A few years ago, my boss instructed me to write a two-page film treatment of one of our novels, All You Need Is Kill, to help our LA office VIZ Productions maybe sell it to the movies. Well, a few million bucks and five screenwriters (including a $3m payday for Dante Harper for the initial spec script, which was actually fairly close to the book) and innumerable drafts and then Tom Cruise's input and some reshoots and the introduction of new characters and a name change, we have this:It's not terrible. Pretty neat, actually. Less boom-boom than I was worried about. I joked on the dayjob blog that rather than "based on All You Need Is Kill", we might say that the film is "thematically adjacent to All You Need Is Kill." Yes, it's whitewashed, but given the sales of the books and the orders coming in for the mass-market tie-in edition, the film remains a great commercial for the novel!In other news, I have a new essay up on BullSpec, about my new novel Love Is the Law (which is under eight bucks, and fits in Christmas stockings, btw), in which I explain why it's actually like The Alchemist.
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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is a fun, adventurous movie. Warning: This post contains spoilers. Avoid if you do not want to get spoiled.Honestly, I'm warning you. There are SPOILERS. Even the ending. So, yeah.Do not proceed if you haven't watched the movie and do not want to get spoiled.( Oh my Hobbit.Collapse )That's all for now. More to come later (of course it will.)
I just got back from The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug screening at EX Plaza Indonesia!So I decided to wear something special. (Well, I say special, but I wasn't going to COSPLAY or anything. I'm not that crazy! Besides, I had a meeting before the screening. I couldn't very well show up in some publisher's office wearing Hobbit gear, could I?) I took all the pins that were part of WB's merchandise giveaway and put them on my jacket.
Don’t worry if you feel you can only do one tiny good thing in one small corner of the cosmos. Just be a Buddha body in that one place. ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
Pope Francis has been chosen by TIME Magazine as Person of the Year for 2013.The title is an honour and is not a judgement on good deeds. It is rather an indicator of how much influence a person has had in a 12-month period.Pope Francis was chosen because he was the first pope from the ‘New World’ who cares for the poor. He comes at a time when the Church needed a burst of energy and he has a charisma that “comes from nowhere".The Magazine credited Francis with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagination of millions who had become disillusioned with the Vatican.
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I was delighted to find I’ve had a few nominations in the Goodreads M/M Group 2013 Members’ Choice Awards:
1. Favourite all-time m/m author
5. Best Anthology (Summer Lovin’)
16. Best Action/Suspense/Adventure (Fall Hard)
17. Best Alternate Universe (Trick of Time)
19. Best Contemporary (Fall Hard)
22. Best Mystery/Whodunit (Fall Hard)
38. Best Humorous (Slam!)
If any kind persons would like to vote for me (or indeed, anyone else) the link is here (no need to be a member of the group):
And thank you!
So I’m working my backlog (finally!) and this is another of those novels I had in my reading list for a long time. Coincidences wanted I read this one soon after a completely different plot but with the same tune, cute character meets knight in shining armor. Michael is a little nerd young gay man, completely unaware of how attractive he is to other men probably exactly for that reason, that he is unassuming; other men can react to him in different ways, wanting to own him like he is a pretty object to display or wanting to protect him. In Michael’s past there is the first type, Gregory, his future maybe has in store the second one, Cash. Even if there is hypothetically a mystery/thriller subplot, this is not actually that type of novel, cause the author pushes more on the satiric/cute factor, making all the adventures Michael undertakes more like comic sketches than really dangerous situation. Kudos to the author to have one specific characters turning from best friend to villain in a turn of event that had me quite surprised, it was the first time I was feeling good for a character that in the end was the worst enemy of the main character.As soon as I finished this one, I remember the polemic it raised when it was released and I think the major mistake of who read this one, and didn’t like it, was the wrong expectation; as I said this is not a mystery/thriller novel, this is a satire of one. Do you want an example (that will not spoil the story)? In which mystery/thriller/romance novel the hero (knight in shining armor) while rescuing his beloved one stumbles on his feet giving time to the villain to almost killing the one to be rescued? That is what happened to Michael, threatened by Gregory, almost rescued by Cash, who isn’t able to prevent Gregory from stabbing Michael. If this was a real mystery/thriller, and I was in Michael’s shoes, I would have been very pissed with Cash.Paperback: 238 pagesPublisher: Seventh Window Publications (August 3, 2012)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0984021590ISBN-13: 978-0984021598Amazon: Dammit!Amazon Kindle: Dammit!Updates: http://www.goodreads.com/user/updates_rss/2156728?key=011e4dd0a1ff993d8c2322e691d6229ed9bbf74b
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“Every day we require 7,000 units of blood to meet hospital demand, and with only 4% of the eligible population giving blood you can appreciate the need for us to recruit new donors. We are hoping this campaign will engage young people in particular to come forward and register, as they are our donors of the future.
We are looking for enthusiastic knitters to help us raise awareness of blood donation for a campaign we will be running in February 2014. We would like people to knit blood drops for us, of varying sizes to form part of our national campaign.
Email to: Amanda.Whatley@nhsbt.nhs.uk if you are interested in helping and we can provide you with knitting patterns, and further information
and visit the website:http://www.blood.co.uk/”