Monthly Archives: November 2012
Damn, It’s a Good Thing I Don’t Have to Be Creative This Week
Posted on November 30, 2012 74 Comments
Because I swear to God the entire week has gone like this: Me (sitting down to keyboard): Okay! Time to write something interesting and amusing. Brain: SHUT UP AND FEED ME. Me: I totally just fed you fifteen minutes ago. We had a fruit snack. Brain: FRUIT SNACK NOT REAL FOOD. IT’S HUMILIATED GELATIN. Me: Look, […]
I Have Little of Interest to Say at the Moment, So Here is Krissy Reading The Human Division Before the Rest of You
Posted on November 29, 2012 28 Comments
Because, you know. She’s my wife. She gets to do that. Mind you, she’s read it before, as I would give her episodes as I was writing them. But this time she’s reading them in sequence. And yes, she’s been enjoying it. And no, she wouldn’t just say that. Trust me, when I write something […]
The Guardian Checks In
Posted on November 28, 2012 19 Comments
And lists Redshirts as one of the best science fiction books of 2012, along with several other very excellent books by Madeline Ashby, Nick Harkaway and World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar among others. Nifty!
The Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide Returns Next Monday
Posted on November 28, 2012 47 Comments
Last year in the first full week of December I ran a shopping guide for the holidays, and I think it was quite successful: Lots of people found out about excellent books and crafts and charities and what have you, making for excellent gift-giving opportunities during the holiday season. It was successful enough that I’ve […]
Vote For the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy in Two Separate Centuries
Posted on November 27, 2012 27 Comments
Through the end of November Locus, the magazine of record for the science fiction and fantasy genre, is doing an online survey for the best science fiction and fantasy of the 20th century (1901 – 2000) and for the 21st (2001 – current). The survey includes best novels in both science fiction and fantasy, and […]
A Relevant Point Regarding Expectation Management
Posted on November 27, 2012 195 Comments
We’re all aware this is a prequel trilogy, right? I’m just saying.
My Love for You Will Still Be Strong
Posted on November 26, 2012 19 Comments
I like this version of the song. Wonder what happened to Bree Sharp.
Life in Ruralstania
Posted on November 26, 2012 56 Comments
For the first time in eight years, my phone provider has given me the option of increasing the download speed of my DSL connection. To an astounding 8mbps! I know, I can hardly believe it myself. And yes, I upgraded. If for no other reason than upgrading will apparently also knock $11 off my landline […]
Advertisements for Myself
Posted on November 26, 2012 9 Comments
Some quick Monday reminders about things and stuff: The Subterranean Press Scalzi Super Bundle: This is the last week you can get your mitts on the Super Bundle, which brings together all of my current Subterranean Press titles in eBook form for the low, low price of $7.99 (or thereabouts, depending on country and vendor). […]
Festively Preparing for the Apocalypse
Posted on November 25, 2012 151 Comments
I asked my daughter to prepare a list of things she wanted for her birthday, which is about a month away now. This is that list. In case you have a hard time reading the list in the picture, here’s what’s on it: A horse, a machete, throwing knives, gun lessons, survival classes, a book […]
Stealing From The Police
Posted on November 25, 2012 27 Comments
Don’t get me wrong. It’s nice Bruno Mars is doing something with The Police’s sound, because God knows The Police haven’t, for coming on thirty years now.
If You Read German
Posted on November 24, 2012 23 Comments
Here’s a nice review of the German translation of Redshirts in an Austrian newspaper (Der Standard). It has a few spoilers, however.
Apropos to the Day
Posted on November 23, 2012 25 Comments
Here’s a link to a post I wrote five years ago, which is still my general feeling today: What I Want for Christmas: Not a Damn Thing.
When Black Friday Comes
Posted on November 23, 2012 70 Comments
A couple thoughts on the most frenzied commercial day of the year. 1. If it’s fun for you, then go have your fun. As you do, spare a moment for the poor bastards who had to show up at the stores at absolutely ridiculous hours to wait on your ass. It’s not an easy gig. Be nice […]
Posted on November 22, 2012 51 Comments
And it’s a holiday I like because hackneyed or not, it is nice to take a day to be thankful for the things one has in one’s life. Last year I wrote up a Thanksgiving Advent Calendar, which one thing a day in November through Thanksgiving that I was thankful for; if you missed it […]
Today’s Vaguely Science Fictional Thought of the Day
Posted on November 21, 2012 59 Comments
I’d like to take these dudes back to, like, the 14th Century and just watch people freak out at their dance moves. I mean, back then they wouldn’t even have context for the adjective “robotic”. Don’t look at me like that. I didn’t say it would be a deep thought. Just a science fictional one.
New Books and ARCs, 11/20/12
Posted on November 20, 2012 72 Comments
What’s been sent to me just today, in fact. There’s some very cool stuff in here. See anything here you like/want/passionately desire? Unburden yourself in the comment thread!
The Existential Horror of Betaness
Posted on November 20, 2012 601 Comments
Question from e-mail, relating to the “Notes on My Personal Feminism” post: Wait, there are guys out there who think that calling you a beta male is going to insult you in some way? Yes, apparently. I would note as a matter of clarification that I think they are less concerned about insulting me than […]
Monday Is Blatant Advertisements For Myself Day
Posted on November 19, 2012 17 Comments
And here are three! One: Redshirts made the initial cut in the Goodreads Best Science Fiction 2012 context and has made it into the finals along with nine other science fiction books. If you would like to vote for it, or — treasonously — one of the other nine books, the link to do that […]
Quick Notes on My Personal Feminism
Posted on November 18, 2012 337 Comments
Because it’s been on my mind recently. 1. I don’t tend to think of myself as a feminist — which is to say that I tend to think of people who do see themselves as feminists as people who have spent a more-than-trivial amount of time studying the movement and its various social, political and […]
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