inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1876 of 1905: 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).
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1877 of 1905: 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
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1878 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1879 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1880 of 1905: 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.  
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1881 of 1905: Sarah A. Rudek (whispered) Fri 9 Feb 01 11:12
    
And *now* I read 'new film company'.  Whoops!
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1882 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1883 of 1905: cranky (gorey) Fri 9 Feb 01 13:11
    
Selick's studio is now known as Twitching Image.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1884 of 1905: 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?
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1885 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1886 of 1905: 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)
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1887 of 1905: 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!
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1888 of 1905: 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...
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1889 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1890 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1891 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1892 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1893 of 1905: -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...
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1894 of 1905: 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.....
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1895 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1896 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1897 of 1905: 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.
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1898 of 1905: 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.)
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1899 of 1905: Sarah A. Rudek (whispered) Sat 10 Feb 01 13:53
    
Hahah.  That's great, Neil.  :) I wonder who'll get the last post...
  
inkwell.vue.73 : Neil Gaiman - SANDMAN:THE DREAM HUNTERS
permalink #1900 of 1905: -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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