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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.

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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!

Tegan Wren Writes

The kind, talented, and all-around lovely Christina Dalcher tagged me to share seven lines from the seventh page of a work in progress. First, I want to thank Christina for thinking of me and giving me a fun opportunity to share a few lines from CHANDELIERS. This is an adult romance in which Violet, an American professor of French literature, experiences a time slip while doing a historical reenactment at Versailles. Shortly after Violet discovers she’s in the past, she meets Marie Antoinette, the Princess de Lamballe, and Luke, an American doctor who was also sucked into the past for reasons they haven’t yet discerned.

This scene is only seven pages into the book. Violet and her friend Claire are in outside entry area in front of Versailles listening to another person tell the story about a famous time-travel incident at Versailles.

But the woman wasn’t ready to go just…

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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.

Shannon Turlington

A roundup of interesting stuff to read about reading, featuring some of my favoritest writrs:

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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.

Shannon Turlington

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp is the first of several books I’m planning to read on the creative process. Tharp’s book is a great place to start, as it contains many nuggets of useful information on fashioning a creative life that can be put into practice immediately. Although Tharp’s art is dance, her advice is general enough to apply to any creative pursuit, even cooking, yoga, or gardening, and of course, writing. I found it very inspirational and wanted to share my reading notes, which may be of interest. I hope if you are intrigued that you go ahead and read the whole book–it’s worth it.

Rituals of preparation: Begin each day the same way. Commit to a creative practice by starting with a ritual. Create a working environment that’s habit forming. Distractions and fears are the enemy!

Twyla says: “…there is no one ideal condition for creativity. What works…

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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?

Davetopia

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

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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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