14 April, 2008
The Deadlines calendar on my website has been blank for a couple of years as I forgot all about it as I was going to find an integrated version instead like I'd enviously seen on other websites but then someone on Shooting Screenwriters mentioned how good Google Calendar was.
So I have switched to Google's version from the rubbish ad-laden calendar I was using and started updating it again. I've put on all the deadlines from my blog (and selected others from sites including Lianne's, Moviebytes, BBC writersroom, Script and Writernet).
I've also done a bit of forward planning into 2009 so I'm not surprised at competitions being announced and panicking - even though they are announced at the same time every bloody year.
Of course something like this doesn't end panicking completely as now I want to enter everything but don't have enough time or money (Reminds me of a stag weekend in Amsterdam once). But I'm trying to be realistic and selective. Priority goes to the free ones and then to prestigious ones that offer feedback. I then prioritise my interests. I'm not too fussed about shorts for example but I would love to win a major feature one.
I actually resented being forced to join Google when they bought out Blogger but they are clever bastards. It's getting like most of the time I spend on the web now is with a Google interface of some kind in addition to Blogger such as YouTube, Search, Mail, Reader, Docs and now Calendar.
Even in beta, Google Calendar is lovely. You can synchronise to Outlook, iCal, Treo and Thunderbird and also get sent reminders. Although there is an annoying bug at the moment that means if you edit your entry, the hyperlink vanishes and you have to re-enter it.
Once you've joined, search the public calendars for "Writing for Performance", and then add it to your own calendar. That's another thing that's quite clever in that you see just the one calendar but each different one has colour coded entries.
This is the direct link for the calendar (which is also on the right at the top):
Writing for Performance Calendar
and embedded on my tragically old fashioned website as usual:
Writing for Performance Deadlines
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