Yeah, I know. Far too slow with the old bloggage. My apologies.
Let’s review the minutes of the last meeting. Someone... I think it might have been Xhalax... was asking about signings, so pay attention because here’s the skinny:
The signing season begins on Saturday the 23rd of February at the Games Workshop store in the Oxford Street Plaza, London, from 11 ’til 12.
The following Saturday, March 1st, I’ll be at Waterstones in York at 6pm for a special event.
The following Saturday, March 8th, I’ll be at GW Cambridge from 2 o’clock onwards, and I hope it’s another wonderful chat and comment session like the last one.
The following Saturday March 15th, the mighty Graham McNeil and I will be at Forbidden Planet in Shaftsbury Avenue for a two-hander, in which I will, as ever, play the part of the straight man to Graham’s Eric Morecombe. We’ll sing, we’ll dance, and I’ll be the one with the short, fat, hairy legs.
On Sunday April 20th, I will be attending Games Day, Paris, one of the highlights of the BL calendar, not least because of the creme brulee. I believe Graham will be their too.
On the evening of Friday May the 2nd, I’ll be doing a talk at a library in London. Details to follow.
I expect to see all of you there, at every event.
Now on to any other business. Thanks for all your New Year’s resolutions. It strikes me that there are a lot of armies out there waiting to be painted. I have a man who does that for me.
Jack - I’m glad you like Cosmo. He’s become a favourite of mine and will be taking a labrador shaped role in the new Guardians of the Galaxy book.
NHZ and Toymachine - I just can’t get enough of the Cant jokes. Can’t I? No, I can’t, can I, Cant? Trooper Cant is destined for great things in the next Gaunt installment, which has now been formally titled ‘Blood Pact’. Watch this space.
Rob - I’m glad that OiD occupied your attention so much that only your sister’s wedding could derail your attention. Shoggy is, of course, still with us. And no, Gaunt’s new augmetic eyes will not be able to shoot lasers. That would just be silly. And a little unfair on the archenemy.
Xhalax - Yes, you might see some more from the Lone Wolves. By the way, my name is Abnett, not Abentt, though many might think that was more fitting.
Matt - Good luck with the new job.
John - I don’t think I ever said what the Belladon colours were. Maybe I missed something I forgot. Any suggestions? Nik suggests midnight blue and white with a hint of gangrene.
Rory - I’d encourage you to keep reading Horus Rising, but I see Nik’s already done that, and I’m coming far too late to this blog, because, you’ve already finished it. I hope my words of encouragement might have been successful, if they’d appeared at the right time.
Bigwill - Thankyou very much. Why are you reading at work?
Xhalax (part II) - Bugging the crap out of people is indeed a tried and tested method. I’m just now writing a story for the Ravenor/Eisenhorn collection entitled ‘Nathun Inshabel on Elvira Cardinal’ just for you. I believe it’s even dedicated to you. You see what bugging the crap out of people leads to? You won’t be happy. I put more Ban Daur in OiD just for you and did I get any thanks? Did I bo**ocks.
Big - Stop encouraging Xhalax to be a Fenrisian. She’s fierce enough as it is and has the beard to prove it.
Rory (again) - Nik says that I am the best reader she’s ever encountered (yes, I know you meant writer). Thank you for saying so.
Big (once more) - I believe Xhalax IS strong enough to pull four Fenrisian longships and wrestle a Kraken single-handed. You met her, right? She made me write ‘Nathun Inshabel on Elvira Cardinal’ by remote control. The girl is scary.
NHZ (the sequel) - Larkin and Rawne drinking Ghost-Bragge sacra brought a tear to my eye too. Sometimes I wonder if you realise how emotional an author can get about his characters. Then again, I might just be a wuss. Toymachine - There was plenty of Daur! I refer you back to the Xhalax comment above.
John (encore) - Mkoll and Ezrah teaming up was, for me, the perfect buddy, buddy moment. Is there anything those two couldn’t do, on their own, let alone together? I’m afraid Ven is never going to make it to the party. He’s playing Robin Hood on Gereon. Maybe that should be a novel? What d’ya say?
Kosh - Good luck with that. As I deal with message boards more and more, I realise that anonymity does bring out the worst in people. Yes, and sometimes the best.
John (part III) - I wonder why Novabasky’s speech resonates so thoroughly with the readership. I’m glad it does, it’s just strange to me that what was, effectively, a throw-away ends up having deep significance.
Big (I’m losing count) - Legion IS the nuts. I know. I wrote it. It’s the best thing I’ve ever written, apart from Titanicus. And Necropolis. And the Riders of the Dead. And Honour Guard... oh I’ll shut up.
Leo - My story, ‘Point of Contact’, in the Solaris book of science fiction vol II, is a small piece that I hope you enjoy. And yes, it does mark the beginning of more non-GW stuff from me. NHZ - your final use of the word ‘mostly’ reminded me of Newt in Aliens.
Big (yet again) - It’s awful that Heath Ledger is dead, and what’s worse is the speculation. Let us console ourselves with Brokeback Mountain, Ten things I Hate about You and, of course, A Knight’s Tale.
John, Packmaster - I do work very hard at the names of my characters, and we authors worked closely to construct the Heresy books, especially me and Graham. The Heresy events were detailed long before we came to them, but many of the characters and incidents are of our own invention. With Alan Merrit’s express permission.
Rory - Oan Mkoll was named after Ewan Mkoll, father of Kirsty, a great folk musician and a friend of my parents. Ewan had the best singing voice I’ve ever heard. Which, of course, has nothing to do with Oan.
Everyone - Bell of Lost Souls’s Horus codex is fantastic and I encourage every one of you to order a copy.
Anonymous - As far as I know, all Black Industries stuff has been canned. That’s the way it goes. If it didn’t sell, it wasn’t worth doing. You can’t argue with that. GW is making cuts across the board, and I am especially pained to see the loss of my good friend and BL publisher Marc Gascoigne. I will miss him, enormously.
As Lily would have it, ‘Land of Leather’.
That concludes the reading of the minutes. Any other business?
See you next time.