February 12th, 2010


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We didn't get snow that stuck, just the usual freezing rain and sleet. Though apparently cars parked outside did still have a little snow this morning.

There's a new Lord of the Rings fan film: Born of Hope
This hour long original drama is set in the time before the War of the Ring and tells the story of the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North, before the return of the King. Inspired by only a couple of paragraphs written by Tolkien in the appendices of the Lord of the Rings we follow Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people's history. There's also a trailer on the web site.

I love fan films. Especially the Star Trek: New Voyages series (click the tag for the links), which we force our friends to watch.

And speaking of film: The restored Metropolis will stream live on the internet today. There's nearly an hour of new footage.

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Passing this along, though it won't do much good as some people never seem to believe it, anymore than they believe that most writers don't control the cover image, the price, availability of ebook, foreign, or audio editions etc etc.

The myth of the rich writer.

I feel like the figure of $7500 for a first fantasy is kind of high. I got $3500 for The Element of Fire in 1992, and there was a survey a few years ago that I think listed $5000 - $5500 as still the average amount of the advance for a first genre novel. It would be really nice if that figure went up, though.

ETA: miketo provided the link to Tobias Buckell's author advance survey