Monthly Archives: January 2008

By Popular Demand

Llama recipes. Eat hearty, you Incas!

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That’s Sorted, Then

I and a few other science fiction writers define what the term “science fiction” means over at SF Signal. Because apparently there was some question. As extra bonus metareferentialosity, I cite myself! Mmmm… smugtastic.

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Evidence My Life is a Bit Odd, In a Good Way

I just passed on a Guest of Honor opportunity at an excellent convention in 2009, because I’m already scheduled that weekend to officiate a wedding. Yes, I officiate weddings. No, not in Klingon or Elvish. Stop that.

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Your New Hampshire Discussion Post

Clinton and McCain, with Obama close enough behind that he can’t be feeling too bad about it. Discuss. I’ll start: I think it’s worth noting that both Clinton and Obama both topped 100,000 votes, whereas McCain ended up with 87K and Romney, the #2 GOPer, had about 74K. Win, place and show, the Democrats have […]

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We’re Suckers

Athena and Krissy were downstairs this evening when they heard a strange meow in the garage; Krissy opened the door to find a black and white kitten huddling at the garage steps. So naturally they to let it in the house to feed it and love it and hug it and call it George. Well, […]

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Hey, This Can of Worms is Strangely Unopened!

The folks at Science Fiction Awards Watch are soon (Friday) to be posting a poll about pro SF/F folks nominated in fan categories, and have posted a prefatory entry explaining why, which says, among other things: “Please note that this is not intended to be simply about John Scalzi.” Which is to say it’s not […]

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For Your LOLCatting Pleasure

I present you with the following raw material: She was about 25 feet up at the time, incidentally. Why? Why not? Who knows why cats do any of the damn fool things they do. She came down eventually, when she realized it was either she come down on her own power, or let the rising […]

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Why It Won’t Work

Sony BMG spokesperson: We’re pleased to announce we are the final major music corporation to release electronic tracks without that pesky DRM! All you have to do is leave your house, go to a selected retail outlet, buy a special card there, go back to your house, scratch off the back of the card to […]

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OMG! Spoilers!

Don’t look below if you don’t want to see the ending of Zoe’s Tale! Stop now! Avert your eyes! Really, I hope it doesn’t ruin the rest of the book for you.

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The Final Judgment on “The Final Countdown”

Thanks to that TV commercial for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, in which various chunky Wii gamers train under the watchful eye of their pixellated masters while cheese rock booms in the background, Athena’s been exposed to that most hideous of 80s hair metal anthems: “The Final Countdown” by Europe. More to the […]

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Monday Tales of Ego Boosting

A couple of things out there that give my ego a healthy self-satisfied glow this Monday morning: 1. Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch Blog wonders why Sci-Fi Channel hasn’t given me my own show. Yeah, Sci-Fi Channel! What the hell are you thinking? And not just me: Why aren’t you engaging today’s premiere purveyors of genre material […]

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What’s Fun?

Writing yourself out of that corner you painted your plot into, that’s what’s fun. As an aside to this, when was the last time you or anyone you know painted a floor? I don’t recall ever seeing a painted floor. No, stage floors don’t count, you theater crew people.

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Sunday Catbloggery

Ghlaghghee makes the argument that she is the perfect desk accessory. And really, who are we to argue?

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Saturday is for Plotting

And writing, and maybe doing a little editing. See you all tomorrow.

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Iowa Caucus Result Discussion Thread

For those of you who want to chat about last night’s caucuses, and want to chat about them here. I don’t have much to say about them at the moment, other than that I think Obama v. Huckabee would be a really interesting contest, if it comes to that. I’ll probably have more to say […]

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Where the Weekend Assignments Are

For those of you who used to read By The Way, you’ll know that every Thursday I wrote up a “Weekend Assignment,” to give folks something to do with their blogs over the weekend (Friday – Sunday, for AOL Journals, was typically the time period in which the members posted the least). I’m not doing […]

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If You Get This, You’re Probably a Dork

Note the following set: (For those of you hard of seeing, they are magnet versions of the following US States, in order: Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Montana, Colorado, Idaho.) What is the next state that would be added to this set? And for extra credit, what would be the last state in the complete set? […]

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Point of Privilege

Over the last week or so I’ve heard rumors of some sort of “privilege list,” which was developed by some academics to make their students aware that whatever level of privilege they had before they got to college, they were all at the same place now (which is Indiana State University, apparently). I heard about […]

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On Rewriting

Justine Larbalestier has a bang-up post on rewriting, and how it gets done. Go, read, learn.

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The 2008 Award Pimpage Post

As has become my annual thing, each early January I note what works I’ve had out there that are eligible for awards — specifically the Hugo Award, since that’s my genre most notable award at the moment. This year, I have quite a spread of eligible material, so let’s dive in to this round of […]

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