Other things I’m thinking about:
* First, hi, I’m back in Ohio, and never more shall I roam, at least not until mid-November, at which point I’ll be going to Philcon. My flight back from California was a great deal less dramatic than my flight in, and driving on the way home I did the speed limit all the way there, because this time I could.
My Saturday was very pleasant indeed; my signing went well — we ran out of books just as my autograph period ended, which was lovely timing, and just before the signing I got spend a couple of moments chatting with Alan Beatts, the owner of Borderlands Books, who was on the board of directors for the Northern California Independent Bookstores Association, which is the group that ran the tradeshow. After that, I went and had coffee with my friends Quinn and Danny, and then headed off to dinner with Spider and Jeannie Robinson, and Tor reps Patty Garica and Kevin Peters, and there was much good conversation to be had. Spider and Jeannie and I talked quite a bit about Robert Heinlein — who’da thunk? — but we talked about many other interesting topics as well. You wish you could have been there. As it happens the Robinsons and I will be participating in the Heinlein Centennial next year, so that should be interesting.
So, in all, a very nice time. And when I got back, there was a new alarm clock waiting for me. Perfect.
* Speaking of Alan Beatts and Borderland Books, there’s an article about niche bookstores that features some information on him and the store. Here’s a version with a good picture of Alan.
* This religious group thinks that good church-going teenagers shouldn’t blog. Actually, that’s too limited: “Let me emphasize that no one—including adults—should have a blog or personal website (unless it is for legitimate business purposes).” I’m glad I don’t go to that church, as its rationales for not having a blog seem a bit thoughtcrimey to me, but more than that it seems counter to the words of Jesus in Matthew 28, 18-20, in which Jesus preached outreach to all nations. I suspect Jesus would be down with preaching to the online nation as well. But this article correctly notes that this inhibition is about the particular church (“blogging is simply not to be done in the Church”), and I suspect this says more about the church in question than it does about the words and intent of Jesus Christ.
* Whoops: Foley warned about his online communication in teens back in 2000. He’s been hitting on page boys in two separate millenia! You know, every time the GOP says they’ve gotten this behind them, out comes another tidbit like this. At this point, the scandal is less about Foley and his taste for one-handed IMing than it is about the persistently incompetent response from the GOP about it. This is like the millipede scandal: the shoes just keep on dropping.
* This woman is going to Hell (warning: If you’re a parent, you’re probably not going to want to click through).
* Just a reminder that today is the last day to bid in for the super-exclusive pre-release version of The Last Colony, with the proceeds to benefit the John M. Ford Book Endowment for the Minneapolis Public Library. The bidding now stands at $5,000. You know you want to bid more. Here’s the thread to make the bid.
And remember, even if you don’t make a bid, you can still donate to the John M. Ford Book Endowment. Here’s the link to do it.