Monthly Archives: November 2005
Let There Be (New) Light
Posted on November 19, 2005 33 Comments
To give you an idea of just how much of a dork I am, for the last two weeks I’ve been impatiently waiting for the light bulb in my desk lamp to burn out so I could put in this bulb, a compact fluorescent bulb whose manufacturer (you know, the one that builds defense systems […]
Space Heater: The Warmination!
Posted on November 18, 2005 18 Comments
This is how you know winter is here: I’ve brought out the space heater. Thanks to the vagaries of poor air circulation and its placement on the side of the house that faces into the general direction of the wind, my office is typically the coldest room in the house (in cold weather, anyway) sometimes […]
La Guerre Du Vieil Homme
Posted on November 18, 2005 12 Comments
Just sold Old Man’s War to French publisher Editions L’ Atalante, who also publishes Steven Brust, Terry Pratchett, Vernor Vinge and David Weber. Groovy. Christmas is paid for. Also, that qualifies as ending the week on a high note.
Pointless Early Friday Rant
Posted on November 18, 2005 17 Comments
I’ve been having one of those weeks where the best thing that can be said about it is that it is coming to a close, and the fact that I say this in a week in which I sold a book, received great-looking ARCs of a second, and was delighted by the illustrations accompanying a […]
Meet the Ni-Nins
Posted on November 17, 2005 8 Comments
Charming looking fellow, is he not? He’s a Ni-nin, one of the alien races you’ll encounter in Questions for a Soldier, the limited edition signed chapbook written by me and published by Subterranean Press, which expands on the story of John Perry, the main character of Old Man’s War. Subterranean contracted famed SF illustrator Bob […]
TGB ARCs — OK!
Posted on November 16, 2005 8 Comments
In addition to the fabulous book news in the previous entry, here’s another thing to make today National John Scalzi Literary Fabulousness Day — a package of advance reader copies of The Ghost Brigades. Whoo-hoo! And there was much rejoicing. This ARC is of the first pass edit of the manuscript, so there are a […]
Greetings to the Rat People! Or, An Announcement
Posted on November 16, 2005 37 Comments
If you’re like me, and, if you can read this, you are like me, at least in the larger "I share more DNA with you than with a banana slug" sort of way, after you write a particularly satisfying entry on your blog or journal, you may pause to wonder what would happen to those […]
EFF and Bloggers
Posted on November 16, 2005 11 Comments
Cory Doctorow sent along word that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is starting a fundraising campaign today for the purpose of defending the rights of bloggers to basically say whatever the hell they want, whenever the hell they want to say it, and naturally enough, I can get behind that. I have to say I am […]
Posted on November 15, 2005 11 Comments
Amazingly bad work day, a tornado watch and power out for more than an hour. Looks like I picked the wrong day to stop huffing freon. That’s all I’m going to say about that. See you tomorrow. Until then, consider this an open thread.
The Surrendered Husband
Posted on November 14, 2005 50 Comments
Now that I have better comment spam management tools, I’m able to leave comments open on older entries, so occasionally one will sprout a new comment. One recent addition occurred in the Covenant Marriage is Stupid comment thread, in which a new poster comments about the desirability of covenant marriages and how, among other things, […]
Gamma Gamma Hey
Posted on November 14, 2005 12 Comments
I predicted we’d get a storm called "Gamma" by Thanksgiving. Turns out it’ll be here with a couple of weeks to spare. I win! Where’s my pony?
Posted on November 11, 2005 34 Comments
For your consideration: "I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover, if there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God. You just rejected him from your city, and don’t wonder why he hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin, and I’m not saying they will. But if they […]
Posted on November 11, 2005 10 Comments
I collapsed into the sleep of the ill yesterday at about 5:30pm, and when I did my site had been inaccessible for about three hours (my hosting company had server issues). I see it’s back up now — can anyone tell me when they were first able to see the site again? Being sick really […]
Thinking About COCOA
Posted on November 10, 2005 6 Comments
Several months ago I was invited to participate on a committee for something called COCOA, which endeavors to create a catch-all way for authors and other book copyright holders to specify how much of their work they want have accessible for viewing through services like Amazon or the nascent Google Print service; a copyright holder […]
Posted on November 9, 2005 36 Comments
The good news is that every single member of the Dover school board that attempted to foist "Intelligent Design" into science classes who was up for election this year was voted out of office and replaced by people who want ID out of science classes. Go rationality! The bad news is that in a couple […]
Primarily of Interest to Family Members
Posted on November 8, 2005 8 Comments
Athena ran about like a silly person today and took photos, including several interesting self-portraitures. You can see the results here.
What I Did With My Morning
Posted on November 8, 2005 32 Comments
Hope you’re planning to do something similar with your day.
Posted on November 7, 2005 34 Comments
Look, Amazon has up what I assume is the dust jacket copy for The Ghost Brigades: The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF’s toughest operations. They’re young, they’re fast and strong, and […]
The Comedy Canon: A Meme for You
Posted on November 7, 2005 59 Comments
By a rather substantial margin, Whatever readers have suggested that of the three other Rough Guide Movie books that were released with The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies, they would be most interested in seeing what The Canon for comedy films would be. I’ll get to the canons for the Horror and Gangster books later […]
Returning the Favor
Posted on November 6, 2005 8 Comments
James Winter was a guest blogger in July; he asked me to be a guest blogger for him this month, on Sundays. My entry there is up; it’s me mulling over the fact my PC is three years old, which means it’s near death. Absolutely unrelated: This is the 1234th entry on the Whatever since […]
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