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February 13, 2007

In the Bleak, etc., etc.


Incidentally, going out to take this picture without wearing gloves? Not the smartest thing I could have done.

Update, 8:30pm: In the comments, someone said the picture looks like a book cover. Pixelfish tests the proposition.

Posted by john at February 13, 2007 06:20 PM

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Pablo Defendini | February 13, 2007 06:35 PM

Nice counterpoint to your previous house pic. The other side of the story, huh?

John Scalzi | February 13, 2007 06:36 PM

The other side of the house, at least.

Townsend | February 13, 2007 06:38 PM

Absolutely stunning. A gorgeous landscape and a beautiful house. Thank you.

Alma Alexander | February 13, 2007 06:39 PM

That picture, that's a book cover [grin]

Now all you have to do is write the book...

mo pie | February 13, 2007 06:40 PM

Wow, that is an amazing picture.

John Scalzi | February 13, 2007 06:40 PM

Yeah, it's a ghost story cover, all right.

Karen | February 13, 2007 06:45 PM

That's gorgeous. And I think it's only right that you should suffer for your art.

Chas | February 13, 2007 06:54 PM

Wow! That's an awesome shot, John! Well worth losing a digit or two over. :)

Bryan | February 13, 2007 06:59 PM

Beautiful. Is the blurring a result of the camera or Photoshop?

John Scalzi | February 13, 2007 07:03 PM

Bryan, I used the "Diffuse Glow" filter in PS.

Cassie | February 13, 2007 07:27 PM

Beautiful shot. You're quite a photographer, John.

Dan | February 13, 2007 07:35 PM

An author with a wife and child is snowed in?

Why does the line "Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!" come to mind?

Adam Ziegler | February 13, 2007 08:07 PM

Looked out of focus to me when I first saw it. Diffuse glow, eh?

Would be interesting to see the untouched version.

Andrew | February 13, 2007 08:22 PM

Nice shot! I was wondering about the filter, too.

How long is the driveway? You didn't have to drive in that, did you?

PixelFish | February 13, 2007 08:24 PM

Did somebody say book cover?

Karen Funk Blocher | February 13, 2007 08:28 PM

Great photo (especially as edited), and nice job from PixelFish on the book mock up. I'd have added the word "Midwinter" to the title myself, but that's a mere quibble. Best of all, I have a better earworm now than the one I picked up in BTW a day or two ago.

Dang, I'm really missing the "Syracuse weather" now. Am I totally insane or what?

CaseyL | February 13, 2007 09:02 PM

Betcha Ghluaghghy (sp?) is taunting the poor dog about how nice it is to be able to go to the bathroom indoors in a nice, snow-less litterbox. And that the dog is muttering, sotto voce, about having to pee and poop in snow that's at least belly-deep.

Is the Scalzi Family going to build snowcastles and forts and entire armies of snowpersons?

Have fun. Stay warm. And, um, I'd forget about driving, if I were you.

Jeff Hentosz | February 13, 2007 09:04 PM

Damn! She beat me. Okay, Pixel ... I challenge you to a cover-off!

(Actually, your banner title is pretty cool.)

PixelFish | February 13, 2007 09:07 PM

Thanks, Jeff. :) I like your use of blurbs. It adds an air of authenticity.

Jenny Rae Rappaport | February 13, 2007 09:08 PM

Beautiful picture.

We have sleet right now. Where is my snow? Oh right, all you Ohio people went and stole it...


Justine Larbalestier | February 13, 2007 09:13 PM

Wow. The photo and the covers are just beautiful. Very impressed.

I'm less impressed by the depraved bint masquerading as me who gave Jeff Hentosz that blurb for his cover. Mate!

Snow pretty but I wouldn't want to be anywhere near it. Oh, oops, here I am in NYC where it's snowing . . .

Jeff Hentosz | February 13, 2007 09:19 PM

But Ms. L, they're your very words. Just in another context. And judiciously edited. It's ... what do you call it ... "Marketing."

Justine Larbalestier | February 13, 2007 09:26 PM

You fiend!

But I believe an excellently lucrative career awaits you in publicity.

Nathan | February 13, 2007 09:48 PM

Thanks for the pic John and thanks for the excellent bookcovers Pixelfish & Jeff. Brilliant.

Dan | February 13, 2007 10:31 PM

Those book covers are awesome. Are these novels about the family on the hill who can and will eat your soul?

If so, I am hooked!

Jaye | February 13, 2007 10:37 PM

The bacon cat house.

Karen | February 13, 2007 11:10 PM

And some anon IP on Wikipedia just announced In the Bleak as a 2008 title from Subterranean Press. Off to revert....

Jon | February 13, 2007 11:39 PM

I sent the ghost story cover to a rabid Scalzi fan. It should be funny to tell him there is in fact no such book. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

RitaInHood | February 14, 2007 12:42 AM

I'm mostly surprised the blogosphere here isn't composing the outline, nay, even story of the book.

Let's see, plot contains a writer, his wife & daughter, a cat, a dog, a slice of bacon and 2 yards of white fluffiness.

And to start, in the immortal words of S.Dog, "It was a dark and stormy night."

Steve Buchheit | February 14, 2007 08:22 AM

Jenny Rae Rappaport, we have plenty of extra snow, if you pay shipping we can send it by the front-loader full.

Kenneth | February 14, 2007 09:03 AM

It's a great photo.

Lee Walter | February 14, 2007 11:00 AM

Oh just freaking write it. You know you want to. What the heck, the cover's done? :-)

Bruce Cohen, SpeakerToManagers | February 14, 2007 12:42 PM

Let's see, plot contains a writer, his wife & daughter, a cat, a dog, a slice of bacon and 2 yards of white fluffiness.
Don't forget the ninja cheese slices.

Kristy | February 14, 2007 01:29 PM

Wow, that is gorgeous. And I'd really like to order some of that snow for the Oregon Cascades this weekend, when my lab is going on a weekend ski trip.

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