My Day’s Been Oddly Surreal, So Here’s a Nice Picture of My Kid and the Dog

I could tell you why it’s been surreal, but I promise you that you simply wouldn’t believe me. So enjoy the pretty picture instead, okay?

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

59 replies on “My Day’s Been Oddly Surreal, So Here’s a Nice Picture of My Kid and the Dog”

“I was imagining the most bizarre things befalling you.”
“Did they include a six-hundred-pound ice bear and a pirate poet?”
“Then they weren’t the most bizarre after all.”

…why, yes, I’ve been reading a lot of Bujold recently, why do you ask?

Try us…

Amish duck porn?

Jesus freqs?

Quintin Tarentino called you again about directing ‘Old Man’s War?” I told him to stop bugging you.

On the other hand, its pictures like that that make me smile and be genuinely glad for another human being that their life is going well.

and to round up the surreal possibilities, while watching the Colbert Report the other night with James Franco and Stephen arguing about who was the greatest Tolkien fan, I thought “Man, I think the perfect dinner party would involve talking books with STephen Colbert and John Scalzi.” Let me know if you want me to make a reservation.

I might not believe you, but I’m sure the story would be related in a very entertaining fashion.

Of course, I often have black helicopters hovering outside my office window as well. Yes, I really do.

Say hi to Athena for me, and tell her how grateful I am that she is such a good sport about gettin’ her pitcher took. I love seeing what she and Daisy are up to.

But maybe the clue is in the photo. Are Athena and Daisy messing with you? Athena is barking, maybe, while Daisy is asking you for the keys to the car?

No, you weren’t making it that up. They said you would say that.

Just make sure, when you mail the cheese to them, that you put the stamps on upside down. Because there could be consequences and nobody would believe it if you told them that happened.

He’s having a surreal day because of his movie option. It doesn’t have anything to do with the writing/publishing of books, because Scalzi simply isn’t writing 100,000 word books anymore. The only way a new book deal would be surreal is if he’d just signed a new trilogy deal with TOR. But that would mean that he have to write the three books, which means years of writing, rewriting, tweaking the governing laws of his new universe, and time away from Whatever. Time away from us . . . his loyal whateverers.
No, it’s about the movie option. He’s been a film critic since his early 20s. He still works freelance critiquing films. The movie option is straightforward: here’s some money. Now sit back with you popcorn and watch YOUR movie. A surreal experience for a movie columnist.

Am I the only one who looked at the picture, read the caption, then looked back at the picture to make sure John hadn’t photoshopped it somehow? Like changing Athena’s and the dog’s eyes or something?

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