But yes, excuses, excuses hey? I will totally make it worth your while though, because boy oh boy do I have a wealth of news for you!
-There were oodles of rights optioned this week, or at least announcements of such.
- First up was Leigh Bardugo's stunning Smoke and Bone optioning, to the producers of HARRY POTTER no less! Her world is so incredibly rich, a Harry Potteresque adaption would be incredible. One can only hope that if it comes to be that they put the right artistic spin on it. And that Sean O'Pry can act.
- The Raven Boys has been optioned! This would mean that everything Maggie has written, other than Ballad and Lament, has been optioned. It's simply stunning none of it has gone into production at this point. Oh well, I'm not sure they can beat the images she paints in my head anyways.
- The LA Times did a quick run down of all the YA and Middle Grade books that have been optioned since January. If only half of them go into production it will still be an impressive showing.
-Speaking of casting outside of the mold, remember when they cast Finnick and people got their panties in a twist? Well the first few images have been released of him in character, and they might be one of the best casting choices in the films so far. I'm just saying.
-For those of you not in Toronto this month, the set visit for the TMI filming is likely high on your radar of exciting things this week. Hypable is one of the groups that will be there, and they want to ask YOUR questions for the cast. So if you've been crying into your milkshakes over not getting to hit up the set this fall, then make sure to check out Hypables link for the questions.
-Were you caught up in the snafu's of the J.K. Rowling talk in New York City in October? Well it's been announced they're accommodating all the ticket purchasers regardless if they bought the early tickets or the morning release tickets. As if they wouldn't have had a quick and painful death by angry fans if they hadn't accommodated them. Did you hear my eyes rolling? Sorry, I meant to be quieter about that.
-Kiera Cass has announced a short story from Maxon's POV, releasing in ebook just prior to The Elite this coming spring. I have to say, these ebook short stories as teasers in advance of book releases are becoming so plentiful it's hard to keep up. But I do like a switch up in POV in a story I like.
-Remember a few years ago when it was announced Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer's? Well apparently he's doing really well, the Telegraph had a cheery little interview with him this week which will put most of his fans worries to rest. Looks like there won't be an end to his writing any time in the near future.
-Apparently it's nearing deadline time for Libba Bray, if some of her Twitter antics recently are any indication. My favorite recently? 10 ways how to get out of your deadline.
-Feel like you're always on the edge of your seat for some release or another? Yeah, me too. So here's a bevy of teasers to make the anticipation both better and worse:
- Cassie Clare has a new Clockwork Princess snippet. And a truly fun City of Heavenly Fire snippet, which, apparently is now going to end with a shirtless Simon and Maureen Johnson getting married. Strange twist, but I think it'll be a happy match.
- Blood and Starlight is tantalizingly close to releasing (I may die between that and the Evolution of Mara Dyer, I won't lie.), but in case you can't possibly wait Shelf Life has a teaser for you!
- Justin Cronin's sequel to the Passage is also so close you can practically smell it, but in case you need a taste the Indigo Blog has a teaser for you.
- Finally, has Lenore of Presenting Lenore been tantalizing you forever with hints about her debut YA novel out this January? Well the first few chapters have been released over on it's new Facebook fan page.
I will live vicariously through you.