Monthly Archives: January 2008

Quick Personal Pimp: 50% Sale on “Sagan” and Others

Subterranean Press is having a short sale on the latest reprints of “The Sagan Diary” and three other titles (Rude Mechanicals by Kage Baker, Promises to Keep by Charles de Lint and D.A. by Connie Willis): Each is 50% off through tomorrow (that’s 2/1/08). That means you can pick up the book version of “Sagan,” […]

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Blathering Lockdown: Day Eight

BLATHER TEST: Is the book done? NO Blather limiter: ON Your question for the day: 1. A pristine “first state” copy of The Beatles’ Yesterday and Today, featuring the infamous “Butcher Cover.” 2. Your adorable, preciously fluffy kitten. A fire, in your house, spreading so quickly you can save only one of the above. Choose! […]

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Progress Update

Since it’s been a week: A quick update. The writing is going very well. I’m writing a lot and I’m very happy with what I’m writing and I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not an oncoming train. Barring the implosion of a frontal lobe or two, I’ll be done […]

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Blathering Lockdown: Day Seven

BLATHER TEST: Is the book done? NO Blather limiter: ON Your question for the day: You get to go back in time and tell your 15-year-old self one thing. What is it? Hopefully my thing would be actually be more profound than what first came to mind: “Enjoy those feathered locks, kid.” But that’s where […]

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Blathering Lockdown: Day Six

BLATHER TEST: Is the book done? NO Blather limiter: ON Your question for the day: Daphne or Velma? Because in your heart you always knew that one day you would have to choose. Have fun. See you tomorrow.

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Blathering Lockdown: Day Five

BLATHER TEST: Is the book done? NO Blather limiter: ON Your question for the day: The Constitution has been amended to let YOU choose the next president! Personally! The catch: It can’t be someone who ever officially entered the 2008 presidential race (“officially” = On a ballot to date). Who do you choose? Real people, […]

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Blathering Lockdown: Day Four

BLATHER TEST: Is the book done? NO Blather limiter: ON Your question for the day: What’s the name of your next band? The name of my next band: Platelets of Phlegm.  It came to me yesterday while I was coughing. Enjoy coming up with band names. See you tomorrow.

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Blathering Lockdown: Day Three

BLATHER TEST: Is the book done? NO Blather limiter: ON Your question for the day: So, what’s in your pockets? Right now? Try not to search too enthusiastically; people will stare. See you tomorrow.

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Blathering Lockdown: Day Two

BLATHER TEST: Is the book done? NO Blather limiter: ON Your question for the day: A two parter: 1. What’s your favorite color? 2. Seriously, you still have a favorite color? What are you, like, nine or something? Have fun rationalizing your chromophilia. See you tomorrow.

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Yes, Yes, I Know

But this was too good not to share: The original picture is open for lolcatting purposes here. Back into writing mode for me. See you tomorrow.

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Blathering Lockdown: Day One

My editor has made it clear that after indulging my petty idiosyncrasies for months, Tor really does expect Zoe’s Tale on or near the end of the month, which is good, because I have other work piling up and I need to boot the book out the door, but also bad, because, uh, I’m not […]

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Meet Zeus (aka The Kitten Formerly Known as Temp Cat™)

Temp Cat™ has now been formally named: His name is Zeus. As it happens, this was the name Krissy had been thinking of all along. She was momentarily swayed by the idea of formally calling Temp Cat™ Temp Cat™, but Athena preferred the name Zeus, on account of the mythological Zeus’ relationship to the mythological […]

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ConFusion Wrapup, 2008

My mother-in-law is busy being a putzteufel around the house at the moment, which makes it hard to concentrate on novel-writing (vacuum cleaners = inability to compose a thought), so let me do a quick wrapup of the ConFusion convention, which I meant to do on Monday before the sickness took me into a coma-like […]

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Oscar Predictions, 2008

It’s time for me to put on my movie critic hat and share with you all my expectations for the Academy Awards for 2008. Let’s preface this by saying that this is yet another year in which the movies that get nominated for Oscars and the movies that Hollywood make its money on have nothing […]

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Various & Sundry, 1/23/08

Some thoughts on life, the universe and everything: * I’m feeling much better today, probably due to the fact I spent about 30 of the last 36 hours dead asleep. This is how my body works when I’m sick: It pretty much shuts down completely and fixes itself while I’m unconscious. I wouldn’t say I’m […]

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Unspeakably Ill

One downside to ConFusion: someone at the convention graced me with a really unstoppable chest cold and I’m spending most of my time shivering and/or sleeping since then. Basically, don’t expect great things from me today. Also, note to self: bring hand sanitizer to the next con. Anyway, I feel like hell. How are you?

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The Big Idea: Marcus Sakey

Hey look, The Big Idea is back — this is a feature in which authors of newly-released books tell you a little bit about one of the big ideas in their book, and how they managed to work with it as they wrote their book. This feature used to be on Ficlets, but since I […]

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A Dead Man Speaks

Joe Loong — the real one — reacts to Joe Loong — the fake one — getting all killed-like in The Last Colony. Yes, the character is named after him. It’s fun to brutally murder your pals! In fiction, that is. Feel I should put that last part in for liability purposes.

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Home From ConFusion

And I hardly hit anyone on the drive home! More detail about convention later.

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I Will Say This:

There have been some interesting pictures taken of me during this convention. I leave it to you to imagine what interesting means in this context.

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