Athena Giving You The Word, Fresh For ’06, Sucka; Plus, a Blogging Self-Pimp Thread

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I pity the fool who doesn’t respect the Goddess.

Now, onto various random things:

* First, antipodean SF editor Jonathan Strahan has posted up a podcast which features Tim Pratt reading his original fantasy short story, “The Third-Quarter King.” It’s up here.

* Also landing on my desk from down under: Hal Spacejock, a humorous SF novel from Simon Hayes, who is in Perth. It’s 11,157 miles from Perth to where I live (measured in a great circle), so this officially makes Hal Spacejock the originally most-distant object ever to land on my desk, so far as I know. Congratulations, Simon!

* And as long as I’m chatting up Australian things: Here’s Aussie band Wolfmother, doing their song “Dimension.” Honestly, it’s as if the lead singer has warped back in time, snatched Robert Plant’s voicebox straight from the man’s golden throat, and brought it back to 2006. Frightening, really.

* Words arranged in a fashion I never expected to see: “Something you wrote on the Whatever may lead to me eating pizza on national television with Regis Philbin.” Is this a good thing or bad thing? The details of this Whatever-originating adventure begin here and continue through a series of links.

I’d just like to note that all of this involves New York style pizza, which is inferior in every relevant respect to Chicago-style pizza. Inferior. To an appalling degree, really.

* Since you asked, The Last Colony writing is going well. I’m behind where I need to be (my deadline is in three days), but I like what I’ve written so far and I think you will too. I will say that thematically it’s a bit different from the other two books; the other two were focused on the military aspect of this universe, and this one (as the title quite naturally suggests), focuses on the colonial aspect. It also deals quite a bit more with the political aspects of the universe, and I can already tell that people are going to daw parallels between what’s going on in that universe and what’s going on in this one. All I can say to that is that I plotted this out some time ago; I can’t be held responsible if the real world begins to resemble what I long ago worked out in my own silly little head.

* I’m not going to be updating over the weekend, for reasons mentioned above, relating to being behind in the book. I don’t expect I’ll finish the book this weekend, but I do suspect I can close out the particular section of the book I’m working on. With explosions!

* To keep all y’all amused while I’m away, I hereby declare this comment thread to a blogging self-pimp thread: Link to a entry on your own site (or someone else’s site) you think the readers here would find particularly interesting. Also, please make a quick description of the link, so people aren’t shocked and appalled (any more than they would normally be) when they click through.

However, when self-pimping, do me a favor and please limit yourself to linking to just one entry. More than one link and your comment post will likely get tossed into the moderation queue, and I’m not making any promises that I’m going get around to liberating those over the weekend. Having your comment sucked into the grey netherworld of moderation will defeat the entire purpose of self-pimpery. So, you know, you have incentive to follow this direction (also, don’t post multiple posts with one URL each. Honestly, if what you link to is good enough, people will wander around your site).

Have fun — see you Monday.

72 thoughts on “Athena Giving You The Word, Fresh For ’06, Sucka; Plus, a Blogging Self-Pimp Thread

  1. I discovered Wolfmother exactly 3 weeks ago. They pay tribute to Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd, too. Gotta love a hard rock group that’s as comfortable writing songs about women as about unicorns (that is, if you’re into 70s-influenced prog rock at all). Their eponymous album is some great driving music.

  2. Less Dorky Poll: Karaoke Supernova

    “Imagine that you are in a weirdly well-stocked karaoke bar, and you have to sing a song. There’s no way out of it– if you don’t you’ll lose your job, rabid squid will eat your family, deranged America-hating terrorists will kill a puppy, whatever. The bar has absolutely any song you might want, no matter how obscure, and you only have to do one.

    “What song would you sing?”

  3. No pimpery… But I must whole heartedly agree with the statement that Chicago style pizza kicks the collective (and cheesy) ass of NY style pizza.

  4. First, the pimpery: If you’re a fan of science fiction and fantasy audio, check out SFFaudio for news, reviews, and commentary.

    Second, pizza: New York. Definitely. Thin crust, gotta fold it to eat it New York. Is it lunchtime?

  5. First, pimpery: a post on Novelty and art, with specific examples of video games, anime, and movies. It was from a little while ago, but it’s one of my favorite recent entries:)

    Also, I finished Old Man’s War recently and liked it so much that I immediately went to the bookstore to pick up Ghost Brigades. I also managed to con a informal book club I’m part of to read the book:) So thanks!

  6. Scalzi

    I’d just like to note that all of this involves New York style pizza, which is inferior in every relevant respect to Chicago-style pizza. Inferior. To an appalling degree, really.

    See? It’s Friday. And despite the fact that it is raining, I am unwilling to start a fight.

    Even though you provoke.

    I am an enlightened human bean.

    And while we’re pimpin’ wanna see your fav author in a sci fi epic? Go here

    OK. So maybe it’s not an epic….

  7. Pimping: Well, my wife is one of the many insane people participating in Blogathon tomorrow (24 hours of blogging for charity), so I figure her post here is worth pimping (she’s raising money for RAINN, btw).

    Second, on the pizza front, the Chicago deep dish pizza is a very nice alternative to real pizza (and certainly better than the stuff one gets at PapaDomHut). It is not, however, New York Pizza, which is simply the apotheosis of all things pizza. As Scott notes above, a perfect slice of pizza folds nicely in one hand.

    That said, I tend to believe that pizza, like beer, wine, sushi, and speculative fiction novels, is one of those broad categories in which many really interesting variations can exist.

  8. Since you were kind enough to pimp my podcasted story already, John, I’ll pimp somebody else: my little micro-publisher, Tropism Press, is now taking pre-orders for Greg van Eekhout’s chapbook collection, Show and Tell and Other Stories. It’s got rats, lizards, robots, posthuman elementary school students, Santa Claus vs. Entropy, magical basketball, and other good things. Plus, there’s a picture of a squid on the cover, and the whole chapbook is illustrated! It’ll be out at Worldcon, and people can pre-order for just $7 (includes shipping):

    http://tropismpress.com/showandtell.html

  9. I’ve used these pimp-threads in the past, and grateful as I am to John for putting them out there, I haven’t had too much success with them. I’m trying to promote my novel-in-progress, posted in installments online, and I can’t get pageviews for it, no matter how much I pimp it here.

    Is it my pitch, or what? I’m wondering how successful you other pimpers have been, and whether or not you’d be willing to share your secrets to success?

    BTW, my name links to a chapter of the novel.

  10. Just my luck: John puts up a self-pimping thread, and he’s already linked to me in the body of the post.

    Two thoughts, then: First, on pizza: It is my firm belief that Chicago pizza and New York pizza are both superlatives in their respective fields, but have the bad fortune of being called the same thing – “pizza.” They are so not the same food, it’s not even funny. Having lived all my life in the New York area, I consider New York pizza to be the true pizza, whereas Chicago pizza is more of a “pizza pot pie.” I’m sure others’ mileage will vary.

    Second, an attempt at self-pimping anyway: Check out my post here about this cool celebrity look-alike site I found. You put in your picture, and it tells you which celebrities it thinks you look like (hint: It thinks John looks like Leo Tolstoy). I was trying to start a meme on my site where people comment on who the site thinks they look like, but I could use more traffic (hint, hint).

  11. See, this is what makes the internet great: sharing the love through self-pimpage threads.

    So, here’s The Right People, an orphaned novella about friendship, politics, and one boy’s unrequited love for ruminants. Probably not safe for work.

    As for pizza, I’ll put a slice of Wild Mushroom from Abbot’s Pizza Company in Venice against Chicago’s and New York’s best. Oh yeah.

  12. I’m not going to be updating over the weekend, for reasons mentioned above, relating to being behind in the book.

    So, naturally, there’s already another entry after this one…

  13. Not a self-pimp, though it is linked in my name, but a question instead. How come you don’t have a podcast? Your minions would like to know. ;)

  14. Just my luck: John puts up a self-pimping thread, and he’s already linked to me in the body of the post.

    Two thoughts, then: First, on pizza: It is my firm belief that Chicago pizza and New York pizza are both superlatives in their respective fields, but have the bad fortune of being called the same thing – “pizza.” They are so not the same food, it’s not even funny. Having lived all my life in the New York area, I consider New York pizza to be the true pizza, whereas Chicago pizza is more of a “pizza pot pie.” I’m sure others’ mileage will vary.

    Second, an attempt at self-pimping anyway: Check out my post here about this cool celebrity look-alike site I found. You put in your picture, and it tells you which celebrities it thinks you look like (hint: It thinks John looks like Leo Tolstoy). I was trying to start a meme on my site where people comment on who the site thinks they look like, but I could use more traffic (hint, hint).

  15. Ditto:

    “How come you don’t have a podcast?”

    I write daily on two blogs, crank out two novels and one fiction book a year, do newspaper and magazine articles — and now you want me to do a podcast? Gaaaah!

  16. Don’t be confusing semi-cool, retro, seventies hairstyles for golden voiceboxes. That guy did not sound, even remotely, like Robert Plant. Unless Rob was caught in a steel leg hold trap and was beset by killer bees and african dung beetles, and suddenly and inexplicably channeled Yoko Ono in his panic. Hey, maybe that’s what happened.

  17. My number one career goal is to be a music journalist. As such, I try to apply for as many arts/entertainment-related jobs as possible, especially when those jobs would result in my being paid to listen to music, talk to rock stars, and write about my number one passion.

    I have yet to achieve this goal. However, I’m making progress – I will occasionally get a rejection letter or e-mail, which is a change from two years ago, when I usually received no response at all. I like to think it’s better than nothing.

    Anyway, this is a piece I wrote when applying for one of these jobs; details preceed the actual article, which is a CD review/preview. Even though it’s a little more than a month old, I’m still proud of it. You can read it here: http://kiji-kat.livejournal.com/215054.html

    Enjoy!

  18. OK–I’ll pimp my post on the university of the future and John Varley’s Red Lightning. There’s a little post about OMW on the blog, too (from back in May) for a little bit of circular blogpimpery.

  19. “I write daily on two blogs, crank out two novels and one fiction book a year, do newspaper and magazine articles — and now you want me to do a podcast? Gaaaah!”

    *I* don’t see the problem. ;P
    Don’t you want to bring your voice to the masses?

    I also don’t see why you’ve deliberately snubbed thin-crust pizza in your mission to praise the Chicago style. Do you have a hidden agenda?

  20. I would just like to say that my comment has somehow appeared twice, although I only submitted it once.

    (Wouldn’t want John to think I ignored his warning about posting multiple links in multiple posts).

    Of course, now I’ve posted a third comment, so I’ll be sure to avoid links (and hope to God this one doesn’t post twice also…)

  21. Hmm, that didn’t work as a link. I guess I need to use real HTML, eh?

    Back To Friday Random 10

    I will point out that Goanna is a seminal Aussie rock band, to go along with the Aussie mention. And I do have several smashing (if I do say so myself) pictures from our Australia trip in my blog too.

  22. Pizza, well I prefer thin crust pizza with lots and lots of cheese, most other toppings are simply abominations compared to the cheese.

    On a mailing list I subscribe to the mention of pizza means that things are getting overheated and it is time to step back, relax, have a slice of pizza and remember why we joined the mailing list as it certainly wasn’t for knock-down drag out arguments (enjoyable as they sometimes are to watch from a distance).

  23. Listen Scalzi,

    Love your blog, read all your books, but don’t you dare say that Chicago pizza is better than New York pizza. I kill you slow. Plus, on a related tangent, Chicago style hot dogs suck the big one too. Lettuce on a hot dog?!

    Come on.

    Anyhow, self pimping my blog madkorean.com which consists of my thoughts on pretty much nothing in particular – but there’s a pretty good post there on how to call in sick for work when you wanna take a day off, and how to make a cup of tea that would make a British person happy.

  24. I’ve never seen lettuce on a hot dog here in Chicago – they put everything else on there, but not lettuce…

  25. Wolfmother’s song: “mother” IS channeling Led Zep. Their song “Love Train” I have so far dismissed as being yet another Killers/name some current rock band trying to be a throwback. Their ballad called “Mind’s Eye” has enough Zep goodness to make me go out and buy their album. Damn you Scalzi for another 15 bucks gone!

    (All three songs are videos on Yahoo Music, but I won’t link to that..it’d just be tacky! ;)

    Everyone should check out Snow Patrol, I’m pretty impressed with the ballad “Chasing Cars” (yes it was on Grey’s Anatomy and yes I’m an addict), but the rocker “Hands Open” is not too shabby, either.

    On the Pimp front I’m starting to play with Live Journal and my entry today is linking back to THIS site anyway, so I’ll throw it down here, with a note that over the weekend I’ll be adding some fiction AND a cool ‘how I edited a story’ blog that I think people here might be interested in!

    I’m right here as espz.livejournal.com

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    I am a licensed Real Estate Broker, Mortgage Broker and Realtor and am the principal owner of The Home Network. No matter where the property is in California (and other states on a case-by-case basis), I can process your loan.

    My hobbies are reading (Science Fiction is a favorite, although I will read a menu for fun- that’s how much I like to read), surfing the web, restaurants (Sushi & Steak are tops, Pho [this is Vietnamese soup] is a near second), and home electronics. I made video games when I was 12 on an Apple II+ and repaired F-15 Avionics for the United States Air Force.

    I am highly ethical and have expertise in my field. Here is a partial range of my products- Jumbo/Conforming 30/20/15 Yr Fixed, Option ARMS, 2,3,5 Yr Fixed, Sub Prime (lower than 620 credit down to 300 scores), Joint Venture on larger projects where you have a good idea but may have no capital or business background, All forms of documentation from No Documentation Required to Full Documentation if you can provide it!…

    This is self-pimping at its finest with no connection whatsoever to this site or its content- even tangentially, so please pardon me for the level of crassness involved… Best Regards- Brad Selbst

  27. I just wanted to pimp out my friend Winnie, who keeps a most interesting blog called Margin Notes about the state of Japanese fiction in translation.
    Lots of cool info about Haruki Murakami, release date of the newest Japanese Chthulu anthology, and word on Goro Miyazaki’s version of the Wizard of Earthsea.

  28. I usually self-pimp my exciting and (generally) wll-reviewed Science Fiction novel “The Mars Run,” but will instead pimp my blog Private Mars Rocket. (Click on my name to go to the blog). There you will find my reviews of the Scalzi guest-edited edition of Subterranean Magazine (buy it now) and a review of “Twenty Epics” which is a dynamite collection of short epic stories. For the record – short epics are NOT an oxymoron. Read the review!

  29. I don’t know how interested the folks here would be interested in this, but I run Club Jade, a blog about Star Wars and related miscellany. And yes, we do read plenty of stuff that doesn’t have the SW logo emblazoned on it in metallic foil. ;)

  30. I’m a little confused about the pizza thing. I can see how it developed…but what’s the connection to Whatever?

  31. All I can say on the pizza front is that I would be happy with a slice of Chicago or New York style pizza right now. I’m living in Iceland where they think that cream cheese, alfalfa sprouts and snails are appropriate toppings.

    Speaking of Iceland, here’s my self-pimpery. Swing by my site to see pictures of the landscape that inspired my Twenty Epics story, “The Bound Man.”

    You can also wander around the rest of my site and read about my daily life as a puppeteer on the tv show, Lazytown.

  32. Having just moved from Houston to a small town in the Texas Hill Country, I’ve started using my journal (http://blogcakes.blogspot.com) to write about life in a small town. We’ve only been here a week, so there’s not much there so far, but it’s coming. And I’ll be writing about my hope to finish 50 books this year (I’m on #18 right now, so I’d better hurry).

  33. 2 comments:
    (1) Simon Hayes of Hal Spacejock fame is also associated with the wonderful quirky Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine –the finest SF magazine from Australia that _I’ve_ ever subscribed to. In fact, his mention here prompted me to renew my subscription. 1 year to the USA is exchanging at $54.29 USD according to PayPal as of five minutes ago. And they use these wonderful Australia Post envelopes for mailing.

    (2) New York pizza is best enjoyed as a slice on the street. Chicago pizza comes in more than one variety. Most of what people call Chicago pizza is the Chicago Deep Dish pizza like from Uno’s. But to me, real Chicago pizza is the Chicago Stuffed Pizza as from Edwardo’s, Giordano’s, etc.

    Now THAT’S a meal.

    Dr. Phil

    ps – the ONLY duplicate wedding gifts we got in 1984 were TWO Chicago Stuffed Pizza pans. Yay!

  34. I had a long post that got lost three times due to my idiocy and my CPU’s idiocy.
    After a mobotransplant I finally got it posted in three parts. But John says only one. So…o…
    here’s The link:

    http://dumluks.blogspot.com/

    If you come here as an archeologist look for “The Fitness of Kings”, “The Fitness of Things”, and “The Things of Fitness”. These posts give you a ponder about the Bed of Procrustes, a myth about conformity.
    For a bit of explication see “The Post Jam”
    Thanks!
    Dum Luks
    –ml

  35. As it was this blog that finally inspired me to start my own. I’d only been procrastinating for over a year, so I guess this is a good opportunity to at least flag it:

    HyperPat’s HyperDay

    Most of my posts so far are about various scientific and/or technological features of today, with some thoughts of how they interrelate to the political and social world.

    Waiting for Lost Colony – so hurry up!

  36. How about a new site for speculative flash fiction called Flashes of Speculation? The site has been live for a couple of weeks and there’s already quite a bit of good material collected. Still looking for plenty of new writers and new submissions, though.

  37. How about a new site for speculative flash fiction called Flashes of Speculation? The site has been live for a couple of weeks and there’s already quite a bit of good material collected. Still looking for plenty of new writers and new submissions, though.

  38. Perhaps I should wait until my post is actually up, but I’m going to be posting at my personal blog, erin-go-blog! later today about Friday night at Confluence…the highlight of which, for me anyway, was the performance by Ookla the Mok. (I am in no way biased by the fact that I am dating one of the band members. heehee)

  39. What’s up? I’ve hung around watching and reading for ages here.

    Umm so like does anyone know how to unblock facebook from school?

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