Monthly Archives: December 2010

Oh, Bah

So, what you have to do to become Time’s Person of the Year is make Friendster, only bigger, more annoying to use, and more contemptuous of the concept of privacy. Good to know. Yeah, I’m not impressed with this particular selection. And no, I wouldn’t have picked Julian Assange either, although I would have ranked […]

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The God Engines Available in Audio

Today’s the day my Hugo and Nebula nominated novella The God Engines is available in audio format from Brilliance Audio, who is making it available in several formats, including audio CD (several discs), mp3 CD (single disc) and download via Audible (no discs). I linked to Amazon there for the physical discs, but it’s also […]

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The King Reclaims His Throne

Back when Kodi was the canine citizen of the house, Zeus had a pronounced tendency to take over the dog bed, partly because it pleased Zeus to appropriate the dog’s property, as if to say hah! to the larger domestic animal. Then Daisy came along and for a couple of months Zeus stayed out of […]

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ScalziCast 12/14/10

A spontaneous podcast, in which I answer questions about other authors, pizza, the 2012 presidential campaign, who in history I would fight, whether Seanan McGuire can have a cookie and other questions. Roughly 27 minutes (it was almost exactly 30 when I recorded it, but I took out several minutes of “ums” and “uhs”). If […]

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This One Goes Out to Everyone Following Me on the RSS Feed

Just a quick reminder that I have a trio of helpful holiday threads for you on the site: 1. A book thread, where authors are telling you about their books in the bookstores; 2. An everything else thread: Crafts, arts, self-pubbed books and more, all for gift-giving; 3. A charity thread: Great places to give […]

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Perhaps a Little Too Wrapped Up in Work

I swear to God this is true: Last night I was having a dream. The details of the dream aren’t particularly important; what is important is that in the middle of the dream it stopped. And this happened: OFFSTAGE VOICE Excuse me, did you write your Filmcritic.com column for the week? It’s due tomorrow at […]

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SFWA and Dorchester Publishing

A notice for SFWA members and others interested: SFWA has taken action regarding recent events involving Dorchester Publishing, and the announcement of that is at the SFWA Blog.

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Various and Sundry, 12/13/10

I managed to already write pay copy by 9am, go me, so I’ll take a few moments here to catch up on various things passing through my brain at the moment, which people have asked me my thoughts about. * I was asked why I wasn’t commenting on the various shenanigans going on in Washington […]

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Lopsided Cat is Dubious of the Monkey Thing’s Intentions

As well you might be, were you he. I should note that Lopsided Cat is primarily an outdoor cat, but as today marked the first appreciable snowfall of the year, he decided it would be better to wait out the weather inside, and has decided that the new dog was not in fact intent on […]

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Contemplating Winter and Personal Alternative Histories

Krissy, looking out the window at the snow. We’re not expecting Snowpocalypse levels here, thankfully, but we’ll get several inches between now and tomorrow. I’m laying personal 50/50 odds that school will be canceled tomorrow, a thought which fills the child with joy. As well it should. Reading about the Snowmageddeon in Minnesota reminds me […]

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Life is Like That

Hey, look: kids do still play board games. It’s not all Wii and lasers and zombies. And on that note, I’m taking the rest of the day off. And by “taking the day off” you can read to mean “do things offline, like go down to the bookstore and sign over a hundred books people […]

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‘Tis the Season For Sun Pillars, Fa La La La La

It’s because of the ice crystals in the clouds. Seriously, you can look it up. Makes for pretty (and stretchy) sunsets in any event.

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A New Spin on a Holiday Classic From Paul and Storm

This may be the best version EVAR. Go thank (or curse) them for their efforts here.

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A Quick Reminder re: Signed Books For the Holidays

Folks, today is the last day to get in an order for signed, personalized Scalzi books from Jay & Mary’s Book Center in which we can say with certainty that the books you order will arrive before Christmas. So if you were going to get these for yourself or loved ones (or even just liked […]

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She’s Ready

“What? A strange man is going to come into the house through the chimney? Not on my watch!” Yes, Daisy is all prepped to thwart Seasonal Home Invasion Man, aka Kris Kringle, aka Santa Claus, aka Nicholas “Saint Nick” Thaumaturgos. And she’s willing to lie on that dog bed all day long, all December long, […]

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And Now, a Charity Promotion Thread

So, in the last week I’ve posted up two promotional threads for authors and other creative sorts to promote their work, so you can go out and get some great gifts for the holidays. But the holidays are also a fine time to be thinking of others outside of your friends and family as well, […]

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My Very Own Christmas Classic

Because people always ask for it this time of year, and don’t bother to use the search function to find it, even though it’s right there in the friggin’ sidebar, people, here’s the link to “The 10 Least Successful Holiday Specials of All Time,” featuring “An Algonquin Round Table Christmas,” “Ayn Rand’s A Selfish Christmas,” […]

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Accurate But Misleading Movie Descriptions – Fantasy Division

As an example of how completely discombobulated I am today, I totally forgot to tell all y’all that my Filmcritic.com column is up now, and this week I’m doing “accurate but misleading” movie descriptions for fantasy films, to complement the set of accurate but misleading science fiction movie descriptions I did a couple of weeks […]

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John Lennon in My Thoughts

Not because it’s the 30th anniversary of his death, but because (as I noted on Twitter) this is the first year that I’m older than John Lennon was when he died, and that’s kind of a weird feeling. I’ve noted before that Lennon was one of my major Heroes of Youth (the other two being […]

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My Bacony Life

Some of you may recall I recently signed a contract which called for a portion of my compensation to be in bacon. Here is the first installment of that compensation. And it looks delicious, if I may say so. Hey, did you know my life is kinda weird. I know! Who would have guessed.

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