(9 am – promoted by ek hornbeck)
I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but … it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s, which lay behind this year’s phantom “stroke”.
We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. … Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there’s time for at least a few more books yet :o)
PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should
be interpreted as ‘I am not dead’. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as
will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think – it’s too soon to tell.
I know it’s a very human thing to say “Is there anything I can do”, but in this case I
would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.
Today’s strike summary (& action links) below the fold.
|Consumers Support WGA listed Time-Warner Cable and Comcast corporation last night (there may be some more addresses up by now). When writing your letters, just pretend that you’re a satisfied customer except for this strike thing. Remember, you don’t need to be a customer right this moment to write to them.
Firedoglake has an easy email letter tool, sending stuff to show producers (I presume TDS/TCR aren’t on their pulldown list because the producers are already pro-WGA), and you can still buy pencils and visit StrikeSwag.com — profits donated to the WGA’s Solidarity Fund to help non-WGA members affected by the strike.
| No real news as I write, but Nikki Finke has this:
She continues to post the press releases, with commentary.
Related headlines from Variety’s strike blog:
And in other more-or-less serious stuff, another discussion of the Reality and Animation writers issue; Variety summarizes; the LATimes talks about ratings and ad dollars and offers studios “A dose of reality during the strike”.
|And in other news:
Striking Writers Disrupt Carson Daly Taping, Ruining His Talk Show Christmas — sounds entertaining.
Pictures from the pencils2moguls first delivery — the studios didn’t want them. I suppose they’ve got those paperless offices we were going to have by now.
From a piece titled “Harry Potter And The Media Moguls:”
That’s Potterwatch, with action links.
A couple more mentions of that Viacom freelancer’s walkout, including “best protest signs ever.” New York’s WGA picket tomorrow is at Viacom — I’m planning on going, unless the weather and/or my health veto. Pretty good chance of that, but we’ll see.
I liked this:
And NoFactZone’s MsInterpreted made it to An evening with the writers and friends of ‘The Daily Show’, which she describes in detail. My favorite part:
She’s got several page-downs of John Oliver’s set alone.