Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Big Idea: Laura Lam

Book ideas can come from anywhere — but the time they take to get to an author can, well, vary. In the Big Idea for her novel False Hearts, author Laura Lam traces the path of the idea that became to dual hearts of her story. LAURA LAM: Sometimes book ideas hit you in a […]

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The Big Idea: Bryon Quertermous

Sometimes you get what you ask for. What then? It’s a question both for Bryon Quertermous and Dominick Prince, the protagonist of his new novel, Riot Load. Quertermous is here to go into slightly more detail about it. BRYON QUERTERMOUS: Very rarely am I able to capture the entire Big Idea of a book in the […]

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A Kitten Picture for You, 6/13/16

Spice, discovering trees have birds.  Hope your day has been a good one.

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The Big Idea: Adam Rakunas

We’re all connected — although perhaps not to the extreme the people in Adam Rakunas‘ new book Like a Boss are. In this Big Idea, Rakunas muses on the costs and benefits of connection… especially if someone wants to disconnect. ADAM RAKUNAS: Three years ago, Paul Graham Raven posted a link to an essay by […]

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Thoughts and Prayers

A man goes into an immigration services center in Binghamton New York, blocks the exit in the back with his car, goes through the front door with handguns, body armor and ammunition. He shoots the receptionists and opens fire on a citizenship class. He murders thirteen. This is horrific. I offer my thoughts and prayers. A psychiatrist […]

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How Blogs Work Today

My piece earlier this week on Clinton and Sanders blew up a bit, with roughly 75,000 views over two days. This gave me an excuse to check my referrers and ego search on Google and see a bit of who was talking about the post and/or sending people my way. What I found: Facebook was […]

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The Moon Through Leaves, 6/10/16

Thought it would make a nice break from the usual sunset picture. In case I decide not to update again until Monday, have a great weekend!

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New Books and ARCs, 6/10/16

Just in time for the weekend, a new set of book and ARCs that have arrived at the Scalzi Compound. What in this stack rings all of your book-buying bells? Tell me in the comments!

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The Big Idea: Shannon Page

My personal path to publication, in terms of novel writing, was to post my novel on this blog, where it was read by an editor, who made me an offer. Is this the usual way it’s done? No. But is it wholly unusual? Well, as it turns out, there are a lot of ways to […]

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Clinton and Sanders and the End of the Road

So let’s talk about last night. 1. First and most obviously, Clinton had the night she needed last night: Decisive victories in the two largest states, New Jersey and California, wins in New Mexico and South Dakota, and a close loss in Montana that netted Sanders a single delegate. Sanders only blew out Clinton in […]

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The Big Idea: Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

For today’s Big Idea, Na’amen Gobert Tilahun looked at how people like him are imagined to be, and for his novel The Root, how to make positive the qualities that are often perceived by others to be negatives. NA’AMEN GOBERT TILAHUN: A lot of the plot ideas in The Root are actually smaller ideas that become […]

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Black Tide Rising and Mash Up — Out Today!

Oh, nothing, just a reminder that there are two anthologies being released today in which I have short stories. The first (alphabetically speaking) is Black Tide Rising, set in John Ringo’s zombiverse, for which I and Dave Klecha have contributed the story “On the Wall”; the second being Mash Up, in which my fantasy/horror story […]

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A Tweet Spree on Amazon Author Rankings and Envy

To begin, this tweet: Also, Amazon Author Rank? What the hell are you. — James S.A. Corey (@JamesSACorey) June 6, 2016 To which I responded: There's a certain point where you just let go of Amazon rankings because they have no relation to overall reality. https://t.co/ELJaaJNiDz — John Scalzi (@scalzi) June 6, 2016 Which got […]

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The Big Idea: Anna Kashina

Warriors live to a code — but what if in a moment of crisis, that code ties your hands? Anna Kashina confronts such a scenario in her novel, Assassin Queen. ANNA KASHINA: “Assassin Queen” is the third and concluding book in the Majat Code trilogy, which was ultimately driven by one big idea: what would happen […]

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Self Portrait With Kitten

And that’s what I have for you this Sunday, folks. Hope you’ve been having a great weekend.

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The Greatest of All Time

I cried for Muhammad Ali when I was eight years old, the night he fought and lost to Leon Spinks, February 15, 1978. When I was eight years old Muhammad Ali was everywhere, the best known and most admired athlete in the world — he even had an animated television series, for heaven’s sake! — […]

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The Big Idea: Kelley Grant

Sometimes the Big Ideas of a book series can grow, and the author is left wondering, great, now, how do I make this work? With The World Weavers, author Kelley Grant considered the overall concept of the trilogy she’d written, and how to make the expansive big idea of it come to a satisfying conclusion. […]

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Sunset, 6/1/16

My wife texted me from downstairs to make sure I got a picture of the sunset tonight. Good call (or, uh, text). Welcome to June.

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The Big Idea: Bob Defendi

Bob Defendi is a gamer who knows what it’s like to be trapped in a bad game session. But as the writer of Death by Cliché, Defendi decides to take that bad game session one step farther. It’s a big step. And it goes straight down. BOB DEFENDI: Mel Brooks said. “Tragedy is when I […]

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