Monthly Archives: June 2007

Clarion West Write-a-Thon

If the ending of the “Drag Scalzi’s Ass to the Creation Museum” fund drive has left a sad, wan hole in your philanthropical heart, I have good news for you. My pal Tempest has alerted me to the Clarion West Write-a-Thon for 2007, in which graduates and and friends of the Clarion West writer’s workshop […]

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Tonight’s Question of Immense Cultural Signficance, Part Deux

Is Pac-Man a mammal? Show your work. Defend your thesis.

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A Quick Note Re: Being Grown Up and Writery and Not Sucky

When discussing teens and their sucky writing, let me also note in fairness that there are positively scads of adult writers whose writing sucks as well, some because they only began writing in earnest when they became adults, some because they tried to cruise by on cleverness when they were teens and are paying for […]

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On Teens, and the Fact Their Writing Sucks

More than a year ago I wrote my “10 Things Teenage Writers Should Know About Writing” entry, which had ten bits of useful information for teen writers, the first of which was “The Bad News: Right Now, Your Writing Sucks.” Because, well, it probably does: Most teenage writers, for various reasons, aren’t particularly good writers […]

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AU Donation Made

Quick update for everyone: As promised, I made the donation to Americans United for Separation of Church and State this morning, for $5,118.36. “That’s an oddly specific number,” the young lady who processed the donation said. Well, yes. Yes, it is. I’ll post an image of the receipt as soon as I get it.

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12 Years

Having an anniversary. See you tomorrow. Have an open thread; talk amongst yourselves. Starter quote: “I don’t want another cookie.”

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The Single Worst Non-Photoshopped Picture I’ve Ever Taken

No, it’s not the one up there. That one is a reference photo, one I took about 20 minutes ago, so you’ll know what I actually look like when I’m making no particular effort to look either good or bad. Got it? Okay, good. Now, what follows is a picture of me this morning, fiddling […]

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How Much Got Raised

As of 11:59 and 59 seconds (Pacific Time) last night, the “Drag Scalzi’s Ass to the Creation Museum” donation drive raised $5,118.36. That’s 256 times the admission price to Creation Museum, a multiple I find both amusing (from a dork point of view) and gratifying, since it means what tiny bit of income the creationists […]

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Me News 6/16/07

Quick Stuff: * To everyone who’s sending me e-mail about Marc Andreessen’s list of the Top Ten Science Fiction Writers of the 00’s: Yes, I’ve seen it, and yes, it’s cool that the guy who invented the Web browser likes my stuff. And while one can argue whether the ten he lists are actually the […]

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Quick Reminder About Creation Museum Donations

And the quick reminder is this: Don’t send any more. Donating is now closed.  I’ll post the final tally at noon Eastern time. Thanks.

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And As Long As I’m Celebrating My Own Marriage…

… Allow me also to note that there are 8,500 couples who yesterday were celebrating the fact that others like them who want to get married will continue to be able to do so. It’s nice to be married. It’s nice to be able to get married, too. And most of all, it’s nice when […]

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Last Day to Donate, Plus Betting Pool With a Sweet Prize

Remember that at 11:59 and 59 seconds pm I stop taking donations for the “Drag Scalzi’s Ass to the Creation Museum” thing (I’m going to set that for midnight in the Pacific Time Zone, however, to give you laid-back California stragglers a chance to get your act together). At this point, it does no harm […]

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My Marriage Proposal

Thirteen years ago today I proposed to my wife, the then-Kristine Blauser, in my newspaper column in the Fresno Bee. It was one day before the first anniversary of our first official date; we got married one day and two years after our first official date. If you add that up you’ll note that this […]

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The Sad, Sad Truth Regarding American Health Care

“With universal [health care], you’d get the same kind of mediocre shittiness that you’d get in all other kinds of standardized approaches. But for millions of people, that would be a big upgrade.” — “Dr. Virus” from “What’s Up Doc?,” an article in New York magazine in which five anonymized doctors discuss what really goes […]

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Quick Administrative Note

I’m about a day or two behind with my e-mail. Oddly enough, real life does keep me busy away from my computer. Don’t worry, I plan on catching up this evening. If you sent me e-mail recently, have patience. Actually, though, I feel like I’m behind on pretty much everything. Is it just me, or […]

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Two Action Items

A reminder that tomorrow is actually a deadline for two things here at Whatever: 1. To get your money in to drag my ass to the Creation Museum. At this point, I am convinced that every one of you is cackling with glee at the idea of me having to go to this place; I’m […]

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The Color of the Sky on My World

Thought you would be interested to know. And one more picture from this evening: Welcome to my world.

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Creation Museum Update

Above LOLRex from Eric Buhler. Very cute. I suppose you all want an update on the drive to drag my ass to the Creation Museum. Fine. Here’s the update: Hate. You. All. Make of that what you will. You still have two days to make a donation. Might as well add insult to injury, folks.

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Joining the Ranks of the Undead-Americans

As many of you know, the Zombie Apocalypse has occurred, and I have to say that, yes, I have become a zombie. And while I enjoy my new undead status, it’s not all just brain-feasting and shambling. I’ve still got deadlines. I explain all of this in my first interview as an Undead-American, over at […]

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Tonight’s Question of Immense Cultural Signficance

At what age — if ever — will David Bowie stop being just so damn cool? While you’re thinking about it, a video.

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