Monthly Archives: February 2013

Something Really Old V: Adventures in Pig Roasting

From the AOL years (1996 – 98). —- Last week I mentioned to a co-worker of mine at America Online that I was going to attend a pig roast that weekend. This being the first time I had been invited to one, I was unsure of what exactly was going to happen. My co-worker, apparently […]

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The Big Idea: Jamie Mason

The “whydunit”, is arguably the more intriguing of questions asked along a literary journey suggests Jamie Mason, author of Three Graves Full.  In today’s Big Idea, Jamie explains the method and mentality that went into polishing her debut novel. Jamie Mason: I’ve never written anything that went theme first, story second. Probably someone could do it. […]

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The Human Division, Episode Five: Tales From The Clarke is Now Live!

It’s Tuesday and by now, you know what that means! The Human Division, Episode Five: “Tales from the Clarke” is now live. (Oh, a rhyme!) Links to this week’s piece are below and the description blurb is as follows: Captain Sophia Coloma of the Clarke has a simple task: Ferry around representatives from Earth in an aging […]

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Something Really Old IV: Flaming Babies!

Another take from the AOL years (1996 – 1998). —- My friends Lisa and Michael gave birth to their first child last week (actually, Lisa did the birth-giving while Michael participated in a less active advisory role), and although I’m sure they didn’t plan it this way, their blessed event was well-timed with another baby-related […]

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Something Really Old III: Cute Adorable Extortionists

Again, from the AOL years (1996 – 1998). —- Yesterday was the last day of summer, and what day it was. Here in Virginia, where I live, the sun dappled the trees in golden light, and it was just hot enough to remind you that was still summer, even if only for one more day. […]

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Something Really Old II: Pepsi Points and the Jet

From my AOL days (1996 – 1998). —-   How much Pepsi would it take to get a Harrier Jet?   The question has relevance because someone, specifically John Leonard of Lynwood, Washington, is suing PepsiCo, the makers of Pepsi. PepsiCo won’t give him the Harrier Jet that he says they said they would give […]

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Something Really Old I: Drill, Sergeant

From my AOL days (1996 – 1998). —- My wife played softball on Saturday and spent Sunday wobbling around the house like Weeble. She had odd-shaped bruises in weird places (a thin, streaky one on her ankle, a splotchy Rorschach blotch on her shoulder and small but nevertheless real bruise in the cleft of her […]

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Okay, This Time For Real

Auctioning off a signed ARC of The Human Division here. Go bid! Now!

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And Now, An Announcment

Effective midnight, I’m taking ten days off from the Internet. Because I want to, that’s why. The Fabulous Kate Baker has the Mallet while I’m gone. Heed her. I may schedule some really old stuff here to keep you amused while I’m away. Be afraid. Oh, and some Big Ideas. Don’t be afraid of those. […]

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Macmillan Settles With DOJ

A letter from Macmillan CEO John Sargent is here and is an interesting read, especially regarding why Macmillan has chosen to settle. By all means add your thoughts in the comments. But read the letter first, please.

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Signed ARC of The Human Division Up for Auction

Yes! The whole book! Signed and everything! For the Con or Bust drive. Go here if you want to bid on it. And while you are there, why not check out all the other very cool auctions? You’ll likely find something else you’d want to bid on. Update: D’oh! I jumped the gun. The auction […]

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If You’re Here Because of the CBC Interview

What you’re looking for is here (also, hi!)

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The Big Idea: Laura Lam

Sometimes, in the telling of the life of a character, it’s not just what the author reveals that’s important, but also the when — that is, when in the life of the character the author focuses her attention. So Laura Lam learned while considering the main character of her novel, Pantomime. She’s here now to […]

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Procedural Notes For a Fund Drive

Now that people have pledged a whole stack of money to the “Counteract a Bigot” fund drive — we’re up above $60,000 in pledges at this point and I have to actually count out how much before I can say for sure what the precise amount is — there are some questions about how things […]

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No, Wait, I Do Have Another Thought Re: Used eBooks

Which is this: In the event that Amazon (or anyone else) gets into the business of selling used eBooks without compensating me (the author) for them, and you decide that you don’t want to buy the book new (i.e., I’m not going to get paid anyway), you know what? I would rather you pirate the […]

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Second-Hand EBooks

Yes, folks: I read about this. My first impressions: a) I’m awfully suspicious that it means nothing good for writers who want to get paid for their work using the current compensation model, b) If Amazon actually wants this to work they are going to have to become strikingly transparent in their processes, which they hate, or be […]

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Today’s Very Cool Thing What I Got in the Mail

No, not the awards. I’ve had those for a bit. I’m talking about the fabulous artwork, from John Harris. Does it look at least slightly familiar? It should. Here, this is where you might have seen it before: That’s right, it’s artwork for an upcoming episode of The Human Division. I’ve really enjoyed all the […]

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SFWA.Org Currently Under DDoS Attack

Reposting this here by way of getting the word out to SFWA members: SFWA.org has been under a DDoS attack since roughly 10am. We are working to restore the site as quickly as possible. — SF&FWritersOfAm. (@sfwa) February 7, 2013 For those who don’t know, a DDoS attack basically means someone is hitting our web […]

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The Human Division Episodes: Official Bestsellers

No lie, it seems both The B-Team and Walk the Plank hit the USA Today best seller lists in the last couple of weeks. Sweet! I have no idea if a serialized novel has had individual portions of it hit that particular list before, although I imagine (so long as this particular list existed then) […]

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My Poor Stoned Puppy

Daisy has developed a nasty cough and the vet gave us some cough suppressant, which she warned might have the side effect of making Daisy drowsy. Well, it has the side effect of making her stoned, is what it does; after I gave it to her, she sat one of her beds, head wobbling, and […]

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