10 September 2006

Nothing New Here - More Stuff Elsewhere

I'm sorry that I haven't done anything to show off here but there is something of mine up at Jeremy Dennis' The Weekly Strip, which popped into me head one morning while I was struggling to wake up and which, once it made it from ead to page, I call This Is Your Life..?. Jeremy's stuff is ace so if you go look at my thing, have a lengthy browse of all her wonderful stuff too while you're over there.

Other than that and raging at the ignorant heartless errors of red-tape all I've done lately is learn lines in bad oirish and struggle to find an example of the Wexford accent online. (So, like, if you know of one please show me where...)

5 comments:

Molly Bloom said...

I loved the 'This is your life' strip. Very clever. I loved the bits on her feet and also the tattoos on her back. I wonder where you come up with these ideas!

Dem said...

Thanks Molly. I think the ideas are somewhere between an illness, an obsession, a curse, a gift and a blessing. I'm glad I get them most of the time. That strip just came to me in the morning in that semi-conscious place where you're not really awake and not really asleep either.

Molly Bloom said...

I think it's really strange that you mentioned the 'bar-code' idea when I had mentioned it in my story the same day. How strange is that? Spooky. Brilliant ideas though Dem, as always. You know...you are quite welcome to take any of my words and make them into a picture. I'd love that. Give my full consent to such a wonderful artist.

Dick said...

What's the play, Dem? Sean O'Casey or one of those contemporary Irish whimsy jobs?

Dem said...

Molly - I'm afraid I've been so busy with visiting Finns, lines and rehearsals that I haven't read any blogs properly for about a week so I hadn't seen your bar-code thing but it is spooky now you mention it. I think I actually saw someone with a barcode tattoo though so I nicked that from real life. All of your writing is so good and (more than anything) complete that I couldn't really add anything to it. If you want to collaborate - perhaps a kind of consequences experiment, you write a sentence or two, I come up with a picture that responds to that, you add another sentence or two? Might struggle to fit it in at the moment but I like the sound of it if you fancy it..? (If Mikle reads this, I don't want you to think that your writing is incomplete because of the illustrations I'll be doing for it soon, it's just that I instantly saw pictures in my head when I read it - the writing's great without the pics but I have to get the pics out of my head or it'll get all cluttered in there...)

Dick - actually it's neither. I'd love to do an O'Casey or a Synge but we're doing one of the Wexford trilogy by Billy Roche, Poor Beast In The Rain. It's from the 80s, was televised but I haven't seen it or don't remember it if I have. It's a long way from whimsy and is really strong drama. The quality, strength, depth and sophistication of the writing creeps up on us with repeated readings and rehearsals. I have a huge part so I was in a bit of a panic about lines but I've got about half of it now and I'm sure it'll be good. It's on in October as part of a local Irish Festival.