Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 9 Feb 01 07:47
Len -- you're very welcome. This topic occasionally makes me nostalgic for the glory days of Genie, which was a lot like this but it went on for years and years. (What was it martha for my topic -- 7 years? 8?) Mimi -- There will be reports on the signings from here, I'm sure, and also from the new novel website. (There was excitement yesterday when Harper had to eliminate a cyber squatter.) (I think it'll be up any moment now.) Good on finding the Ribena pastilles: a taste from my youth available nowhere else in the world... we'll work out a fun exchange or just pay you. ,, News... Yesterday I signed contracts to write the Ramayana as an animated film for Dreamworks; and for the movie rights to Coraline. Coraline has been bought by a new film company for Henry Selick (who directed the Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and a new film called Monkeybone).
Jade Walker (maidenfate) Fri 9 Feb 01 08:53
Hot off the wires: On February 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, STARZ! premieres "Princess Mononoke," Japanese writer-director Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed story of the struggle of man against nature...and one translated by our own Neil :-) Jade
Daniel Lofton (daniellofton) Fri 9 Feb 01 09:07
Neil -- About the movie news, Cool beans! Selick does some great work. Any idea what kind of movie its gonna be (stop motion, live action, mix of both)? Michelle -- I suppose you would need local folk for you to observe the drinking and reading but there's no reason we all couldn't conduct a sort of correspondance experiment.
cranky (gorey) Fri 9 Feb 01 10:37
Woohoo, Henry Selick! He's brilliant and he needs more recognition, so I'm glad to hear he's getting Coraline.
Sarah A. Rudek (whispered) Fri 9 Feb 01 11:11
Super cool to hear Selick & Co's (are they still called Skellington Studios...?) doing Coraline. I'll keep my fingers crossed that this one pulls through.
Sarah A. Rudek (whispered) Fri 9 Feb 01 11:12
And *now* I read 'new film company'. Whoops!
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 9 Feb 01 11:26
I'm afraid to think how long you had your GEnie topic, Neil, because I don't want to believe I've known you that long. A long time. You had the topic no more than months after you got your house in America. And I had to tell you how things worked and now you know everything about computers.
cranky (gorey) Fri 9 Feb 01 13:11
Selick's studio is now known as Twitching Image.
Linda Castellani (castle) Fri 9 Feb 01 14:13
e-mail from Mary Roane: Neil--Alice said yesterday that the new space is too small, so she was going to check some alternate locations close to the store. Evanston (where the new store is) probably has more bookstores per square inch than most places--certainly more than downtown Chicago. The Borders on N. Michigan is probably the biggest in downtown, but it's always crowded. It's a hard call--want to just do the Vic again? ;-) Congratulations on the contracts--the Coraline deal is really exciting! Len--you're welcome. And I'm at the part where Will & Iorek have just arrived to rescue Lyra from Mrs. Coulter in the cave. And I left it at home today, so all that time I should be reading on the El, I'll just be staring at the rain that is supposed to turn to snow tonight. Ick. Saw the very first performance of "The Producers" last week. It's terrific! Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick are marvelous, the songs are great and the book is a riot. It sags a little in the second act, tying up the plot, but what musical doesn't? Jade--Congratulations! Mary (who is wondering what she'll do when the Typhoo supply runs out......) P.S. Neil--been meaning to ask--ant chance you're doing Book Expo?
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 9 Feb 01 14:25
I use www.britishtea.com, for what it's worth. No plans for book expo but who knows? Daniel -- a bit of both, I think.
Michelle Montrose-Hyman (miss-mousey) Fri 9 Feb 01 15:35
Got an email from Dylan V from afn-g: --- Hi all, Good title for the new forum, but what about http://www.americangods.com? After initially being shocked by the advertisement with lots of pastels, the mention of a Goddess and a cover of what looked like a cheaper version of one of Jackie Collins' books, there is now a nice Neil splash page, and a hidden journal. Any chance of it going live? D --- Mimi - I'll post you some of the possible photos via email, sometime over the weekend. squeaks, whose friends has TOTALLY lost it (clucking like a chicken and such - totally sober even)
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Fri 9 Feb 01 16:10
Hey, everybody, the time has come! We'll be launching a new topic: Topic 104 [inkwell.vue]: Neil Gaiman: Countdown to American Gods and we'll be freezing this one. We'll do this Sunday night. Look for the new topic thereafter!
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 9 Feb 01 16:33
Dylan -- going live as opposed to... what? We're building it slowly. I don't expect a point where it's officially "live". It'll just grow organically from not very much (at present) to lots, by June 19th...
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 9 Feb 01 16:45
Ah, you know, after a moment's thought I realised the site probably went live between Dylan sending the e-mail to Michelle and it getting posted here.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Fri 9 Feb 01 18:36
...and talking about sites going live, Hot Topic has the first bunch of stuff (TM) up on their web site right now. It's interesting seeing pictures of this stuff (TM)... The second round of stuff (TM) should be even more interesting. Teenaged daughter is going to Japan next month for ten days, along with 8 schoolfriends and a teacher. She's excited and nervous.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 9 Feb 01 20:12
She'll have such an amazing time I know. Man, I was 32 before I got off this continent! Going as a teenager, it has to get into your bones.
Michelle Montrose-Hyman (miss-mousey) Sat 10 Feb 01 02:00
Neil - Jealous! I haven't been to Japan *since* I was her age. And I have relatives there! (used to go every few years). I can't wait to go back someday. And yes, the site was mostly blank when I got that email. Martha - It's worse when you've been bouncing between continents since infancy. Especially when you develop a paranoid fear of airplanes. Then you just get over-anxious about needing to get out of the country, followed by a lot of panicking on how to do it without getting on a plane. squeaks, who thinks Neil should give her an odd _Stardust_ just because she is taking a plane to New Orleans to go on the cruise in the first place.
-N. (streak) Sat 10 Feb 01 03:01
I also grew up travelling around a lot, so I know what you mean, squeaks. Travel is great at any age, but when you're young and impressionable it's downright fabulous. Of course, as a nearly senile old man of 23, my glory years are long behind me...
Brent Hogan (brent-hogan) Sat 10 Feb 01 10:41
streak - I know what you mean since I have little cousins who are 16 telling me I'm going to be over the hill when I hit 25 in a couple of months. And traveling is one of the best things about living. However, traveling with people that you aren't necessarily friends with, that's one of the worst. :) Neil - congrats on the contracts. I loved James and the Giant Peach and Nightmare Before Xmas, so it's great to hear that Coraline will be in very capable hands. Back to work.....
Daniel Lofton (daniellofton) Sat 10 Feb 01 11:36
Neil -- She'll have a great time in Japan. I got a lot of world travel in before I hit teenage years and I wish that there had been more around that time. Michelle -- I know what you mean about the fear of planes. Used to be I got on em no problem, but the older I've gotten the more I prefer to drive. I think it's partially a problem with that big metal thing in the sky. Although I know the physics behind it work I keep thinking that one day somebody will say, "Hey, that thing's too heavy to go hurling about in the air like that." And then the plane I'm on will drop like a rock.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Sat 10 Feb 01 12:29
"Jack?" "Yes, Dierdre?" "Jack? You're pining, aren't you?" "Pining, Dierdre? Whatever makes you say that?" "Oh, Jack. It's that -- that far-off look in your eyes. Is it the war? Is that it, Jack?" "No. No, Dierdre. It's not the war." "Then -- then for heaven's sake, darling, tell me. Tell me what it is. I'm sure that there is nothing that we cannot bear, together." "I suppose, Dierdre, you're just going to call me a silly old muffin, but. Well, it's the end of an era." "Oh Jack." "Oh Dierdre." "I didn't think that whole topic 73 thing would get to you like that. I should have known. I've been a fool." "No Dierdre. I've been the fool." "Topic 104. It. It won't change anything, will it?" "Gosh no. It won't change us, anyway Dierdre. I just can't help remembering. It's all going away. Topic 73. There's amusic, you know, when you say it. It's got a sort of magic about it. Topic 104 -- can it, will it ever be the same?" "Jack. There's something I have to tell you." "What is it Dierdre?" "I'm -- I'm going to have a baby." "Oh Dierdre." "Oh jack. Are you.... are you angry?" "No. I was just thinking... I suppose we're going to jolly well have to make topic 104 a land fit for heroes now." (Stirring music swells.) This post brought to you by too many old black and white war movies on wet sunday afternoons in my childhood.
Jenny B. (ophelia-b) Sat 10 Feb 01 12:54
Neil - you are a strange and interesting man who I will forever admire. Jen, who can't stop giggling.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Sat 10 Feb 01 13:20
"And when I make it back to Brooklyn and that sweet little dame of mine, gosh, the big plans we have for Topic 104! Yeah, we're gonna--" (Land mine explodes.)
Sarah A. Rudek (whispered) Sat 10 Feb 01 13:53
Hahah. That's great, Neil. :) I wonder who'll get the last post...
-N. (streak) Sat 10 Feb 01 14:36
"Yeah, I remember Tex. He was from topic 73, but we all called him Tex anyway. Now I... I guess he's not gonna ever see topic 73 again. Excuse me, wouldja? I... got somethin' in my eye."
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