Monthly Archives: September 2006

Deliver Me From Temptation, Temptation Being Amazon

Dear Authors, It has come to my attention that Amazon, the leading online bookseller, is now allowing comments on individual product reviews, including reviews of books (and therefore, your books). This means that now, finally, you can correct the views of all those poor unfortunates who gave your book less than the four or five […]

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Linky McLinkerson

Want some links to pursue? Sure you do. Here are some links I thought would be interesting/people have recently begged me to pimp/I’ve been paid big money for: * The megafabulous Justine Larbalestier — who finished the third book in her series just before I finished mine — has an interesting interview with author John […]

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Why I Deserve an “Android’s Dream” ARC: A Contest

The Goddess Kristine Blauser Scalzi is being the spokesmodel for The Android’s Dream, here in its “Advance Reader Copy” form — which is to say, the version that has all the stupid spelling errors I made. I’ve got a few of these, and so, in celebration of finishing The Last Colony, I’m going to give […]

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Hugo Chavez Had It Wrong

I am the devil! George Bush is, at best, an imp. Yeah, I’m letting off some post-novel steam. Why do you ask? I have to say, there’s something about my head that makes it particularly good for turning into your basic Photoshop devil. Personally I think it’s all about the eyebrows. In day to day […]

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The Popping Sound You Hear Comes From Conservative Heads Exploding Like Eggs in a Microwave

Hugo Chavez. Holding a book by Noam Chomsky. While he speaks at the United Nations. And calls George Bush the devil. Man, I’m glad I’m not a conservative. Because I wouldn’t even know where to begin with this picture. It’s like Christmas, Hanukkah and Skull and Crossbones initiation night all in one picture. It’s the […]

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Thoughts on The Last Colony

As I often do when I finish up a novel, I have a couple post-writing thoughts on The Last Colony. Here’s what I’m thinking about it at the moment. * First, I like this book, which was not a guaranteed thing, let me tell you. There was a fair amount of time at the beginning […]

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Where I’ll Be and What I’m Doing 9/20/06

For those of you who care, a quick catch-up on everything I’m doing for the next couple of months. 1. Reminder that I will be at the Marion Public Library tonight at 7:00 to talk about writing, science fiction, being a dork and what have you. I’ve found that library appearances tend to be a […]

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New Look 9/19/06

To celebrate finishing The Last Colony, I’ve gone ahead and given the Whatever a visual refresh. If you don’t see it immediately, hit refresh a couple of times and you’ll see it. The funny thing is, I’ve got about a dozen of these sorts of announcements in the archives, and outside their immediate context none […]

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Avast! Here Be a Scurvy Lass

Athena, apparently eager on Talk Like a Pirate Day to replicate the visage of a scurvy-afflicted 17th century sailor, went and lost two teeth today, one on top and one on bottom, the latter coming out after she went to bed and the previous tooth had been nabbed by the “tooth fairy” (while Athena was […]

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The Last Colony — Done!

That’s a wrap. 91, 250 words. More or less. And for once, I didn’t finish a book at the end of a 36-hour writing binge. I must be getting more disciplined. Or something. Finished at 4:19, so all of you making bets in the previous thread, there’s your magic number. Off to tell Patrick.

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Local Newspaper Love

Look: An article about me in the Greenville Daily Advocate, the local newspaper of Darke County, which is where I live. The article actually ran first in the Piqua Daily Call, which is the local newspaper of the city two towns over, but both the Advocate and the Call are owned by the same publishing […]

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Somewhere Popeye is Screaming in Terror and Confusion

FDA to consumers: Don’t eat ANY fresh spinach There’s a headline I never would have suspected I would see in my lifetime. Now I’m looking forward to the one that says “FDA to Consumers: Smoke more, eat more bacon.” Because nitrates and nicotine battle e.coli bacteria for supremacy in your body, you see. Yes, yes. […]

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Step Away From the Political Blogs

It’s getting to be about that time in the election cycle where for my own personal mental safety, I stop reading political blogs. On an average day I can handle the screediness, but now that we’re less than two months out from election day, I find they give me toxic amounts of electoral anxiety, and […]

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Thinking About The God Delusion

One of the nice things about doing a signing at a bookseller’s trade show is that afterward you get to wander through the tradeshow floor and admire all the marvelous books that publishers are giving away to booksellers, and maybe snag one or two for yourself. I had to be careful to limit myself to […]

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Eight Years of Whatever

Thanks to the pointless insanity that was Bacon Cat — enter the phrase “Bacon Cat” into Google, incidentally, and see where you go — I completely forgot to note that September 13 was the eight-year-anniversary of the Whatever. Yes, eight years ago last Wednesday I posted my first Whatever entry, blabbing about how I was […]

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Go, Senate Republicans, Go

Senate panel rejects Bush anti-terrorism plan A rebellious Senate committee defied President Bush on Thursday and approved terror-detainee legislation he has vowed to block, deepening Republican conflict over terrorism and national security in the middle of election season… Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia, normally a Bush supporter, pushed the measure through his Armed Services […]

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