kriz1818 links a devastating fire at Aardman Animation. I've been rooting for these guys for a long time as they take on the Disneys of the world with their peculiar gentility, and this saddens me.
It comes on the heels of a major triumph, though, as Curse of the Were Rabbit hits #1 in the North American box office, prompting fears of a run on Stinking Bishop.
Salon interviews Clarke & Gaiman (free but annoying advert-watching required) (via par_avion)
I like the opening sentence: Writers are legendarily competitive, and frequently petty about it, as countless romans à clef have shown.
Reminds me of a conversation that took place, I think it was in Sarah Weinman's blog, this year, about how "Mystery/crime writers aren't like that, but I hear SFF is pretty nasty." At which point I piped in and said (tongue in cheek) "The SFF community is generally pretty close knit. It must be over in romance that they all hate each other." And a romance writer stuck her head in and said "Hey! We get along fine!"
So there's your answer. It's those goddamned poets ruining it for everybody. And yeah, I'm looking at you, lnhammer and stillnotbored. Troublemakers. Both of you.
Jonathan Strahan rounds up some short fiction, lassos it and rides it.
meritahut's story has no happy ending.
This left me thinking hard about the nature of community in the Internet age.
As for me, I have a 74-page printout on my desk, which I plan to ignore until the pressure to do something becomes unbearable. I pretty much know what I need to do to fix it, but it requires lingering attention and loving care, and right now, I haven't got either of those things in me. (I expect "Lucifugous" will grow from its current 18.5K to about 20-22K by the time I'm done fluffing its hair and feeding it veggies, and I want to take on that work in a spirit of lovingkindness, because I have discovered that I really, really like Jack Priest. A lot. And I don't want to goof up his story.) So it sits there unfinished until the little gear in my head that says you must do this now ticks over and the flag goes up.
This is a character who will be back. Along with Sebastien and Abigail Irene. Which I guess is good, because I have at least two novel ideas set in this particular continuity: New Amsterdam and Les Innocents.
The first two DCI Abigail Irene Garrett novelettes, "Wax" and "Wane," are forthcoming in Interzone, by the way. It's Randall Garrett with some of the monarchism considered in what's hopefully a complex fashion, meets Prime Suspect with a bit of Conan Doyle on the side. They're not really whodunnits, because whodunnit isn't particularly hard to guess in either case, but more--thematically, for me--meditations on personal and political loyalty and what it gets you.
Because in addition to needing a 20K pseudo-Victorian alt-hist vampire novella, the world needs forensic sorcerers. Lots and lots and lots of forensic sorcerers.
It does! I got a memo!
Anyway, I really like the way Jack came out. He's a keeper. Probably gets it from his namesake, cmpriest.