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Jots and Niggles

Lots of stuff going on that warrants a brief mention, though there's not enough on any of it to warrant a lengthy post.

NFL: The season begins Thursday. My season begins Sunday, when the Jets and Giants take the field. I'm excited. Will life be magical and full of joy, or meaningless and full of pain? Tune in here to find out.

HBO Pilot: D&D have cast one more role and have an offer out to a wonderful actor on another. Sorry, no clues, I'm clued out for the present. One of the roles that was yet to be filled has been written out of the pilot. No huge thing, he wasn't in that part of the book in any case... though we did have a world-class thespian lined up to play the part. Character and actor will both be back if we go to series.

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: I took a good hard swack at the Meereenese knot. The sword bounced off and cut my nose off. Bugger.

MOVIE NEWS: My werewolf novella "The Skin Trade," originally published way back when in NIGHT VISIONS 5, has been optioned for film by Mike the Pike Productions. You can read some of the details here: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Mike-The-Pike-Productions-Inc-1042223.html And about time. I've always thought there was a terrific movie in "The Skin Trade," but somehow no one has ever optioned it till now. The novella is a horror/ mystery cross set in a decaying rustbelt city and featuring a hot young female private eye and a hypochondriac lycanthrope, how that for high concept? Randi and Willie are still favorites of mine. The novella won the World Fantasy Award too, which is how I got that head of H.P. Lovecraft that looks down over my living room. I hope that Mike the Pike does a kickass job with it.

FUNNY BOOK NEWS: And whattaya know, "The Skin Trade" will also be a comic book miniseries and graphic novel. Avatar Press will publish the book. Daniel Abraham did the adaptation and script. The pencils will be done by talented Polish artist Marek Oleksicki.

MORE MOVIE NEWS: Three of my short stories have also been optioned for film of late. The stories are the fantasies "In the Lost Lands" and "The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr" and the science fiction story "Bitterblooms." Film rights have been optioned by producer / director Constantin Werner, who has a website at http://www.constantinwerner.com

MORE FUNNY BOOK NEWS: Avatar Press is also adapting my novella "In the House of the Worm" as a comic book miniseries. The adaptation on this one was done by John Jos. Miller. Ivan Rodriguez is doing the pencils. I am told he has finished the first two issues.

NO FUNNY BOOK NEWS: The last issue of WILD CARDS: THE HARD CALL from the Dabel Brothers remains undrawn as I write, alas. We hope to have news... ah... eventually...

ANTHOLOGIES: Well, let's see. SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH is sold out from Subterranean, but the British edition should be out next month from HarperCollins Voyager. WARRIORS will be released next March in hardcover from Tor. Stories have started to come in for STAR-CROSSED LOVERS, the most recent being a Kushiel tale from Jacqueline Carey. Already on hand are the contributions from Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Yasmine Galenorn, and Carrie Vaughn. And Gardner Dozois and I have just sold another original crossgenre anthology, this time to Penguin/ Ace. DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS will blend the classic private eye story with fantasy and science fiction... sort of like I did in "The Skin Trade," actually, or like Robert A. Heinlein once did in his classic "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag." We have a terrific lineup of contributors, as usual, including... well, that would be telling.

I am probably forgetting stuff. Life is busy.

That will do for now.

The bird is cruel.


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Sep. 9th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
IF you tell me who the actor(s) are, I'd be happy to make clues for you ... =i)
Sep. 9th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Surely when the Jets and Giants play, life is equal parts magic and pain? Unless they both play exceptionally well, I suppose ... or exceptionally badly; that'd be very sad [says the Dolphins fan, shedding a crocodile tear.]

A role written out for the pilot? I've my guess, and I'm crossing fingers and toes that the actor to go with it is who I'm hoping it is.

You'll get the better of the Meereeneese knot sooner or later. What's the literary equivalent of Valyrian steel in a situation like this, I wonder? "Kill them all, and we'll sort it out later"?

The movie and comic news sounds great (well, except WILD CARDS being delayed). Particularly looking forward to the "Skin Trade" series, as the artist recently made a splash with his art for Warren Ellis's Frakenstein's Womb -- excellent line work, I thought, very moody. Should work very well. "In the House of the Worm" is also rather creepy and should adapt pretty well. I admit, though, that I should probably re-read it because I'm not sure I fully understood it the first time around. Heh.

And best of all, anthologies. A number of stories we're looking forward to, Linda and I, like the Hobb and Carey. And a little yarn by some guy concerning a knight and his squire...

Sep. 9th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Glad to see some of your early work getting re-recognized. I look forward to seeing what comes of them.

Just in time for football season, it would be fun to see NFL films adapt Run to Starlight...

(PS - not a big NY fan, but I've got Jones and Bradshaw on my fantasy football team - go Jets! Go Giants!)
Sep. 9th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
ANTHOLOGIES: Well, let's see. SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH is sold out from Subterranean, but the British edition should be out next month from HarperCollins Voyager.

I was lucky enough to snag a signed-by-your copy (the only one?) in the Dealer's Room at WorldCon last month, and enthusiastically sat down to start reading it soon after....Only to realize that, while I was enjoying what I was reading, I've never actually read Jack Vance's work *she says shamefacedly* and that, while I was enjoying what I was reading in the anthology, I had absolutely no understanding of it.

A problem to be rectified, obviously: I must simply go out and buy Mr. Vance's books (or at least some of them, the entire oevre is likely beyond my limited budget). The excellent part of this tale is that once I've done so, I'll still have SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH (signed by you!) waiting for me.
Sep. 9th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
After hearing you on the panel about adaptations at Bubonicon, I will be most interested to see the newest! Thanks for sharing the news.
Sep. 9th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
werewolf movie! not enough of those these days :)
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
knotty business
I've wondered how hard it is not to write yourself into knots when you're writing a long epic series.

Did you already write something that caused this Mereenese knot or are you desperately trying not to write something now that causes knots in the final two books?
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Skin Trade
Son of a bitch. Well I'm happy it was picked up! This is my favorite story of yours (in short form). It's been my producer-dream that I'd be the one to pick it up... It is extremely film-able, and would/will make very good movie, even without the Werewolf-mania that's about to hit us...
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I got a solution for the meereeneese knot. It could be that all the characters say something like "that meereen. a lot happened but lets never talk about it. What happens in meereen stays in meereen."

I can take payment for the solution in signed copies of the book thanks.
Maybe the dragons could just eat everyone?
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
Or we find out that the Others were from the land of Meereen, but were cast out and were labelled "Meereenese...NOT!" by King Wayne and his concubine Garth.
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
damn that Meereenese knot! I'm feining for ADWD! Can't wait to see what's happening with the other characters...keep the faith, it will come. Congrats on all other happenings and GO SEAHAWKS!
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Interesting stuff, thanks for the news...

Soooooo pumped for football season to begin, my season doesn't start until Monday when we hopefully pound the Raiders on national television(for the 11th straight win against them.) Good game tomorrow night on NFL network; Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee.

Sep. 10th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Sorry about your nose, George. Owie.

I nearly never watch TV, but I'm considering getting HBO JUST for the mini-series.

Have I mentioned that your updates always make me feel cheerful?
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Pain & Misery
Unfortunately my Silver & Black will be delivering you a double dose of Pain & Misery this year.
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Re: Pain & Misery
Which Raiders have you been watching? The ones from Oakland got obliterated throughout the pre-season, and would have trouble beating most major college teams. They may have trouble winning any games, unless they manage to steal the one from KC in Oakland. It'll just mean that Al Davis will have another top-5 draft pick to waste again.
Re: Pain & Misery - theswornsword - Sep. 10th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Meereenese knot
"I took a good hard swack at the Meereenese knot. The sword bounced off and cut my nose off. Bugger." What does that even mean?
Sep. 10th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: Meereenese knot
Tyrion's now part of the problem?
Re: Meereenese knot - nukerxform - Sep. 10th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Meereenese knot - mcoffell - Sep. 10th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Meereenese knot - simone_it - Sep. 10th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Re: Meereenese knot - westeros_fan - Sep. 10th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Sep. 10th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
I'm excited for you hon. Keep up the good work. Oh and I understand the busy front. I've not been able to type a single page in my book. Right now I'm procrastinating on homework. Wish me luck. A year and a half left of school. Hopefully then I'll have more time to write stories!
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