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“John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular,” the Audiobook, Read by Me, John Scalzi August 30, 2015

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I didn’t get to listen yet, but I definitely plan to.


Quick recap: John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular is a parody of an ebook by an obnoxious bigot who is obsessed with me, and I said (full details here) that if people raised $2,500 for Con or Bust, which funds science fiction convention memberships for people of color, I’d create an audiobook version of it. That happened. Then I said if we hit a stretch goal of $10,000, I’d also commission a song about me not being very popular. And that just happened! Whoo-hoo!

It will take me a bit to organize the song, but because you lovely people got us to an amazing $10,000 for Con or Bust in under 48 hours, I decided not to make you wait any longer for the audiobook. Here it is, with my love and appreciation.

First, the complete book, in…

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The 777 Challenge: Show Us What You Got August 28, 2015

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Now, I have to figure out what I want to share!


Links for readers… August 26, 2015

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Shannon finds all the best things to read. If you’re not following her yet, you should.


Notes on The Creative Habit August 24, 2015

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I haven’t read this one myself yet, but I’m interested now. There’s a lot in Shannon’s summary that intrigues me.


Why Do You Write? August 19, 2015

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Honestly, I write because I’m intolerable when I don’t.

Kate M. Colby

Why do you write? What I love about this question is that there are infinite answers. Every writer has his/her unique reasons and those reasons can change based on mood, a phase in life, and/or the particular writing piece.

On one level, this can be a practical question. Seriously, why do you write when it is such a difficult field to succeed in? It can also be a spiritual question. What in your soul calls you to this creative outlet? From other writers, it can be a call for help or community. Why do we do this when it is so hard and it dredges up such painful insecuritiesMy favorite is when it is a question of wonderment and fascination. How in the world do you think up these ideas and what magical force compels you to see them through?

I’ve been going through a bit of a…

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No Book Left Unread August 17, 2015

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Dave makes an interesting point. Are there books that aren’t worth your time? If so, what kind?


There are many movements that seek to impose a certain type of book on people: people should make an effort to read books by ethnic minorities, people should commit to read only books by women for a year, people should only read books with diverse casts. I have the same doubts about reducing books down to a single broad trait of the author as I do about all positive discrimination, but I am more concerned with the hidden axiom beneath them all: certain books have no value.

Yesterday’s Goodread’s quote is from Maria Semple (ironically one of the writers of Beverly Hills 90210, which might be described as fluffy summery in feel):

I never understood the concept of a fluffy summer read. For me, summer reading means beaches, long train rides and layovers in foreign airports. All of which call for escaping into really long books.

– Maria Semple


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10 Reasons you stop writing your book and why to ignore them August 12, 2015

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This summer, I was super productive in the first half, and not so much in the second half. I didn’t stop writing, but I sloooowwwed. I think it was the tired one.

These are some great points about why you shouldn’t let anything stop you from writing. Any of them can be worked through.

Suffolk Scribblings

Writers block copy

There isn’t a writer alive that hasn’t stopped writing, whether as a planned break or simply because they got out of the habit. It’s happened to me in the past and I’m sure it will happen again in the future. When it does, we often come up with excuses as to justify why we’ve stopped writing, but the majority of the time that’s all they are, excuses. The trick is recognising them for the lies they are and dealing with them. Here are the ten most common reasons people stop writing and why you should ignore them.

1 Your writing isn’t very good

You’ve just read back what you’ve been slaving over for the past few weeks/months and are horrified at how poor it is, so much so you’re questioning whether you’re a writer at all. I’ll let you into a little secret, every writer does this. OK, there may be a couple…

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Live! In the Link Age 08.09.15 August 9, 2015

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Thanks to Superheronovels.com for the mention in today’s Live! In the Link Age. If you’re a superhero reader who isn’t already following this blog, you really really should.


Must Love Dogs… and K. Lynn August 7, 2015

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Yay! K. Lynn is a member of my critique group, and this woman is on a roll! Looking forward to reading her latest.

Anna Butler

I’m delighted to welcome K. Lynn back to the blog.  I’m awed by how busy she’s been this year and grateful she’s taking some time out to tell us about her latest release from Dreamspinner Press. Let’s hear from her :MustLoveDogsFS

BlCovGdn Must Love Dogs, my latest novella from Dreamspinner Press, focuses on the emerging love story of Ben and Jay.

Since a mugging a year ago, Ben’s lived with blindness. Despite an art career on hold and a deadbeat boyfriend who left him because of his disability, he’s finally getting his life back on track. Ben is gaining a new sense of independence thanks to his guide dog, Colt.

But Ben’s carefully balanced life is thrown into chaos when veterinarian Dr. Jay Connor hits Colt with his car. While Colt is on the mend and recovering nicely, Ben finds that Jay is not only fond of Colt, but…

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Apocalypse vs. Dystopia: Some Definitions August 6, 2015

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A good article defining these oft-confused terms.

Sci Femme

This essay briefly discusses The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood; date);The Children of Men (P.D. James; 1992); Oryx and Crake (Atwood; 2003) and The Year of the Flood (Atwood; 2009);The Gate to Women’s Country (Sheri S. Tepper; 1988); Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (Kate Wilhelm; 1976); Always Coming Home (Ursula K. Le Guin; 1985). There are no spoilers beyond very brief summaries.

I have noticed that two sub-genres frequently get confused: the dystopian story and the post-apocalyptic story. While these two areas of future storytelling may overlap, they don’t mean the same thing at all. So let’s define some terms, shall we?

We’ll begin with apocalypse. An apocalyptic story is one that depicts the end of modern human civilization as we know it, usually due to some cataclysmic event. A nuclear war, a meteor impacting the Earth, a zombie uprising, a 99-percent fatal epidemic — all of these…

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