Assorted links

I have a habit of opening a draft in Gmail and using it to store random links that I need to access in the future. Then I forget to use them, and they accumulate. Here’s a list of the ones I currently have, for your enjoyment.

 

1. 8 links to random possibilities that I might be able to post to my 70s sci-fi blog.

2. This link to a short story written by PG Wodehouse. It’s designed to spoof Sherlock Holmes stories, and is titled “Dudley Jones, Bore Hunter.” Here’s more info on it:

In a preface to a Ballantine Books edition of Doyle’s The Sign of Four, Wodehouse looked back upon his friendship with Doyle in the 1920s, and recalled that the great author was always somewhat reluctant to discuss Sherlock Holmes with him. “I never could get him to talk of Sherlock Holmes, and I think the legend that he disliked Sherlock must be true. It is with the feeling that he would not object that I have sometimes amused myself by throwing custard pies at that great man.”

One of the most famous “custard pies” that Wodehouse threw at Holmes was the very amusing 1959 Punch piece, “From a Detective’s Notebook,” but he threw perhaps the first pie at the “great man” in 1903, during his early days as a journalist and magazine writer. Wodehouse’s “Dudley Jones, Bore-Hunter,” printed in two parts in the last April and the first May number of Punch neatly parodies Holmes’ adventures by taking the most distinctive elements of Doyle’s stories to an amusingly absurd level. Holmes’ detailed listings of the personal traits of practically everyone in London, Holmes’ violin, Watson’s awe of Holmes’ genius, Holmes’ frequent disguises, and Holmes’ and Watson’s frequent journeys on the midnight mail all come in for some ribbing. There are also references to The Sign of Four (in which Holmes goes to see a man about a dog), “The Speckled Band” (in which a villain “falls into the pit he has digged for another”), and (in the story’s opening paragraph) a parody of “The Final Problem,” in which Holmes had been “killed” by falling into Reichenbach Falls. In fact, at the time Wodehouse wrote “Dudley Jones,” Holmes had been “dead” for ten years and his impending return had only been recently announced by Doyle in The Strand. Wodehouse hailed this joyous occasion with a short poem in a later May number of Punch:

“Oh SHERLOCK, SHERLOCK, he’s in town again,
That prince of perspicacity, that monument of brain.
It seems he wasn’t hurt at all
By tumbling down the waterfall.”

Clearly a must-read.

3. Another short story, this time a recent one, titled The Schrodinger War. I want to read it mainly for the title.

4. This:

trippy

It’s more scifi art. I already used it, though, so I don’t know why I didn’t get rid of that link.

5. A YouTube link to the 2013 IT Crowd special that just aired. Go look it up yourself; I don’t want to get it taken down or anything.

6. The Byron website theme. I’ve been thinking of upgrading website themes, and I’ve been researching good ones.

7. A collection of free Neil Gaiman audiobooks. I like the author a bundle, and I also like free stuff. Scroll about halfway down to get to Neil.

Advertisements

Audio: “Alive in the Graveyard”

cryptkeeper

There are a few high-profile roles that I’ve greatly enjoyed being able to tell people I’ve played. I was the Mad Hatter in my college’s production of Alice in Wonderland, for instance. Now I can just mention that to people, they’ll recognize it instantly, and I seem cool. The best part is that it’s usually less work than a more mundane-sounding role. And with this new role, I may have outdone myself.

It fell in my lap when a friend of mine asked if I’d like to play a bit part in his senior project, a twenty-ish minute long audio drama. It took maybe a half hour, and I’m only in the first and the last minute, giving an intro and outro as a CryptKeeper-style narrator. But it’s awesome: I get to be a crusty, corpse-like guy who loves terrible, dark puns, and enjoys cackling at others’ misfortune!

Now, for your listening pleasure, the complete audio presentation is available for free:

Summer 2013

Warning: this one’s a slightly dry post… mechanics of my mission, ect. Blah blah blah. Skip down to the cool round photos if you want the highlights.

I have big plans for this summer. I’ll be starting my final year of college in the fall, and I have a squarely three-month time span between now and then. In that time, I hope to accomplish two things. I want to get this blog onto a firm every-other-day posting schedule, while hopefully stocking up enough spare posts to keep it going strong during the school year, a task that I’ve found is pretty darn difficult. Second, I want to explore ebook self-publishing. I’ve already done some research into this, and I have a few options to follow up on. I have two or three novels that are okay enough to publish. Sadly, I probably don’t have the time needed to write more this summer, but you never know.

My blog plan means I’ll have to write seven posts every two weeks. To get that done, I hope to publish posts elsewhere on the internet, and then reposting them on my blog. By setting up this site as a hub, I can keep my audience up-to-date, while still pulling in interested people from other sites. I’ve already started posting, as you might have noticed. Here are the categories that I’ll be using to keep me churning out the insightful commentary that all you fans love so much.

Sci-Fi Essays

I’ve got a kinja blog over here, where I post science-fiction related information for the Io9 crowd, like this recent post about Steven Moffat’s plotting misadventures.

Book Reviews

books

I’ve got this account at GoodReads, where I post book reviews. I’m hoping to expound on my favorite genre, the wacky shenanigans genre, which I coincidentally also came up with. In future posts here, expect a deep study of the genre. For now, you’ll have to settle for this recent review of the Henry Reed books.

College Advice

I’m a freelancer at HackCollege.com, and I’ve blogged lists of the posts I’ve written for them in the past. I’ll be continuing that practice in the future.

Film Reviews

Sadly, I’m no longer in my cinema class, which is what forced me to post a 300-500 word review here every week. Now I just need to rely on my own initiative, and I always tend to watch more TV than film when I’m given the chance. I certainly wouldn’t check out such admitted classics as Citizen Kane or On the Waterfront.

Trailer Reviews

This one won’t be regular, either. The trailer reviews were commissioned by my college newspaper’s website. They’ve only posted one so far, and they’re on hiatus for the summer, but they want around five reviews for the next year. I might easily do more on here.

Miscellaneous

I’ll post links to my guest posts, and I might even post the guest posts that have failed to find hosts. Heh, post hosts. Anyway. I’ll also add old articles I’ve written for my college newspaper’s print version, and past blog posts I’ve squirreled away. Also, I might expound on some notes that I’ve written for myself: I have a ton of old thoughts that can easily make fun blog posts. For example, nicotine patch gym shorts. “Get addicted to exercise!” Genius.

Projects

Last and greatest: my various projects. I’ll try to keep you updated on:

Emmett

EmmettMy planned podcast is The Academic Emmett, a dramatized series of short fiction stories airing around December 2013. It stars Emmett, who’s basically Sherlock Holmes if he were a college student and a mad scientist instead of a detective. I’ll have my own website for it, and I’m in charge of writing, recording, some voice acting, rounding up all the other voice actors, editing, adding music and sound effects, designing the site, and advertising for the whole thing once it’s done.

I still need to finish 13 stories this summer, but I just wrote one this weekend, so it shouldn’t be too tough to complete those on time. I’ll have a total of 4 seasons, each about 11 episodes long and covering a year of Emmett’s academic career. This is my favorite one… I’m excited.

Flux | Flow

fluxflowThis is the TV show I’ll be acting in. Most of the work will be done over the fall semester, but I may be writing a future episode ahead of time, which will be a great way to flex my screenwriting muscle. I’ve been studying the art via reading Story, by Robert McKee, which I’ve been enjoying.

More about the show here.

NoiARRRRR

I’m writing, producing, and co-starring in a genre mash-up that I’m calling NoiARRRRR. That’s right, five Rs. It’ll be a buddy cop film starring a film noir detective (that’s me!) and a pirate. They’ll have to learn to work together in order to stop a group of smugglers. Expect plenty of terrible puns and great genre references.

Stalker

I’m planning to get started on a film spec script. The plot? The stalker of a B-level actress is the only one with enough information to save her when she’s kidnapped. We’ll see how this one progresses…

Untitled Young Adult novel

That’s right, I’ve got one more writing project planned. More information to come on it. Can I possibly finish these all? No. But you won’t be able to find out which I complete and which I don’t until August. Follow along. It’ll be fun, I promise.

As drawn by me, that is.