Monthly Archives: August 2013

50K Twitter Thoughts

So, hey, I am about to (or just have) passed 50,000 followers on Twitter, which makes it a nice moment to have a couple of thoughts about the service. 1. Yay, 50K followers, almost all of whom are real people and not spambots or a bunch of eyeball-hungry twitterfreaks engaging in a mutual SEO handjob. […]

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Athena/Athena by Molly Crabapple

I’m a big fan of the artwork of Molly Crabapple, and so when I recently decided that I would like to commission a portrait of my daughter, she was the artist who immediately came to mind. Fortunately for me she had time on her schedule for the work, and was came up with something that […]

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The Fatberg Saga, By John Scalzi and Paul Sabourin

It goes a little something like this. ZOMG A FATBERG: http://t.co/NiOqvXIQ8C — John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 6, 2013 @scalzi [P] QUICK SOMEBODY CALL SYFY! — Paul and Storm (@paulandstorm) August 6, 2013 @scalzi [P] I have already outlined FATBERG VS. MEGASEWAGEOPUS, Eric Roberts and Carol Alt to play leads; we start filming on Friday. — […]

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The Big Idea: Jim C. Hines

Codex Born, the latest book in Jim C. Hines’ “Magic Ex Libris”series, is out today. See the cover? Nice, right? Well, Jim wants to talk to you about it. Or more specifically, about the character on it — and what she means to the book, and to the fantasy genre, and for other things as well. […]

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Pro Writing, Quizzes, Process and End Result

By way of my friend Mary Anne Mohanraj, I come across this list of questions which purports to tell you whether or not you are a professional writer. The author, Lisa Morton, writes, “Ideally, you should be answering ‘yes’ to all ten, but I’ll cut you a little slack and say you can get off […]

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A Creator’s Note to “Gatekeepers”

Which is to say, a note to those (mostly) dudes in geek circles, who decide it’s their job to determine who is geeky enough to enjoy the same entertainments and recreations that they do (hint: If you’re a woman, you start off with a failing grade). Yes, we’ve talked about this before, but they’re still doing […]

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The “I Fully Expect Abuse” Gambit

Noting this here as an addition to comment moderation policy: If during the writing of a comment here, you add the line of “Now, I know what I am saying is going to get me abused,” or some close version of the same, I consider your comment immediate fair game for deletion. Why? 1. Because […]

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The Big Idea: Chuck Wendig

Ladies and gentlemen, Chuck Wendig has an unusual answer for the question “Where do you get your ideas?” as it relates to his novel Under the Empyrean Sky. Do you dare learn its terrible secrets? Sure, you dare. That’s why you’re here. CHUCK WENDIG: Everyone always asks where you get your ideas or where the […]

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There Shall Your Heart Be Also

Lately I’ve been thinking about Matthew, chapter six, and how it applies to me and my life. Matthew, chapter six, for those of you who do not know, has Jesus midstream in the Sermon of the Mount, talking about giving to the poor, and praying and being pious. The text is here (I point you […]

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For Those of You Who Were Waiting For Me to Say Something About Anthony Weiner and/or Bob Filner

It’s simple: They’re both idiots. Weiner needs to quit his mayoral race; Filner needs to resign his mayoral position. I suspect some people might have thought I wasn’t commenting on them here because they are both Democrats. But, guys, come on. One, I’m not a Democrat, as I have to remind people ad infinitum. Two, […]

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The Big Idea: Jason M. Hough

We steadily march into the future — but is the march actually as steady as it looks, or even as steady as we wish it were? It’s a thought Jason M. Hough has considered, particularly in relation to his “Dire Earth” series, of which The Darwin Elevator is the first installment. He’s here to give […]

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Welcome to August, Worldcon Notes, Etc

I took a semi-hiatus in July in order to get a substantial start on the next novel, and the plan worked pretty well: I’m seven chapters into Lock In (which is the current name of the novel) and I’m pretty pleased with the progress so far. So, go me. August should see Whatever resuming a […]

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