Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Special Note to Canadians, For Whom It is Not Thanksgiving, Re: Signed Books

Hello, Canadians! While the US is away from the computer today, contemplating gravy, I thought I would let you know that whilst I was in Canada last week, I signed Bakka Phoenix Book’s entire stock of John Scalzi books, which includes representative samples of all of my Tor Books releases. So if you were thinking […]

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Lopsided Cat Establishes His Dominance

Look, it’s not like he has anything against the lamp. But the lamp was where he wanted to nap. The lamp had to go.

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Twenty Three: Friends

My oldest friend who I still know and stay in contact with is Kyle Brodie, whom I met in the second grade. We hit it off on the first day, not in class but on the bus ride home. We started having a conversation and we both found each other so mutually clever that we […]

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In Which I Make My First Presidential Campaign Contribution of the Election

To whom? you ask. Or maybe you don’t, as you naturally assume I will spend money on the candidate I expect to support in the general election. In which case you’d be wrong: I just sent $50 to Jon Huntsman, who is aiming for the GOP nomination for President of the United States. Why? Because […]

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A Thanksgiving Advent Calendar Extra

In keeping with the concept for the month, over at FilmCritic.com, I explain what I’m thankful for when it comes to science fiction films. What is it? Clearly, you’ll need to click through to find out. Please do so (it makes my editors happy!) and feel free to leave any comments you might have there.

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Twenty Two: Music That Mattered To Me

My day was thrown a little out of whack with errands and Anne McCaffrey’s death, so I’m bumping the Advent piece I had planned for today until tomorrow, when I have time to write it at greater length. Today, a baker’s dozen of music that mattered to me, in various times of my life — […]

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RIP, Anne McCaffrey

One of science fiction and fantasy’s grand masters, without doubt. Early details are here and here, and I’m sure there are more to come. The thread here is now open for your thoughts and reminiscences of the author and her work.

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Also, Just So All Y’all Know

I am soooooooooooooo behind on e-mail. Especially Big Idea stuff. BUT I will get it all caught up. Er, tomorrow. Yes! Tomorrow. So please don’t panic. I’m not ignoring just you. Also: Sorry. Also also: Today’s Thanksgiving Advent piece will run late because I have errands to run in the afternoon in the real world. […]

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Athena Tells It Like It Is

That’s right. Quadrate your own equation, if you please. (Note: I’m aware “quadrate” is not a verb. It’s a funny, involving words. Thank you for your concern.) Now, she might help you with your math, so that you can learn how to do it yourself from that point forward. Because she’s cool like that. And […]

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Twenty One: Krissy and Athena

Because they are my heart. And that’s all I need to say about that.

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Back to the US

Today’s a travel day once more. I’ll be posting in the afternoon. Don’t wreck the place whilst I am hurtling through the air (either the site or the US in general).

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Twenty: Bradford, Ohio

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t want to move to Bradford. It was nothing against Bradford in particular; it was that it was in Ohio, and I didn’t want to move to Ohio. I was happy living in Northern Virginia, where we lived at the time, where I had friends, and work, […]

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Nineteen: Being Busy (and Lazy)

I like to say I’m a lazy person, because I think I am: I’m a big fan of the principle of least effort for maximum effect. Some call that efficiency, but I think efficiency is frequently born of laziness, as in, oh God I don’t want to do this how can I do it so […]

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Busy Day

Today’s my busiest day at the con with events going through 9pm, so don’t expect to see too much of me around here today. Will sneak in at some point for a short Thanksgiving Advent Calendar piece. May be rather later in the day. Don’t panic.

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Eighteen: Writing

Over the course of this Thanksgiving Advent adventure, I’ve talked about a number of things associated with writing, and how they’ve affected my life. I haven’t talked about writing itself, however. So I’d like to focus on that for today, independent of all the trappings, benefits and side effects. Because the fact of the matter […]

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Seventeen: Fans

I’m writing you today from Toronto, where I am because a bunch of very nice Canadians decided it would be a groovy thing to pay for my plane ticket, put me up in a hotel, and fete me for a weekend as one of their guests of honor at the SFContario science fiction convention. Tonight, […]

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Heading North

And East! To Toronto. So don’t expect huge amounts today. Will update after I get myself situated in Canada. And if you are in Toronto, remember that this evening I am doing an event at the Merril Collection, at 7pm. Come, or I will be very disappointed. Because I came to Toronto to see you. […]

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The Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, Day Sixteen: The Internet

And, well. This one’s sort of obvious, isn’t it. When a globe-spanning network of computers is directly responsible for much of one’s career, income, notoriety and daily life, what else should one say but “thanks”? The Internet has been important enough in my life that it’s worth pointing out the good things in my adult […]

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Klout CEO Joe Fernandez Responds

Received a letter this morning from Joe Fernandez, the CEO Klout. I’m posting it with his permission. Check out the link included for more from his point of view. Hey John, My name is Joe Fernandez and I am the founder/ceo of Klout. Saw your article yesterday and then again on cnn money today (will […]

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Signed Books for the Holidays: How to Get Them From Me

The last couple of weeks people have e-mailed me, asking, “Hey, that thing you do during the holidays? Where you team up with your local bookstore to get signed copies of your books to people? Are you going to do that again? Well? Are you? Are you? ARE YOU?!?!?” The answer: Yes. Yes, I am. […]

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