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Dan Wells / Movie Deal
« on: September 17, 2009, 04:07:58 PM »
I Am Not a Serial Killer has been officially optioned for a movie! Huzzah! It's still very early in the process, so there's not much to say, but feel free to speculate wildly.

My vague, no-very-informative blog post on the subject can be found here:

Dan Wells / World Fantasy
« on: July 01, 2009, 05:34:29 PM »
I'm trying to compile a list of local Utah people going to World Fantasy, for purposes of maybe sharing rides and cars and so on. Please add your name and plans below:

World Fantasy: Oct 29 - Nov 1, San Jose, CA

Definitely Coming:
Nick Dianatkah
Erik Holmes
Rob Code
Steve Diamond
Julie Wright
Josh Perkey
Stacy Whitman
Eric James Stone
Marion Jensen

Maybe Coming:
Kaylynn (probably not, she says, but I'm leaving her on the list)
Rob Wells

This will be my car:
Rob Code
Rob Wells (if he comes)
Steve (between Sacramento and San Jose only)

This is Eric's car to the best of my knowledge:
Eric James Stone

One guy is flying:
Josh Perkey

Which leaves these 3 people in need of transportation:
Erik Holmes
Julie Wright
Stacy Whitman
Marion Jensen

This will be my room:
Rob Code
Rob Wells (if he comes)

Three people are probably staying with relatives:
Eric James Stone
Isaac Stewart

This leaves us with a male room:
Erik Holmes
Josh Perkey
Marion Jensen

And a female room:
Julie Wright
Stacy Whitman

If I've got this wrong, or if you've already made certain arrangements not listed here, let me know.

Aprilynne Pike / Wings Launch Party in SLC
« on: May 05, 2009, 02:54:06 PM »
Aprilynne is beginning her launch tour in Arizona, but she will be having a signing in SLC on May 14:

The King's English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
7:00 pm

Aprilynne Pike / Hooray for Aprilynne!
« on: May 04, 2009, 06:52:30 PM »
TWG is delighted to welcome our newest author, Aprilynne Pike. Aprilynne is the author of the Wings series, as it says on the blurb; and she's totally awesome.


Buy her book:

Dan Wells / Borders Interview
« on: April 02, 2009, 07:46:40 PM »
Check this bad boy out:

It's near the bottom, but it's huge and very cool. This is a newsletter that has 970,000 opt-in subscribers, which is incredible publicity. Huzzah!

Dan Wells / Fearful Symmetry
« on: March 02, 2009, 08:16:17 PM »
So, I have a website:

It's way cool, and has semi-regular posts, and of course links to where you (yes, you specifically) can buy my books online. Unless you live in England, in which case I'd love it if you would be so kind as to buy my book in a store. I specifically recommend the Borders in Manchester, as one of the booksellers there is apparently a big fan.

While I'm at it, let's make the official (and late) announcement that my books are officially for sale! It's not supposed to hit shelves (real or virtual) until Thursday, but everyone's jumped the gun and put them out anyway. actually sold out for a brief time (which is awesome), but they're back in stock now (which is more awesome).

Dan Wells / Welcome!
« on: February 24, 2009, 06:30:34 PM »
This is the community message board for Dan Wells, author of "I Am Not a Serial Killer." Around here I'm known as Fellfrosch, but I'll answer to Dan (or Fell) just as easily. If you got here through my website then you already know where it is, but for the rest of you, it's here:

Feel free to look around, say hi, and ask any question you like. We're all very friendly and, like John, we are not serial killers.

Dan Wells / UK cover
« on: October 08, 2008, 05:43:40 AM »
I haven't totally got my web space working yet, but I did just post the UK cover on facebook. I'll get it posted here soon, probably tomorrow when Sprig sees this post and tells me I'm an idiot and fixes the problem in three seconds.

Dan Wells / I have a thread
« on: September 29, 2008, 05:41:31 PM »
I don't have anything to PUT in a thread, but I have one. Actually, this is probably a good place for a quick FAQ:

1. My name is Dan Wells, and I have a psychological horror series coming out soon.
2. The first book in my series is called I Am Not a Serial Killer.
2. My book will hit shelves in the UK in March of '09, in Germany in October of '09, and in the US in April of '10.

Movies and TV / Heroes: Season 3 *SPOILERS*
« on: September 23, 2008, 05:11:59 PM »
There aren't necessarily any big spoilers in this thread yet, but they're bound to surface eventually.

So anyway: Heroes. Like most right-thinking humans, I really hated season 2--it was scattered and boring and poorly-written. It neither mimicked its first season (which it tried to do) nor expanded on it (which it should have done). The plot arcs were short and unrelated, the conflicts were ill-defined, and many of the characters were downright annoying. Everyone hated it, including the creators, and I think we were all relieved when the writers' strike stepped in and cut it short.

That said, I had (and have) high hopes for season 3, or volume 3, or whatever they presume to call themselves. They know what went wrong as well as we do, and season 1 suggests that they can actually be really interesting when they set their minds to it. Having watched the back-to-back premiere episodes last night, I'm pleased to say that, for the most part, they're doing a pretty good job. They're still falling into a lot of the same stupid character traps they've always fallen into, but the story looks interesting and the set-up makes me think they actually have a good plan ahead.

1. A lot of what they've done is to reset the situation back to season 1, to kind of repeat a lot of the things they did right, but they've only reset the situations--the characters have advanced, which is already a huge leap ahead of season 2.

2. The first issue is Peter and Sylar: these guys are way too powerful, and the show needed to find a way to reign them in, and for the most part it has. Ironically, they've reigned in Peter via making two of him, but since one is trapped in another body (possibly without his powers; we're not sure yet) and one is a semi-villain from the future, this could actually work. Sylar lost most of his powers last season, which essentially puts him back where he was in season 1, but it was interesting to see him immediately gain Claire's power--the entire purpose of the whole first season was to stop him from doing that, and now he's done it in the very first episode. So that's interesting.

3. That said, Sylar is a HORRIBLE character, and I hate watching him. I don't mean that he's evil, I mean that he's a boring, maddening, one-note caricature that drives me up the wall. If Zachary Quinto didn't do such a great job playing that one note, we'd have been rid of Sylar two years ago, but now we're stuck with him. I was really excited when he got trapped in the super dungeon, because it looked like they were going to keep him locked up and let the other group of far more interesting villains take the forefront, but then at the end Mrs. "I'm more mysterious than you" Petrelli lets him go, so my hopes were dashed. If they can find a way to keep him relatively weak that will be awesome, but since he's already unkillable and can incapacitate people with his mind, we might be looking at another season of Sylar's smarmy threats and false tension. Bah.

4. Nothing much with Parkman yet, though the African guy seems kind of cool.

5. Claire is interesting, as always, though her "I don't know if I'm human" conflict is kind of silly. And Mr. Bennett continues to be one of the best characters in the entire show, though his decision to bring in Claire's crazy firestarter Mom seems a little suspect.

6. Kristen Bell is awesome: her character is awesome, her character's conflict is awesome, she's really one of the hands-down highlights of the season so far. She is a great example of why people love sf and fantasy: "I have electrical powers superpowers" is a fun character trait, but "nobody trusts me to do anything right" is a solid character foundation. Standards dramas have the latter, and bad sf shows have the former, but bring them together in one character and you've got something really cool that you can't get anywhere else.

7. Hiro continues to be the most fun character in the show, largely because of Ando. Their scenes are interesting, their characters are great, and their personalities work perfectly--especially considering that none of it's in English. The scene in the first episode where Hiro stops time and follows the speedster's frozen motion blur was not only a cool special effect but a great character moment--his interaction with the blur was simple yet exciting, and it was simply a great scene. His quick leap into the future was great, too, although it was a little dumb to trot out the same stupid time bomb they used in season 1: "Hiro visits the future and watches a city get destroyed, and now we have to stop it." That was ingenious the first time they did it, but now it felt a little desperate. Also: as much as I love Ando, blaming Hiro when the speedster cuts him was a stupid leap of logic, and a little out of character.

8. The concept of giving powers to "normal" characters is kind of cool, but kind of sad. Ando and Suresh and Mr. Bennet have always been some of my favorites, in part BECAUSE they don't have powers; it makes them braver, I think, that they dive into these dangerous situations with nothing to protect them. I really don't want to lose that.

9. That said, Suresh's battle with a crazy power he obviously doesn't understand is kind of cool. This is yet another example of the writers resetting the show to season 1 situations, because now we get to watch another character struggle with a new power. I don't know if those are boils on his back, or scales, or what; is he getting sick, or is her mutating physically? I'm intrigued either way. Also: Suresh was an idiot in virtually every conversation he had with Maya. Just sayin'.

10. Tracy Strauss is fascinating. The biggest triumph of season 1 was that it took the character I liked the least (Nikki) and gave her a wonderful character arc and a great sense of progression and made me love her by the end. Through most of these two episodes I was convinced that Nikki had gained a third personality, and that seemed like a neat conflict for her, but then when she whipped out the accidental ice power at the end I started to think she must be a clone: I remember Linderman saying something in season 1 about how she was created, or grown, or part of a special creation program, and now it would appear that Tracy is another person from the same program. Very cool.

11. Nathan has been reset to season 1 as well, having regained his political career and his ambiguous morality. This is kind of annoying, because all I really want from this show is for Nathan to turn into a strong leader. He's the group's Captain America, I promise you, he just hasn't gotten there yet. His abrupt religiousness is interesting, and his talk about becoming an angel is way cool, because it could lead him to official superheroics, but then there's that lame political thing coming back, and I'm leery that he's just going to repeat his power-hungry arc from season 1. At least this time he has effing Bruce Boxleitner to deal with, so, you know, that's totally awesome.

12. Mrs. Petrellis has magical dreams? And that's where Peter got them? Season 2 seemed to make very clear that he got those from that old black guy--Simone's dad. If he didn't, then what DID he get from that guy?

I've gone on too long, but I think those are the main points I wanted to make. Except that I hope the Taskmaster girl comes back again, and I hope that we actually finally get to see some team-ups. Now that there's a team of villains, we should definitely get to see a team of heroes. Also, where's the hot Irish girl?

Writing Group / Writing Prompts!
« on: August 12, 2008, 06:55:48 PM »
This is the official thread (for now) for posting your work for the Writing Excuses writing prompts. Please include the prompt itself at the beginning of each post, and try to limit your writing excerpts to reasonable size.

By the way, while here in Time-Waster's Guide land, Brandon is called EUOL, Jordo the techmonkey is called Spriggan, and Dan is called Fellfrosch. Howard is also called but not, apparently, chosen.

Role-Playing Games / I'm Not In There -- a D&D 4E blog
« on: July 11, 2008, 09:33:46 PM »
I am beginning a bi-weekly blog about our bi-weekly D&D game. It is full of crazy, and contains 66% women's clothing despite having only 33% women. That's just how we roll.

Role-Playing Games / Farewell Erick Wujcik
« on: June 10, 2008, 06:29:02 PM »
Erick Wujcik, probably my favorite RPG writer and designer ever, passed away on June 7. If you ever played TMNT, After the Bomb, Ninjas and Superspies, The Amber Diceless RPG, or number of other awesome games, your life has been touched by Erick Wujcik. He was a great writer and a great guy, and he really loved his fans--he even posted in our forum a few times. He will be greatly missed.

Brandon Sanderson / Mistborn movie
« on: April 01, 2008, 04:26:11 PM »

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