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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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Coming soon, a new Wild Card's novel!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Scotland

I'm disappointed (though not surprised) by the outcome of the Scottish Independence vote. I would've welcomed an independent Scotland and would've looked forward to moving back there. (That, by the way, is not an academic notion. My wife and kids are Scottish. We've lived in Scotland before and will do so again. It's not a matter of if, but just of when we make the move back.)

That disappointment aside, though, I'm pleased by two seemingly contradictory things. One is that the vote wasn't super close. It would've been hard to take if it had been a really narrow victory or loss.

The second is that I'm quite proud of Scotland. They just had a peaceful vote on their future, on a big issue unlike any most of us face at the ballot box. They turned out in massive numbers to have their say. And that 45% that said yes is actually really impressive. That's a lot of yes in the face of a lot of NO-inspired horror stories that were being rolled out on a daily basis, and of course it's harder to make a huge change than it is to stay the course.

All in all, it was an impressive showing, one that reminds me why Scotland is a country I love.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A União Sagrada

One never knows for sure, but according to this blog:

http://umabibliotecaemconstrucao.blogspot.com/2014/08/saida-de-emergencia-anuncia-titulos-que.html

the next volume of Acacia may come out next month in Portugal! 


Acácia - A União Sagrada de David Anthony Durham... I like the way that sounds. (Not that I can pronounce it properly, but still.) 

This would, by the way, be the first half of The Sacred Band. (I think.)

I'll post a cover as soon as I can grab one.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

VCFA Novel Retreat

Hey. Here's a thing. I'm pleased to announce that next May I'll be one of the faculty members of the Novel Retreat hosted by the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Here's some of what they say about it:

"In keeping with its nationally recognized commitment to the literary arts, in May 2015, the College will host its second annual VCFA Novel Retreat. Readings, presentations, and faculty mentorships in which full-length manuscript critiques are available, are the centerpieces of this special week devoted solely to full immersion novel writing. It is specifically designed to provide participants with concentrated blocks of writing time in an environment that fosters and sustains emerging novelists."

It's a week-long event, with what looks like a terrific combination of writing and reading and short talks etc. But it's a retreat, so it's not all work! Sounds like great fun. The faculty looks terrific as well (by which I mean the other faculty - I'm just me): Connie May Fowler and Laurie Alberts and Clint McCown. I'm personally pleased to be hanging out with Clint again; we used to teach together at the Stonecoast MFA Program (where I still do teach, of course). Bios of everyone are here.

 Registration starts in September and the retreat dates are: May 19 - 25, 2015.

Interested? How's the novel coming along? What shape will it be in by next spring? Need incentive to get to work? Here it is!

Also, do note that part of the inclusion of me as a faculty member is to mix in a writer familiar with genre writing. Something to consider...

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