This and That

Been a busy week and then we had server issues but now we’re back on track.

So, what’s been going on? Monday and Tuesday was spent locked away, learning InDesign, which seems to be a far better program than Quark for designing publications. We’re a fine little black and white tabloid so there’s plenty InDesign can do that we won’t need, but it was good to take the guided tour. Now, I just need to practice with it a bit and see what we can do and do comfortably.

Beyond that, been working with my editor on the unnamed project and we’re making good progress and his notes have been very good and his line edits excellent.

Meantime, I’ve been busy contributing columns over at ComicMix. On Sunday, I ruminated on reboots and yesterday I had to comment on the Captain America hoopla. There will be more coming, probably once every week to ten days and it’s fun playing columnist on my beloved field.

My other beloved field, fiction writing, has also been active. A while back I mentioned I was serving as a Judge on the IAMTIW’s first annual Scribe Awards. Yesterday, the following was announced:

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is pleased to announce the nominees for the first annual Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing for books published in 2006.

Our first annual GRANDMASTER AWARD, honoring career achievement in the field, will go to DONALD BAIN, author of the MURDER SHE WROTE novels and the ghostwriter behind COFFEE, TEA OR ME and other
bestsellers.

The 2007 Scribe awards will be given out at a ceremony in late July at Comic-Con in San Diego. The details on the event, and how to attend, will be announced in the near future. Congratulations to all
our nominees and special thanks to our judges for all their hard work and dedication!

SPECULATIVE FICTION

BEST NOVEL – ADAPTED

SLAINE: THE EXILE by Stephen Seville
SUPERMAN RETURNS by Marv Wolfman
TOXIC AVENGER: THE NOVEL by Lloyd Kaufman & Adam Jahnke
ULTRAVIOLET by Yvonne Navarro
UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION by Greg Cox

BEST NOVEL – ORIGINAL

STAR TREK CRUCIBLE: McCOY – PROVENANCE OF SHADOWS by David R. George
III
STARGATE ATLANTIS: EXOGENESIS by Elizabeth Christensen & Sonny
Whitelaw
THIRTY DAYS OF NIGHT: RUMORS OF THE UNDEAD by Jeff Mariotte & Steve
Niles
WARHAMMER: FAITH AND FIRE by James Swallow
WARHAMMER: ORC SLAYER by Nathan Long

GENERAL FICTION

BEST NOVEL – ADAPTED

SNAKES ON A PLANE by Christa Faust
THE PINK PANTHER by Max Allan Collins

BEST NOVEL – ORIGINAL

CSI NEW YORK: BLOOD ON THE SUN by Stuart Kaminsky
LAS VEGAS: HIGH STAKES by Jeff Mariotte
MR. MONK GOES TO HAWAII by Lee Goldberg
OAKDALE CONFIDENTIAL: SECRETS REVEALED by Alina Adams

YOUNG ADULT – ALL GENRES

BEST NOVEL

ALIAS APO: STRATEGIC RESERVE by Christina York
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: PORTAL THROUGH TIME by Alice Henderson
DRAGONLANCE: WARRIOR’S HEART by Stephen Sullivan
KNIGHTS OF THE SILVER DRAGON: PROPHECY OF THE DRAGONS by Matt Forbeck