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March 12th, 2009

07:05 pm: Write Club Episode 2- "Watchmen, Webcomics, Writing"

Write Club Episode 2 is up.

Give it a go, and let us know what you think.

Grab it here: http://ourmedia.org/node/492555

The rss feed is all wonked up, it won't load up the 3 different parts of Episode 1.

Episode 2 seems to show up fine, so subscribe: http://ourmedia.org/mediarss/user/206103

Or listen here:

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March 9th, 2009

06:14 pm: Write Club: Episode 1, part 3- "Quis custodiet ipsos Write Club?"
Here's the third part of Episode One.  As now all things will be measured in comicbookdom, this is a pre-Watchmen movie podcast.

Go here: http://ourmedia.org/node/491747

Subscribe here: http://ourmedia.org/mediarss/user/206103

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March 5th, 2009

11:38 am: A Dream Spelled Backwards
This is something I wrote, in part, a while ago. I've decided to extend it and give it a proper narrator. I just finished it this morning, and am thinking about submitting it somewhere.

Give it a read, let me know what you think.

A Dream Spelled Backwards


I hung up the phone with Katie’s voice still buzzing in my ear; she wanted to take some time for herself, away from me.  That was fine; I’d been expecting it, really, and in the back recesses of my brain I knew it was coming.  Way back there.  Really.  As I placed the heavy black handset down on the phone’s cradle I could hear her slow mumbling cease, and wondered if she even knew I’d hung up on her.  It had happened before, she often said I was “out of it,” ending conversations when I felt they were done, when I’d gotten all I wanted out of them.  Nature of the job, I suppose.  Journalism is all about angles, it’s all about the slant the reporter puts on the story.  Don’t let anyone fool you that a reporter only cares about the integrity of the story.  That’s bullshit; they care about how that story represents them.  It’s their name going under the slug, if someone hates their piece it’s that name they’re going to be gunning for, or vice versa, that name they’ll want to laud to the editor.  Right, as if anyone under eighty ever writes to the editor anyway.  I took a drag from my cigarette, stood up and went over to the dirty grey-lit window that overlooked my dirty grey-lit neighborhood and stubbed the cigarette out on the windowsill.  Ah, Katie, you’re killing me girl.  I know we’ll get back together; she’s jut mad at how much time I spend working.  But that’s the business and you don’t get into it unless it’s your first love; everything and everybody else comes second.  I’ve never hidden that from anyone and I’m sure everyone thinks I’m a shallow piece of shit.  Let ‘em.  At the end of the day that rush of copy, ink stained fingers and pockets, and frantic phone calls are mine.  That’s life.  I’m recording straight into the book of life and years after I’m gone my stories will still be around.  The good, the shit, the fluff pieces; they’ll all be there.


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March 4th, 2009

06:19 pm: Write Club, part 2
Here's the second part of Episode One. One more part to go for the extra-special three part pilot of our comics and writing podcast.

Audio is a little bit better this time.

Go here: http://ourmedia.org/node/490357

Subscribe here: http://ourmedia.org/mediarss/user/206103

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March 3rd, 2009

06:29 pm: Casting Pods
So, a friend and I created a podcast recently. It's called Write Club, and it's our take on a comic/talk show/babble fest podcast. It's a fledgling effort, and not without its flaws, but it's the first time we've done anything like this.

But, definitely not the last.

Subscribe here: http://ourmedia.org/mediarss/user/206103

Go here: http://ourmedia.org/node/490083

Or just play it right now:

Oh, and I recorded the audio in an almost ass-backward fashion. In real life I do not sound like a tiny robot doing old-timey radio.

Future efforts will sound better.



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February 23rd, 2009

04:19 pm: Interesting

January 16th, 2009

01:28 pm: Slice of Life
Big, huge props to the slice of awesome that is Slice Magazine.

Check out the newest issue of Poets & Writers, the Jan/Feb issue, where Slice Mag is featured in the Bullseye section. The fine editors of Slice, Celia and Maria, mentioned me among their other favorite contributors. I'm positively tickled. This means so much to me, It's hard to express.

Here's the page:
From books

and, here's the extract:

SO cool.

I couldn't be prouder of my friends for starting a magazine. For sustaining it, and for growing their dream into a reality.

If you all haven't checked it out, haven't picked up an issue or subscribed yet, please do so. You get amazing interviews with top talent (Salman Rushdie, Junot Diaz), comic strips, prose stories, non-fiction articles, amazing design, a blog!

There is literally something for everyone in every issue.

Here, I'll make it easy for you: Subscribe!

Thanks again, ladies. You are class personified.

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January 9th, 2009

11:35 am: State of things
Right now I am embroiled in re-writes on "Wind in the Willows" for the All-Action Classics series (Sterling).  "Tom Sawyer" is on shelves now, "The Odyssey" should be coming out this year (October) and I think they plan on having Willows follow Odyssey.

When I'm not chopping up my Willows script and putting it back together again, I'm playing games  on my new Xbox 360, and I thought it'd be fun to post pics of some of my game characters.

Fallout 3 was the game that made me decide to buy the 360.  I've been a huge fan of the series before it even existed.  Yes, Wasteland, I'm looking at you.  I just finished the game this week, and it's a pretty amazing ride.  Huge world, great storyline, and good addition to the Fallout IP.

This is my guy.  His name is Tim:

That's my pet Super-Mutant, and my giant Robot buddy that loves to hang around bombed out monuments.  Is this a spoiler?  I don't know.

My Bro gave me Mass Effect for Christmas.  I didn't want to really start it until I finished Fallout 3, which i did, so I've been kicking some hard-core (M)ass! Effect!  Ugh...sorry.

Anyway, I'm loving the game, and here's my character.

His name is also Tim.  Tim Shepard.  I'm a narcissist.

You can't really see it in this  pic, but he's got a bunch of little scars on his right cheek, just below his eyes.  His eyes are also bright green, which makes him look super crazy when I'm having him yell at crew members or grieving widows.

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January 8th, 2009

10:43 pm: Reading
More reading:

Fall of Cthulhu #'s 1 - 4

Verdict:  Ugh.  Barely made it through the first two issues, and just skimmed the latter two.  Filled with the Derelethian Judeo-Christian crap that Lovecraft worked so hard to keep out of his work.  Bears just a passing resemblance to the core Cthulhu Mythos.  Admittedly, I'm a Lovecraft snob.  Pass.  Pass.  Pass.

The Goon #31

Verdict:  While I've read a bunch of the first fifteen or so issues of The Goon, I haven't been reading it regularly or consecutively.  I absolutely admire Powell's art and writing, but this issue was a bit of a dissapointment.  The art seemed rushed and unfinished and the story was a bit sloppy.  Maybe it's because I'm not a regular reader, but I didn't care for it.  If you're a regular, maybe it'll make sense. If not, go ahead and pass.

The Book of the Damned:

Verdict:  Book one of Charles Fort's seminal work which attempts to chronicle just how strange this world we live in is.  I've read the series (Book of the Damned, Lo!, Wild Talents) a long time ago and it's amazing how little I've retained.  When he's on topic it's a fascinating look at an Earth we never see; blood red rains, rains of fish and unidentified animal matter, but it gets a bit distracting as he often stops to rail against the dogma that is science.  And he stops very often.  Almost every paragraph.  Still, quite an amazing work of early non-fiction, definitley worth a library rental and a good skimming.  I find his opening few paragraphs lovely.

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08:47 am: Tales From a Tarnished World

It's been almost 6 months since the start of the Undead Armageddon. In typical fashion information as to why and how the dead rose to consume the living is unknown. A handful of survivors litter the cities and towns of North America, and presumably the world. These are their stories:


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