A Kovacs

About A Kovacs

I'm the Director of Døøm here at Empty Set Entertainment, and a founding partner at Audacity Events, a San Diego based management company that builds world class events and manages one-of-a-kind talent.  I'm a movie geek, Doctor Who fan, skeptic and science nerd. I don't like chocolate all that much.

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FridayFix • ALIVE Tour Dates

ALIVE, Book I in the Generations Trilogy, comes out on July 14th. That is less than six weeks from this very moment. We’re well into the planning stages to support it’s publication, and today we get to start sharing the plan with y’all.

Starting with the ALIVE Tour dates and cities, which include the first ever Empty Set Entertainment Open House!

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  • July 8, 6:00pm – 9:00pm: Launch Party and Open House at Empty Set Entertainment! We’ve teamed up with Mysterious Galaxy and will have ALIVE on-sale during this event! All are welcome, email us for details!
  • July 12, 7:00pm: San Diego, CA at Mysterious Galaxy (appearing with Wes Chu!)
  • July 14, 7:00pm: Chicago, IL at The Book Stall (in Winnetka)
  • July 15, 7:00pm: Cincinnati, OH at Joseph-Beth Booksellers
  • July 16, 7:00pm: Brooklyn, NY at WORD Bookstore
  • July 17, 6:30pm: Houston, TX at Murder By The Book
  • July 18, 2:00pm: Denver, CO at the Tattered Cover (This is an afternoon appearance.)
  • July 20, 7:00pm: Portland, OR Powell’s Books
  • July 21, 7:00pm: Minneapolis, MN at Barnes & Noble Roseville

There you go, Junkies!  As we mention in the ‘cast, these cities are set — we won’t be adding others, for many reasons. Also, Scott will be doing the post-reading pub crawl as usual. Once we set up those venues, we’ll update this list. If you’re within spitting distance of any of these stops, come on out and say howdy!

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THE CHAMPION Episode #38

For the Galaxy Bowl, an injured Quentin Barnes has turned over the quarterbacking reins to Becca the Wrecka Montagne, but he’ll be damned if he’ll stay off the field for what might very well be his last game ever. He has spent five years building a true team, and that’s critical, because only with a pure team effort can the Karkens defeat Don Pine and the Jupiter Jacks. Will the Krakens repeat as Galaxy Bowl champions?

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The Galaxy Bowl is decided next week in Episode 39, which is also the final episode of THE CHAMPION. After that, we’ll have episode 40 with our Q&A, and then, the podcast of ALIVE will begin.

Do you have your pre-order in for ALIVE? Listen, Junkie, if you’re still listening, and you haven’t pre-ordered ALIVE in hardcover, that’s the secret sauce that keeps me writing. We kick out a ton of free content on this show — buying ALIVE can be your way of helping put me over the top. Scottsigler.com/alive — Amazon, BN, autographed copies, go get some!

 

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THE CHAMPION Episode #37

The Krakens were preparing for the Galaxy Bowl when explosions rocked The Touchback, the team ship. Jonathan Sandoval had infiltrated the ship in an effort to kill Quentin Barnes. Quentin survived the attempt, but several others died in the sabotage and the fighting. Now the young quarterback must deal with his grief and his wounds, as he tries to prepare for the GFL’s championship game against Don Pine and the Jupiter Jacks. 

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After the ep, we have a promo for THE BLACK: ARRIVAL, a podcast novel from Paul E. Cooley.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #36

During the Galaxy Bowl press day onboard the Touchback, Quentin, Nancy Wolf, Trevor Haney, Hokor the Hookchest, Virak the Mean and Gredok the Splithead were in a private meeting in the ship’s virtual reality practice field. Captain Kate Cheevers came over the ship’s PA to report a detonation — an explosion somewhere onboard the ship. […]

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THE CHAMPION Episode #35

The Krakens finished the regular season undefeated at 12-0, and are seeded first in the playoffs. The road to defending their GFL title begins now. But, Quentin’s past is about to catch up with him, in a big way. Will that knock Ionath out of title contention?

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THE CHAMPION Episode #33

The Krakens are 11-0 and have clinched a playoff berth. But, a cheap-shot from Yalla the Biter knocked Quentin out cold, giving the Ionath quarterback a concussion. Now Quentin’s health status must be determined by league doctors before he is allowed to play in the regular season — or, possibly, in the playoffs. Will Quentin line up for the Orange and the Black this week, or will one of the backups lead the team against the Buddha City Elite?

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THE CHAMPION Episode #32

In Week 10 of the GFL season, and only a pair of undefeated teams remain: the Ionath Krakens, and the OS1 Orbiting Death — two teams about to square off at Orbital Station One’s “Black Hole.” It’s the biggest rivalry in the league, and it’s about to go down. The winner of the game locks up a playoff berth.

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No talky-talk after the episode, just all GFL goodness then you’re done!

 

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THE CHAMPION Episode #31

After a bye week, the Krakens remain undefeated at 7-0, and head into a critical matchup against the To Pirates. For the last few weeks of the season, Quentin has been blackmailed by Jonathan Sandoval, sports reporter and agent of the Creterakian Ministry of Religion. Sandoval has threatened to tell the CMR the real size of the Church of Quentin Barnes, a number so high the CMR would immediately order Quentin’s execution.

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This week no talky-talk after the episode!

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THE CHAMPION Episode #29

The Krakens enter the by week undefeated, 7-0 and in sole possession of first place in the Planet Division. Good thing they have the week off, as Quentin is still recovering from the broken collarbone he suffered last week against the D’Oni Ceolocanths. As the Krakens return from that game, Yolanda and Whykor the Aware are finishing up their investigation — who is the Zoroastrian Guild spy?

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THE CHAMPION Episode #28

GFL commissioner Rob Froese informed Quentin that someone aboard the Touchback was sending messages to the Zoroastrian guild, messages that coincided with lethal terrorist attacks. To find this culprit, Frose embedded his assistant Whykor the Aware and reporter Yolanda Davenport aboard the Touchback, under the guise of doing a feature story on Quentin. As this off-the field drama plays out, the Krakens kicks off against the D’Oni Ceolocanths. Kopor the Climber is the starting fullback, to replace Becca Montagne, who has moved to 3rd-string QB. Can Kopor finally step up and give Quentin the pass protection he needs, or will the merciless Ceolocanth pass rush send Quentin to an early grave?

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FridayFix • Scott’s Tenth Anniversary of Podcasting

Believe it or not, Monday marks Scott’s 10th Anniversary of podcasting. We’re in Los Angeles for work today, so we met for an early breakfast in the hotel’s mostly empty restaurant. You’ll hear a few clinks of forks and one or two slurps, but hopefully not too bad.

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To celebrate the 10th, we’re giving away all of the Empty Set ebooks for the 24 hours of March 23 (in the Pacific Time Zone). And in that free bundle?  The first 50 pages of the rewrite of EARTHCORE. Awwww yeah.

Take a quick listen, then chime in and celebrate with us. Scott tells you how during this short ‘cast.Empty Set Celebrates!

From both of us, thank you for joining us on this journey.  It wouldn’t be the same without y’all.

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FridayFix • Top 5 Movie picks

This week the Lair of Døøm is a pit of drywall repair and construction. It’s been pretty distracting to say the least. And loud. It’s been very loud.

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So today we’re blowing off some steam and bringing you a fun, off-the-cuff discussion where Scott and A each pick their Top 5 Movies. No research, no internets to help us remember the details. Just right here, right now, what do each of our Top 5 Movies lists look like.
Top5What are your Top 5 Movie picks? What picks of ours made you cringe? Let us know in the comments below. And if you are amazed we missed your Number One Movie of All Time? Share with us, please, man.

SHOW NOTES:
• Robert Rodriguez’s Rebel Without A Crew
An Oral History of Swingers (the movie)

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THE CHAMPION Episode #25

The Krakens just defeated the Scarlet Fliers, pride of the Neptune Net Colony. Quentin promised John Tweedy that he would join the Tweedy brothers for a night on the town. Little does Quentin know that, for weeks, his every move has been watched by an agent of the Creterakian Ministry of Religion. Quentin and that agent are about to come face-to-face.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #24

The trade deadline is here, and the Krakens have made their moves. They stand undefeated at 4-0. As Kopor the Climber’s first game as the starting fullback is against the Neptune Scarlet Fliers, who are 2-1, and ready to knock off the defending Galaxy Bowl Champs.

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This is where you can get your Fix, Junkies!

FridayFix • Burnout & how to deal

Thanks so much for the great feedback on these Inside Empty Set episodes. Nice to hear from y’all. This week, we’re talking about a demon recently haunting the Empty Set offices: burnout.

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No, not that kind of burnout ... On top of that, there’s also guilt for feeling burned out at a job you love and feel lucky to have.  Which … doesn’t help.

I’m was a little apprehensive to talk about this for those reasons and more, but I’m hoping y’all will bear with us and perhaps join the conversation.

Last, if you have comments about these or any of our other recent Inside Empty Set episodes, please drop them here or send me an email!

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