Monthly Archives: December 2009

Lounge Cat is Lounge-tastic

Zeus shows you how it gets done. You really do have to admire his form.

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A Holiday Gift to You From Me and Subterranean Press

The holidays are about giving (well, actually, they’re not, but giving is what we do during the holidays, so close enough), and in that spirit, I and Subterranean Press have a gift for you. It’s a pdf version of Waiting for Athena, the printed chapbook that came as an extra with the signed, limited edition […]

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Something to Ramp You Up For Yet Another Monday

Because I figure you might need an energy jolt right about now. Via Metafilter.

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First Snow

There it is for you. Not much, and it may not last the day (it’s supposed to get into the mid-30s), but it qualifies. Yes, I know some of you have had more and earlier snow, but remember, it’s not a race.

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Sunday Updatery

First, thanks to everyone who sent good wishes and prayers yesterday; I appreciate it. Second, spending Sunday doing things other than being here. I might pop in later tonight during Athena’s basketball practice but otherwise, I’ll catch you tomorrow. Don’t worry, you’re not missing much; I’ve been exceptionally boring the last couple of days. Promise.

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A Small Request

If you would, spare a moment in your day to think a good thought for my mother-in-law Dora, whose own mother (Krissy’s grandmother, Athena’s great-grandmother) passed away early yesterday evening. This was not unexpected — Dora’s mom had been ill for a long while and it was clear this last week that it was time […]

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Moving From Micro to Macro

Lee Goldberg just popped up in the comments here to give us the latest on the Harlequin vanity publisher mess. Good on the Mystery Writers of America for keeping Harlequin’s feet to the fire on this.

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My Short Fiction Rates

As I’ve been blathering about short story payment rates over the last couple of days, I’ve been getting inquiries via the e-mail channel about what I make when I write short fiction. Fair enough; I’ve talked about what I’ve made before in a general sense, so I’ll detail the short fiction part of it for […]

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And Thus Was Scurvy Vanquished At the Scalzi Compound

Fresh from Louisiana, a gift of satsumas, a tangerine-like fruit, from a very kind Whatever reader who thought I and the family might enjoy them. And so we are. The fellow who sent them may announce himself if he wishes (I tend not to name names unless given explicit permission), but suffice to say his […]

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Aspiring Writer Stockholm Syndrome

One of the things I’m finding interesting — and by interesting, I mean appalling — about my recent thumping upon Black Matrix Publishing for paying an insultingly low fifth a cent a word for its stories is that there’s a category of aspiring writer who appears genuinely offended that I would call out this company […]

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The Worst (Major) Science Fiction Films of The Decade

Let’s start the decade retrospectives, shall we? And to do that, I’m sending you over to my AMC column this week, where I’m offering up my list of the worst (major) science fiction films of the last ten years. No direct-to-video or Uwe Boll-related slumming here; no, we’re going after the flicks Hollywood spent millions […]

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A High Water Mark in the Annals of Clueless Homeowner’s Associations

Some jackass HOA tells a 90-year-old Medal of Honor winner he can’t have a flagpole in his front yard. For laughs and giggles, here’s why Van T. Barfoot won his Medal of Honor, from the citation itself: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on […]

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Tree Decorating, 2009

In various chromatic tones.

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Seriously, I Don’t Even Know Where to Begin With This One

Except to say that if you like typefaces — I mean, really like them — you need to see this. There, your “WTF?” tanks should now be all filled up for today.

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Black Matrix Publishing Responds

Over on the Black Matrix Publishing site. Apparently the ridicule the man’s getting for paying a pathetically low rate to his contibutors has made him defensive, which is good, but the man presumably has no intention of upping his payment rate, which is, of course, very bad indeed. Likewise I’m not especially impressed at the […]

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The Big Idea: J.C. Hutchins

Writers are often asked where their ideas come from, but any writer knows that coming up with ideas is only a small portion of the battle. The major portion of the writing battle is showing up — putting your butt in the chair and doing the work of getting the idea out of your head […]

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The Android’s Dream on AbeBook’s Best of the Decade List

This is nice: The Android’s Dream pops up on bookseller AbeBook’s best books of the decade list, in the company of books like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, White Teeth, Never Let Me Go, The Road and other such tomes. I can’t complain about the company. It […]

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Albert Einstein As You’ve Almost Certainly Never Seen Him Before

Physics professor and friend of Whatever Chad Orzel ran a fundraiser for science education a few weeks ago and promised if certain financial goals were met that he would re-enact the quantum physics debate between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr using puppets. Well, the goals were met, and Chad, a man of his word, has […]

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Technorati Finally Catches Up With My “Hate Mail” Cover

Note my Technorati Authority ranking today: I’m not trying to use my Internet presence for evil. It just happens. Also, unrelated: This is the 5,000th Whatever post on the site, according to my WordPress backend counter. There have actually been more, since posts before March of 2002 are not on the site. But no matter […]

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Introducing That Was the Decade That Was

Now that we’re here in December, I thought it would be a lovely time for me to share with you some of my thoughts on the people, things and events that have made the last ten years so very decade-licious: A retrospective on the aughts, the zeros, the two thousand somethings or whatever you want […]

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