Monthly Archives: April 2017

And Now Have All My Travels Ended

Back at home. For good, this time. For a whole month and change. I hardly know what I will do with myself! (What I will do with myself: 1. Catch up on sleep. 2. Pet the cats. 3. Write more on the next book.) To everyone who came to see me on tour, all the […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 4/28/17: Southfield, MI

Not just a parking lot, a parking structure. An auspicious way to finish up this tour’s series of Views from a Hotel Window. I’m in Southfield, Michigan, at the Penguicon convention. Tomorrow I sign books, do my final reading of the tour, and participate on panels. If you’re in the area and have a hankering for […]

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View From a Hotel Window 4/26/17: San Francisco

Behold, the penultimate hotel window view for this tour! It’s also the view from the highest floor (I think). Hello, San Francisco. Tonight! If you’re in Santa Cruz, come see Cory and me at the Santa Cruz High Theater at 7, sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz. It’ll be my first time in Santa Cruz ever. […]

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The Big Idea: Maurice Broaddus

April has been light on Big Idea posts because I’m on tour (don’t worry, May’s gonna be packed), but let’s make sure we don’t get through this last week of the month without a fine piece of work for you to consider. Today: Maurice Broaddus brings you all the details on his new novella Buffal0 Soldier, […]

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Checking In on Monday

O hai, Whatever readers! Here’s me and Cory Doctorow just hanging out, as we do. For those of you in the LA area, remember that he and I are going to be a Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena tomorrow at 7pm, talking about our new books and life, the universe, and everything. And then on Wednesday, […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 4/21/17: Los Angeles

Look, it’s LA, being LA.  I’m here for a few days! I get to catch up on my sleep! Wheee! No event today, but tomorrow I am signing books at the Mysterious Galaxy booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (3pm-4pm booth 368), and then on Sunday at 1:30, Cory Doctorow and I […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 4/20/17: San Diego

Parking lot in there. Just barely. Tonight: San Diego! Mysterious Galaxy bookstore! 7pm! Be there or be somewhere else! Tomorrow: Nothing! I have a travel day and a break. BUT Saturday and Sunday I’ll be at the LA Times Festival of Books. I’m signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth an Saturday at 3, and on […]

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View From a Hotel Window, 4/19/17: Seattle

Not a parking lot, but there is street parking, so that maybe counts? Tonight: I’m at University Temple United Methodist Church for an event sponsored by the University Bookstore (if memory serves the church is across the street from the bookstore). That’s at 7. Come see me then (but remember it’s a ticketed event)! Tomorrow: […]

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View From a Hotel Window 4/18/17: Aurora, CO

That’s almost the Platonic ideal of the hotel parking lot photo. Tonight: I’m visiting Boulder for the first time ever! My event is at the Boulder Bookstore at 7:30. Hope to see you there if you’re in the area! Tomorrow: Seattle — one of my favorite stops — and University Bookstore (actually it will be […]

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Today is International Kristine Blauser Scalzi Day

Today is the birthday of the most fabulous person I know, namely, my wife, Kristine Blauser Scalzi, for whom my love is boundless. If you might wish to offer her felicitations on this most auspicious of days, I think that would be lovely, and I would thank you.

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View From a Hotel Window, 4/17/17: Santa Fe

Not quite pool season in Santa Fe, yet. Tonight: I am at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, having conversation with George RR Martin. As one does! Tomorrow: Boulder, Colorado, at the Boulder bookstore. Really looking forward to that. Hello world! I’m back on tour!

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Reader Request Week 2017 Wrapup

Missed any of last week’s Reader Request Week posts? Here’s the whole set for your perusal. Reader Request Week 2017 #1: Punching Nazis Reader Request Week 2017 #2: Those Darn Millennials Reader Request Week 2017 #3: Utopias Reader Request Week 2017 #4: Haters and How I Deal With Them Reader Request Week 2017 #5: Remembering […]

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Reader Request Week 2017 #10: Short Bits

Happy Easter! Let’s close out Reader Request Week by running through a bunch of questions I didn’t otherwise get to, shall we? Tracy Benton: If you were falsely accused of a minor crime that would ruin your life, what would you do? (By ruin your life, I mean cause you to lose the trust and respect […]

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Reader Request Week 2017 #9: Writery Short Bits

Coming to the end of the Reader Request Week, so let’s quickly cruise through a bunch of questions relating to writing and/or what I’m doing in my career. DangerKitty: Are you ever interested in doing screenplays for TV series, such as Doctor Who, Star Trek, Black Mirror, etc? Why or why not? I wrote a screenplay […]

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Reader Request Week 2017 #8: The Path to Publication

Teresa asks: From the moment that you wrote the first draft, how long it did it take you to see your first work of fiction published? Heh. Well, it depends on what one means by my first work of fiction. If, for example, my first work of fiction is thought to be the very first complete […]

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Reader Request Week 2017 #7: Parents, Their Age, and Their Kids

Christine asks: I recently had my first (and likely only) child, shortly before my 40th birthday. I’m finding the brainpower needed to parent is something I have a lot more of now, at this age. I have more emotional maturity, coping mechanisms, and perspective than I did even as a 30 year old. Do you […]

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Today’s New Books and ARCs, 4/13/17

As we head into the holiday weekend, here is a stack of very fine new books and ARCs for you to peruse. What here would you like to find in your Easter basket? Tell us in the comments!

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Reader Request Week 2017 #6: Reading as Performance

Katrina Archer, who is a writer (and a former student of mine) asks: Since you’ve recently been on tour, I have a question about the mechanics of preparation. Preparation for the *performance* not the travel. As I’m in Canada I haven’t seen what you do on tour, although I have attended your readings at cons. […]

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Reader Request Week 2017 #5: Remembering Dreams

Fabrizio Toso asks: Do you remember what you dream? If yes, has anything from your dreams found its way in your books? I do remember a lot of what I dream, yes. Not all of it — some of it slips past me in the morning — but certainly enough of my dreams that I […]

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Reader Request Week 2017 #4: Haters and How I Deal With Them

For this one I received a couple of email requests, and I’m going to conflate them into a paraphrased question which goes like this: Your site motto is “taunting the tauntable,” so why don’t you go after your haters more? And I’m all, ooooh, so let’s talk about my haters a bit. My haters generally […]

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