April 2013

Time once again for #FlashbackFriday! Today we’re going back to May 18th, 2011 for another episode of The Shrinking Man Project. With Balticon looming on the horizon it seemed a good idea to address different ways to get through a convention without laying waste to your weight loss program. These suggestion should be good for upcoming conventions as well.

This week’s promo is from Thomas Reed and his series of Bitstrips web cartoons.

Enjoy the show. See you next week!

Show notes included below.

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A roil of thoughts

by Doc Coleman on April 24, 2013 · 4 comments

in Writing

I’ve been writing a lot this past week. And it hasn’t been my usual style of writing. Current events have gotten my brain churning in a number of different threads. It is a little difficult to sift through this pot of metaphorical spaghetti and pick out a theme to talk about for a #WriterWednesday update. So, instead I’m going to talk a little about what is in the pot.

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Some of you might be wondering what happened to the Balticon 46 Wrap-up Part 11 episode that posted on Monday morning and disappeared on  Monday evening. That episode was the only surviving recording from the live audio drama presentation of Episode 4 of Stargazers. For anyone who isn’t familiar with Stargazers, the story was created by Laura Nicole under the name Laura Frechette, and was written by Laura Nicole and Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard and produced as a podcast for GypsyAudio.org. And for everyone who IS familiar with Stargazers, I could have used your help last week. You see, I made a mistake…

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Once again, it is #FlashbackFriday, and time for another journey with the Wayback Machine. Today we’ve got audio from May 15th, 2011. To wit, episode 35 of Galley Table, featuring guests JR Murdock and Michell Plested. You see, writers are a superstitious and cowardly lot, and they construct various rituals and superstitions to fend off bad writing mojo, or to get themselves into the mood for writing. In this episode, we ask the panel what their rituals are, and how they feel these traditions have effected their writing.

Show notes below the cut. 

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Things have been slowly returning to normal, or at least what passes for it around here. My wife has done much better with her recovery, and that has given me time to get back into my writing.  So, at the end of March, I returned to the Magic Spreadsheet and began a new writing chain. This has led to some interesting developments.

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This #FlashbackFriday, the Wayback Machine takes us to May 11th, 2011 and another installment of The Shrinking Man Project. In this episode I am getting back to my diet and exercise program after having a blood clot removed in April. And dealing with the pre-Balticon excitement.

The promo for this episode was J. Daniel Sawyer’s Free Will and Other Compulsions. The podcast was in progress two years ago, but soon fizzled while Dan focused on finishing writing the book. Now, the podcast is back in production as Dan looks into finishing off the Antithesis Progression. Hopefully we’ll be hearing new episodes soon.

Show notes included below.

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RavenCon 2013

by Doc Coleman on April 10, 2013 · 2 comments

in Asides

Well, it has been a long and tiring week. A big part of the week was a trip to Richmond, Va for RavenCon. This was our first time going to RavenCon, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Considering my previous sci-fi convention experience was Balticon, I found RavenCon to be considerably smaller. This did have some advantages, and a few disadvantages. 

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Welcome to episode 10 of the Balticon 46 wrap up! Today, we’re going to talk about beer! Specifically, how you can make your own beer in the comfort of your own home. With a little effort and patience, you may be able to make better beer than you can buy in stores for much less. Hosting this panel are John Taylor Williams and Thomas Gideon of the Libation Liberation Front, formerly known as the Living Proof Brew Cast. Filling out our panel of  homebrewers are Scott Roche, of Scott Roche’s Omniverse, and myself. If you’ve ever considered making your own beer, this episode will give you a lot of tips on where to get started. There is a TON of information in this episode and it comes fast and furious. You may want to listen to it more than once.

Show notes below the cut.

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Finally getting the chance to get the Wayback Machine going again for this week’s #FlashbackFriday. I hope that I’ll be able to keep this up for a while. Today’s jaunt into the past takes us back to May 6th of 2011, a date when Philosophy returned to the Shrinking Man Project. This is one of the most important Philosophy episodes I’ve ever done on The Shrinking Man Project, as it addresses all the pain and anguish that people put themselves through for the sake of a number on a scale. If you’ve ever found yourself fretting over the fact that you’re starving yourself and your clothes are falling off of your body, but the damned scale won’t budge! Well, this would probably be a good episode for you to listen to.

This episode also features a promo from Neil Colquhoun for his story Words from Walter. Walter is an undead hitman in Neil’s bizarre wold of supernatural Noir. If you like Noir, or horror, you’ll probably want to check this story out if you haven’t done so already.

With luck, you’ll see more from me next week ,and see another #FlashbackFriday episode next week. For now, enjoy the podcast! Talk to you later.

Show notes included below.

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Writing again

by Doc Coleman on April 3, 2013 · 2 comments

in Novels

Last week I wrote about my life being on Pause, but now I’m back writing again. What gives? Well, this week things are getting to be more under control, and last week’s post was really explaining the past two week’s absence…

My wife has been more mobile this week. She’s even started walking about in the house using just a cane. It takes her a bit to tighten up the muscles, but she’s doing it. She’s also noted that some things that caused pain before, she can now do without pain. This is a really good sign. She is getting more self-sufficient, and that means that I’m getting more time to catch up on things. I’ve started on mundane things like dishes and laundry, but I’ve also been able to squeeze out some time to start writing again. My last post was actually written on my phone while I was riding to work. Now I’m getting a chance to actually sit down at the computer and begin doing some work.

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