Monthly Archives: October 2015

Soda Madness

You may ask: Now that I have a little bit of spare cash lying around, what do I choose to spend it on? The answer: Obscure soda brands! Note the collection of soft drinks above, which I found at the local Rural King store. I may have squeed a little when I saw them on […]

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We’re Installing Trees!

As you may remember, a couple of weeks ago we had to take down a bunch of ash trees in the front of our property because they had been attacked by the emerald ash borer. It was sad for all of us, most especially the trees. Once they were down, however, we didn’t want to […]

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And Now, From the 1994 Version of the World Wide Web: A Free Form Essay

As old people do, I was just reminiscing about the very early days of Web, on account of this Atlantic article about the impermanence of the Web, which among other things presented this tidbit of fact: In 1994, there were fewer than 3,000 websites online. By 2014, there were more than 1 billion. Which floored […]

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My Thoughts on Nerdcon:Stories

RIP @scalzi. #nerdconstories pic.twitter.com/HPi2KFx0uP — NerdCon: Stories (@nerdconstories) October 13, 2015 I attended Nerdcon:Stories as a featured guest this last weekend, and let me tell you why I think it was one of the best conventions I’ve been to in a while. 1. It was shockingly well-run, especially for a first-time convention. From my point […]

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The Big Idea: David Barnett

In today’s Big Idea for Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper, author David Barnett admits to some of the things he doesn’t know… or didn’t, until he started writing this book. DAVID BARNETT: One of the first things you get told as a writer is “write what you know”. Which is a fine […]

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My Annual Moment of Appreciation for WordPress VIP

On October 8, 2008, I switched my blog hosting solution from its previous, sadly buggy and performance-issue-ridden state, to WordPress VIP. In the seven(!) years since, the downtime I’ve experienced on the blog due to technical or backstage issues has been so small that I literally can’t remember a single one longer than fifteen minutes, and […]

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Strange Horizons 2015 Fund Drive: Invest in the Future!

As many of you know, I’m fond of Strange Horizons magazine, not in the least (but not only) because it published my very first science fiction story 14 years ago this very week. SH exists largely on a donation-based model, and every year it does a fund drive. We’re in the final week of the […]

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The Big Idea: Laura Anne Gilman

You can’t always always get what you want — particularly if you’re not precisely sure what that is. In the writing of Silver on the Road, author Laura Anne Gilman had to ask herself what she wanted, and how she was going to go about getting it. LAURA ANNE GILMAN: My big idea?  Apparently was […]

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Today’s Twitter Tomfoolery

It goes a little something like this. I can not believe that fog got school cancelled today. Amazing. — Athena Scalzi ⭐️ (@AScalzi98) October 7, 2015 @AScalzi98 NOW THE FOG BEARS COME. — John Scalzi (@scalzi) October 7, 2015 @scalzi I SHALL DEFEND THE HOUSE SINCE YOU ARE GONE. — Athena Scalzi ⭐️ (@AScalzi98) October […]

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The Big Idea: Kameron Hurley

Hey! Kameron Hurley’s fantastic Worldbreaker series has a new installment, Empire Ascendant! And she’s here to tell you about it! I’ve used up all the exclamation marks I’m allowed for the month now! Here’s Kameron! KAMERON HURLEY: What would you sacrifice, to save everything you’ve ever known or loved? What happens when what you need […]

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House For Sale: Come Live in Bucolic Splendor!

My mother-in-law has put her old house up for sale, on account that two-and-half acres of lawn and woods is a little much for her to keep up on her lonesome. So: Looking for a place to live in beautiful, bucolic Darke County, Ohio, home of Annie Oakley (and also, me)? This three bedroom, two […]

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The Big Idea: Ann Leckie

And now, for Ancillary Mercy, the third book of a trilogy that began with the ridiculously successful Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie ditches the usual “Big Idea” format for something else entirely. And why not! ANN LECKIE: So let’s be real. Ancillary Mercy is the concluding book of a trilogy. Trilogies are often (though of course […]

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New Books and ARCs, 10/5/15

I usually post new book/ARCs entries later in the week, but I’m going to be busy later this week, at NYCC and at Nerdcon:Stories, and also I received enough books to do a post today, so: Hey, look! New books and ARCs! If you see anything that interests you, tell us about it in the […]

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