Craig Shaw Gardner: Dangerously Creative Writer of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction

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Tag!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007So, apparently, that devilish Skott fellow (learn more about him at Textiplication.com) has tagged me, which means that I need to tell you five things about me that most people don't know!

So which five should they be?

1) My very first job was delivering papers in my suburban hometown outside Rochester NY, for which I would rise every day at 5:20 AM and trudge through the Rochester weather (often snow). By doing this and then entering an essay contest, I actually got a scholarship to a summer Journalism program at Syracuse University, an experience that convinced me I didn't want to be a newspaper reporter.

2) My very first pet was a mostly black cocker spaniel with one white patch. I named her "Spot." Hey, what do you want from a six-year-old?

3) In ninth grade, we were introduced to haikus, and I came up with one that predicted my future writing career:

"The gigantic dog
Leaps and bounds among the trees
And tears out my throat."

Really chokes you up, doesn't it?

4) Early on in my writing career, I wrote a sword and sorcery story that I managed to sell three times, all to markets that died before they could publish the story (including one of the many rebirths of WEIRD TALES). Realizing that I was being punished by the gods, I retired the story, and it has never again seen the light of day.

5) I have attended every single Necon and Readercon ever held, including the one time they were both scheduled on the same weekend! I believe I'm the only person to actually accomplish this remarkable achievement.

That's my five. Now, I think I'm supposed to tag five more folks, but instead, I'll tag ONE person who is five times less likely to write in his blog -- Christopher Golden!

Posted by Craig Shaw Gardner at 3:56 PM | 1 comments  

And Speaking of Whosis

Tuesday, January 09, 2007Those of you who actually look at the dates around here may realize that the old comic strip is a bit behind. (Next update was supposed to be the end of December.) We're going on hiatus for a bit with our favorite tentacled amnesiac until a couple of things get reorganized, but with any luck WHOSIS will be back shortly, to become EVEN MORE COMPLICATED!

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Happy New Stuff!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007Excuse me while I blow off some of the cobwebs around here.

I have to face it. I'm not a natural blogger. I have to be pulled kicking and screaming sometimes away from my "other" writing (you know, the stuff that pays money) to show up here and talk about just about anything (both a blessing and a curse, that.) But I'm going to try to be a bit better about stopping by here for the three people who regularly read my stuff.

Lord knows I've got stuff to talk about. My Writing Workshop starts up again in the near future. My giveaway contest was a resounding success. I'd really like to put some essays here about both writing and film. And I could even talk about my actual day-to-day writing, tho I think a bit of that can get boring quickly, so you'll only get glimpses.

Having a website and a blog are interesting experiences. I've actually had a couple folks pop up from my past, only to quickly disappear again. Still, it was nice of them to drop by and say "Hi!" And a lot of people have told me -- in person -- that they've enjoyed my site, so I can only imagine that a whole bunch of other people are dropping by. So "Hi!" back to you.

And if you're just visiting this blog and not looking at the rest of my site, I'd recommend you going over to take a look at The Big Whosis, which is getting ever more complex. We're now in our Outer Space Flashback sequence!

That's all for now. But more soon. Really! I promise!

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