Thursday, June 11, 2015

High Stakes Delivered

Very pleased to have sent my portion of the next Wild Cards novel, HIGH STAKES, in to George RR Martin last night. It's been a long process this time around, with some serious delays. But yesterday I got what I needed to finish, I went to work and 4,167 words later I pressed SEND. (My sections are 43,000 in total.) So. Done.

Until I have to do rewrites.

Now back to packing and teaching and all the other things of life!

Friday, February 20, 2015

You know what I'm dreaming of? Spring. The mild, wonderful days of... oh, let's say May. What a marvelous month. By late May, the snow really will be gone. Really, I'm sure of it. I'll head up to Vermont for the absolutely wonderful Vermont College of Fine Arts Novel Retreat. We'll talk books and writing. I'll wear short sleeves. I'll sit outside at some cafe and chat with folks as birds fly around singing.

It'll be a dream.

You should join me.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Acacia tome 2 : terres étrangères, numéro d’équilibriste littéraire

Friday, February 06, 2015

Acceptance!

Very happy to say that I just heard back from my editor on my recently delivered Spartacus manuscript. It's a go. He likes it and has officially accepted it!

There's still plenty of revising work to be done, but it's a big relief to get the confirmation that the book exists, and will be my next publication with Doubleday/Anchor. Book # 7 with them!

Oh, and I think it has a title now. It will likely be this:

The Risen: A Novel of Spartacus

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 Dreams #2

Toward the end of the year, I mentioned that I was looking forward to a few things for 2015. One of them was a possible Gabriel's Story movie. Yay for that! It's about time I mention another thing I'm hoping for.

As it's super early days and I haven't been given the green light to announce this, I won't say the words myself. I will, however, point you to a very bare-bones IMDb page - since somebody other than me created it! Take a look.

 Who knows? Maybe it'll happen...

Click HERE to see what I'm talking about.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Stonecoast in Ireland

Hiya. I've been quiet because post-holidays I went right into preparations for the Stonecoast in Ireland Residency. I've been over on the Emerald Isle having a grand time with small batch of students. Good company, good food, terrific writer guests, whiskey. No Guinness for me, but still... It's all good, and it's not over yet!

One of the highlights was reading one evening along with the amazing Ian McDonald! He was great. Wonderful reading. Good guy. Terrific to hang out with. Great crack, as they say.

How cool is Stonecoast?

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 Dreams #1

Here I am, post Christmas, counting down the days to the end of the year. It's rather pleasant. There are a number of things I'm personally hopeful about for the coming year. In a lot of ways I've felt creatively on hold for the past couple of years. Not that I wasn't creating. I was. Always. Writing and writing. It's just that some projects never flew, some have been on hold, and some just took ages! I'll speak to each of these over the next few days, but here let me mention one.

For the past 12 years my first novel, Gabriel's Story, has been optioned for film by Redwave Films. They do independent films, small, intimate movies that they believe in and work hard to get made. One of them, The Full Monty, was a huge hit, but all of them are interesting films in their own right. The producer, Uberto Pasolini, has graciously renewed the option each December, hoping that the next year was the one the would see our movie go into production. Hasn't happened yet, but, having just renewed the option again, he promises me the chances are better than ever for this to be the year!

What's changed? A couple of things. One is that for the first time in years, both Uberto and the attached director, Alan Taylor, are anticipating a break in their busy schedules that Gabriel's Story might fit into. Alan has been attached since the beginning, but he's been busy with a career that's taken off. In addition to early independent films, he's done a ton of serious tv dramas - Game of Thrones, The Wire, The Sopranos, Rome, Homicide: Life on the Streets (just to name a few), and more recently he's become a blockbuster epic film director: the two Thor movies and the forthcoming Terminator Genisys.

Did I just write that? Thor... Thor... Terminator... Gabriel's Story? Really? Well, it's not as crazy as it seems. Alan's a terrific, diverse director that clearly likes making different kinds of films. He's also a terrific writer. I know this because I recently read the screenplay adaption of Gabriel's Story that he wrote! It's really quite good. I've read some other screenplay adaptions of my fiction before, but this one was the best. It's my story, and it's different, and the ways it's different all make sense to me, and all tell my story in an efficient way that also makes it Alan's story. What more could I ask?

So, the word is that Uberto is ready to go on this, and that Alan may just be ready to go once he's finished with Terminator post-production stuff. So... maybe 2015 is the year we get to work?

More things I'm feeling good about 2015 to come...

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Hurston/Wright 2015 Weekend Writing Workshops

Very pleased to be returning to the Hurston/Wright Foundation yet again to teach a workshop on writing historical and fantastical fiction.

See brochure for details:

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Vermont College of Fine Arts Novel Retreat

This will be a great time! Come join us!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Lowball: A Wild Cards Novel

I'm very pleased to announce that as of today the newest Wild Card's mosaic novel is available!

It's edited by George RR Martin, is out in the world. It features original fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregillis, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Mary Anne Mohanraj, David D. Levine, Michael Cassutt, and Walter John Williams.

Oh... and me!

Here, by the way, is the final cover:

 
The dude on the front is Marcus Morgan, also know as the Infamous Black Tongue. IBT for short. He's the product of a collaboration between myself and my son. He wouldn't exist quite the way he does with Sage's input. Awesome, that.

Wanna sample of this thing? Okay, here's one at Tor.com. It begins with a Michael Cassutt's story, and then includes the first part of mine.

Actually, I've gotten some love a number of times with in excerpts. IBT is featured on the Amazon page for the book, as well as in the official excerpt on GRRM's site.

Here's some copy from the jacket:

Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake. Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary—and sometimes terrifying—traits. While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt. Down in the seedy underbelly of Jokertown, residents are going missing. The authorities are unwilling to investigate, except for a fresh lieutenant looking to prove himself and a collection of unlikely jokers forced to take matters into their own hands—or tentacles. The deeper into the kidnapping case these misfits and miscreants get, the higher the stakes are raised.

Never tried Wild Cards? It's a long-running series, but not to worry. You could begin at the book just before this one, Fort Freak (Wild Cards). It's the start of a new cycle, and it also features my character!

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