Just a Thought

Writers: Do you know of a word processor that has tabbed windows, a la Firefox? I’m in the process of organizing entries for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, and I was thinking how lovely it would be to be able to cut and paste text into several different open documents, without having to clutter up the work space unnecessarily. If you know of a word processing program that uses tabs, I would love to know what it is. It would make my life a whole lot easier.

If there isn’t a word processor with tabbed windows, shouldn’t there be? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m frequently working on more than one document at a time, and frequently cutting and pasting from other document/sites/whatever. Tabbed windows in a word processor would be very useful.

Indeed, the more I think about this, the more I feel it needs to happen. Somebody get on this, please. I’d do it myself, but I’m barely competent with html.


Testing Something

I’m checking out the new Performancing plugin for Firefox to see how well it works with the Whatever (I’ve gacked it from here). Consequently, this particular entry will be almost entirely devoid of any useful content whatsoever. But it will have this picture:

And now I will post it to see what happens. If the Whatever explodes, you’ll know it was me screwing things up again. If it doesn’t explode — yay, me! Technology has not flummoxed and conquered me today.

Update, 2:50pm — and now I’m fiddling the blogging tool on Flock, per Tobias Buckell’s suggestion. It’s interesting, too. Ooooh, and look, a spellcheck. Shiny, shiny.


The Full Extent of My Personal Award Pimpage for 2006

I’ve actually gotten a couple of e-mails on this subject over the last several days, coinciding, I think, with a Hugo Award nomination ballot mailing, so I’ll go ahead and address it here and use this to refer people to if it comes up again.

Should you be considering me for one of your Hugo/Campbell Award nominations, here’s what I’m eligible for in 2005, so far as I know:

Best Novel: Old Man’s War
Best Related Book: The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: “Alien Animal Encounters” (from Escape Pod)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author: John Scalzi (1st year eligibility)

Some various notes on all the above:

* I’m pretty sure that aside from Old Man’s War, Agent to the Stars is also eligible for Best Novel Hugo nomination this year; however, it has been on this site for six years now and I did make a reasonable sum of money off it before it was turned into a printed book, so there may be some sort of technicality in that which keeps it from eligiblity. Rather than try to guess what its fascinating backstory means for Agent, I figure it’s just better to suggest the folks who are considering both Agent and OMW for the Hugo nomination vote focus on OMW instead. But, clearly, vote how you wish.

* If you’re considering “Alien Animal Encounters” please note that you’ll be nominating the folks from Escape Pod directly, not me. Which is, naturally, groovy by me. I would also suggest you check out their other podcasts over the last year to see if any of them is deserving of your short form nomination in addition to, or in place of, “Alien Animal Encounters.”

* Re: Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies — when the book began, it was known as The Rough Guide to Science Fiction Film, the last part of which was shortened to “Sci-Fi Movies” partly to standardize the title with other books in the series, and partly for the sake of cover design. They asked me if I had any comments on the change, and I somewhat facetiously remarked that changing “Science Fiction” to “Sci-Fi” would lose us some Hugo nomination votes. This was immediately followed by me explaining what a “Hugo” was. Which then led to some serious thought as to whether to change it back to “Science Fiction Film” at no little expense. At which point I told them to relax.

* In addition to the Hugo, I believe that Old Man’s War is also eligible for this year’s Nebula, but to be entirely honest with you, the nomination process for the Nebula is so counter-intuitive that I’m not entirely sure whether this is now eligible, was elible but now is not, or was not eligible but will be at some point in the near future. And I was on a Nebula jury last year! So, I plan not to give the Nebula the slightest bit of thought from this point forward, at least as it regards me (I still plan to nominate a few books that aren’t mine, mind you). If I get a Nebula nomination, however, I will wear an expression of happy befuddlement.

As to whether I want/hope/expect to get nominated or win any of the above awards: Well, look, I’m not going to lie. Being nominated would be cool, winning one even more so, and either would make the marketing departments of my publishers very happy (which is not a bad thing). If you want to nominate me, I certainly won’t stop you, and I will thank you for your kind regard of my work. The fact I’m doing this sort of entry at all will inform you that I am not entirely disinterested.

But on the other hand I have my own Hugo nomination ballot on my desk, and I’m not planning to vote for myself. This is partly because, self-promoting egotistical twit though I may be, I have some limits, and nominating myself for an award is one of those limits. But it’s also because 2005 was a fine year for SF, and there are people who I want to nominate for their work, and their number is already greater than the slots I have available for nominations. Given the amount of pleasure their work afforded me, I hardly see bumping any of them to boost my own tally. Yes, it would be ironic to miss the ballot by one vote. I can live with that. I plan to be writing a long time, you know.

In any event, that’s where I am with awards eligibility this year.

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