Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Man And His Hat, A Collaborative Metafictional Event by Gaiman, Wheaton, Scalzi, Kluwe, Ellis, Burns and a Hat

This all really happened. On Twitter. Remember this, come Hugo nomination time, for Best Related Work. (Borrowed from here)

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Greetings From Early Autumn Ohio

Having a great time. Wish you were here. Well, maybe not all of you. That would be hard on the lawn.

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My Thoughts on Mitt Romney, Person

Question from the audience: I know you won’t vote for him, but what do you think of Mitt Romney as a person? Well, of course, I don’t know him as a person. I know him as a construct of everything I’ve ever read about him, both positive and negative. I think my first real awareness […]

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A Glimpse Into My Writing Brain Right Now

Just in case you’re wondering, the most annoying part of writing a novel, for me at least, is the part I’m at now, in which the entire novel is figured out, all the moving parts are in place and there are few if any surprises left for you as a writer — but the thing […]

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New Arrivals, 9/29/30

Some of the books (and ARCs) that came into the Scalzi Compound in the last week. It’s nice, in the midst of a deadline hell such as I have at the moment, to be reminded that the hot mess of words that writers put down eventually become actual books. Anything in the pile here look good […]

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A Picture of an American Flag, Plus a Question

It’s my American flag, actually. As for the question: Leaving aside your own country’s flag, what’s your favorite national flag, purely on vexillological grounds? Confine yourself to current flags of currently existing countries, please. I’m partial to the Estonian flag, myself: And, yes, it’s another busy writing day around here. How can you tell?

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Here is the Logitech Keyboard for the iPad

It arrived and I’ve been using it for a couple of days, and the verdict is: It’s all right. The keys are smaller than what I’m used to, but this is not terribly surprising, considering that they’re meant to fit into a cover for the iPad. It’s not hard to type on, however, and it’s […]

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For No Especially Good Reason I Put Each Letter of the Alphabet Into My Web Browser and Posted the Link it Autocompleted To

And here’s what we got. Click or hover on the letter for the links, and don’t worry, they’re all work safe, since if I ever did any naughty searching, and I’m not saying I do, I would do it in incognito mode (i.e., not being written into my browser’s history). A: Andrew Sullivan’s site. Not a […]

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Today’s Assignment: Register to Vote

More writing on The Human Division today, less time here. I know. I miss you too. But I’ll miss not having a mortgage payment when I finish this thing more. While I am gone, a question: If you are a US Citizen, have you registered to vote yet? If you haven’t, another question: What the […]

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Today’s Assignment: Recommend a New Book

I will not be about today because I must write like the wind. While I am away, to keep you occupied and amused, an assignment for you: Tell us all about a new book that you’ve enjoyed. For the purposes of this discussion, a “new book” is one that’s been published in the last two […]

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Not Dead, Just Writing

I mention this because I got my first “Hey, you haven’t updated yet, are you dead?” e-mail for the day. Not dead. I swear. Just, deadlines, yikes. How are you?

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And Thus It Begins

I wrote, on Twitter: A half hour later, from Wil Wheaton, there is this: Oh, Wil. (Shakes head sadly.) Now you’ve done it. (Heads down to the BASEMENT OF RETRIBUTION) Update, 8:54: Wil responds thusly: To which I respond: Oh, yeah. SMOKING GUN, baby. Update, 9:17: I did not make this following video. But it ASKS THE […]

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Still Life With Fuzzy, Ukulele and Mallet

And that’s what Sunday looks like here. Hope yours is good. Work to do; see you tomorrow.

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My Tech Life, 2012

Three years ago, I gave an accounting of the technology I use and why, because people seem to be fairly curious about what I use and how it has an impact on my work. In the three years since I posted that piece, the day-to-day technology I use has changed quite a bit, so I […]

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Various and Sundry, 9/22/12

Because a Saturday is a fine time to talk about a number of things: * Charlie Stross has an interesting post up about the diminishing marginal utility of stuff, in which among other things he speculates why people who have more money than is possible to spend in one lifetime still go out and try […]

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Writing on an iPad: An Update

Earlier in the week I mentioned I was trying out writing on my iPad, using a bluetooth connected keyboard, and some of you were wondering how that had worked out for me — if indeed it worked out at all. Well, in fact I wrote an episode of my upcoming project The Human Division on the […]

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The Big Idea: Malinda Lo

Birds have often been painted as harbingers of troubled times. In her new novel Adaptation, Malinda Lo might say “Friend, you have no idea.” She explains why below. Watch the skies! MALINDA LO: The idea for my new novel, Adaptation, came to me in a dream. I know, I know. Such a cliche, right? But […]

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This is a New One For Me

I am one of the lede stories on the CNN.com site. No, that’s not me in the beard. The other story you see there is taken from an interview I did earlier today with a CNN reporter about my “Being Poor” piece. Here’s a direct link to it, as it will inevitably leave the front […]

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Dave and Liz and Chicago Save the World: A Short Story

As part of my duties as Toastmaster of Chicon 7, I wrote a short story for the convention, one, as a freebie and thank you to the membership, for paying their money and coming to the con, and two, as a way to boost up to the membership, most of whom were from somewhere else, […]

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