It’s my birthday today. For a lot of writers (or at least a lot of the writers I know), birthdays are a time when you take a look at what you’ve achieved so far in your writing career and what you’ve got coming up. It can be a bit of a maudlin affair in some instances.

Thankfully, for me, 2017 is shaping up to be the biggest year of my writing life.

OffWorld on the Silver Screen

As many of you know, I’ve been working on OffWorld – a crowd-funded science fiction feature being filmed here in Wales. My main job has been co-writing the script but I’ve also found myself getting involved in lots of other areas. Filmmaking is the most collaborative creative process I have ever been involved with – everyone’s work overlaps with everyone else’s and it really is a team effort.

I have a lot of sympathy now with all those names that we ignore in the credits whilst we wait for the post-credits scene. I defy anyone to name as many script-writers as they can actors or directors.

OffWorld has already started shooting and the main shoot is due to start next week.

I already have one short film, The Black Room, under my belt and have secured my immortality in IMDB. This year will be the year I can start to refer to myself as a “feature film writer”. Before the end of this year, the film will have had its premiere and will be available for people to buy online. That, in and of itself, is a crazy new direction in my writing life.

Batman: The Exorcism of Bruce Wayne

They say opportunity breeds opportunity and that’s certainly the case when you’re working on a film. With OffWorld not even shot yet, I’ve started work on a script for a Batman “fan film”, working with some of the actors from OffWorld. I’m hoping to rope Terry Cooper in to produce and/or direct this one as well.

This is 30 minutes of direct-to-YouTube fun, but I’m already having a great time writing it.

OffWorld on the Printed Page (Twice)

If you were a Kickstarter supporter of OffWorld you will already know that we have a publisher lined up for the novelisation of the movie and that an eBook of short stories set in the same universe as OffWorld was announced as a stretch goal during the crowd funding. Both of these are been written by me.

So, before I take on any other projects, I’ve already got two books to write this year.

I won’t start work on OffWorld: The Novel until the film is “in the can” and has been edited. “OffWorld: Preflight”, the book of short stories featuring the crew of the Tantalus II, is about 30% complete already. Some characters are definitely easier to write than others and I’m hoping the movie, when it’s shot, will spark some inspiration for the more difficult characters.

A book I’m not sure if I can talk about yet or not.

I’ve been working on a book since late last year that has been “under wraps” a lot more than my other projects. What I can say is that it is part of a series and is linked to a very exciting and well-known property.

There is a launch event, I will be there, and when I reveal what event it is then I think it will be pretty easy to put two and two together to work out what I’m working on.

I’m almost 70% of the way through this one. It’s a definite departure in terms of the audience that I normally write for but I’m loving every minute of it.

Also, it has clowns.

That SEO book I’ve talked about

My first book about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is also ongoing and should be out this year. SEO is ridiculously fast-paced and getting the book to print, even digitally, without it being out of date or irrelevant is a challenge.

What Else?

That might seem like a lot but I’m hoping (or it is praying?) that I will have most of this work completed by late Summer and can start work on a few new projects. It seems to be me that momentum is everything with writing – the more you are writing, the more opportunities to write present themselves.

Writers write.