Monthly Archives: January 2012
Whoa, Five O’Clock Already
Posted on January 15, 2012 16 Comments
Uh, looks like I got nothing for you today, folks. But I’ll have some interesting stuff for you tomorrow. Promise!
Saturday Music For You
Posted on January 14, 2012 17 Comments
Here you go, evidence for the assertion that Coldplay is better when covered by someone else: Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano covering “The Scientist.” Also, as apparently it’s the 20th anniversary of Little Earthquakes, here’s my favorite Tori Amos track, appropriately enough off that album. Two great women, two really excellent songs.
Posted on January 13, 2012 30 Comments
Because thinking about starving kittens actually made me a little sad, I just donated some money to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Now maybe some actual kittens will be rescued and fed and given to good homes. Yes, I’m a sap. Sue me.
How Extraordinarily Subtle Online Self-Promotion Is Done
Posted on January 13, 2012 46 Comments
Two days into Tor.com’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards voting, and my novel Fuzzy Nation is doing just fine — it’s number nine in the Best Novel listings at the moment, so thanks. But I gotta tell you, the Tor.com 2011 Readers’ Choice Award I’m coveting — we’re talking 10th Commandment level coveting — is the […]
Help Out Diane Duane (And Get A Cool Book or Two)
Posted on January 12, 2012 26 Comments
Writer Diane Duane writes some cool fiction, some of which is available in eBook format. Her bank account recently got cleared out by scammers, and while her bank will eventually credit her for the money, right now she’s in a tight spot. So if you were looking for something to read on your eBook reader, […]
The Big Idea: Daniel O’Malley
Posted on January 12, 2012 34 Comments
There’s an observation, made by humorist Robert Benchley, that says that a man may do remarkable things, so long as it’s not the thing he’s supposed to be doing at the time. Daniel O’Malley has put that into practice — from a series of boring meetings has come the idea that animates his novel The […]
I’m DJing a Dance at Capricon XXXII, or, BWA HA HA HA HA HAH HA
Posted on January 11, 2012 25 Comments
Last year, when I was the Guest of Honor at Capricon XXXI, I made the offhand and not especially serious comment that I would come back the next year and DJ their 80s dance for them. To which Sondra De Jong, the convention chair for Capircon XXXII, said “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED” (more or less, I may […]
Clarion Workshop: Now Accepting Applications for 2012
Posted on January 11, 2012 18 Comments
Hey, weren’t you just saying to yourself, “Damn, I wish I could take part in an awesome, intensive six-week workshop in science fiction and fantasy, taught by amazing writers like Jeffrey Ford, Marjorie Liu, Ted Chiang, Walter Jon Williams, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare, in a fantastic San Diego setting?” I’m pretty sure I heard […]
Tor.com Reader’s Choice Awards: Nominations Open!
Posted on January 11, 2012 2 Comments
Irene Gallo, who rules Tor.com with an iron fist (no, no, really, she’s awesome) has let me know that the site has started the 2011 edition of its Reader’s Choice Awards, and they want you to nominate in four categories: Best Novel, Best Short Story, Best Comic and Best Book Cover. Follow the link above […]
Fantasy Films 2012 and (Separately) 3D
Posted on January 11, 2012
This week over at FilmCritic.com I’m answering mail and talking about the fantasy films of the year I’m looking forward to, and what it means that Hollywood is re-releasing some of the 90s’ most popular films to theaters in 3D. You want to know the answers to both of these. You cannot live without knowing […]
Finally, Something From Facebook Worth Posting
Posted on January 10, 2012 60 Comments
My kid is awesome. I’m not afraid to say it. (Yes, my kid has a Facebook account. No, please don’t try to friend her. The account’s for family and friends she knows in real life, not random Internet people. Thanks.)
How I Feel About New Hampshire
Posted on January 10, 2012 160 Comments
Meh. Romney’s going to win it, someone else will come in second place (why not Huntsman?) and then it’s on to South Carolina, where Romney will win it and someone else will come in second place, wash, rinse, repeat through the rest of the primary season. It’s amusing that the remaining candidates, particularly Gingrich, are […]
The Big Idea: Marissa Meyer
Posted on January 10, 2012 15 Comments
Fairy tales have been around for centuries — and will be around for centuries because their core stories are adaptable to changing times and circumstances. If you doubt this, take a gander at Cinder, author Marissa Meyer’s new take on the Cinderella story. What changes does she make and what do they mean for the […]
Good Morning, Moon
Posted on January 10, 2012 13 Comments
The world wakes up with you! Taken just before sunrise. Thought it would make a nice change.
This Would Be Difficult To Do With eBooks
Posted on January 9, 2012 28 Comments
Enjoy the non-CGIness. Ganked from here.
I Has a Duh
Posted on January 9, 2012 26 Comments
Today is just one of those days when my brain leaves a note that says “Unnnnnnnnghhh” tacked to the mental corkboard in my head, and then is out for the rest of the day. I spent most of the morning trying to be clever and failing miserably, and then most of the afternoon trying to […]
One Additional Thing For You to Consider For a Hugo, Not From Me
Posted on January 9, 2012 10 Comments
This: I believe the correct category for this would be “Best Related Work,” and it’s related, obviously, because it was inspired by (and commissioned by me for) my novel Fuzzy Nation. Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo (otherwise known as “Paul & Storm“) are the songwriters. Note: For everyone else wanting to suggest things (not […]
Today is a Day to Spend Mostly Away From Teh IntarWeebs
Posted on January 8, 2012 17 Comments
At least here it is. You might disagree YOU WRONG PERSON FULL OF WRONGY WRONGNESS. See all y’all tomorrow.
From a Universe in Which Ukuleles Drop, Semi-Randomly, From the Sky
Posted on January 7, 2012 24 Comments
Not a bad cover version, either.
In Which I Meet Some Authors
Posted on January 7, 2012 94 Comments
Because it amuses me, allow me to recount my encounters with authors before I was a published author. * At 10 (I know it was this age because it was the age I broke my leg), a moderately famous YA author came to speak at my elementary school, and upon seeing my leg cast, proceeded […]
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