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August 17, 2006

Incidentally --

Yes, I got that chapter done yesterday. I have another to do today. Joy.

Here's a fun fact: Raymond Chandler once wrote about writing "If you ever run out of ideas, have someone come through the door with a gun."

In science fiction, a missile attack does pretty much the same thing.

That is all.

Posted by john at August 17, 2006 02:32 PM

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elizabeth bear | August 17, 2006 02:51 PM

I recommend asteroids.


Jeff Hentosz | August 17, 2006 02:59 PM


Define "asteroid." Is that like a pluton? [snaps fingers and moonwalks out of room].

Chang | August 17, 2006 03:29 PM

Did someone say ASTEROID?

I’m a ball of fire
Fire from heaven
Terror from nowhere
You’ll never shoot me down
Days turns to minutes
5 seconds till it hits us
3 seconds to ground
1 second to ….

[the rest deleted -- kids, let's not violate Killing Joke's copyright by reposting the entire lyrics to a song, hey? Love, JS]

Chang | August 17, 2006 03:41 PM

oops. Sorry.

That's illegal to do? But I found it on the internet!

I'm trying to find a way to incorporate a rocket attack into my horror story about mermaids. Hmmmm...

James Nicoll | August 17, 2006 03:52 PM

"If you ever run out of ideas, have someone come through the door with a gun."

Heh. Works in real life, too (Although he didn't come in carrying a weapon)


Diplomachismo | August 17, 2006 04:20 PM

Perhaps Vampire Mermaids?

They stalk cruise ships looking for easy prey.

Mix in some Were-dolphins that fight them and you'll probably find a publisher.

By the time it gets made into a screen play, Dakota Fanning should be old enough to play the misunderstood young Were-dolphin in search of true love amidst the war waged underwater against the dread vampire mermaids...

I can hardly wait to see the movie. I hear Barbra Streisand's hairdresser is an awesome movie producer...you should look him up once the book is ready.

Cassie | August 17, 2006 09:35 PM

Whenever I whine about what to do next, I have a friend who says "kill somebody."

I may kill him the next time he says it.

Anne C. | August 17, 2006 11:41 PM

Gun... missle... *something* out of the ordinary.
I was once stuck and frustrated and I (vacuuming the cat) posted on my blog, "I am taking this thing too seriously! Maybe it would be better if I turned the two antagonists into snakes or something... hey... that's not a bad idea, actually..." and though I didn't do that literally, it did work!

Congrats on keeping up with your deadline, Scalzi.

tricia sullivan | August 18, 2006 05:29 AM

When I first read that I thought he meant, like, in real life. Which always works for me.

Tim Keating | August 18, 2006 12:37 PM

Actually, I believe it was "Have *two* guys burst through the door with guns." But I might be misremembering.

James Nicoll | August 18, 2006 12:46 PM

"Perhaps Vampire Mermaids?"

Space sirens: no need to try to sneak up on spaceships (which is more or less impossible) when you can lure them to dock at the Spaceport of No Return.

ajay | August 18, 2006 02:20 PM

"If you ever run out of ideas, have someone come over the border with the Grand Army of France." - attr. Leo Tolstoy

Kenseica | August 22, 2006 03:38 PM

Or, as in John Ringo's Poslie series, have the earth fleet suddenly appear out of deep space, like a deus ex machina, and immediately wipe out whatever has been bedeviling the protagonist for the prior 4 books. ;)

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