Monthly Archives: November 2015

Kittens are Kittening

Watch! As they battle each other, and the DREADED HAND OF JUDGMENT: In other news, I changed the kitty litter to another brand, and they started pooping and peeing outside of the box. Changed it back, Thing One used the litter box within ten seconds of me laying down the litter. I’m not training them, […]

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Paris

I have many thoughts on the Paris attacks but the one I want to point out today is this: there are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world and what most of them want to do is live their lives, love their family, friends and neighbors, and be at peace with themselves, their world and their […]

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New Books and ARCs, 11/13/15

As we head into another weekend, it’s time for another stack of new books and ARCs that have come to the Scalzi Compound. What looks good to you in this collection? Tell me in the comments!

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FitBit Update

I think it’s helping? I mean, I’ve had it for three weeks and I’ve lost about three pounds, which is in line with my goal to lose a pound a week, so it’s at least not hurting. And now I know how many steps I take a day, on average (about 6,200), so I guess […]

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On the Sidelines of an Uproar

E-mail the other day which said: You’ve been quiet on the whole World Fantasy Award uproar. I’m surprised because it seems like your kind of thing. (For those who need context on the World Fantasy Award uproar, here’s a good basic summation.) Not sure what to make of this comment. I haven’t been quiet about […]

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What Ten Years Looks Like

Tor Books and I agreed to our deal in May, but for various reasons (including the fact that the deal was for thirteen books, to be delivered over the course of ten years), the actual, finalized contracts didn’t get to me until this very morning. Here they are, laid out. You’re looking at ten years […]

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Size Matters Not

Larry Correia has just come back from a book tour, and it appears he generally had a good time and had good crowds along the way, which is nice. Near the end of the post he wrote about the tour he notes that after his Portland stop, some Twitter commenter gave him stick about the size […]

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Self Promotion, on “Dear Veronica”

My pal Veronica Belmont offers advice on technology and the geek life over at Engadget, and this week she enlisted me to help out with a question about promoting yourself and your new novel online. Want to know what I said? Of course you do. The link is here (I would embed it but embedding […]

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The Big Idea: William Shunn

Author William Shunn has had something happen to him which it seems unlikely has ever happened to you, and that event is the cornerstone of his memoir, The Accidental Terrorist. But as Shunn learned, telling the story of that event was not merely a matter of reciting the facts. WILLIAM SHUNN: I was arrested in […]

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TEoAT is a Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist + Thoughts on Awards in General

First: Hey, The End of All Things made it to the semifinalist round of this years Goodreads Choice Awards in the science fiction category. You can see a picture of the other semi-finalists above, which include a few write-ins from the previous round, which is all to the good. If you’re a Goodreads member, you […]

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Kitten Update, 11/10/15

The kittens are on this side of the stairs because they both climbed over the gate, evidence that the gate is not so much useful as a gate anymore, even if it has some continued utility as exercise equipment. That, combined with the fact that the last flea combing produced no fleas (aided by a […]

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The Big Idea: James Renner

I’ve forgotten what I was going to say to introduce James Renner’s new novel. As the novel is called The Great Forgetting, perhaps this is appropriate. And did I really forget… or was I made to forget? JAMES RENNER: When I was a kid my father would take me camping at state parks around Ohio. […]

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How to Get Signed and Personalized Scalzi Books for the Holidays, 2015

It’s that time of the year again, and once again I am teaming up with Jay & Mary’s Book Center, my local independent bookseller, to offer signed and personalized books for gift-giving. It’s a great way to get a unique gift for someone you love (even yourself!) while at the same time supporting a great […]

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For Those of You Asking About Zeus

One, he’s perfectly fine, merely not at the center of my public discussion of cats in the last week as he neither a) a kitten, b) a newly-passed on senior cat. You should be aware that Zeus has been perfectly fine not being the center of media attention in the last several days, as he […]

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The Big Idea: Lisa Goldstein

The writing was on the wall for Lisa Goldstein, whose chance encounter with a single scrawl led to the story behind her latest novel, Weighing Shadows. Let us take you back in time to that moment. LISA GOLDSTEIN: Practically the entire plot of Weighing Shadows came to me while I was sitting in my car […]

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Lopsided Cat Followup

A quick note of thanks to everyone who passed along their condolences with regard to Lopsided Cat yesterday; they were and are appreciated. It is sort of remarkable to me how much grief can well up when a pet dies, until one remembers that they are in fact people, who just happen not to be […]

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No, I Don’t Have a Second Gig as a Set Dresser

A couple of people on Twitter alerted me to this name in the credits of Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix series, Master of None: They also wondered (I assume, jokingly) whether I had gotten myself a new side gig. So, for the avoidance of doubt: No, that John Scalzi is not me, nor is he, as […]

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Lopsided Cat, 2000 – 2015

This is the first picture I ever took of Lopsided Cat, back in April of 2003. He came to us in an interesting way: Krissy and Athena were working in the garden (well, Krissy was working, Athena, age four, was “helping”), and Lopsided Cat emerged out of the trees at the property line and made […]

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New Books and ARCs, 11/6/15

With extra added kitten! Which titles look intriguing to you? Let me know in the comments. (Kitten not included.)

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Kitten Update, 11/6/15

Don’t pretend like you don’t want this.  Thing One, enjoying some books. Thing Two, practicing an “I’m totally innocent!” look. Daisy and Thing One. Check out the size differential there. Yes, clearly, they have met. In fact: Yup. They’re going to get along just fine.

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