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I Am A Sloth

So a month has passed and I’m not exactly sure how, since I seem to be in the same place as when I last blogged. Oh, wait, I know what I did: I edited the first quarter of the Iron Jackal, and now it’s slicker than a greased otter. And I also spent some time editing Pandemonium for Scholastic US, which was a really weird experience, as I haven’t read it for, like, 5 years. After I finished laughing at my own jokes (I know, I know, I’m a walking tragedy) I found that I’d laid in clues for things to happen later on in the series and I’d forgotten what I actually intended to happen. So that took a bit of clipping to get into shape.

Anyway, it is intended to be the first part of several, though whether it will be or not is up to Scholastic, due to the astronomical time and expense involved in producing graphic novels. But the first volume is pretty much standalone, so don’t fret, my pretties.

Still in prelim meetings for All Fall Down, but everything’s progressing well. I’m also throwing a bunch of really big-idea SF movie pitches at some producers I know, and I’ve got the taste for screenwriting back so I’m knocking around another kind-of-SF script idea that I think I’m gonna write just for the hell of it just cos it’s so mind-bendingly awesome (he trilled modestly). But no worries, The Iron Jackal is still well on schedule for an end of year delivery and it will be out around June/July 2011.

Right, it’s too sunny to be inside any more. This being Britain, it’s probably the only glimpse of summer we’re going to get all year, so I’d better go take advantage of it…


  1. A random person... says:

    Hello! Your books are AWESOME! There aren’t many other books I’ve read that can compete with yours, and I have read quite a few (by the standards of my age group). Your descpriptions are amazing, your plot is intricate, and everything wraps itself up in the end without leaving any hanging threads like many other books I’ve read. I’ve actually only read Poison and Storm Thief, and am in the process of reading The Weavers of Saramyr, but your writing is amazing in all of them. Also, how do you think of those names? I just have a problem with names. Whenever I make any up, they either sound stupid, don’t fit, or already exist already. Anyways, (this is just a request and you can ignore it and go on writing whatever you like to write) can you write more YA fiction? The writing in The Weavers of Saramyr is amazing, but I can’t recommend it to any of my friends because of its extremely inappropiate content. I know adult fiction is called adult fiction for a reason, but anyways…please?

  2. Jeremy says:

    I would just like to say i just finished reading Havoc and i love it!! I ordered it from the uk and just power read it. I was wondering will there be a sequel? And check out . Thanks!

  3. Trevor says:

    You could always just do what I did and do a notebook-paper editing job over the more questionable material. I just skimmed the section, picked whatever was necessary to drive the story, taped (carefully) my own summary of the main points over it and then moved on. A lot of the sex scenes are slightly gratuitous, or a part of character development, so it’s easier to hack out then most of the other parts. I was going to keep silent about it too– it soon passed after the 5th re-reading of the series, which is either a sure sign that they’re just spiffy, or that I need to read other books, or that I need to get out more. I haven’t figured that part out yet.

  4. Dylan says:

    hey are any of your books being turned into a movie any time soon? it would be interesting if retribution falls or the haunting of alaizabel cray became a movie

  5. TheAlphaLlama says:

    Just wanted to give you props for The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray and Poison. Definitely 2 of your best in my opinion =)

  6. Joseph Evans says:

    This isn’t related to this post, but I’ve just realised that the script for the upcoming game Enslaved has been written by Alex Garland of The Beach fame. Who knows, Chris, maybe they listened to you. Plus the game looks incredible from the trailers. If it turns out to be as good as it looks, it’ll prove to everyone that you were right – game developers should hire professional authors to do their scriptwriting!

  7. @ A Random Person and Jeremy – I’ll be doing another two YA books for Scholastic in the future, one of which may be a Havoc sequel (depending on a lot of things). We’re just doing all teh contract stuff now.

    @ Dylan – I replied to this question in another post in a bit more detail, but in brief, Malice is in the works and Alaizabel is in the early stages, but both are a long way off getting made yet.

    @ Joseph – Alex Garland is less a book writer and more of a script writer these days. He wrote 28 Days Later, Sunshine etc, so he’s kind of come at it from the movie side of things, I think. But Richard Morgan has written the script for Crysis 2, so that’s all good. More authors in games! *waves flag*

  8. Kath says:

    Alaizabel is in its early stages?! I thought the project was dead!
    Even if it’s still a long way to go I am just glad it’s not cancelled! ;_;

    Oooh, that made me happy. 8D

  9. It did die, but now a new film company is taking up the option to develop it. If the contract ever gets drawn up, that is, because it seems to be taking a colossal amount of time…

    So anyways, a fresh start for Alaizabel. I’ll keep y’all updated.

  10. Adam says:

    I rarely feel inclined to post comments on these kind of things, but I must say that I just finished reading The Fade and thought it was incredible. Probably the best book I’ve read this year, which includes The Stand.

    Thank you, Mr. Wooding.

  11. Hope says:

    A fresh start for Alaizabel! My, my. The world is a beautiful place. I think I might write a poem to immortalize the happiness of this moment. Or, I dunno, go play some Bioshock.

  12. @ Adam: You’re welcome 😉

    @ Hope: Do it. Bioshock, I mean. Not the sequel, though 🙁

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