Monthly Archives: December 2017

Head On: Done

Hey, guess what I finally ARGINBARGINRASSAFRASSING finished? P.S.: THANK GOD PPS: It’s pretty good. PPPS: I’m going to bed now.

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How We Spoil Our Cats, December 2017 Edition

We give them custom-made cat steps. The steps go up to a resting area above the sliding glass door. The installation was done over the weekend; we have to add carpet to each step yet but otherwise it’s done. I was a little worried how it was going to look but I think it turned […]

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Spoiler-Free Observations on The Last Jedi

Some thoughts on The Last Jedi, after I’ve had a night to chew on it. These thoughts are spoiler-free, because I am not a dick. 1. I enjoyed it and it was a solid entry into the canon, which means that Disney has now made three solid Star Wars films in a row (The Force […]

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I’m Still Finishing the Book, So Here’s a Picture of a Cat, Plus Another Question

Sugar enjoys laying on me while I’m trying to type. It’s adorable, but also makes the typing just a little bit slower. Today’s audience participatory question whilst I am furiously typing: If you could have one musical artist cover a particular holiday song, which artist and song would it be? NOTE: This is for holiday […]

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A Question For You Whilst I Finish My Book

I’m soooooooooo close to finishing Head On (which was due a long time ago ugh), so while I’m busy typing, here’s a participatory thread with a festive, holiday-themed question for you: What was the best-received gift you ever gave for the holidays? Which is to say, not the gift you thought was the best, or […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Day Five: Charities

For the last four days, the Whatever Gift Guide 2017 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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Old Man’s War in Development at Netflix

So here’s some lively holiday news: An Old Man’s War movie is currently in development at Netflix. Surprise! Here are the details over at Deadline.com. I’m pretty happy about this. And now, your questions: Are you excited? Hell, yes. One, because I would love to see an OMW movie. But also, two, Netflix is a […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Day Four: Fan Favorites!

For the first three days of the Whatever Gift Guide 2017, 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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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Day Three: Arts, Crafts, Music and More

The Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2017 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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“Don’t Live For Your Obituary” Arrives at the Scalzi Compound

Look at this lovely book, held aloft by my lovely missus. It’s Don’t Live For Your Obituary, my first collection of writing-related essays in a decade. The official release date is December 31st (yes, New Year’s Eve), but if you pre-ordered the signed limited hardcover from Subterranean Press, I understand they have begun to be […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Day Two: Non-Traditionally Published Books

Today is Day Two of the Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2017, 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 […]

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The Big Idea: Ryk E. Spoor

Typing in a minefield: When Ryk E. Spoor took on his new novel Princess Holy Aura, that’s what he guessed he’d be doing. Why? And why did he decide to write it anyway? Read on for the answers. RYK E. SPOOR: I did not expect to write Princess Holy Aura. “Hey, you’re the author, don’t […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Day One: Traditionally Published Books

Welcome to the first day of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2017 — My way of helping you folks learn about cool creative gifts for the holidays, straight from the folks who have created them. Today’s featured products are traditionally published books (including graphic novels and audiobooks); that is, books put out by publishers who ship books to stores […]

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Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2017 Starts Monday!

Every year as the holiday season begins I run a shopping guide for the holidays, and over the years it’s been quite successful: Lots of people have found out about excellent books and crafts and charities and what have you, making for excellent gift-giving opportunities during the holiday season. I’ve decided to do it again this […]

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