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Site News / QuickTimeCheck Scriptable Object
« on: August 15, 2006, 01:26:10 AM »
When I came to the forums tonight, I got a message/popup saying that the site wanted to run the add-on "QuickTimeCheck Scriptable Object" from "Apple Computer Inc. (unverified publisher)."

Since I've never gotten anything like this from TWG before, and I can't imagine why the forum would need it, I felt it necessary to ask.

Brandon Sanderson / Mistborn LJ
« on: August 07, 2006, 05:58:07 PM »
Very cool. Glad you discovered LJ. Now, are you going to copy the posts from your blog over every time? I told Sprig about the LJ feed thing--you should look into it, so that you don't have to actually go copy it over every time.

But anyway, it makes it very convenient for me. I read my friends page every day, but having to check your site for a new posting and then there not being one, or going days without looking and then catching up, is much less convenient.

Books / Already--LTUE 2007
« on: July 17, 2006, 08:45:39 PM »
I have just been invited to be the Editor Guest of Honor at LTUE next year. I suppose I'll have to come up with a keynote address... They're flying me out and everything.

Books / Cynsations
« on: June 21, 2006, 01:47:43 PM »
I was recently interviewed for Cynsations, a children's literature blog run by children's book author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Here's the link:

Books / Hey Ookla/Comicon
« on: June 16, 2006, 07:50:11 PM »
You going to Comicon? As of today, I will be working the Wizards booth, and in my off time be able to see whether it's a place we (Mirrorstone) want to be.

Books / T.S. Eliot quote
« on: June 08, 2006, 09:58:04 PM »
What is it that people always quote from one of T.S. Eliot's poems, the one about how we go out that we may see ourselves from a new perspective? Can someone link me to the poem it comes from? I've heard it used in relation to fantasy before, but googling gives me too many results to sort through.

Movies and TV / Upcoming fantasy movies
« on: June 08, 2006, 02:06:54 PM »
I'm trying to get a better sense of just how many books are coming out that are either completely new fantasy or SF movies, or that are based on some other property related to fantasy, like books or comics.

So far, this is my list:
the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, spring 2007

His Dark Materials--which has had perpetual director problems--by Philip Pullman

XFiles 2 is in talks

KITT2000 (Knight Rider! Yay!)

Wonder Woman/Joss Whedon


Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Spiderwick Chronicles and Artemis Fowl (by 1. Holly Black and Tony DiTerlezzi, 2. Eoin Colfer)

Meet the Robinsons, based on A Day With Wilbur Robinson, written and illustrated by William Joyce, set to be released by Disney in 2007

Dinosaur Bob, by William Joyce

A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin, in production by Studio Ghibli (yay!) and due out sometime next year, as far as I can tell

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, reported to be out next year sometime

the Alex Rider books, by Anthony Horowitz--first one due out in the U.S. near Labor Day, but to be released in the U.K. in July

The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper, allegedly coming out in December (but can't find anything to back that rumor up)

apparently there's also a new picture book named Punk Farm that's supposed to be made into a movie

What else is coming? I feel like I'm missing some. (Only upcoming movies, next month and beyond into the ether, not already-released movies.)

Writing Group / Calling James Dashner
« on: June 01, 2006, 03:09:44 PM »
Does he come round here anymore? I haven't seen him here in a while. I seem to have misplaced his card (I am, apparenly, notorious for that), and I need to talk to him. Can Julie or whoever else knows him send me a PM with his email address or let him know that I'm trying to get a hold of him?

Books / I'm famous!
« on: May 09, 2006, 02:58:00 PM »
I was reading all the YA author interviews and almost overlooked the post-it note my boss put in the copy of Locus that's been circulating around the department.

Under "Books Sold" in People and Publishing:

STEVE BERMAN will edit YA anthology Magic in the Mirrorstone for Stacy Whitman of Mirrorstone Books.


Everything Else / Writing internship, anyone?
« on: April 25, 2006, 03:23:59 PM »
For those of you in Utah who might be interested in writing picture books, or who might know someone who is, my teacher Rick Walton is starting an internship:

Subject: writing internship anyone?

I'm trying an experiment.  Illustrators have internships.  Why not writers?  I've had some great internships in my life. They were fun and valuable.

So I'm starting an intern program.  It's an unpaid internship, but hopefully you'll get enough out of it to make it worthwhile.  Most internships are two to four months.  But to make it simpler, and available to more people, I'm making mine much shorter and more flexible.

If you or someone you know is interested in interning, go to for more information.


Rick has an amazing number of picture books out there, and he writes joke books, too. He's a great teacher and mentor--I highly recommend getting to know him.

Everything Else / NYC Sinkhole swallows up car
« on: March 29, 2006, 02:16:32 PM »
Boy, I wouldn't want to have been this driver. At least no one was hurt.

Movies and TV / Buffy the Vampire Slayer
« on: March 29, 2006, 01:35:40 AM »
I've been Netflixing the series from the beginning, and I'm having a lot of fun. Now on disc 2 of season 4. I just saw the FUNNIEST scene of any of the scenes I've seen in the entire series. Xander finds Harmony (post-vamp) burning Spike's stuff, and then they taunt each other with slaps and stomping each other's feet, and then it goes into slow motion slapping girly-style, with her finally getting him in a headlock and him doing something to her waist, all the while Harmony saying, "I'm so gonna bite you!"

Seriously, the funniest scene of the entire series. I wish I knew how to sample scenes, because I'd totally rip that one scene to watch it over and over again. If anyone knows if this scene is on the web somewhere, let me know. I just rewound it to watch it again. Turning Harmony into a vampire was perfect. I mean, she was already part vamp in high school.

Books / Tokyopop Snatched by Harper for Distrib. & Copub.
« on: March 27, 2006, 01:07:23 PM »
Sorry, the headline had to be a little truncated--should read "for Distribution and Co-publishing." I just saw this on Publisher's Lunch. An interesting partnership, eh Ookla? I'd think it'd be fun for you guys to explore new areas.

A little over a month after being highlighted in the NY Times for renewing their distribution agreement with CDS, Tokyopop has switched gears. Now the company says they will move their North American distribution to HarperCollins--which had been looking for a client of scale ever since Perseus left their distribution services and acquired CDS.

The new arrangement also features a co-publishing agreement to "create a progressive new line of co-branded manga titles" developed in conjunction with Harper authors and properties. Aiming for as many as 24 titles a year together, Tokyopop will "manage the creation of manga text and artwork in close consultation with the originating authors and HarperCollins editors." Initial titles will include projects with bestselling author Meg Cabot. Harper takes over sales and distribution in mid-June, and co-published titles are expected to launch in 2007.

Tokypop publisher Mike Kiley, reached by phone in Bologna, said of the surprise switch, "The simplest way to characterize it is deals can fall apart." He adds that, "In spite of everyone's best intentions...there were some deal terms we simply weren't able to come to agreement on," and characterizes the impasse with CDS/Perseus as "not anything more dramatic and complicated than not being able to cross every t and dot every i." The co-publishing concept with Harper was "very much a mutual" inspiration, Kiley says. The new line and new distribution will both align with Tokypop's mission of moving "more into mainstream areas that are much larger than the niche that manga has historically occupied."

Harper CEO Jane Friedman notes in the release, "We have been eager to enter the manga marketplace, and can think of no more powerful way than to join forces with TOKYOPOP, a company we have long admired as the leading manga publisher in North America."

Movies and TV / Skeleton Key
« on: March 27, 2006, 03:02:42 AM »
Anyone else seen this? It's out on DVD now, and I rented it as part of my convalescence marathon. (I tell you, I've been bored silly this last week.)

I was discussing with Mad Dr. Jeffe while I was watching it how scary movie music is all the same--it's meant to manipulate you to be scared. But even so--it always succeeds with me. So that's one point in the movie's favor--lots of scary music.

Another thing I thought was really interesting was that it was really a Bluebeard tale. At the beginning of the story, the lady of the house gives the girl (Kate Hudson) a skeleton key that she says will open any room in the house--and upon exploring the house, which has no mirrors, she finds a hidden room in the attic with lots of voodoo (or rather, hoodoo) paraphernalia. And when she opens the door, she also opens a can of worms.

So, anyone else seen this? What did you think? I didn't expect to like it--it started out as your standard predictable horror flick. But it had a nice twist at the end that I sort of saw coming but didn't really get till it paid off at the end, and leaves you torn on which side you wanted to win.

Everything Else / Anyone know Microsoft Money?
« on: March 02, 2006, 03:14:38 AM »
I'm having trouble figuring out how to set up my 401k account within my Money program. I set up the account because of how I had to set up my withholdings on my paycheck, but now that I've figured out how to download the transactions from my 401k account, it seems to be doubling the entries. Help!

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