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841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sleep, Oh Wonderful Sleep, Where Art Thou? on: July 20, 2010, 08:03:40 PM
For the past year or so I have had the same problem. This morning I woke with a galloping heartbeat (I did have a killer nightmare) but it didn't stop for a while and I have been awake since 1 AM.

I've worked hard to retrain my body to go to bed around 9 and fall asleep pretty quickly with out any meds but this waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning is getting OLD. Now my body is so used to it I can barely stay up until 10.

I think a sleep study may be the best bet as well. Glad to hear I'm not the only person suffering.

842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: July 20, 2010, 07:58:17 PM
The book is finally on Kindle! Just in time, too, Amazon just announced that they are selling more digital books than actual books.

Okay, this big nasty sucker is $2.99 and I would like to say that this is the BEST edited book I have worked on. We had a pro (she is now my editor for my next few books) come in and rock this sucker. She has 12 years of freelance exp and was an english lit major. This book would have sucked without her.

Check out the Peek Inside feature on the paperback. I say this because the book is NOT for everyone.

Another side note. We have been approached by an independent comic company about turning this into a serial or anthology. We are already working up some scripts for the first few comics.  eek eek eek eek eek
843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: July 19, 2010, 06:22:35 PM
Moar zombies!

I love it. Can't wait for this show.  icon_biggrin
844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 16, 2010, 03:02:26 AM
Thanks so much Chaz! The book is pretty easy to jump back and forth with. It's written like a diary. In fact I wrote it online and gave the whole book away for free for almost a year but the lure of publishing it sucked me into the dark side.

The Malazan books are my favorite. I read them over and over and over.
845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TR2N now The Tron Legacy on: July 16, 2010, 01:16:56 AM
I'm so excited for this movie. HDnet has been playing the HD version over the last few weeks and it holds up very very well still.
846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 16, 2010, 01:06:29 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 13, 2010, 04:55:36 AM

saw this mentioned on the page:  'War of the Worlds Plus Blood Guts and Zombies'  saywhat

It's actually a good book. Eric did a great job of paying homage to the master. This book sold so well that it was recently picked up by Simon and Schuster.

But I hear ya. I'm so sick of mashups. I was joking the other day that I was going to do Moby F'ing Zombie Whale and someone said "It's being done."

ugh!
847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: July 13, 2010, 01:49:40 AM
Hey all! I don't normally beg for sales but I'm having fun doing an impromptu push to sell a few copies of Zombie Wilson Diaries on the kindle. And if you pick up a copy I will send you the PDF proof if you send me an email or PM here. That way you have more than one portable version of the book.

AND it's only $2.99! That's cheaper than a fancy-pants cup of joe at Starbucks. It's the same price as a value meal at McD's and my book WON'T give you gas.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/B003IWZZS4/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=133140011&s=digital-text

And now some kind words from kind people:

On the whole, I'd call this one a triumph. It's quirky, fast paced, and good to the last withered drop.
Scott A. Johnson - dreadcentral.com
--Dread Central

Zombie Wilson is the most fun you'll ever have with a corpse in a coconut bra ... and that's saying something.
Trish Martin - horrornews.net
--Horror News

Something different for lovers of zombie fiction. A fastpaced, darkly comic tale with a hint - maybe more than a hint - of madness. -- David Dunwoody, author of EMPIRE

A dog-rough zomedy that'll have you laughing your (undead) ass off from start to finish. Daniel Defoe fans beware! -- Wayne Simmons author of Drop Dead Gorgeous

848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Android based phone on T-Mobile? on: July 08, 2010, 03:07:11 PM

Quote from: rickfc on July 07, 2010, 09:57:41 PM

Quote from: Crusis on July 07, 2010, 09:41:04 PM

I picked up a HD2 a few months ago and I miss the Android OS.


Good news for you, Crusis!

http://www.softsailor.com/how-to/32382-how-to-install-android-2-1-on-the-htc-hd2.html

I saw this was out a few days ago but it has a long way to go. The phone will run android but you can't make a call, use wifi ... all that stuff. Still, this is really exciting!
849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Good Android based phone on T-Mobile? on: July 07, 2010, 09:41:04 PM
It looks like they revamped the hardware behind the new Touch Slide. I like android a lot and had it on the Cliq but now that is my daughters phone. I picked up a HD2 a few months ago and I miss the Android OS.

I agree with the rest. The Nexus One is probably the best choice.
850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: July 07, 2010, 09:38:50 PM
I finished off these books over the last few weeks. I like this thread but I often forget to post in it. I have been in the mood for 'bizarro' lately.

Help a Bear is Eating Me! by Mykle Hansen
Satan Burger by Carlton Mellick
Perfect Union by Cody Goodfellow

-Tim

851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Crypticon horror convention - Everett WA June 18th - 20th on: June 12, 2010, 02:21:26 PM
Crypticon is in one week.  It's a horror convention in Everett WA. Is anyone else going? Would be cool to see some GT'ers there.

Last year it was in Seattle but they moved North for some reason. There are a lot of interesting guests. Check out the list at http://www.crypticonseattle.com/.
852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood Season 3 on: June 09, 2010, 11:59:04 AM
I'm in the camp that didn't care for season two all that much. The witch story line was kinda lame. I am looking forward to the new season and not just because Anna Panquin just came out as being bi.
853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Horror Movie: Martyrs on: June 04, 2010, 03:30:57 AM
I loved Martyr's but I'm a sick bastard. It had tons of shock and gore. The ending was just ambiguous enough to keep me thinking about it for a few days after. I watched Human Centipede as well and wasn't nearly as disturbed as I thought I would be. That flick was all about what you didn't see. The German guy was creepy.

I dig all the great French horror. Frontiers was another one I enjoyed.
854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: June 03, 2010, 01:57:23 AM
We are live on Amazon! Soon on Barnes and Noble, Powell's and others.

It should be out on Kindle in a week or two and prices at only $2.99.

BTW an early reader (a friend who is also a writer) had this to say: "It's like Tom Robbins and Terry Pratchett had a retarted lovechild and left it on Charley Manson's doorstep... but only after they dropped the poor thing on it's head!"

-Tim
855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Memorial Day Ed. on: May 29, 2010, 11:39:22 AM
Alan Wake! Loving the atmosphere in this one.
856  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: May 26, 2010, 12:17:23 AM
You can check out a 30+ page preview of the book. I realize this one is not for everybody.  Tongue It is now available on Amazon and will trickle to other stores like Barnes and Nobel and Powell's over the next few weeks. I have a limited supply of books that I will be signed by both Jonathan Moon and myself at Crypticon in Seattle next month. Please PM me or shoot me an email at stupidzombies @ gmail.com if you are interested. They will probably be priced at $15.

After completing The Apocalypse and Satanís Glory Hole, the authors, Timothy W. Long and Jonathan Moon, fled the country. They were last seen in Brazil, sipping Singapore Slings with Mescal on the side at the Cross-Eyed Donkey bar.

The men are wanted in connection with a string of bowling ball thefts, zombie resurrections, and miniature bulldog jell-o wrestling. If seen, the men are considered wacked and hyper. Caution is advised unless you have a fresh supply of nitrous oxide to share.

Clergy leaders have sworn that the two men will be brought to justice for crimes against the Church and literature in general.
857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3D Dot Game Heroes, a new PS3 RPG on: May 20, 2010, 03:33:58 AM
I guess I'll buy Nier instead. hehe
858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3D Dot Game Heroes, a new PS3 RPG on: May 19, 2010, 08:03:13 PM
I'm tempted to get this game after my $20 gift certificate from the Amazon Red Dead Redemption, arrives. Any guess on how long the game is?
859  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: May 16, 2010, 04:35:33 AM
This is from the mockup. We went through a number of covers before settling on this one. I'm hoping to approve the proof in the next few weeks. This book is really beautiful. Lots of headers and some really good art work. Final page count is around 340 pages.

860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam your Mac on: May 15, 2010, 04:42:58 PM
I'm a new convert to the cult of mac. I just got a Macbook pro last week and love it. I was really thrilled to see that Steam was out on the mac. The bigger surprise was that I had access to Torchlight since I already purchased the PC version. very cool.

My mac is my main writing machine but it is pretty damn cool that it can play Portal so well. I don't know what kind of video card is in the machine but it should be able to handle half-life 2 if they put that out.
861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Record of Agarest War on: May 06, 2010, 02:08:56 AM
The graphics aren't that great but the interface, menu's and pop up characters are very crisp. I can't really comment on gameplay except to say that it is a decent SRPG. I honestly don't care about the dating sim side. My wife and I are still cracking up at the game content and cut scenes. Ah - crazy Japanese games. Love em!
862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Record of Agarest War on: April 29, 2010, 10:52:39 PM
I picked it up. What a laugh the packaging is. The mousepad is very um, comforting. LOL!  I guess I should go check out the game as well.
863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Record of Agarest War on: April 29, 2010, 04:24:56 PM
So a couple of local stores have this. I'm a whore for SRPG's and the limited edition is rather funny. I showed my wife last night (she is Japanese) and she just about laughed herself silly. So worth it? Can anyone comment on the gameplay? One of my favorite games is Disgaea - is it close to that at all?
864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: April 16, 2010, 03:32:40 AM
I suspect they will come out in hard back first, or similar over sized trade paperbacks.
865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: April 16, 2010, 02:17:25 AM

Quote from: Chaz on April 15, 2010, 08:00:24 PM

Coming out on Kindle?  biggrin

YES! And it will probably be $2.99 on kindle and B & N / smashwords. The electronic book trend is changing very rapidly. Publishers are finding that the cheaper books sell like mad. Zombie Wilson is on smashwords.com for $2.99 and if amazon ever approves the Kindle version it will be the same price.

(Just a side note. My good friend Rhiannon Frater edited Zombie Wilson Diaries. Last month she signed a 3 book deal with TOR worth 6 figures. I am so freaking proud of her!) If you like zombie books you better grab them while you can. Her self published trilogy will be pulled next month so TOR can prepare them for release.
866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: April 15, 2010, 03:43:32 PM
Bad ispellchecker, BAD! LOL

We wrote the synopsis this weekend and it seemed good at the time but being writers we had to go back and change a bunch of stuff which was probably a good idea. DOH!

The book is being edited by a recent Bram Stoker award nominee. I'm really excited to have her onboard.

Note: don't google glory hole at work!
867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / My new novel is coming soon! Warning - controversial title/topic on: April 15, 2010, 04:16:19 AM
Hey all,

I know some of you enjoyed Zombie Wilson Diaries. I had a lot of fun with that one. Well last year I was approached by a writer about doing a collaboration. We share similar interests in the bizarre. Bizarro to be exact. We talked for weeks and sketched up a plot about the apocalypse gone terribly wrong. We took a rather unique approach to writing the book together. We picked our characters and melded them into the plot but we told the book from our respective points of view. We didn't just pass a manuscript back and forth. Anyway, the book is done and coming just in time for Crypticon in Seattle this June (we will both be there doing readings and being goofy, swing by if you are in the area!)

So now the warning. The book is a very silly thing - probably comparable to South Park humor without all the bleeps but it will offend some. The title is:

The Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole.

Feel free to check out a synopsis at our blog. I just posted the prologue today as well. In a few weeks I'll have at least a chapter read on my new podcast.

One thing I would like to mention. Bizarro books are a good time, I love them. But they are short. We hope to break that trend. This book is nearly 115K words and the manuscript is a hefty 413 pages.

This is a rough draft of the synopsis:

Armageddon arrived on a weekday which was really inconvenient for a lot of people, including The Four Horsemen. After their appearance on The Kayla Mangrabler talk show, they decided to go their separate ways and cause as much havoc as possible. Jesus has been stuck at the craps table for three days, sipping vodka and Redbull, completely missing the end of the world. But he is about to meet up with Death and go on a road trip that will test their resolve and blood alcohol content level.

Now, an unlikely band of heroes are going to Las Vegas to fight the apocalypse. Creepy Chuzz with his one armed, heroin addicted monkey Phil are heading there in a flying ice cream truck. His best friend Leon, now on the run from Pestilence who has his designs on the janitorís bathtub LSD addled brain. Assuming he can escape the clutches of the insane Father Maniwhore.

Along the way they will encounter bouncing glory hole boxes, militant lesbians, an undead general, a flying demon named Princess Sally, hordes of zombies, and a trio of secret agents hell bent on delivering a cease and desist to Lucifer himself.

But they better hurry because the devil is rising in the desert, and he is hungry to start what his son could not. The apocalypse, but only if he can get it on with his giant floating glory hole.
868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Rush Tour announced! on: April 09, 2010, 01:59:21 AM
I saw them twice on their last tour. Sign me up for this one as well!
869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best Place to Buy a Laptop! on: April 05, 2010, 03:17:12 PM
Yep. Amazon. Got my Asus UL30V there. They also have a huge selection and usually all the latest machines.
870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tmobile's HTC HD2 on: April 05, 2010, 03:14:59 PM
It was a $199 upgrade. Someone on the T-mobile forum said that Costco had them for $148 as an upgrade and it came with a bluetooth headset and a car charger.  eek
871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tmobile's HTC HD2 on: April 05, 2010, 03:05:43 AM
I'm sure someone is trying to port Android to the phone. I'd like to see Windows 7 running on it but MS said it's not going to happen. But I bet someone will figure out how to do it. There is a video floating around of the OS running on this phone but I'm not sure if it is real.
872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Tmobile's HTC HD2 on: April 03, 2010, 03:31:33 PM
Did anyone else manage to snag one? They sold out in about 4 hours but I wandered into a Radio Shack last weekend and they had them in stock. I upgrade phones a lot because I'm a technology whore. After a week of use this is the best phone I have ever owned. It also made me curb my desire for an iPad.

This monster has a 4.3" screen and razor sharp graphics. The downside is that it runs Windows Mobile. HTC did a nice job of covering up the OS with their 'sense' interface but you can still tell there is a ratty old dog hiding under the chrome. The phone is freakishly fast, comes with 16 gigs of storage and feels really solid. It is a big phone but I can live with that.

Oh it comes with the Barnes and Noble ebook reader - which is cool but you can't load your own books on it, you have to buy them from B and N if you want to read on it.


873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iWhat? This is My Next Phone... on: April 03, 2010, 03:22:40 PM
I just picked up a HTC HD2 over the weekend. I'm stuck on T-mobile. I think the EVO is going to be very similar but it does have HDMI output. The only thing that sucks about the HD2 is that it runs Windows Mobile.

EVO looks sweet and if the HD2 is any indication, be prepared for a very fast phone. I had a G1 and Cliq before this and they are way too slow for prime time. The screen on these new phones has to be seen to be believed. Watching movies on it is just ridiculous. They are so sharp they almost look 3-D.
874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools, Git Yer April Fools! on: April 01, 2010, 06:00:19 PM
I announced my new series of books today: http://howlingforthecross.blogspot.com/ I even got a nice comment from Jonathan Maberry on my facebook page.  Tongue
875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I kind of want to see Hot Tub Time Machine on: March 24, 2010, 02:41:11 AM
I want to see this movie too! I thought there was something wrong with me. Well there might be something wrong with me ... uh. Anyway I still want to see this.  Tongue
876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] God of War III - Monday, March 8th on: March 17, 2010, 02:16:50 AM
I played a few more hours and beat the next boss. I'm really loving the puzzles. Sure they don't make sense but they are fun to figure out. The boss fights are just epic.
877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] God of War III - Monday, March 8th on: March 16, 2010, 08:41:42 PM
I just played this for an hour. It will probably take another hour for my jaw to close.

WOW.
878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: March 04, 2010, 06:47:43 PM
Hi All,

I'll be on a blogradio interview this weekend talking up Zombie Wilson Diaries and my first zombie book Among the Living. I will also have Jonathan Moon on. He and I are almost finished with our bizarro novel called The Apocalypse and Satan's Glory Hole. And yes, it will have armies of zombies.

Stop by for a listen or call in if you have questions about writing, zombies, or if you just want to say Hi!  biggrin  Should be a good time!

Linky here.

-Tim
879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Zombie-Wilson Diaries - Now Available! on: February 08, 2010, 03:10:09 PM
The book is now on Amazon. In a week or two it will start showing up on Barnes and Nobel and other book sellers. This is a complete rewrite of the online blog and it spent 3 months in editing. The book is also being considered for a movie option which just blows me away.

The Zombie-Wilson Diaries

It should have been the perfect vacation. A beautiful island without a soul in sight. Blue sea so clear I can see the reef. Palm trees swaying in the wind, and a girl with barely a scrap of clothing on.

There is only one problem. She is a zombie and she wants to eat me. That's right. My only companion is a creature with a hunger for human flesh. I should bash in her brains and toss her in the ocean but I don't have a volleyball to talk to.

All I have is this diary and my own Zombie-Wilson.
880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: February 03, 2010, 04:27:39 PM
I like how games like Mass Effect 2 and Dragonage have handled this. You buy the game and after the install you get access to bonus stuff right away. Not to mention free future stuff.

On the other hand I'm not so keen on the micro downloads that cost 8 bucks. Those things come out so fast I always wonder if it is just stuff they stripped out of the game so they could sell it later.

As far as this scheme that Ubisoft is trying. I am out as well. If my internet goes down or I am on my daily commute I won't be able to play their games. No thanks.
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