Meanwhile, Smudge

Smudge, looking directly at the camera.

Because after today’s other weighty topics here on the site, I figure this dude’s fuzzy butt might be a good counterbalance. And I’m not wrong!

— JS

17 Comments on “Meanwhile, Smudge”

  1. Thank you, dear Smudge, for your contribution to my sanity… Meanwhile, Mr Scalzi, your free 5-chapter tease of the “Kaiju Preservation Society,” and the subsequent wait until 15MAR for the remainder, has prompted me to seek out other Scalzi mind-occupants. Fortunately, I was able to secure a digital copy (Thank you, Public Library Digital Online Books) of “Agent to the Stars,” which I am currently savoring instead of being assaulted by the Evening News… In case you’re wondering, yes, it has stood the test of time quite nicely… Enjoy the sunset, and have a pleasant evening.

  2. Corrvin – When I was 3 years old, my grandmother gave me a threaded needle, and a button, and a scrap of fabric. I've taken time off to grow up, go to school, and have a job and a family-- but I'm back now and the arts are just as good as ever!
    Corrvin (they/them)

    He’s such a serious fellow.

    …also that appears to be a whole wall of pictures of him? He must love that.

  3. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.

    Smudge is thinking about what he would do to the Kapitol Klown Kar Koup….

    He would punish them with His Savage Furry Fury!

  4. Sadly my attempt to obtain the free goodies ground to a juddering halt on the rocks of Tor’s disinclination to provide these to people outside the US.

    It’s a disappointing policy but it’s also an excellent way of pissing off your readers; presumably Tor believes that those of us outside the US are so besotted with your work that promotions such as this are entirely unnecessary.

    The problem which Tor appears not to grasp is that relationships between author and his potential readers are not absolutely dictated by the publisher. They can undoubtedly do stuff to help or harm – in this case harm- but they can’t dictate it. It’s the not even being aware of that fact that Is the problem…

  5. Addendum to my previous comment – “…surrendering to the crucial moment…they’re saying, here, we trust you to take this, the most important moment in the history of both our races, and make it work.” – This is Krissy + John. Honesty, sincerity, tenderness and trust, as the old song goes… My heart fills with hope, to know that there is in existence such love. Thank you! Much love and happiness to you both!

  6. @Stevie, I got it from the UK amazon by searching for kaiju sneak peek. A quick check shows that still works for the French and Australian sites too.

  7. Hope Griffin Diaz – North Carolina – So, to borrow from a popular shirt, I love Jesus but I cuss a little. Well, a lot. In fact, I just don't believe Jesus really gives a shit about the word 🤬 I am married to the love of my life, Louie (aka Luis) and have an adult child, Christy. Reading transports me to places that are inaccessible to me right now. Whether those places address in space or in areas I'm unable to travel, I am grateful for books and authors who keep my mind occupied. I fancy myself an amateur gardener, I am owned by a large black purr machine maine coon cat named Samwise aka #SamSam and a Border Collie/Australian Cattle dog mix named Daisy. I knit. I craft. I sew. These are at my leisure and are hobbies. I don't take commissions nor do I do alterations. I'm an aspiring human being. I battle several mental illnesses including depression, major panic disorder, agoraphobia, germaphobia, claustrophobia, and some other assorted illnesses. I also have fibromyalgia and have had numerous traumatic brain injuries (into the double digits now). I am not able to drive at night.
    Hope Diaz

    I showed this picture of Smudge to #SamSam
    His official reaction, and I quote “sigh”. He then continued to look out the window fire squirrels.

    I always enjoy a good picture of Smudge. This one is definitely that with some fun lighting.

    Thank you.

  8. Oh, thank goodness, a cat picture.

    (I totally agree with your previous post, but I fear you’re mainly preaching to the choir here.)

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