- Publishers Weekly announced that Sam Raimi, the man responsible for the legendary Evil Dead trilogy, and more recently the Spider-Man franchise, has optioned Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series and has plans to create a TV mini-series from them. There are currently ten books in Goodkind's series and the eleventh and final installment is due out in 2008.
- Harlequin romance begs the question "What is Love?" and asks for reader participation at www.writeharlequin.com.
Submissions could feature in an upcoming Harlequin title (your words, Fabio's chest). Read some of their examples ("a strawberry banana smoothie on a hot day," anyone?) and be inspired!
- Ex-Jeopardy contestant, blogger, and author of the forthcoming book Prisoner of Trebekistan, has created a short promo video wherein he hurls every cruddy drug store item he has received since being on Jeopardy into a pile. The video is somewhat eye-opening, but not as hilarious as his publisher insists his book will be. However, the book is blurbed by Joss Whedon, so I guess I'll be reading it anyhow. (Courtesy of Salon.com)
- The new hot title for all those fans of Freakonomics and Malcolm Gladwell is Chris Anderson's The Long Tail. Once again (to my mind, anyhow), what would have made a good magazine article (and in this case did, for Wired) has been expanded upon and explained in minute detail with a million-and-one examples until its redundancies and repetition makes you think you are chasing a rather short tail around and around like a silly kitten. Anyhow, it will be talked about, both positively and negatively, all summer long (or in Seth Godin's opinion, for the next ten years).
As for me, I'm still pondering the "Love" question for Harlequin, and in my misty consciousness my memory harkens back to that masterpiece of television history that is Hollywood Squares...
Peter Marshall: In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say "I love you"?
Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.