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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 29, 2013, 05:05:56 PM
I had some fun with an internet scammer last night on Facebook. The number I left was for the Seattle secret service office.

122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 29, 2013, 03:57:59 AM

Quote from: Punisher on August 29, 2013, 12:38:24 AM

Quote from: Crusis on August 27, 2013, 09:41:39 PM

I know the dream is to write a book, publish it and see it make thousands of dollars. The reality is that 99% of authors write, publish, and then sell 4 or 5 copies a month unless they have a solid plan to promote the hell out of their work.

Ah.. So sell each copy for $250,000 and BAM! Instant millionaire!
Brilliant! I need a new agent anyway. You're hired.
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 29, 2013, 12:08:53 AM
All I saw was a stupid sailboat.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 28, 2013, 01:13:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 27, 2013, 11:08:35 PM

sparkly zombies!!!

You know how to make a sparkly zombie? M-80's and a bunch of glass bottles.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 09:41:39 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 27, 2013, 04:56:27 PM


self  publishing via e-books is where the is at for the writers especially for less well known writers.  They get to cut of the middle men and probably one of thr reason publishing houses were against the format.  Anyway, looking forward to it

It's actually the opposite. Building a fanbase as a self published author can be brutally hard. There are something like 30K ebooks published on amazon every month so it gets harder and harder to stand out unless you plan to spend a decent amount on advertising. It helps if you are tapped into a genre and known in that genre's community. A friend of mine is very friendly with the horror genre and has reviewed a ton of books for them. He spent years working on his first zombie book and when he released it you can bet that every author he's helped was right there promoting his book.

I know the dream is to write a book, publish it and see it make thousands of dollars. The reality is that 99% of authors write, publish, and then sell 4 or 5 copies a month unless they have a solid plan to promote the hell out of their work.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 04:20:11 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 27, 2013, 12:21:12 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 27, 2013, 11:57:24 AM

Congratulations!

Could you define urban fantasy? Is it exactly what it sounds like? And by that I mean...fantasy set in...an urban setting?

Buuut. What are the hallmarks of said genre.

If you have Netflix you can stream Dresden Files which will explain it nicely

I'm a big fan of Dresden and Jim Butcher.
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 04:16:30 PM
Thanks all. The book will be on kindle, nook, and every other ebook format as well as paperback. The page count is just a hair shy of 300. The audible version may take a few months.

Part of a series? If it sells. I've outlined a sequel but need to finish a few other books first.

Just to be upfront. I work with a traditional publisher but I'm stepping away from that with this book and self publishing. If that stigma bugs you that's cool - I understand. While I have an agent, actually the same agent as Chris Hardwick for his books, things are changing and writers are actually making money from their books these days.

For this book I put about $1K into editing, cover, and formatting. I'm doing everything a publisher would do except I have control of my book. More importantly I'll collect 70% royalties instead of 20% on ebook sales. Yep, ebook sales are where it's at. If I only sell 500 copies of this book I'll make my investment back. If I don't sell that many - well, back to the drawing board.

Anyway I really try not to spam the board with book sales stuff but this cover was so striking I just had to share.

128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So I wrote an urban fantasy on: August 27, 2013, 03:16:45 AM
After 4 years of flinging zombie books at the world I've written my first urban fantasy and it drops on September 10th. I've worked on this (off and on) for 3 years. I could talk about this one for days but I think the cover speaks for itself ...

129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: August 24, 2013, 12:40:22 AM
Batman's nefarious plan is to screw Catwoman in an extremely uncomfortable place.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: August 24, 2013, 12:35:06 AM
"It's the Jokah! Or the Riddlah! Rahbin! Call Commissionah Gahden!"
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: August 21, 2013, 03:29:58 PM
There's a new Might and Magic game and it's old school? There are not enough expletives to express how properly my mind has been blown.
132  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 20, 2013, 06:37:04 PM
I didn't care for the last few seasons. This season it seemed like they turned it into a comedy and I thought it was fantastic. I fully expect next season to go back to suck.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: headphone advice please on: August 20, 2013, 06:30:28 PM
I'm one of those idiots that spends a ridiculous amount of money on headphones. I have everything from a set of in ear Vsonic GR07's ($180) to Sennheiser HD-700's which run about a grand. As far as pure listening - and if you want to spend the money, I don't think you can beat the Sennheiser HD-600's. Yeah they retail for about $400 but you can pick them up for around 300 if you shop around. These are open ear headphones so music will bleed out but it's really like having a set of high end speakers attached to your head.

If you don't want to spend that much then these are the undisputed king of low cost but incredible. Audio-Technica ATH-M50S. I'd call these my fun, all around go to headphones.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Home theater speakers? on: August 19, 2013, 04:28:15 PM
I love my Polk in wall speakers and they were reasonably priced. I have 8" for fronts and 6" for sides. The side speakers are about 10" from the ceiling. The fronts are in the middle of the wall and my newish Samsung 60" is mounted in the center. I think I spent about $600 total on the speakers.

Edit to add link.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 09, 2013, 04:09:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 09, 2013, 05:22:04 AM

drink coffee?  amateurs, a real man chews the beans and spits them out!

Real men eat the beans, poop them out, and have them turned into high end coffee for congress.
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Planning Suitably Ironic Moniker's 1,000th forum post on: August 03, 2013, 04:35:42 AM
9 years for me as well but I'm farther behind. I figure at this rate I will hit 1,000 around December.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: August 02, 2013, 04:22:58 PM

Quote from: McNutt on August 02, 2013, 04:02:15 PM

Saw it last night.  I has always wondered what it would be like if you gave the greenlight to make a movie like this to a competent person instead of Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich.  It turns out if you do that you get a hell of a movie that isn't filled with pointless explosions, bad humor or groan-inducing stupidity.  It really pisses me off that this movie isn't raking in the cash.  This is all that I hoped it would be.  It's not Othello, but it was extremely entertaining from start to finish and God bless them for giving Idris Elba a major role in a blockbuster.  That man is awesome. 
1.  Don't ever touch me again.  2.  Don't ever touch me again. 

I think the marketing was the culprit. It had such a weird Power Ranger look when the first trailers popped up I believe it turned people off. I went because my kid wanted to see it - I wasn't all that interested but I ended up absolutely loving it.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What happens when you ask 100 different women (strangers) to have sex? on: July 31, 2013, 12:41:58 AM
"How I met your mother."
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 30, 2013, 02:43:32 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 30, 2013, 10:51:41 AM

Quote from: Reemul on July 30, 2013, 08:31:07 AM

Yes, all the time. Who wants the hassle of getting your phone out every time you want to know the time.

just look at the sky instead.

I wear watches because I like the look of it, but am thinking of getting a Pebble watch.

I'd hold off on the Pebble. I just got one and I'm surprised at how buggy it is. Half of the notifications don't work requiring either jailbreaking your iphone or if you are on Android downloading hacks - even then you'll be digging through forums looking for solutions to simple problems. For as much money as they raised I'm surprised that so little effort has been put into the actual software.

The watch itself is a really cool concept but it looks and feels really cheap. The display is pretty nice though and I'm enjoying a LCARS face.
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 29, 2013, 08:41:29 PM
I'm a watch guy. I collect and wear them. I have a couple of limited edition Citizen watches I rotate through. I also have an Offshore Limited force 4 zombie apocalypse watch. Why so many watches? No frigging idea - I just like watches and it's most definitely not a status symbol.

My pebble watch is supposed to arrive today - can't wait to check it out.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cue the Synthesizers, Axel Foley is Back. on: July 29, 2013, 01:05:42 AM
Kind of off topic but thought I'd share. The Beverly Hills Cop TV series was up against my friend John Dixon's show - Intelligence. John also writes for Permuted Press (my book publisher) and the show is based on his unpublished book Dissident. Intelligence stars Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost) and has a little bit of a Chuck vibe to it. I hope it's a great show.
142  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 27, 2013, 03:23:35 AM

Quote from: ericb on July 27, 2013, 01:23:13 AM

Quote from: Crusis on July 25, 2013, 01:20:25 PM

Well this is lame. I purchased Fire Emblem on the 3ds store a few months ago so it looks like it doesn't count toward the $30 credit for buying Shin Megami - no way to register it. Is there a way around this?

Just call Nintendo...as long as your 3DS is registered on club nintendo they'll check and add your fire emblem with no problem.  I had to do this a couple of days ago and it showed up a day later.

I logged into club nintendo today and my $30 credit was smiling at me. So now, what to spend it on.  nod
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Speeding ticket on: July 26, 2013, 05:01:44 AM
Never had a speeding ticket - or any ticket for that matter. I must be a boring driver but that can be fixed.  icon_twisted
144  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 25, 2013, 04:52:39 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on July 25, 2013, 01:55:42 PM

Did you register it at the Club Nintendo site or is it automatic when you download it?

I registered after I bought Fire Emblem. I didn't even know about club nintendo until I saw the offer with Shin Megami IV. So I have no pin to register on club nintendo.
145  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 25, 2013, 01:20:25 PM
Well this is lame. I purchased Fire Emblem on the 3ds store a few months ago so it looks like it doesn't count toward the $30 credit for buying Shin Megami - no way to register it. Is there a way around this?
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 03:15:28 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 24, 2013, 01:54:59 PM

No one plans for the end of the world. 

Beyond the Barriers

I didn't care for that line and wished I'd done a better job on the first paragraph. The original first line from that book was "The day the world ended I jumped in my SUV and headed for Walmart." (inspired by a trip from hell to walmart the day before)

You'd be amazed how long authors agonize over first lines.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Your favorite opening line of a book on: July 24, 2013, 12:34:26 AM
"Lost and for a time so is he." Among the Living by some jerk named Timothy W. Long.
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado - Sharknado 2 confirmed! on: July 19, 2013, 09:10:21 PM
Sharknado 2? Someone at Asylum needs to see if Shannen Doherty is available.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Test your Die Hard knowledge (Die Hard is 25 years old?!) on: July 18, 2013, 08:12:59 PM
19! The one I got wrong I somehow forgot to click but I knew the answer. It seems sort of pathetic that I know these movies inside and out.
150  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 17, 2013, 02:54:53 PM
I forgot how hard these games can be. Lots of fun so far after a couple of hours, though.
151  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 17, 2013, 01:53:03 AM
Had no idea this came with a massive strategy guide. Nice.
152  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 15, 2013, 03:07:37 AM

Quote from: Turtle on July 15, 2013, 01:52:04 AM

So, who is ready this week?

I just got my shipping notification from Amazon about an hour ago. In!
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Book]The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith(J.K Rowling) on: July 15, 2013, 12:32:14 AM
I am J L Rowling. You all should really go buy all of my books before I'm outed. Right. Gotta run and work on a new Harry Pothead book.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me choose my kid's name! on: July 14, 2013, 12:11:27 AM
How about Kenji? My wife is Japanese so both kids have Japanese middle names and 'Murican first names. My son's name is Nicholas Jyoji ...

155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [move] it's been 5 years, time for another Day of the Dead remake! on: July 11, 2013, 02:35:41 PM
The last remake was terrible. Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon ... ugh. Just terrible.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone interested in a creative writing class w/ lectures by Brandon Sanderson? on: July 09, 2013, 04:26:21 AM

Quote from: raydude on July 08, 2013, 11:37:10 PM

This looks pretty neat. I've always wanted to write but enthusiasm and self-criticism always seems to get in the way. I've gotten several how-to-write books but they don't seem to keep me on track either. Maybe I need a class environment to keep me writing. Signed up and will definitely try to stay on it.

I think one of the cool things about Sanderson's class is that he encourages his students to press on and STOP going back and editing. Meet your writing goal for the week and move on to the next week without constant rewrites. That's smart because it gets you to focus on writing a book even if the book is crap. When you are done with the book you may find that even though it is crap it can be saved in the second draft.

Writing is like programming or any other job that takes a lot of practice to get right. It's best to just sit down and start doing it and don't stop. I'm pretty sure I'd still be thinking about writing instead of writing if I hadn't taken some writing classes.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone interested in a creative writing class w/ lectures by Brandon Sanderson? on: July 08, 2013, 06:47:17 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 08, 2013, 03:55:05 PM

Quote from: Crusis on July 05, 2013, 02:14:13 PM

The first few videos have so much practical advice. Wanna be a writer? Do that stuff!

excellent, I was hoping you'd chime in.  I figured you'd be one of the better authorities around these parts smilethumbsup

Coincidentally enough I also am enrolled in a Creative Writing class for the fall semester, so I figure this may help give me a leg up on at least some aspects.

Good on ya! There is no finer way to hone your craft than with a class. I can't wait to take another class but I need to clear a few projects off my plate first.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado on: July 08, 2013, 03:30:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 08, 2013, 03:36:56 AM

Quote from: Crusis on July 08, 2013, 03:26:30 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 07, 2013, 05:14:25 PM

The problem with these types of SyFy films is that they know that they're making this cheesy, over-the-top schlock. I prefer when it's a film made by someone who thinks they're making high art, but instead turn out said schlock. There's an earnestness that is lacking in the first example.

Screw art. Make money. I wish someone would pay me to write a cheesy-ass screen play.  nod

Zombiecane!
Zombienami!
Zombiequake!

PythoNadoZomb just begs to be written.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado on: July 08, 2013, 03:26:30 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 07, 2013, 05:14:25 PM

The problem with these types of SyFy films is that they know that they're making this cheesy, over-the-top schlock. I prefer when it's a film made by someone who thinks they're making high art, but instead turn out said schlock. There's an earnestness that is lacking in the first example.

Screw art. Make money. I wish someone would pay me to write a cheesy-ass screen play.  nod
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado on: July 06, 2013, 02:48:23 PM
This looks awesomely bad. It also looks like it demands a drinking game.
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