Month: August 2011

Promo: A Short Story & A Novel By Bob Thurber

Bob Thurber, a friend and regular subject on this program, has two things worthy of your attention. First is a new short story of his called “Shingles: A Memoir (circa 1960)” over at Brooklyner, which I myself am anxious to read as it’s one of the few published works of his that I have yet to consume. Second, he is running a One week only – 25% off Kindle Version of Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel, his debut novel which was released this past May. Help me support a great man who just also happens to be a great writer. Thanks!

Delayed Announcement: My New Online Writing Gig

Because I am insane and also because writers write — right? — I have accepted a new online writing gig of a more journalistic nature as I am/will be writing editorial  columns for eXpertComics.com (which is a compensated gig). eXpertComics.com is a retailer website for the brick-and-mortar store of the same name in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Yeah, I know, it’s not fiction, but writers write, right?For EC my weekly columnist blog is called Proferssor Brand-X. Two installments, #0 & #1 have already posted. Check it out if you want to read a comic book enthusiast getting his geek on.

Update: Busy Boy

Yeah, so, I’ve been a bit absent around these parts of late, but not because I’m slacking. Quite the contrary. Seems my social networking has paid off and new pursuits and opportunities have yielded much work. Perhaps someday these new pursuits will impact the old pursuits. I’ll do a fuller update later in the week. Much work yet still to do. But first, I surrender to my great nemesis, my long-lost frenemy: sleep.

Call for Submissions: In Honor of Chuck “C.D.” Turner

Static Movement publisher/editor Chris Bartholomew has recently announced the tragic untimely passing of her brother and fellow anthology editor C.D. Turner. Her announcement follows: “My brother, C. D. Turner (Chuck) went to Sturgis. He was very happy to be going. He had a wreck on August 5th and died August 7th. Chuck loved working with the writers and said editing the two books was the best thing that ever happened in his life. Please pray for the family. We will continue to take submissions for this book and publish it for Chuck’s daughter and son. Submissions will now come to me at author.chris@gmail.com” One of his anthologies is What is New is Old Again – A Steampunk Anthology. It has a very nice cover.  You can learn more on the Static Movement message board. Fiction writers of prose, new and expeienced: if you have a story that is of a steampunk nature and to which you own the rights, please consider submitting it for this anthology. Or write an all-new story. Your efforts will …

Teaser Image: Astonishing X-Men #44 Cover by Mike McKone

Ororo Monroe (Storm) & Scott Summers (Cyclops) Ororo is married to a rather powerful fella most known and feared as T’Challa the Black Panther. Scott is in a long-term relationship with one Emma Frost, formerly the White Queen of the old villainous Hellfire Club, but has been on the side of the mutant angels for nearly 20 years, and Mr. Summer’s lover for about a decade or so. There’s a major storyline called X-Men: Schism going on right now that will rip the X-Men’s ranks asunder, pitting them on two very different sides of the Marvel Universe mutant plight. Looks like after that event there will be some shenanigans, among everything else. Make of it what you will.

Event: Happy Birthday James Hetfield! A Holiday To Me :-)

Please allow this moment for a music geek to pay Happy Birthday respect to his musical idol on his 48th birthday. Happy Birthday and a hearty Metal Up Your Ass to one James Alan Hetfield, vocalist, songwriter and founding guitarist of the mighty Metallica. Thirty years ago in 1981 when you were a pimple-faced, denim and leather-clad social misfit with a dream and a guitar, you hooked up with the little drummer from Denmark, Lars Ulrich to form Metallica, a band I and millions of others still love to this day. For me personally, had it not been for discovering your music in 1987 and truly getting into it and thrash in general in 1988, I would not have started playing guitar that year and getting serious about it in January of 1989 at age fifteen Nor would I have been inspired to form my first band in August 1989 – a thrash metal band called Metatrosity (yes, I purposefully exchanged the ‘c’ in the word atrocity for an ‘s’ because it looked better in the logo …

Newish Music: “Broken Hands” by Lamb of God remixed by Dichotomous

In case anyone missed the world premiere of this yesterday, here be the first Dichotomous + Lamb of God mashup where I take their song “Broken Hands” from their 2009 album Wrath, remove the original guitar parts and replace them with my own guitar (and bass) parts to go along with Chris Adler‘s drums and D. Randall Blythe‘s vocals.  Some background on this little project: I had been listening to the individual studio tracks from my favorite metal band’s Wrath album (which are called ‘stems’ and came on a USB stick in the special edition of the album), and while listening to the drums all by themselves I got to thinking that it would be a cool and fun challenge to come up with original guitar parts to someone’s drum beats, well, Adler’s drums in particular since I had them in my possession. Maybe even make a recording project out of it. So after consulting with Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton (also the co-writer of the song in question) on Twitter to make sure it was perfectly legal to do, I got …