Monthly Archives: November 2020

First Snow of the Season

The weather forecast was that the snow would begin this evening, but when has 2020 waited for anything? It started this morning and while it’s not been in great amounts, it also never really stopped coming. And thus: lots of white to welcome in December. Which apparently will shoo it away quickly — there will […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2020, Day One: Traditionally Published Books

Welcome to the first day of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2020 — Our 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 […]

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The Four Movies That Have Made Me Ugly Cry, Part One: The Fault in Our Stars

Like most teen girls in the 2010s, I was enamored with The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. I read it during my freshman year of high school, and the movie came out when I was a sophomore. I also met John Green when I was a sophomore at NerdCon, so that was like, really […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2020 Starts Monday!

Every year as the holiday season begins I run a gift 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 […]

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A Short Note on Thanksgiving Day

Notwithstanding the existential trash fire that 2020 has been on a global and national scale, I can say that on a personal level I have had a lot to be thankful for, and that today I am going to set aside a little time to reflect on that, in between, of course, stuffing myself silly […]

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Playing With My 50mm Lens

I take a lot of pictures with my Nikon, and mostly I take them with my 28mm-300mm zoom lens, because it has (obviously, if you’re a photo geek) a wide range of focal length options baked in. With that said, I also have a fixed 50mm lens which I sometimes use because it has better […]

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Meg Frank on the Mermaids Monthly Kickstarter

Meg Frank is an artist and one of the Scalzi family’s Favorite People on the Planet, and as such we are delighted to give them a little space here today to talk about their latest project: Mermaids Monthly, a magazine that you can help Kickstart. MEG FRANK: Asking for help makes me breathtakingly uncomfortable. I’d […]

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If You’ve Ever Wondered About My Sense of Humor, Here’s a Good Example

As a teen, I really liked adult cartoons, like South Park, Family Guy, and American Dad (and I was in my early teens when Rick & Morty came out, but didn’t watch it until I was about sixteen). I’m not really a big fan of most of those titles anymore but they were hilarious to me when […]

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Five Things, 11/24/20

And what five things am I thinking about today? Well! Biden gets 80 million votes: According the Cook Political Report’s Popular Vote Tracker. That’s ten million more than Obama got in 2008 — the previous record for a winning presidential candidate — and currently about six million more votes than Trump got. Percentage-wise Biden’s above […]

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The Big Idea: Charlie N. Holmberg

The genesis of Spellbreaker is a short but critical line in a beloved story. What’s the line and why does it matter? Author Charlie N. Holmberg is here to reveal all. CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG: I am not exaggerating when I say nearly every single novel I’ve written has been inspired, in some way, by Studio […]

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Today in “It’s About Damn Time” + a Cat

The transition can formally begin, finally, only two weeks and change after everyone knew Trump had lost. Well, not everyone, I suppose. I’m aware some alt-right QAnon types are having a dark night of the soul at the moment. Well: good. Get used to that feeling, my dudes. You’re gonna be having it for a […]

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The Big Idea: B.J. Graf

Do we have destinies? Or are we agents of our own fate? These questions are a mystery, but one thing author B. J. Graf makes certain in her Big Idea is that life isn’t fair. Read on to hear about how these questions play a part in her newest novel, Genesys X. B. J. GRAF: […]

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Here’s Some Music To Listen To This Fine Sunday

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a good weekend. Mine has been very lazy and relaxing, so to keep up with that trend, I’m going to share a song I like with y’all instead of posting something that requires me to use my brain. This song is actually one you may have heard before […]

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Five Things, 11/21/20

Because, hey! Just because I haven’t done one for a bit doesn’t mean I can’t do one now. Trump loses again, again: Yesterday saw Georgia definitively go into the Biden win column, and (presumably) Trump’s grand plan to steal Michigan via the state legislature go into the crapper. There may yet be Michigan drama if […]

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New Books and ARCs, 11/20/20

Here comes the weekend — and here comes a stack of new books and ARCs! What here is calling to you? The comments exist for your sharing. — JS

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World-Building: How Science Sculpts Science Fiction

Hey! Wanna see me, Mary Robinette Kowal, Becky Chambers and Simon Guerrier talk about exoplanets on a panel moderated by Phil Plait? The answer is: Yes, yes, you do. And here it is. Enjoy. — JS

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Take a Deep Breath: Trump is Not Going To Cheat His Way Back Into the Presidency

And to convince you, here’s an hour-long presentation on the matter by and actual lawyer who specializes in constitutional law, who is (incidentally) also a conservative. In addition to what he says here, if you go to the actual YouTube page, there’s supporting material in the descriptions there. This is long — almost an hour […]

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Showcasing My Collection: Enamel Pins, Volume Two

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another edition of me showing off my enamel pin collection! Last time, I shared five of my favorite pins with you, and I’m going to do the exact same thing today. Though these are some of my favorites in my collection, they’re not in any particular order or anything, I […]

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The Big Idea: JD DeLuzio

The word “con” has more than one meaning, and for JD DeLuzio’s debut novel, The Con, this is a very very relevant fact. Read on to discover more. JD DeLUZIO: A woman recalls the arrival of Haile Selassie to Jamaica in April of 1966, and the seven mystic white flying greyhounds that swept down from […]

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