SF author John Scalzi comments on some writers complaining about how National Novel Writing Month is a waste of time, sets a bad example, dilutes quality writing, blah blah blah.

1. Dude, a program that encourages thousands of people annually to celebrate the act of creating words — of creating their own words — and you want to piss all over that? If you look to the right, I have some kittens you canset on fire while you’re at it.

2. Even if you think it’s a waste of time, it’s not a waste of of your time, so why do you care?

3. Alternately, even if something like NaNoWriMo doesn’t match your own writing process, there are a lot of writing processes out there. So if this one works for some aspiring writers, don’t crap on them for it.


Entire post here at his site, Whatever.

As noted previously, I’m not participating this year,  but periodically I’ve felt some guilt and disappointment this month that I am not.


Noted science fiction and fantasy author Walter Jon Williams has a wonderful tirade post about Rep. John Shimkus stating that we shouldn’t worry about global warming because God told Noah he wouldn’t destroy the world.

Rep. Shimkus, it should be remarked, is running for chairman of the House Energy Committee.  So if he wins, I guess we can expect Biblical justifications for more billions in subsidies to the oil companies.

Not only is Shimkus a useless, witless, dunderhead cretin attempting to cram brainless superstition into a scientific debate, he clearly doesn’t know how to read and understand his own Bible.  Because all God promises (you moron) is that he won’t destroy the world by water.  And nowhere does it say he won’t letpeople destroy the world.  And not only that, nobody’s claiming that climate change will destroy the world.  It’ll just make it really uncomfortable for people to live here.

Go read! It will either make you laugh or cry or both!

Invisible Man …

October 31, 2010

kayleigh and I have returned from the World Fantasy Convention. We had a nice time, nothing exceptional. In fact it was kind of boring at times. This convention was for fans but was even more so for professionals to talk shop, have drinks, and talk shop, and meet with editors.

The convention was limited to a thousand attendees, I heard, which would explain the empty hallways at 8 pm. Most people ended up in the bar, the lobby, or the atrium watching yakking or watching other people or yakking. One of the floors was given to several room parties Saturday night as well. There was an expensive art show where one could bid thousands on original artwork, and a dealers room that, with the exception of one jewelry booth, I think, was nothing but booksellers.

The few panels at WFC were far and away some of the better panels we’ve seen in recent years though, with award-winning and insightful panelists. Some names: Eric Flint, David Drake, Joe Haldeman, Gene Wolfe, Peter Straub, Nancy Kress, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, Ted Chiang, Guy Gavriel Kay, S.M Stirling, and this year’s Nebula & Hugo winner, Paolo Bacigalupi. Roaming the halls were several of the Ohio Cabal, including SFWA president John Scalzi periodically gracing minions with his presence and black and white checkerboard shoes.

The best part was practicing invisibility and spending time with kayleigh.

The winners of the 2010 World Fantasy Awards are here.

The fine magazine, Realms of Fantasy, is ending after a 16 year, 97 issue run. Publisher Warren Lapine’s commentary is at that link. Editor Shawna McCarthy’s farewell is here.

Having renewed another year on an already 2 year subscription, I’m a little bit let down.

I ain’t dead yet …

September 22, 2010

kayleigh has been away since Sunday at some training/seminar gig.   She returns late Thursday, and after she rests a bit we’re heading out Saturday on a day trip into Kentucky for some family-type goings on.

The World Fantasy Convention hits Columbus in 36 days.  I know this because I have a countdown gadget on my iGoogle page!   We’re  also making plans to attend the Chicago 2012 Worldcon.   This should be fun with GoH Mike Resnick and Toastmaster John Scalzi.  The Ohio Cabal rules!

(As a sidebar to the “Ohio Cabal rules!”, Paul Melko’s The Walls of the Universe has been optioned for a movie by some of the same folks that did Shrek.  And the book sequel has been sold to Tor).

In the meantime, I admit to being distracted and out of sorts and just plain tired.  I have a pestering — or perhaps I should say festering — story that just can’t seem to be completed the way I want.  I wanted it in circulation the first week of September but haven’t touched it for a couple of weeks.   This too causes a great amount of annoyance.  Now I’m hoping for the end of the month.  And then I can either go back to a long-term side project or something new, shiny, and distracting, or both.

Such is life.

2010 Hugo Awards ….

September 5, 2010

The 2010 Hugo Awards were presented in Melbourne. I find it especially cool that Frederik Pohl was presented with a ‘best fan writer’ at age 90, for his blog.

* Best Novel: TIE: The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK); The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)

* Best Novella: “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (Wireless; Ace, Orbit)

* Best Novelette: “The Island”, Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2; Eos)

* Best Short Story: “Bridesicle”, Will McIntosh (Asimov’s 1/09)

* Best Related Book: This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), Jack Vance (Subterranean)

* Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

* Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Moon Screenplay by Nathan Parker; Story by Duncan Jones; Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films)

* Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars” Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales)

* Best Editor Short Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden

* Best Editor Long Form: Ellen Datlow

* Best Professional Artist: Shaun Tan

* Best Semiprozine: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan

* Best Fan Writer: Frederik Pohl

* Best Fanzine: StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith

* Best Fan Artist: Brad W. Foster

And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): Seanan McGuire

Not much to say in addition to that, now is there?

But I will! Tobias Buckell will be GoH at Context, in spite of his reluctance to leave full-tilt writing mode at the moment.

Understandable, but still kind of disappointing he didn’t mention being GoH a few weeks ago to kind of jazz attendance and his fans up. But we love Toby anyway, and will forgive this slight in anticipation of the next novel.

Update: Toby corrected this minor oversight the day after this post 🙂