Monthly Archives: January 2019
So I put on one of those YouTube “videos for cats” — usually videos of birds and small mammals scampering about — to see if the cats would, in fact, be intrigued by them. The answer, for Zeus at least, is yes. I eventually had to turn it off because he was trying to figure […]
An email from a reader today, which (to paraphrase) noted I don’t seem to mix it up as much with dickheads here or elsewhere, and wondered whether that had to do with maturity or just because everyone’s moved on. Maybe both? On the personal level, I’m rather less feeling the need to bother with the […]
“I had not been sufficiently informed of the recent temperature drop and resulting snow, which was not here previously. Please let me back into the house.” (Spoiler: I let her back in. Eventually.) The next ten days will be at near-freezing temperatures. I expect a lot of indoor cat time. As usually happens in the […]
These are crowns for a molar and pre-molar, respectively, from top, and the teeth they were applied to are right next to each other in my mouth, which is why I got them at the same time; didn’t seem much point to getting just one of them done. These are my first crowns, so I […]
Who tells the story of a novel? For her new novel The Widows, the question is not an academic one for Jess Montgomery — her story of 1920s Appalachia hinged on the right voice to tell the tale. JESS MONTGOMERY: A few years ago, we were planning our first trip to visit our younger daughter […]
Tim Miller, David Fincher to Create Adult-Themed Animated Shorts Series for Netflix I’d watch that.
What’s being passed around among authors in the last few days: The latest Authors Guild survey, which shows that the median income for all authors (from their books) is $6,080, while the median income for full-time authors is $20,300. That $6k median figure is down significantly from previous years. So if you made more than […]
My mother posted this on Facebook a few days ago, and I thought I’d also post it here so it didn’t get lost down the Facebook memory hole: This is a picture of me and my grandfather, Michael Scalzi. I’m guessing I’m about four or five in that photo, so this would be from 1973 […]
Today’s Twitter kerfuffle (not counting the enduring discussion of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knowing how to dance, much to the consternation of some conservatives) comes courtesy of this Washington Post article, in which a “mommy blogger” by the name of Christie Tate discusses why she won’t stop blogging about her kid, even though the kid had asked […]
Cultural critic and commentator Lindsay Ellis (disclosure: a friend of mine) has a video up talking about “The Death of the Author,” which is a primer and discussion of that particular literary theory, and whether it makes sense to apply it to work today. It’s an interesting video and makes a number of relevant points […]
Can a “big idea” be a bad idea? Author James L. Cambias (who has been one of my favorite writers since we were both at the University of Chicago together) grapples with this problem, and how confronting this issue made his new novel Arkad’s World all the better. JAMES L. CAMBIAS: “It’s such a fine […]
For 2019 I didn’t do any resolutions, because over the course of time I can’t say that I’ve found them particularly useful, either as an encouragement or as a goad. For me, the way it usually works is that I decide to do things, or I don’t, and my behavior changes accordingly. With that said, […]
For those of you casting about for things to nominate for various awards this year, here’s what I have that’s eligible. Best Novel Head On (April 2018; Tor Books; Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed.) The Consuming Fire (October 2018; Tor Books; Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed.) Best Related Work Virtue Signaling and Other Heresies: Selected Writings From […]
Yup, this pretty much covers it, I’d say. Also, hello and welcome to 2019! How was your new year?