Well, Hello There 2013
POSTED: January 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: General Updates
Hi everybody! How YOU doin? Where’ve you guys been? Ummmmmm
Okay. Let’s address the elephant in the room. I haven’t blogged since August. Yowza. That’s 5 months.
I’m . . . sorry? Does that suffice? I have plenty of excuses if you’d like to hear them. Crazy busy fall. Books coming out and being written. I caught a cold one time. There were a couple of good movies I watched. A really good book or two.
Okay, I’m sorry! Please forgive me! I really do love you guys! I love feeling connected to you! Please. Forgive. I’ll try to be better. No, for real.
Let’s get caught up on the life and times of an author named James, the Dashner Dude, as that’s what this blog has been called from the beginning. (And yes, I’m fully aware that the notion of a “blog” is already outdated and old school, so just call this whatever you want. And all you cool tumblr instagram twitter yada yada people can provide links if you’re so inclined. Sheesh, even “yada yada” makes me sound old. Sigh.)
In true Dashner Dude tradition, I’m going to provide a completely random Top Ten list, and if I don’t get to everything, we’ll pick up on some more updates next time. Here goes…
1. Very, very soon, you are going to start hearing a lot about my next big project, my follow-up to all those fans out there who’ve enjoyed The Maze Runner series. And can I just say, I’m extremely proud of this follow-up. I really and truly think you are all going to love it. Here are a few tantalizing teaser bits, as I don’t want to spoil the big reveals coming in the very near future.
I have an entire trilogy completely mapped out. The story fits very well into the trilogy format.
The series is called The Mortality Doctrine.
The first book: The Eye of Minds.
Release date: October 8, 2013. (For those of you who just groaned, a reminder: it IS 2013 now. Wow.)
The cover is going to be revealed to the world in the next few days. We’re keeping you on your toes. And may I just say, I personally LOVE it.
The story is mind-twisty and suspenseful. It deals with artificial intelligence and virtual reality and blurring the lines of what is real and what is not.
More to come.
2. The Infinity Ring series is really starting to hop! Book 1 (A Mutiny in Time, by yours truly) and Book 2 (Divide and Conquer by Carrie Ryan) are now officially New York Times Bestsellers, and Book 3 (The Trap Door by Lisa McMann) is coming out on February 5th. If you’re not aware of this series yet, it’s a time-travel adventure in the vein of The 39 Clues from Scholastic that is a multi-media event of storytelling. The video game that goes along with the books is simply amazing. Check out the official website for all the latest: www.infinityring.com. I’ll also be writing the 7th and final book in the series.
3. I’m also very excited about the conclusion to my 13th Reality series, Book 4 (The Void of Mist and Thunder), which comes out in paperback on February 5th as well. And I really, really love that Simon & Schuster is doing a beautiful box set of the paperbacks on the same day. Check it out: CLICK HERE.
4. As you can tell from my events page, I don’t have anything scheduled as of right now. I did a whole bunch of stuff in the fall, so it’s time to ease back a bit and focus on my writing for awhile. But have no fear. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to come this fall when the new book comes out.
5. On that note, if you ever get a hankerin’ for a signed James Dashner book, all of your problems are solved: my local independent bookstore, the amazing and wonderful place known as The King’s English, and I have set up a system where you can, at any time, order a book and have me personalize and sign it for you. All you have to do is go to their website and tell them what you want. And I’ll go in here and there and sign all the orders and they’ll ship it to you. Awesome, eh? For more information, CLICK HERE.
6. What am I currently reading, you may ask? I’m reading the 7th book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and finished by Brandon Sanderson), called A Crown of Swords. This is a series that I’ve read slowly but surely over the last decade, and I really love it. The 14th (yes you read that correctly) and final book, A Memory of Light, just came out. So I’m excited to dive in again.
7. What did I read before that, you may ask? 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Man, oh man, did I ever love that book. I devoured each and every page.
8. Movies. Now, you all know I love movies. And there have been some good ones lately. Lincoln, Les Miserables, Django Unchained to name a few. But of course you’re all desperately wondering what I thought of The Hobbit. Right?
I absolutely loved it. I don’t, and I mean I really don’t, get the lukewarm reviews it received. I loved it through and through. I saw it twice, both in 2D and the revolutionary 48-frames-per-second 3D. And loved both formats. The music, the acting, the script, the visuals, the world. Ah! I’d give anything to live in Middle Earth somehow. (Preferably after SPOILER ALERT Frodo saves it.) I’m so glad that the masses agree with me. It’s about to hit a billion dollars in worldwide box office, and considering it came out of the gate below expectations, that proves that word-of-mouth ruled in the end.
Some people complain that my hero, Peter Jackson, is stretching it out too much. Bah! Please! I wish he’d make it into TEN movies! There can never be too much of Middle Earth.
9. My oldest kid, who is the one child of mine who I’d written off as a book lover, just read The Sword of Shannara and is now reading The Hobbit. I’m thinking maybe the world really did end on December 21st. Which just also happened to be his birthday. His 13th birthday. This is getting weird.
10. On a random but serious and final note, I just want to express my condolences to all those affected by recent tragedies. Especially those where children have died. I don’t and can’t understand it. But it has made me realize how precious and magical (cheesy, I know) my four kids are. I hope we can all learn from those who’ve been lost. Hug somebody. Do an act of service. Spread good in the world. Let the politicians argue all they want. Let’s go out and make a difference ourselves and make the world a better place. Sound good? Excellent. Dashner Army, march!