After yesterday's post, you may have been wondering just why I am so excited that [ profile] erinbow's YA fantasy novel Plain Kate is going to be published.

But now she has posted the first chapter, and you can see for yourself.
I've been sitting on this news approximately forever, but now that the contracts are signed my agent tells me it's time to share --

Knife has been bought by Orchard Books in the UK, and will therefore be available in Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand* by the time the summer of 2009 rolls around.

I am very, very happy about this.

* And potentially any number of other English-speaking places as well, though I'm not holding my breath for Namibia or the Falkland Islands.
Oh, Marble Slab Creamery, where have you been all my life?

I had Double Dark Chocolate in a Dark Chocolate waffle cone, for the record. My sons had Birthday Cake with gummi bears in one and M&M's in the other, and my husband had vanilla with Oreo cookie bits in a Skor waffle cone.

Mmmmmmmmmm. *eyes roll back in head*
Or to put it more elegantly:

KNIFE/HarperCollins OTP!!!!!

No, wait, let me try that again. *clears throat*

I am delighted to announce that my contemporary fantasy novel Knife has been acquired by HarperCollins US in a two-book deal, and will be published by them in 2009 or early 2010, with the sequel Wayfarer to follow in another year or two's time. Many thanks to my wonderful agent Josh Adams, my savvy and enthusiastic new editor Catherine Onder, and all the dear friends and faithful critiquers who helped me make this dream a reality.

I know that a great deal of work still lies ahead before I can hold a published copy of Knife in my hands, and that there will be days when I am frustrated and discouraged and wondering what ever made me think I could make it as a professional author. But right now I am simply and enormously happy.

Now tell me, dear f-list, because I am just that lame: WHAT SHOULD I DO TO CELEBRATE?

* Apologies to [ profile] cesario for the lapse into lolcat, but I trust I may be forgiven under the circumstances.
I just read [ profile] lisayee's utterly delighful Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time in preparation for giving it to a niece for Christmas, and now I have to go hunt down the first book, which I am certain I will love even more, because the heroine is an 11-year-old girl with poor social skills and an enormous vocabulary, Y HELO THAR ME. (Only I was not actually a genius on the Millicent Min level, just a bit of a geek, but I'll take it anyway.) Anyway, now I am dying for the third book, which is NOT OUT YET O WHY MUST I SUFFER SO???

I also have three more books to read before giving them away for Christmas: Gideon The Cutpurse, Here There Be Dragons, and The House of the Scorpion. Just to make sure they are Appropriate. And not because they look really good or anything. Ahem.

In other brain-blowing news, I have just started watching North and South, widely acclaimed as The Best Adaptation Ever Made By The BBC, and I can see why it's so highly praised. DH and I have only got through Part One, but I'm dying to watch the rest. But why does Thornton make me think of Snape? Is it the coloring? The nose? The glower? I know not. I could hear my monitor sizzling when Margaret handed him the teacup and he was totally checking her out, though. I love me some early Victorian UST.

I may be feeling a little bit silly today, yes.

Also, I finished First Draft in 30 Days and it all seems very complicated, but I'm sure it will be less overwhelming if I sit down and actually work my way through the exercises one by one instead of trying to hold them all in my brain simultaneously. I am determined to try, though. I'm going to give myself 90 days instead of 30 (since unlike some privileged people, a.k.a. the author of said book, we don't all get to write full-time) and see how it goes. The only question is which book to outline first -- Wayfarer or Touching Indigo. Perhaps I ought to try brainstorming both at once and see which one takes over... because that's pretty much the state I'm in right now. "Ooh! I just realized where Linden could go to look for more faeries!" followed very quickly by "Ooh! I just realized how Thea ended up with such a radical form of synaesthesia!" It's all very confusing AND I STILL HAVEN'T MADE SNICKERDOODLES YET.

I think I had better stop now.

*is so happy*

Willow's new name is Linden, and it suits her perfectly.

*goes to edit it into the final draft*
Can you tell I've been watching the "Valley Girl" extras from the HOUSE S2 DVDs?

Anyway, look at the shiny pretty thing that is Writely! I've been wanting something like this for ages!

Other super-nifty things include the very exciting news, kindly mailed to me by Hottt Cheryl (do I have the right number of t's? I've lost track of how many she's earned, now), that [ profile] naominovik's wonderful (wonderful, wonderful, and did I say, WONDERFUL?) Temeraire books have been optioned by Peter Jackson. In spite of the fact that I hated PJ's LotR, I am enough of an optimist to think he might do a good job with the project.

I was going to write a whole separate entry, maybe over on my otherwise useless Vox blog, reviewing His Majesty's Dragon and [ profile] papersky's delightful Tooth and Claw, as they are both fantasy novels about dragons and both strongly influenced by nineteenth-century literature, and much could be said about either of them. However, I would rather give both books my endorsement now, however briefly, than wait for an opportunity to wax eloquent about them that may well never come. So here is my review:

I didn't think books about dragons could get any better than Tooth and Claw, but Temeraire a.k.a. His Majesty's Dragon in particular is the most delightful thing to happen to me in a literary sense since I read The Beekeeper's Apprentice (and we all know what came of that). Anyway, both Walton's book and Novik's are superb. If you haven't read them, GO NOW.
[ profile] lydaclunas is coming to visit me next Wednesday! All the way from Deep In The Heart Of, where the Yellow Roses bloom! And we're going to watch S2 Who together and squee like fangirls! Yay!

In other news, we now have a bunny, in addition to our two guinea pigs. The guinea pigs are called Boo and Strawberry, but the bunny is nameless. My children are uninspired, and the neighbourhood children are even more uninspired ("Brownie?" The bunny is grey, people.) Therefore I will take a poll.

[Poll #784016]

And thanks to [ profile] martoufmarty, who is making all my new icons these days.

ETA: The bunny is a boy, by the way.
Firstly, [ profile] cryptile has made me weep with laughter, first thing in the morning even.

Secondly, in the wake of all the fandom angst over the end of Doomsday and how sad it is that the Doctor has lost his Wun Twoo Wuv, I feel the need to share this comment I posted in [ profile] nostalgia_lj's journal yesterday:
...the one and only time in canon we have seen the Doctor unquestionably starry-eyed, besotted, and beside himself with love was that "Good for you, Sarah Jane Smith!" scene [in School Reunion]. I mean, the way that moment was played, Ten looked like both of his hearts were going to smash right through his ribcage and gallop down the corridor after her. I could watch it all day, I swear. It makes me want to write post-SR fic in which Rose inexplicably decides to stay on Earth with K9 and Mickey while Sarah-Jane takes her place... Because Lis Sladen is JUST THAT SMASHING, y0.
So there.

Thirdly, I have written a script for S3 )

I expect them to start filming this very soon.

TV Ketchup

May. 9th, 2006 09:07 pm
rj_anderson: (10th Doctor - Still Got It)
Major spoilers lurk beneath the cuts, so proceed at your own risk...

Lost: Two for the Road )

House: Euphoria I & II )

Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace )

And now to bustle about tidying the house and making school lunches and all those other things I can only get done when the kids are in bed. Sigh.


Sarah Jane! Ten! Ten and Sarah Jane! Ten and Sarah Jane and K-9! EEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

I'm sorry, my synapses are too busy sending off fireworks to write a coherent review right now.


*collapses in a heap*

Also, how creepy was ASH in that role? Whoa.
I really, really liked this episode. It reminded me of all the things I enjoy most about House when the writing is really on. Also, it was a good episode for Chase, who has been ignored too much lately, and I always enjoy House and Wilson playing conversational tennis. Unfortunately it was yet another example of this season's persistent spoiler ) motif, and it's about the 10,000th time we've all seen a story about a passionate young charismatic preacher who spoiler ), but those are minor quibbles in what was, overall, a really great script.

However, what I really have to say right now is this:



Seriously, I have had this idea bubbling in my mind for weeks, but it is so heretical and would drive so many people in House fandom nuts for so many different reasons that I --

Actually I don't know why I haven't written about it before, come to think of it. But anyway. My heartfelt thanks to Doris Egan, a brilliant writer who has confirmed for me in the clearest possible terms what I have been thinking for weeks now:

Heretical Spoilery Theory )



Crossposted to [ profile] house_cameron.
[ profile] cesario has written me a very special multi-fandom crackfic for my birthday. With illustrations. And a fancy invitation at the beginning. And it's hilarious.

And [ profile] piecesofalice wrote me House/Cameron schmoop, or at least as close to schmoop as House, being House, could be plausibly expected to get. It's delightful, too.

Thanks to everyone who sent me virtual gifts and well-wishes (including [ profile] pwcorgigirl's inadvertent gift of the best turn of phrase I've seen in ages) for my birthday. It was indeed very nice, and tonight I'm going out for a leisurely, romantic, sit-down dinner with my husband and no kids. Woo!


Dec. 14th, 2005 09:29 am
rj_anderson: (House Intense)
HOUSE Casting Spoiler )

Haven't seen the latest episode yet, but I look forward to watching it tonight.

Also, a very happy birthday to [ profile] risti!
I've just watched both parts of the Blue Peter interview with David Tennant so kindly provided by [ profile] __kali__ (you can find it here if you're looking for the video, or just read the transcript at the BBC site), and Tennant is just too adorable, especially with the dancing at the end. I can't wait to see him as the Doctor.

Was anybody else totally creeped out by the winning monster entry, though? I mean, those faces sticking out of its skin are just sick, man, especially if they're going to move and make tortured expressions and all that stuff. Leave it to a nine-year-old boy to come up with such a twisted design...
Since the first part of what made it so awesome is non-fannish in nature, I'll put the details (and accompanying picspam) up on [ profile] rjanderson_blog as soon as I get the chance. But for now suffice it to say I got a fabulous early birthday present from my husband and I'm very, very pleased with it.

Now for the second part. I got to see the pilot of the new Doctor Who series. I won't spoil any of the details for anybody, I just want to say that just seeing the opening credits gave me a big stupid grin all over my face, and by the time it was over my face hurt from grinning so much. I also jumped and clutched my husband several times, which is just the way Who ought to be. The dialogue's clever and snappy, Christopher Eccleston as the new Doctor is wonderfully Doctorish, there are some delightful tips of the hat to the original series, and I genuinely like Rose. The story has a few over-the-top goofy moments, but would it really be Who if it didn't?

Anyway, I can't wait until the premiere officially airs so I can a) watch it again and catch the stuff I missed the first time; and b) find out what everybody else thinks of it. I'm sure there will be some people somewhere who don't like it (again, would it be Who if etc.?) but on the whole I think it's a great way to pull in new viewers and a tremendously promising start to the series.

Oh, and speaking of new viewers, my husband actually liked it and said he wouldn't mind seeing another episode. That's a major triumph for a guy who avows that he hates "time travel stuff" and has never liked any of the Doctor Who episodes I've shown him before (including the TV movie).


Feb. 24th, 2005 01:28 pm
rj_anderson: (Dalek Exterminate)
From Outpost Gallifrey:

...we've received enough information from various sources to safely conclude that the new [Doctor Who] series will indeed premiere on BBC1 on Saturday, March 26, 2005, likely at either 6:45 or 7:00pm ... the show has been sold overseas in Canada, New Zealand and, surprisingly, Australia (for which a venue has not yet been announced)...

I. Can't. Wait.

Apologies to [ profile] lizbee for the scary new icon.


Dec. 3rd, 2004 09:41 am
rj_anderson: (Saffron Cake)
The first teaser trailer for the new series is up and EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, I know there isn't much to it, but the way Christopher Eccleston says "I'm the Doctor, by the way" was just... I must have listened to it five times. It gave me shivers. Happy/scared "this-show-I-love-more-than-anything-is-really-coming-back-I-can't-believe-it" shivers.

My first, my oldest fandom. Indeed, one of the oldest fandoms there is -- certainly one of the oldest SF fandoms, anyway. It gave me screaming nightmares when I was eight but I could. not. stay. away. And that was years before Peter Davison came on board as the Fifth Doctor (and my first real teengirl crush). I have a huge box of the Virgin New Adventures and BBC Eighth Doctor novels (*nods respectfully at [ profile] kateorman and [ profile] jblum for providing me with many hours of reading pleasure*) plus a bunch of videos (*grins thankfully at [ profile] avarill*). When I heard there was going to be a new series produced and written by people whose names and credentials I actually recognized and whose work I'd already enjoyed (Rob Shearman!!!) I could hardly believe it.

Is it spring yet? Forget the sixth HP book, I want my Doctor Who!!!

And wouldn't you know, I deleted my last DW icon yesterday. D'oh! I need to make a new one...
I just got an e-mail from Laurie R. King telling me she's paid the entire registration fee for me to go to Bouchercon 2004 in October. She said it was a thank-you gift for running RUSS-L all these years.

*takes deep breath*


Oh why oh why oh why do I not have Case of the Winning Woman finished? Or my modern mystery novel? There will be agents and editors there and aaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggh.

Except that aside from Laurie, there is not a single author on the (very long) list of attending mystery authors whose books I have actually read. I've heard of Val McDermid, Sara Paretsky, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson, but haven't actually read any of their stuff. I think my brother might be a Rankin reader though, come to think of it...

*clicks randomly around Bouchercon site, in a state of dizzy excitement*

Woo! JKR is up for "Best Young Adult Mystery" in the Anthony Awards, for OotP! (Er... how weird is that, really?)

Oh, man, I cannot believe this. I'm already thinking -- I could stay with my brother, who has an apartment in downtown Toronto, and I could take the subway (I love the subway), and if I sign up in time I could go to the Sisters in Crime high tea and...

Did I say EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! yet?

And now I feel extra guilty that I have done such a crap job of updating The Beekeeper's Holmes Page and associated documents over the past couple of years.

Laurie OWNS.

ETA: The guilt is assuaged -- I have updated the web page, the FAQ and the group's list of acronyms. Phew. *feels better*
It's official -- this man is the new Doctor.

As in Doctor Who.

As in, the new series is really happening.

And Rob Shearman is one of the writers.

Excuse me a moment:


Sorry, just needed to get that out of my system.

P.S. Christopher Eccleston looks rather Lupinesque in that picture, now that I think of it...


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