Mama Blogs

Here’s how I know blogs have reached that critical level of mass acceptance: My mother has just inaugurated her blog, Musings From Mexico. The title comes from the fact that my mother lives in Mexico, where she runs a mission dedicated to providing a safe home to at-risk Mexican children. She’s like Mother Teresa of Baja California. I’m hoping she’ll put in a good word for me with, you know, the big guy. I think it helps that I actually helped her set up her blog. Look at me, acting all technical-ish and stuff.

I do encourage you all to drop by my mom’s new blog digs and welcome her to the blogosphere, but I note to you that if you’re expecting a female version of me, you’re likely to be surprised as in many ways we’re different, not in the least because I am quite agnostic and she is quite Saved (and no, before you ask, the latter has very little to do with the former, as mom got saved after I was already in college). She is in all sorts of ways very much her own person — that much we do have in common, anyway.

So there you have it. Go say hi to my mom, why don’t you.

(P.S. — if you do go say hi, don’t call her “mama Scalzi.” She’s married now to a very nice man named Robert Perez. Say, “Hi, Mrs. Perez!” or, if you’re feeling saucy and latin, “Hola, Seņora Perez!” She speaks Spanish, you know. Go ahead, try it out on her!)

IndieCrit is Back

A note to all you music-loving mad cats: After about five months off, I’ve reactivated IndieCrit and made a few changes to it. Basically, I’d abandoned it because I didn’t have time to write reviews for it, so now the reviews have gone pretty much to the wayside in favor of direct links to downloadable and/or streaming music put up on the Web by indie musicians. I figure I can add one a day without too much of an impact on my work life, although today there are five links, because, really, you have to start off with extra stuff. I’ve also turned on the comments over there so you can talk about the music I’m highlighting.

So what are you waiting for? Go over there and sample new indie music, damn you! And tell all your friends about it, if you please.