2016 Plans, Appearances, Resolutions, Etc

A quick update on the things I’ve got planned for the next year:

Work: I have a young adult novel I need to write, and an adult novel I need to write. So, uh, that’s two novels (as I have mentioned previously). That’s one more novel than I usually write in any given year, so that’s officially My Writing Challenge for 2016. You will get to watch me as I descend into writing madness! Bwa ha ha ha ha hah ha!

Seriously, though, I think it will be fine. One, these novels are pretty well baked, pre-writing, which is to say in both cases I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do and where the big story beats are. Which means at this point getting the books written will be the quotidian task of punching out a sufficient number of words on a daily basis. Which means, to use less fancy words than “quotidian,” putting my ass in a chair and typing.

Two novels in one year is enough work for me to undertake, in my opinion (if you can or want to write more novels in a year, that’s nice for you, but this isn’t a competition, friend), so I feel that if that was all I did in my year, work-wise, I could be excused for the rest of the year. As it happens, however, I do have some other things I want to try to stuff into the year as well. These include a few short stories; these are a near certainty to get done.

There are a few other possible things on my plate as well, but those fall under “secret projects” at the moment, so you’ll find out about them if they happen, and if they don’t, well. They’ll go to that sad place that all the other secret projects that didn’t pan out go to, and this brief mention here is all you’ll ever know of them.

It’ll be a busy year no matter what, is what I’m saying. The good news for you is that it means 2017 and after will have lots of ScalziProduct for you to consume.

Appearances: This year I currently have no book tour scheduled, on account that I don’t have a new novel coming out in 2016, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a chance to see me: as of this moment, I’m scheduled for appearances in Boston, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles, Columbus, Portland, Kansas City and Hawaii. I’ll also be on the JoCo Cruise once again. Here are the details on each of those.

I have a few other possible public events in the works as well and if they pan out I will make note of them and update the Scheduled Appearances page as well. I may also have announcements on how I manage my upcoming appearances and invitations soon. Stay tuned for details on that.

Resolutions: The two public resolutions I have for the year are: Focus more on important things and less on unimportant things, and try to see more of friends and loved ones in 2016. Not especially blockbuster resolutions, to be sure, but ones that if I manage to keep will improve my quality of life. Which, I think, is what new year’s resolutions are meant to do in any event.

And thus: Plans for 2016. Let’s see what happens to them when they meet reality.

25 Comments on “2016 Plans, Appearances, Resolutions, Etc”

  1. Dragthepen – New York City – J. Rahshemah Floyd, a New York resident, currently works as a Writing Consultant and Religious Educator. She presented at the BMCC/CUNY Writers Conference, is a recipient of the Audray Lorde Collective Award, and a winner of the Jacob A. Weiser playwritting award for her work, The Conversation. She was a freelance writer for Streetnews for several years. And she appeared in the gospel play, Oh Lord; Why Did I get Married? She is a member of the BMCC Downtown Chorus. she is also the creator of the You Tube channel , Conversations With J. R. Floyd. The author of two novels , The Waiting Game followed by A Different Flavor of Love. Both books can be found in Amazon

    love it.

  2. Jay – New Bern, NC – INGREDIENTS: coffee, books, music, podcasts, NPR, cats, movies, the Oxford comma, and Netflix - - - WARNING: may contain nuts - - - MADE IN THE USA
    Jay E.

    One of my goals is to consume more ScalziProduct, so thank you for helping me meet my resolutions.

  3. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    I too am looking forward to the Scalzi Empire’s continued expansion :-) I am curious as to your writing of the two novels though. Do you work on both simultaneously, or do you do one to completion and then start on the other?

    Finally, I hope to see you when you visit Portland. The first week of July is typically a great time to visit weather-wise :-)

  4. Well, lack of a book tour notwithstanding, you’re going to be a busy fellow this year from the look of it. Looking forward to reading the results in another year or so, too.

  5. I made a New Year’s resolution last night. But I can’t remember what it was. Oh well. FYI I was not drunk.

  6. Excited about future Scalzi books, but in that YA book try not to use big words like “perspicacious” or “pseudo psychoanalysis.” You know, KISS. Good luck!

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  8. Yeah, just wanted to say sorry for my behavior the other day. Both my parent’s passed during the holiday season, and so it’s kind of a rough time for me. Consequently I maybe drink more than I probably should, and then type things I don’t actually mean. I think it’s an OCD thing, maybe. So, apologies to all and any I may have offended.

    Anyway, good luck with 2016 and all that writing stuff. I was wondering: will the Redshirts TV show be appearing this year? Cos I’m really looking forward to watching it. Also, wasn’t there going to be an OMW movie, too? Or was I just confused about that?

  9. Ellie Maloney – Writer, collector of typewriters and shoes. My #scifi #historicfiction novel 👽 329 Years Awake 🔛 http://amzn.to/2ie5NB0 . Short film 329 Years Awake: The Descendants 🔜🔛http://imdb.to/2zngT1Z Twitter @elliemaloneyfic @329YearsAwake Facebook @elliemaloneyfiction @329YearsAwake Instagram @elliemaloneyfiction YouTube Ellie Maloney
    Talitha Kum

    Sir Scalzi, Say, the OMW gets a movie deal. Who would you cast in key roles? Particularly young green John Perry? Cuz I suspect as I said somewhere else, Tom Hanks would be great as the old Perry :). Maybe you can do script with more flashbacks so he could get more presence in the movie. Anyway, would be fun to hear from you on that. Thanks.

  10. Talitha Kum:

    OMW did in fact have a movie deal; now it currently has a TV deal. I’ve consciously avoided casting it in my mind. I’ll imaginecast it perhaps once, and if, it is actually ever greenlit.


    Thanks for the apology. Also, it’s unlikely Redshirts will be on TV this year. I’ll likely do an update on options, etc sometime in the reasonably near future.


    Nerdcon 2 is not on my schedule yet although if I am invited again I’d be happy to participate, schedule allowing.

  11. As I understand it, TV shows and movies exist in a probability stew, with things popping in and out of existence at random intervals. I’m not banking on seeing Scalzithings emerging, but will be very happy if/when they do, and even happier if they don’t get distorted beyond recognition during the process.

    In the meantime, I’m going to read books to a soundtrack of John giggling over repeated TV/movie option checks coming in. Most of the time, the movies in my head are better than the ones that make it to the screen.

  12. Ellie Maloney – Writer, collector of typewriters and shoes. My #scifi #historicfiction novel 👽 329 Years Awake 🔛 http://amzn.to/2ie5NB0 . Short film 329 Years Awake: The Descendants 🔜🔛http://imdb.to/2zngT1Z Twitter @elliemaloneyfic @329YearsAwake Facebook @elliemaloneyfiction @329YearsAwake Instagram @elliemaloneyfiction YouTube Ellie Maloney
    Talitha Kum

    Wow! You made my day and probably the whole year! Will be waiting for the TV show. Almost even better its a TV series. I’m such a huuuuge fan of Stargate and star trek (mostly ds9 though). Where can we get updates in that? Who is filming? What channel? Is any of that public info by now? Etc.

  13. Ellie Maloney – Writer, collector of typewriters and shoes. My #scifi #historicfiction novel 👽 329 Years Awake 🔛 http://amzn.to/2ie5NB0 . Short film 329 Years Awake: The Descendants 🔜🔛http://imdb.to/2zngT1Z Twitter @elliemaloneyfic @329YearsAwake Facebook @elliemaloneyfiction @329YearsAwake Instagram @elliemaloneyfiction YouTube Ellie Maloney
    Talitha Kum

    If I ever write anything and it makes it to a TV show I’d be freaking out probably, because in my head, nobody can do good enough work :). Today with all of this Scalzi inspiration floating around I watched the very first episode (or pilot #1) of the star trek. Yo. I’m glad we make better Sci Fi now. I smiled remembering parts if Redshirts too. My guess is that Gene Roddenberry also saw wonderful things in his head, but the result was so mixed. Probably the lesson learned from it is persistence and optimism. Eventually they got something right. All I’m saying, like others here, I feel a bit tingly about the OMW on screen. I want the very best for that story.

  14. Any chance you’ll ever finish or continue the Stargate Universe? Or is SyFy going to let that one fizzle out?

  15. Pretty good resolutions. I might be at Arisia. We booked rooms and made plans months ago. Depends on gallbladder surgery scheduling.

  16. Ellie Maloney – Writer, collector of typewriters and shoes. My #scifi #historicfiction novel 👽 329 Years Awake 🔛 http://amzn.to/2ie5NB0 . Short film 329 Years Awake: The Descendants 🔜🔛http://imdb.to/2zngT1Z Twitter @elliemaloneyfic @329YearsAwake Facebook @elliemaloneyfiction @329YearsAwake Instagram @elliemaloneyfiction YouTube Ellie Maloney
    Talitha Kum

    I’ve signed petitions for SG universe, just saying. They are over there in space, on Destiny, in stasis… Not good man. Gotta do something about it.

  17. I think you are the guest of honor at HawaiiCon.I think that will be birthday gift to myself this year. It’s a nice mix of writers and scientists, and I think there’s a trip to the observatory available.

  18. So glad to see you making the Ohioana festival this year. Went last time and had a fabulous time, you in attendance is the icing on an already delicious cake.

  19. I am resigned to the fact that Antipodean appearances are probably not going to be a regular feature on your schedule but very willing to be consoled with new ScalziProductTM. On the the other hand my con schedule this year is looking… interesting, so there’s that.

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