Monthly Archives: June 2021

A Look At Loki: Episodes 1-3

It’s been almost a decade since The Avengers (2012) came out, and since that fateful day little thirteen year old me saw it in theaters, Loki has been my favorite Marvel character. Now, Marvel has finally put out a show all about the god of mischief himself, and I am so amped. Before we continue, I must […]

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Charlie: A Bad Good Dog or a Good Bad Dog

This tweet explains why. Upon examination the wallet was old, torn and empty, suggesting it had been abandoned to the trash or that the neighbors gave it to their own dog as a chew toy, but still. It was a bit of a shock to see Charlie wander up onto the deck with a wallet. […]

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TokyoTreat July Box Review

Welcome, everyone, to a special edition of me trying Japanese snacks! As you might have been able to tell from the title, I’m not trying a Sakuraco box today (like I did in my last four snack box posts), but a TokyoTreat one instead! The nice people at Sakuraco reached out to me after my […]

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Here, Have a Cover Reveal

Pretty cool. There’s a whole story about it, including a little more detail about the story, over at Tor.com right now. — JS

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Weekend Update

We’re having fun. We just had milkshakes for dinner. I regret nothing. Hope you’ve been having a lovely weekend too. — JS

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New Books and ARCs, 6/25/21

Baen Books sent me a ton of stuff recently, so, guess what? It’s an (almost) Baen exclusive stack of new books and ARCs this week! Anything here catching your eye? Talk about it in the comments. — JS

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Here’s Something I Haven’t Used in a While

No, not the ukulele. I use that all the time. The travel bag! Krissy and I are doing a weekend getaway, and in doing so it’ll be the first time in (counts) at least fifteen months that I will have traveled more than 15 miles from my house. I hardly know what to do with […]

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Hey Kids! There’s a New Journey Song!

“Kids,” of course, being shorthand for “People between the ages of 65 and 40 who remember when Album Oriented Rock roamed the FM airwaves.” Isn’t that what “kids” is commonly understood to mean? No? Well, whatever, I think the dictionary will back me on this, probably. The song itself: It’s okay! It sounds like a […]

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Back to DragonCon!

So, here’s an FYI for you: Yes, that’s right, I am the DragonCon literary guest of honor for 2021. “But, Scalzi,” you say, “Weren’t you the DragonCon literary guest of honor in 2020?” Indeed I was! It was online, and this year (cross fingers, knock on wood) there will be a substantial in-person component. This […]

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In Conversation with Jenny Lawson at Lithub

Jenny Lawson is one of my favorite writers and humorists, and also a pal, and couple of months ago Literary Hub asked me to do an interview/conversation with her, talking a bit about her New York Times-bestselling memoir Broken (in the best possible way). Well, I was happy to, and we chatted over the course […]

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Tonight’s Sunset, 6/22/21

Lovely, in a mellow sort of way. — JS

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The Big Idea: Jen Karner

Events can change you — and in her novel Cinders of Yesterday, author Jen Karner posits that this change can go more than just skin deep. In this Big Idea, Karner explores how we react to these events, and how we carry their marks moving forward. JEN KARNER: Gaslighting is insidious. It’s worse when it […]

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A Reminder to Worldcon Members

The room block at the hotel is open! Go get a room! (And yes, I reserved a room, and yes, at this point, I do plan to attend. I am a Hugo nominee this year, after all. And also, the idea of a holiday-timed Worldcon is charming to me.) — JS

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I Am Truly A Great Daughter

Buying gifts for my dad, whether it be for his birthday, Christmas, or Father’s Day, is a challenging feat. This is mainly because, as many of you have seen from his ridiculous musical acquirements, he buys himself whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Gift giving goes out the window when the person just gets themselves […]

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More Learning the DAW

How I spent my Fathers’ Day: In my musical man cave, trying to figure out how to make all the stuff I bought work. And the results were — well, pleasantly productive! I figured out how to play guitar and bass directly in my DAW, apply effects, chop up loops and beats and fiddle with […]

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Juneteenth Thoughts

Today is the first day Juneteenth is a national holiday in the United States (for federal workers it was observed yesterday because today is the weekend), and I was asked in email what thoughts I had about it and how I might be celebrating it. Well: 1. I think it’s a fine idea as a […]

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New Books and ARCs, 6/18/21

Ready for another stack of new books and ARCs? Because ready or not, here it comes! What in this stack would make for excellent summer reading? Share your thoughts in the comments. — JS

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Krissy’s Anniversary Gift

A couple weeks ago I took a picture of Krissy with my bass, just for fun, and she remarked — wrong-handedness aside — that she liked the feel and weight of the bass; it felt like an instrument she could get into. Well, I didn’t need much encouragement from that point; I snuck online when […]

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Off the Musical Deep End, Part III: Programageddeon

“Hey, Scalzi,” you ask, “any more choice thoughts about your new little basement studio?” Why, yes, I have a couple! * First, folks, I’m sooooooo in over my head right now. I know I’ve said that before, but let me reiterate that I’ve really overcommitted. I’ve, like, bought all the software (to go along with […]

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26 Years!

I’m 52, and today is the 26th anniversary of me and Krissy getting married, which means, if I haven’t entirely lost my ability to do math, I’ve been married to Krissy for almost exactly half my life, and have had her in my life for an even larger percentage. Not gonna lie, looking to increase […]

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