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When People Hate You and/or Your Writing

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Blog |

I’ve seen a lot of talk lately from authors who feel that they aren’t loved for what they write or who they are, and in fact feel hated for what they write, or who they are, and that seems to have led them down some unfortunate paths. I don’t really want to hack on people by name, but I do want to say that if you’re a writer, you’re going to run into a lot of people who don’t like you, who don’t like your work, who don’t like your values, or the values that they think you represent (correct or not). You’ll run into the people who wish...

A Thought About Writers

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Blog |

One thing stands out to me: I like writers. I like those people who struggle to say something with fiction. Those people who struggle to shape an idea, or a character or a scene, struggle to get a voice and hold on to it through the whole of a long project. I like those people who do not gaggle about with theoretical abstractions of what a book should be, or could be, or might be, but instead dare to face the thing that they actually can create, and that will never come close to the platonic ideal of whatever some outsider will say is good. I like the people...

The Windup Girl gets a new look!

Posted on May 6, 2015 in Blog, The Windup Girl |

Very nice new look, I think. This edition also includes “The Calorie Man” and “Yellow Card Man,” two short stories that I wrote in the same universe, and that were building blocks that led eventually led me into the final...

ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN Weird Industrial Meat Contest Winners

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in Blog, Zombie Baseball Beatdown | 3 comments

Well, that was fun. Apparently you really like digging for weird meat products. The results were hilarious and gag inducing. Now, I take my responsibility for selecting the winners seriously, so I’ll walk you through the results, and then announce the winners. First, I’m definitely looking for real meat products– so as much as I like SPARKLE MEAT we’re setting aside the canned unicorn. Also, as much as I love some of these, I’m going to also set aside weird meat from cultures outside the U.S. I know that fish like this makes me flinch, but I’m pretty sure this a cultural reaction. OMG TEH TEEEEEEETH! I’m not going...

ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN Contest!

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 in Blog, News, Zombie Baseball Beatdown | 3 comments

ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN launches today. Here’s the nifty cover: In honor of the infected meatpacking plant that starts the zombie apocalypse in ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN, I’m doing a contest. Whoever sends me a link or pic of the weirdest industrial meat product wins a brand new hardcover ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN, inscribed by me, for whomever you wish. Drop it to me on Facebook, or on my twitter @paolobacigalupi or in the comments here on this post. At the end of the day, I’ll pick a winner. Go forth and find meat...

Some thoughts after the National Book Awards

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 in Awards, Blog, Ship Breaker, The Windup Girl | 10 comments

Above: Myself and Jennifer Hunt, my fabulous editor; My agent extraordinaire, Martha Millard, myself, and Anjula, the one who believed in me before anyone; and finally, Sara Zarr, NBA judge and previous finalist, along with myself and Jen, throwing the Little, Brown salute. I had a ridiculously good time at the National Book Awards. Lots of readings and signings and fancy dinners and fabulous company. Alas, SHIP BREAKER did not win. But, you know, I’ve won a lot of awards this year, so I’m not complaining. When you’ve eaten as much cake with as much icing as I have, it’s hard to whine about not getting a third (or...

WINDUP GIRL nominated for the Hugo Award

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 in News, science fiction, The Windup Girl | 3 comments

Just like the headline says, THE WINDUP GIRL has made the final ballot for the Hugo Award, along with a very strong slate of other works. It’s been a wild ride with TWG, and I want to thank everyone who read the book and liked it enough to vote for it. When we launched it at last year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal, I didn’t dream it would be a candidate for this sort of attention. So, again, thank you thank you thank you, and congratulations to all the other nominees. It’s an honor to be in such fine...

Back from India

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 in Blog, travel | 3 comments

I’m going through the photos of the trip, mostly wedding photos and family stuff, but this was a funny moment in Ranchi. We got shaken down by an elephant on the outskirts of the city. Through the windshield: Looking over the roof of the SUV: He blocked the SUV, and wouldn’t let us pass until we handed rupees to his...

Headed for India

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 in Blog, travel | 3 comments

I’m going to be in India for the next three weeks, visiting relatives in Kolkata, Ranchi, and Mumbai. Probably checking email sporadically. And yes, I am feeling a little hesitant about this. We stopped watching CNN yesterday because it just fires up lizard-brain panic functions that aren’t really relevant to our situation. We won’t be in touristy or upscale areas for most of the time, so even though the visuals coming out of India are horrifying, they aren’t really indicative of where we’ll be in the country. Still, I can’t say it didn’t give us...