Monthly Archives: January 2010

Quick Backend Note re: Comments

Dear Whatever commenters: WordPress’ spam detection has the last couple of weeks been bumping a few more of you into spam and moderation queues than is usual. I’ll be working on tweaking the backend, but in the meantime if you post a message and it seems to go nowhere, don’t panic, and don’t assume I’ve […]

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For the Deskgrazing Set

I was grumbling to my friend, copy editor Deanna Hoak, about my need to lop twenty pounds or so from my frame, and she responded by giving me a whole scad of advice about dietary intake, especially for folks like me who do a lot of eating at their desks. After she was done, I […]

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The Big Idea: Margaret Ronald

When thinking about “urban fantasy,” we’re aware that the word “urban” sets the fantasy in a particular type of setting — but does that setting (and those stories) require a specific place? For the purposes of the genre, and our conversation, is one “urban” as good as another? Not for author Margaret Ronald, and in […]

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Dear The Internets: I Am Running For President of SFWA

Yes, you read that right. Just a few moments ago I formally sent my candidacy letter to the Elections Committee of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and also posted it to the SFWA Web forums. But so the rest of you know as well, I’m telling you here, too. Posted below the […]

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Meanwhile, On Instant Message, The Truth Emerges

My Friend Bill: Ahoy John — very quick question for you, as a man who is well-informed on a wide variety of topics, if you don’t mind. Me: Fire away! Bill: An apt response, because the question is: What sort of ordnance is fired from pie-mounted artillery? Me: Hmmm. Bill: My feeling is that the […]

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Bits, 1/25/10

A couple of notes: * Serious stuff first: There’s an online initiative called 100 Stories for Haiti, in which writer Greg McQueen is hoping to very quickly gather up that number of short short stories (1,000 words or less) and put them together in a flash e-book anthology, all of the proceeds of which will […]

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Weekend Update

I spent my weekend in Michigan, watching this: That’s my friend Yanni feeding creme brulee to Krissy while both of them are wearing very sexy cocktail dresses. I could watch that all evening long, and did. So there. We were in Michigan to visit friends, but as it happens most of the friends in Michigan […]

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Inevitably Someone Will Complain About Being Called a “Larva”

Jay Lake, a clever young fellow I think you’ll be hearing about a lot in the coming days, offers up “The larval stages of the common American speculative fiction writer,” detailing all the Stations of the Cross a newbie science fiction and/or fantasy writer is likely to visit on his or her path to crucifixion […]

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The Big Idea: Josh Sundquist

What you want to hear vs. what you need to hear: This is an eternal struggle with writers when they approach someone to read the drafts of their work. What you want to hear (“It’s brilliant! Change nothing!”) is sometimes very different than what you need to hear (“Here are the problems”) — so much […]

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3D Thoughts Plus AMC Notes

Over at AMC this week, I’m talking about what the future of 3D might be, in the wake of the massive success of Avatar. Are we facing Northanger Abbey 3D? The answers await you over there. Check it out. Also, a note for those of you following my column: in the next couple of weeks […]

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Dude. Whoa. Just, Like, Whoa.

Just for perspective, everything I’ve ever written and everything I am ever likely to write in my entire life will fit onto this thumb drive. Several times over. On one hand, it’s weird to consider one’s life’s work compressed into a space smaller than one’s thumb. On the other hand, I really don’t have any […]

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Cherie Priest on Authorial Control

Want to know what aspects of the writing and publishing industry your average book author has control over? Sure you do. Well, Cherie Priest is here to tell you which they are in this useful and interesting essay (short answer: really very few). Click through to be enlightened, and then for f@#&’s sake stop e-mailing […]

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A Reminder Regarding Political Prognostications

Because everyone, including me, has thoughts about what last night’s elections means for the 2010 vote ten months from now: Ten months ago, everyone assumed the GOP was doomed for several political cycles. Ten months before that, there was still a chance Hillary Clinton would have been the next president of the United States, and […]

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Judge Sn: The Abridged Audio Version

Hey there, kids! I and Subterranean Press have got a present for you: An abridged audio version of “Judge Sn Goes Golfing,” the short story of mine set in the universe of The Android’s Dream, which was published as a stand-alone chapbook by SubPress. The audio version is the version that I read live when […]

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Political Thoughts Before Bed

Slightly rambly as I’m running on a deficit of sleep. * First, of course, it does seem that the Democratic ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory seems wholly undiminished. Depending on one’s personal politics, you could argue whether the newly-minted Senator-Elect Brown deserved to win the election, but given the campaign she […]

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