Reading, Review, and Rest

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A reminder that I’m reading at Third Place Books (the Lake Forest Park store) tomorrow evening at 7pm for those in the Seattle area.

The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf reviews Lightbreaker, and gives me 8 out of 10 hats. He’s also asked for an interview and I send back the questions yesterday so that should be posted in a week or so.

And, finally, I also sent back the CEM of Heartland last night. So, baring any final discussion of edits, book 2 is done. Amazon thinks it is back-ordered already, but, really, publication date is Feb 2010.

Now, I rest. For a day or so, and then it’s on to the next project.

Reading Reminder

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Just an early reminder that I’ll be reading next week at Third Place Books (the Lake Forest Park store) next Wednesday at 7.00pm. Depending on whether or not they put me out in front of all the random kids wandering around, I may even read something from the sekrit projekt, in addition to the normal Monkey Juggling Starfish routine.

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Mamet and Disney

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Variety reports that David Mamet is to write and direct a new film version of The Diary of Anne Frank. For Disney, no less. The article says: “Mamet brings his own original take on the material that could re-frame the story as a young girl’s rite of passage.”

I mean this with no disrespect to Mamet, whose work I really admire for its, well, density and brutality of language, but I have to wonder who is in for more of a surprise: Disney, for thinking that Mamet is going to “re-frame the story as a young girl’s rite of passage” in a way that will not emotionally scar your typical Disney audience; or the audience, for thinking this’ll be a happy Disneyified version of Anne’s life.

Mamet’s last film, Redbelt, is a subtle piece of work that gels more and more the longer it sits in your brain. Not a happy ending, necessarily, but one that resonates quite solidly. Very much a writer’s movie.

Payday

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The Check That Is In The Mail? I got it today. Along with a note from my agent that says (and I’m going to quote him because it speaks very highly of Scribe’s perseverance): “One of the original state goals of Scribe when we first started out was: find that one guy who wrote that cool ass book and get it published. That ‘one guy’ was of course you, and the ‘cool ass book’ was Souls of the Living.”

For those who haven’t heard the story, Kris first read Souls when it came across his desk during his intern days at [redacted so not to embarrass a certain New York publishing house that missed their chance early on]. He pushed for it then, and wasn’t able to convince his people to move on the book. He went off and started Scribe, TRACKED me down (and this was several years later when I had gone off to do other things, figuring the book would never sell), and let me do a complete from-scratch rewrite of the book (that he thought was sellable AS IT WAS).

The book is now published, and you all know it as Lightbreaker. The first outline of the book was written around the end of March, 1995. The first draft was written in a 60 day binge shortly thereafter. Fourteen years later, it is on the shelves.

It is there because Kristopher O’Higgins never gave up. Thank you, sir.

Updates All Around

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I have been remiss in updating so I’ll chunk out a bullet list and we’ll move on from there.

(*) Lightbreaker is in stores (mostly; B & N appears to have gotten caught short, but they’re hanging their heads and waiting for their orders to disperse to the stores). Heartland is moving through the editorial process and is on track for Feb 2010 release. Huzzah!

(*) Reviews of Lightbreaker are starting to trickle in. I’m updating the all you need to know page at the CODEX site with the good ones. The Publisher’s Weekly review, which uses the phrases “pretentious passages of overblown monologue” and “beats metaphors into the ground” to otherwise distract from things like “dramatic premise” and “strong characters,” is, well, a review from Publisher’s Weekly. They don’t hotlink to individual reviews, so you’ll have scroll down the page to find out how these words are all strung together.

Monsters of Filmland, on the other hand, say:Lightbreaker is the best book about magic that I have read since Peter Straub’s Shadowland. This book is simply amazing.” I’ll take that one, thank you very much.

(*) Book 3 is called ANGEL TONGUE (as you may have noticed from the inside page of Lightbreaker. It brings Markham back to the States after his trip to Paris and deals with floating heads, Enochian transmission stations, crop circles, and apocalyptic faith healers. It’ll also introduce a couple of re-occuring characters as we get this series more underway. (And, yes, I know the title to Book 4, but I’m keeping it quiet for a while yet.)

(*) Upcoming Appearances. For those in the Pacific Northwest area, there are two appearances scheduled for the next months. I’ll, of course, brow beat everyone about them as they get closer, but for those who wish to mark their calendars now: August 26th, 7.00pm @ Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park; and September 18th, 6.00pm @ Barnes & Noble in Tukwila.

(*) Also, the Esoteric Book Conference, Sept 19 & 20. My wallet is crying already. I’ll be geeking out heavily.

(*) Oh, and my pal, John Klima, won a Hugo last night for Best Fanzine. Well, technically Electric Velocipede won, but as the magazine has been the result of his blood, sweat, and angst for the last eight years, I think he can call it “his.” Hey, John, I guess you can update the header bar of your EV Blog now. That’s “Hugo Award winning and World Fantasy Award nominated.”