Monthly Archives: September 2005

Why Daddy is not Allowed to Dress Athena

Any questions? Actually, though, today Athena’s school is something called "Clash Day," in which all the children are encouraged to dress in clashing clothes. Also, the school intercom is playing selections from Sandinista! all day long. Okay, not so much with that last part. But the first part of that statement is certainly true. So […]

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In Honor of a Special Day

  Arrrrrrrrr! Yes, that’s all I have for you today. My brain feels like it’s collapsed like the proverbial flan in the cupboard.    

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An Unusual Request for Help

Readers of the Whatever, I need your help! I have to verify a very unusual thing, and if you’ve bought Old Man’s War from Amazon at any point (or just even put it into your shopping cart), perhaps you can aid me in my hour of need. It all began yesterday, when Kari of Inkgrrl.com […]

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Play Ball, Part II

A couple more pictures from the other day. Because I feel like it, that’s why. Off for a day o’ family fun. See you all later. 

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Catching Up on News

Aside from the "Being Poor" piece, I’ve largely been out of the news commentary business around here for the last couple of weeks, so let me catch up on a couple of things briefly: The Roberts Confirmation Hearings: I don’t really have anything useful to say on this matter, largely because I’m of the opinion […]

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New Amazonian Sickness

Because the people at Amazon are sadistic bastards, they’ve implemented yet another way to drive authors (and other people who have thing stocked at Amazon) absolutely insane: They’ve implemented daily tracking of the Amazon ranking, so you can see where the ranking is today and you can see where it was the day before. For […]

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AdvancedEntryEditing Plugin

Ah, this is much better. One of the small but annoying things about Movable Type is that the editing window for the main entry is tiny, so it’s difficult to see much of what you’re typing at any one time. However, I just installed a plugin called AdvancedEntryEditing that, among other things, allows you to […]

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Recent Books, 9/16

As I’ve been jabbering about these things, a quick look at four books I’ve recently acquired: * Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, by Kate Wilhelm (Small Beer Press): I actually bought this one, since I was interested in it anyway and because I wanted to support Small […]

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Guidelines for Publicists

As threatened, I’ve written up guidelines for people who want to send things for me to mention here in the Whatever. If that’s you — or if you’re just interested in what I have to say on the matter — the guidelines are here. I’ve also put in a permanent link on the sidebar. Left […]

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Shelby’s New Album

Hey! One of my favorite indie bands, Shelby, has finally released their latest album, The Luxury of Time, and it’s choc-a-block full of snarly guitar goodness. The band is previewing three of the tracks here: I’m particularly fond of “The Golden Boy” but every track at the preview is worth the listen. And if you’re […]

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Seven Years

Completely (and appropriately) lost in my wild textual stampede to complete The Ghost Brigades was the fact that Tuesday marked the seventh anniversary of the Whatever. As I’ve noted before this makes it the single writing thing I’ve done the longest at one stretch (I’ve been reviewing movies longer, but that comes in chunks, first […]

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The Shiny New Toy

As promised, here’s the shiny toy I bought myself the other day: a Nikon D70s, along with a bunch of various ridiculous trappings (lenses, filters, tripods, etc) which I may or may not ever end up using, but I decided that if I was actually going to get a camera like this, I might as […]

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TGB Post-Mortem

The two hours of sleep I got between five and seven am have apparently ruined me for sleeping for the rest of the morning, so in lieu of that, let me me do a little bit of a writing post-mortem for The Ghost Brigades. Don’t worry, I won’t give away plot points. * As I […]

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In the Trib

The “Being Poor” entry was published today (edited for space, looks like) in the Chicago Tribune op-ed section. I’m very happy about that. Seems like it’s just a good writing day all the way around.

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The Ghost Brigades, Completed

At 3:28 am 9/15/05. 95,000 words exactly. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a sequel.

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TGB Update

The damn book has gone and sprouted an additional chapter. I hate it when books do that. Fortunately, this means the penultimate chapter is going to be action-packed. And then there’s the final “we wrap everything up with a bow” chapter. Yeah, it’s all getting done tonight. Or death! I was so excited about being […]

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Pathetic Writer Motivation Trick #459

With the unexpected but reasonably healthy royalties from one of your other books (which counts as free money because you’ve already budgeted all your bills, etc), buy yourself a shiny, shiny present. Have it shipped Fed Ex ground. See if you can finish the book you’re working on before it gets to your house. It […]

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Typus Interruptus

So close to being done with The Ghost Brigades that I can taste it. So naturally, I have to spend the morning in the car dealership, getting the car fixed. Urg. (Yes, I could bring the laptop. Trust me, I can’t focus.)

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A September Moment

And you know what? She can hit.

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Comment Donations

This fellow says: I’ve decided to send a dollar to the American Red Cross for every person that leaves a comment to this entry by next Sunday. I’ll also send two dollars for every literary agent or person with a published novel who leaves a comment, because you folks have fans/large readerships, and fans like […]

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