage in life now where I can’t be bothered to go ‘tarting’ myself out begging people to take notice of my work. Instead I ahere to the principle that if people don’t even have the courtesy to reply to a professional email, my time is better spent doing other things. However, for those of you of a scientific bent who might like to see an explanation of a quantum wave in less than 2 minutes here it is.
If you want to see more excerpts from the 2004 stage production, click here. It’s proof that culture (like quarks) comes in more than one flavour. And if you want to buy the playscript you can do so from Amazon or Kobo For reviews click here
This Autumn Season I have a number of ‘anniversary’ ebooks coming out. I well appreciate that there is not at present a ‘ready market’ for ebooks of playscripts. I don’t know why, it’s a no brainer to me that this is a good way to ‘publish’ things which are otherwise commercially unviable. Again, I give up wondering why no one else sees the world the way I do and just forge on, regardless. So, I’ve got three plays due out this autumn. And once more I find the common ‘theme’ is that they are all in one sense challenging interpretations of ‘culture’. Challenging what you can do with drama and what you can write about it dramatically and what ‘culture’ actually means in dramatic terms as well. For me ‘culture isn’t something you have imposed on you, it’s something buried deep in your being.
Amazon and Kobo for less than a quid. He’s got two more coming out before Xmas (homework allowing) and the way to keep informed is to go to his Facebook page and LIKE him.
Back to Powerplay. It probably helps if you have enough knowledge to understand that when saying ‘hockey’ you mean ice-hockey. That means you are either a truly enlightened European or more probably American or Canadian, since they appreciate that distinction. What we Brits think of as ‘hockey’ is in fact ‘field hockey’ and not the same thing at all. It’s like us calling The Beautiful Game ‘association football.’ I digress. Powerplay is in fact a deeply insightful comment about the nature of social rules, using the analogy of the ‘rules’ of hockey to explore relationships. Well, I would say that wouldn’t I? I wrote it. It will be available from around 20th September on both Amazon and Kobo. And the ‘lockout’? Well, it may or may not happen that the warring parties (players and owners) can’t agree terms and, just like in 2005 (when Powerplay is set) there will be NO NHL hockey for anyone for the next year. Which would make a great time to read a play about hockey then, right? And if they do resolve their differences then it’ll still be a great time to read a play about hockey, and the ‘rules’ of love and life.
It’s great not having to worry about markets and ‘culture’ or ‘gatekeepers’. It means you can do what you want to do, when you want to do it and that’s worth more than fame or fortune to me any day.
So you see, this autumn/winter season I shall be WRITING. Forget the ‘gone fishing’ sign, it’s a ‘busy writing’ sign that will be up on my door from now till April. I have spent the summer engaged with the fast moving (and often backbiting) world of epublishing – conferences, twittering, facebooking and blogosphere and I’m all out of time for that flimflammery. I’m going to hibernate. Bubbles will or will not burst, pricing structures will or will not settle, multinational conglomerates will or will not do what they want to do – and when I come out of hibernation in spring I’m sure I won’t have missed anything important. But I will have a lot more writing ready to publish!
To keep up with what’s going on in my autumn/winter publishing schedule go here. I heartily recommend a dose of hermititis and hibernation for all - reading and writing are what the winter is made for. Especially if there's no HOCKEY.