Monthly Archives: February 2011
Your Mind, It is Blown
Posted on February 20, 2011 68 Comments
Just when you thought Sunday couldn’t get weird.
10 Years in Ohio
Posted on February 20, 2011 34 Comments
We here at the Scalzi Compound passed a milestone this last week; ten years ago last week, we moved into our house here in Bradford, thereby beginning our sojourn here in Ohio. In the not too recent past I wrote about what it’s like to live where I do — both in Ohio, a state […]
First, a Sunrise
Posted on February 20, 2011 14 Comments
There you go. Thought it might start your day off well.
Away From Internets
Posted on February 19, 2011 9 Comments
Wife and child are off bonding; I’m spending the day working on a novel. See you later.
Somehow Oddly Appropriate For a Friday Night
Posted on February 18, 2011 11 Comments
Just watch: And yes, when I was a college student, I remember being bored enough to do something like this. Hat tip.
I Am Running For SFWA President (Again)
Posted on February 18, 2011 34 Comments
Yes, as noted in passing earlier this month, I am running for a second one-year term as the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Those of you who are members of SFWA can read my full presidential candidacy letter and platform in the SFWA forums. For everyone else the short version […]
Today’s Quote From Elsewhere Which Resonated With Me, Seeing as I Was Once a Young Man, and Now Have a Daughter
Posted on February 18, 2011 54 Comments
It is: “The world does not need more young men who were raised to believe it is a woman’s job to endure them.” The comment is from this person, on this thread, over at Metafilter.
Wisconsin and Labor
Posted on February 17, 2011 432 Comments
They’re having an exciting time up there in Wisconsin at the moment, where the current rumor is that every single Democratic state senator has left the state in order to deny the state senate Republicans the quorum they need to pass a bill that essentially guts the right of collective bargaining for state workers. Meanwhile […]
The Big Idea: Howard Andrew Jones
Posted on February 17, 2011 25 Comments
Writing as a travel opportunity: It’s something that authors take advantage of, as they build strange new places — and travel in time to strange old places — to show you what goes on there. Howard Andrew Jones has come back from such travels with a new book — The Desert of Souls — and […]
Borders, Bankruptcy and Writers
Posted on February 16, 2011 61 Comments
E-mails coming in today from people wondering how the Borders bankruptcy will affect writers in general and me in particular, with some others wondering if royalties for the books they buy at Borders will get to the authors who wrote them, and whether they should continue shopping at Borders at all. Well. First, CE Petit […]
This Is My Favorite Rush Song And I Don’t Care Who Knows It
Posted on February 16, 2011 109 Comments
Although “Time Stand Still” is a close second. Yes, I know I like Rush songs from its “uncool” period (reckoned by hardcore Rush fans, not by everyone else, who will argue Rush was never cool). So be it. I accept your mockery, Rush fans! Bring it! That is all.
Daisy’s Day Gets Better
Posted on February 16, 2011 22 Comments
Because one of the neighbor dogs wandered over to play with her. They ran around the yard for a good half hour, being goofballs. And yes, as you can see, the yard is now visible; it’s 54 degrees outside and the snow is in retreat. Good riddance. While I was taking photos the dogs were […]
Science Fiction and “Science Fantasy”
Posted on February 16, 2011
Over at Filmcritic.com this week, I talk about that thing people do when they say that some science fiction films should really be called “science fantasy,” because they’re more like fantasy films in space than “actual” science fiction. Yeah, I have an opinion on that. Go and check it out, and yell at me about […]
This Morning’s Exciting Adventure!
Posted on February 16, 2011 72 Comments
Hey, Daisy! How did your encounter with that skunk go this morning? That well, huh. And in fact we’ve had a very exciting skunk-based morning here at the Scalzi Compound, including a vinegar-and-baking-soda bath for the dog (and me, since I was the one applying it), the opening of windows to near-freezing air in order […]
A Reminder To SFWA Members
Posted on February 15, 2011 18 Comments
You have until midnight Pacific time to get in your Nebula nominations for this year. Here’s a list from authors of stuff you can nominate. Here’s a list from readers of stuff you can nominate. Here’s a photo of the panda I will have come to your house if you do not make those nominations. […]
The Big Idea: Greg Taylor
Posted on February 15, 2011 17 Comments
Every book featured in The Big Idea has a big idea behind it — heck, it’s implicit right there in the title. But how does one discover that big idea — and when one discovers it, how does one nurture it along so it becomes an actual book? Novelist and screenwriter Greg Taylor is here […]
Remember, Today is International Grover Appreciation Day
Posted on February 15, 2011 49 Comments
Have you appreciated the best of all possible Muppets yet today? If not, here you go: Now go forth! And spread the gospel of Grover.
How the Unit of Measurement Known as the “Scalzi” Was Ascertained
Posted on February 14, 2011 39 Comments
This is a finely-calibrated, precision-oriented method, I will have you know. Shortly thereafter the scales were occupied by a duck and by a woman with a carrot tied to her nose. I have no idea what that was about. Photo: Fred Teifeld
Dear People Who Just Anonymously Sent Me A Large Package Which Included a Typewritten Note Asking Only If I Want To Know More
Posted on February 14, 2011 43 Comments
The answer: No, not really. More specifically: Look, not to be a dick about these things, and I know you mean well, but I get sent several packages a day from people who want me to promote things for them or otherwise engage my attention (today’s total: five, so far), and that doesn’t include the […]
Posted on February 14, 2011 51 Comments
And in case you’re wondering, this is what a “scalzi” worth of Coke Zero looks like. The cats are added for scale. More later, but I have to do a bit of work now. Something about being away for four and a half days means there’s stuff to catch up on.
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