John Gary recently broke down the latest employment numbers from the Writers Guild of America, and you can read his analysis here. Hollywood hasn’t jumped back to its pre-recession/pre-strike levels, but the numbers are headed in a positive direction.
And Comixology is currently running a special deal on 750 Batman issues, in celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary. I snagged some of the greatest Batman stories ever told for a song, so grab yours while you can because this sale only lasts one week.
Also worthy of your time is this Q&A with J. Michael Straczynski from last year’s Phoenix Comicon. His Complete Book of Screenwriting was the first screenplay manual I ever read. I still consult that book, which reads woefully out of date in matters of technology but remains timeless in terms of actual writing advice. If you can track down a copy, snag it.
World Fantasy Award nominations are out — congratulations to everyone involved. The winners will be revealed at the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, D.C. in November. (List taken from WFC website.) Additionally, lifetime achievement honors this year go to editor Ellen Datlow and novelist Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.
Richard Bowes, Dust Devil on a Quiet Street (Lethe Press)
Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Tor Books)
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (William Morrow/Headline)
Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria (Small Beer Press)
Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni (Harper/Blue Door)
Gene Wolfe, The Land Across (Tor Books)
Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages “Wakulla Springs” (Tor.com, 10/13)
Caitlín R. Kiernan Black Helicopters (Subterranean Press)
KJ Parker “The Sun and I” (Subterranean magazine, Summer 2013)
I think Joss Whedon is a writing genius. If I were to rank my 15 favorite authors, only two screenwriters would crack the list: Rod Serling and Joss Whedon. Check out Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips, then take a peek at this list of 50 Joss Whedon quotes.
As for Rod Serling, “American Masters” aired a great documentary about him that I dug up on YouTube. Lots of good information here.
Mental Floss has a great piece about authors who made cameos in films based on their work. A glaring omission is Charles Beaumont in Roger Corman’s The Intruder. Chuck wrote the novel (his only) and the screenplay, plus he played a crucial role in the film. Turns out not only could he write, he had acting chops as well.
Here’s the full movie, but Beaumont’s best bit starts at the 68-minute mark. Eagle-eyed genre viewers may also notice a young William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson in the audience shots alongside William Shatner.
We finish the Flashback tour with a wrap up at Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours. My thanks to Cami and Michelle, who worked hard to put together the tour. They’re currently running a Memorial Day weekend sale, if any other authors out there want to use their services.
My great appreciation goes out to the individual blog hosts and hostesses who reviewed my book or interviewed me or let me hijack their blogs with a guest post. And thanks, most importantly, to those readers of this blog who’ve followed the tour, in whole or in part.