Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Guess what? I'm starting to finally FINALLY have some fun in my screenwriting course. I immediately knew things were going to start looking up during my latest meeting with my teacher. She said that I was on the right track with my idea for the TV pilot but that I now needed to add something QUIRKY to it. Let the fun begin I say!

Although it's all an exercise (they call it "writing to a brief") the teachers still like to pretend that we are writing something that would theoretically be produced. I have a history of taking my studies much too seriously; I was the girl who sat in the front row of her class, always handed in her homework on time and cried if she thought the teacher was disappointed in her. So when a teacher actually tells me that I need to try very very hard to write something fun and quirky, I realise that I HAVE done the right thing by enrolling in this course, and that I AM making progress.

Any of you like detective fiction? How about detective shows on TV? Were any of you into Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden when you were young? I'm trying my hand at some detective stories, that are quirky, and fun. I just have to be careful not to take it too seriously, because that might really disappoint my teachers.


Julia said...

I love detective fiction! What a great direction. Quirky, eh? How about a group of lady bloggers who help each other solve mysteries around the world?

Tuli said...

I, too, love detective stories. 'specailly the quirky ones!

I like Julia's idea about solving mysteries via blogs. Your 'main' detective could be modeled after our own Eurolush and her super-stealthy sleuthing skills.

Paola said...

I used to watch all detective shows with my dad when I was a kid and I have fond memories of that. Sometimes if we stumble in a rerun of Murder she wrote we'll still watch it!

trash said...

I loved both of them.

blackbird said...

Grown-ups at university are SO damn serious. Take a breath and enjoy the class, I say! And I'm glad you finally've found your feet.

Kate said...

Something Jonothan Creek quirky?

I love mystery shows and books. But, especially in the books, I feel like sometimes they go 'zany' instead of 'quirky' - and at the expense of an actual plot, too! Not so much of a problem with moving people on screen, because it generally doesn't go long enough to get frustrating.

PS, my word verification is 'shant'. Pleased with that.

RW said...

I loved Nancy Drew. Loved her.

I am delighted to hear you are finding your way.

Suse said...

Do the Famous Five count? I loved them, and all my boys have followed in my footsteps.

Ooh, here's a truly quirky mystery. My word verification has both my name and my husband's ex girlfriend's name in it, joined by an 'n', as in 'and'. Quirky, or spooky?

Duyvken said...

Nancy Drew and Trixie were my IDOLS.
Sadly, they probably still are :-)
I love detective/mystery fiction. Can't wait to hear what you come up with.

The Coffee Lady said...

I am so glad it's going well! And Eleanor, dahling, they don't come more quirky than you!

Badger said...

Dude, I still have all 56 volumes of the original Nancy Drew series ON MY SHELVES WHERE I CAN STILL READ THEM.

SO glad you are having fun!

Anonymous said...

Any of you like detective fiction? Check. I consume detective fiction/murder mysteries/thriller like some devour, um, food.

How about detective shows on TV? Check. I started with Perry Mason in the 50s, right up to CSI and NCIS these days.

Were any of you into Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden when you were young? Check. Oh, yeah. Every danged one of them, I think.

Let the fun begin!

Anonymous said...

My kids and I used to watch a detective series on tv when they were little. It was on on Sunday nights. It had the old man who was in the karate kid in it -- he was the heroine's grandfather. Anyway, we loved it. I will try to remember its name.

Anonymous said...

I am back -- the mystery files of shelby woo.

It was quite good, and the girls liked it. or maybe I liked it and made them watch it -- who knows.