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March 04, 2007

How Not to Self-Promote Here: A Self-Pimping Thread

So, there's this guy out there named Robert Eggleton (not to be confused with Bob Eggleton, the Hugo-winning illustrator who has lent his talents to a number of my works) who has developed quite a reputation for being the sort of cluelessly obnoxious sort of guy who will spam just about any available public space devoted to writers and writing with little ads for himself and his work (he's also developed a reputation among writers for persistently bugging them about providing blurbs and testimonials and then being affronted and offended when they tell him to go screw). This is a fellow who has been around long enough to know that there's a right and wrong way to self-promote, but who continues to go about the wrong way of self-promoting, apparently because he's under the impression that being a twit is the best way to pique the interest of would-be readers.

Some time ago this fellow wandered by this site and decided it would be a fine place to do his self-promotional thing. And if this fellow would have been content to keep his self-promotion to the self-promoting threads that I occasionally put up for the purpose of allowing people to self-promote, as he had been told to do by me, he would have been right about that; I like using my site to help people tell other people about their work. But this fellow decided instead to spam other threads with inappropriately self-promoting crap, and after seeing him do it long enough to know this fellow had no learning curve regarding this site nor any interest in acquiring one, and no desire to otherwise participate in the site, I've simply decided to ban the little shit from commenting further. Life is too short to tolerate inconsiderate dickheads who seem to enjoy being inconsiderate dickheads. They simply need to be tossed over the side.

To celebrate the banning of this inconsiderate dickhead, I hereby pronounce this a self-pimping thread, so all of you creative folks who know well enough not to spam this site can harvest the benefit of my 25,000 visitors a day, many of whom are looking for new and exciting things to read and see and enjoy. Thank you for treating this site and me with respect! I do appreciate it, and look forward to you promoting yourself and your work in many self-pimping threads to come.

(Note: Be aware that when/if you include a link to whatever you are self-promoting, that you may find yourself bumped into the moderation queue on a temporary basis. Don't panic -- I'll release your comment as quickly as I can.)

As for Robert Eggleton, he's already been added to the junk lists and any messages from him that do make it onto the site will be vaporized as soon as I find them. One hopes that this bit of public humiliation will encourage him in the future not to make such a goddamned nuisance of himself in public, but considering that I heard of his obnoxious behavior long before he ever arrived here, and also that he seems to be remarkably resistant to understanding that his activities make him look an ass, I don't expect he will learn much of anything. What I suggest the rest of you who have blogs do, however, is add him to your junk filters as soon as possible. That's pretty much where he belongs to be.

So: Everyone who is not Robert Eggleton: Promote yourself!

Posted by john at March 4, 2007 09:15 PM

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Shky | March 4, 2007 09:27 PM

The first few paragraphs of my pretentiously written and self-absorbed novel. At least I can admit it, right?, if not actually decide to change it.

It was over, everything they'd done and been through. A neat and almost tidy ending. Wrapped up, bowed and papered and a little papercut blood. Just a little. Enough to make you notice but not enough to mind.


Connor looked at the machines monitoring her signs of life, the images on the screen still striking him as some sort of ananchronistic future-glyph, wholly out of place in his particular spot in time. Perhaps they meant something to someone, hopefully they did, and to someone that could help her. He, however, didn't understand anything that was going on. He didn't know how she was even feeling. Did she?

Unconscious, her eyes were closed, but maybe she had just a hint of a smile. He decided that that was a smile, Mona Lisa-ing her into the person he needed her to be. A happy girl, the one he'd married, someone so different than the person she'd become.

Lana Talm, she'd been named, nameless now except on a chart and in his head. Better that way, though. The impression she'd made had been mostly on him alone, having coasted so much of her life without making a real impact anywhere. A stone skipped along, making ripples in a few places, but missing most of the water. And sinking, finally, in a hospital bed surrounded by beeping machines that alerted someone to something, and hitting bottom, that thrown stone's seabed death.


shannon | March 4, 2007 09:30 PM

That's a pretty sad example of a poor self pimper. My url goes to my etsy shop. Will use questionable language for beads!

mensley | March 4, 2007 09:33 PM

The old rocket ship and atom design used by libraries to denote science fiction books, available on all sorts of things:


Thanks for the self-pimpage opportunity, John!

Sean | March 4, 2007 09:39 PM

The problem with most movie games is that they require you to have seen the exact same movies as whoever wrote the cards -- you vs. the quizmaster can be fun, but it's not much of a game. Cineplexity is the new movie party game from the same company that brought you Apples to Apples. Each Cineplexity card lists an attribute common to many movies; turn over two cards, and the first person to name a movie that is described by both of the cards scores. So if the cards are "Romance" and "Title Consists of One Word," it could be Casablanca or Titanic, Charade or Amelie. It's a game where you bring your knowledge of movies to the table, where kids can compete with grandparents even if they've never seen the same films. The first 5000 games sold include an extra 200 cards, so check it out online or at your favorite local game store.

Megan | March 4, 2007 09:40 PM

Hooray for self-pimping!

My url goes to my web page, where I REALLY self-pimp my books.

Kate | March 4, 2007 09:47 PM

Just wanted to let everyone know that I've moved. You can now reach my new site by clicking on my posting name.

And as always - thanks for the opportunity John and to the rest of you, thanks for visiting.


Craig M. | March 4, 2007 09:51 PM

Americans: what you lack in socialism you more than make up for in heaping esteem on great ideas.

Bryan | March 4, 2007 09:52 PM

Thank for the opportunity John.

Please stop by my blog where I discuss a variety of things, including The Sagan Diary recently.


diddidit | March 4, 2007 09:56 PM

Not sure this counts as self-pimpage, but I'm up for any opportunity to hit up folks for contributions to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. My name takes you to my contribution page; I'm riding my beloved bike over 100 miles (I'm not sure of the total distance yet, though 117 miles sticks in my head) in Whitefish, Montana in August, raising money (I've committed to at least $4000) for diabetes research. I do sort of blog about it at jdrfride.blogspot.org, though it's hardly an exciting read - I mean, how many different ways can you say "I went for a bike ride today" until it starts to sound desperate?

Anywhoodles, thanks in advance...


KevinQ | March 4, 2007 10:00 PM

Thanks for providing a pimping thread, John. Through comment links and pimping threads, your site is regularly one of our top referrers.

I will once more mention my artists' group, Apollonova. You can go straight to our website by clicking on my name above. We have original works and prints for sale. We've added a couple of new artists recently, including Ashley Limbach, who has some amazing pieces: Ashley Limbach.

Also new to the site is Ursula Rauh, who has her own website here: www.ursularauh.com/. She has some great works, also.

My photography can be found here:
Kevin Quinn. My work features New Orleans (and other cities) cemeteries, plus nature shots, and a few landscape/architecture. I have signed, framed prints available.

Thanks again, John.


Rob B | March 4, 2007 10:04 PM

This is both a pimp and sharing a story about Eggleton (not Bob). We at SFFWorld had a similar experience with him in the past and started this thread Self-Promotion - Marketing New Novels as something of a response.

John Scalzi | March 4, 2007 10:07 PM

Rob B, remember to put quotes around your URLs when you put them in html. I went in and fixed them for you.

Jeremiah Tolbert | March 4, 2007 10:14 PM

Self Pimp ON:

I like to build websites for authors and their books. See my portfolio site linked on my name for examples. I am relatively cheap.

I also shoot photography, if you're in the Northern Colorado area.

Thanks, John!

Chad Wright | March 4, 2007 10:19 PM

Self pimpage.

My blog.

No, I really don't have anything deeper to contribute. Sorry.

Rob B | March 4, 2007 10:19 PM

Thank John!

Bryan Taylor | March 4, 2007 10:20 PM

Well, can't miss a chance at self-pimpage, can I?

My name up there links to my blog, and my website can be found here.

At 16, my writing sucks, but I do try.

"Orange Mike" Lowrey | March 4, 2007 10:20 PM

My colleagues and I do freelance reviews for anybody we can get to pay us. We welcome review copies of books (as well as software [Macintosh only] and games) of any kind intended for the intelligent lay audience, with midlist and even backlist equally welcome. (Okay, so we're all SF fans.) Send them to:

Michael J. Lowrey, Editor-in-Chief
1847 N. 2nd Str.
Milwaukee, WI 53212-3760

(or hand them to me at WisCon, ICON, or Chattacon; or to Cicatrice at Media West).

Sean | March 4, 2007 10:22 PM

Yeah, how thoughtless of me to not also thank John for the opportunity for pimposity. Grazie, John.

Ryan | March 4, 2007 10:22 PM

Rather than self-pimping as usual, instead today I'll recommend the fantastic album Nocturne by The West Exit, a Seattle-based band that plays delicious electronic jazzy, loungey music. Check out the title track -- my wife and I have been known to leave it on repeat for an hour at a time, loving it the whole way.

JH | March 4, 2007 10:23 PM

Mu URL goes to the Sacramento Bee's video gaming page, where I write most of the reviews (they have another guy who does sports sims, but I do most everything else).

Chad Wright | March 4, 2007 10:23 PM

My mother would be ashamed.

I forgot to say thanks for the opportunity.

John Scalzi | March 4, 2007 10:24 PM

No worries, Chad. Thanks are not necessary, although of course appreciated.

Ken McConnell | March 4, 2007 10:42 PM

Thanks John! I recently put my first Sci-Fi novel up for sale on Lulu.com. Enjoy.

Anna | March 4, 2007 10:50 PM

Oooh! I've never self-pimped before. Well, not officially. Thanks for the opportunity!

I write reviews, mainly music, for Blogcritics Magazine. I'm also the editor of a site in the BC network called BC Goodie Bag that features a daily smörgåsbord of A/V treats made available by publicists, record labels, and production companies.

All you (we?) geeks might like to know that one of my more recent reviews is of a Jonathan Coulton show.

Audrey | March 4, 2007 10:55 PM

I just put up a CafePress site to show off the amazingly cool logo a friend did for my zine: http://www.cafepress.com/yogsnotebook/.

If you'd like a shirt featuring a globby, tentacled evil creature, we have it.

Emru Townsend | March 4, 2007 10:55 PM

Hey John, thanks for SPS (Self-Pimp Space). I will use this opportunity wisely by asking people to check out the Frames Per Second website, the online home of the animation magazine I started in 1991. From Looney Tunes to CGI to anime to independent animation, everything's covered.

I will also unabashedly pimp eMusic, with whom I have no financial arrangement except that I buy a lot of music from them every month, though not as much as I discover on their site.

Jeteraus | March 4, 2007 10:57 PM

Thank you for the opportunity Mr. Scalzi,

Pimp? Prostitute? Sounds good.

I've got a couple of short stories and a book (12 of 13 chapters) at


and a much neglected blog on nothing in particular at http://pretendpundit.blogspot.com/

I'm also a veterinarian by day, so if you have any animal medical questions then let me know.



KevinQ | March 4, 2007 10:57 PM

Jeremiah Tolbert,
Love your photos on your website (especially the gargoyles), but your link to your flickr page doesn't seem to be working.


Brian | March 4, 2007 11:01 PM

all of you creative folks who know well enough not to spam this site can harvest the benefit of my 25,000 visitors a day, many of whom are looking for new and exciting things to read and see and enjoy.

I am not so very creative - well I make creative excuses and I've been _told_ that systems administration is my creative outlet - but if you're looking for new and exciting things to think about ... feel free to surf to www.liftport.com

We're the guys who are going to build a space elevator.

Brian Dunbar

Diatryma | March 4, 2007 11:03 PM

The Alpha Young Writer's Workshop is in Pittsburgh at the end of July. It's for young writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. It's good. We have Catherine Asaro, Tamora Pierce, Charles Coleman Finlay, and Wen Spencer this year, in addition to a bunch of really fun people including Nebula nominee Karina Sumner-Smith, David Barr Kirtley, Tobias and Emily Buckell, and me.
I've seen the Alphans at Confluence just after the workshop, and it's really fun to see what they've become after two weeks with people who (in some cases, finally) understand them and know what they're talking about with writing.

(note to other Alpha-associated people: if I got information wrong, terribly sorry, still excited about working.)

Andrew Nicolle | March 4, 2007 11:07 PM

Thanks for the self-promotion thread, John!

I've got some short stories coming out in various print and online markets this year. My site, as well as a link to my Livejournal, can be found via my name above.


Joyce Reynolds-Ward | March 4, 2007 11:08 PM

Well, I'm still trying to sell stuff, like about eight (or is it nine? gotta check the sub page to be sure) short stories, as well as a novel I just started sending out. No links to that stuff--yet.

You can follow my self-indulgent blatherings at http://joycemocha.livejournal.com. Hopefully no one gets bored by the skiing, special ed teaching, or horse-training stuff; and I do talk about writing. Promise. Come by and say hi.

No politics. I go to politics blogs for that.

Thanks for the opportunity, John!

Scott Wyngarden | March 4, 2007 11:09 PM

Because another blog about someone's life without the joys of taping products to felines is just what the world needs: Green Tee Readings

David McNelis | March 4, 2007 11:26 PM

Ok....I tried to resist the urge....but its right there..... John, I hope you will be interested in the new food blog my wife and I created, peacelovefood.com. With any luck you'll enjoy it. At any rate, I hope that anyone that stops by will give some criticism. Take care!

Martin | March 4, 2007 11:36 PM

Props as always to John for offering his pimp-yourself threads. This is actually not self-pimpage at all...well, only in part, as I am involved in helping out with webmastering and otherwise...but it's for a friend and her Good Cause. So if you like cats...

Purrfect Hearts is the name of a brand-new cat rescue/adoption shelter in Austin, TX, run by my dear friend of 15 years, Hollye Hitt. She started up the rescue after her previous employer, a local rescue of dubious reputation who shall go nameless, put her in charge of his cat division, then promptly shut it down because he didn't like the way she was running it (effectively, as opposed to following all of his bogus ideas and treating the cats like "inventory").

When he announced he was firing her and disbanding the cat division, with the intention of dumping all 52 cats in care at the local kill shelter, Hollye said, "Look, just give me all the cats, the carriers and cages, food and litter." This he did. Now she's started her own shelter, and, naturally, is rocky on her feet as there aren't two dimes to rub together and she's still trying to get her 501(c)(3) status. But she's determined to make a go of this. I've never known anyone who's as much a born animal lover as she is, and I'd love to see this little venture succeed for her.

You can visit the fledgling, still-under-construction website here, and if you're moved to go to the Donations page and kick a little Paypallage her way, you'd be a goddamned hero, as she's only just now starting to line up her first few adoptions (a few folks have flaked already, it happens) and barely has even enough litter to go day to day.

Thanks again to John.

jessie | March 4, 2007 11:38 PM

I write about restaurants and places to go and cool things to do in San Diego, California. And I review books. And talk about random things like jewelry and tv and knitting. It's a hodge podge, really.

Robert Rummel-Hudson | March 4, 2007 11:41 PM

Hi. My name is Rob. I wrote a book, by golly. I am swell. Thank you, and goodnight.

claire | March 4, 2007 11:45 PM

You are cordially invited to stop by Taller Than Average Tales: a blog of creative nonfiction, book reviews, photography, and assorted musings.

Gorgeous photos from my cross country travels may be accessed directly here.

Thanks for the chance to self-pimp, John!

Cassie | March 4, 2007 11:46 PM

Instead of pimping myself--my daughter is learning photoshopping and asked me to send you this picture.

Hmm. The pic isn't showing up in the preview, so if it doesn't come up, John, go ahead and delete this entry.

Paul | March 5, 2007 12:05 AM

Hello, comment threaders! I draw a speculative fiction web comic called Greenhorn. Click my name about for the link to the web site. Hope you enjoy it!

Richard Crawford | March 5, 2007 12:09 AM

Okay, I'm going to self pimp my own personal website, http://www.mossroot.com. And if you go to my "Published Stories" page (http://mossroot.com/worlds/published-stories) you can see some of the stories that I've written and sold, and some of the stories that I'm giving away to the world for free on Creative Commons licenses. Because I am all kinds of brilliant and so forth.

I'd also like to pimp (can I pimp two different places?) my webzine, http://www.daikaijuzine.com. Good stuff there. Enjoy!

Jack William Bell | March 5, 2007 12:09 AM

Hey, thanks John!

I want to point any SF reader/writers here interested in self-pimpage to Oort-Cloud.org, a place for SF readers to read (and help improve) fiction by SF writers. If you have time, please tool on over there and read/rate some of the work being posted. If you have something helpful to say, please log in and post a comment. (You can't see or post comments without a login.)

I've posted a couple of short stories and an essay or two on my Oort-Cloud.org blog. My sig above links to my regular blog.

Note: One of my short stories on Oort-Cloud was rejected by John when he edited that issue of Subterranean mag; which, I suppose, clues you in to the quality of my fiction. Good enough for Scalzi to reject! What more can you ask?

diana pharaoh francis | March 5, 2007 12:17 AM

Hey! I write fantasy books. Buy them! hee.

Seriously . . . the pimpage . . .

Go here: http://difrancis.livejournal.com/79538.html?mode=reply

and please comment on this particular thread. Seriously. Do.


Jason Erik Lundberg | March 5, 2007 12:21 AM

My strange historical clockpunk high-seas novelette that takes place in mid-1800s Southeast Asia, called "Bogeymen" will be appearing in Subterranean Magazine #8.

And my story "Most Excellent and Lamentable" can currently be found in the groovy new anthology Text:UR - The New Book of Masks, edited by Forrest Aguirre.

By lots of copies of both for yourself and your friends!

Simon Owens | March 5, 2007 12:23 AM

Apparently, someone at the Missouri Review fell for Robert Eggleton constant badgering:

[link deleted; rationale below -- JS]

Anyway, I want to pimp my mom's new business: Richmond Murals

Crimson | March 5, 2007 12:26 AM

Just some random pimpage for my blog.

No Wrench

I've always admired John's ability to write about almost any subject and make it engaging. It is a talent I hope to emulate. Thanks for the opportunity for some self-promotion, John.

John Scalzi | March 5, 2007 12:30 AM

Simon Owens:

Linking out to Robert Eggleton pimpage, particulary a piece in which Eggleton obnxoiusly badgered some poor woman into reviewing his work is not precisely what I want in this particular thread, so I've taken the liberty of removing that particular link. People can seek that out on their own time through the magic of Google if they want.

For everyone else, I'm going to sleep now, which means if your self-pimping comment is sent to the moderating queue, I'll not get to it until the morning. Don't panic, I'll liberate comments as soon as I wake up.

Daniel Sroka | March 5, 2007 12:30 AM

Thank you sir, for this fine opportunity. You are a blogger and a gentleman.

I am a fine art photographer, and I create abstract, dream-like images out of the "elements" of nature, such as leaves, sticks, seeds, flowers, and bark. I hope you enjoy them.

Bill | March 5, 2007 12:30 AM

Hi. I'm Bill, and I draw a webcomic about my life called "The Amazing Adventures of Bill."

Despite the grandiose title, I don't normally do a lot of self-promotion, but I'm inordinately proud of this unicorn I drew last week, so please check that out before my regular comics page.

Thanks for the chance to pimp my comical wares!

Bookninja | March 5, 2007 12:31 AM

Well I blog but pretty infrequently. You can check it out my (visitor hits decided) best post at: http://bookninja.blogspot.com/2005_12_01_archive.html

This is not to be confused with the fine fellows a bookninja.com the literary site. Anyway, the entry is about the inherent racism of Candyland. Sadly, the game has a new ethnofriendly look that obviates the critique.

I also sell books, my handle is bookninja on amazon. I sell really weird and expensive technical/academic stuff, but if you see a book and I'm the seller I promise to hook you up right.

Finally, heck I'm in PubMed for my fine work in a plant virology lab. Just type "Ian McCullough" into PubMed and bask in my (*cough* middle author *cough*) published glory!

Thanks for the self pimpin' thread John.

Billy Hollis | March 5, 2007 12:31 AM

"So: Everyone who is not Robert Eggleton: Promote yourself!"

Gosh, and I don't have a thing to wear...

Anyway, very few readers are likely to care about my next book, which is on user interface programming, so instead I'll mention that I blog at QandO (a not-very-easily-categorizable generally libertarian group blog, and available at my URL) and that the most popular things I've ever written are some comedy pieces on the History of the Basic language and the History of C.

A humbling thing to admit, actually, that a couple of dashed off humor pieces get more attention than laboriously written technical stuff. But then I get paid to write the laboriously written technical stuff and the humor stuff is free.

Elyse Grasso | March 5, 2007 12:37 AM

I have a blog, accessible from my url, and the beginnings of a near-future serial at Techlands.

In February, my blog averaged 8.46 unique visitors per day that probably were not bots, up from 7.19 in January. Not hardly in Mr Scalzi's league :-)

About half of the individual IPs viewed multiple pages, and half of those came back on multiple days, which I find slightly encouraging.

About 3/4 of the actual pageviews were bots of one sort or other.

Kayjay | March 5, 2007 01:12 AM

Thanks for the opportunity.

The URL under my name goes to my newly revamped photoblog, Irving Place.


Tracy | March 5, 2007 01:33 AM

I'd love it if you would write a full entry on the art of self-promotion in general. (Pretty please?) I watch a lot of redundant areas in my corner of fandom, so I see quite a lot of the stuff. So much that I'm to the point where every time I self-pimp for the sake of pimping anywhere but my own personal journal, I feel a bit skeevy about it...

It may be I have issues.

glenda larke | March 5, 2007 01:41 AM

Never been a pimp before, but one is never too old, right?

Watch out out for yet another Aussie sff author, namely me, hitting UK shelves around the middle of this year (there's a bit of a rash of us at the moment), with book one of The Mirage Makers trilogy, "The Heart of the Mirage." Shortlisted for the best fantasy of 2006 in Oz...

Thanks John.

Mitch Wagner | March 5, 2007 01:42 AM

Mensly: I love the rocketship-and-atom items at Cafepress. What a great idea! I spent many happy hours in my childhood scanning the library bookshelves, looking for books with that logo on the spine. I just bought a T-shirt and messenger bag.

But the fact that it’s available in a thong is kind of scary.

Click on my name, above, to go to my blog. I also write for InformationWeek and the InformationWeek Blog

Scott | March 5, 2007 02:09 AM

I write music as a hobby. You can find about four years worth of my compositions right here:


LOTS of different styles (although most of an electronic nature).

Mary Robinette Kowal | March 5, 2007 02:38 AM

Oooo! Allow me to pimp Shimmer magazine, for which I am the art director. We're a small press quarterly magazine that offers speculative fiction for a miscreant world. Want a taste of what we offer? You can listen to me read "A Convocation of Clowns" by Mel Cameron. It's two minutes of audio fun that sounds nothing like what I read in the Sagan Diary.

If you like it, why not pick up a copy? The Autumn issue 2006 issue, which is just about sold out, has an interview with our host, John Scalzi.


ben | March 5, 2007 03:38 AM

Oh, what the heck.

I build sites for anyone who'll pay my bill rates (which are actually pretty reasonable, from a coastal perspective). I seem to have the hang of relying on CSS for presentation better than most folks, so even if you're just on a learning kick, drop in and say hello.

Justin Thorne | March 5, 2007 03:47 AM

music and books...

by me.


andrew | March 5, 2007 03:50 AM

Thank you.

I want a job or commission, work from home. I'm highly experienced with Oracle SQL and PL/SQL but I won't, can't be a corporate developer any more. I'm halfway good with CSS and HTML and love the Web desperately. I can write, albeit nowhere near as well as our gracious host. I'm textbook INFP, with all the good and bad that entails. People like me. I'd love to find a tiny Web-focussed department or company that needs a literate problem solver, prototype builder, scripter. etc., etc.

Annalee Flower Horne | March 5, 2007 06:25 AM

There's something just fun about sticking it to jerks, isn't there? Thanks for the pimp opportunity.

I don't usually participate in pimp threads because I have nothing to pimp, but just because it's a special occasion, I will pimp my blog. So if anyone's interested in the adventures of a young US American Quaker studying peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, meander on over to A Speaking Life.

My name links to my lj, which is full of geekery. If anyone's got a fun lj of their own, feel free to stop by there and tell me about it so that I can come say hi.

Simon Haynes | March 5, 2007 06:28 AM

I'd just like to mention Australia's pulpiest SF/F mag, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, which is now offering PDF subs (cheaper than postage alone on the printed issues.)

I'd also like to mention my Hal Spacejock series - the books are published in Australia (still) but Amazon are flogging copies imported on the backs of laser-guided dolphins. Apparently so, judging by scorch marks and general soakiness.

And while I'm here, I ought to mention my nifty & free ebook reader and submission tracking software. Dolphin-free, they are.

Phew, I'm all pimped out. Thanks!

Michelle | March 5, 2007 06:50 AM

Not a writer, but a little art never hurt anyone...well...

Elio M. García, Jr. | March 5, 2007 07:13 AM


I'm one of the maintainers of Westeros.org, a fan site for George R. R. Martin and his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. We've a very active message board where in the wait between books much of the discussion is focused on entertainment (TV, film, sports), literature (books, comics), and just about anything else (politics, current events, etc.) We've got a pretty good regular crew of posters, and there's always something interesting going on.

Besides that, my fianceé Linda and I run Blood of Dragons MUSH, a text-based roleplaying game based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" with GRRM's permission. It's currently in beta, but we're welcoming players familiar with the series to apply for a character now.

And, last but certainly not least, our fannish activities have led to Linda and I co-authoring The World of Ice and Fire with GRRM, which should see publication some time next year. It's going to be chock-full of lovely art to go along with a nifty overview of the history, geography, cultures, and notable peoples in George's best-selling fantasy series.

Jess Nevins | March 5, 2007 07:46 AM

Thanks for the opportunity!

I'm part of the writers blog No Fear of the Future, along with Zoran Zivkovic, Stephen Dedman, Alexis Glynn Latner, and the frighteningly talented Chris Nakashima-Brown. I think we do pretty well. As an example of what we write, my last post was "The Six(ty) Degrees of Sherlock Holmes," demonstrating that, in prime Bacon style, everyone connects back to Sherlock Holmes sooner or later--and by everyone I mean El Santo, Bob Newhart, and Alton Brown, as well as H.G. Wells' Martians and the Wild Bunch and so on.

Chang, Webkinz Purchasiing Agent | March 5, 2007 07:46 AM

Oy! I love self-pimpage.

Well, my new LJ blog, with only a few entries, is in the URL above.

I've put some of my stories on the way cool site Oort-Cloud.org! So my stuff is here:


Sorry for making y'all cut'n'paste, but I never seem to get out of the queue when I put a URL in there. Do go to the root URL and check out others stuff. It's a great site!

Also, I figure I'd pimp out my boy Matthew Stearns book in the 33 1/3 series; his is about Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth. Matthew's like my little brother and I am so proud of him.

His blog is here:www.mapthroughstereo.com.

Great job, Stewie!

Ray | March 5, 2007 07:57 AM

I here by pimp myself per the request of Mr. J. Scalzi. Thanks!!
My music.
For psychadelic Acoustic kinda rock.

For Acid, Drums and Bass, and wierd ass techno.

For Face Smashing Metal

I did all MIDI sequencing, played all synth and keyboard parts, played lead guitar on all tracks, Sound Engineering and pre and post production.
Joe Ross, my long time friend and x-bandmate should be pimped as well as a lot of the acoustic and metal songs were his ideas. I just provided icing for the cake and a pair of eyes as he is now blind.

Sean Lindsay | March 5, 2007 08:13 AM

Always late to the pimpage threads.

Robert Eggleton should read 101 Reasons to Stop Writing. Well, everyone should, but he apparently needs to more than most.

Just today I was described as "the Lenny Bruce of writing blogs". I hope it was meant in the black comedy sense, instead of will-die-on-the-toilet-with-a-needle-in-his-arm.

Chang, Webkinz Purchasiing Agent | March 5, 2007 08:14 AM

See, now that I'm out of the queue, my url's without HTMl look stupid.

TransDutch | March 5, 2007 08:19 AM

I have this chapbook of poetry available.

It's entitled: Politics, Religion, and Drew Barrymore.

Everything you're not supposed to talk about at the dinner table.

At least 1/3 of the book isn't appropriate for certain age groups. There's a reason I developed the nickname 'sick puppy' at local open mics.

Sample poems are available on the page linked to through my name.

Alexandre Lemieux | March 5, 2007 08:37 AM

If you like SF short stories and can read French, I got three stories for you, available under Creative Commons. One of them got published in a pro magazine, the other two in fanzines.

Oh, and you can also drop by to read my blog on which I occasionally write an English post or two. See you there.

Leslie Sobel | March 5, 2007 08:41 AM

Thanks for the pimpage post!

I'm an artist working with photos I shoot through microscopes and aerial shots from NASA's public domain space station photo archive. See my work here: "http://www.caconline.org/gallery.asp?artist=lesliesobel"
or by clicking on my name. (two different sites)

Greg | March 5, 2007 08:48 AM

Hello, I'm not a science fiction writer, but a science writer. And I'm not really a science writer, but a PR flak posing as a science writer. (Yay for honesty.) I specialize in rewriting science articles in plain english in the desperate hope some reporter would like to cover it.

Still, I have one website that I'm trying to promote. If you live in and around Philly and would like to know what interesting science-related happenings are going down, check out The What (definitely not to be confused with Whatever): www.paswa.org/what

It is usually updated Wednesdays and whenever something shiny strikes my eye.

A.R.Yngve | March 5, 2007 08:53 AM

I'd like to pimp for...

...John Scalzi!

You can read his humorous SF novel AGENT TO THE STARS for free here, and you really should.

(I still think it would make a smashing movie.)

Dean | March 5, 2007 08:54 AM

I like the pimpage threads.

I have a long short story, or a short novella (whatever floats your boat) for FREE (or GRATIS, for those of you who speak French, or who read cereal boxes in Canada as a kid) available here:


It's a .pdf, and it's about the length for a perfect lunchtime read.

As for Bob Eggleton (who I have run into and not enjoyed elsewhere): grab a clue. Scalzi's just offered you a big fat one here.

Lanna Lee Maheux-Quinn | March 5, 2007 09:00 AM

Commence pimpage

Monsters : I made these monsters and they are fun

My blog: Musings of Lanna Lee Maheux (not really updated recently.)

I am a college student (my second try at the age of 38) and so far I have a 4.0 GPA! My GPA during my first try at college was 1.38. Big difference!

I am taking Calulus A this semester and I got a 97 on my first test, I might just be a Math Genuis!

End Pimpage

Mary Alexandra Agner | March 5, 2007 09:09 AM

I edited a chapbook anthology and I'd like to pimp all my wonderful contributors! Check out their poetry in Rhymes for Adults.

clvrmnky | March 5, 2007 09:12 AM

I'm coder doing software maintenance with delusions of one day turning my geek sensibilities and hobbies into paying gigs.

My only reasoning is that, statistically speaking, a person has several careers in their life, and I've already had one or two.

Next time, I think I want to do something a little different.

So, by day I'm a crusty old-timer giving the kids a quarter so they can buy a Real Computer, and by night I'm a photobug with a poet's soul who can also play bass.

Harry Connolly | March 5, 2007 09:14 AM

I have a story coming out in Black Gate #10 which is due to hit the stands Real Soon Now.

Chryss | March 5, 2007 09:24 AM

I am not going to pimp any of my own stuff; instead, I will use this opportunity to say:

Kids! Thinking of college? Want to go to a college that will transform your life? Want to go to a college that fully expects you to win a victory for humanity? Want to join the ranks of Rod Serling, Coretta Scott King, Steven Jay Gould, Lawrence Block, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and lots and lots o' others? Check out Antioch College.

Feel free to email me after stomping around the site if you have specific questions.

As always, thanks to John. THANK YOU JOHN!

Matt W | March 5, 2007 09:31 AM

Thanks for the opportunity for pimpage John. I've got my blog which is relatively new. I try to update at least a couple times a week. www.doseofcrazy.blogspot.com It shouldn't make sense to anyone that looks at it, but that's the point.

I'm working on a short story now, really a total revision of one that I did in college. It's not going as quickly as I want, but two jobs and a 4-month-old don't mean much time for writing.

Then I've got a short story that I'm trying to sell. I might not be sending it to the right market, but who knows. Here's the first few paragraphs. Think homeless guy with super powers that come out when people are really in need.

I’m sleeping in a window well in an alley. The corrugated metal presses against my back and my legs cramp up in the tight space. Even in the depths of sleep I am aware of my surroundings. It is a defense mechanism that I wouldn’t give up freely. In my dream I am in a bar that is warm and low lit. Somehow, the beer I’m drinking transforms into a dull fire that slides from my throat to my gut. No matter how much I drink, the glass never empties. People come and go. They drift by in ones and twos, staring at me blankly. Some I knew a long time ago, others are just faceless masses. Too many are the faces of those I couldn’t save. As I take one long gulp, a hot itch begins at the base of my spine and slides up to my shoulders.

The bartender sets down the glass he was wiping out and looks up at me. “Time to pay up,” he says.

The lights in the bar flash red. I shut my eyes against the glare, and when I open them again the bar is gone. It is replaced by a dingy motel room. A girl in rags huddles in a corner, between the stained bed and the almost equally stained wall. An angry red glow seeps in though the curtains. Pale yellow light slithers in under the door. The two combine to make just enough light to see by. I take a step toward the girl. At the sound of my footsteps she looks up. Her face is dark with bruises. They seem to suck up the light coming through the window. Tears streak down her cheeks and her eyes are bloodshot. She sees me, and I can see she’s terrified, but I don’t think it’s because of me.

“You have to help me.” Her voice is urgent, strained. It comes out cracked and weak, worn raw from too much screaming. “He’ll be back soon.”

Anyone with suggestions, recommendations, or wants to read the rest, I can be contacted through my blog or at mwarnock82@yahoo.com.

Thanks again John.

Paolo Bacigalupi | March 5, 2007 09:38 AM

Wow, look at all these pimpages. I feel like a hyena diving on a well-torn carcass.

I've currently got an sf short story in Fast Forward 1, called "Small Offerings" that explores the implications of environmental toxins on reproduction. Much of my sf touches on environmental themes, among them: drought, GMO's, endocrine disruptors, peak oil, and invasive species. I've been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and am pretty new at this whole self-promo thing.

I've got a blog at windupstories.com where folks can keep track of what I'm up to. I mostly blog about writing, the environment, and my pimpilicious self.

Thanks John, for providing the opportunity to feed on your audience. Burp.

James Nicoll | March 5, 2007 09:45 AM

Almost a generation ago, I said:

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle [sic] their pockets for new vocabulary."

This turned out to be my fifteen minutes of fame [1] and has appeared in sifiles, in ESL textbooks aimed at Chinese readers and on T-shirts. I do not for the most part see any money from the T-Shirts so if you'd like to display my comment _and_ send me money, please visit my cafepress site:


1: Why I am not better known for the Nicoll-Dyson Beam, a device that makes it practical to evaporate Earth-sized planets at distances of up to a million light years (assuming you solve the targeting issues), I have no idea.

Tim Walker | March 5, 2007 10:06 AM

Thanks for the forum, John!

Gentle Whatever readers: The URL in my signature goes to my blog, "What I've Learned So Far," where I discuss writing, foreign relations, oil, careers, environmentalism, marketing, running, and whatever else comes to mind. Over the weekend I posted some longish thoughts about lifting weights, along with some shorter thoughts on building a career for the long haul. Et cetera.


Tim Akers | March 5, 2007 10:14 AM

Fascinating, though I seem to be a day late. Thanks for the opportunity, sir.

I have upcoming work in Interzone 209. If you live in the US and don't read IZ, I strongly encourage you to do so. They produce a great magazine that doesn't get the sort of distribution in the US that it deserves. Go ye to your retailers and demand Interzone. Go ye!

Oh, and while you're at it, read my story. Ye.

Greg van Eekhout | March 5, 2007 10:17 AM

I took part in a flash fiction collaboration at the science fiction/fantasy webzine Ideomancer with Christopher Barzak, Elad Haber, Meghan McCarron, Tim Pratt, Benjamin Rosenbaum, and Kiini Ibura Salaam:

Twenty-three Small Disasters

Thanks for the pimportunity, John.

Josh | March 5, 2007 10:22 AM

After much consideration, I’ve decided to pimp the Fox Valley Geeks weblog:


For those of you who don’t know, the Fox Valley is located in Wisconsin. But that’s pretty much unimportant – the actual valley area goes unmentioned in 97 posts out of 100.

For the most part, it’s just one or two links a day about anything and everything geeky – from the state of the Oscars to the meaning of the E in Wile E. Coyote’s name.

RitaInHood | March 5, 2007 10:57 AM

Anyone needing assistance in Project Management or Construction IT support should link on thru to www.prologmgr.com

Wish I had more target audience stuff to pimp, but what little writing I do tends to be in tech journals and mountain bike magazines.

Jurie Horneman | March 5, 2007 11:00 AM

Whee! Um. Free-lance computer game designer / producer right here. Based in Vienna. Vienna, Austria. Have... laptop, will travel.

Yes, this is also a wrong form of self promotion. But hey, the man said it was OK :D

Bill Crider | March 5, 2007 11:05 AM

Buy my books! (Please.)

Ron | March 5, 2007 11:13 AM

Who can resist pimping? I write software propaganda for young nerds. Link above.

Kelsey | March 5, 2007 11:14 AM

In a few weeks I'll be leaving for Bangladesh.

Why? Because my underwear were made there. You gotta better reason to go to Bangladesh?

You can follow my global quest to discover Where am I wearing? at www.whereamiwearing.com.

Josh | March 5, 2007 11:20 AM

An aspiring writer here with a blog that follows all things writerly, mostly of a speculative fiction slant. Drop by any time.

Pete | March 5, 2007 11:34 AM

Thanks for the opportunity, John.

I've been posting on my blog for a while; most of it is soapbox/satire material or news/reviews related to video games and science fiction. However, there IS a writing sample section there that has the first three chapters of a novel that is currently out for submission as well as some short work. I would welcome any constructive critcism that readers would care to post.

Bill Estep | March 5, 2007 12:02 PM

John, Thanks for the opportunity. I’ve been a lurker here for a long time, and had to take advantage of the self-pimp opportunity.

I have a site called ClubReading.com, where some friends and me share what we are reading, what we want to read, what we never want to read …anything. Our tag line is ‘An online community for the avid book lover.’ We do the occasional review and accept review submissions (see the appropriate page).

Thanks again.

Carol Elaine | March 5, 2007 12:24 PM

Thank you, John! As usual, late to the party, but always open for self-pimpage.

The prime pimpage I want to do is for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer that I'm doing in September. It's 39+ miles over the course of two days and donations are needed. Please check it out. Of course I've always been aware of this horrible disease and done what I can to fight it, but since my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2005 (she's cancer-free now, thank heavens), it's hit even closer to home than before.

Other things to pimp:
all the fun of the fair... is my main blog, not updated as often as it perhaps should be. Just silly stuff - whatever floats through my addled head.

SoCal Grassroots: Keeping the Left Coast Blue is the political blog I co-founded and contribute to - my recent entry on a proposed food libel law in California was linked in one of the Daily Telegrah's foreign correspondent blogs, which generated a big ol' smile from me and some additional traffic.

critter42 | March 5, 2007 12:27 PM

I'm going to Pimp My Con...

This year at MidSouthCon 25, Terry Pratchett of Discworld fame will be our writer Guest of Honor, Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, 52) is our comic GoH, and Don Maitz (the guy that draws Captain Morgan for the self-same rum brand) is our Artist GoH.

Time's running out - Pre-reg will close on Friday, March 16th! :)

Andrew Plotkin | March 5, 2007 01:08 PM

Well, I just won another stack of XYZZY Awards for the text adventure I wrote last fall: Delightful Wallpaper.

I didn't win "best game overall", so naturally you will want to look at all the winners (with
download links)

Johnny Carruthers | March 5, 2007 01:17 PM

I guess I'll promote my own LJ site, A Chocoholic UnAnonymous. Prepare to be seduced by the chocolate side of the Force . . .

Jeremiah | March 5, 2007 01:27 PM

Thanks Scalzi!

Yay pimping

My blog is at muchrejoicing.net ...it went through a bunch of changes, and is about to go through a bunch more. But if you're bored, you might find something interesting.

VCGriffin | March 5, 2007 01:32 PM


erin | March 5, 2007 01:46 PM

Ah, self-pimpage!

My link goes to my main blog, which is sort of a mishmash of whatever I feel like writing about on any given day...but I have two things I'd really like to promote.

The first is Required Reading, a young adult lit blog where I review YA novels and write about other YA-related things.

The second is my calligraphy page. I sell pretty things!

Ed | March 5, 2007 01:47 PM

I just added a counter to my blog today. Help a brother out. Gimmie some hits.

Karen Swanberg | March 5, 2007 01:54 PM

My first paying short story was published in the First Quarter '07 Abyss and Apex.

Read about a guy who, when 'switched' into an android body, encounters some bizarre issues.

The Memory of Touch

(Thanks, John!)

Gabriele | March 5, 2007 01:55 PM

Thank you, I'll take the chance to pimp my blog Blog as well. It's a mix of writing related musings (I write Historical Fiction), History - esp. the Romans in Germany and Britain, and the Middle Ages; some miscellaneous posts, and lots of photos.

Dane McGregor | March 5, 2007 02:11 PM

For you physics geeks, my cafe press site, which currently features only one design: a picture of a cat* with "WANTED: Dead or Alive: Schrodinger's Cat".


Thanks, John!

*my former cat, Cordelia Naismith Rubin-McGregor, a dearly missed bundle of allergens

Greg Morrow | March 5, 2007 02:13 PM

I'll pimp the Howling Curmudgeons, the group comics blog I'm in. Motto: Two-fisted comics commentary and criticism.

We have more degrees than any other comics blog, which mostly just means that when we complain about Civil War, we complain comprehensively, with big words.

Elizabeth Donald | March 5, 2007 02:30 PM

Wow, thanks to Mr. Scalzi for the opportunity. My URL goes to my site, which contains everything you never wanted to know about my first two books. I'd like to tell you about the third book, but we're just two signatures away from a deal and there shall be no jinxing. :)

Of the two, I imagine SETTING SUNS will have broader appeal - an anthology of horror and science fiction short stories collected over the first several years of my pounding head against brick wall writing career.

I also write a pop-culture blog for my day job newspaper, titled CultureGeek. I am ALWAYS seeking small-press and independent titles to review! Work email is edonald@bnd.com.

And since others are also promoting their nonprofit work... my web site contains links to to donate to Relay for Life, annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. I'm captain of a Relay team and we conduct our fundraising all year long.

That's enough out of me. Thanks again, Mr. Scalzi! I'm ashamed to say although I've lurked for a while, this is my first post.


Ray | March 5, 2007 02:49 PM

And Bobs art sucks also...
For some kick ass SciFi art.
The best in Austria.

Chris Gerrib | March 5, 2007 02:59 PM

Thanks for the opportunity, John, and I apologize for being a day late and a dollar short. My SF novel "The Mars Run" (details by clicking my name) seems to be racking up a few good reviews (and even fewer bad ones). Here's the opening paragraph:

"I remember watching my lover die. If my plan fails, I may get to join him. I’m not sure what I’m hoping for more – success or failure."

Patty Cryan | March 5, 2007 03:54 PM

I wish I'd seen this yesterday, but I had a nasty weekend. I doubt that anyone's going to see me this far down on the self-promotions page, but here goes.

I am always ready, willing, and able to review books over at my book blog, Bookseller By Night - click on the link for my posting name.

Review copies happily received when sent to the following address:

Patricia M. Cryan
c/o Mike's Comics
Post Office Box 20183
Worcester, MA 01602-0183

Science fiction, horror, and children's books are my niches.

99% of the time, unless they're truly awful, books I review are also made available for sale at http://www.mikescomics.com.

Maria Lima | March 5, 2007 04:38 PM

John, you are a gentleman and a scholar for doing this. :)

A bunch of my writerly buddies were discussing this very topic - the OMGs of BSP. ::g::

In my own self-promo - my new book, Matters of the Blood is out at the end of this month from Juno Books (an imprint of Wildside Press).

Linky on my name to my Website/blog. :)

Erika | March 5, 2007 04:52 PM

This may be too late to be read, but if there are any writers still checking in here who have a short story or memoir relating to pets and/or animal rescue, the no-kill shelter Peninsula Friends of Animals is holding a contest, with winners' work to be included in an anthology published next year. For info, check out their website at (I believe) safehaven dot org. You can probably also Google "PFOA" and find it. The contest is open world wide, to professional writers as well as amateurs. They're also looking for art, poetry and photography entries. It's a fundraiser with all profits going to the shelter. The only incentive for writers/artists would be the chance to get their work in print for a good cause. Any kind of critter is okay as a topic, as long as the general theme is either pets or animal rescue.

And thank you, John Scalzi, for this opportunity to get the word out and your always entertaining and often moving blog. I read you every day and enjoy your novels.

Patty Cryan | March 5, 2007 04:58 PM

And yes, yes, yes to the skies.... THANK YOU, John, for being you and for opening up threads like this.

Scott Elyard | March 5, 2007 05:01 PM

Wow, and I actually have something worthy of pimping. Even though it's a tad early, on the offchance that I don't get another opportunity to do this, I hereby pimp:

Myself. Admittedly, this will have interest to a limited geographic range (Anchorage, Alaska, and the valley), but I think it's cool enough.

Presenting a Communique from Deep Time: the Dinosauria

S. Elyard is presenting a show of art of the Dinosauria ('Fearfully Great Reptiles') animals both extant and extinct at Vagabond Blues in downtown Palmer from 9 March through 13 April 2007.

Only dinosaurs will be featured as mysteries of phylogeny are revealed, explored and illuminated through illustration and graphic art of animals magnificent and mundane, famous and obscure.

Media involved includes paper, pencil, and paint of subjects ranging from the comfortable and familiar two dimensions and into the third dimension! Wow!

In lieu of a reception, the artist will offer information and answers to questions anytime he is asked in person (or e-mail can be sent to the address on the Coherent Lighthouse website).

Nate Trost | March 5, 2007 05:26 PM

Over the past decade-plus I've worked on over a dozen shipping game titles for the PC, Mac, Playstation, Xbox, Game Boy, Nintendo DS, and other more obscure platforms. These days I run a small company specializing in software engineering support and project management consulting primarily targeting the game industry. Not exclusively, however, I do general application development as well.


Jeff / SupRspi | March 5, 2007 06:04 PM

I don't have much to promote - but I do have an open letter on my blog to Harmonix/Red Octane, the developers of my favourite video game, Guitar Hero, suggesting a redo of the first game of the series.

If anyone is interested in Video Games, and/or Guitars, and/or already likes Guitar Hero - take a read, and pass it on. Comments of course are welcome.

Jeff / SupRspi | March 5, 2007 06:06 PM



I forgot John, like so many others before me, to thank you for your generosity in the self-pimp thread.

Of course, I remembered after I hit "post", not "preview" or I could have just fixed it in my original comment.

Thank You.

Jeff Zugale | March 5, 2007 06:18 PM

I'm an artist of various types. Currently I work at a video game company, and on the side I do caricatures where I turn people into Kindergoth-y characters, in the style of the Kindergoth (www.kindergoth.com) comic books which I drew a few years ago.

I also have a little webcomic called "Just A Bit Off..." which I update just about every Thursday, at www.jeffzugale.com/justabitoff/

Thanks for the pimpin' thread, John! :)

Michael Walsh | March 5, 2007 06:41 PM

I hereby pimp Howard Waldrop's newest collection published by moi: http://www.oldearthbooks.com/howard_waldrop.htm

Scott Elyard | March 5, 2007 06:55 PM

Seems like I learn about more cool things whenever John opens up one of these threads. I just wanted to say thanks to John (and Ray), I now know about Christian Flora's art. Amazing!

Tania | March 5, 2007 07:02 PM

Scott - I won't be making it down south until May, but I have friends in the Palmer/Wasilla/Anchorage area that I will try to send your way. I like what I saw on your site.

And...Yes! You people have some pretty cool ideas that you're putting out there. As a consumer, I say Thank you.

Peggy Archer | March 5, 2007 07:28 PM

I'd like to take this moment to a) say thanks for the opportunity to pimp (you know it's hard out there for a.. never mind), and to pimp my blog.

I'm a set lighting technician for movies and television, and I write about it at http://filmhacks.blogspot.com.

I'm also working on a book, but it's taking longer than I'd anticipated, darn it.

Pat Logan | March 5, 2007 07:30 PM

So many wonderful new URL's to look over! Thanks for the thread!

My URL goes to my writing blog, a way to give back a bit since so many have taught me. This week I'm doing a series called "Writing, for the complete noob". If you know someone who might qualify (*grin*), send them over.

Old Jarhead | March 5, 2007 08:35 PM

3rd Party Pimp (3PP) to:


For all those who love words and writing.

Old Jarhead

Roger | March 5, 2007 08:52 PM

Some of my writings is at latifundia et al. I learned the word in graduate school while studying the Elijah Elisha cycle of stories and have always wanted to use it regularly. Small owner worked farms going to large absentee landowners. Thanks for the offer of self-promotion.


Roger | March 5, 2007 08:55 PM

Some of my writing is at latifundia et al. I learned the word in graduate school while studying the Elijah Elisha cycle of stories and have always wanted to use it regularly. Small owner worked farms going to large absentee landowners. Thanks for the offer of self-promotion.


Lisa | March 5, 2007 09:58 PM

You have the most interesting readers!

Our record label is at:

Jon Tulchin is a sound artist/improvisor and archeologist currently based in Hawai'i. Jon works with contact mics, found objects, field recordings, invented acoustic & electric instruments, and turntables. Jon is interested in examining the projection of sound through wood, metals, and air. His use of the microphone along with amplification is similar to the use of a microscope, zooming in on sounds/vibrations which would normally be undetected by the human ear.

Scorpio | March 5, 2007 10:41 PM

I have officially moved my blog to blogspot. Three years, and there is still something to say.

JerolJ | March 5, 2007 11:07 PM

Long time lurker, occasional poster here. Thanks for the opportunity to self-pimp John. But now I should remove the mention of Old Man's War on my site so it won't look like I'm sucking up.

Oh the other hand, does anyone else here feel like Salieri in the last scene of Amadeus (movie version) when he's being wheeled through the asylum and salutes his fellow "mediocrities"?

John Joseph Adams | March 5, 2007 11:20 PM

Ah, I'm a little late to the thread, but my god man, what have you done to this blog? It's moving super fast.

I have little to pimp myself, but I would encourage everyone to go read The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (www.fsfmag.com) because it rocks, and I work there, and all the cool kids are doing it.

Also, next summer you can look for Wastelands, my post-apocalyptic reprint anthology from Night Shade Books, which you can read more about here: http://www.myspace.com/wastelandsanthology.

And last but not least I'd like to pimp out someone else: Matthew Hughes (http://www.archonate.com/), who has a number of great books out, including a newish one called Majestrum, which rocks, as does all of his stuff, including his short stories (which frequently appear in F&SF). Not enough people are reading this guy, which is a shame, because he's awesome.

Susan Z | March 5, 2007 11:23 PM

When i'm not reading awesome John Scalzi books, i do a bit of infrared photography (URL goes to my teeny galleries). i will be showing my latest work in Raleigh, NC on the 17th of march at a music/art even called Cirque Macabre. It even has its own commercial now. Self-pimpage = hoorays!

Kristine Smith | March 6, 2007 09:11 AM

My name's Kristine. I write SF, and a little fantasy.

Thanks, John!

Mike Cane | March 6, 2007 12:24 PM

Ha! Ha! Ha!

I use the self-pimping thread to pimp both you and me!

How's that for being bloody perverted?

Blogroll Addition

deCadmus | March 6, 2007 05:20 PM

Self-pimpage? I'm in for that (even if a day or two behind the times.)

See bloggle.com for coffee and commentary.

Why? Because Scalzi said so. Well, not really. But don't let that hold you back.

Tim Weaver | March 6, 2007 06:20 PM

Ah a chance to self pimp how cool is that. My blog contains: Technical stuff, Cooking, Writing (of course), and whatever else comes along

Kirsty | March 7, 2007 11:01 AM

Oooh, OK then. My current art project is at: http://diary-project.blogspot.com/

I'm doing a drawing on an envelope every day for a year. The envelopes also contain stuff, for example, letters, objects, photographs - anything that relates to my day. The envelopes will remain sealed and the contents secret until they can be exhibited next year, at which point the public will be able to open them and investigate the contents.

I've just been down with a cold and a deadline so the site needs updating but that should be done in the next day or two.

Bob Eggleton | March 7, 2007 11:36 PM

Regarding "Robert Eggleton". Yes, unfortunately I share a name with a guy who is attempting, all the wrong ways, to be a writer. He wrote me some time ago, and gave me the creeps. He literally said something like "Think what WE could do with OUR name" suggesting some kind of collaboration. This alone sent not only alarm bells ringing, but shivers down my spine and that weird science fictional anti-matter-meets-matter-Twilight-Zone girl-in-the-bus-station-meets-her-double way. He has this weird idea all writers make millions of dollars and wants his shot. Some things to remember as I have had queries from editors and agents about him. He's a "Robert T" and my middle name is "A" which, thankfully is different. I have the known-to-all "Zillabob" as an email, he doesn't.I weight less than he does(from what I gathered) and my hair is much nicer, I don't think he has much. At one point he was saying to certain people that he was in fact, me or at least not differentiating that he is not me. Thanks for helping to make light of the difference. I'm hoping everyone will!


the **REAL** BOB Eggleton

Susan Higginbotham | March 8, 2007 07:28 PM

Thanks for your invitation. I've delayed in responding because I had to go out and buy some pimp clothes first.

Anyway, if you enjoy historical fiction, please stop by my blog:


or my website:


Ed Bartlett | March 9, 2007 09:56 PM

Who can pass up an offer like that? I mean seriously, if you don't pimp yourself who will?

Okay, that didn't come out right...

Anyway, my URL will take you to my website. I'm a (very) struggling writer with delusions of making a buck someday...

...er...I mean...I'm a GREAT WRITER, who simply hasn't been discovered yet! Yeah, that's the ticket!

(With apologies to Jon Lovitz)

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