Mary Robinette Kowal, Columnist

This year’s Campbell Award Winner Mary Robinette Kowal, seen here dressed as Agent Scully for Halloween, has a new gig: She’s a columnist at AMC, where she’s writing about fantasy and movies. AMC, as you no doubt know, is the same place that hired me to write about science fiction and movies, so I’m delighted that Mary is writing a complementary column in the genre.

Mary’s first column is up, and it’s on The Top Five Fantasy Films to Relieve Stress:

Election Fatigue: The Sword in the Stone (1963): Tired of the endless election coverage, the attack ads, and the debates? The Sword in the Stone settles the whole question of succession by, well, sticking a sword in a stone. You don’t have to listen to pundits making predictions about who is likely to pull the sword out. Instead, enjoy Merlin the Magician as he helps young Wart grow into King Arthur. Wouldn’t it be nice if all rulers came with a magical adviser of unquestionable wisdom?

I bet that’s what George Bush was thinking about Dick Cheney. But never mind that now. Right now, go over to the AMC to read the rest of the column, and help her make a good first week impression on her AMC employers. Leave a comment, too. Go!

Re: Whateveresque Registration

Since a couple of you have asked:

I’ll do it on Monday. That’s because weekends have fewer visitors. So, be here on the 3rd.

Fiddle Fiddle, 1/11/08

I’m fiddling with backgrounds and so on today and getting used to the backend that’s VIP set-up uses, so don’t be terribly surprised if the site’s look changes on you. Right now it’s got the turkeys and green background, which actually looks a little too “pesto” for me. Later you might see a really big picture of a US flag as the background. After that, who knows. Anyway, if it looks funny, don’t panic.

Also, at some point in the not-entirely-distant future, as previously threatened, the look of the site will probably change dramatically. I’m looking at various themes now that will support the addition of advertising but which won’t also look cheesy and lame; basically, a slightly more professional look than the site has now, although I’m certain to undermine that look immediately because I become so easily bored. In any event, I’m fiddling with some possible themes at my Secret WordPress Test Installation Which You Don’t Know About, so that when a switch does come, I’ll have most of the look of the site nailed down. Hopefully.

Along that line, if you’re a WP geek and know of an ad-supporting theme that doesn’t look cheesy and lame, feel free to tell me about it in the comments. Free themes are good, but I don’t mind paying for a really good and easy to configure theme either.

Athena, Paler Than Usual

But clearly sporting the usual attitude. Here’s she’s supposed to be a corpse bride of some sort. I thought it would be an approriate picture for Día de los Muertos, which we don’t celebrate although maybe we should, as both Athena and Krissy are ethnically eligible to, both having as they do Mexican ancestry. As for me, I just want some of those Mexican candy skulls. I suspect I’m not showing the approriate level of reverence for the day.