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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. 10th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
That's some great news, George, about The Skin Trade. I've always liked that novella. And that's some great news all around on the anthologies. I've already made room on the shelf for Warriors.

Good luck with the Meereenese knot. :)
Sep. 10th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
GRRM, have you read Gene Wolfe's "An Evil Guest"? I wondered how you'd rank it in the whole noir private eye meets scifi meets lovecraft niche genre.

i love wolfe, but didn't know what to make of it.

Sep. 10th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I like Gene Wolfe's work, but I haven't gotten to that one yet.
Gene Wolfe - Audiobooks - hh_mann - Sep. 10th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
I always thought Bitterblooms was begging to be filmed.
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Awesome! I loved the Skin Trade. Can't wait to see how they adapt it.
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Seriously, the least you could do is not be cute.
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Yay on possible Werewolf movie! It also sounds a bit Noir-ish and that happens to be my FAV genre! Supernatural is my second fav, so 2 for 2! Sounds awesome, I should read it...especially before any film comes out (I prefer to read the book versions of things before I see the movie)
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
Good luck on that knot!
Hey George. We are all cheering you as you get closer to the Dance with Dragons finish line. I hope the Hollywood TV adaptation isn't taking away too much of your time from it. No matter how good the TV adaption will be, I will always prefer your books with your brilliant writing style. Cheers.
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Life is a very good busy for you, but why must your nose suffer so?
Sep. 10th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
If/when they look for locations to film "The Skin Trade," northeast Ohio would be ideal for its selection of decaying rustbelt towns.
Sep. 10th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
My my haven't we been busy as of late? Well, you always are busy, but this post seems a little busier than usually. And here am I complaining about my work load!
Sep. 10th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
My money's on Tywin Lannister for the character, and maaayyyyybe Patrick Stewart or Charles Dance for the actor.
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Patrick Steward would be terrific!
That would be just Too Good To Be True!

If you're not wasting your money on this bet, it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to discover the truth...
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Sep. 10th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
this post
you have a cool life
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
Pain and Misery
GRRM, Week Six...get your popcorn ready.

Aaron Maybin is going to go all Ilyn Payne on Mark Sanchez.
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
Cool movie news. :)

I'll keep my fingers crossed for Ian Holm as Maester Luwin...
Sep. 10th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
I took a good hard swack at the Meereenese knot. The sword bounced off and cut my nose off. Bugger.

"GRRM has no nose."
"So, how does he smell?"

I leave it to you to determine.
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    Still working on that. When we have a final, I will share it.
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    Are all these examples digital artwork? It doesn't look like traditional oil on canvas. I miss the fantasy/sci-fi covers of the '70s and '80s. Even the paperbacks had amazing covers.
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    Any chance you could tell us who’s doing the cover art for Fire and Blood? And maybe when we can expect a glimpse of it. Thank you!
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