Archive for November, 2007

“I Mal,” by Nathan Fillion

November 30th, 2007

A friend on Live Journal, French Teacher, pointed the way to this USA Today article, that includes Fillion’s piece from Serenity Found:

“Excerpted with permission from Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays on Joss Whedon’s Firefly Universe edited by Jane Espenson (Benbella, $17.95).

French Teacher suggests checking it quickly as USA Today tends to roll in new material constantly.

Go here.

Dang, I wish the link buttons here would get functioning again! So I didn’t have to manually key in the html (lazy moi). And the image buttons.

Kate and some others wrote about having a job they love, which is writing. Here Fillion writes of having a job he loved with his whole being, being Mal.

Love, C.

Whedon On WGA Strike (2)

November 26th, 2007

Joss Whedon answers the New York Times, who try to characterize striking writers as latte-sipping dandies.

[ The easiest tactic is for people to paint writers as namby pamby arty scarfy posers, because it’s what most people think even when we’re not striking. Writing is largely not considered work. Art in general is not considered work. Work is a thing you physically labor at, or at the very least, hate. Art is fun. (And Hollywood writers are overpaid, scarf-wearing dainties.) It’s an easy argument to make. And a hard one to dispute. ]

There is much more, and it is all wise.

Love, C.

Wild Cards week: INSIDE STRAIGHT coming out, BUSTED FLUSH in the works

November 21st, 2007

Well, it’s been an exciting and fun week for Wild Cards. I just turned in revisions on my story for the second volume of the new trilogy, Busted Flush, in which my character Cameo finally has a feature (as opposed to cameo or supporting actress) role in a Wild Cards story. Have had a lot of fun working on that and getting to play with George R.R. Martin’s new character, Hoodoo Mama, and Daniel Abraham’s character, Bugsy, aka. Jonathan Hive, who not only has a strong supporting actor role in my story, but has a starring role in the first volume of the new series, Inside Straight, and got specific mention in the glowing review that just came out in Publisher’s Weekly.

But you don’t just have to take my word for it or wait for January when the volume officially comes out: Tor’s publicity department has let out advance reading copies, and two of them (signed by all nine of the Inside Straight authors, George R. R. Martin, Daniel Abraham, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Carrie Vaughn, Michael Cassutt, Caroline Spector, John Jos. Miller, Ian Tregillis, and “newcomer” S. L. Farrell) are currently being raffled off at the Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist blog, which should also have an interview with all nine authors in the next few days.

I’m also looking forward to Inside Straight because my new character, Rosa Loteria, gets her chance to shine there as well (and gets mention in a review at Fantasy Bookspot along with a larger cast of characters).

UPDATE: Another review just posted at Genre Go Round Reviews.

Whedon Returns, With Dushko, With “Dollhouse”

November 1st, 2007

[ Whedon’s new Fox series, called Dollhouse, stars Miss Eliza Dushku, best known as Faith to you Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans. And this show isn’t just a pilot. It’s already been given a seven-episode commitment by Fox. Woo!

Here’s how Fox describes the series:

Echo (Eliza Dushku) [is] a young woman who is literally everybody’s fantasy. She is one of a group of men and women who can be imprinted with personality packages, including memories, skills, language—even muscle memory—for different assignments. The assignments can be romantic, adventurous, outlandish, uplifting, sexual and/or very illegal. When not imprinted with a personality package, Echo and the others are basically mind-wiped, living like children in a futuristic dorm/lab dubbed the Dollhouse, with no memory of their assignments—or of much else. The show revolves around the childlike Echo’s burgeoning self-awareness, and her desire to know who she was before, a desire that begins to seep into her various imprinted personalities and puts her in danger both in the field and in the closely monitored confines of the Dollhouse.

So, how did Dollhouse come about? When will it start, given the impending strike? And what are the chances a few Buffy alums might make it onto the show? To find out, read on for my exclusive one-on-one Q&As with creator and executive producer Joss Whedon and star and producer Eliza Dushku. (Pinch me.) You honestly won’t believe how fast this all happened, or where the idea first began! ]

Far more here, including the Q&A with Whedon.

The discussion about Dollhouse on Feminist SF – The Blog has raised some issues.

For example, this, written by Ide Cyan:

[ “Even creepier is the fact that these “childlike” characters, mind-wiped and “imprinted” to be anyone’s fantasy, obviously do not have the ability to consent to these jobs, thus turning any sexual assignments into rape.” ]

Myself, I’ve always myself a bad taste re what has looked like Whedon’s predeliction for girly sex-bots and other perfect and perfectly compliant female forms, as they recurred more often than seemed seemly on Buffy, and he included one in Serenity.

Love, C.