Daily Archives: December 7, 2011

And One More Round of Christmas Reruns

I know, I know, you want new Christmas stuff from me. Hey, maybe in the next couple of weeks. If you’re nice and not naughty. In the meantime, though, why not enjoy my two most popular Christmas reheats? The first, of course, is “The Ten Least Successful Christmas Specials of All Time,” because Christmas isn’t Christmas with Ayn Rand. Second, enjoy once more “An Interview With the Nativity Innkeeper,” in which the man with the manger tells you what really went down when Joe and Mary came to call. Have fun with them, kids.

The Whatever Shopping Guide, Day 3: Other Gifts and Crafts

The Whatever 2011 shopping guide continues, and today we move away from books and focus on other gifts and crafts — which you can take to mean just about any other sort of thing a creative person might make: Music, art, knitting, jewelry, artisanal foodstuffs and so on. These can be great, unique gifts for special folks in your life, and things you can’t just get down at Wal Mart or Target. I hope you see some cool stuff here.

Please note that the comment thread today is only for creators to post about their gifts for sale; please do not leave other comments, as they will be snipped out to keep the thread from getting cluttered. Thanks!

Creators: Here’s how to post in this thread. Please follow these directions!

1. Creators (of things other than books) only. This is an intentionally expansive category, so if you’ve made something and have it available for the public to try or buy, you can probably post about in this thread. The exception to this is books (including comics and graphic novels), which have two previously existing threads, one for traditionally-published works and one for non-traditionally published works (Note: if you are an author and also create other stuff, you may promote that other stuff today). Don’t post if you are not the creator of the thing you want to promote, please.

2. Personally-created and completed works only. This thread is specifically for artists and creators who are making their own unique works. Mass-produceable things like CDs, buttons or T-shirts are acceptable if  you’ve personally created what’s on it. But please don’t use this thread for things that were created by others, which you happen to sell. Likewise, do not post about works in progress, even if you’re posting them publicly elsewhere. Remember that this is supposed to be a gift guide, and that these are things meant to be given to other people. Also, don’t just promote yourself unless you have something to sell or provide, that others may give as a gift.

3. One post per creator. In that post, you can list whatever creations of yours you like, but allow me to suggest you focus on your most recent creation. Note also that the majority of Whatever’s readership is in the US/Canada, so I suggest focusing on things available in North America.

4. Keep your description of your work brief (there will be a lot of posts, I’m guessing) and entertaining. Imagine the person is in front of you as you tell them about your work and is interested but easily distracted.

5. You may include a link to a sales site if you like by using standard HTML link scripting. Be warned that if you include too many links (typically three or more) your post may get sent to the moderating queue. If this happens, don’t panic: I’ll be going in through the day to release moderated posts. Note that posts will occasionally go into the moderation queue semi-randomly; Don’t panic about that either.

6. As noted above, comment posts that are not from creators promoting their work as specified above will be deleted, in order to keep the comment thread useful for people looking to find interesting work.

Now: Tell us about your stuff!

Some Truly Terrible Holiday Specials For You

Today over at FilmCritic.com, I make the argument that the real problem with The Star Wars Holiday special is not that it exists, but that there are no other equally terrible holiday specials based on science fiction films. So of course I suggest some. Because that is what I do. Come find out what perfectly awful things I have suggested. You know you want to. You know you need to. Yes you do.