Fiddly Bits, 12/12/06
Busy day — I’ll be back at some point, but for now, some egocentric notes and links:
* First, I’m done with “The Sagan Diary,” although I’ll spend part of the afternoon formatting it and banging out an intro chapter. But the hard part, the part where I get inside Jane’s head, is completed. I’m going to talk about it in more depth soon, but for now I’ll have you know that this little novelette was really hard to write, and was possibly the most difficult piece of writing I’ve ever done. And yes, I’m very happy with it. As I said, I’ll talk about it more a little later.
* SFFWorld has a positive review of The Android’s Dream, which makes me happy (although I will note it features a plot spoiler, so be mindful):
Fans of Scalzi’s previous novels shouldn’t worry; the humor, storytelling, and skillful plotting that flavored those two novels flavors The Android’s Dream even more strongly. Three novels in such a short time from one writer is impressive, even more impressive is how John Scalzi is improving as a writer with each and delivering chock-full-of SF goodness that should appeal to readers across the genre.
Nifty. Although I most note for the sake of accuracy that Android was actually written before Ghost Brigades, so I guess I can’t take too much credit for smoothly progressing as a writer. I have noted before that I think structurally The Android’s Dream is the best constructed of my books — I think it’s just well put together. Mind you, I’m proud of TGB as well, and there are several things there I do better than I did in OMW or TAD, in my opinion. I do think I’m becoming a better writer as I go along.
* Also nice: Forbidden Planet International (based in the UK) is polling SF/F and Comics notables about the books, movies, graphic novels and etc they think are the best of the year. Old Man’s War shows up, which is gratifying, since at the moment it’s still only available as an import in the UK.
And, uh, that’s me for the moment. How are you?