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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 otherbestsellers.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 allour nominees and special thanks to our judges for all their hard work and dedication!SPECULATIVE FICTIONBEST NOVEL – ADAPTEDSLAINE: THE EXILE by Stephen SevilleSUPERMAN RETURNS by Marv WolfmanTOXIC AVENGER: THE NOVEL by Lloyd Kaufman & Adam JahnkeULTRAVIOLET by Yvonne NavarroUNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION by Greg CoxBEST NOVEL – ORIGINALSTAR TREK CRUCIBLE: McCOY – PROVENANCE OF SHADOWS by David R. GeorgeIIISTARGATE ATLANTIS: EXOGENESIS by Elizabeth Christensen & SonnyWhitelawTHIRTY DAYS OF NIGHT: RUMORS OF THE UNDEAD by Jeff Mariotte & SteveNilesWARHAMMER: FAITH AND FIRE by James SwallowWARHAMMER: ORC SLAYER by Nathan LongGENERAL FICTIONBEST NOVEL – ADAPTEDSNAKES ON A PLANE by Christa FaustTHE PINK PANTHER by Max Allan CollinsBEST NOVEL – ORIGINALCSI NEW YORK: BLOOD ON THE SUN by Stuart KaminskyLAS VEGAS: HIGH STAKES by Jeff MariotteMR. MONK GOES TO HAWAII by Lee GoldbergOAKDALE CONFIDENTIAL: SECRETS REVEALED by Alina AdamsYOUNG ADULT – ALL GENRESBEST NOVELALIAS APO: STRATEGIC RESERVE by Christina YorkBUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: PORTAL THROUGH TIME by Alice HendersonDRAGONLANCE: WARRIOR’S HEART by Stephen SullivanKNIGHTS OF THE SILVER DRAGON: PROPHECY OF THE DRAGONS by Matt Forbeck

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