Fox News reports that James Franco, who in the past year has won acclaim for his performances as a genial pothead in Pineapple Express and neglected lover in Milk, has inked a deal with Scribner to publish a collection of his short stories.

Franco’s currently enrolled in the graduate creative-writing program at NYU and has allegedly turned down roles to focus on his studies.

Pretty impressive for an established 30-year-old actor. I’m guessing that means he’s excited and/or terrified about his next role, playing Allen Ginsberg in 2010’s Howl.