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It's 2016, a writing year. On Friday I finished a book I've been working on since 2013 (you will find out what it is sometime in the next few months. Promise). Tomorrow I finish the introduction to it. The world feels a little lighter.

The book I finished is not the big thing I have to do this year -- I think I'm going to fall off the world completely to do that pretty soon.... Read more of this blog post »
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message 297: by Neil

Neil https://www.goodreads.com/interviews/... -- I was thrilled to hear that TRIGGER WARNING had won the GoodReads Fantasy Award. This is the interview I did, with GoodReads questions...


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Neil You have 13 days to get rare and unpublished books by me in ebook form https://www.humblebundle.com/books...


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Neil I want to make sure that everyone on GoodReads knows about the Humble Bundle, at https://www.humblebundle.com/books for the next 13 days. I've put up a newly mastered digital collection of over 1200 pages of rare and unobtainable books, comics and miscellania, some of which sell for hundreds and thousands of dollars if you can get them. (My Duran Duran biography, anyone?) Spread the word...


message 294: by Jalil

Jalil Whould you see my photos and leave comment


message 293: by Neil

Neil I'll be doing a chat and, with Amanda Palmer, answering questions this afternoon (US time) - details at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


message 292: by Neil

Neil Thank you all for voting THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE Best Fantasy Novel 2013. I'm really pleased.


message 291: by Neil

Neil I was thrilled to see that I have three different books nominated as Best Books in the GoodReads Choice Awards. What a nice thing. Thank you all.

https://www.goodreads.com/choiceaward...


message 290: by Autumn

Autumn Doughton Blog post where I discuss fan-girling at your Coral Gables signing. I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane while I waited in the line and it was wonderful. Poignant, imaginative... everything I expected and more!!


message 289: by Neil

Neil US people, if you want to preorder a signed copy of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE and get it by publication date (June 18th) you have to order it by May 20th: http://www.portersquarebooks.com/pre-...


message 288: by Caroline (last edited Oct 25, 2012 03:17PM)

Caroline Hello dear sir. I happen to stumble upon this online and thought it was the most funniest thing. It's a story about you and your hat....oh and also time travel!

http://failblog.cheezburger.com/failb...


message 287: by Cathy (last edited Aug 30, 2012 02:47PM)

Cathy Holford Hey Neil...are you aware that you are now an internet meme?

http://kylecassidy.com/lj/2012/kyle-c...


message 286: by Daniel

Daniel Hey man, I'm trying to get more readers for my blog. I'd appreciate it if you'd check it out. It's not necessarily on books. It has books but it also has other random things. stop by and show some support! :D

http://wwwthetravelinginformant.blogs...

if you don't like it, don't worry. Hardly anyone does.


message 285: by Bad (last edited Aug 17, 2012 07:10AM)

Bad I know you'll probably never see this in the sea of well-earned appreciation, but if you do please know that your work and lectures have inspired both me and my fiance beyond measure. Whenever the world gets me down, I think back to your advice, "Make good art." And I do. :)

While the hope is small, it never hurts to ask... my fiance has just started a book review blog *he is quite brilliant* and I think he would have a minor heart attack (not that I wish him ill) if you popped in an gave him a tip or word of encouragement in comment.If you do ever see this and find a moment, here is the link:
http://belletristicerr.blogspot.com/

Thank you for making the world a more interesting place. <3


message 284: by Aly

Aly OMG you're my friend on here...such a honor. You're such a inspiration to my writing.


message 283: by Linton (last edited Mar 14, 2013 10:47AM)

Linton Linton wrote: "Neil,

Not sure how often you read these, but worth a shot. I'm sure you've answered this question at some point but I've never come across it.

I, like many others, love the work you did on Sandm..."



Update: 7/13/12 - Looks like you do. Great to hear the Lord of Dreams is on the horizon again.


message 282: by Luna

Luna You're an incredible inspiration to me as a writer, even as a daydreamer. I just wanted you to know that.


message 281: by Phoebe

Phoebe Andamo Thank you very much for adding me :)


message 280: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Thanks for the friendship. Hope you're having an amazing day.


message 279: by Cathy

Cathy Holford Thanks Neil for accepting my friendship. I am a big fan...well a small fan, not quite five feet, but you know what I mean. :-D


Bookwatcher Thank you for the friendship. Ciao :-)


message 277: by Tara

Tara Thank you for accepting my request! I love your work so much!


message 276: by Megan

Megan Thanks so much for accepting my friend request!! :D


Eyehavenofilter Thanks for accepting my friend request >^..^< please keep writing, it gives us all something to read that's worthwhile.


message 273: by Linton

Linton Neil,

Not sure how often you read these, but worth a shot. I'm sure you've answered this question at some point but I've never come across it.

I, like many others, love the work you did on Sandman. And like anything people love, the question of "will there be more?" is asked. I think the book works great in its form and is complete and extensions aren't necessarily needed, and I know a lot of authors like to move on and not look back. However, with Endless Nights and the Sandman novel you wrote, it makes me wonder if you still kick Sandman ideas around. So regardless if there will be more, do you find yourself revisiting these characters and ideas?


message 272: by Jalil

Jalil wish I was living in a free and normal society. I wish I was born in a reach

culture with humanistic wisdom, instead of being tired with nonsense beliefs

and behaviors.



In all over the world people are living naturally even with some problems,

deprivation and disasters But they are living nearly free and normal. Are we

Middle Eastern people exception? Are we selected among people from

around the word to be the best?!! Why we should be the best people and

most theistic and innocent?! Because we will go to the heaven and become

permanently happy?! We are spending most of our energy one some

restrictions and false suppositions instead of enjoying life freely.



I’m tired with lots of bad habits in my society such as lies, backbites,

officiousness, limitations, superstitions, brutal behaviors, etc. Can I burn

again in a free, modern and reach country?! Maybe I can


message 271: by Jalil

Jalil wish I was living in a free and normal society. I wish I was born in a reach

culture with humanistic wisdom, instead of being tired with nonsense beliefs

and behaviors.



In all over the world people are living naturally even with some problems,

deprivation and disasters But they are living nearly free and normal. Are we

Middle Eastern people exception? Are we selected among people from

around the word to be the best?!! Why we should be the best people and

most theistic and innocent?! Because we will go to the heaven and become

permanently happy?! We are spending most of our energy one some

restrictions and false suppositions instead of enjoying life freely.



I’m tired with lots of bad habits in my society such as lies, backbites,

officiousness, limitations, superstitions, brutal behaviors, etc. Can I burn

again in a free, modern and reach country?! Maybe I can


message 270: by Jalil

Jalil Although dividing the life to separated parts seems to be irrational and

unscientific, to understand the problem I have to do this. We always are

experiencing two different state of life: living or understanding. In this

essay, I’m going to write about different degrees of tendency for living and

understanding.



As far as I concern, the most important purpose of living

things is surviving. During billions years, we developed different behaviors

for surviving, followed by mating and reproduction. These behaviors

including war, collecting or saving money or food, forming family, fear,

avoiding dangerous situations, etc warranty our survive and consequently

our eternal development and evolution. I call this process “living”.



Another important point is “Understanding” which means personal

development. Every living thing has a special purpose in life and has been

planning to reach them as well as some plans for improving or renovating

him/herself.



Since “Living” is almost reachable in our developed and secure world, I

suggest we should emphasize on the personal aspects of life or

“Understanding”. Life consists of different experiences from pleasure to pain

to sadness or happiness which all of them are transitory. But our knowledge

and understanding about our self and universe are more considerable and

powerful. Consequently, I always emphasize on the pleasure of

understanding through science and knowledge which is the most beautiful

pleasure. Moreover, if you look into statistics of quarrel and violence, family

problems, addictions, alcoholism, etc you will realize most of involved

people aren’t educated enough.



Overall I believe that science and knowledge make us more aware and

intelligent and consequently more strong and powerful .In addition, they

are the most important sources of understanding human existence, nature

and the universe instead of traditional lifestyle, efforts, beliefs or assumptions


message 269: by Neil

Neil It's not letting me put this in as a video, so I am linking to it here: I narrate the opening of James Thurber's 13 Clocks at http://vimeo.com/31299484


message 268: by Anoush

Anoush Happy belated birthday, Mr. Gaiman.


papalbina thank you very much for accepting my friend request :)


message 266: by Neil

Neil A Goodreads Apology: I had friended over 9000 people. The new Goodreads system unfriended 4000 of those people on my behalf. I hear on Twitter they're trying to fix that. I hope they do. I'd like the friends back.


message 265: by Neil

Neil The West Coast Tour. PORTLAND is already Sold Out.


October 31st
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Tickets go on sale Friday, 9/16 at 10AM PDT at http://bit.ly/103111tix

(Costumes! It's Hallowe'en in Los Angeles. We'll suggest that people wear costumes.)
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Katherine Mr. Gaiman (or anyone who sees this and knows the answer),

I was wondering if you are going to be coming to New England anytime soon???

Thanks,

Shea


message 263: by Maura

Maura McDonagh Thanks for accepting my friend request! I really enjoyed "The Graveyard Book" and plan on reading a lot more of your stuff!


message 262: by Emily

Emily Thanks for accepting my friend request! I've loved your books since I read "Neverwhere", your writing is awesome!

PS "Coraline" scared the hell out of me, but it was really creative all the same :)


message 261: by Kristen

Kristen Thanks so much for accepting my friend request, and for your fantastic Doctor Who episode! Love your work!


message 260: by Felicia

Felicia Thank you so much for the add! I am a huge fan of all your work, and thoroughly enjoyed your Doctor Who episode.


message 259: by Elaina

Elaina Thank you for accepting my friend request! You are a much respected author.

-Elaina


message 258: by Melissa

Melissa Hey,
Kudos on the Doctor Who episode, it was quite good.
Whats not to like when my favourite author and favourite t.v show are combined?

Keep up the fantastic work!


message 257: by Jalil (last edited Jan 22, 2013 12:59PM)

Jalil Hail Love, hail Love, because Love is divine
It is tender, it is beautiful and benign
What passion, what passion, we are burning like the sun
It is hidden and obscure, it is an obvious sign.
We’ve fallen, we’ve fallen, it is hard to rise up
We know not, we know not, this complex chaotic design.
زهی عشق، زهی عشق که ما راست خدایا
چه نغز است و چه خوب است و چه زیباست خدایا
چه گرمیم، چه گرمیم از این عشق چو خورشید
چه پنهان و چه پنهان و چه پیداست خدایا
فتادیم، فتادیم بدان سان که نخیزیم
ندانیم، ندانیم چه غوغاست خدایا
*********
Each breath is a song of love
From left and right, pass us by
We’ll return to the world above
Such fate no-one can defy.
We have come from the skies
Befriended angels in heaven
To the same place we will rise
To that city past skies seven.
We are above the skies
And angels we transcend
Why should we compromise?
The House of Songs is our end.
With good fortune may we live
Fate is contradictory,
Gladly our lives may we give
Worldly pride victory.
هر نفس آواز عشق می‌رسد از چپ و راست
ما به فلک می‌رویم عزم تماشا که راست
ما به فلک بوده‌ایم یار ملک بوده‌ایم
باز همان جا رویم جمله که آن شهر ماست
خود ز فلک برتریم وز ملک افزونتریم
زین دو چرا نگذریم منزل ما کبریاست
گوهر پاک از کجا عالم خاک از کجا
بر چه فرود آمدیت بار کنید این چه جاست
*******
Go to sleep
Leave me alone
At nights I leap
Up, on my own.
With waves of desire
Day and night, all alone
Compassion inspire
Else vengeful fits are thrown.
From me run away
Afflictions I’ve sown
For wholeness must pray
Else hardships are grown.
رو سر بنه ببــــالین تنهــــا مـــرا رهـــا کـــــن
ترک من خـــــراب شبگرد مبتـــــــــلا کــــــن
مایم و مــــوج ســودا شب تــــا بروز تنـــهــــا
خـــــواهی بیا ببخشاء خـــواهــی برو جفا کــن
از من گـــریــز تـــا تو هـــم در بــــلا نیفتــــی
بگزین ره سلامت تــــــرک ره بـــــلا کــــــــن
*********
I need a lover and a friend
All friendships you transcend
And impotent I remain
You are Noah and the Ark
You are the light and the dark
Behind the veil I remain
You are passion and are rage
You are the bird and the cage
Lost in flight I remain
You are the wine and the cup
You are the ocean and the drop
While afloat I remain
یار مرا غار مرا عشق جگرخوار مرا
یار تویی غار تویی خواجه نگهدار مرا
نوح تویی روح تویی فاتح و مفتوح تویی
سینه مشروح تویی بر در اسرار مرا
نور تویی سور تویی دولت منصور تویی
مرغ که طور تویی خسته به منقار مرا
قطره تویی بحر تویی لطف تویی قهر تویی
قند تویی زهر تویی بیش میازار مرا
*******
Upon which path did I tread
So I return, all else I dread;
From Beloved being apart
In the creed of Love is being misled.
If I find another in the whole town
Ain’t but a sign pointing to the Beloved.
I said this is no easy path
In each step a thousand traps spread
آن ره که من آمدم کدامست ای دل
تا باز روم که کار خامست ای دل
در هر گامی هزار دامست ای دل
نامردان را عشق حرامست ای دل
اندر همه شهر اگر کسی هست
والله که اشارتی تمامست
گفتم که مگر رهیست آسان
در هر قدمی هزار دامست
********
Alas that beautiful beloved where hence?
Alas that graceful Goddess where hence?
In our midst like a candle brightly shone
Where hence, alas, without us where hence?
Like a shivering leaf my heart constantly moan
Beloved left at midnight, where hence?
عجب آن دلبر زیبا کجا شد
عجب آن سرو خوش بالا کجا شد
میان ما چو شمعی نور
کجا شد ای عجب بی ما کجا شد
دلم چون برگ می لرزد همه روز
که دلبر نیم شب تنها کجا شد
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message 256: by Brick

Brick Marlin Thank you very much for the friendship on Goodreads, Mr. Gaiman. I was given Anansi's Boys to read by a friend a few years back and, since then, cannot get enough of your writing! I always look forward to the very next book that is released.

Growing up, I have always wrote fiction. For quite some time I did not pursue writing, thinking that it was a lost cause. Now, I know better.

Your work has inspired me to continue writing my dark fiction!

I do hope to meet you one day and shake your hand. It will surely be an honor!


message 255: by Lara

Lara As always at key moments in my developing life you seem to have incidentally inspired me...

I saw your talk with Audrey Niffenegger a few weeks ago, at the Harold Washington Library here in Chicago. I left with my head full of bells & chimeras, like it hasn't been in ages. Immediately went home, joined Goodreads, and began blogging again, something I haven't done for many years. It feels really, really good. Thanks Neil.


message 254: by Sarah

Sarah I was able to attend your Wednesday reading last week in Chicago, and it was delightful. I particularly enjoyed your comment about not knowing whether you should be classified as an "American author". As an English teacher, I participate in a lot of conversations in the classroom and beyond about the importance of exposing students to a wide range of cultures through literature, but your comment raised a question for me, which I'm still thinking through - Is "cultural" literature as important for readers as "good" literature? Who is writing the definitions of what those words mean anyway? If a student who has never enjoyed reading picks up a book, gets hooked, and can't put it down again, perhaps that's what really matters...

At any rate, I very much enjoyed getting to hear you read, and I look forward to the next time you're in Chicago for an event.


message 253: by Arby

Arby thanks for the add! love your books esp. American Gods and Good Omens! keep up the great work!


message 252: by Ashley

Ashley Thanks for the add! Love your work! My 9 year old son LOVED Coraline!


message 251: by Jackee

Jackee Thank you for turning me on to reading again :)


message 250: by Bre

Bre You are one of my favorite authors! Thanks for the friend acceptance. I love American Gods.


message 249: by C

C Your imagination is something I envy! Thank you for adding me back. I hope one day I can have the honour of meeting you. ^^


message 248: by Padfoot

Padfoot I just started reading The Sandman series for the first time (I hear way too many good things about it). Love it so far.


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