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Sci-Fi and Sushi: Blast from the Past


Cloud is all grown up…

Joe Erickson (@SweetJoesus) and I dug up our most notorious Final Fantasy VII fanfic from our high school days and, against the better judgment of the universe, decided to record the two of us doing the voices, musical numbers, and commentary. Joe plans to release it in a three-part podcast on Scifiandsushi.com, and the first piece hit the Web last night.

This presentation is free on the Web and can be downloaded on most podcast apps. I was listening to it on my iPhone this morning, and I almost drove off the side of the road. Joe and I have been friends for a very long time, and I don’t mind bragging that we are absolutely hysterical together. We should have done this a long time ago.

I would like to caution my readers, however, that this podcast is not for the faint of heart, nor is it politically correct in any way, shape, or form. The script we discovered and comedically reenacted is about 15 years old, so the views and themes expressed therein in no way coincide with our current sympathies. In a nutshell, Mel Brooks would be proud, and due to its foul language alone, this podcast would probably garner an R rating. If you follow this blog for my musings about the beauty of symbolism or my family oriented anecdotes, this podcast is probably not for you. Moreover, if you’re not a fan of Sci-fi/Fantasy and the Final Fantasy series, you probably won’t get all of the jokes (though we go into great detail explaining some of them).

Anyone still with me? Feel free to geek out with FFVII: Roadtrip (Part I) on Scifiandsushi.com. I promise that–at the very least–you’ll laugh your head off at our reactions to our adolescent stupidity. The voices are ridiculous as well. I play Cloud, Sephiroth, Tifa, Cid, Vincent, Rude, Elena, Leonardo DiCaprio (this was written around the time Titanic came out), a white rapper, and the Midgar Zolom, amongst many others. If you ever wanted to hear me make an ass out of myself, this is your opportunity. -.-

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Reviews for RealLies Challenge!

Now that RealLies has hit Kindle, I’ve begun to see reviews of “The Wolf of Descarta” filter through to my e-mail and Twitter. While these reviews are positive and very encouraging, the biggest complaint I’ve received is that the story can’t possibly end where it does. One blogger described it as having a “Joe Abercrombie ending”. (I find this flattering.)

That Max Avalon chose to end the anthology with “The Wolf of Descarta” gives the collection a distinct theme that speaks to the concept of subjective reality and the potential consequences of living in a fish bowl universe.

But my readers are right. The story doesn’t end there.

“The Wolf of Descarta” is the first part of my novel, The Dream Box, which my publisher has optioned under what’s called a “right of first refusal” contract. If the anthology does well, there’s a real possibility of the rest of the story seeing the light of day. (Not to mention an additional chapter focusing on Renton Hayes that is absent from “The Wolf of Descarta”.)

Do you want to hear the rest of the story, dear readers? There’s a way you can help.

While I truly appreciate the positive responses I’ve received via e-mail and social media, Amazon.com is the proper forum for both praise and criticism. Therefore, I propose the following challenge:

If RealLies manages to accrue 25 reviews on Amazon.com that directly reference “The Wolf of Descarta”, I will post the next five chapters (plus Hayes’ chapter) to the Excerpt of the Week section of this blog, where they will remain until I sell the rights to the book.

Copies in various e-book formats other than Kindle are available if you order directly from TZPP. Just follow this link or click the tab at the top of this blog, and you can be reading in minutes!

For those of you who ordered the physical book, my understanding is that they are on the way. I’m still waiting for my author copies as well. Once we have some dead trees in hand, I plan to schedule a few signings/readings in Arizona. I attended the Tucson Festival of Books last weekend (as a fan), and after the phenomonal experience I had there, I’m considering looking at the venues near U of A. The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale also has my eye, but these are considerations for later.

Check back soon for a post chronicling my experiences at the aforementioned festival, where I was fortunate enough to pick the brains of authors like Patrick Rothfuss, Kevin Hearne, and Charles de Lint.

As always, I will share what I’ve learned. 🙂

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New Feature: Facebook Author Page

The obligatory traditional author bio pic...

The obligatory traditional author bio pic…

At the urging of some friends and those students who can’t add me on Facebook because they’ve yet to graduate (this is my rule, and a good one), I’ve created an author page where Cyberspace can essentially devour me whole. When I get up the nerve to do a reading or to schedule a book signing, this is where the information will be. You’ll also find updates there that are too mundane or brief to be included in this space. If you’re one of the many subscribers that follows this blog but are not a WordPress user, this page might also be a more convenient place for you to drop me a line.

I’ve added the link to the sidebar. Feel free to drop by and smash that “like” button if you feel the urge. I hope to see you there.


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