A New Venture – TV Talk

I am a big fan of television. Perhaps too big a fan, some might say. I always have been, ever since I was a kid marveling at the adventures of Michael Knight and KITT on Knight Rider, and over the past several year TV has been responsible for some of the greatest storytelling I’ve ever seen (e.g., LOST, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Breaking Bad). When Aaron Peterson asked me to be on the co-hosts on his The Hollywood Outsider podcast I jumped at the opportunity since it meant I would get to chat weekly with people who were just as nerdy about movies and television as I was. But, recently I was presented with another venue for my love, and I wanted to tell you about it in case you’re as geeky about TV as I am.

As their site properly states, TV Talk is the hottest new brand in second-screen TV entertainment. Using their app — which is available for iOS and Google mobile devices — you can listen to 20 minute chats between two knowledgeable hosts as they discuss what happened on your favorite show, speculate about what’s to come, and present intriguing questions of the week to get you engaged and interacting via the app. It is a completely free service, so don’t worry that you’re going to be charged anything. Get the app for free, pick which shows you like to watch, and it will download the TV Talk episodes for you. That is pretty easy! And it’s totally free!

Now, I will be co-hosting two shows for TV Talk. They will be Grimm and Sleepy Hollow. Grimm returns to television October 25th, so there will be a little while before we start talking about it, but Sleepy Hollow premiers September 16th, which is just over a week from now. Aaron, whom I mentioned earlier, is hosting that show with me, and a premier episode has already been released in which we talked about the original Washington Irving short story, what we know about the upcoming show, and how they relate and diverge from one another. I sincerely hope you’ll give it a listen and then try more TV Talk shows.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now. Please check out TV Talk and then let me know what you think. I wouldn’t have joined up with them if I didn’t feel like it was a quality service. I’m confident you will too. Click on the image below to get started.

TVTalk

Just a quick update

There are times when I wonder if updating this blog serves any purpose. I rarely get comments or emails, and by rarely I mean once in a blue moon, so does anyone even read it? Perhaps if I put up notices on Twitter and Facebook letting people know I made an update, that might draw more people in. I’ll have to give that a try.

Anyway…

First, an update on my writing and the upcoming books. It looks like A MINOR MAGIC will be the first to hit the market. We’re hoping for a November/December release. And then, somewhere around March of 2012, you should see HAYWIRE come out. I’d like a bit more space between then, but I won’t know if that’s possible until dates firm up a touch more. I’ll keep you in the loop. And as for STILL WATER, I took a break the past two weeks to work on my podcast’s anthology plus to rest for a few days, but next week I’ll get back into it hardcore. If I’m not done with it by the end of October I’ll be upset with myself.

Speaking of podcasts, I’m still doing two of them right now. The Dead Robots’ Society is nearing it’s 200th episode, which doesn’t include all the convention panels, special episodes, and audio dramas we’ve produced, so in reality we have over two-hundred files available for download right now. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished with it. But I’m also still co-hosting with the guys over at The Hollywood Outsider. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I really encourage you to, especially if you like movies and TV shows. I have a lot of fun doing it, and the guys I host with are a lot of fun. I wish they lived closer so that I could hang out with them in person. Please, do yourself and us a favor, and give it a spin. We just put out our ninth episode.

If you’re interested at all in video games, I just finished replaying Gears Of War 1 and 2 in preparation for playing the third game, and I also just finished playing a new RPG (that’s Role Playing Game for you non-gamers) called X-MEN: DESTINY. As you can tell from the title, it is a comic book game, but with an RPG feel. It’s not the best RPG I’ve ever played (Hey, Bioware, what’s up? Get Mass Effect 3 out NOW!), but it was still a lot of fun. I’d give it a solid 8 out of 10.

I think that’s it for now. This brings you up to date on where I am with some of my projects, and as they develop I’ll post ’em here and keep you in the loop. Thanks for coming, and please let me know what you think regarding anything I’ve talked about.

Oh, before I go, please notice the new icons I’ve put at the bottom of this post. I got the idea for this from Robin Sullivan, and I’m hoping they’ll help in keeping people connected with me and what I’ve working on. If you see any problems with them, or have other ideas, please let me know.

Take care.

Hollywood Outsider – Episode 5

In Episode 5 of the Hollywood Outsider, we run through some current movie news before reviewing the recent releases Fright Night and Conan the Barbarian. After discussing next weeks upcoming releases, Scott puts his own spin on ‘Does It Make Me A Sally?’ before a quick trailer break. Our ‘From The Outside In’ topic this week is ‘A Night Out At the Theater: What’s it going to take to get us there?’. We round out the show with DVD releases followed by our Flashback Pick’s of the Week and outtakes.

Podcasters: Aaron Peterson, Scott Clark, Brian Williams and Justin Macumber

Email: HollywoodOutsider@comcast.net

Twitter: H_Outsider

Hollywood Outsider – Episode 3

In Episode 3 of The Hollywood Outsider, we take on the weeks upcoming releases, how Apes and Smurfs are conquering the Box Office as well as numerous news items including looks at 5 newly released trailers and some recently announced projects. Our weekly topic is ‘Remakes: Is Hollywood Creatively Bankrupt?’. Brian takes a stab at a new segment called ‘Does It Make Me A Sally?’ (seems like a rhetorical question to us) and we finish out the episode with our Flashback DVD/Blu Ray picks of the week and, of course, outakes.

Podcasters: Aaron Peterson, Scott L. Clark, Brian Williams and Justin Macumber

Intro/Outro music provided by: The Buddha Nuggs

Email: Hollywoodoutsider@comcast.net

Twitter: H_Outsider

The Hollywood Outsider Podcast – Episode 2

I’m not sure if I’ll be a permanent or constant guest on this podcast since I’m not the person in charge of it, but I hope I’m able to be on as often as possible. It’s a lot of fun to talk about movies with people who just as passionate about them as I am, if not more. Here is this episode’s description:

In Episode 2 of The Hollywood Outsider, we tackle our regular format for the first time. After sharing some impressions of Cowboys & Aliens and thoughts of some upcoming releases, we dive into the week’s news and new trailer releases. We also have a spirited discussion on 3D and whether or not we should take out James Cameron for this epidemic. We finish up with DVD releases and each of our own ‘Flashback DVD’ choices. Be sure to stick around through the end song for our own version of film outtakes.

And now hear me talk about movies

Well, the guys over at the Official Thread podcast asked me to come back on their show, but this time it wasn’t to talk about video game. Instead we talked about movies. Most of the discussions was focused on this year’s movies, especially the summer blockbusters, but we did talk about films from the past as well as those that are upcoming. I had a blast, and I hope you give it a listen.

Let me also apologize for how loud my voice occasionally gets. Apparently I was too close to the mic or I had my gain up too high, but either way I was louder than I should have been, and I’m really sorry about that.

Dark Running

This is my latest podcast short story, “Dark Running.” It is the story of Charlie, a soldier called to answer for his past by a person driven by a desperate need for vengence. To save not only his own life, but that of his wife, Charlie will have to wade through the shifting shadows of his own mind. What he finds there will shake him to his core.

We hope you enjoy this audio story. If you’d like to read the text version, click HERE.

The following people lent their amazing voices to this production, and I cannot thank them enough:

Bryan Lincoln – Charlie
Veronica Giguere – Jane
J. Daniel Sawyer – Russian Soldier
Dan Absalonson – Jacob

The intro and outro song for this podcast is “Hold On For Your Life” by Chasing Melfina.

Cover art by Scott Macumber.

I’ve been interviewed

Hey, everyone. Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting down (digitally speaking) with Bryan Lincoln and Abbie Hilton of the Fullcast Podcast. They wanted to talk with me about my short stories and the podcasts I’ve made of them. We talked about what it’s like working with voice actors, where to get good music and sound effects, and how I put it all together, amongst other things. We had a really good time. So good — in fact — that we talked long enough to make it a two-parter. So, here I present you with Part One of my interview with Fullcast. I hope you enjoy it…