Linda Castellani (castle) Fri 15 Jun 01 19:21
I just have to report that I finally succumbed and acquired Comet Cursors where I noticed that they have, among many, many others, several sushi cursors and a set of Princess Mononoke characters. I selected the Sea Eel.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 15 Jun 01 20:20
Erynn -- Little Blue World, I think. Michelle -- I'm writing something for each of the girls. It'll probably be longer in the version in the tour booklet, at a guess. Bill -- tell the truth, I didn't think it was going live for a couple of days -- there are definitely many bugs to be worked out. Including, I notice, getting the blogger pages to work properly -- they've not got anything posted after June 10th, and have lost the archives. (Nervously, i just went and checked, and everything's still there in Blogger.) firstname.lastname@example.org is the webmistress, and the person to talk to. Linda -- what a wonderful sort of message for 1976. I love the idea of sushi cursors... ... So, I'm not able to use the blogger for a few days, it looks like, which is very frustrating -- if there ever was a time I hoped to have a window for late-breaking news it was now. The mail brought three Harry Stephen Keeler books: "The Case of the transposed Legs" (which I already have), "The Man with the magic eardrums" and "The Sharkskin Book, or By Third Degree" -- half-sized print on demand books which I think I may take on tour with me...
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 15 Jun 01 21:00
so I checked and www.americangods.com/journal.html is still up and running just fine. The version of the journal you get to from the home page is the outdated one. The archives aren`t easily accessible but they`re still there as well...
JaNell the terminally frustrated (janell) Fri 15 Jun 01 21:13
Michelle - in spite of constant mis-spellings, and weird pronunciations, I LOVE my name. Actually, both first and last names. My mom, who thought it up, loved it so much that both my brothers were supposed to be me. My husband said I "Squealed like a thirteen year old girl at a Backstreet Boys concert" when I read that it was in there, so I hit him. Ha. Did any of you get to attend the excite thing with Neil tonight? I kept getting bumped off..
Bill^2 (billbill) Fri 15 Jun 01 21:52
JaNell-- Yep, I got in, even got a question posted. But I didn't win a book. Damn. Well, I'll have my personally signed copy in about a week anyhow. Now to determine which older books I'll also be bringing along. Neil-- When is the NPR interview to be aired? I listen to NPR on my way to/from work, but that only comprises about 30 minutes of my whole day. I'd like to be tuned in.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 15 Jun 01 23:00
Bill... check http://www.wcpn.org/ - I think the station may be web accessible... we'll see next week if I get to do any national NPR shows.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Sat 16 Jun 01 00:54
Bill -- there are also links to webmasters etc from the MESSAGES section.
Erynn Miles (erynn-miles) Sat 16 Jun 01 08:24
Wow! This is so exciting:) Neil, I swear, cool things are always happening to you, or around you:) I can't wait until the 19th and 24th! yeeeeeehaaah! Michelle- Yeah, my cousin worked for Disney for one summer and hated it. Most of the stories she had were not good ones at all. I had no idea that they weren't entitled to clean underwear though. Ewww. Horrible.
JaNell (janell) Sat 16 Jun 01 10:17
Of course cool things happen to Neil! He has us, doesn't he? ;)
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Sat 16 Jun 01 10:23
Heh... didn't have my eye on the ball. We're something like 24 responses away from the maximum allowed in a topic. I'm going to set one up for the 'gang of 104,' after which I'll freeze this one. There's another Neil topic coming up June 29 focusing on _American Gods_, so we'll actually have two topics running: the one I set up today for this mini-community that as formed, and another for the more focused AG discussion. Rock on!
Jade Walker (maidenfate) Sat 16 Jun 01 10:32
Neil and Holly - Congrats. American Gods has now reached 97 on Amazon. You should be incredibly proud. :-) Jade Walker
Gail Williams (gail) Sat 16 Jun 01 10:34
Wow, how exciting.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Sat 16 Jun 01 10:38
Given the spirit of the countdown and all, <castle> suggested we should wait 'til you guys have reached the end of the topic! So keep posting here... when this topic's full, we'll launch the new one!
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Sat 16 Jun 01 10:57
Jade -- I think it got up to 51 at its highest -- I'm hoping that when it actually comes out it'll take another lurch upward. Of course, I'll be on tour, and Holly will be at Student Council Camp so we may never know. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0380973650 has Therese Littleton's review. She is a smart cookie and a Gene Wolfe fan, and as a good a reviewer as you'll find, so I was thrilled she liked it. (No, amazon.com reviews are not puff pieces.) The neilgaiman.com message board is having a few problems -- it should be working by Monday morning though. I've got less than 24 hours left at home, and time is tighter than you'd believe. Got to phone Tori and let her know the photos didn't come yet, print out stuff for the Magnetic Fields gig, HOPE that the guy turns up to fit the two-way satellite link for the house (they're now a week late -- frustrating as the main reason for having it installed was to be able to squirt big neilgaiman.com files to harpercollins). Get everything done... I'll miss the garden, the family, and reading to Maddy every night. Recently she decided that she just wanted me to read her Warlock at the Wheel, Diana Wynne Jones's short story. Each night. She now does the voice of the little girl and the car...
Linda Castellani (castle) Sat 16 Jun 01 11:14
Neil, do you not bring your family with you when you travel? So, as Jon said, the countdown has begun. We've started a new topic and retired it (which means that it's lying around somewhere inaccessible to most people, and those of you who are old WELL geeks, please restrain yourselves!) so that we can immediately put it into action when this topic fills up. If you are the lucky soul who tries to post only to be told the topic is full, please send e-mail to email@example.com and we will immediately dust off the new one for you. So, how many more to go??
Bill^2 (billbill) Sat 16 Jun 01 11:44
Neil-- Best of luck on the beginning of the tour, and see you, with books and friends in tow, in Lexington. Now to figure out which older books to bring along. Perhaps the BBC Neverwhere... Bill^2, missed his birthyear post, but bagged the HS graduation
Angelina Venti (velvetraisin) Sat 16 Jun 01 13:06
Sooo....I went to make sure a copy of American Gods would get held for me at my local Borders (which was made a great deal easier by whoever it was on here that said it was in the computer under "Amer Gods"...Thank you!). The guy at the counter's face lit up when I told him what book I wanted and he said "I just finished reading the preview copy. It was fantastic...I would have just given my copy to you, but I gave it to my girlfriend about half an hour ago." AHHHHHH! Why oh why do I not work at Borders? Neil--Something for EACH of the girls? My goodness, I can't wait.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Sat 16 Jun 01 13:09
Linda -- bringing the family on a tour like this would a) turn something difficult and exhausting at the best of times into something approaching the logitstical complexity of the D-day landings , b) probably violate various laws about cruelty to children, not to mention wives and cats. Also if I did, they'd never see me... I'm either being interviewed or signing. No, they stay home and have a good time and get enough sleep. The two way satellite installers cancelled. Meanwhile I need to install compuserve 4.02 on the libretto (for Windows 2000, which means lots of sighing and scripts and configuring again). And it seemes perfectly appropriate that the Countdown to American Gods topic finishes the day before I start on the tour. Angelina -- yes. I can't wait to see them.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Sat 16 Jun 01 13:11
By the way, Amazon has just put up a rather nice SANDMAN page at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/feature/-/19392/104-3236808-1255949
Erynn Miles (erynn-miles) Sat 16 Jun 01 15:15
I love the new American Gods sight. Was just having fun with the quicktime movies. Neil- good luck on the tour. See you soon:) (and by the way, I think you look gorgeous with long hair) I heard that the manager of the Borders here was fired (finally) after recieving many complaints (including about a hundred that I made) Yeah! So the new topic is going to be called "gang of 104"? Cool. I hope to see everyone there:) Cheerio!
JaNell (janell) Sat 16 Jun 01 15:47
I'm off to the 11th St. Espresso House, so 'bye, topic. See y'all at 104...
Linda Castellani (castle) Sat 16 Jun 01 17:25
No, silly, *this* is 104! The new topic is: Topic 115 [inkwell.vue]: The Mob from 104: well.fans.neilgaiman! So, meet us in 115! My SO and I are off to the movies. Nothing I'm excited about seeing - he wants Pearl Harbor and I don't, so we compromised at Moulin Rouge, even though I really want to see Atlantis. What that means is, you may get to 2007 responses while I am out. So, I'm going to let you in on a secret, but you have to promise not to do this until this topic is absolutely full: you can go to topic 115 before we unretire it by typing s 115 in your shortcut box or at the OK prompt if you are not using the Web interface. If you don't have an OK prompt, you have a shortcut box. No cheating! And I will know because all of the posts are time-stamped! See you when I get home. %^)
Bill^2 (billbill) Sat 16 Jun 01 18:38
It can also be located at: http://engaged.well.com/engaged/engaged.cgi?c=inkwell.vue&f=0&t=115 for those who are "just visiting".
Jenny B. (ophelia-b) Sat 16 Jun 01 18:45
Hey all, just posting a pointless post before this topic closes, and also snagging my graduation year. (well, I was before bill jumped in) :-) Jen
Mary Roane (the-roane) Sat 16 Jun 01 21:16
O.K., I'll snag this year, when AG came out! Neil--be safe, try to rest and *have a good time!* I know it's not all fun, but hopefully you'll get to see some friends & get taken to good places to eat. Excited about 115. See y'all there! Mary (who got a new perm & new contacts today--I feel like *me* again!)
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