More Jane Austen

Watched Emma last night. I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure if I would have as much if I hadn’t seen Clueless–which I consider to be the superior adaptation and a straight-up excellent movie. At the beginning, I had a difficult time keeping all the characters straight, and it wasn’t until I started comparing them to their Clueless counterparts that everything gelled. Still, both Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor were pretty.

Also watched the 2003 Pride and Prejudice (it came up on TV), and while I hoped this would be like Clueless, a modern-day adaptation full of wit and cleverness, it . . . wasn’t. It had all the ingredients for something that should have been good, but it fell flat, as in thud.

I wish Netflix would hurry up and send us the rest of the Colin Firth Pride and Predjudice. They sent us disc one last week, but I don’t want to watch it until we get the second. Foo.

   


Writing Stuff

Huge congrats to dsnight for selling his two novels Goblin Quest and Goblin Hero to DAW Books!
WOOOT!

Another writer I can add to my “I knew him when . . . ” list.

Received:
Contract and check for “Honor is a Game Mortals Play.” Talk about speedy! This is the first time I’ve received the check in the same envelope as the contract. Man, I wish the norm was pay on acceptance instead of pay on publication. A writer could get used to this.

New Words:
700 on “A Thread of Silk.”

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,535 / 4,500
(56.3%)

Club 100 For Writers
      2

500/day
      10

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14 Responses to More Jane Austen

  1. jimhines says:

    I’m glad the check and contract got there. It’s nice, isn’t it? :-)

    And thanks for the WOOTage!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I’m glad the check and contract got there. It’s nice, isn’t it?

      I cannot impart enough enthusiasm into my “Hell, yeah!” It would almost be possible to make a living at this short story gig if more places paid on acceptance . . . as well as “pro” rates+, of course.

      *flings more confetti at you*

      • jimhines says:

        You know, it’s kind of sad how excited we get when a publisher pays us up front and in a timely manner…

        BTW, I mentioned to John that both you and Mike had very nice things to say about the promptness of the payment and contracts. I’m just sharing the love all over the place today!

        • Eugie Foster says:

          I mentioned to John that both you and Mike had very nice things to say about the promptness of the payment and contracts.

          Cool beans! That sort of writer-friendly business behavior should definitely be praised and encouraged.

  2. elvesforeyes says:

    Shimmer pays on acceptance, which was nice for me as well. Now I’m just waiting and whistling for the contrib. copy.

    Is “A Thread of Silk” going to Critters, or is that up in the air?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Now I’m just waiting and whistling for the contrib. copy.

      Your story is due out in the Spring ’06 issue, isn’t it? I think they have to print the ‘zine before they can send out contrib. copies

      Is “A Thread of Silk” going to Critters, or is that up in the air?

      Not sure at this point. I’m intending this for a market that has an April deadline, and I might not have the time to send it through Critters before then. But if I can, I will.

      • elvesforeyes says:

        Heh, yeah…I’m casually waiting and whistling, that is! :)

        • aliettedb says:

          Yup, being paid on acceptance is niice. I’m also on the roster for the Spring 06 issue of Shimmer, so I got paid and am now whistling and waiting with Paul :) BTW, Paul, I didn’t know you had a livejournal. Friended you.

          Definitely wish more pubs would do this. On the other hand, definitely wish more pubs would like my stories :-D

          And good luck with the writing !

  3. “Another writer I can add to my “I knew him when . . . ” list.”

    I’m sure I’ll be adding you to my list soon! :)

  4. sartorias says:

    I was just thinking about watching the Firth P&P tonight when I get home from the last performance of the school play.

    YIP! on good writerly newsies!

  5. neo_prodigy says:

    re: honor is a game mortals play

    i’m not surprised about the speedy response.

    i enjoyed the tale immensely when i read it.

  6. dream_wind says:

    That version of Pride and Prejudice does look rather sucky. BTW, Bridget Jones’ Diary is an adaptation of P&P as well. That was one of the main reasons Colin Firth was cast as Mark in it.

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