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Neil Gaiman to Appear at Road Naming Ceremony

Newbery Medal-winning writer Neil Gaiman will get a road named after his most recent novel.

The bus lane, west of Canoe Lake in Portsmouth, will be christened The Ocean at the End of the Lane in honor of Gaiman’s latest adult novel. The naming event is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 18th.

Later that same evening, Gaiman will deliver a talk and headline a signing event at Portsmouth Guildhall. He will autograph all copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and one backlist title per person. Those who want to attend must purchase a £6 ticket.

(Photo CreditKimberly Butler)

PSA: Don’t Overuse the Word ‘Suddenly’ in Your Writing

Do you abuse the phrase “then suddenly” in your writing? You should check and clean up your manuscript.

Earlier this week, reddit reader Ryan DeJonghe got fed up with overuse of the word “suddenly” in a book. He used Kindle searches to do a brief survey of how writers use the word. Check it out:

Thanks to the Kindle’s search feature, I conducted a little experiment. This 2-D book has 55 uses of suddenly, including three uses of all of a sudden. This averages out to one suddenly for every ten pages. I went on to test some other authors. Stephen King in his early works had about the same average; his newer works about one in twenty pages. Neil Gaiman about the same–one in twenty pages. Then I tried Chuck Palahniuk‘s Fight Club. In 224 pages, there was not a single use of suddenly.

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Neil Gaiman Writes a Video Game

Author Neil Gaiman has written his first video game, Wayward Manor. We’ve embedded a video introduction to the game above, guided by Gaiman himself.

Inspired by classic films like Arsenic and Old LaceBlithe Spirit and The Man Who Came To Dinner, the game will come out this fall. Here’s more about the game:

Set in a 1920s Victorian Gothic pastoral estate, Wayward Manor focuses on the plight of a ghost whose hope of a peaceful after-life is interrupted by a remarkable cast of intruders. Awoken from his post-mortem slumbers, our ghost must find ever-more inventive and brilliant ways to scare them away. As the ghost learns more about the living characters, he also learns more about his own death and after-life, and the danger they are all facing.

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George R.R. Martin Smashes Paul & Storm’s Guitar

Game of Thrones novelist George R.R. Martin smashed a guitar at w00tstock 5.0 in San Diego last night, interrupting musicians Paul & Storm as they sang “Write Like the Wind (George R. R. Martin).”

As Martin stomped on the wreckage of the guitar, author Neil Gaiman appeared, shouting his famous catchphrase: “George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.” Sword & Laser co-host Veronica Belmont tweeted the video last night.

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Humble eBook Bundle 2 Adds More Books

The organizers of the second Humble eBook Bundle have added four new books to the offer. Readers can pay what they want for a science fiction collection worth well over $70.  The video embedded above explains how the bundle will help support both authors and charity.

Last year, the first Humble eBook Bundle counted more than $1 million in sales. Here’s more about the new books added to the collection:

xkcd: volume 0 by Randall Munroe, an intelligent humorous collection of comics covering everything from romance to math. Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean, an ethereal graphic novel of a man’s last days. The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black, a dark collection of short fantasy stories. Machine of Death edited by Ryan NorthMatthew Bennardo, & David Malki, a collection of short stories surrounding a device that can predict a person’s cause of death. For those that have already purchased a bundle, this content will appear automatically on their download page. New customers can access them by paying more than the current average on the site, which will also get them all six books from the first week of our promotion!

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Michael Sheen to Read ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’

Actor Michael Sheen has signed on to read Neil Gaiman’s newly released novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

This reading will air in July on UK’s Radio 4′s  ”Book at Bedtime” show. In an interview with RadioTimes, producer Heather Larmour explained:

We wanted somebody who could capture the intimate tone of the narrator as well as the different voices involved.

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Neil Gaiman: ‘the best way to come up with new ideas is to get really bored’

Does inspiration strike when you are bored? I remember making up intricate stories as a kid trapped at long school assemblies or endless services.

Neil Gaiman shared a key writing tip at The Guardian last week: “the best way to come up with new ideas is to get really bored.” The novelist has decided to take a break from social media to seek more of this personal time. Check it out:

Watching school plays was ideal, he continued. ”You have to sit there for hours and you can’t read or use a phone or check something on the web. I’ll come out afterwards thinking: ‘Did I just plot out an episode of Dr Who there? I think I did.’ “

John Green Delivers Commencement Address at Butler University

The Fault in Our Stars author John Green delivered the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for Butler University’s class of 2013. To read the entire speech, head to Green’s Tumblr page.

Watch the entire speech in the video embedded above (his talk begins at the 1:01:08 mark). Here’s an excerpt:

I would just note that the default assumption is that the point of human life is to be as successful as possible, to acquire lots of fame or glory or money as defined by quantifiable metrics: number of twitter followers, or facebook friends, or dollars in one’s 401k.

This is the hero’s journey, right? The hero starts out with no money and ends up with a lot of it, or starts out an ugly duckling and becomes a beautiful swan, or starts out an awkward girl and becomes a vampire mother, or grows up an orphan living under the staircase and then becomes the wizard who saves the world. We are taught that the hero’s journey is the journey from weakness to strength. But I am here today to tell you that those stories are wrong. The real hero’s journey is the journey from strength to weakness.

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How a Picture Book Is Born

Over at the Muddy Colors blog, children’s book author and illustrator Adam Rex shared his creative process behind Chu’s Day–his picture book collaboration with Neil Gaiman.

The post includes a brief glimpse of Gaiman’s script for their next children’s book project, but we also get priceless shots of storyboards and character sketches from the current book. Here’s an excerpt from the essay:

In a novel you can just throw a bunch of blanks at the end to round out another eight pages if you have to, but with a picture book you need to be more precise. Add to this that nearly all picture books are either 32 or 40 pages long, and it gets even more restrictive. Few PBs are more than 40 pages. None are less than 32 (board books don’t count). I draw 32 or 40 or whatever little boxes on a single page of my sketchbook and start filling them in. I only have the most rudimentary notion what each page is going to look like, but this is where I usually discover the ideas that will make this my book as opposed to a book that was merely illustrated by me. Once I have all my pandas in a row I probably sketch character designs.

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ Adapted for BBC Radio

Reviving the lost art of the radio drama, BBC4 has released the first episode of an radio adaptation of Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman‘s 1996 novel.

Follow this link to listen onlineJames McAvoy, Natalie DormerChristopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch and many other actors star in the adaptation. Here’s more about the show:

An act of kindness sees Richard Mayhew catapulted from his ordinary life into a subterranean world under the streets of London. Stopping to help an injured girl on a London street, Richard is thrust from his workaday existence into the strange world of London Below. So begins a curious and mysterious adventure deep beneath the streets of London, a London of shadows where the tube cry of ‘Mind the Gap’ takes on new meaning; for the inhabitants of this murky domain are those who have fallen through the gaps in society, the dispossessed, the homeless.

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