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Christy Gaitten, RIP

My pal Christy Gaitten (seen here on her wedding day in 2000, from a snap Krissy took) passed away yesterday. I don’t think she would want me to get too mushy or overlong in a public remembrance — she definitely edged toward the “sarcastic quip” side of things — so let me just say that […]

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Charlie Photo: Deployed

Just in case anyone here could benefit from a photo of a happy pup in the yard with her tongue out. If you are that person, here you go. If you’re not, well, you still got a puppy photo out of it, and that’s not bad. — JS

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LD+R a Netflix Top Ten Show

And actually, top 5, as it was nestled in at number five when I checked, and of course I checked, because I was curious. This is a pretty good showing for its debut weekend and I’m unsurprisingly pleased about it. “Top 5 Netflix Show” is a nice thing to be able to add to one’s […]

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Thoughts On the Imminent Unmasking

As many of you know, the CDC recently changed masking guidelines for vaccinated folks, and in Ohio, at least, guidelines are also changing — both immediately for vaccinated people and then for everyone in a couple of weeks. I’ve had some people ask me what I think about it and what I plan to do […]

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Follow-up to the Week’s Excitement

Athena has already updated you all on the, uh, exciting events of her week, so I don’t need to go over that again, but I did want to check in to thank the folks who checked in with me or Krissy to see how we were doing in the wake of Athena’s unexpected medical emergency. […]

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Hey, Do You Like Leaks?

Here’s one from Twitter! — JS

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Love Death + Robots Volume 2 Now Out

In case you were wondering to yourself what you should watch on Netflix today, the new season of Love Death + Robots just dropped, with another eight episodes of futuristic and/or fantastical animated chaos and mayhem. Not only do I have an episode in this season, but it’s the lead-off episode: “Automated Customer Service,” for […]

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Dogs in the Yard, 5/13/21

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that my yard has become the de facto dog park for the neighborhood. Here is evidence of that: Buckley (black labradoodle), Gus (golden labradoodle) and Charlie (doofus sprinter) all hanging out in the lawn. And a fine day for it. We don’t mind that they hang out here. They’re pretty cool. And […]

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I’m Totally Not Feeling it Today, So Instead of Incisive, Thoughtful Commentary I’m Just Going to Show You Something That’s Making Me Irrationally Angry

Fucking “Jumbo Donettes”?!?!? THEY’RE GODDAMN DONUTS THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE “But ‘donette’ is their trademark” YOU DON’T THINK I DON’T KNOW THAT IT’S STILL THE WORST THING EVER SERIOUSLY IMMA GO DOWN TO HOSTESS WITH A BAT AND “TALK” TO THEIR MARKETING PEOPLE (eats his Jumbo Donette gloweringly) That’s it, that’s all I got for […]

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Ten Years of Fuzzy Nation

Today is not only my birthday, it is the tenth anniversary of the release of Fuzzy Nation, otherwise known (to me, anyway) as The Makeup Book, because it was the book that came out after Tor and I briefly and privately broke up for a couple of years before patching things back together. Why did […]

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52

It occured to me last week, as I was coming up on my 52nd birthday, which is today, that I am now old enough that I have a year of my life correspond to every week of a standard-sized year. This is not a particularly deep thought, to be sure, but to someone who is […]

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Mother’s Day 2021

It was low-key but lovely here. If Mother’s Day is something that gives you joy, I hope it was joyful for you. — JS

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New Music from Matthew Ryan

You may remember Matthew Ryan as the fellow with whom I co-wrote that Christmas song late last year, or you may otherwise be familiar with him from his own extensive and excellent discography. He has a new project now, called The Pines at Night, and with it has released a maxi-single that leads off with […]

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A Little Bit of Sugar

In lieu of any posting of depth from me today, because apparently I’m not actually thinking about anything more deeply than can be essayed in a tweet at the moment, here’s Sugar the cat, looking out onto the deck, watching Charlie and the neighbor dog Buckley do their inexplicable dog things. Dogs, what are they […]

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Happy Just To Be a Finalist: A Twitter Thread

I wrote a Twitter thread last night about awards and peer groups and being happy no matter who might win; I’m reporting it for archival purposes, and for those of you who don’t go to the Twitters. Enjoy. 1. One of the things that it’s sometimes hard to communicate about being a finalist for an award […]

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The Last Emperox a Locus Award Finalist

The Last Emperox is a finalist for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction novel, which is seriously cool and makes me happy. What also makes me happy is the excellent peer group I and my book find themselves in with the other finalists in the category: Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)Attack Surface, Cory Doctorow […]

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New Books and ARCs, 4/30/21

We’re on our way out of April and are moving toward May, but there’s still enough time to get in this stack of new books and ARCs that have arrived at the Scalzi Compound. What here is attracting your interest? Let us know in the comments!

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Biden at 100 Days: Boring as a Secret Weapon

It is a little odd to me that the very best thing about Joseph Biden in his first 100 days is that he is boring. First and most obviously, that’s in contrast to his predecessor, a narcissistic chaos engine who essentially held the nation’s attention hostage for four years; the idea that one might not […]

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A Charlie Moment

This is a happy dog, y’all. Hope you’re having a great Monday. — JS

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About Being “Great”: A Twitter Thread

Context: Someone out on the Internet was helpfully explaining to someone else that I was “No [Harlan] Ellison,” no matter how many blogs or witticisms I had. I naturally had some thoughts about that. This was a tweet thread, which I am posting here for archiving and for those of you who stay away from […]

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