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Process Notes on Starter Villain

As I sometimes do when I finish writing a novel, here are some behind-the-scenes notes on Starter Villain, which I have now completed and which will be available (knocks wood) in August September of 2023. 1. The book took longer to complete than expected because in June I got COVID, and while my physical symptoms […]

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Get Locus Magazine Over Its Fundraising Goal Today and I Will Write a Christmas Story

Locus Magazine, the trade magazine of the science fiction/fantasy/horror publishing field, is having a fundraiser to help it continue its work. I’m a fan and a supporter of the magazine — I subscribe to it, and I also donated $1k to this very fundraiser — and with less than a day left in the fundraiser, […]

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An Update On My Thoughts on AI-Generated Art

Tor, which is the publisher of my novels, is being called out for using AI-generated art on a book cover; it appears that they got it from a stock art house. Getting graphic elements from stock art to modify on covers is a common enough practice — including on my own most recent novel cover […]

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Pixel Watch Thoughts and Impressions

I drowned my Fitbit Sense smartwatch over the summer — not intentionally, I just thought it was more water-resistant than it turned out to be — and as I still wanted to count steps and tell time from my wrist, was in the market for a new tracker or smartwatch. Not long after the Google […]

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Notice of Head Down

I have been reliably informed by my editor that Starter Villain, my next novel, has to be done in the next two weeks or otherwise DOOM DOOM DOOOOOOOOOM (actually my editor was far more mellow about it than that, but it still needs to be in). So, I, John Scalzi, will be scarce here until […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2022, Day Five: Charities

For the last four days, the Whatever Gift Guide 2022 has been about helping you find the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones. But today I’d like to remind folks that the season is also about helping those in need. So this final day is for charities. If you’re looking for a place to make a […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2022, Day Four: Fan Favorites!

For the first three days of the Whatever Gift Guide 2022, I’ve let authors and creators tell you about their work. Today is different: Today is Fan Favorites day, in which fans, admirers and satisfied customers share with you a few of their favorite things — and you can share some of your favorite things as […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2022, Day Three: Arts, Crafts, Music and More

The Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2022 continues, and today we move away from books and focus on other gifts and crafts — which you can take to mean just about any other sort of thing a creative person might make: Music, art, knitting, jewelry, artisan foodstuffs and so on. These can be great, unique gifts for special folks […]

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What’s the Ethical Use of AI-Generated Art?

First: The above bit of whimsy, generated by Midjourney from the prompt “A peppermint kaiju in a gingerbread city.” Second, some thoughts about AI-generated art I’ve had recently, which I posted on my personal Facebook account but am reposting here to open up the discussion a bit. I wrote: I have fun playing with AI-generated […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2022, Day Two: Non-Traditionally Published Books

Today is Day Two of the Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2022, and today the focus is on Non-Traditionally Published Books: Self-published works, electronically-exclusive books, books from micro presses, books released outside the usual environs of the publishing world, and so on. Hey, I put my first novel up on this very Web site years ago and told people to […]

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Whatever Holiday Gift Guide 2022, Day One: Traditionally Published Books

Welcome to the first day of the Whatever Shopping Guide 2022 — 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 to stores […]

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How to Weave the Artisan Web

I wrote on Twitter yesterday: “But Scalzi,” I hear you say, “How do we bring back that artisan, hand-crafted Web?” Well, it’s simple, really, and if you’re a writer/artist/musician/other sort of creator, it’s actually kind of essential: 1. Create/reactivate your own site, owned by you, to hold your own work. 2. When you create that […]

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Whatever 2022 Holiday Gift Guide 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 this […]

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