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It's a decent enough early spring day out there, 72˚F and partly cloudy.

Yesterday, the long-awaited announcement was posted to Facebook at 4:30 p.m. I'll repost it here:

(quote) "Josh Boone's Mid-World Productions has optioned both The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl to develop into feature films. I'm writing the screenplay for The Red Tree. Josh will be writing The Drowning Girl. Judy Cairo will be producing. Josh is known for The Fault In Our Stars and is currently directing Stephen King's The Stand (in pre-production) and the reboot of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles.

Hurrah. An official press release will follow soon. I've been sitting on this since November." (end quote)

November 12th, to be precise. Contract negotiations took more than eight months.

Later in the evening, I posted:

"A few people have asked questions about the films and preserving the queerness of the novels. This is something you do not have to worry about. Also, though no details can be released yet and nothing is certain, the hope is that we can cast a transgender actress as Abalyn Armitage."

And, really, that's currently all I'm at liberty to say. Pretty much. I was fairly amused that of all the guesses people made as to what the "secret" was, virtually no one guessed that it involved my own work being adapted into film. Mostly, people seemed to think I was being hired to write for television, adapting someone else's work. as of right now, the announcement has garnered 512 likes and 133 comments.

So, there you go!


Yesterday, I mentioned the list I posted here June 27th, the "what I need to do before the summer's over" list. This morning, I pruned it. As much as I was able, because really, I have far, far too much work, and something has to go. Here's the updated version, in late July (call this now through the end of September):

1. The screenplay for The Red Tree
2. Stories or vignettes for Sirenia Digest #114 and #115
3. Editing/proofreading Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales (Centipede Press, 2016)
4. The juvenilia volume, (Subterranean Press, 2016), title TBA.
5. Line edits left to do on Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Vol. 2) (Subterranean Press, November 2015)
6. 25k-word novella for Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales (Centipede Press, 2016), to be written in July, Agents of Dreamland
7. Proposal package for Interstate Love Song (next novel)
8. An introduction for Brian Evenson's The Open Curtain

It's a little bit shorter, eight items instead of eleven. The way things look right now, I'm going to finish the second section of Agents of Dreamland today, the set it aside while I write stories for Sirenia Digest Nos. 114 and 115. Then I'll finish Agents of Dreamland during the first half of August. Then I work on the screenplay until it's finished, with as little distraction as possible, and I hope it will be done before the end of September. all the editing and proofreading and stuff, that will go on in between the actual writing – somehow.

So...the days are just full.

Aunt Beast


( 22 comments — Have your say! )
Jul. 25th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
Josh Boone's Mid-World Productions has optioned both The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl to develop into feature films. I'm writing the screenplay for The Red Tree. Josh will be writing The Drowning Girl.

The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl! This is the most stupendous news. The scope of this leaves me speechless, and so I'm going to go with: Joy-filled congratulations to you.

Edited at 2015-07-25 05:01 pm (UTC)
Jul. 25th, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
Josh Boone's Mid-World Productions has optioned both The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl to develop into feature films. I'm writing the screenplay for The Red Tree. Josh will be writing The Drowning Girl.

Mazel tov! I had hoped it was something like this. I look forward to both of them.
Jul. 25th, 2015 05:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the films! I never made a guess as to the secret might be but I would not have thought of books being turned into films. Wonderful news.
Jul. 25th, 2015 06:01 pm (UTC)
That's funny - I immediately assumed you'd been optioned!
Jul. 25th, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
This is such excellent, excellent news! When you mentioned hanging out with Josh Boone at the cabin, I immediately hoped that he had snagged the rights to something, and I had my fingers crossed for The Red Tree. Now to find out that The Drowning Girl is in development as well...this has made my day. An announcement well worth the wait!
Jul. 25th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)

Given how long it had already taken when you announced that there would be an announcement, and the subsequent delays, my top bet was on a movie deal. Glad to hear the news, and will keep my fingers crossed that everything progresses well.

The unnamed juvenilia - perhaps 'Erathemic Variations' or 'Ediacaranic Compositions', to play off older geologic time, prior to your own diversification?
Jul. 25th, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)

'Ediacaranic Compositions'

Wow. You're close.
Jul. 25th, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
congrats.. it will be interesting to see how the screenplay/movies evolve..
Jul. 25th, 2015 07:28 pm (UTC)
This is great news. I love these novels and I want to see how they'll transform and unfold on film. Wishing you luck for all these projects.
Jul. 25th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! This is exciting news, and news I thought I would never get to see. I have vague recollections of you mentioning at a panel at Fiddler's Green way back in the day about attempts to do something with a Threshold screenplay (if I am recalling correctly? that was over ten years ago, after all) that didn't pan out so well.

In any case, I look forward to more news about these projects as you are allowed to reveal anything about them.
Jul. 25th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Even more happiness that you're writing the script for one of them! Very welcome news.
Jul. 25th, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC)
Even better than I'd hoped. Magnificent news! Above all, that you've kept some artistic control. Congratulations!

Jul. 25th, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)

I've been given quite a lot of creative control, but this will be the synthesis of many visions and voices.
Mitchell Henson
Jul. 25th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
The Red Tree was the only novel of yours I had not read. I had heard that you did not care for the audio - I was waiting for an updated audible production. In any event,
I am listening now. I think I might like it better than the Drowning Girl. Looking forward to both in Theaters.
Jul. 25th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
I am absolutely thrilled that I am now officially "virtually no one".

Seriously, the movie news is the best thing I've heard all week. I was also right that it would come on a day during which I really needed some good news.

Rock on, Aunt Beast.
Jul. 25th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
I look forward to seeing both films-- in theaters, I hope. Congratulations.
Scott Connors
Jul. 25th, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC)
Really? No one guessed that you scored a film deal? That was the only thing that came to mind for me, but since I understand the concept of "Operational Security" I kept my speculation to myself.
Jul. 25th, 2015 10:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, Caitlin, that's staggering news. Wishing you nothing but the best for both projects.
Jul. 26th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
So happy that your novels were optioned and that you get to write the screenplay for The Red Tree. Excellent news.
Jul. 26th, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
Such fantastic news on the films! Two of my very favourite books - especially THE RED TREE which is something I've read a few times already. So excited to see how things progress.

All the best!
Kaz x
Jul. 26th, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
I had guessed that a book of yours, likely "The Drowning Girl" was not only optioned, but in early production (with, I hoped, you working on a screenplay). But, being an introvert online, I never posted that guess. I’m thrilled that not one, but two books have been optioned, and are in early stages of production. So exciting! And I hope that the finished films will give a huge boost to your book sales!
Jul. 27th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
I saw your announcement on facebook and briefly commented there. This is big news and sort of scary also. The books are amazing. I really hope they do a good job with these movies. I'm already daydreaming about the casting.
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