Waterstones Doncaster have now confirmed a book signing event for Saturday 13 Dec 2014. Think they were scared the Empire would sulk if they didn’t. That, combined with the ticketed event I’m doing with Tom Lloyd in Notts on 13 Oct, might almost be termed a book tour… ok, it isn’t really, but we can all dream, eh.
It’s true. Just signed a one-book deal with Kristell Ink (imprint of Grimbold Books). It’ll be a collection of my short stories – and I’ll have proper free rein too! Will finish writing it by this Dec and it should be on shelves by March/April 2015! I’m properly thrilled, as it happens. Properly. Feel liberated somehow.
Oo! I’m doing my first ticketed event for Waterstones on 18 Oct. With Tom Lloyd thrown in for good measure. We’ll do a talk on trends in fantasy, a couple of readings, a Q&A and some scribbling in books! Tickets available from Waterstones Nottingham from Thurs 4 Sept. Shout it to the skies!
Hmm. This Luc Besson film is vastly enjoyable, but not quite as awesome as I’d hoped. The plot (more of a scenario, really) involves a young girl forced into being a drug-mule for an experimental drug. It leaks into her guts and she begins to access previously unused parts of her mind… developing super powers in the process. Problem: she’s massively strong very quickly, so all sense of jeopardy immediately disappears.
She becomes smarter and smarter as the film goes on, until she is smarter than all human experience. Problem: the film is an expression of meaning that can only use our current tropes of understanding – so ultimately can only fail to explain the true conceptual consequences of her intellect.
It all ends up as fairly… predictable, therefore. And vaguely daft. It’s a shame, cos somewhere in there is an amazing film fighting to get out. But still vastly enjoyable. 7.5 out of 10.
In something of a minor miracle, I’ve actually been included on the programme of FantasyCon in York. I’ll be giving forth 5-6pm on Saturday 6 Sept. The topic: The Fan, the Pro and the Publishing Industry Writers.
Why a minor miracle? Well, let’s just say the selection policy regarding panels has been far from transparent in previous years. Seems like things are finally changing! As my friend Richard Kellum once time: ‘It’s high time Pip threw back the curtains of Miss Faversham’s dark and dusty sitting room.’ There is hope.
Meanwhile, I’ll be signing for Watestones Doncaster this Saturday (23 Aug).
And what’s Dalton working on? He’s writing a troll story for Nordland Publishing, that’s what.
Waterstones Leeds have confirmed they have the stock of Empire of the Saviours, Gateway, and Tithe for this Saturday (16 Aug, 11am), so the signing is a go! Over a hundred books – I’ll need to use some serious jedi powers to shift that lot (especially as the Premiership is starting). Maybe a prayer or two to arcane powers. Hmm. Ritual sacrifice of something? A cucumber sandwich? Do arcane powers like them? Where’s the rule book on such stuff?
Finally caught up with this 2003 movie – and I’m glad I did. It’s a tightly scripted and high-tempo affair. Halle Berry is decent lead (quite convincing as a demented axe-wielder, when not being a rational and sensible psychiatrist) and is ably supported by Penelope Cruz and Robert Downey Jr. The film works on at least three levels at once – the supernatural, the psychological and the real. It’s ghost story, psychodrama and murder-mystery at the same time. And you’re left guessing to the last. Definitely worth a look if you’re into ‘The Sixth Sense’ or ‘Criminal Minds’ and the like. A good 8 out of 10 from me.