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And Now, Because Why Not, One Minute Fifty One Seconds of Time Lapsed Clouds That Were Visible Out My Office Window Today

The occasional speckle that you see? Birds and planes. Oh, and like one frame of my window screen at the end. Enjoy. — JS

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The Down Time

So here’s a thing: With the completion of the third Dispatcher novella, which happened last night (minus a quick read-through and a few inevitable minor tweaks of the last couple of chapters for pacing purposes), I am done with work for 2021. More accurately, the two things I officially had deadlines for in 2021 — […]

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Dispatcher 3: Finished!

For those of you who are fans of the Dispatcher series, good news: I literally just five minutes ago finished the third novella. Also, the answer to any question you might have about it at the moment is: Dude, I don’t know, I literally just five minutes ago finished the thing, let me sleep and […]

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New Books and ARCs, 7/30/21

If we have to come to the end of July, at least we have this lovely stack of new books and ARCs to send it off. What here would you like to take with you into the dog days of August? Share in the comments. — JS

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The Temp Toilet

Earlier in the year, the toilet in our en suite bathroom stopped working as it should and we decided it was time to replace it. Also, and coincidentally, we decided that 2021 was the year we were going to do a complete overhaul of the bathroom, which included but was not limited to the toilet. […]

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Perfect Form

This dog needs her own yoga studio. Clearly she has the form for it. Hope you had a good day, folks. As you can see, ours here was pretty relaxing. — JS

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A Twitter Thread on Shopping Agreements

Archived here for posterity. 1. Team Scalzi was approached today with a query about a “shopping agreement” for one of my properties. A “shopping agreement” is basically where a film/TV producer asks permission to pitch a work in a room without having paid an option up front… 2. … with the idea being that if […]

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The Problem With Pingbacks

Small housekeeping note: In the last couple of days it’s become clear that “pingbacks” — notifications from other sites that they are linking to posts here — are being used for spam purposes, so I have disabled the ability for pingbacks to be displayed. What does this mean for you, the faithful reader of the […]

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“I Ate a Bug and It Was Delicious”

Sugar, a connoisseur of small arthropods. She knows what she likes. In other news, Athena is on vacation this week, and I am finally at a point where I am likely to finish this novella I’ve been dragging out, and also we have guests coming, soooo things may be slow here until the end of […]

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Darke County and COVID Contradictions

Cases of COVID are on the upswing again, in Ohio as well as nationwide, so I thought I would check in with the CDC and see how my county is doing. Darke County, Ohio is not particularly well vaccinated — we have something like a 31% vaccination rate (I and my family are of course […]

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Sunset, 7/17/21

There’s a lot of drama going on in tonight’s sunset. It’s a keeper. (Actually, it’s not, it’s already gone. But it certainly was memorable.) — JS

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Goth Flora, 7/17/21

Because sometimes it’s fun to take bright and colorful things and make them… moody. So angsty! — JS

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New Books and ARCs, 7/15/21

We’re at the mid-point of July, and what better time to show off a hefty collection of new books and ARCs that have some to the Scalzi Compound. What here is calling to you for the second half of the month? Share in the comments. — JS

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Release Date Change For The Kaiju Preservation Society

It was going to be released on March 22, 2022 (in the US and Canada). Now it’s going to be released a week earlier: March 15, 2022. Why the change? For abstruse reasons relating to international distribution, and also because, well, why not, apparently the date was open on Tor’s schedule, so here we are. […]

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I Have Never Been Prouder of a Tweet

I regret nothing. — JS

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Is This The End of Our Hero, Coke Zero, Part III: The Final Zeronation

News arrives to me today that the Coca-Cola company is yet again tweaking both the formula and look of Coke Zero (more formally known as Coke Zero Sugar, but literally no one outside Coke’s marketing department calls it that). This is the second time Coke has tweaked the Zero formula, the first time being in […]

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A Moment to Breathe

I’m having a busy day today — good, but busy — so in case you’re having one too, here’s a piece of music to give you four minutes of breathing space. Enjoy. — JS

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Today’s Intense Moral Outrage

Look, the whole fuckin’ point of M&M’s is that they are the milk chocolate that melts in your mouth, not in your hand. So this unholy monstrosity is not only questionable the level of composition (really? As the add-in to a chocolate bar, you’re adding… chocolate? Really?), it also goes against everything M&M’s stands for […]

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When is Cookie Dough not Cookie Dough

Last night Athena tweeted this: “Now, wait,” you say, “isn’t all cookie dough edible? Because if not I’ve been doing cookie dough wrong this entire time.” No, it’s not you, dare I say all cookie dough is made with at least the intent of having the end result of the dough be edible. However, “edible […]

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Zeus, Pensive

There’s a lot going on in that head of his. You know, relatively speaking. For a cat. And though he’s getting up there in years, he’s still a pretty darn handsome dude. Onward to the weekend — JS

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