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September 14, 2004

The Most Amusing Back-Handed Compliment of the Month

From Demolition Woman:

"Actually, I like John Scalzi. He's young, terribly earnest, somewhat cute, and obviously kissing all the right ass. A writer to watch, if you're into that kind of thing."

This is sort of compliment I can get behind; it's not too nice. Anyway, this makes up for no one looking at my ass at Worldcon.

Posted by john at September 14, 2004 08:45 PM

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Justine Larbalestier | September 14, 2004 09:19 PM

So whose ass are you kissing? Other up-and-coming writers wish to know!

John Scalzi | September 14, 2004 09:32 PM

Justine Larbalestier asks:

"So whose ass are you kissing? Other up-and-coming writers wish to know!"

Justine, if I knew, I would tell you.

Scott | September 14, 2004 09:51 PM

Does your wife know that YOU don't know who you're kissing? Maybe she does know who you're kissing, and just won't tell you. Oy! These modern marriages are so confusing!

Mary | September 15, 2004 10:20 AM

Hey, her blog has disappeared as of this morning with a cryptic note saying that her friends know where to find her. Was she afraid that her blog was about to be Scalzied? Did you bite her ass instead of kissing it? And if so, do you have JPEGs?

John Scalzi | September 15, 2004 11:01 AM

Huh. I didn't mean to scare her away.

Michelle Sagara | September 15, 2004 04:45 PM

My guess? Scalzi has a lot of readers. So... she got the very minor equivalent of slashdotting.

I'm not getting the "terribly earnest" vibe, though -- could you try a bit harder?

John Scalzi | September 15, 2004 08:19 PM

Michelle Sagara says:

"I'm not getting the 'terribly earnest' vibe, though -- could you try a bit harder?"

Heh. Yeah, I don't know what the "terribly earnest" is based on, myself. But That's what's exciting about seeing how other people see you: You never know what you're going to get.

I doubt if my audience -- decent-sized though it is -- provided a slashdot effect. Of course, you're in a position to know, Michelle, since I linked to you today. Have you had any problems with your page?

Constantine | September 15, 2004 10:19 PM

She called you _young_?

John Scalzi | September 15, 2004 10:37 PM

Well, maybe I am, relative to her.

Michelle Sagara | September 15, 2004 10:45 PM

Yes, but I assumed that was the usual LJ nonsense <g>. After all, I don't think I mentioned the word "ass" anywhere...

I will say that there's been a big jump in my obvious readership, though (obvious in the sense that LJ has the "friends" function, which is unfortunate in nomenclature).

Earnest, for me, almost demands a lack of humour. You, otoh, almost define it. So... maybe it's her comment about PNH, or "editors behaving badly" that caused the relocation.

Lauren McLaughlin | September 16, 2004 11:13 AM

Correction: John, I was looking at your ass. A full evaluation thereof can be purchased by cash, check or credit card. I don't give away these insights for free.

John Scalzi | September 16, 2004 11:25 AM

Lauren, you saucy entrepeneur, you. Your hard-nosed business acumen is tantalizing, at least vis-a-vis my ass. I'm almost tempted. Almost.

Shara | September 21, 2004 07:47 PM

Hee. Now you can get your own credit report AND Lauren's opinion on your ass online. Will the informational wonders of the modern internet never cease?

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