As we at the Scalzi Compound prep ourselves for the second half of Icepocalypse ’11, I have a few notes to get out there today, mostly involving things relating to science fiction.
1. If you were thinking of applying to the Clarion writing workshop this year, at which I will be teaching for a week, this is a reminder that as of today, you have exactly one month to get your act together and apply. As a reminder, aside from me, the other instructors will be Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Elizabeth Bear, David Anthony Durham, John Kessel and Kij Johnson, i.e., pretty damn awesome writers from whom you will learn an amazing amount. Plus you’ll be in San Diego, where they have excellent fish tacos. Indeed, it’s the only place I’ll eat fish tacos. Everywhere on the planet messes it up. In fact, while I am at Clarion, I will eat naught but fish tacos (and Double-Doubles. Because, come on). But this isn’t about me, or fish tacos. It’s about you, getting amazing writing advice. You can get it. As long as you get your application in. Which now you have a month to do. Get to it.
2. If you’re a SFWA member, a reminder that we are now in our organization’s election season, and we have put out a general call for candidates for our board. So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to
have phenomenal cosmic power be an integral part of science fiction and fantasy’s largest writer organization, this could be your chance. And, before anyone asks, yes, I’m running for a second term as president. I’ll make a more official statement about that soon.
3. An additional reminder that in less than two weeks now — assuming both they and I have managed to chip ourselves out of the encasing of ice into which we will soon be plunged — I’ll be in the Chicagoland area as the author guest of honor at Capricon, February 10 – 13. I’ll be doing panels, a reading (from which I will read from Fuzzy Nation plus possibly the current work in progress), a Q&A session and a book signing, plus a light night session in which I will offer advice for all your erotic conundrums (warning: a) My answer to all your erotic conundrums will be “use more Miracle Whip!”; b) I’m lying, and “John Scalzi: Erotic Counselor” is not actually on the sked). It’s not too late to join in on the fun.
4. After I posted plans for the Germany trip, I was pinged by people who wanted to know the status of the US book tour this year. The answer is: There will definitely be one, and it will very probably be in May, and that’s all I can tell you at the moment because my publicist is still talking to bookstores and such. It’s a tricky thing because among other things we’re scheduling in and around other commitments I have, including this year’s Nebula Awards Weekend, in Washington DC, May 19-22nd (which will be awesome, by the way). But we’re making progress. When we have everything pinned down, I will let you all know. Because I want you to know! Because I want you to come to the tour events. Oh God, please come to the tour events. I’ll stop now before my pleading becomes too pathetic.