Or an hour and a half (provided you have sufficient stamina, time, and joy in your heart).
As last post indicated, I got to participate in The Writer’s Arena a few weeks ago, dropping the ghostly insanity of “The Gaslight Consultant” on them against the Arena’s own Albert Berg. Al delivered a terrific epistolary/excerpt-style tale in “Excerpt of Classified Data Recovered in the Aftermath of Project Lethe” and I really recommend you give both tales a read, a little mid-work-week present to yourself. In the end, the judges gave us a split decision, but the readers awarded me the win. Yeah, ME!
But it was an absolute pleasure to compete, I can’t wait to do it again, and had I lost to Al, it would have been a well-deserved loss, as the Project Lethe team is second to no one (with the possible exception of Smythe and Shade). And, that — I thought — is that. Done deal. I won’t be hearing from those guys ever again. Eh, not so hasty there, Tom.
First, there was Doc Occupant, a devoté of the Arena and an all-around fine fellow who decided to give A Sword Into Darkness a try since he enjoyed my short story. And, it turns out, he enjoyed ASID enough to give me a very good write-up on his blog. Which then earned a hearty thank you from me on Twitter. Which then alerted Tony Southcotte of Writer’s Arena to check it out and quip a bit on the blog comments, which had me quipping as well.
Thus, my work was on Tony’s mind when he produced last week’s outstanding episode of The Human Echoes podcast, where he riffs on pop culture with my former nemesis, Albert Berg. Was I a planned topic of their podcast? Nope, but you never know where the rabbit hole will lead once you start meandering down that path. As such, last week’s edition: Candy Corn and Railguns (awesome title by the way) contains a very interesting section of tangents which somehow tie Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece INTERSTELLAR with Billy Bob Thornton’s The Astronaut Farmer, and Tony Todd from Candyman with my own research into railguns at the Naval Postgraduate School. It’s like that old show “Connections” on PBS. It’s odd and wonderful and zany, and I can’t wait to do an interview or just to chat with them.
The “me” part of the show is from about 28:30 to 39:00, but you really should check out the whole podcast. I know I’m hooked and have been binge-listening to their archives. Thank you Tony and Al!
Now, back to my dismal participation in NANOWRIMO.