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20 Neil Gaiman Facts

  1. Neil Gaiman once wrote a Nebula-winning story using only the middle row of his keyboard.
  2. Harper Collins has taken out a 2.5 million dollar insurance policy on Neil Gaiman’s accent.
  3. If you write 1000 words and Neil Gaiman writes 1000 words, Neil Gaiman has written more than you.
  4. Neil Gaiman does not use Microsoft’s grammar-check.  Microsoft uses a Gaiman-check.
  5. Neil Gaiman once did the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen.  In fifteen minutes.  He won two Hugo awards for it.
  6. Neil Gaiman is who the Ghostbusters call.
  7. Most agents charge a 15% commission.  Neil Gaiman’s agent pays him an extra 15% for the privilege of saying “I’m Neil Gaiman’s agent.”
  8. William Shakespeare once came back from the dead to ask for Neil Gaiman’s autograph.
  9. Neil Gaiman is the reason nobody teaches “I before E except after C” anymore.
  10. Some writers take inspiration from the muse.  The muse takes inspiration from Neil Gaiman.
  11. Neil Gaiman once groped Harlan Ellison.
  12. The pen is mightier than the sword; Neil Gaiman has mastered fourteen different styles of penmanship.
  13. Rumor has it that a NY editor rejected Neil Gaiman’s first book.  This can not be confirmed, as the editor in question was never heard from again.
  14. Neil Gaiman can tweet 175 characters.
  15. Neil Gaiman’s personal library includes an autographed copy of the Necronomicon.
  16. Hitler actually won World War II.  Then Neil Gaiman wrote an alternate-history story in which the allies won, and reality was too intimidated to argue the point.
  17. Some authors write in omniscient point of view.  Neil Gaiman lives it.
  18. Neil Gaiman’s next novel is expected to win the Nebula, the Hugo, and the Heisman Trophy.
  19. In any given week, 7 of the top 10 books on the NYT Bestseller List are by pseudonyms of Neil Gaiman.
  20. Neil Gaiman has never written a deus ex machina ending.  However, God once wrote a Gaiman ex machina ending.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Comments

jonquil
Sep. 7th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
True story: Neil Gaiman once signed my teenage daughter's book. The next person in line told him it was my daughter's birthday (quite true). Neil called her back and made an enormous fuss of her before moving on. She smiled the rest of the day.
jimhines
Sep. 7th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I haven't hung out with the man, but everything I've seen and heard about him put him squarely in the Classy Author category.
shsilver
Sep. 7th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't hung out with the man,

You realize that you have just spilled the SecretTM! All non-authors are supposed to believe that all authors, no matter how new or what level of success they have attained instantly become BFF. You are supposed to let people think that you have J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman's private phone numbers on speed dial. And here you are blabbing the truth.
cathellisen
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh that's super sweet.
b_writes
Sep. 7th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Awwww!

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