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Rick Bowes
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2003 - 12:27 pm:   

The villagers tell stories about this place.
But they're just a bunch of ignorant yokels.
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paulw
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2003 - 01:18 pm:   

It figures Bowes puts up graffiti before the paint on the wall is even dry!

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Rick Bowes
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2003 - 01:46 pm:   

Listen! I think I hear a (human?) voice.
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Mastadge
Posted on Saturday, May 10, 2003 - 05:04 pm:   

Hmm. . .well, after having it recommended to me about a hundred times, I finally decided to read WAKING BEAUTY. Only to find that it was out of print. So I tracked down a copy, and I must admit, after reading some of the reviews on Amazon.com, I was a little worried that I wouldn't like it - but I loved it! It kept me guessing, it kept me entranced, it kept me entertained, and, I suppose most importantly, it kept me turning pages. Perhaps the best science fiction novel I've read this year, although I'm not going to commit to that because I've read some durned good ones. Anyway, a fantastic read. Also a beautiful cover. But perhaps next time they can write a blurb that is at least moderately related to the story. . .?

Anyway, I eagerly await your next book!
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Bob
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 01:00 am:   

Hey, nifty! Good to see you around, Paul.
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paulw
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 04:08 am:   

Hi Mastadge,

I loved that cover, and still do -- looking at the framed version right now, hung above my computer for daily inspiration. I lucked out there, big time.

Glad you liked the book; I appreciate your kind words very much.

The next novel, Tumbling After, is in its penultimate stages . . .
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Mastadge
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 04:53 am:   

Paul,

Amazon.com has listed by you a book called PYNN, which doesn't seem to actually exist. Do you have any idea what that is?
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paulw
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 05:17 am:   

Yes, it's an example of bleedover from the alternate reality in which my second book was called Pynn and published to huge acclaim, topping the bestseller lists for years and becoming a #1 movie starring those Oscar-winning actors, Jenna Bush and Pee-Wee Herman. Unfortunately, none of the royalties from this alternate reality have bled over.

The book I'm now working on, Tumbling After, was originally called Pynn. It was scheduled to be published many years ago, when Clinton was still president and Bush just a bad dream. Bluntly put, I blew my deadline. Repeatedly. Now I'm back on track, with a new title, but amazon, although they've been informed of this screw-up, cannot get its act together to correct it.

I did try ordering the book, figuring that I might be able in this fashion to save myself the trouble of actually having to write it, but alas, this is yet another part of the alternate reality that failed to bleed over.
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Ellen
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 09:36 am:   

Hi Paul,
Nice to see you in this neck of the woods. C'mon over to my topic some time <g>.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 03:05 pm:   

Ellen...
Why should we come over to your topic? You never come over to mine except to say come over to yours. Why don't you transfer your topics to Pauls or mine, so we can look like big deals and have all these messages That way we could work our way into the top three message-getters. But no...you want to have more messages than anyone, so you entice, you invite. No way! I'm going to get all my friends to write me some bullshit message so I can lead the freaking league, and then I'll invite you over to my topic...so you can bask in the popular light, you know?

Psychotically yours....
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JeffV
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 08:20 pm:   

Hi, Paul. Glad to have you here!

JeffV
(who snared them with his music topic...)
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Ellen
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 09:04 pm:   

Lucius,
It so happens I check your topic regularly when there are new posts--I've been following your essay and subsequent discussion about Miles Davis-- so there! I just have nothing to add.
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Mastadge
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 09:05 pm:   

(and his sentence-by-sentence, and his AZ mystery project, and his house of 87 cabinets. . .)
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 09:16 pm:   

Say what you will, Ellen, I understand your devious ways.

Truth is, you probably visit my topic more often than I do. It's really boring there. I'm just agitating -- it's much more fun.
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Ellen
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2003 - 09:44 pm:   

If there was an icon that sticks out its tongue I would use it Sir Shepard ;-)

Sometimes it's very interesting. I wish I was still editing Event Horizon so I could publish any nonfiction you wrote.
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paulw
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 03:17 am:   

This is great -- I just have to sit back and watch the message count roll up!

And thanks, Jeff, for the cool music board. I'm learning a lot there.


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Lucius
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 04:11 am:   

Hey. Ellen... you may be publishing some of my non-fiction at SCIFI. :-) I mean, I can't tell.

Tonight I had a dream in which George Bush walked out of a debate with Washington Redskin football coach, Steve Spurrier, which I watched on TV from Thailand where I was teaching Clarion, and while hanging on a fogbound beach with my girlfriend, an armada of strange vessels shaped like postal parcels with stamps and cancellations all over them and little square windows sailed out of the murk and disgorged a cargo of gods with Khmer headdresses and skanky Larry Clark kids who sauntered off to be victimized, so you see I have lived before or some shit....

Yeah, Paul, I can see you rising into the low hundreds very rapidly here. This could be massive for your career....and for my mine, if I play my cards right.

Until the Change, then...
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paulw
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 04:36 am:   

Lucius, old buddy, I'll cut you in for anything that comes my way. Soon they (and we know who they are!) will be begging us for the privilege of posting here! In the words of Magneto: "You're a god among insects. Never forget that."

Curiously, I had the exact same dream . . . except it was hall of fame quarterback Sonny Jurgensen instead of Spurrier, and the armada disgorged an army of Famke Jannsen clonettes. Things kind of deteriorated after that . . .
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 08:28 am:   

Paul, I understand the Famke Jannsen problem. She had me after City of Industry.

As for Magneto, we never speak any more. I'm still trying to come to terms with the several movie reviews I read of X-Men United that told me I needed to consider Brian Singer an important moral voice.
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paulw
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 10:06 am:   

Huh. Important in what sense? Although I enjoyed the movie, I didn't find anything particulary non-platitudinous morally about it. In fact, I thought it got 60s-70s Marvel moral piety down pretty good.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 10:21 am:   

I haven' t seen the movie. Don't plan to. I have to go to The Matrix: Reloaded and that's enough pain. But according to various reviews, and I quote from one, X-Men United "teaches the nation an important lesson about bigotry."

KInd of set me back a little bit. These were reviews printed in mags and newspapers intended for adults.
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paulw
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 10:46 am:   

Yes, I certainly learned not be bigoted against mutants. Or anyway not against good mutants. That's an important lesson, all right. Oh, I also learned that the President of our great nation, like a stern but loving father, can always be trusted to do what's right, even when his underlings mislead him or keep him in the dark. If only Bush knew! Sounds familiar, eh?
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 11:09 am:   

Kinda Orwellian, huh?

When I finish my review of the Matrix, which speaks to this somewhat, I'll email it to you, FYI.

In the meantime, back to Famke Jannsen...
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paulw
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2003 - 01:25 pm:   

Thanks, Lucius -- I'll look forward to it.
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Mastadge
Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 08:54 am:   

Paul,

Any idea when we'll be seeing TUMBLING AFTER?
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paulw
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 03:19 am:   

Hi Mas,

Funny you should ask! I'm finishing it up now -- literally writing the last scene. Then it's once more through the mixer and off to my publisher; hopefully, after all this time, they'll still want to publish it! I can't imagine it would be out any earlier than late 2005, however, even in a best-case scenario.
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Bob
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 08:15 am:   

Woo-hoo!!!
Big congrats, Paul!
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paulw
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 10:37 am:   

Well, don't jinx me, Bob! I'm not there yet . . .
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Bob
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2003 - 08:09 pm:   

Bah! Hard to jinx a book when it's on the last scene....
Now git, big city writer boy. I need my fix.
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 02:10 am:   

Paul!!

Damn, I didn't even know you had a topic here! Well, that teaches me to ignore online hangouts....

A belated welcome!!

:-)

Vera
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paulw
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 05:45 pm:   

Thanks, Vera! We W's and Z's and suchlike . . . nobody ever scrolls down far enough to see us!
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Robert Wexler
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 11:50 am:   

No one visits me either.

Robert
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Rick Bowes
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 12:28 pm:   

Oh get off it, you alphabet low-enders with your constant moaning about being ignored. Show some initiative!

Jeff VanderMeer has had 2309 visits. How? By offering exciting chances on free trips to Veniss Underground as doorprizes to his visitors.
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RFW
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 02:06 pm:   

Yes, but he's a V. Anyway, Rick, let's not get all exalted until we're better able to do this :-), or this :-(

Robert
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rick bowes
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 02:20 pm:   

I think it's mean of certain low-ender types to make fun of the infirmities of others.
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 08:35 pm:   

So what's this, I come back after an absence of eons, and the whole Night Shade board seems to be sleeping.

Wake up!!

*runs away*
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Iz And
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 11:29 am:   

Cuz, just change your name to Aul Itcover. That should help.
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Kit
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2003 - 07:47 pm:   

Hah, looky, a *new post* -- excited much? It's:
kreed@wesleyan.edu
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Kit
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2003 - 07:53 pm:   

ooo ooo, i almost forgot, it's: http://www.kitreed.net
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2004 - 01:21 pm:   

Paul,

Any chance that any rumors of potential news about Tumbling After might be coming anytime soon?
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paulw
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 04:16 pm:   

Yes, I just finished my revisions and am about to turn in the ms. to HarperCollins. Publication is scheduled for March 05.

Thanks for asking!

By the way, not just to Mastadge but to whoever else reads this, the season's final NYRSF reading will take place next Monday at the South Street Seaport -- 7:00 sharp -- Rachel Pollack and John C. Wright. The usual dinner and debauchery afterward.

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Bob Urell
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 05:14 pm:   

Yahooie!!! That's welcome news, Paul.
The book, not the readings which take place several thousand miles away from me and are a knife twisting in my stomach every time I see one scheduled and have not the wherewithal to attend.
Boo-hoo.
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dgkgoldberg
Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 08:26 am:   

eagerly awaiting march of 2005 to read tumbling after

(back to lurk mode)
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Luis
Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 11:17 am:   

Awesome news, Paul! Any plans to reprint _Waking Beauty_ yet?

Best,
Luís
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 11:21 am:   

Congratulations, Paul!!!!!!!!!!

JeffV
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paulw
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:52 am:   

Thanks, all!

DGK! Email me -- I'd love to hear how you're doing!

Luis, my agent is requesting reversion of rights to WB from the publisher, which means they have a certain amount of time to decide to reprint the novel; if they don't, I'll get the rights back, and will be looking to bring it out again in some format.

Paul
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jeff ford
Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 11:13 am:   

Paul: I went to amazon today to see when your new novel is coming out. I thought it was soon but I see it is in March of 05, not too far away. I also noticed that there were these books about Zora Hurston written by a Paul Witcover. Is that you?

Hope all is well.
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paulw
Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 04:31 pm:   

Hi Jeff,

Yeah, I wrote a YA biography of Zora many years ago. Now there's a life that should be made into a movie . . . though hopefully not by Oprah!

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MCisco
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 - 01:15 pm:   

Hello Paul -

If you like my political blizz blazz, my blog has thick smelly slabs of it -

http://supremecomplicated.blogspot.com/

I recommend getting a blog if you haven't got one already! If you do, let me know.

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paulw
Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2005 - 11:45 am:   

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the link! I'm in awe of anyone who can write books and blog at the same time (or even sequentially).

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