Reject: The Fall Falls

Reject: The Fall Falls
Time for a little progress update. I submitted my play, 'The Fall', to The National Theatre on 23rd January and I haven’t heard back. Not a dicky bird. Even given the Covid trials, I think it’s quite safe to say that I have been rejected. I expected it to hurt. I was really worried about rejection, I’d convinced myself it would damage my confidence, discourage me from writing, maybe even make me stop altogether but it hasn’t. It doesn’t even sting a little bit. It only feels rude.  I understand they get many submissions and it’s made clear in the autoresponder that they do not reply to anything they’re not interested in developing. And yet no reply still feels rude.   I never understood why organisations like this, whether its theatres, publishers or employers, didn’t automatically let people know when they’d been unsuccessful. It takes, what, a minute or even less to fire off a canned answer? It’s just courtesy, right? Maybe not. Maybe the reason they don’t is exactly this. The feeling of being on the receiving end of an act of rudeness acts to distract the recipient, it takes away the sting of rejection. It’s kinder than saying ‘your work ...


Movie Fan Gift Guide: The Lockdown edition

Movie Fan Gift Guide: The Lockdown edition
Christmas is fast approaching and this year is likely to be very different for a lot of us. Fewer parties and family gatherings, less shopping in stores. Which means finding the perfect festive gift to show how much we care for our loved ones is going to be even more important than ever before. And online shopping is here for us. But where to start? With so many sites to navigate scattered across the globe, looking for the right holiday present can be time consuming. With that in mind, here are my top seven gift ideas for the movie fans in your life. Cinema Ticket Cushion/Throw Pillow Remind yourself of the our cinema going days with this movie ticket cushion. £17.97 from Redbubble. I Speak Fluent Movie Quote Tote Bag Carry your obsession with you every where you go, and be environmentally minded while you're at it, with this Film Lover Tote bag. $10.75 from Zazzle. Movie Reel Clock Remind yourself of your love of reel film (see what I did there 😉) with this movie reel clock. $38.80 from Zazzle. Film Strip Table Runner Spice up your festive table with this table runner. $3.99 each from Amols.com Movie ...
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