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September 18, 2006

Local Newspaper Love

Look: An article about me in the Greenville Daily Advocate, the local newspaper of Darke County, which is where I live. The article actually ran first in the Piqua Daily Call, which is the local newspaper of the city two towns over, but both the Advocate and the Call are owned by the same publishing company, so they share a newswire. The story was on the front page of the Piqua paper, which was nice; don't know where it was located in the Greenville paper, since I haven't seen a physical copy yet.

I think the article is very nice, although I would like to note that the opening sentence makes it sound like writing was my desperate refuge in a world gone wrong: "For author John Scalzi, writing was easy in a world where he found everything else so difficult." In reality it was not so dramatic; it was just that writing seemed pretty easy and everything else was, well, you know, work. And I'm lazy. What are you going to do.

Posted by john at September 18, 2006 02:22 PM

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Chang | September 18, 2006 02:33 PM

I find everything is work except for making music, watching TV and reading. It's just that I liek the work involved in some of those things.

Eating pie is not work. And the pie in the fridge calls... I hear and I obey, my cherry master.

Jacob | September 18, 2006 02:39 PM

In February, "The Ghost Brigades," the much-anticipated sequel to "Old Man's War," will be being released.
"Will be being"? Really?

Also, I hope no one finds out that I managed to get an advance copy from my bookstore.

Hugh | September 18, 2006 02:53 PM

But Scalzi's rise in the arena of science fiction started light years ago

No doubt when you made the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs... ;-)

Nathan | September 18, 2006 02:58 PM

Darke County? Really?

Sorry, sounds like something Stephen King made up.

Dan Geiser | September 18, 2006 02:59 PM

Wow, your daughter's winning awards for her writing, too? That's awesome! Congrats on your "not a Hugo" as well.

Kelsey | September 18, 2006 03:00 PM

You were on the front page below the fold. Apparently a nursing home being demolished was bigger news than your award.

John Scalzi | September 18, 2006 03:01 PM

Well, it least it wasn't a puppet show.

Q | September 18, 2006 03:27 PM

A puppet show about destroying nusring homes? Where do I buy a ticket?

Steve Buchheit | September 18, 2006 05:03 PM

For making Darke County up I'd go with Ray Bradbury.

Janiece | September 18, 2006 06:05 PM

Hey, I've been to Darke County (my husband's family lives in that area)...it's aptly named.

Janiece | September 18, 2006 06:46 PM


Are you finished with TLC yet? Not that I'm impatient, or anything.

Mitch Wagner | September 18, 2006 07:00 PM

Nice profile -- but I'm guessing the reporter who wrote it isn't a fan herself, or is now yelling at the editor who introduced all those hokey "out of this world" and "light-years ago" jokes.

Ginny | September 18, 2006 07:04 PM

That's why I love working in radio: it's not really work. I sit on my butt, push buttons and talk once in a while. Before they put in those pesky security measures I could even surf for midget porn, but alas not all jobs can be perfect these days.

Mitch Wagner | September 18, 2006 08:44 PM

I would never work at a place that didn't let me surf for midget porn.

John Scalzi | September 18, 2006 08:53 PM

You've got to fight, for your right, to surf for midget porn.

Steve Buchheit | September 18, 2006 09:09 PM

So, would midget porn have smaller file sizes?

Lars | September 18, 2006 09:27 PM

Your pops caught you browsing midget porn and he says NO WAY

That hypocrite browses to pages a day

Ginny | September 19, 2006 01:18 AM

Strangely, the file sizes of midget porn are the same as for non-midget porn. I attribute this to either be because the midgets are involved with non-midgets on film.

Either that, or midgets 'love' a LOT.

Mitch Wagner | September 19, 2006 03:01 AM

I like to this offensive anecdote about midget sex only so that we might all disapprove of it together.

Mitch Wagner | September 19, 2006 03:02 AM

Link to. I link to. I am so deeply offended by that anecdote that I lose control of my typing skills.

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