Monthly Archives: October 2020

Webtoon Recommendation Time: Freaking Romance

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Webtoon Recommendation Time! The time where I bring you the best webtoons around (in my opinion) and tell you to read them. Or, rather, try to give you reasons why you should read them. For this round of recommendations, we have Freaking Romance, a romance/drama webtoon with some […]

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The Big Idea: Marshall Ryan Maresca

In Marshall Ryan Maresca’s newest novel, People of the City, seven heroes come together for an Avengers-style ultimate team up. Who are these heroes, and how does their chemistry make it all work? Read on. MARSHALL RYAN MARESCA: Five years ago, when my debut novel The Thorn of Dentonhill was released, it was the first step […]

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How To Make a Halloween-Themed Dance Party Playlist — The Scalzi Way!

On Halloween I’m DJing a dance party for SFWA as part of their online Halloween festivities; it’s a two-hour slot so naturally I made a playlist that’s four hours long, with five dozen tracks. And you may ask yourself, “Well, Scalzi, how do you make a Halloween-themed dance party playlist?” I’m glad you asked! Here’s […]

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I Have a Confession

After years of debating whether or not to come forward with this, I have finally decided to let it be known. This is a truth about myself that I am ashamed for my family to know, as well as all of you. But I shan’t keep this dark secret any longer. I don’t like bacon. […]

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Meanwhile, Check Out This Leaf With Legs

I found this dude hanging out in my hedge this afternoon. Seems quite content. There’s probably a lesson there. It was a relaxing weekend for me. Hope yours was nice, too. — JS

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A Foliage Moment For You

Today was a platonically perfect autumn day: Crisp temperatures, sunny skies and foliage in full color. It’s nice to be able to walk out of the house and get a photo like this. Hope your Saturday is likewise lovely. — JS

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New Books and ARCs, 10/23/20

As we ease into the weekend, here’s a nice hefty stack of new books and ARCs that have come into the Scalzi Compound in the last couple of weeks. See anything here that makes your fingers twitch in desire? Share in the comments! — JS

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October Is Almost Over So Make Some Seasonal Treats While You Still Can!

It may very well be pumpkin spice season, but let’s not forget it’s also apple cider season! Fewer things in life delight like a warm mug of apple cider. Well, that is, if it’s my cider you’re drinking. And it could be yours too! I’m here today to share with you a recipe for apple cider […]

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Foliage Photo Album + Quick Thoughts on Photoshop 2021

First off: Hey, you like fall foliage? I happen to have a lot of it around my house, and I’ve collected some photos of this year’s foliage in a Flickr album. My plan is to add to it, not only this year but also in subsequent years, so it’s just becomes this amazing album of […]

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Political (Dis)Engagement

Here’s a piece I’m thinking about today, in the New York Times: The Real Divide in America Is Between Political Junkies and Everyone Else. The opening grafs from the article: The common view of American politics today is of a clamorous divide between Democrats and Republicans, an unyielding, inevitable clash of harsh partisan polarization. But […]

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The Big Idea: Elizabeth Bear

Things work… until they don’t. And when they don’t, what then? Elizabeth Bear has thoughts on this, and how they relate to her latest novel, Machine. ELIZABETH BEAR: Hello, everybody! Thanks for this moment of your time. I’m here to tell you about The Big Idea (or at least one or two of the big […]

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Sunrise, Fog and Trees

Not a bad combination, I have to say. Hello, world. Let’s get to it, shall we? — JS

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The Big Idea: Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson

If you’ve ever tried to learn another language, or grew up bilingual (or tri or quad), you know that there are some words in each language that just simply can’t be translated. Author Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson experiences this dilemma in the translation of his novel, Shadows of the Short Days. Read on to see how this […]

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Fake Young Scalzis

A new edition of Photoshop dropped today and one of it’s new feature sets is “neural filters” which can, among other things, make one’s face look younger or older. So for fun I took pictures of me and Krissy from the last month and ran them at the “-25” age setting, which may or may […]

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How Jack Skellington Is the World’s Most Lovable Problematic Skeleton

It’s that time of year again when The Nightmare Before Christmas is finally socially acceptable to watch, and thankfully it will remain in season until Christmas, because it is a wonderful film that doubles as both a Halloween and a Christmas movie. Though if you’re anything like me, you watch it far more often than […]

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The Big Idea: James S. Murray

Have you ever felt the crippling anxiety of being lost? How about the feeling of being watched? Or both at the same time? Author James S. Murray (writing with Darren Wearmouth) explores this fear in his Big Idea for his new novel, Don’t Move. JAMES S. MURRAY: I’ve only been lost in the woods once. […]

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A Bit of Disclosure, Re: Sneak Previews and Special Events

In the last couple of months, I’ve — quite mysteriously! — been added to a number of PR lists inviting me to virtual sneak previews of upcoming shows and other related media events. The way it works is you’re invited to an online “red carpet” event, with either sneak previews of the show/movie or some […]

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And Now, Some General Thoughts About the Election

And to do it, I’m bringing back the “talking to myself” format. Hello, me! Hello, you! Who, uhhhh, is also me.  Indeed. So, what are your questions for me about this year’s election? Well, since you’ve already detailed how you think Trump will do in your own county, any thoughts on how you think he’ll […]

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October in Ohio

You know what, it’s not too bad.  Hope you’re having a pleasant Sunday, folks. — JS

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Reporting in From Trump Country, 2020

Four years ago (almost exactly), I wrote about Darke County, the place in Ohio where I live, and how I expected it would vote in the 2016 presidential election. Darke County is a small rural county, and like most small rural counties in the United States, it skews pretty seriously conservative and Republican. As part […]

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