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The DIE HARD Christmas Special

StorySmack Episode #3

StorySmack Diehard
In this episode, we get into the muck of one of the world’s greatest, most enduring philosophical questions: is DIE HARD a Christmas movie?

We also cover a shit-ton of tidbits, trivia and facts about this enduring classic, including:

  • Who was supposed to play John Mclane?
  • Is this a sequel to a Sinatra flick?
  • The book (yes, book this movie is based on).
  • Which member of this cast served hard time?
  • Which famous lion tamers were cast as bad guys?
  • Does anyone in this flick actually sprechen Deutsch?


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PANDEMIC Episode #17

Margaret is having vivid dreams bordering on hallucinations about one Scary Perry Dawsey. He’s talking to her in these dreams, but what is he trying to communicate to her? Bo Pan, the Chinese agent directing Steve Stanton, is still on the Mary Ellen Moffet as it steams toward Chicago. And way back in Book II, CONTAGIOUS, Maragret and Clarence Otto had a run-in with Dr. Cheng that turned into a power struggle. Margaret won that battle, but who will win this time?

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NEW HOPE & FORCE AWAKENS the same flick?

StorySmack Episode #2


We’re off to see ROGUE ONE, and to celebrate, let’s talk Star Wars Smack! Many, many nerds have waxed endlessly how Episode IV: A New Hope (the original 1976 Star Wars flick), and Episode VI, The Force Awakens, are the exact same movie. Professor Sigler and the learned Doctor Kovacs delve deep into this comparison to give you a StorySmack diagnoses. Click “Continue Reading” below to see all the bonus links and images!

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Frustrated with your writing career?

Read also: "When rejection letters become blurb requests"

How does it feel when the people who reject you for that thing you desperately want to do wind up courting you when you’ve finally done that thing?

Well, that’s more than a little overly dramatic for this situation, but as they taught me when I was a journalist you have to hook the reader with the lead. […]

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FridayFix • So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

If you’re a regular FridayFix aficionado, you may find this podcast disturbing, shocking and like a bullet to your very heart. Well, that’s overly dramatic, but shit, man, I’m a writer — hyperbole is my business. ARealGirl and I sit down to hash out the future of this ‘cast. Listen in.

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ALONE Full Cover

Junkies, here’s a fun bit of how the sausage is made. Del Rey Publishing was cool enough to share with me the full ALONE dust jacket for the hardcover, which is out March 7, 2017. That’s Spingate on the cover (sorry if that’s a spoiler, folks, but ALIVE and Continue Reading →

PANDEMIC Episode #12

Margaret Montoya and Tim Feely have been analyzing the infected body of Candice Walker, a crewmember of the Los Angeles, which attacked other ships in the Operation Wolf’s Head task force. They assumed Candice was part of the attacking crew, but was there another reason she wound up among the casualties? Meanwhile, Murray Longworth has been tapped as a key advisor to President Blackmon. That relationship will put Murray in the crosshairs of a decision that could lead to World War III.

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FridayFix • Scott’s outtakes from THE RIDER

Recorded live, at SiglerFest2k16!

If you’ve followed the ‘cast for the past few years, you may have heard ARealGirl or our audio producer Iceberg talk about how I curse up a storm of frustration while in the recording booth. Recording the audiobook is the final stage of editing for us. When you read things out loud, they often sound different from how they read on a printed page. So you think you’ve written one thing, but when you read it out loud, you realize it’s not at all what you meant.

While it’s a fantastic method for streamlining your writing and making sure verbose writer vocabs don’t get in the way of the story, it often makes me mad as hell. This short little FridayFix captures some of that frustration — my pain is your comedy. Thanks to Iceberg for cutting these bits out and assembling them.

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PANDEMIC Episode #9

• Scott tells you all about it in this episode.
• Or visit the contest page and learn what you gotta do!

Margaret Montoya and Tim Feely are in a race against time to analyze the rapidly decomposing bodies of Wicked Charlie Petrovsky and Candice Walker — but are either of those corpses still infectious? Meanwhile, Clarence Otto’s investigation of the divers who recovered the vector continues. If they were completely sealed up for deep-water work, how did the infection get through to them? And, Chinese operative Bo Pan will give sleeper agent Steve Stanton a rude awakening about the stakes of their mission.
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PANDEMIC Episode #8

• Scott tells you all about it in this episode.
• Or visit the contest page and learn what you gotta do!

Two divers brought up the remnant from the Los Angeles. One, Cantrel, is not infected, while the other, Clark, just tested positive. They are in BSL4 containment aboar the Carl Brashears, where Tim Feely, Margaret Montoya and Clarence Otto are working to stop the disease’s spread. While Tim and Margaret analyze the black rot on the disease’s first two victims — Candice Walker and Crazy Charlie Petrovsky — Clarence must talk to Cantrel to find out what went wrong on that fateful dive.

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Scotty Doesn’t Know Episode #2

Actual answers below (hit “Continue Reading”): The second installment of this hard-hitting, Pulitzer-worthy show that has lots of newsiness baked right inside. I get asked five questions and give definitive answers, even if I have no idea what the actual answer is.

PS: I shot this awhile ago and don’t currently have that luscious, manly beard, so enjoy the face-lettuce while you can.

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This episode sponsored by our Moosejaw Coupon page, so gear thine keister up for the Fall!

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FridayFix • DARKTOWN author Thomas Mullen

Scott interviews Thomas Mullen, author-to-author. Mullen just released the novel DARKTOWN, based on the true story of the first-ever black policemen in Atlanta in 1948. Imagine being a cop and you can’t arrest white people, can’t enter a precinct because the white cops might riot, and can’t even drive a squad car.

The novel involves four major characters, two black, two white. The four must combine to solve the murder of a black woman.

In this interview, we dive into:

  • Mullen’s research into Atlanta and the racism early black cops faced.
  • DARKTOWN being optioned for a TV series by Jamie Foxx.
  • How a white writer approaches the telling of this story.
  • You win major awards … then what? Lessons learned in his first decade as a published novelist.

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Book III in the INFECTED Trilogy

PANDEMIC Episode #6

Margaret and Otto have just arrived on the USS Carl Brashear, a military cargo ship converted to be the biohazard resaerch headquarters of Operation Wolf’s Head, the mission to find and analyze the wreckage of the Orbital.

They aren’t the only ones after that wreckage — the small ship Mary Ellen Moffet, owned and operated by Michiganders Jeff Brockman and Cooper Mitchell, are taking their passengers out on Lake Michigan. Those passengers, Bo Pan and Steve Stanton, are agents of the Chinese government. Steve’s invention, the Platypus, is about to be put into the water to find the Los Angeles, a nuclear sub that attacked other ships in the Wolf’s Head task force.

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FridayFix • Paul & Storm

Here’s another fun interview we did at DragonCon 2015, with Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiConstanzo, a.k.a. the comedy music duo “Paul & Storm.” These talented cats are wading neck-deep in nerd culture, having co-created the w00tstock tour and regularly performing with Jonathan Coulton, Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton and more. Want to hear how a couple of guys built a career as full-time entertainers? Listen in, sirs and/or ma’ams.

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FridayFix • Author Michelle Belanger

The source of Hunter Hunterson & Sons demonology!

At DragonCon 2015, I was on a panel with author Michelle Belanger, the author of DICTIONARY OF DEMONS. Since this book is a central source for future Hunter Hunterson & Sons stories, when I ran into her at DragonCon this year (2016), and discovered she had a new fiction novel out, I had to have her on the FridayFix.

We talk about her books as well as a ton of other fascinating topics, such as:

  • Writing diverse characters, including handicapped characters.
  • The risks of “diversity bingo.”
  • Her time on the TV show PARANORMAL STATE.
  • Moving from non-fiction (she wrote 30 non-fiction books) to fiction.
  • Industry objections of a woman writing action, and to an intersex author in general.
  • Should female writers use initials instead of their real first name?

Michelle Belanger


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