Monthly Archives: November 2008

Two Photos of Interest from LosCon

Both once again courtesy of Tom Suter: Look! It’s Bacon Cat! In anthropomorphic form! You can’t see it well here, but this young lady’s nametag actually says “Fluffy.” I was deepy amused. And here is Wil Wheaton and me, posing with the infamous “Velvet Wesley,” which as you’ll recall I had commissioned. It was quite […]

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In Case You Were Wondering if That In-N-Out Caddy Thing is Real

I mentioned that LosCon was committed to providing me In-N-Out Double-Doubles on demand, and look! Here’s the nerve center of the “Feed John Scalzi Tasty Burgers” effort. And look! There’s me with a Double-Double! It works! Bwa ha ha hah ha! Life is good. Having a fine time at LosCon so far, as you can […]

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LosCon=Awesome

So, I casually mentioned yesterday that the hotel LosCon is at doesn’t stock Coke Zero. In response, the LosCon convention runners have presented me with three twelve packs and 4 20-ounce bottles. Because they rock. This is going to be a fun convention. Or at least a heavily caffeinated one. That said, I can’t help […]

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Give Toby Some Love (and Sales)

Toby Buckell, who was recently in the hospital for heart related problems, is now back in the hospital, this time for a pulmonary embolism. Which sucks. You know what would make him feel better? Besides not having a pulmonary embolism? You picking up his latest book, The Cole Protocol, which came out on Tuesday. Heck, […]

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A Science Fictional Thanksgiving

Yes, even on Thanksgiving Day, I have a column up on AMC — and this one, appropriately enough, is about the things I’m thankful for when it comes to science fiction movies. And yes, Darth Vader is one of those things. How could he not be? Go over and see what else I’m thankful for, […]

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Netbooks and Google Docs

I’ve gotten a couple of questions in the last couple of days of how I’m liking my netbook and whether I am, as I suggested I would, using Google Docs as my primary word processing program. Rather than giving them each their own entry, let me bundle them up here. The netbook: So far, I […]

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In Which I Reveal a Terrifying Secret

I actually prefer the taste of Diet Pepsi to Diet Coke. Of course, I prefer Coke Zero to either, but at the moment I’m at a hotel which does not include that particular beverage among its offerings (at least not in the concierge lounge, where such carbonated beverages are provided at will — I do […]

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The Horror, The Horror

Apparently a large chunk of LA’s power grid went down last night (because it rained), and the internet connectivity in my hotel is down. So I’m in the lobby of the hotel right across the street, sucking down their free lobby wifi instead. Here’s a thought — when hotels right next door have reconnected to […]

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The Big Idea: Kelsey Timmerman

And now, the second part of today’s “Big Idea” two-fer, and it’s somewhat special for me, because Kelsey Timmerman, the author, is a fellow citizen of Darke County, the small agricultural Ohio county in which I live. Yes, that’s right, Darke County now has two published authors! We’re all very proud. But while I write […]

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The Big Idea: Christopher Barzak

Perspective is a hard thing to come by, even for a writer, whose job description, if one thinks about it for a minute, is all about perspective. And so when Christopher Barzak was almost randomly offered a chance to change his perspective, he jumped at the chance — and had a series of experiences which […]

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My LosCon Schedule

Just a reminder that it’s not too late for you to spend your Thanksgiving weekend with me at LosCon, Los Angeles’ foremost science fiction convention, at which I am guest of honor this year. Hey, I’m more exciting than all that leftover turkey you’ll have. For those of you who are coming, here is my […]

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Newly Added to My List of “Things I Have Done That You Probably Haven’t”

Here it is: “Cut myself on yogurt.” Yes, yogurt. Not the container, the actual yogurt. And not just cut myself. Made myself bleed. It takes a special kind of person to cut themselves on a thixotropic food product; apparently, I am that kind of person. I don’t know how I feel about that. It’s not […]

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Status Stuff

A couple of things: * This is my now obligatory “I’ve caught with all my e-mail for the last couple of weeks so if you sent me something and wanted a response but didn’t get one, send it again” notice. * This next week is likely to see Whatever on an abbreviated schedule of some […]

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