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neil-gaiman · 2 hours ago
Do you have any advice or thoughts on cutting down a manuscript just to cut words? I’m working on my first fantasy novel here in the US, preparing to send it to agents and publishers, and I’ve gotten advice that it should be be between 100K and 110K words. I’ve already cut over 13K words but I still have a couple thousand to go to hit that mark. I’ve cut as many scenes and dialogue bits as I can, and find myself going through the book just trying to make everything as concise as possible (including changing “would not” to “wouldn’t “ to cut another word, haha). It is a bit maddening though, and some people tell me I shouldn’t worry about it, maybe the book just wants to be this long. But I’m not sure. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all, just by being you.
Nobody who would publish your book is going to care or notice if it's 110,000 words or 115,000 words. And while "Around 100,000 words" is a fine answer to "How long are most books these days?" books that are much shorter and much longer get published all the time.
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neil-gaiman · 2 hours ago
@neilhimself they are clearly flirting in this scene, was that intentional in the script or it is Michael Sheen and David Tennant's fault?
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It's all in the script. The scriptbook is still in print, out there. It contains deleted scenes and many jokes that got cut, along with stage directions.
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neil-gaiman · 2 hours ago
My god! I just saw the Sandman trailer and Tom Sturridge looks so perfectly like Dream from the comics I just had to come here and tell that to someone
He really does.
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neil-gaiman · 2 hours ago
I just watched the Sandman trailer & I am SO excited. It looks amazing, which you already know but it can't hurt to hear again.
I wanted to say thank you to whoever should hear it for making sure the trailer had captions. So many trailers just don't bother. I know captions are something you've made sure received your attention in the past, and it is very much appreciated.
On a side note, would you happen to know why the episode commentaries on the Good Omens DVD didn't get a subtitle track? I know it's not really under your control, but it seemed odd when all the rest of the special features are captioned (which, again, often not the case and VERY appreciated here) so I was curious. And perhaps a bit hopeful for future editions.
Regardless, thank you for doing what you do, and for sharing your stories with the world. It's a better place for it. Can't wait for Sandman!!
I don't know, I'm afraid. On the stuff under my control I made sure I got to see and even double check the captions. But that wasn't something that I was responsible for. I'll try and find out who will be responsible for it on GO2 and make sure it happens.
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neil-gaiman · 20 hours ago
thoughts on grant morrison?
I've known Grant for about 34 years now. A couple of years after we met we looked like this. (It's a signing in Paris, the two of us and Dave McKean.)
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The last time we saw each other, at the Edinburgh Literary festival, we looked like this.
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Not really sure how we turned out like this. I envy Grant his facility with superheroes. I still can't write them for toffee.
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neil-gaiman · 20 hours ago
Hello Mr. Gaiman:
I know this is something outside of your control, but what would it take for the audiobooks of the BBC Radio Dramatizations based off your books to be released in America?
It's all about licensing. My publisher would happily release the BBC Audios in the US -- they own the licenses to the Audio rights to the books in the US -- but the BBC has an exclusive deal with a different audio publisher in the US.
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neil-gaiman · 20 hours ago
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Yesterday was a bad writing day. I spent a lot of time staring at a screen. Lots of Tumblr replies. Lots of Twitter (the Netflix Sandman trailer going out didn’t help). Lots of being grumpy at myself and convinced I couldn’t do it any more. The script was a mess. I was doomed. This morning I printed out what I had to fix, picked up a pen, made a few notes and started typing. It was fun and easy and straightforward. I finished it and sent it to the people who needed to see it, and just got an amazed call from our script editor saying she was laughing while crying and couldn’t work out how I’d done everything in a day.
And I hadn’t done it all in a day. All of the being miserable yesterday was necessary for it to fly today. All of the knowing it was insoluble and awful made the work today relatively easy. I had to get out of my own way, and had to read it freshly, without being attached to anything. And then I just did the notes. And to make the thing that worked today, a lot of stuff that didn’t quite work or sort of worked had to be written too. It’s always easier to fix stuff that exists.
Anyway. Yesterday = bad writing day. Today = good writing day. I thought it was worth telling people, in case there was anyone else out there who was having a bad writing day too.
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neil-gaiman · a day ago
This isn't really a question as much as it is a funny thing I found out.
So we were cleaning the house last week because my aunt and her family moved out. Guess what I find? Anansi Boys. I didn't even know she read books, let alone fantasy books, so imagine my surprise when I find not one, but two copies!
And then when I asked to keep one of the copies, she mentioned how we have more of your books in the family library. Because she collected it. Most of them were hardback.
My point is, all of your books that I have in my room is already in the library, meaning we have at least two copies of each of those now.
You officially have a place of honor in our library simply because I don't talk to my aunt about books.
Long, long, long ago, when all the world was young and shiny, I could look down a signing line and tell who was a fan, and who was the family member of a fan, there awkwardly to get something signed on behalf of Jerry, who was away at College.
That went away about 20 years ago. These days, the little kids in the signing lines are there with their books, the elderly women in the signing lines are there with their books (and sometimes the copies of Sandman they bought when the comics first came out and the world was much younger) and it's just people.
I'm so good with that you cannot believe it.
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neil-gaiman · a day ago
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a recent cartoon for @newscientist https://www.instagram.com/p/CUR-LSQM7Jn/?utm_medium=tumblr
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neil-gaiman · a day ago
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PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (Brian De Palma, 1974)
“There really is a phantom. He was just in my shower. He threatened my life. He said his music was just for Phoenix. Only she can sing it. Anyone else who tries, dies.”
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neil-gaiman · a day ago
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New portrait of Death of the Endless – eBay auction ending tomorrow evening!
https://ebay.com/itm/324796039948
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neil-gaiman · a day ago
Hello Mr. Gaiman, I have a question unrelated to any of the (highly exciting) recent filming. It's time for me to look into this year's Birthday Books for my nephews. I think it's time to gift them your books again (The Wolves in the Walls was terrifying, The Day I Swapped my Dad... is remembered with love). It's been years since I read Anansi Boys, and I can't remember it fully. Is there anything in there utterly inappropriate for 18 year old boys with unrestricted access to the internet?
Nope. Go for it!
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neil-gaiman · a day ago
Thanks for all your thoughtful replies! In the last ask that you answered, you said, "Because that was what the Doctor called her, the first time they saw the TARDIS with the Eleventh Doctor's eyes."
Do you also use they/them pronouns for the Doctor, then?
I do, if I'm talking about the Whole Doctor. If I'm talking about a specific Doctor I'd probably use the appropriate pronoun for that regeneration -- Tom Baker would be a he, Jo Martin's Doctor would be she.
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neil-gaiman · a day ago
Sir, if I may so humbly ask: why did you name the TARDIS 'Sexy'?
Because that was what the Doctor called her, the first time they saw the TARDIS with the Eleventh Doctor's eyes. (It's The Eleventh Hour, by Steven Moffat.)
In The Doctor's Wife I was trying to think of a name for her to pick out of the Doctor's head, and that seemed far and away the one that would cause the most awkwardness.
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neil-gaiman · a day ago
Option 4. It didn’t take long. And I ought to be writing right now anyway so it felt like taking a couple of minutes off.
I'm excited for Sandman! But I'm disappointed that Death doesn't have her eye tattoo as I love that part of her character design, if it's to do with colour palette couldn't it have been done in silver? Was there a reason for the choice to leave it out?
Death doesn't do the eye of Horus make-up (it's make up, not a tattoo) until Season of Mists.
Here's her initial appearance in Sandman 8
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Here she is in Sandman 13
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And Sandman 20
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She doesn't add the curlicue until she reluctantly gets dolled up for the fancy party in Sandman 21
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Everybody involved is very detail-conscious, don't worry.
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neil-gaiman · 2 days ago
I am a late reader of sandman, for some sort of gift giving day my husband got me the box set + 2 of the books. I got to see you when you visited WV, big fan.
Anyway, I just wanted to ask what your favorite part of doing the various TV adaptations you have been doing lately, and if you were offered a movie instead of a series would you prefer that why/why not?
I'd rather do the TV right now than a movie, especially with Sandman. We can let it breathe. I've already tried to chop Anansi Boys down to movie size, and the script wasn't that great. I kind of love the idea of a Good Omens movie though, but that's because I've already made the book into a TV series, so a movie would have to be a new thing and movie shaped to begin with.
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neil-gaiman · 2 days ago
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Mason plays Desire... they reached out on Twitter and asked me who was casting director as they wanted to try out for the role. And then they crushed the auditions...
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