FOUR ROOMS & New Year’s Eve!

StorySmack Episode #4

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Happy New Year from the Future Dark Øverlord and the Director of Døøm! And, yes, the Dog of Døøm as well. To celebrate the incoming wonders that 2017 brings, we review the quirky New Year’s Eve anthology comedy known as FOUR ROOMS. Join us for a discussion of Tim Roth‘s masterful physical performance that ties together a shit-show of short films by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell.

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PANDEMIC Episode #18

The Mary Ellen Moffet collected the piece of the Orbital, and in doing so, her crew was infected. Cooper, Jeff, Jose, Bo Pan and Steve Stanton have all been exposed, and now are about to disembark in Chicago. Bo Pan is expecting Steve stanton to deliver his data to the Chinese government, but Steve is terrified of what will happen to him after he does.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and (tomorrow) Joyous Kwanzaa!

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The DIE HARD Christmas Special

StorySmack Episode #3

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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?

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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

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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"

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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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PANDEMIC Episode #16

Steve Stanton’s robot submersible, the Platypus, went to the depths of Lake Michigan to retrieve part of the Orbital, but did it accidentally bring something else up with it? SEAL Commander Paulius Klimas and his team rescued Margaret Montaya from the pitched battle on the surface of Lake Michigan, but her ordeal is not over yet — she was exposed, and as such, she must be tested.

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PANDEMIC Episode #15

When the Los Angeles attacked the Operation Wolf’s Head task force, hundreds of sailors died — and SEAL team commander Paulius Kilmas was ordered to stand by and watch, to not help in any way. Has the opportunity for him to become a player in this scenario finally arrived? Meanwhile, the Mary Ellen Moffet steams toward Chicago. Cooper Mitchell will finally be rid of Steve Stanton, Bo Pan, and the material recovered from the Los Angeles. The pending doom floating on Lake Michigan finally comes to a head … carnage abounds.

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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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PANDEMIC Episode #14

Aboard the Mary Ellen Moffet, Cooper Mitchell is close to completing the job for Steve Stanton and Bo Pan — the robot submersible PLATYPUS is returning from the wreck of the Los Angeles, and it carries with it a piece of the Orbital.  If the Moffet can collect the robot, and the piece of Orbital, then the job is done. On board the Carl Brashears, Conroy Austin is unconscious as his body slowly changes into something else, something not human. And, Tim Feely’s data-mining work is about to produce some very disturbring results.

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ALONE Full Cover

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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 #13

Orin Nagy’s rampage resulted in three more infected sailors. They are contained in the BSL-4 chambers on the USS Carl Brashears, but the new cases show the vector hovers on the edge of uncontrollable. Tim Feely’s yeast-based inoculant nears completion, but how will he test it as a defense against the infection? Meanwhile, Steve Stanton awaits contact from his robot submersible, the Platypus, knowing that if he doesn’t get a signal soon Bo Pan might execute him.

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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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PANDEMIC Episode #11

Margaret Montoya was the person responsible for ordering the nuke strike on Detroit, an act that killed Dew Phillips, Perry Dawsey and over a hundred thousand people. She’s carried that guilt with her nonstop ever since. Eric Edmund was injured when the submarine Los Angeles attacked the Operation Wolf Head task force. He’s brain dead, and the government has made his body available to Montoya for necessary human experimentation. Chief Petty Officer Orin Nagy, on the other hand, is very alive, very infected, and trying to avoid the cellulose test would show him as positive. Meanwhile, Steve Stanton’s robot the Platypus has closed in on the wreck of the Los Angeles and is waiting for instructions.

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