The Exiles of the New World Facebook Page

After an admirable bout of procrastination I finally have a facebook page up for my book The Exiles of the New World. Stop by, check out the page and feel free to leave some feedback. I’m sure there will be some periodic updates posted on it as the Holiday season approaches. Hope everyone has a great Holiday season!

Updates On The Hobbit, The Doors of Stone, Star Wars, Snow Piercer And More

Here are a few quick updates on upcoming books, book adaptations and sci-fi/fantasy films on the horizon.

The Hobbit – Advanced tickets for the Hobbit went on sale last Wednesday. If you’re looking to see it opening weekend, it might be in your best interest to pick up tickets now while there are still seats available. There will be a variety of formats to see the film in, including 2D, 3D and Imax 3D (in addition to the choice of seeing it either in 24 or 48 frame conversions). Also, make sure to check out this cool collection of behind the scenes photos from the set. (imgur)

The Doors of Stone – The last book in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle is supposedly being revised as we speak. In a recent podcast, Rothfuss said that he is taking his time with the revisions so he can get things just right. He also stated definitively that the series is a trilogy, making this the last book of protagonist Kvothe’s adventures. Since that is the case, I think Rothfuss is more than justified in taking his time to close out the series properly. Here’s to hoping we see the book sometime in the next few years though. Best of luck to him on finishing his epic. (sfsignal)

Snow Piercer – Movie news website Twitch Film is reporting that the Weinstein company has picked up and will now distribute Boon Joon-ho’s Snow Piercer. The upcoming sci-fi adaptation is based off the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige and should be pegged for a likely summer 2013 release. Really happy to see this one get picked up for distribution. Now, perhaps a trailer? Production still? Anything? (twitchfilm)

Pacific Rim – After instituting a post comic-con ban on footage from his robots fight monsters epic Pacific Rim, director Guillermo Del Toro now promises a trailer in December and a 3D conversion of the film for theaters. Guillermo always delivers. (comicbookmovie)

Star Wars Episode VII – Things are moving quickly for the new Star Wars entry when it was announced that Oscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 fame would be penning the script for Episode VII. Needless to say, this is good news. Did you see Toy Story 3? Good lord, animated movies about toys should not make you contemplate life and death in such a fashion. Well done, sir. I will gladly watch your take on Episode VII. (ew)

This Week’s Writing Links

This week’s writing links feature the beginning of NaNoWriMo, the launch campaign of fellow Iconic author Tricia Drammeh and her YA novel The Claiming Words, the Disneyification of Star Wars, some tips on improving your writing and of course, the announced run time for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (I’ll give you a hint, despite being the shortest of Jackson’s journeys into middle earth, it’s still really long).

Tricia Drammeh’s YA fantasy novel The Claiming Words launched in September and she is currently doing her promotional rounds for the holiday season. Her book follows sixteen-year-old Jace Alexander who moves to the small town of Oaktree, Georgia, and enters into a world of secrets, magic and danger. Tricia has been getting great reviews from her readers and I’m excited to check the book out myself. I haven’t had a chance to read my copy yet, but it’s on my vacation beach reading list for next month. Be sure to check out her website and The Claiming Words, which is available on Amazon. I should also mention that Tricia conducted a short interview with me over on her site yesterday and that was very cool of her. Be sure to check the interview out if you have a chance.

So, since Star Wars is my favorite anything, I guess I have to address the big announcement made this week regarding the franchise. Disney bought Star Wars for $4 billion and initially I was kind of frightened by the whole thing. It kind of played out like that scene in LOTR where Bilbo tries to take the ring back from Frodo and it’s like the worst thing ever. Why would you try to do that to Star Wars Frodo, Disney Bilbo? Anyway, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it might be nice to see Star Wars under the same blanket as Pixar and the Avengers. Both those products have been handled well under Disney’s care and if this means we get some new Star Wars movies, why not? I can’t lie, I get excited by most things Star Wars regardless of what they are. I’m even kind of excited to play Star Wars Angry Birds when it drops next week (Nov 8) and I don’t really like Angry Birds. So, let’s roll the dice and see what happens. I’m all for it. And now to links!


– Tricia Drammeh’s YA Fantasy The Claiming Words (amazon)

– Look For NaNoWriMo Groups In Your Area (nanomo)

– New Literary Agent Alert: Pooja Menon (writersdigest)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Run Time Announced (ign)

– 8 Simple Tips To Better Writing (writersdigest)

– The Best SF/F Reads In November (sfsignal)

– Quick Guide To Pitching Your Book (guidetoliteraryagents)

– AV Club Reviews R.L. Stine’s Red Rain (avclub)

– Amazing Tattoos Inspired By Children’s Books (flavorwire)

– Disney Buys Star Wars, Internet Goes Crazy (everysiteontheinternet)

– Will Episode 7 Be An Original Story? (syracuseblog)