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Progress Report #3456A/7

Alright boys and girls, Chris has been busy.

So I’ve got seven chapters in the bag for the revamped version of Theย Iron Jackal. I’ve been faffing around with the title but I think I’m sticking with the one I’ve got now. The titular Iron Jackal wasn’t in the reworked version originally but I think I’m bringing he/she/it back in cos they’re frankly so damn badass. Anyway, am belting along with it now, so its looking good.

The option for the Malice movie has been renewed, which is great news as it means that the producers have bought themselves another eighteen months of development time. Progress has been slow but steady up till now, but the process of writing and reworking scripts can take an age. Updates as and when.

Speaking of Malice, I was very happy to learn that it won the Leeds Book Award in the 11-14 category this year. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go and receive the award, and was duly punished by karma when the award turned up in the post smashed in a dozen pieces ๐Ÿ™ Lesson learned…

I delivered the first draft ofย All Fall Down (God, I hate that name, it has to go…) which was naturally received with the kind of reverence usually reserved for sacred tablets and dried bits of saints. Currently in meetings with the producers for the first draft polish, which is movie language for ‘the second draft.’

And because I’m feeling musical, here’s the five songs currently dominating my iPod.

Bubbles by Biffy Clyro

American English by Idlewild

Liquid Confidence by You Me At Six

The King Is Dead by A Wilhelm Scream (with apologies for the rubbish makeshift YouTube video)

Makers by Rocky Votolato (ditto)


  1. Katya says:

    Just finished The Black Lung Captain, so can’t wait for The Iron Jackal! ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad you decided to stick with the title. Would it be possibe for you to finish it off faster? The wait would just kill me.

    And you got me hoocked on A Wilhelm Scream song. I need to check out what the rest of the songs sound like.

  2. David says:

    If you say something is badass, I believe it. Im already getting hyped, so will probably be out of my mind by the time its published. Worth it though, the last 2 books were utterly fantastic.

    I always have to have music on when I read (which I will blame on you – reading about the Draugs in solitude and quiet at night can freak you out something fierce, and it eventually became tradition) and Biffy are always on the play list. Shall have to check out the others.

  3. WilliamNikhe says:

    I was wondering, the wikipedia article on Broken Sky is woefully incomplete.

    Can we edit it without permission?

    Broken Sky gives us a really good plot and setting, plus the universe it presents has so much potential, greater than some other fantasy universes such as Halo.

    It’s really awesome, and I wanna do it justice. So I wanna fix it. Is that alright? o_O

    PS: too bad you cancelled the anime. Wish you would deliver the Broken Sky world to us again in a format for more mature audiences. Anime and manga will do. ๐Ÿ˜€

    PPS: if we are allowed to fix the wikipedia article, I’ll need to find the books again. haha. it’s so hard to find those nowadays. I lost my books except 7 due to moving houses.

  4. Sure, edit away. That’s the beauty of Wikipedia.

    I didn’t cancel the anime. The TV networks cancelled it. ๐Ÿ™

  5. WilliamNikhe says:

    But why cancel it? D: can’t you like work with other people for a manga or something? haha.

    Yes, I’m desperate for the Broken Sky universe to be expanded. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Keith says:

    hey chris i am glad to say that I have read the haunting of alaizabel cray and it was amazing!!

    Also the broken sky series is great i am from the us so i have the 3 book series but it is still good and yes you should expand it i think it would be good ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Clare says:

    Chris! I really don’t understand why I’ve never posted here…here goes ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve been with you since the beginning, and never missed a book. I picked up Broken Sky in the summer before I started secondary school, and it basically ensured that I went into school knowing that unless I found friends who liked this as much as I did, I was about to spend seven very long years in my school library, alone!

    Luckily, while I lounged in the library before registration on the comfy seats right next to the “Shelf of Awesome” (your books and His Dark Materials), I came across the small group of people I’d spend the next 10 years of my life with. You bring-er-together-of-people-er you ๐Ÿ™‚

    I haven’t a clue why I’m telling you all this. Feel like I need to explain how much your work has impacted upon me, but I honestly don’t think I could express it here, much as I wish I could ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel a cake of some sort would suffice, but there are no interweb cakes…

    I’m 21 now, 10 when I started. I’m making my way through Black Lung Captain at the painstaking pace of someone who can’t stop reading, but also someone who doesn’t want it to end until the next one is released, and I can safely finish and pick up the next Frey adventure…

    I just text my friend there and asked “Am I a loser for squeeing that my three most played are the same as Chris Woodings?” She replied “Hell no. Just be thankful it isn’t Celine Dion. Dreams would be shattered.”

    Apologies for the disjointed ramblings. Hope the message of “You are full of WIN” seeps through the wall of text somehow…

    Please keep doing this. I don’t think you need much persuasion though, you really seem to love it. It shows with each book ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for everything x

  8. Aw! I’m touched <3

    That's vastly improved my Monday morning ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Clare says:

    You replying has vastly improved mine ^^ Have a good week! x

  10. Serena says:

    I have Delete Entire First Chapter Syndrome, what can i do? This always happens after I spend some time away from writing due to homework, revision and suchlike… i know i’m just some stupid kid with dreams of becoming a badass author like yourself but dreams are annoyingly good at hanging in there at the back of your mind through everything ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS i have no Internet at home here in the sticks so might be a while before check the site again… ๐Ÿ™

  11. mslack says:

    Congratulations on Malice winning an award!

    It’s October first, and I just placed my order for Havoc, with expedited shipping. Excited to read it!

  12. Alex Torres in caldwell idaho says:

    i live in the united states and i just got Havoc 5-6 days ago, i finished it today on october 10th. You my good sir, are my favorite author by a long shot, I’ve read 5 of your books (The Haunting of Alaizabel cray, Poison, The Fade, Malice and Havoc(i also got catchman, but i havent read that yet)).
    Your just a natural born story teller, whether you read this or not i would love to tell you what i thought about the books i have read, Fan Feed Back.
    Malice and Havoc, Boom! awesome, daring, a group of miscelloneous(this word felt right to say, i dont know if i used it right) adventure. I couldnt stop reading them when i got them(which was about a year apart). they’re awesome. I hope for more, the ending of Havoc wasnt good enough for me, you know? what happens next?.
    The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, filled with “whats going to happen next?” orange juice on somedays and hot cocoa the next few. the last so and so chapters had me curled up on my chair saying “holy crap didnt see this coming”
    The Fade, creative, i was too fond of the attempted rape, adultry and the end(the ending was smart tho). but all that aside, i loved it.
    Poison, i read this about 8 months ago and it still stays with me. it takes 3rd place(malice and havoc, 1st, 2nd, you know it) i could imagine this all the way thru, detailed and well thought of, i loved this book, loved it! if i had a 100 million i would help you make this into a movie, this book derserves no less than that.

    my birthday is october 30th, im turning 18, when i do im going to join the military to fullfil a life long dream of being a marine. i hope i can stop by london to get a signed copy of one of your books. thank you.

  13. James Leung says:

    Hi Chris,

    I wanted to buy Black Lung Captain on the Amazon Kindle; the only porblem is that it’s not available on the Kindle Store. It’s been almost a month since I queried both Amazon and your publisher and they still haven’t let me know if the book’s unavailibility on the Kindle store is by design or mistake.

    FYI, one of Robert Redick’s books was also not available on the kindle store last month. I copied him in on my email to your mutual publisher and it turned out that the book’s unavailability was an oversight between Amazon and Gollancz. The issue was sorted out straight away and the book was quickly made available for download purchase.

    Anyway, I’d appreciate it if you could let me know if it is your intention that your books should be available on the Amazon Kindle store; or if you have deliberately excluded your books from the store.


  14. @ Serena – keep deleting until you find an idea you like enough to stick with. But once you’ve got one that you think is good enough, keep writing until you’re finished. Then delete the first chapter, if you want ๐Ÿ˜‰ And don’t worry, I’m also a stupid kid who dreams of becoming an author…

    @mslack and alex – Thankyou, thankyou.

    @ James – There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be on the Kindle store. I’ve chased up Gollancz. Thanks for pointing it out; I’ll post back when I know anything.

  15. Jordan Hamilton says:

    I’m astounded to see that for someone so deserving of the soaring pedestal youโ€™ve earned to sit upon, that you still find the time to reach out and communicate with your adoring fans. It speaks very well of your character.

    I find your books simply nothing short of amazing, and every day they bring creativity to my commonly dreary world. You are quite the muse! Iโ€™m proud to say that you were the dawn to my vocational book reading pursuit, and it came in the form of the book called โ€œStorm Thiefโ€. I, honest to god, abhorred reading until I discovered your books. They were exactly what I was looking for. Now, Iโ€™ve read almost all of your books, and wonโ€™t stop until I have!

    I also enjoy collecting your books, and hope to have all the books you have created signed by you eventually. I have a few that Iโ€™ve bought already signed, and Iโ€™m literally willing to pay upwards of 200$ American dollars for each. Fortunately, I have a couple signed already which havenโ€™t been past 100$ yet, but Iโ€™m looking forward to obtaining more. In the long run it might be cheaper to fly to London and have you sign them there, but Iโ€™m looking to support you any way I know how. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, Iโ€™m very interested to know what some of your favorite movies are. I feel like you could surely suggest a good few. Iโ€™d recommend โ€œFranklynโ€ (2008) and โ€œBoy Aโ€ (2007) if you havenโ€™t already seen them.

    Thanks again for your brilliant work. It is more appreciated than you may possibly imagine.

  16. @ James – Kindle edition should be available by the beginning of next week. Good spot!

    @ Jordan – Aw, thanks! But I think I’ll stay off that pedestal, if you don’t mind. It just makes me an easier target ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Serena says:

    thanks for the advice, editing like tomorrow is the day all publishers keel over and die also helped ๐Ÿ™‚ the idea is going well, it’s a little less cluttered now. it just needs a middle and an end. I have your books to thank for the abundance of creepy monsters that roam around my imagination looking for something to kill – God, that’s a bit dark… ๐Ÿ™‚ anyways, keep doing what you do forever, i can’t think of anyone more deserving of all these awards that attach themselves to you ๐Ÿ˜€
    BTW, i have a suggestion: if you ever make a film of Malice, consider including the song The Gallery by Muse in there somewhere – if Malice could play itself in a CD player, it would sound like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Meghan Z says:

    Holy moly, I can’t believe you can manage doing so much at once!

    Anywho, I came over with an observation. It seems to be a patern for your hardcover books to have a brightly colored inside cover (forgive me if that’s the incorrect terminology). Storm Thief’s is highligter yellow, Poison’s bright purple, & Havoc’s orange. I don’t know how much contol you have over things like that, but do you know the reasons behind this pattern (if it is one with your other hardback books).

  19. niklasfromgermany says:

    Reading The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray the third time in 8 years and love it like the last times! Need a 2nd part of it. I know that this will stay only a wish , but whats a wish whithout hope?
    Greets from Hannover in Germany!
    a fan

  20. Paul says:

    Same stuff with Bartimaeus! No film will come, but the rights were bought.

  21. @ Meghan Z

    No idea. Nothing to do with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Nick says:

    Okay Wooding, you and me got beef we need to address. Not only do you pen fiction of a kickass nature, but you also engage in the audible genius of A Wilhelm Scream. If I find out your a fan of Bri’s old band (The Fullblast) I’m going to have to declare you too awesome for this Earth. Rest assured there’ll be a bounty on your head if that comes to pass.


  23. Nick says:

    Drats! *You’re…*
    See what you’ve done gone and did. You worked me into such a state that I broke one of my cardinal sins. I’m shifting funds between Swiss bank accounts even as I type this. That bounty isn’t far off…

  24. ‘Fraid I haven’t heard The Fullblast, so I get to remain on Earth and you get to save your pennies. However, I have despatched my own Grammar Nazi bounty hunters, who have taken note of your slip up and will be knocking on your door right… about… now.

    (Don’t worry though, they only knock on the door to distract you so you don’t duck the missile coming through the window)

  25. death by taco says:

    k im still confused with what’s going on with the Malice movie.When is it coming out?Who are the acters?Have you chosen the acters? Well sadly you barely mention the movie so i don’t know squat about the movie.I would really appreciate more info.thanks

    P.S. I wasn’t trying to be mean if it sounds like it.Malice is my all time favourite book.

  26. I don’t mention the movie because there’s no news. The producers haven’t even got a script they’re happy with yet. Until that happens, nobody’s even thinking about actors. As to when or even IF it’s coming out, that decision is waaaaay off. Making movies is a very slow process. Trust me, I’ll let you know if anything exciting happens, but until then, don’t hold your breath. It will take years if it happens at all.

  27. death by taco says:

    ok thanks.thats sorta lame how they dont have the script you get any say on what they do with the script? if it does happen i will see it the first day it comes out ๐Ÿ˜‰

    p.s. yeeeaaars. sigh

  28. death by taco says:

    Yeah I,ll see it no matter what and I’ll just pester my parents by saying 145 days ’till the Malice movie comes out! I did that with Guardians of Ga’Hoole movie and it worked.And don’t worry.She’s a good auther for owls but not scary people who are trying to kill you. ๐Ÿ˜›

  29. death by taco says:

    k im sorry for posting so often and i dont want to be a pain in the *** but im i have to say…MISS BENJAMINES SCARY!oh and in malice page 267 is really scary

  30. Joseph says:

    Chris, I’m a huge fan of the Broken Sky world. I’ve known of this site for 8 years now but this will be the first time I’m leaving a message. That’s because I couldn’t imagine some 10 year-old kid talking to you. So now that I’m 18, I’d just like to say thank you for writing Broken Sky and making that universe. It really inspired me to take up writing. You were a huge influence on my writing style.

    I picked up my first Broken Sky book when I was 10, and I still remember all 7 in the series now that I’m 18. Too bad though, that the only book left with me is Book 7, because all the rest I had lent to my classmates. (It’s my favorite though!) They enjoyed it so much that they forgot to return them to me. D: Now, I’m looking to buying all 7 books in the series again, and rereading them. I just don’t know where to find Broken Sky now.

  31. Aw, cheers. As to the books, I guess you’d have to trawl second-hand stores, or you can get the collected editions on still (called The Twilight War, Communion and The Citadel). They were re-released more recently in the UK, so best to look on Brit sites and get them on import…

  32. zach schermer says:

    So chris i feel kinda late but i just read both malice and havoc 2 of my favorite books ever and the end of havoc made me mad there’s so much questions to be answered like so wat do seth and justin do now does seth really ever visit kady hows grendel doing in his own world did icarus scratch die since tall jake was defeated is havoc no more does seth and justin find tatyana. any ways i was wondering if there’s a movie relating to them and if so wat r they called. email me the answers plz do to me probably not gonna remember this website and my parents divorced.i really really wanna know wat happens to seth and justin oh and no cheesey endings were they die cause that aint gonna happen seth and justin DESTROYED the clock tower worm thing and the mort beast. so like i said plz email me the answers greatly appreciated. thank you for spending your time reading this.

    Sincerly, zach schermer

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