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October 17, 2006

The (Hopefully) Endless Cycle


A package arrived today that fairly sums up my creative life: Two finished copies of The Android's Dream and the copy edit of The Last Colony. Android is done and presumably soon to be winging its way to all y'all in the stores; The Last Colony I need to look over and make sure I agree with all the copy edits and return to Tor in just a little over a week. Not pictured: The book after Last Colony, which is in process. Sometime around May of 2007 this picture will likely be repeated, with The Last Colony in the position of the completed book, the the book after that coming back for a copy edit. And thus for as long as I can manage -- and not including the other books and writing projects and what not and so on and etc.

There are worse lives to have.

I'm out of here for the rest of the day -- I have some work piled up I need to get to, and now I'm dropping a big ol' copy edit on top of that. I declare an open thread: you kids have fun. See you tomorrow.

Posted by john at October 17, 2006 11:36 AM

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anghara | October 17, 2006 12:18 PM

"There are worse lives to have."

Amen to that.

Have, er, fun with the copy edit...

rayyy | October 17, 2006 12:31 PM

Hey, I don't know if all you folks heard the news, but someone has just taken John "off his favourites list". Really. Seriously. I wouldn't kid about something like this.

Anyway, John *seems* to be taking it really well, but I'm just a wee bit worried it's all bravado in the face of soul-crushing adversity. Look at the facts; he's excused himself from the Whatever for the rest of the day and left us all with an "open thread". It doesn't look good.

Hey John, I'll put an extra copy of the Whatever on my favourites list. How's that?

Steve Buchheit | October 17, 2006 12:54 PM

Damn, made the comment about how we now get to rag John about novel writing instead of doing the blog thing and he goes and pays more attention to the novel writing. Sorry about that, my bad.

So why doesn't my internal nagging work on me that way?

Cassie | October 17, 2006 12:57 PM

Notice how cleverly he's hidden the actual text of TLC under a letter from TOR.

Like he doesn't trust us not to copy the image and pop it into Photoshop to enlarge the picture.

Dan | October 17, 2006 01:18 PM

For the lot, I'll bid... oh wait. I am SO "last week" man.

Cross777 | October 17, 2006 01:30 PM

You would think in this day and age that you wouldn't need Copy Edits of books. Why isn't this done digitaly.

WizarDru | October 17, 2006 01:45 PM

Okay: Mango, the most evil fruit? And Persimmons...what's up with them, anyways?


John Scalzi | October 17, 2006 01:47 PM

Cross 777:

"You would think in this day and age that you wouldn't need Copy Edits of books. Why isn't this done digitally."

Because doing copyedits on paper is easier to read, organize and correct; also, some of us despise "Track Changes" on Word.

Cassie | October 17, 2006 02:09 PM

Cross 777
There are some companies that do this.

Publish America comes to mind. :P

Steve Buchheit | October 17, 2006 02:26 PM

WizarDru, nah, pomegranates. What else could drag you to Hades/Hell like pomegranate seeds?

Nathan | October 17, 2006 03:28 PM

C'mon guys,

Scalzi tells us to talk amongst ourselves and we're discussing which is the evilest fruit?

How fucking pathetic are we?

Let's talk about......[um]......[er]

O.K. Breadfruit is Satan's spawn.

Adam Rakunas | October 17, 2006 03:46 PM

Durian. Durian is truly the fru-it of the dev-il.

Adam Rakunas | October 17, 2006 04:02 PM

Also, I wanted to pass on this Japanese music video (probably NSFW) that has a) filled my head with its infectious rock and b) violated my childhood memories of watching Tranzor-Z before school:


Jeff Hentosz | October 17, 2006 04:13 PM

I thought it was determined last week that Mark Foley was the most evil fruit. [parumph-chhh] Hah! I slay me.

dave belushi | October 17, 2006 04:35 PM

pomegranette's.............. kept me amused for hours as a child not sure they're evil though.
boy george, now ther's an evil fruit

Scott Mactavish | October 17, 2006 04:45 PM


There, case closed.

Scott Mactavish | October 17, 2006 04:57 PM

re: copy edits

There's something immensely gratifying about holding an (uncorrected) hard-copy galley after spending 6 months of your life staring at a computer screen.

Especially when the publisher prints it out and ships it to you Fed Ex, then awaits your reply with wringing hands and puckered nether-meat.

I believe nether-meat(tm) just might be a Mactavish original.

Nathan | October 17, 2006 05:00 PM


Does this mean we're moving on to cursing entrees?

Chang, stealing the internet from his car! | October 17, 2006 05:25 PM

Roy Cohn.

Most evil fruit evar.

Hey, a clown stole my hat on Sunday!

Nathan | October 17, 2006 05:56 PM

Hat stolen by a clown?

Sounds like you're reaping the fruits of your evil.

Scott Mactavish | October 17, 2006 06:13 PM

Speaking of evil fruits and clowns...

John Wayne Gacy was both, so I retract my dingleberry entry and resubmit Gacy.

You can mail my Red Lobster gift certificate ASAP.

That is the prize, correct?

Nathan | October 17, 2006 06:44 PM

OK, Scott, you win.

Just cut out the lobster from the ad in tomorrow's paper and take it with you. It's redeemable at any Red Lobster nationwide for a dinner for 4 (alcoholic beverages not included).

Don't worry. I talked to Ricky, the bus boy. He said everythings cool.

Scott Mactavish | October 17, 2006 07:00 PM

Right on, Nathan-

Ricky's still there? Me and homie used to spark spliffs behind the dumpster when I washed dishes up in that piece. Good dude, except for that Ford Pinto he used to drive. That thing smelled like ass and drove like a covered wagon.

I'll have to look him up, maybe snag a couple of Jamaican hog legs.

Gwen | October 17, 2006 08:26 PM

How's this for crazy?
No matter what you think about voting rights for citizens under the age of majority, a felony? Jesse Hunter may end up being a *felon* just for voting early? I'm pretty sure that part didn't happen to Susan B. Anthony...

Mark DF | October 17, 2006 09:40 PM

Careful, guys. One wordplay on the words "fruit" and "gay" I think is acceptable among friends and wordsmiths. More than that starts sliding into unintentional (I trust) derogatory uses.

I'm a fruit. I can be evil about it.

Shawn | October 17, 2006 10:12 PM

Speaking of copyedits...

[...] completed book, the the book after that coming back for a copy edit. [...]


The the Department of Redundancy Department

[Yeah, it's deliberate... I'm a geek. *g*]

CuJoe | October 18, 2006 01:33 AM

I'm just curious why you would use the phrase "all y'all"? Since "y'all" is a contraction of "you all", you are saying "all you all". You must have gotten that phrase from the American Association of Departments of Redundancy Departments of America.

**with a nod to Shawn for his membership in one of the departments**

ship | October 18, 2006 09:07 AM

i wish i had your life john...

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