Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Two Sides of Athena

Take your pick: A little bit country: A little bit rock and roll: I kind of like them both, myself.

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Out of It

I’ve been asked why I haven’t been writing exhaustively on Libya/Middle East/Wisconsin/Washington Budget Battles/Enter Topic Here over the last couple of weeks. The answer is pretty simple: I’m trying to finish a novel, so I have to decide whether I’m going to devote processing cycles to thinking deeply about the artificial world I’m creating in […]

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Deven at 40

My friend Deven Desai turns 40 today. As he was the young’n in our little group of friends, that means we are all officially middle-aged bastards. I hope he’s proud of himself. To celebrate his and our advancing decrepitude, I’ll play some Pink Floyd. Not “Time,” because that’s just a bit on the nose, isn’t […]

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Another War Entirely In The Past

Pause a moment in your day to remember Frank Buckles, the last US veteran of World War I, who passed away yesterday at 110. As far as anyone knows, only two other WWI vets are alive in the entire world, both well over 100 years or age.

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What Happens When All The Snow Melts At Once

Yesterday the temperatures went up 30 degrees in one day and we had a pretty gnarly thunderstorm, and the all the snow which covered our yard — and the rest of the landscape — melted in several hours. And now we have this: A small lake where my yard, the road, and the agricultural field […]

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Quick Oscar Wrapup

Well, once again I got five out of six in the Oscar’s big categories, but where I usually fall down in the Supporting Actress category, this year I whiffed on the Director category, as The King’s Speech’s Tom Hooper bested David Fincher. I think this is somewhat outrageous, but hey, it’s not like I get […]

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Travelin’ Man

Krissy and I sat down with a calendar today and blocked out the dates and places I will traveling on and to, and, well, damn. Between now and the end of the year, thanks to tours, conventions, appearances and speaking engagements, I am on the road for a non-trivial portion of every month of the […]

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Look Who’s Back

That’s it. I’m done trying for the day.

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Same Problem, Different Cat

Still cat-blocked. They’re insidious!

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Can’t Update; Cat Blocking Keyboard Access

As you can see. Be back when/if cat moves.

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Oscar Prediction Addendum

When this year’s Oscar nominations were announced I did my usual batch of predictions, and promised to check in if I wanted to tweak my opinions. Well, here are the tweaks: 1. I think at this point it’s more likely that Melissa Leo will win the Supporting Actress Oscar than Amy Adams, who I had […]

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The Big Idea: Anton Strout

Super heroes have their appeal to authors — after all, what’s not to like about characters who have special powers and strengths? But there’s something to be said for the workaday hero, too: The schmoe who finds himself in a strange spot without superpowers and still has to get the job done. Author Anton Strout […]

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OMW Movie News Addendum

Some quick followups and thoughts concerning yesterday’s movie news: 1. First, thank you to everyone who sent along congratulations and happy notes. They really did make my day. I’m glad you are all as excited out there as I am about this thing. It’s neat. 2. But if you ask me what my primary emotion […]

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Hey, Ever Wondered If There Would Ever Be an Old Man’s War Movie?

Well, then, you might want to read this. Also, yes, I’ll talk about it more in just a minute. Give me a second to update. Update: And here we go: 1. Yes, and obviously, I knew this was coming. For those of you who wonder whether or not I always blog about everything that happens […]

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The Big Idea: Sophie Littlefield

It is a renaissance time for zombie-related literature, which has its good and bad points. The good points include the fact that it make it easier for an author to sell a book with zombies in it. The bad news is that it makes is harder to make your book featuring the shambling undead stand […]

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I Am Number Four Falls Down

I Am Number Four was the general consensus pick to win the box office during its opening holiday weekend — and it ended up in third place. How did that happen and what does it mean? I break it down for you in this week’s Filmcritic.com column. Check it out and as always if you […]

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Just Arrived, 2/22/11

People send me books! I tell you about them. It’s a pretty good deal for me. Here’s some of what’s come by recently: * The King of the Elves, Philip K. Dick (Subterranean Press): You’ve heard of this guy, right? (The answer is “yes” even if you think you haven’t, by the way.) This collection […]

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It Is a Good Day To Flog: A Promotion Thread

So, I have some things I want to draw attention to at the moment, promotion-wise, and as long as I’m doing that I’m going to go ahead and open up a promotion thread for everyone else, too, in which you can talk about cool things you or others are doing. But me first. Here’s what […]

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The 2010 Nebula Awards Nominees

Here’s our official press release. Feel free to post it and otherwise share it. SFWA Announces 2010 Nebula Awards Nominees Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America P.O. Box 877 Chestertown, MD 21620-0877  http://www.sfwa.org/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2011 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2010 […]

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Gaaah, Monday

Working since 7:30 am and I still have things to do. Being a grown-up sucks. I blame you. EXPLAIN YOURSELF.

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