Monthly Archives: April 2009

Reader Request Week 2009 #11: Wrapping Up

And now, the short bits that aren’t related to writing: David Hill: Is the Zombie Apocalypse a likely occurrence? It happens every morning when people drag their ass out of bed to go to work. We seem to survive it. Brendan: We’ve heard about your preferences at In-And-Out and for Coke Zero… how do you […]

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The Rush Limbaugh You Don’t in Fact Actually Know

A relative of his explains what it’s like to have him in the family. I’m no fan of the man, but I’m not really entirely surprised to discover he’s good to his family and on a day-to-day, non-performing basis may be a perfectly nice guy to know. And reading this person’s description of how everyone […]

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Reader Request Week 2009 #10: Writing Short Bits

I traditionally end my Reader Request Weeks with an entry (or two) of shorter answers to several questions. This year I’m doing two: One for writing questions, and one for the rest of it. Let’s get to the writing questions first. Paul Barnes: How about religion in modern s/f and fantasy? Of course, you could […]

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Iowa Lets You Marry The Person You Love

Even if that person has the same plumbing you do. A summary of the ruling is here. And of course the same sort of people who pulled off the bigoted and hateful stripping of civil rights from same-sex couples will try to do it here, too. However, unlike California, Iowa requires constitutional amendments to get […]

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Reader Request Week 2009 #8: Twitter

Ben rather crankily wants to know my thoughts on: Twitter: A revolution in information consumption & dissemination OR I don’t give a fuck what you want for breakfast. What Twitter is, frankly, is a public exhibition of what used to be a private activity. It’s phone texting — its character limit is right in line […]

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Ohioana Book Festival Appearance

This May 9th, I’m going to be a featured author at the Ohioana Book Festival, in Columbus, which is a festival dedicated to showing off the literary talents of Ohio’s resident authors. In addition to the featured authors (which aside from me include R.L. Stine, Margaret Peterson Haddix and seven others), there will be an […]

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Hugo Voter Packet Update

It’s coming along nicely but damn, is it huge. We have a lot of nominees participating, in a whole bunch of categories. I strongly suspect just e-mailing it won’t work this time around, so I’m looking at ways to do a password-protected download, optimally where I can generate a new password for each person. If […]

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Reader Request Week #6: 80s Pop Music

Lis Riba asks: So, why is the pop music from the early 1980s just so damn good? It’s not. Or more accurately, it is neither quantitively nor qualitively better than pop music from any other particular music era one might choose to think of. However, at the moment it has the advantage of being the […]

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The Sounds of METAtropolis — Free For a Limited Time

The folks at Audible.com are very excited that METAtropolis has been nominated for the Hugo Award for  Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form — it’s that whole “hey, we’re breaking ground by being the first audiobook nominated for a Hugo” thing. The Audible folks are also aware that when you’re an audiobook up against The Dark […]

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Reader Request Week 2009 #5: Having Been Poor

X writes: Reading your ‘being poor’ topic and having been under-monetized at points in my past, I’m wondering how you think that affects/should affect a person’s current lifestyle. Could being a packrat be related to that? Habitually looking at the price of everything just another case of OCD? How about being traumatized by the thought […]

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Yes, I’ve Seen It

ThinkGeek’s April Fool’s Day product for the year: Squeez Bacon. And yes, I received about ten e-mails about it in five minutes. You can stop sending the e-mail. More than one of the e-mail wrote something along the line of “clearly they were thinking about you.” Well, while in fact the folks at ThinkGeek and […]

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