Hi Neil, I just watched the English dub of Princess Mononoke and in the credits it says you "adapted" the Tarara Women's work song and the main theme. What does that mean exactly? (I'm assuming something to do with turning the translation back into poetry) Nevertheless, it was awesome to see your name in the credits for my favorite movie of all time.
Um, I also wrote the whole of the English language script, not just the songs. Although I wrote the English language versions of the songs too.
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Would you ever consider making an appearance at one of the North American Discworld Conventions? I know its not your series, but you and Terry are so incredibly witty and it would be so wonderful to see both the authors of "Good Omens" in one spot. In America. In my adult life. =)
So you weren’t in Madison this summer when I came in for the DWcon and Terry and I chatted for 90 minutes in front of everyone, mostly about Good Omens? It was wonderful. Probably won’t happen again, I’m afraid.
Hi. Google and Yahoo have let me down completely so I am going to pester the source over the internetz. Could you please direct me to the original quote regarding how the punk DIY ethos informed your work, that a person could do a thing just by doing it, pleaseandthankyou? I have impressionable minds I want to influence in this regard.
You once said that your biggest influence, for your writing, was punk rock—the idea that you could do something just by doing it. It still is. You have to be willing to make mistakes, and you have to be willing to make mistakes in public. Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did. When I was 15 going on 16, punk rock, the idea of here’s a chord, here’s another, here’s one more chord, now form a band, is one that sort of always stayed with me. I remember recruiting the drummer in my punk band because he used to hit things. And he used to hit me! [Laughs] I thought, If he’s really good at hitting me, he’s obviously got a lot of aggression. I sort of sidled over to this guy, who later became my best friend. Up until this point, he had been somebody who punched me on the way to class. And I said, you want to be a drummer? He said, oh yeah I want to be a drummer. So I said, cool. I’m starting a punk band. He said, great! We’ll start it in my parent’s garage. It still seems to be the smartest, most glorious way to do anything: You do it. People who want to be writers say, what should I do? And you say, write! [Laughs] And they’ll say, then what? And you say, well, finish things! And they say, well, then what? Well, write something else. That’s how you do it. If you do it over and over, sooner or later you’re going to be writing stuff that’s publishable. And if you keep doing it, you’ll probably get fairly good. You have, you know, a million lousy words inside you, and you’ve got to get them out. I think there’s something very real and very true in that. How do you do it? You do it. Look at other people. Learn everything you can from everywhere. The most important thing is to do it.
Neil, i read an article where you spoke about Ms. Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and your words spurred me to purchase the book. This behemoth of a fantasy novel is basically perfect. A little wordy, but I loved it. Great recommendation. Any other lesser known suggestions for a fantasy lover? (i seem to have exhausted my library's collection of Discworld novels as well)
Wander over to neilgaiman.com, head in to the journal archives, and wander through. Many, many books are recommended…
So I saw that you said that if you own the Hill House readers' edition of American Gods then there's not much point in buying the 10th Anniversary edition and I was wondering if the same applied to the Headline version in the UK? I own Fragile Things and have read Monarch Of The Glen in that. Is there anything I'm missing out on in the 10th Anniversary edition?
Nope. If you have the Headline 2005 edition you’ve got the US 10th Anniversary edition. (Copyedited slightly differently, and I fixed a handful of typos, but they’re basically the same book.)
The website is running slow right now — we’re suffering a DDoS attack from China, someone trying to hack into allhallowsread.com from Portugal, and there’s general traffic overload just to complicate things even more — but it’s worth seeing if this journal entry is there yet to follow all the links on “Neil Gaiman Presents” that are up on my website.
This photo of me looking very serious with a beard and sushi pillows has nothing to do with anything, and is just here to make this seem less like a block of text.
“I have been your PA for 18 years and this is by far the silliest thing you’ve ever had me do. Sillier than the time you had me send a steak and kidney pie to Mike Ford during his kidney transplant.”—My assistant Lorraine, 30 seconds ago. And she’s right, I think. No, I’m not telling you what she’s doing.
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are delighted, thrilled, honoured and touched that Good Omens has been picked as a World Book Night choice:
“We love books, and think that a Night during which people give each other books is the best kind of Night there could be. We wish that there had been Nights like World Book Night when we were younger. Unfortunately, there weren’t, and we had to make our own entertainment, which is probably why we wrote Good Omens. But, hurrah! World Book Night! Give each other books. Especially ours. Every word lovingly inserted by craftsmen. We thank you.
P.S And while you’re about it try writing books yourself, it worked for us!”
Hello! So, it is entirely likely that you have answered this before unbeknownst to me, (if so, please ignore this then) but out of curiosity, who is your favourite Doctor? Alternatively, if you could have any Doctor come back for one season, who would you pick?
Patrick Troughton was my Doctor. Although in many ways, Matt is the most Troughtonesque of all the Doctors since.
And I think we should treasure them while they are here. Doctors are transient things: in a few years time you’ll be sighing about how the new man, or the new woman, really isn’t a patch on Doctor Eleven, and why is he or she wearing that? and why is she Australian?
Neil, regarding the 10th Anniversary edition of American Gods just published. Is this the same "preferred text" as the "preferred text" in the Hill House edition? Or is this even more "preferred". Thanks!
It’s pretty much the same. I did one more big copyedit, but if you have the readers’ edition of Hill House’s American Gods, then you have that text and shouldn’t buy it again…
“Making fiction for children, making books for children, isn’t something you do for money. It’s something you do because what children read and learn and see and take in changes them and forms them, and they make the future. They make the world we’re going to wind up in, the world that will be here when we’re gone.”—http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2011/10/thoughts-on-joining-club-that-would.html
The AFP Halloween Spectacular on the 29th- the crazier the costumes the better right?
Up to a point.
I think I personally would discourage anyone from wearing interesting and extremely high hats covered in, say, fruit, or bones, unless the hats can be removed. I would also discourage giraffe costumes.
This is because there will probably be people sitting behind you, and they might not appreciate it.
Superkate, Amanda’s assistant, will be picking her favourite costumes, and there will be prizes. We have not decided whether the prizes should be cool rare Neil things, cool rare Amanda things, or chocolate.
I am not, although his representative, Mr Daniel Handler, played the accordion at my wedding.
(Mr Handler can be seen, along with some disreputable writers, like Mr Chabon & Ms Waldman and Mr Armistead Maupin, and some even more disreputable musicians, like Mr Jason Webley, in this wedding photograph.)
…That if you’re in LA on the 31st of October during the day, and you’re a fan of mine, and you have a yearning to see the Craig Ferguson show, then, well… here’s the link to get tickets. (Yes, I know the only guest listed is Zooey Deschanel. She’s very nice.)
This is SO GOOD. An NPR book club for young readers! I’m honoured and thrilled that the first book they’ve chosen is The Graveyard Book. Check it out. Point younger siblings, kids and grandchildren at it too. Spread the word. Reblog, share, spread…