New readers who might want to stick around for a while, might I suggest you bring some yarn and a crochet hook? Coffee is also welcome and encouraged. Many links in the sidebar will clue you in to my favourite topics and interests. And drop a comment letting me know what your favourite sci-fi book is and if you've ever crocheted or knitted. Nothing like anecdotal evidence to make us feel we're all connected.
If you'd like to learn to crochet, might I (*cough*) recommend one of the books in the sidebar? These are books I've written, in collaboration with other talented people, and I unabashedly think they're a good place to start. So is Interweave Crochet magazine, which is where I spend my days, though not in the official office but rather from my garage office at home (or, because I'm never happy in just one place, from my dining room table, where I now sit). Also, ask around. People are good teachers, too, and lots of them crochet.
To my few regular readers, go read the Whatever and do indulge my recommendation of Scalzi's books (even the ones I haven't read yet). Crochet and sci-fi go very well together. Perhaps we can have a discussion about why; I'm coming up blank.
And now, as it's 9AM and thus time for work, I will stick my head back into the summer issue of the magazine to emerge only occasionally over the next few weeks. (Which might or might not be a LIE. Come back soon to find out.)
ETA: Crafty authors, you know there are awful reviews of your books out there. Take up the challenge, won't you?
EagainTA: Media Bistro linked here, too. Now all you crafty authors simply must take up the challenge.