Some very exciting news from one of my favorite writer pals—
Jackie Kessler Enters The BuffyverseThe February edition of "MySpace Dark Horse Presents” will introduce a new writer to the comic book field, dark fantasy/supernatural romance author Jackie Kessler, who will pen a short "Tales of the Vampires" episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8" titled "Carpe Noctem." Kessler, whose novels include "Hell's Bells,""Black and White," and several Young Adult titles under the name Jackie Morse Kessler, is joined on the comic by artist Paul Lee.
It will be free on line so I’ll post the link as soon as we get it!!!! Congratulations, Jackie!!!
Now for some not so exciting news:
From Hollywood Reporter
: Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse' canceledThe network has canceled Joss Whedon's cult fave, which in May beat the odds with a second-season pickup despite low ratings.
The sci-fi series, which is filming episode 11, will finish its 13-episode order.
DAMN and DOUBLE DAMN. Dollhouse was just starting to come into its own.
Gave you the LOGO news last week, here’s the rest of it: MTV
will kick off their Buffy bonanza on Jan. 10 with an 8-hour marathon starting at 11 a.m. EST. Then beginning Jan. 11 it will air each morning at 11 a.m. On MTV it will be followed by reruns of Grounded for Life and Degrassi…
And from SciFiWire
:The news comes on the heels of more good news for Buffy fans. They are now casting for a series of motion-comic webisodes based on Joss Whedon’s highly successful “Season Eight” comics. No word on when production will start, but last month they were looking for voice actors to portray Faith, Kennedy and Principal Robin Wood, as well as a bunch of new characters (including someone who sounds like actor Daniel Craig to play a character based on the James Bond star).
And as most of you already know, the IFC Anita Blake TV show is not happening. Didn’t really follow this one, so I don’t have a clue why. Maybe you know.
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Curious about which city is America’s most literate? Well, for a moment, pretend you are.
Here are the top ten according to Jack Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University. He "focuses on six indicators: newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and Internet resources," USA Today
We just squeaked in.
And I don’t have US figures like these, but here’s the UK’s top selling books for the last decade as reported by the Guardian
In the last decade, Harry Potter's creator sold "more than double the number of books shifted by her closest rival." Roger Hargreaves finished "a surprising second, having sold a whopping 14 million volumes of his low-cost children's tales." According to Nielsen Bookscan, the top-selling authors in the U.K. during the "noughties" were:
J.K. Rowling (29,084,999 books)
Roger Hargreaves (14,163,141)
Dan Brown (13,372,007)
Jacqueline Wilson (12,673,148)
Terry Pratchett (10,455,397)
John Grisham (9,862,998)
Richard Parsons (9,561,776)
Danielle Steel (9,119,149)
James Patterson (8,172,647)
Enid Blyton (7,910,758)
Bill Bryson (7,409,656)
Patricia Cornwell (7,355,180)
Jamie Oliver (7,244,620)
Daisy Meadows (7,149,788)
Ian Rankin (6,848,039)
WOW—look at Rowling’s numbers! Way to go Harry!
The news of Kirkus’ demise might be slightly exaggerated:Kirkus Reviews has come back from the dead.
Memos from Kirkus managing editor Eric Liebetrau (see DailyFinance ) indicated that the review publication has restarted because "there is a buyer in the works." Until the deal closes, in "probably 2-3 weeks," Kirkus will "resume business as usual under the Nielsen umbrella."
Late last year, Kirkus owner Nielsen Business Media shut the publication and Editor & Publisher at the same time it sold some other magazines (Shelf Awareness, December 10, 2009).
And from Shelf Awareness:Perhaps the least surprising headline of the new year appeared on CNET News: "Kama Sutra most pirated e-book of 2009."
The manual "for so many things sexual managed to beat out another manual of fundamental interest to a pirate's survival on the tossing tempests of this world: Adobe Photoshop Secrets," CNET News added.
Then the next most pirated works are other sex manuals, the Twilight series, a couple of fix-it manuals and a guide to nude photography.
This might at first glance be funny if it wasn’t affecting every damned writer out there. I’ve found my books pirated on a dozen sites. Mario has, too. I don’t know how long it will be before publishers take a strong stand on this and get their legal departments to shut these sites down.
A bit of movie news:
Dune Redux (from Variety
)Paramount Pictures has set Pierre Morel to direct "Dune," the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi classic novel.
Morel, who last directed the action hit "Taken," has signed a deal with the studio and will work to hone the script. Pic is one of the biggest priorities on the slate of Par Motion Picture Group prexy Adam Goodman.
Kevin Misher's Misher Films will produce with New Amsterdam's Richard Rubenstein, who produced the telepic "Dune" and the sequel "Children of Dune."
The film had been developed by Peter Berg, who exited when he committed to Universal's "Battleship" based on the Hasbro board game.
The novel remains a bestselling sci-fi classic, but the previous film version, directed by David Lynch and released in 1984, was neither a financial nor critical success. Any thoughts from you Dune fans, out there?
A last bit of holiday cheer.
I showed you the two cute ducks that the Tot made for Mario and I—well, here from our own Lady K, I’m happy to present Xmas ornaments made just for us. I have a feeling, Lady K got some help from mom Vickie with these, although since she got her own work bench for Xmas, she may have made them herself. We have two very talented young friends out there. And, as Che sang to Evita, “get them when they’re young. “ I expect these two to keep in touch for a long time.
And I know what I want for Christmas next year:
Sam, does this bike look familiar? All that's missing is a black duster a la Spike...
So that’s it for me. What’s going on in your world?