And Now, An Incredibly Long and Detailed Assessment of My Own Last Decade, With Footnotes and Annotations Where Desirable, and Such Digressions As Will Elucidate the Subject in a Manner Amusing to All, Not Sparing Heart-Tugging Anecdotes When Appropriate, Phrased in the Vernacular of Our Times

Oh, well, you know. It was okay, I guess.

53 Comments on “And Now, An Incredibly Long and Detailed Assessment of My Own Last Decade, With Footnotes and Annotations Where Desirable, and Such Digressions As Will Elucidate the Subject in a Manner Amusing to All, Not Sparing Heart-Tugging Anecdotes When Appropriate, Phrased in the Vernacular of Our Times”

  1. So – dude – just what my teanager says after a particularly eventful day. When she really has a good time, she says it was “fine”. This is not necessarily a comment on maturity of the author I am sure….;-)

  2. anotherdamnedmedievalist – I'm a medievalist. I teach. I try to research. I write about academia, life, and cats. I'm starting to believe I might fit in with the smart, cool medievalists, but I have a hard time not feeling like a fangirl when I'm with them. Contact me at: another_damned_medievalistATSIGNhotmailDOTcom
    Another Damned Medievalist

    Funny, you don’t sound super-sure about that!

  3. Dammit, where’re the footnotes? I want my footnotes!

    ::sigh::

    Guess I’ll have to go read some David Foster Wallace to get my fix.

  4. dreams2chase – I'm a writer, a reader, a blogger, a swimmer, a YouTube-fanatic, and a teenager. All at once. ;D
    Sam

    Extremely amusing and heart-tugging. Well done.

  5. Tim @14: Huh. Blog comments as interactive footnotes. Interesting.*

    * – This footnote** is for demonstration purposes only.

    ** – This footnote is completely worthless, and has some serious self-esteem issues.

  6. IME, some cats *like* wrapping themselves around feet. In any case, I was thinking more along the line of using Hello Glaghghee’s image, not substance.

    As for never having to work again, I think Chang-not-Chang would run out of money eventually.

  7. Tinker53 – Hill Country, Edwards Plateau, Williamson County, TX – Mission High School, Mission, TX 1971 Pan American University-UT PanAm, BBA-CIS, 1980
    Tinker

    Alright? Alright, not ‘okay’. Good? Is that better than Alright?

    So we call it good. God separated the Light from the Darkness and called it GOOD. Good is surely a good word.

  8. Tinker53 – Hill Country, Edwards Plateau, Williamson County, TX – Mission High School, Mission, TX 1971 Pan American University-UT PanAm, BBA-CIS, 1980
    Tinker

    Good is good enough for God, so Good is surely alright, okay?
    And alright is good, okay?

  9. Tinker53 – Hill Country, Edwards Plateau, Williamson County, TX – Mission High School, Mission, TX 1971 Pan American University-UT PanAm, BBA-CIS, 1980
    Tinker

    Of course Okay is alright, good enough, too.

  10. Tinker53 – Hill Country, Edwards Plateau, Williamson County, TX – Mission High School, Mission, TX 1971 Pan American University-UT PanAm, BBA-CIS, 1980
    Tinker

    Okay?

    Alright?

    Good!

  11. ALL RIGHT. “Alright” is an abomination and everyone who uses it WILL BE FED INTO THE FIRES OF SATAN’S BOWELS. Thank you, that is all.

  12. “Alright” is a perfectly cromulent word invented by God specifically to torment John Scalzi, thereby punishing him for his manifold sins and wickedness.

    A fairly light punishment, if you ask me. Don’t worry John, just accept it and everything will be alright.

  13. My year wasn’t very awesome but next year should be better because I’ll have The God Engines in hand and that makes life that much more bearable.

  14. @ Scalzi, #27

    I’m glad I’m not the only person with that neurosis. I see ‘alright’ all the time from professional writers who make much more than I do.

  15. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    Martin@21: “IME, some cats *like* wrapping themselves around feet.”

    You do realize that’s an assassination attempt, right? As is the step-backward-with-the-roast-turkey-away-from-the-oven-onto-the-tail-of-the-cat-who-screams-and-startles-you-into-falling-headfirst-into-the-oven-while-the-gas-is-still-on “accident.” After that happened three times I began to see a pattern.

  16. If you want a nice summation of this year in the vernacular of our times, here’s what you use:

    “Meh.”

    Now, I don’t like that word. But as a summation of this crummy decade, it suffices.

    Lets consigned this crummy word to this crummy decade, and then cast both from our minds FOREVER. This seems likely to work, right?

  17. Jeanne – I'm a reader, a writer, a mother, a wife, an ailurophile, a Writing Center Director, and a PhD in English Literature (specializing in Rhetoric and Composition and literature of the Eighteenth Century).
    Jeanne

    Very retro-18th-century, the long title and short comment!

  18. Whenever I accidentally use “alright” or abuse “your/you’re”, I blame the internet. When I read edited text all the time, I was more consistent.

  19. RWINTR@40: no, he’s not sending the Templars after you. He’s going to kill you himself, and frame the Templars.

    Got it?

    Aight.

  20. Gee, how emo of you, John!

    There are a lot of mis-spelling v. malapropisms conversations going on today – here’s a cartoon on it for you to enjoy:
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling

    Thank you for the giggles this year, folks + John. Especially John who has kindly instigated and hosted this entertainment!

    Note: you don’t need Templars if you have cats. Hmn, perhaps the cats have their own super secret society of assassins?

  21. Yeah, right, whatever. Alright. I’m sorry, I was giggling through this whole thing. Your title: this is why you’re the author and we are your minions.

  22. @10 I knew that Alice’s Restaurant would make an appearance.

    @44 John has Kodi who trumps cats any day IMHO.

    The way I look at it is that we all got out of 2009 alive (at least, I hope we all did) which is an achievement in itself. Here’s to getting out of 2010 alive!

  23. RWINTR@40: no, he’s not sending the Templars after you. He’s going to kill you himself, and frame the Templars.

    Got it?

    Aight.

    Alrighty then. Though I still hate blaming Temps. No one appreciates them and the full-time people take all the credit.

  24. Seriously. Quoted in full.

    Do you have to be a professional author in order to distill ten years of experiences into a mere two sentences? For God’s sake, I can’t even distill two sentence fragments into two sentences!

  25. “Okay” sounds like a reasonable assessment of your decade to me, especially considering that you made a stellar entry into sci-fi-dom only in the last half of it.

    Assessing the decade as a whole (minus your contribution) I’d have to opine: “freakin’ disaster.”

  26. Tinker53 – Hill Country, Edwards Plateau, Williamson County, TX – Mission High School, Mission, TX 1971 Pan American University-UT PanAm, BBA-CIS, 1980
    Tinker

    “All right” is not correct as a description of the year. That in fact is the point. (SEE comment #51.) Hence “all right” is not alright! If it is not alright, then it is not okay, not good to the properly desired state of goodness. All right implies that every thing was correct, as it should be. Alright is a morose teenager’s response to “How did the math final go, dear?” when the question is put to him by his dim-but-loving mother.

    Alright has that same sort of subtext, “It’s anything BUT all right, and it never will be, and can I throw myself under a bus as soon as possible?” Alright is an acknowledgment of your interest, but a polite way of saying IT SUCKED. Alright?

    I rest my case.

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