Book Discussion Comment Thread

I don’t know if you guys need this, but we don’t have a forum so you can’t start your own thread.  I know that when I’m done with a book or movie, I like to go out and talk about it with my friends.  So here’s a thread where you can talk about anything you liked or hated or just want to analyze and deconstruct.  Feel free to ask me questions, but know that I won’t give you any direct spoilers as answers.  If you ask why Jurkand kept dying for instance, I’d be happy to tell you that I set him up as the contagonist and Gorthander as the guardian and traditionally, in stories, they fight in some way and I wanted to make that into a running gag.  I won’t tell you it’s because Jurkand is secretly a vampire and Gorthander is really Van Helsing in disguise.  :)  Or whatever.

Anyway, just in case you need a starter for the discussion, what character archetypes (protagonist, antagonist, guardian, sidekick, etc.) do you think the various characters are?  Here’s a list of the Dramatica character archetypes:

Protagonist and Antagonist

Reason and Emotion

Guardian and Contagonist

Sidekick and Skeptic

Most people don’t know Contagonist.  It’s the character who is trying to steer the main character down the wrong path.  Darth Vader was a Contagonist because he wasn’t trying to kill Luke, he was trying to convert him.  I’ll also let you know that the characters I initially assigned to the archetypes were wrong.  A lot of them aren’t obvious.  :)

Anyway, you won’t hurt my feelings if you insult the book or even if you don’t feel like participating at all.  I just wanted you to have an option.


Give Me a Dollar

So I’m going to do a little experiment here.  I’ve added a donate button to the right.  With that, you could, if you wished, give me a dollar.  I think I deserve a dollar.  Don’t you think I deserve a dollar?  It’s not like it’s a dollar your using.  You know you have an extra dollar.

Now, don’t give me a dollar for the fine podcast audiobook I just finished putting out.  That has things in it licensed for non-commercial use.  However, giving me a dollar to help fund future sound projects (read:  paying Carolyn to pay attention to me) is perfectly acceptable.  Giving me more than a dollar is also acceptable.

I tell you what.  If enough people give me a dollar (you have to wow me here), I’ll release the terrible, embarressing, should-be-buried-deep-where-no-one-can-see-it, first draft of the first chapter of Death by Cliche.  Complete with typos, for your reading pleasure.

Giving me a dollar is fine.  If you want me to GET a dollar, donate about $1.34 if you are in the US and $1.36 if you aren’t, becuase paypal will take a cut.

Now.  Give me a dollar!

What are you waiting for?

Death by Cliche–Episode 10

At long last, here it is.

The previously on is the only note that slipped through the cracks.  It’s too long.  The show proper starts at 5:05.  However if you want to hear the entire ending of the last scene of Episode 9 again, it’s all in there.  :)

Carolyn gave you guys a little present as well.  See if you can spot it.  :)  She did it completely behind my back.

Without further delay.

Mirror 1

Mirror 2


Listening to Ep 10 now.  Only one problem, and it isn’t a show stopper (the previously on runs too long).  Have about five minutes left.

Probably post around 4 am MST.


Episode 10 was delayed by a local symposium and some work Carolyn had to do for the promise of pay.  It’s almost done.  It would be done already if there wasn’t a problem with an effect and some extra work going into odds an ends for how we’re handling the last episode differently.  I actually expect it soon.


Scalzi has Hugo nomination talk going on over at  I suggest everyone go over there and read his posts.  He has a thread on recommendations for nominations here.  Even if you aren’t voting, you can’t go wrong with a list of the best fiction of the year.

His current thread is asking for recommendations on best fan writer.  <cough>  You can find that here.

Martial Law!

All right.  There’s only one or two of you out there who posts comments without logging in as a user.  Today 55 spam e-mails posted.  I’ve put the list on martial law.  From now on, if you aren’t a user, you can’t post.  :)  No one wants me spending this much time managing spam.

A Note and a Plug

For those who are voting on the hugo’s, I’m likely eligible for best fan writer.  I’m just saying.  If you’ve paid your money and are allowed to vote, you can vote here.

On a less mercenary note, I use CC3 to do all my maps for the Echoes of Heaven Campaign Setting.  I’m posting each day’s work in progress with notes on what I did on my Echoes of Heaven dev journal.  If you want to see this from a publisher/cartographer’s pov, go take a look.