Frivolous Monsters

About

Failed Scientist, Failing Writer, Bankrupt Blogger.

Or maybe just a foolish person trying to create something which can’t be described as frivolous.

Based in north Manchester I gave up my job to focus on writing, with the intention of getting something made for TV, and now find myself mostly working in Costa Coffee and the library. After writing the scripts for a whole eight-part TV drama-comedy I went on to successfully get turned down flat by a professional TV company.

Not to be dismayed, at the their slight on two years of my work, I immediately snapped into action and threw the lot away and started something newer, fresher, bolder… Shorter.

I even have a twitter, although I can’t think of the reason why, as I can neither fathom nor understand it. https://twitter.com/FrivolousMonsta

102 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for the 7×7 Award mention.

    How do I contact you?

  2. Hello Mr Monster. I like your blog as it makes me laff.

    Quick tip; You can change that ‘Just another WordPress…’ blurb at the top by going Dashboard > Settings > General > Tagline.

  3. I often find my conversation drifting towards the Nazis too. I really don’t know why and perhaps I should be worried.

    Why have two words always got to be somehow meshed together to form one ridiculous word like dramedy?

    • Like with a Venn diagram the Nazis overlap with a whole host of subjects and analogies. I only found the horror that was “Dramedy” by looking on Wikipedia to prove that a genre of “Drama-Comedy” exists, as opposed to “Comedy-Drama”, as I felt that was what my series was and the closest thing in tone I could think of was the UK’s ‘Press Gang’ and, what would you know: Dramedy!

  4. Hello F M, I hope you don’t mind but I’ve awarded you The Sunshine Award for being creative and inspiring, or inspiringly creative. Feel free to accept or reject.http://ziggyshortcrust.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/walking-on-sunshine/

    • Hello, thank you very much and particularly your very kind description on your blog post. I accept, in the spirit of things, but completed a similar thing not so long ago (it’s slipped down to page two now but oddly still gets lots of views) and as you implied they do take lots of time.
      Thanks again, FM.

  5. I agree that ‘dramedy’ sounds more like a camel than anything else. I actually first heard the word ‘dramedy’ way back in the 1990s when I was a kid. It was on an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, and Plucky Duck was trying to show his acting range, and demonstrated ‘dramedy’ by crying and then shoving a custard pie in his own face.

    Thanks for liking my Being Human review post.

  6. Aidyearts on said:

    Thanks for stopping to my blog !

  7. sudebaker on said:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 You are a fascinating personage. And I like smashing words together like “dramedy”. But then, I’m American.

  8. Nice blog… I wonder what took me so long to notice it 🙂 …. I’m going to try and read all the entries…..

  9. thanks for stopping by. And i’m sure your ‘dramedy’:) is going to be superb going by the glimpse I’ve had of your blog. enjoyed..

  10. Thanks for stopping by my site http://reflectionsofchina.wordpress.com/ and for the likes, they are appreciated:) I’m now able to enjoy your blog, thanks for connecting and sharing, cheers Mark

  11. What a fun site you have – have added your site to my following list.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog – it allowed me to discover yours, which I am duly following. Fabulous stuff!

  13. Hi – thanks for dropping by my photography blog! I know parts of Manchester quite well as my son lives in the South part. He’s a scientist that doesn’t work as one and a writer too. You know what I would say to him? Never describe yourself as a failed or failing anything! It all goes in the mix. 😉

    • Thanks, but I like to get the boot in first, before someone else thinks I’m getting above my station and does it for me! I’m pretty sure, sadly, that I’m not too far wrong though!

      • Ha! But I’m sure you know, as a scientist, that thoughts become things! People will put the boot in whatever – aim high and you’ll soon be looking down on the kickers. lol

  14. I was having the worst day today. Very down, quite pathetic – then you liked my post. You’ve cheered me up a little. Someone does read my stuff. Thank you x

  15. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! If you choose to accept, you can see details here:

    http://markjwallis.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/hey-guys-im-versatile/

    Keep on blogging and share the love!

    • Thanks, and I do mean that. I’m glad some people are enjoying my stuff, but I’ve already completed one of these originally as I could (and it took me ages) and I’ve already turned another down (I have an embarrassment of riches) although I’m happy to claim the award in spirit!

      Saying all that I’m still waiting for the golden statuette in the post from the last one!

      Thanks a lot again,

      FM

  16. Thanks for liking Myrtle, her personality is a bit plastic to match her body.

    Great blog, how about instead of dramedy call it a comma? (coma may put the viewers to sleep:)

    http://amorphicdesigns.wordpress.com

  17. Just tagged you for the Lucky Seven/manuscript excerpt game. No pressure, but if you’d like to participate here’s the post: http://sheilahurst.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/lucky-seven/

  18. You are fabulously funny. Finding your blog has just made my night!

  19. Hi! I’m also a writer and am based in the North West of England. Glad to find your blog!

  20. Hey Frivy…thanks for stopping by Here & There…glad you had a good visit! Also, I wanted to thank you for using one of my favorite words…minutiae…it goes along with Buttafuoco, plethora, and svelte!

  21. Thanks for stopping by The Golden Coach, for reading and liking. Kind regards.

  22. reverend61 on said:

    I have, this morning, nominated you for a lovely blog award:

    http://stuffihadtoputsomewhere.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/one-lovely-blog-award/

    I don’t really do viral self-replicating blog awards but it was nice to be nominated and it gave me the chance to give something back: your stuff always makes me laugh.

    I handpicked the very best of the blogs I read. You deserve this, but please, please do not feel you have to accept it! However, if you do, you know what to do next.

    • Hello, thanks and all, but I’ve had my fill of awards… My metaphorical mantelpiece is heaving under the weight! But I was wondering if I could repay the favour by “borrowing” your Doctor Who-Kryten reference (which I thought was very good), for next time I do a diary post, along with full credit and a link back to you. I was going to ask before this. Would that be OK?
      FM

      • reverend61 on said:

        Yes, no problem! It was a silly scene that deserved, I thought, a bit of lampooning…

        Understood about the award thing. It was my first nomination so I thought it best to go along, but I can see it gets silly…

  23. Thanks for visiting my blog! And thanks for introducing me the the term dramedy! I intend to use it as often as possible in every day situations until someone tells me to drop it, and then I just might use it some more and try to create a dramedy situation! 🙂

  24. Hi,
    I’m pleased you visited my blog and now am just taking a look at yours as returning…. and must say your style and photos have delighted me. Compliments. I hope you will be back to read me again and meanwhile feel free to ask for anything you want. Thanks
    Tony

  25. I got a scornful glance laughing out loud at “Dramedy” from MrsPdubyah, good work.

  26. Thanks for stopping by at http://www.domesticingenuity.com. I’m glad you found something you enjoyed reading! Hope you stop in again!
    Chelsey

  27. peachyjen on said:

    Cheers for stopping by my blog, yours is very good! How is the script going that you’re writing? I wish I could give up my day job!

    • Thanks for the comment. The writing is not going well… My big project of a series of 8 episodes (I forget something like 350 pages of script) has just been rejected by Red Production Company. Not good times at all! I’m not convinced anyone should give up their day job as, despite what you may think you may be missing, I’ve just seen your engagement ring and so I know that you’re living life like you should! Congratulations.

      • peachyjen on said:

        Well keep at it as at least you’re going for what you really want to do, it sounds cheesy but like they say… you’ll only regret the things you didn’t try rather than the things you did. Cheers for the congratulations on the engagement, it took me a while to find the right guy but I got there in the end 🙂

  28. Thanks for following -you have such a cool blog! 🙂
    Love, Anna

  29. Thanks for finding me! Best of luck with your camel. I mean Dramedy! Sorry…

  30. Hi there. I really love your blog and am a regualar reader. Please accept this nomination for The Versatile Blogger Award. You can follow this link to receive your award.
    http://kate0murray.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/the-versatile-blogger-award/
    Thank you
    And keep blogging!
    Kate

    • Thanks, that means a lot, although I was gearing up for a second blogging year after Christmas I’m now (ironically) contemplating packing it all in since WordPress made ridiculous changes (again) as to how I see other people’s blogs. The Reader-thing is now a mess and means I’ve stopped reading other people’s blogs… And so I don’t see why (or how) other people should read mine. I’ve got at least one big blog post coming up in a week or so, but after that I don’t know. Thanks for the feedback though.

      • I know I don’t like the new reader too. Luckily though it hasn’t been updated on my mobile so I can still see them as normal there. I hope you continue to blog as I enjoy reading yours but I understand about the hesitancy. Good luck with the new year either way.

  31. Joan Fuchsman on said:

    I’m really enjoying your writing. You have a great sense of comedic writing. Good luck with your script. If it gets sold I hope we get it in the U.S..

    • Thank you, but all bad news at the moment. I’ve been turned down by one real life TV company… Not sure what to do with that now and have started something new. With less comedy, but better. I just hope too…
      FM

  32. Joan Fuchsman on said:

    That’s too bad, but you seem talented. Something will break your way. Good luck!!

  33. I don’t like the term ‘dramedy’ myself either, for EXACTLY the same reason as you.

    Best of Luck with that though.

  34. Thanks for dropping in on my meanderings. ‘Smuch appreciated! Good luck to you my friend.

  35. Thank you for liking my Blog. I am a fellow Manc but new to blogging, still feeling my way around. Best Wishes.

  36. Keep blogging. The passion you put into it will pay off one day! Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

  37. i, Coomber on said:

    Only read a few posts, but really like what you write. Why give up so easily on your eight part dramady?

    And thanks for introducing me to Bob Servant.

    • Your welcome, regarding Bob Servant, spread the word! I’m not sure I gave up easily as I wrote (and spent a long time editing and re-writing) all of the eight episodes. I’m just not aware of who to send it to. The problem is that the first ten pages (which is all people read who I have sent it to) obviously doesn’t sell it. Despite that I don’t think it’s rubbish, still think it’s a little worthy, but the new thing I’m writing now I’ve put a lot of effort into the first 10-15 minutes. We’ll see how things go.

  38. a very admirable cause – good luck with it!

  39. “Or maybe just a foolish person trying to create something which can’t be described as frivolous.”

    Scratch the “foolish” and you’re onto something. Following your dreams/talents isn’t frivolous. It just doesn’t always turn out to be “practical.” Sometimes—most of the time—it’s really, really hard. But we all only have one life to live. I’d rather look back on mine knowing I did, or at least tried to do, what I loved, rather than sticking with what would’ve been more “practical.”

    • That is the one saving grace: thinking, quite rightly, how looking back at that missed opportunity where I failed to try would be worse.

      It is hard, but I am missing out on a more “normal” life with this gamble hoping it will pay off so that I can afford all the stuff others take for granted doing something that I’m in control of rather than being on the 9-5 treadmill.

      Thanks for your support.

  40. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and reading through some of my posts! I’m glad you found me, because now I have the joy of reading your very excellent posts as well.

    Don’t get discouraged by a bunch of wieners at a TV company. I’m sure your eight-part show was great. You’ve got some quirkiness and fun about you which has made a follower out of me. Thanks again for stopping by my blog, and keep up the great work!

  41. Hello, just came by to wave at a fellow Brit. We seem to be few and far between on here 🙂

    • I will say that there is a big mix on here and I have regular readers in Australia and America, but some from back here too. They are out there! The best thing I’ve found about blogging IS the culture clash and I’ve changed how I write accordingly as I can’t rely on my “audience” getting the cultural references I might throw out. I’ve been told that I’m still pretty incomprehensible, but I try.

      • Yes I’ve already realised that references and language can be a problem – I’ve had friends from other cultures for a while though so we’ve had a few laughs about that kind of thing along the way. I guess the old phrase ‘know your audience” applies here…

  42. Since you’re hilarious I wanted to give you a bit of a “hooray” by nominating you for “The Versatile Blogger” award. Cheers! http://survivinginitaly.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/this-nomination-is-just-the-beginning-of-world-domination-p-s-thank-you/

    • Thank you very much. It’s always nice to know someone appreciates you. I’ve done my share of these awards now, and have retired from posting them, but I accept your award in spirit! Thank you very much. Again.

  43. Oh how I can identify with you! Thanks for stopping by our travel blog at The Discerning Travelers. You might be even more interested in my writing blog at backstorywriting.wordpress.com…Happy writing!

  44. At least you had the cajones to send your script. On to twitter. Also have an account. I would love to help you. But I am mystfied by it. 🙂

  45. Thanks for stopping by and for the like.

  46. Thanks for the like. I like what I’m seeing here. I’ll be back.

  47. Thanks for the Like on my blog. And keep working on what you love. I do my writing as a second job. I wish I could give up my ‘real” job and just write.

  48. kellynch92 on said:

    Thank

  49. kellynch92 on said:

    Apologies for the previous comment, hit send by mistake and can’t delete it! Just to say thanks for liking my post…I hope you enjoyed it and the rest of my blog!

    Love, Kel xoxo

    dressaddictedlawgirl.wordpress.com

  50. Good luck with the writing – don’t give up dude!

  51. Thanks for the visit and the like.
    Used to live down the road from Manchester…in Chester, in fact.
    The only two things I remember about Manchester are: The Rolling Stones and Robin Trower at the Kings Hall. Oh, and Boddingtons. 😉

  52. mybodylook on said:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post! You are a great writer and I encourage you to follow your dreams buddy :). Always welcome your input on my new start-up.

  53. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my blog! I hope you’ll check out my recent recipes and even find one to recreate for yourself sometime. I look forward to following your posts in the future!!

    -Christine

  54. Steph S. Mata on said:

    Hello!
    I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award” because I love your posts. I know this might be extra work. http://galacia.wordpress.com

  55. Very entertaining bio. I think a comedy drama is just what we need!

  56. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog this weekend, I appreciate it! I am enjoying your sense of humour, I will return to read more!

  57. Thanks for checking out my site today, it’s always nice to see a new face. I look forward to reading your posts as well.

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