Bird’s Eye: It’s bird’s eye all the way down on this one. This is what I found when I was exploring authors’ blogs, and got to Neil Gaiman. It’s worth a (guided) exploration)
Start at Neil’s Work, as you are now trying to remember what exactly did he write. Notice how the “You are here” next to live links makes it so easy to navigate?
Now click across the menu bar at the top to get a sense of the range of the web site. Note the way the shots of Neil in upper right echo each other. When you get to the “Message Boards” scroll down the page, to look at the numbers of posts and think of that community.
Finally, read a short short story, (1141words) Cinnamon, a charming fable of an exotic princess who refuses to speak. This currently exists only on Neil’s website and has never been published in print or any other format.
Want some more? Read either his bravura Hugo nominated How To Talk To Girls At Parties, or watch him reading The Graveyard Book (yes, the entire book) on tour. The Graveyard Book won both the British Carnegie Medal and the American Newbery Medal recognising year’s best children’s books, the first time both named the same work. It also won the annual Hugo Award for Best Novel from the World Science Fiction Convention and Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book selected by Locus magazine subscribers. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)
Three interesting Gaiman nuggets from his Wikipedia entry
* For his seventh birthday, Gaiman received C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series. He later recalled that “I admired his use of parenthetical statements to the reader, where he would just talk to you … I’d think, ‘Oh, my gosh, that is so cool! I want to do that! When I become an author, I want to be able to do things in parentheses.’ I liked the power of putting things in brackets.”
* Gaiman generally posts to his blog describing the day-to-day process of being Neil Gaiman and writing, revising, publishing, or promoting whatever the current project is. He also posts reader emails and answers questions, which gives him unusually direct and immediate interaction with fans. One of his answers on why he writes the blog is “because writing is, like death, a lonely business.”…Gaiman is an active user of the social networking site Twitter with over 1.6 million followers as of January 2012, using the username @neilhimself.
* Gaiman is married to songwriter and performer Amanda Palmer. The couple publicly announced that they were dating in June 2009, announced their engagement on Twitter on 1 January 2010, and confirmed their engagement on their respective websites two weeks later. On 16 November 2010, Amanda Palmer hosted a non-legally binding flash mob wedding for Gaiman’s birthday in New Orleans.