There have been quite a few little news tidbits in the writing world-at-large in the last week, and I thought I'd compile them here for a Whimsical Wednesday. Ready?
Today, Stephen King announced that he is penning a sequel to The Shining, his third novel, to be published next year, entitled Doctor Sleep. It follows Danny Torrance, who was a young boy in The Shining, and whose father succumbed to evil spirits that inhabited a winter hotel. This was made into a film starring Jack Nicholson, generally thought to be one of the scariest films ever. I've seen parts. I was properly freaked out. I am just amazed at Mr. King's work ethic, this drive to create. If you're a King fan and want to know more, here is his website: http://www.stephenking.com/library/novel/doctor_sleep.html.
Last week, we heard from Mandy Patinkin (read article here) about why he left the violent television show Criminal Minds several years ago. He says his role as a criminal profiler was "very destructive to my soul and personality," and Criminal Minds was not the show he thought it would be. He has made a very good point about the sort of destruction that we take for granted on television these days.
For history buffs, you may be following the news that the grave of Richard III was found in Leicester, Great Britain, at a site underneath a car park (parking lot) where the Grey Friars church was believed to have stood. Richard III had a short, tempestuous reign and was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. His body was paraded through the town by the victorious Tudors and buried at the church, which was later lost in obscurity. The skeleton in question appears to have signs of scoliosis - perhaps resembling the hunchback of Shakespeare's play (though not quite), and an arrowhead through the neck. DNA testing will commence to see if he is in fact the lost king. If he is, he may be entitled to a state funeral, five-hundred twenty-seven years after his death. The Telegraph as all the intrigue.
The trailer for The Hobbit was released today. The Telegraph has the trailer embedded here. I am excited to see these beloved stories come to life once again, and see Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch among familiar faces... although the latter, also known as Sherlock Holmes (Freeman being Watson), may not be particularly recognizable.
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