Monthly Archives: September 2008

Whatever X, Day XIII

Today’s the day: The actual 10th anniversary of Whatever. How better to note it than by going back to the very beginning — which, as we’ve been told, is a very good place to start — and looking at how I imagined the Whatever would be like a decade past. SEPTEMBER 13, 1998: Introduction to […]

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Introducing The Canonical Bacon Page

Well, I’ve gone and done it: After two years of receiving countless e-mailed links related to bacon, each of these e-mail beginning with the line “I realize you’ve probably been sent this a thousand times already, but –” I’ve decided the time was right to offer a space here on Whatever devoted entirely to reader-submitted […]

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This Week’s List of Links That Don’t Need to Be Sent to Me Anymore

In no particular order: 1. Robert Heinlein’s form for fan mail 2. Bacon vodka 3. Bacon bourbon 4. Bacon candies of any sort 5. Anything detailing how Sarah Palin is crazy/unprepared/ignorant/going to be the death of us all 6. Anything detailing how John McCain is old/unprepared/a lying scumbag who will say anything to be president […]

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Whatever X, Day XII

Not every re-run has to be long to be worth repeating. JULY 23, 2007: A Book Reading Meme In response to all the “book reading memes” with which I am continually tagged, a new book reading meme: 1. Open the book you’re currently reading to page 133. 2. Read the fourth line on the page. […]

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Zoe’s Tale in Audio Form

Those of you hoping for an audio version of Zoe’s Tale to listen to during your commute or other activity in which your ears are not critical for survival will be happy to know that indeed it is out and available on Audible.com and will likely shortly be available through iTunes, as all the other […]

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Whatever X, Day XI

In this refresh from the archives, I’m thinking symbolically. JUNE 19, 2005: Two rings I haven’t worn a wedding ring in several years, on account that I’ve lost not just one, but two — both in the yard here at the house. The first one I lost the second year we were here, while I […]

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Fletch Mourns

Nuts. Gregory McDonald, the author of the many and various “Fletch” novels, has died. Not at all ashamed to say McDonald was a very large influence on me as an author, particularly in how he handled dialogue — he made his dialogue funny and punchy and an integral part of how his stories told themselves. […]

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Post-Apocalypses Are Fun!

This week over at AMC I’m looking at why post-apocalyptic films are such a staple of the science fiction genre — I mean, beyond “because Will Smith really needs to be threatened by virus-laden zombies.” Maybe he does, and maybe he doesn’t. But there’s more to it than that. As always I welcome your thoughts […]

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The Bishops Come Out (Against Prop 8)

This is a positive thing: California’s six most senior Episcopal bishops Wednesday unanimously declared their opposition to a constitutional amendment on the statewide November ballot that would ban same-sex marriage. The bishops argued that preserving the right of gays and lesbians to marry would enhance the “Christian values” of monogamy, love and commitment. “We believe […]

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A Quick Rundown on What’s Coming Up

A couple of quick notes for everyone about upcoming projects: * Subterranean Press tells me that Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded is going to press in a couple of weeks and will start shipping early October, so if you haven’t yet picked up a copy, there’s still time. You can get it through Subterranean […]

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Whatever X, Day X

We’re off to see the Wizard with this flashback from ten years ago. NOVEMBER 16, 1998: Bad Craziness in The Wizard of Oz As promised, we went off to see the The Wizard of Oz this weekend, and had a riotous time doing so. Our friends who went to see Oz earlier in the week […]

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Zoe’s Tale Review at GeekPlanet

A very positive review, which is nice, but the review was also interesting because the reviewer spends a lot of time thinking about the character of ZoĆ« and what makes her tick. I liked this part: Zoe is very much a typical teenager and that fact is one of the better parts of the story; […]

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Whatever X, Day IX

So, just how geeky can I get? As this entry from 2006 shows: Pretty damn geeky, indeed. JUNE 23, 2006: Why There are No Great Video Game Critics (Yet) In the e-mail box today, a question from one of the great new writers of the day, Joe Hill: On the assumption that you’re always hunting […]

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