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There's a fairly new site on the Web called BookTour.com. I've just spent some time checking out the site, and it looks like a really great tool for bringing authors and readers together.

Basically, this site serves as a central warehouse of dates and times for author appearances and book tours. It uses a simple to navigate interface for people to find your events anywhere in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada. If you're doing a national tour, this could be a useful site for promotional purposes.

The only caveat is that you actually need to go to the site and input your travel schedule manually. However, in the big scheme of things, it's only a little extra work that could payoff by bringing people to your appearances.

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posted by [personal profile] e_underwood at 12:33pm on 10/09/2007 under , , , , ,
In the spirit of using Sherwood's idea of using LJ to network, I thought I'd put this request out for everyone's review......

For my 3rd Semester Project at Stonecoast I am going to be adapting a screenplay from an 18th Century lyric poem (which I don't want to name here). In addition to writing a full-length screenplay, I'll also be writing a paper on the adaptation process. As part of my research paper, my program director also wants me to do research on other screenplays that have been adapted from poems.

As part of my research, I would love to interview a couple of writers who have adapted screenplays from poems, short stories, and novels. I'd also like to interview authors who have had their work adapted into a screenplay by someone else. If you have done this and would like to be interviewed by me or if you know of another writer who would like to be interviewed, please send me an email at: erin_underwood at hotmail dot com

I'm still in the developmental phase of my research, but I'd like to get a few interviews lined up for the near future. Realistically, I'll want to start interviewing people between November 2007 and March 2008. I'm happy to work with your schedule and to do it in the most convenient way possible for you, including email or phone.

..... Ok here's the crazy part of the request .....

I would really value being able to interview Neil Gaiman since he has not only adapted screenplays from novels, but he's also adapted the new Beowulf film from the poem. Since I don't know Mr. Gaiman, I thought I'd throw this request to the wind and see if there really is magic in the world.


Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Erin M. Underwood
Stonecoast MFA Program, Popular Fiction S'09
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I've recently added World Fantasy 2007 to my schedule. It looks like a great con, but I have to tell you it looks a little daunting. Check out how many people have already registered and the con isn't until Nov 1-4. The size of the con is huge. HUGE!

The theme for the con is "GHOSTS AND REVENANTS: Memory, History, and Folklore". Here is the official blurb from the site:

    GHOSTS AND REVENANTS, MEMORY, HISTORY, AND FOLKLORE -- An exploration of the tradition of the ghost in literature as a harbinger, as a manifestation of guilt, conscience, memory, or the past; and as manifested in the folklore and history of the northeastern United States and Canada. This covers everything from Native American folklore and storytelling through "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" to Straub's Ghost Story and Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. We will explore the tradition and the uses of the ghost story, and how it continues in contemporary fantastic fiction and mutates in a 21st century environment. While we expect to have panels on such topics as "M.R. James and His Successors" and "The Legacy of Shirley Jackson" we might also have something as up-to-the-minute as "Ghosts in the Machine: The Supernatural and Computers."

If you are planning to go to World Fantasy 2007, you better sign up soon. It looks like the hotels within walking distance are nearly gone! Also, be sure to let me know if you're planning to go. :-)
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October is a magical month in New England. People come from around the world to see the leaves change from green to a spectrum of reds, golds, and oranges. The summer air cools and fall takes hold of the land. But before the warmth fades, before the leaves are gone, and before all of the shops close for the winter, a very special group of people come together on Martha's Vineyard. Every October, this is where fantasy and science fiction converge in the town of Oak Bluffs as writers gather for the next Viable Paradise workshop.

If you're interested in attending the workshop, go to the Viable Paradise website for more information. In the meantime, here are some pictures of the area to tickle your interest.

Mood:: 'nostalgic' nostalgic


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