Monthly Archives: April 2009
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Facebook Friend Charles Cogar alerts me to the fact that the house Robert Heinlein built in Colorado Springs is now up for sale. And for just $650,000! It can be your own freehold! No, I don’t plan to buy it. The Scalzi Compound suits me just fine, thanks.
Slick asks: I am rich and crazy. I want you to write a novel, putting forth your best effort. It will be objectively considered your best work to date. And then I want you to name a flat rate for you to sell it to me. I will have it published under my own name. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Jess Nevins (who not too long ago sent me a rather spectacular gift which I’m not sure I ever actually thanked him for, so thanks, Jess, and the next time I see you I plan to reciprocate in some way) asks: How did you manage to be a productive writer in the first two years […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Posted on April 2, 2009
This week over at AMC, I talk about why movie novelizations exist at all, and why they don’t have to suck, even if a lot of them do. And yes, I give examples of novelizations that rock. If you can think of some other examples, leave them in the comments over there.
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 […]
I will not be trying to fool you all here today. Rather, I will feed you lies and disinformation on any day I damn well feel like doing it. I may have done it already, in fact. You don’t know. You will never know. That’s what makes it fun. That is all.
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 […]