Monthly Archives: February 2014

In Today’s “Get Off My Lawn” News

Because I am a cranky old man who will die unloved and alone, I have updated my guidelines page to explain why I won’t help kids with their school assignments. Scroll down to the bottom of that page for the details. But seriously, teachers: Assigning your students to trawl the internet looking for writers to […]

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Context: Chris Kluwe wrote on Twitter about how the GOP are currently destroying themselves, like the Whigs did back in the day. This is what followed. @ChrisWarcraft You were around for the Whigs? Are you immortal? ARE YOU THE HIGHLANDER? — John Scalzi (@scalzi) February 21, 2014 @scalzi THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE — Cassandra, […]

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Join the Insect Army!

“The problem is that the ‘vocal minority’ of insects who make up the new generation of writers don’t scramble for the shadows when outside lights shines on them—they bare their pincers and go for the jugular. Maybe it is a good thing that SFWA keeps them locked up. The newer members who Scalzi et al. […]

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Reminder: Con or Bust Auctions are Live!

Con or Bust being the program that helps fans of color get to science fiction and fantasy conventions. Every year science fiction and fantasy notables auction off cool stuff, and this year is no exception: Signed books, custom-made goodies, Tuckerizations, critiques and more are all on offer. Check it out (also, here’s a Google Doc […]

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Why I Didn’t Go To Bennington College

I read the Esquire profile of Peter Dinklage this morning, and it noted that Dinklage is a graduate of Bennington College, class of 1991. Which made me think, huh, I could have been a classmate of Peter Dinklage’s, because I was also class of 1991… and I had also been accepted into Bennington. Indeed, when […]

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A Conversation That Actually Just Happened

Context: I tasked my fifteen-year-old daughter with ordering food from the local pizzeria. Athena: Dad! Me: What? Athena: I tried calling the pizza place but  I got a weird noise. Me: Like what? Athena: “Buzz. Buzz. Buzz.” Me: …. That’s called a “busy signal.” Athena: Okay. What does that mean?  Me: It means someone else […]

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