Hotel has internet-of-a-sort in basement, but I can't get online with my own computer yet, so e-mails are probably unanswered. Oh well.
I'm just starting to notice that I actually have finished Anansi Boys, something which is beginning to make me very happy. I think it may even be a pretty decent book. I hope so.
(Stopped typing here because I realised I was so jetlagged I couldn't see straight. So saved the draft and slept, which was very sensible.)
Today's post: Spent the whole of today in talks about what Dave and I want to do after MirrorMask. Right now, after a day of solid talking, I think it's fair to say that we don't know, but that we have a pretty good idea of what we don't want to do, and a pretty good idea of what the options are. (I kept talking about how I want to do something Faustian, and talking about the way Faust themes through some of my favourite films, like All That Jazz, or Brazil, or even some of my not favourite films, like Svankmayer's Faust. Then we chatted about favourite films we hadn't mentioned. "Er, the original Bedazzled," I said. "That's Faust again," said Dave. Which may mean that I want to write something Faustian, and may mean that we'll wind up doing something quite different. But it was interesting.)
And from now until Sunday night, with a short break to work with Dave on the Signal to Noise film tomorrow afternoon, I'll be working on the Mysterious TV treatment.
Lots of messages from people asking about whether or not Matthew Vaughn's going to be directing Stardust. I like and respect Matthew very much and he wants to make Stardust more than anything (I wrote "make Stardust really badly" first and then realised that that could be misinterpreted). The rights to Stardust at this point are still controlled by me and Charles Vess. Currently, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for Matthew to survive directing X-Men 3 --what he tells me of the schedule ahead sounds pretty gruelling for all of them.