Tuesday, December 30, 2008

But enough about me...

... here's a shout-out for Hugh A.D. Spencer (and me!), whose story, "Sticky Wonder Tales," is up at On Spec's site as a dramatic reading, here. Why mention it in the yard? Couple reasons, thanks for asking.

First reason: it's a kickass story - funny and sad and just a little bit gross - and being as you came here, Yard-ape, you're probably core target audience.

Second reason: I kind of helped. Not with the writing - that's all Spencer. But with the reading. Some months back, Hugh asked me to come help him record a sort-of dramatic reading of the story for On Spec's website. We spent an afternoon at a little recording studio in the wilds of northern Etobicoke, yelling prose at each other until Hugh's money ran out.

And now it's on the Internet. So go, go. Once again, it's right here: Sticky Wonder Tales. Tell 'em I sent you.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas! Buy the Claus Effect!

Well, it's Christmas Eve. Just a few more shopping hours, and that's it.

So, Yard-apes, I admonish you once more: Go to the World's Biggest Bookstore. Bring $10. Buy my and Karl Schroeder's novel The Claus Effect.

What's that, you say? Don't want to?

May I suggest you check out this sample, and then read this chapter following, in which Emily meets the one thing in the world worse than Santa Claus.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

1985 was a cruel, cruel year...

New Coke turned the world of sugary beverages on its ear. A joint French-American expedition located the wreck of the RMS Titanic, giving Terminator director James Cameron all the pretext he needed. Bill Gates and Microsoft released Windows 1.1.

And for one, glorious - ahem - shining Wednesday evening, Jonathan Coulton's Monkey Shines made television history.

Let's treasure the memory, all of us...