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2007 Hugo Nominations!

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 in Awards, News, Writing | 10 comments

“Yellow Card Man” is a nominee! Thanks to everyone who nominated it. I am deeply honored. I’ll either get the story up online here, or over at Asimov’s in the near future for interested people to read. If you want to be notified when it happens, you might get on my RSS feed or my email newsletter and I’ll let you know. And now, the nominees… (look! there’s Lou Anders, hugo nominee virgin blushing furiously down in the long form editor category!) 2007 Hugo Nominations Novel Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor) Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon (Del Rey) Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace) Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor) Peter Watts,...

The only good thing about George Lucas…

Posted on Mar 25, 2007 in Blog, science fiction, Writing |

… is that by creating “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” he gave Anthony Lane at The New Yorker the opportunity to write a review. I know this is an old piece, I know that Star Wars is a roadside accident fast receding in our rear view mirrors, and yet I’m delighted that I unearthed this essay once again. It opens: Sith. What kind of a word is that? Sith. It sounds to me like the noise that emerges when you block one nostril and blow through the other, but to George Lucas it is a name that trumpets evil. This is a must read for anyone who is...

Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 in News, Writing | 2 comments

The Logorrhea anthology is now available for pre-orders from Amazon. I’ve got a story in it called “Softer” which is a departure for me, because it isn’t a science fiction story. The idea was to choose a winning word from the Scripps National Spelling Bee and compose a story based around it. I chose “macerate.” I’ve already read a couple of the other pieces, and it should be a good read. Here’s the list of contributors: Hal Duncan – “The Chiaroscurist” Liz Williams – “Lyceum” David Prill – “Vivisepulture” Clare Dudman – “Eczema” Alex Irvine – “Semaphore” Marly Youmans – “The Smaragdine Knot” Michael Moorcock – “A Portrait in...

Crystal Meth House (last post, I swear)

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 in Blog, home town | 3 comments

So, one of my other neighbors finally called the cops on crystal meth house. Everyone on the block is sick of them, but everyone’s afraid of them, as well. The fine gentleman who called the cops finally got fed up with them cranking their car stereo in the middle of the street. Their car was cranked up and the bass was shaking the neighborhood, so my portly senior citizen of a neighbor goes outside and shouts over the racket, “You need to turn that down!” The response from Crystal Meth Boy: “We’re just testing the stereo!” Senior Citizen: “It works! Shut it off.” Crystal Meth Boy: “What’s your problem...

ficlets for fun… for profit?

Posted on Mar 21, 2007 in Blog, writing biz | 2 comments

So the ever-energetic John Scalzi has started a new gig. Ficlets. Micro fiction that everyone can add on to. It actually looks pretty fun. The sort of communal writing experience that’s missing from a writer’s general daily life. Creative and community. Nifty. But, because I’m not ever-energetic, nor even sort-of-energetic, I’m also looking at ficlets in terms of time sink. I just don’t do that many things that are fun, unless I can see an additional benefit. So if I’m looking to get my name out into a wider world than via blog or short story in a magazine, can ficlets help me do that? Lessee. It’s one or...

family values

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 in Blog, home town | 4 comments

So, more on my neighbors. My friends and I used to joke and call them “crystal meth house” because they have all their windows hung with curtains 24/7 and they’re either skinny like skeletons or hung over. And they sleep really late, even though they’ve got a 1-year old and 4-year old. Suspicious, no? The only times I used to see the wife was when she would emerge to smoke cigarettes on the porch, pale and skinny, blinking in the sunlight like some kind of cave rat, before disappearing back into her blackout home. They always gave off a weird vibe. Even before I got into conflict with them....

good fences…

Posted on Mar 19, 2007 in Blog, home town, Writing | 4 comments

My son and I were walking back from the park yesterday, and a couple of our neighbor’s dogs came out onto the sidewalk and started barking and growling at us. I picked up my kid and tried to carry him past, but the dogs circled us and one of them jumped up and nipped at my elbow. I turned on it and tried to kick it. It backed off, and that’s when my neighbor said, “If you kick my dog, I’m going to kick your ass!” I responded, “If your dog is off your property, it’s a problem.” He said, “My dog’s a good dog! You don’t go kicking...

Scalzi for Prez

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 in Blog, politics, Writing | 1 comment

John Scalzi, in a moment of obvious insanity is running a write-in campaign for SFWA President. After reading his platform, I dusted off my ballot, wrote in his name and sent it in. He had me at “Hello.” Seriously, I think he’s nailed a lot of important issues, and I like seeing someone with energy and direction. If you’ve got a SFWA ballot lying around that you were going to ignore, or smoke, or use to wipe your kid’s butt, Scalzi may just have provided an alternative...

The wisdom of Jay Lake

Posted on Mar 15, 2007 in Blog, Writing |

From Jay Lake, decontextualized, but still wise: “I’m tempted to say the insecurity of authors knows no bounds, but someone would take that as a challenge. It sometimes comes out of the skinny end of the tube as paranoia. There is no conspiracy in publishing, just a whole lot of people doing their damndest for love of the written word. Write more, get better, sell. Don’t forget to eat, sleep and love. It’s the key to a happy career.” I’d say that these days I spend less than half of my time being...