OK, so the Red Planet results are in, and I didn’t get through to the second round. Hey ho, no great shakes.
However, as if to balance up this obvious karmic injustice, the man from Metlab has just said yes!
Well, not exactly ‘the man’ himself, but his warped yet strangely loveable sidekick, Lucy Vee.
Things kick off in January, which means one of two things:
i) Based on the notes I took in the meeting with John on 1st November, I crank out a third draft of the script that’s been selected for the patented METLAB hack ‘n’ slash, or
ii) I rely on the robust yet slightly pedestrian second draft.
Bit of a no-brainer isn’t it?
Third draft here we come.
I’ve absolutely no idea how many people applied for METLAB, but apparently I’m one of four, which is nice.
Incidentally, the last time I got selected for something like this was a few years back when Lighthouse ran a little critique course for writers. I was one of twelve in the group, and of course was all hugely excited over it. In an idle moment, I asked one of the Lighthouse bods how many people had applied: was it a lot? She looked at me as if I had just escaped from secure accommodation, and said, ‘Twelve’.