So the ticketed event for Waterstones Nottingham on 18 Oct ’14 is definitely going ahead. I’ll be giving a talk on the history of fantasy (and current trends), the inimitable Tom Lloyd will give a reading from the stellar Moon’s Artifice, I’ll do a reading from Empire of the Saviours, there will be a Q&A, books signed, wine and much merriment. Hurrah! Starts 7pm, tickets available by phoning the store. Oh stop moaning.
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.