|Looking ahead to Series 2 of Torchwood and Series 4 of Doctor Who, one can't help but note a new name in the writers' line-up: James Moran. While most of the names announced have been around the Cardiff studios for a while now, Moran is a notable exception. Fortunately for fans, he's also a blogging exception.
To get to know more about James Moran, all you have to do is check out his delightfully quirky site, the pen is mightier than the spork.
In an entry posted just yesterday, for example, he gives a run-down on the readthrough of his first contribution to Russell T. Davies' "Whoniverse", an episode from the upcoming series of Torchwood.
He's also currently got some fun posts up about being named a writer in the fourth series of Doctor Who and details about his currently-in-US-release film, the fantasy-horror, Severance.
The blog, which dates all the way back to June 2003, is of especial interest to those trying to break into the screenwriting industry. From the first post on 5 June 2003 until the most recent post now 4 years and 1 day later, it offers a unusually detailed glimpse of one man's journey from winning a semi-professional writing competition for the Sci Fi Channel all the way to writing an episode for two of the hottest SF properties on UK television. As the entry for 28 June 2003 wryly comments:
"Why, when you so desperately want the phone to ring, does it stubbornly refuse to do so?
"A deathly silence has descended upon the flat. I am working at home, I have the phone next to me, it's working (I've checked it several times to make sure), I also have my mobile in front of me, fully charged. Two phones! Two! And how many calls do I get? None, that's how many.
"I'm remaining calm. If I've learned one thing about the TV/film industry, it is that it's painfully s l o o o o o w...".
Despite his significant strides forward in recent months, Moran keeps blogging away usually at least twice a week, allowing readers to continue following him along for the ride.