Podcast: We’re Alive

I tend to consume podcasts on a fairly regular basis, ranging from things like Writng Excuses, gaming news to trivia ‘casts and science discussions. There’s a lot out there, folks, and me personally, I’ll take a free interest-based podcast over fm/am radio any day of the week.

What I felt like mentioning in particular was an excellent audio drama called “We’re Alive,” a zombie story of survival. As of this writing, I count this as the most compelling bit of non-music listening I’ve come across in a long time, and if you don’t mind me saying, I’ve heard a lot.

“We’re Alive,” is exactly what I sounds like it might be, a script of voice actors playing out the roles of various people pit against all manner of obstacles during a zombie apocalypse. It has a classic case of Murphy’s Law; whatever can go wrong will (or does) go wrong. Problems you’d expect in a disaster scenario are addressed, and then the story throws you a curveball. The dialogue is witty, the characters are believable and likeable, and the music and sound effects really put you there. On more than one occassion I’d forgotten I was listening to this through my headphones, so vivid was the experience.

As of this writing I have not yet completed the series but as someone who has a difficult time watching television (serieses rarely hold my attention for long), I’ve been devouring chapters voraciously since diacovering it. Often what I experience when watching a series, such as Supernatural and Breaking Bad, generally my take after a few episodes is “Alright, end already.” Not that I dislike them so much as they feel needlessly drawn out to me. Not to mention I tend to get really involved in thinks I watch, and BB was doing murder on my nerves. Great show but when I see the ending to it, I’ll breathe a sigh of relief.

Not so with We’re Alive. Perhaps its the medium (I can do other things while listening whereas a t.v. series requires me to sit down and pay full attention). Perhaps it’s the content; for awhile I thought I was tired of zombie movies. But I suppose I wasn’t tired of zombie experiences.

That’s what We’re Alive is: an experience, and I invite anyone with the smallest interest to hear them.

http://www.zombiepodcast.com/

NYCMidnight 2013 Progress

So I’ve got an outline down and a decent start for the hereafter entitled Great Biker Caper short story entry for NYCMidnight’s 2012 Short Story competition.

Me and my paranoid self are a little worried about disclosing the actual progress online right now. Unfinished rough draft and all — you understand, dear readers. Headway, however, is being made and I’ve got a moderately clear course ahead. It’s times like these when a memorable quote from a certain historical figure comes to mind:

 “Don’t worry guys, it’s just over there, trust me.” ~ Christopher Columbus

In other news, I was planning to write up a review of a book I had finished in recent months, but due to the deadline of the aforementioned contest that likely won’t be happening. Yet I feel compelled to say that while I am brimming with unjustified enthusiasm, the subject matter of the story itself was daunting at first but now I’m finding it delightfully fun. The folks over at Wirting Excuses (http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/06/17/writing-excuses-7-25-writing-capers/) were incredibly helpful and really got me going.

Contest: NYCMidnight 2013

So I had registered for the NYCMidnight Short Story Challenge (that’d be http://www.nycmidnight.com/Competitions/SSC/Challenge.htm, sorry the Entry Deadline has already passed) not very long ago, and guess what folks, the contest has now begun.

For those of you who don’t know, NYCMidnight hosts short story challenges now and again, and I found them through Twitter. Basically the way this contest goes is that each of us 800 entry people are given a genre, a subject, and a character with which we must construct a story in a given time frame – my assignment, should I choose to accept it and I do because I paid the entry free after all – is a maximum 2,500 word count short story. Here are my given criteria:

  • Genre: Crime Caper
  • Subject: A motorcycle gang
  • Character: A telemarketer

Now I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I’ve never written a caper before in my life. This will be great a challenge for me, for this has brought to my attention that I in fact enjoy caper stories – I just didn’t know it until I had a name to attach to the enjoyment.

A few capers I’ve known and enjoyed, that you might recognize: Ocean’s 11Three KingsThe Great Muppet Caper. Who doesn’t like a good old high-stakes heist story? Anyway, the coming week will be a learning experience for me, and I’ll be sure and let you folks know what happened and how it’s going.

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(the one, the only, the man – Animal, from The Great Muppet Caper. R.I.P. Jim Henson)

Getting Started

Hello, everyone! First and foremost, I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy and distracting day to read my words.

As this is my second blog (my other is over at http://www.redamnesia.blogspot.com ) , let me simply begin by saying “Hey, welcome.” After a couple dozen posts we’ll see if anyone ever sifts through them to actually find this again, but hey, quite honestly this post is just to get stuff started.

So, what am I planning to have available for you to read here? I’m planning to reduce the whole “public journal” theme to a minimum, keeping my posts relevant and #positive# toward the realms of fiction and writing.

  • Book reviews/opinions
  • Neat articles or ideas I’ve come across
  • Science or History documents that might be interesting to implement into a sci/fi or fantasy setting
  • Activity regarding contests, competitions, conferences/events I might be paying attention to, considering, or even (gasp!) shelling out the money to actually attend
  • Books I’m reading currently, and my impression of them
  • Maybe some books I’ve read in the past and why I read them (what kept me interested, etc.)
  • Links to stories of other authors I believe deserve more attention (or heck, if they simply ask for it)
  • Pieces of artwork that I find inspiring.
  • Pieces of music I find inspiring.
  • Games and movies (art + music!?) that I feel like sharing.

And with that, I’ll wrap things up with one of the most memorable quotes (to me) from a certain series most of you might have heard of:

“My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much Jon Snow.” – Tyrion Lannister
― George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones