Monthly Archives: December 2013

And Now Three Things I Wish to Tell You About

Because you need to know! They are: 1. You have two more days to order signed and personalized books from me for the holidays. The last day is December 12. So if you haven’t done it already but want to, now’s the time. Don’t dawdle! 2. I’ve been drawn into Paul & Storm’s Kickstarter for […]

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The Clayton Memorial Medical Fund Could Use a Hand

My friend Jim Fiscus was on the board with me at SFWA, and he’s on the board of the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, another worthy endeavor involving writers as well. It could use some help and, as today we’re in the mood for charitable endeavors here at Whatever, I thought I would run it past […]

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The Counteract a Bigot Fund Drive Final Tally: Get Your Donations Ready!

Hey, folks! It’s time for the counteract a bigot fund drive tally. For those just joining in: Earlier in the year, I noticed that a bigot named Theodore Beale (aka “Vox Day”) regularly used my name, or nicknames representing me (“McRapey” is a favorite), to whip up readers on his Web sites. Well, there’s nothing […]

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Off for the Day

I’m in New York with friends. Doing things. See you tomorrow, or possibly even Monday.

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2013, Day Five: Charities

For the last four days, the Whatever Shopping Guide 2013 has been about helping you find the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones. But today I’d like to remind folks that the season is also about helping those in need. So this final day is for charities. If you’re looking for a place to make a […]

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RIP, Nelson Mandela

It would be easy to make an ass of myself trying to say something profound on the passing of Nelson Mandela, But I know enough to know, at the end of the day, how little useful I can say about him. So I will try not to do it and instead keep things short. What […]

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Today’s Self-Interested Reminder

You have just one week left to order signed and personalized book from me for the holidays, and in doing so, bring joy and contentment to some lucky person on your gift-giving list (and also, thereby, yourself). Yes: Do it for you. Here are the details.

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2013, Day Four: Fan Favorites!

For the first three days of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2013, I’ve let authors and creators tell you about their work. Today is different: Today is Fan Favorites day, in which fans, admirers and satisfied customers share with you a few of their favorite things — and you can share some of your favorite things as well. This is a […]

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Print/Digital, Part the Whatevereth

My 1st hint that eBooks weren’t going to do to novels what MP3s did to CDs? All 3 of my electronics loving boys decline to read on a screen. — Joe Hill (@joe_hill) December 4, 2013 My experience with my own kid is in line with Joe’s. Athena can and does read on a screen […]

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Samuel R. Delany: Grand Master of Science Fiction

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has named Samuel R. Delany its newest Grand Master. All the details are here. I’m still doing my “no comments on SFWA for a year” thing, so I won’t discuss this substantively at the moment. I will say this: This is an award both well chosen and […]

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2013, Day Three: Arts, Crafts, Music and More

The Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2013 continues, and today we move away from books and focus on other gifts and crafts — which you can take to mean just about any other sort of thing a creative person might make: Music, art, knitting, jewelry, artisanal foodstuffs and so on. These can be great, unique gifts for special folks […]

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2013, Day Two: Non-Traditionally Published Books

Today is Day Two of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2013, and today the focus is on Non-Traditionally Published Books: Self-published works, electronically-exclusive books, books from micro presses, books released outside the usual environs of the publishing world, and so on. Hey, I put my first novel up on this very Web site more than a dozen years ago […]

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Lock In Afterthoughts

Now that Lock In is done and sent into its editor, some thoughts on writing the book. 1. It was a challenging book for me to write. For one, it’s near future, which is not my usual thing, and which presents its own set of challenges, notably that you want to reasonably extrapolate future technology […]

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Quick Note re: Dec/Jan Big Ideas

I’m a little behind on filling out the calendar for the second half of this month and January. I hope to get to it later today or tomorrow. So if you sent in a Big Idea query for Dec/Jan and have not heard back yet, don’t panic. Also: No Big ideas this week as we […]

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2013, Day One: Traditionally Published Books

Welcome to the first day of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2013 — My way of helping you folks learn about cool creative gifts for the holidays, straight from the folks who have created them. Today’s featured products are traditionally published books (including graphic novels and audiobooks); that is, books put out by publishers who ship books to stores […]

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As It Is December Now, I Can Post Christmas Music, So Here’s Mark Nevin

80s aficionados will remember him as the principal songwriter for Fairground Attraction. Here’s his take on the Christmas song genre, called “Christmas Cake.” I think it’s very sweet, and not just because it’s about cake. Enjoy. If you enjoyed it, the single is available on iTunes, Amazon and other places where things are sold electronically. […]

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2013 Starts Tomorrow!

Every year in the first full week of December I run a shopping guide for the holidays, and it’s been 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. I’ve decided to do it again this year. So: […]

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