Monday, December 20, 2010

Ron Howard is devoting a lot of time to 'The Dark Tower'

In this L. A. Times article The Dark Tower: Ron Howard's (plans) and passion for Stephen King Epic

Ron has admitted to devoting a lot of time to The Dark Tower, spending a full year prior to taking on the project.  (My feeling is that Ron Howard wants to get it right.  If this film is done correctly it could gross more than LotR with a huge King following to tout it or it could fail horribly if too much time is spent on logistics.  Unfortunately, time is money in Hollywood so I have to wonder what is going to suffer to try to keep the costs down.)

Hugh Jackman
6' 2" to 6' 3" 

Ron explained that this project is very exciting because there is so much room for interpretation. (Personally, that is the appeal of Stephen King's books; he doesn't have to spell out every aspect of his books to his readers. King has always allowed us, his constant readers, to dream and create images with our own minds based on our own experiences to fill in the grey areas. In my opinion, I have always disliked when a movie seems to "plagiarize" the work of an author. A film should have some individuality or slight differences from its original source. There should be some allowances for a director/producer to have a creative vision, otherwise it would be just a copy, usually a bad copy, of the original. I’m just sayin’.)

Ron Howard talks about who might play the lead Roland Deschain.

Daniel Craig
5' 10"

 What do you think about these possible actors?

Jon Hamm

Friday, December 17, 2010

Yay! UStream Chat Released

This is a chance to see the chat if you missed it on  Enjoy, I know I will again and again. 

UStream Chat Here

 "One of the best short story collections."  Stephen King 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Stephen King admits, "It scares the hell out of me." on NPR

Stephen King talks about how collected data is not good for an author. 

See below for a related article about ebooks.

Read this article The Wall Street JournalWhy Ebooks Aren't Scary
OCTOBER 29, 2010

King discusses the pros and cons of ebooks vs. physical books.  He explains how researching is easier on the Kindle.  He talks about how he has thousands of books already but has been known to buy a physical book when he already has the digital copy.  He likes to have the real book to place on his shelf.  (This is something I have been guilty of doing myself for example Justin Cronin's The Passage.)          

Monday, December 13, 2010

Book Chick City is Hosting a 2011 Stephen King Reading Challenge

Book Chick City has come up with a great challenge this year.  You can either read 6 or 12 of Stephen King's books in 1 year.  Click on the Pennywise button to enter.  The rules are fairly simple.   
Hey, this challenge is right up my dark alley.  This is one of my absolute favorite pastimes, reading Stephen King books.  There’s no need to twist this arm too hard, I am totally in Book Chick City.  I’ve had a few of his books on the back burner for a while now, so now is the time to read and reread.  Who else is in?

Any and all comments are welcome! :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Beautiful Evening in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Isn't this a cool Clock Tower in downtown Portsmouth?
 Where the heck are McFly and Doc?
Clear skies, little to no wind, and temperatures above freezing was the blissful northern weather we experienced for the book signing.  It was a perfect evening.  Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a lovely town with quaint shops and plenty of history.  The town's sidewalks are paved with red brick which made me think of Coronado, CA (A place that I very much loved living before).  When we showed up at River Run Bookstore Stephen King was already there along with Joe Hill, his son.  Just imagine how cool it would be to say "My father is Stephen King." :))) 

We also met the guy whose image was used  by Michael Whelen for Father Callahan in Discordia  in front of RR when we showed up at the storefront window.  He was there to get a book signed too.  We asked him how Betts Bookstore was doing and he said it was doing well.  He was also surprised  that someone recognized him. 

When we got inside I was shocked to hear what a die-hard biker King is.  He said that he rode his Harley from Maine to New Hampshire. Brrrr  That is about 154 miles and about 3 hours in 30 degree weather. Brr Brr 

When it was my turn to get my book signed, I wore a custom-made sweatshirt with my winning entry on the front.  King read that it said Stephen's Empire which got his attention.  In the picture I took you can tell he is trying to make out what it meant.  (Take note of the look of confusion on his face.  Not the look I was hoping to capture but oh well.)  That is when I snapped the picture.  Beforehand, we were advised to turn the flash off of all cameras, which we did but at the same time I was taking my photo someone else snapped a photo with a flash.  I thought the flash came from my camera (but it didn't).  That is when I got all worried that I was going to be reprimanded by one of the on-duty police officers.  At the same time that I was stressing about the flash, he asked what the caption read on the picture. Unfortunatley I didn't answer his question because I was unaware that he asked it.  My family relayed it too me after the fact.   The caption was still very small even after having been blown up a little for the shirt.   I explained that I was one of the winners and that Eddie's of Roland Park was my entry.  He said, "Oh (smiled and extended his hand for me to shake it. OMG)  I smiled and shook his hand but didn't answer his question about the caption. Drat to the person who didn't turn off their flash!!!   My nervousness was apparant after the flash went off. I then told him how much I liked Full Dark, No Stars, and told him, "Thanks."  He smiled and replied by saying, "You're welcome."     

King is a super-nice, congenial person.  He really is great to his fans and also generous with his time even when he is signing 400+ books.     
David Williamson aka Father Callahan


Sorry about the poor quality, this is what it looks like without a d*mn flash!

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