Monthly Archives: December 2015

And Now, a Reminder That Today is the Last Day to Order Signed, Personalized Books From Me for the Holidays, and So You’ll Remember, Here Are the Scamperbeasts

It’s true! Both Spice (foreground) and Sugar (hazy background) want to you to know that you have until 9pm Eastern tonight to get your orders in for signed, personalized books from me for holiday gifts, from my local independent bookstore. After today, you can still call in and ask for signed books, but they won’t […]

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The Big Idea: Carol Berg

How do you know you are you? And if you don’t know, are you really you at all? Carol Berg ponders those questions in her novel Ash and Silver, and in today’s Big Idea. CAROL BERG: There are many literary tropes that I love, especially those that characterize fantasy fiction. Mistaken identity, the innocent who […]

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Kitten With Guitar

Because it’s been a few days since we’ve had a kitten picture here, and obviously we can’t have that. Enjoy.

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Eight Things About Donald Trump

Do I have thoughts on Donald Trump today? Why, yes. Yes I do. 1. Without offering this up as an excuse — it’s rather the opposite — I don’t think Trump planned to become the face of 21st century American fascism. I suspect rather strongly that he entered the presidential race for the usual reasons […]

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I’m Alive

Got back from a weekend in Chicago with my wife. It was lovely. And how are you?

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The Kittens Sign Off for the Weekend

As do I. See you on Monday!

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Today’s New Books and ARCs, 12/4/15

And here is the first collection of new books and ARCs of December! What looks good to you? Tell me in the comments!

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The Big Idea: Joseph Wallace

You might think of the end of the world as the end of it all… but as Joseph Wallace explains in this Big Idea for his novel Slavemakers, every end is also a beginning. JOSEPH WALLACE: Like a million other kids—probably a million other kids in Brooklyn alone—I always felt like I’d been born in […]

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2015, Day Five: Charities

For the last four days, the Whatever Shopping Guide 2015 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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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2015, Day Four: Fan Favorites

For the first three days of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2015, 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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One Month of the Scamperbeasts

Yesterday marked one month since we adopted Sugar and Spice (previously designated Thing One and Thing Two), and I’m happy to say that the month has been mostly pretty lovely. Sugar is generally the adventurous and fearless one, always looking into cracks and crevasses, and trying to escape into the outside world (which we will […]

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2015, Day Three: Arts, Crafts, Music and More

The Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2015 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, artisan foodstuffs and so on. These can be great, unique gifts for special folks […]

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STAR WARS EPISODE 3.14159: THE AWKWARD HOLIDAY GET-TOGETHER

In which two science fiction authors turn the greatest science fictional saga of all time into… another dysfunctional holiday family dinner. (Because it’s long, and there are other things I am promoting today, I’m putting it on the other side of a cut. If you’re coming through from the front page of Whatever, click through, […]

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The Big Idea: Molly Crabapple

I’ve been an admirer of the art of Molly Crabapple from the moment I saw it — enough so that I commissioned a portrait of my daughter from her, and was honored to have her do a cover for one of my books. But there’s more to Molly Crabapple than her immense talent with pen […]

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2015, Day Two: Non-Traditionally Published Books

Today is Day Two of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2015, 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 years ago and told people to send […]

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