PANDEMIC Episode #36

Tim, Cooper, Paulius, Cooper and Margaret survived the Battle of Chicago, but their ordeal isn’t over yet. Now Paulius and Tim will present Clarence with an impossible decision. Murray Longworth remains in the White House, in a Washington D.C. that is under siege by the converted and about to fall. Meanwhile, Steve Stanton deals with the fallout of that same battle — his slim victory and a pending air strike leaves him with hard choices.

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ALIENS: Scott’s favorite movie of all time

StorySmack Episode #17

ALIENS on StorySmack sponsored by our '4InkJets Coupon' page at http://scottsigler.com/4inkjets-couponThis week we were going to do an ALIENS watch-along. We didn’t get that off the ground. We’ll tell you all about it in the episode. Instead, we’re doing a traditional movie review Story Smack, but for Sigler’s favorite movie of all time. ALL TIME!

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The thing is … ALIENS is Scott’s favorite, but it’s also a hugely important and influential movie in general. Sigourney Weaver is luminescent in every sense of the word, all the while being a difficult, ornery character, in unfathomable circumstance. It’s a performance of a lifetime, and it’s only one part of the movie. If you have never seen it, do watch it before listening.

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Book III in the INFECTED Trilogy

PANDEMIC Episode #35

Margaret Montoya’s attempts to escape have failed. Now one of the converted, Clarence Otto ponders how to save her while Tim Feely has other plans for his former boss. Paulius Klimas is boots on the ground, watching his men die around him. Is there a way to accomplish the mission and keep what’s left of his SEAL Team alive?

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HALF-BAKED: 4/20 Special Episode

StorySmack Episode #16

HalfBaked 4-20 episode of StorySmack, sponsored by our '4Inkjets Coupon' page at http://www.scottsigler.com/4inkjets-coupon

It’s 4/20, the favorite day of every stoner on the planet. At StorySmack, we decided to do a little medical experimentation — why not do an episode about a stoner movie, on 4/20, while on 4/20 ourselves?

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We feature the Dave Chapelle movie HALF-BAKED for your listening pleasure. ARealGirl got the giggles. And, yes, munchies were involved after the fact.

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PANDEMIC Episode #34

The battle of Chicago is in full swing. Steve Stanton’s forces are swarming in on the Windy City skyscraper that holds Cooper, Clarence, Margaret, Paulius and his SEAL team, and the rangers. Margaret’s time is up: if she’s going to make a move to escape, it has to be now. Can she escape? And if so, at what cost?

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PANDEMIC Episode #33

Tim Feely is counting on the blood of Cooper Mitchell to provide a counter to the global pandemic that is on the edge of shattering civilization itself. Will Mitchell’s blood provide the answer Feely needs? Meanwhile, Magaret Montoya is trying to deal with an ever-growing list of threats. And, the converted horde finally reaches Chicago’s Park Tower, as well as Cooper, Margaret, Clarence Otto, Paulius Kiimas, the Rangers and the SEALS — the battle is about to begin.

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Sigler Ascension day video announcement.

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Murder 1-2-3: courtroom definitions in storytelling

StorySmack Episode #15

This week we’re taking a break from movie breakdowns as we recover from our European jet lag.

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Everyone’s seen plenty of courtroom dramas, cop stories, and forensic investigation on television and in the movies. So much that our sense of justice and the law is surely informed by what we’ve seen on the screen. And what’s on the screen isn’t always real-world accurate, surrendering dry legal wrangling for entertaining fiction.

Scott and I breakdown the degrees of murder as they’re written in California so we can see where reality and fiction diverge. If you’re a storyteller or just a big fan of true-crime stories, these are things you should know. We’re here to help!

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PANDEMIC Episode #32

Margaret Montoya has a new set of enemies, enemies that are heavily armed and ready to kill. Can she escape their clutches and find her way to safety? Cooper Mitchell also has enemies, thousands of them. He’s been playing a desperate, dangerous game of survival, but is his rescue finally at hand? The US Military is gearing up for a major engagement against Steve Stanton’s converted, and the Windy City is about to become a killing ground.

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European Tour & how travel impacts storytelling

StorySmack Episode #14

The European Tour of 2017 rolls along. We took a few minutes to talk about our feels and impressions from some of the amazing, life-changing things we’ve seen. We also discuss how seeing such things can affect a storyteller’s views, and impact (or create whole cloth) future stories.

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[caption id="attachment_129240" align="alignright" width="300"] The Lumen Editions booth at the Paris Book Fair.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_129239" align="alignright" width="300"] Tom Merritt with his pink plaid tank tour T-shirt.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_129238" align="alignright" width="300"] Darren’s Krakens birthday cake.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_129237" align="alignright" width="300"] Skulls, spines and femurs from the Paris Catacombs.[/caption]

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PANDEMIC Episode #31

Margaret Montoya has a new set of enemies, enemies that are heavily armed and ready to kill. Can she escape their clutches and find her way to safety? Cooper Mitchell also has enemies — thousands of them. He’s been playing a desperate, dangerous game of survival, but is his rescue finally at hand? The US Military is gearing up for a major engagement against Steve Stanton’s converted, and the Windy City is about to become a killing ground.

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ON TOUR!
Scott and ARealGirl are still on tour in Europe at this very moment. In Berlin at the moment, headed to Dublin in a few days. Click here for the tour dates.

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PANDEMIC Episode #30

The infection has shattered the East Coast. As Murray Longworth watches D.C. burn, President Blackmon preps for evacuation from the White House. Meanwhile, Steve Stanton has realized that Cooper Mitchell is the enemy of a new people, and carries inside him the ability to destroy the Converted. And out on Lake Michigan, Clarence Otto, Paulius Kilmas and a very pissed-off Margaret Montoya prepare land in Chicago in a desperate search for Cooper. Will they find him before Steve Stanton does? 

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ON TOUR!
Scott and ARealGirl are on your in Europe at this very moment. Paris, Berlin, Leipzig and Dublin still to come. Click here for the tour dates.
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PANDEMIC Episode #29

Cooper Mitchell has committed one atrocity after another, all in an effort to stay alive. Now he must deal with his friend Jeff, and with what Jeff has become. Margaret Montoya has an ordeal of her own. Will she be able to push forward her vision for a better tomorrow? And, Steve Stanton begins preparation for the final battle with humanity.

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GLADIATOR 17th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #13

Why are we celebrating the random 17th anniversary of GLADIATOR? Because we’re idiots and somehow got it in our head it was 25 years old (a “thank you” to Junkie Shane who pointed out that maybe we need to lay off the sauce for a bit …).

Nonetheless, this is a movie that holds up better than most. It’s a lovely, fragile, hard-as-nails movie. Full of anger and grace and humanity and morality. It’s an essential movie for anyone who likes fight movies, historical movies, love stories and even interpersonal dramas. If you’re looking for parody, this isn’t that, but otherwise, I think you’d really dig it.

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LETHAL WEAPON 30th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #12

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This week’s Story Smack has us going back in time to a weird, wonderful Los Angeles, and a sterling example of the buddy cop movie. Lethal Weapon turns 30 this month, and we revisited the original to see how it stands the test of time. And to see Mel Gibson’s enormous hair. Give us a listen and let us know what you think!

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PANDEMIC Episode #28

The inoculation effort continues as America’s food industry turns to producing the yeast engineered by Tim Feely. Murray Longworth is part of that process, monitoring the distribution and praying America reaches a critical mass of immune people before it’s too late. And Cooper Mitchell spends the night with his new confederates and his old pal […]

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PANDEMIC Episode #27

Cooper and Sofia escaped the Trump Tower, only to find themselves on the abandoned winter streets of Chicago. With no help, no hope, and only five bullets in the one gun they have between them, Cooper will be faced with an impossible choice that will challenge his very humanity.

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