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921  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
922  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?
923  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.

924  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.
925  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!
926  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.
927  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?
928  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.
929  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 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.
930  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!
931  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.
932  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!
933  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.
934  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
935  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.
936  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.

937  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.
938  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: I even got a nice comment from Jonathan Maberry on my facebook page.  Tongue
939  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
940  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.
941  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.

942  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.

943  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.
944  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.
945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Mass Effect 2 teaser video on: February 02, 2010, 06:06:43 AM
Is this the ME2 thread? I thought I would see five or six pages of stuff. I'm very much enjoying the game. The story telling is top notch. The cut scenes are a bit annoying. I think for the first time the in game graphics kick the rendered stuff right in the junk.   icon_lol
946  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Self Publishing and eBooks? The future of Print? on: February 02, 2010, 05:53:28 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 02, 2010, 04:51:18 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on February 01, 2010, 09:43:00 PM

Artists still seem to need that promotional giant in their corner.

Traditional book publishers have pulled back marketing for all but their established authors. There is very little advantage to new authors anymore in professional publishing houses since the promotion went away. I don't know much about electronic distribution, but I do know that self-publishing is entirely respectable for print now that new authors have to shill their own work.

Well said. You would be amazed how many New York lit authors sell barely 500 copies of their books.

Also, and this is straight from an agent. Now a days to get a book published and make a tidy bit of profit you have to have more than just good writing. They look for that something special or unique that will help market a book to perspective publishers. They turn down well written books all the time because they simply can't market them.

It's a freaking crapshoot. Some make it and some fail. Self pubbed, old school pubbed, you probably have a better chance of winning the loto then making it big as an author. But there is always that chance that something will be so unique it will just sell. Case in point. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Seth Grahame-Green. Laugh and scoff at his mashup. I know I did. He went small publisher. But his book sold itself, with a good bit of help from Jane Austen of course. Now it is in the sixteenth printing and he just signed a deal for half a million. His next book? Abraham Lincoln vampire hunter. It will sell too because he has a name for himself already.
947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Self Publishing and eBooks? The future of Print? on: February 02, 2010, 12:30:58 AM
Amazon now pays out 70% royalties on kindle sales provided you list the book between 2.99 and 9.99. It used to be 35%. I love it because I already split royalties 50% with my publisher. My first novel Among the Living has been out for about 6 months and has sold about 180 copies on kindle at $5.99 a shot. But it didn't become available until October last year so this has been a nice little boost to my sales.

A good friend of mine is self published. She started out online, writing a story on a forum. It grew into 3 novels. She took the books and paid an editor to go over them and paid an artist for the cover. Then she purchased a pro account on create space and put her books up. It was pretty risky but she was already developing a fan base. The nice thing about self pubbing is that you get a healthy chunk. Sure CreateSpace takes their cut but a writer can pull in 4 or 5 bucks a sale.

Of course it can also go the other way. It can be poorly edited, have crap artwork and sell maybe 2 or 3 copies. "Mom, Dad, buy my book please". A lot of people don't like self-publishing, they think it is a bad word like taxes. But publishing is changing. As long as you have a good marketable product and can reach an audience, what is wrong with doing it your own way?

As it turns out, her method was pretty well thought out. She went on to sell a lot of books. Like thousands of them in just a year. She has also picked up a movie option for the books and an agent that is actively soliciting her work to the big New York firms. Self publishing can work. The nice thing is that it looks good to the big guys. I know amazon picks up books that sell a lot and offer the authors full publishing deals.

Thanks for starting this thread!

948  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: February 01, 2010, 08:38:45 PM
I know this is swaying way off topic but the numerous points about self-publishing are near and dear to me - open a new thread on it anyone? Here here a great blog post by Jon Konrath talking about how much money he makes self published versus how much he makes with a publisher.

Go iPad! Kindle support or not I still want one.  Tongue
949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: February 01, 2010, 05:38:15 PM
I wonder if the kindle reader will work on the iPad. I love how I can take out my itouch and pick up where I was last reading when I have a few minutes to kill. I can't imagine they will be too keen on keeping it around when they have their own library to promote.

I am very surprised at Macmillan and amazon over the weekend. Publishing is changing and the big houses are acting like the music industry did a few years ago. They need to adapt or step aside.

Seriously, why should an eBook cost $15? There is no overhead. No warehouse cost. And the authors don't make any more royalties off the books. If they kept the price reasonable they would sell a hell of a lot more ebooks. AND Amazon has already announced that they are bumping royalties on kindle to 70% provided the books are priced under $9.99. I've actually asked my publisher to lower the price on my new book for Kindle. If I had my way it would sell for $2.99 but it looks like $4.99 will have to do. BTW. eBooks sell 6 copies for every 10 paper copies on Amazon.

Just a few random thoughts ...

950  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Zombie-Wilson Diaries on: January 29, 2010, 04:05:20 AM
Hi all!

I expect to have a proof of Zombie-Wilson Diaries by this weekend. The book has gone through 4 months of rewrites and edits. To celebrate the upcoming release, my publisher is holding a contest. We are giving away signed copies of the book and some other cool stuff including a complete Zombie-Wilson survival kit.  

Just head over to the blog for all the details.

Here are a couple of blurbs I managed to pick up along the way.

"Something different for lovers of zombie fiction. A fast-paced, darkly comic tale with a hint - maybe more than a hint - of madness."
-David Dunwoody, author of EMPIRE and UNBOUND & OTHER TALES

"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
951  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: January 02, 2010, 05:41:47 AM
Reading - The Apocalypse Shift by Derek Goodman and cracking up!
952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Demon's Souls PS3 US version on: January 02, 2010, 05:30:34 AM
I know I am late to the party but I just picked up a 250 GIG PS3 today and Demon Soul! I have been lusting after this game for months and this thread has not helped at all! Well, here's to the weekend with DS. Cheers!
953  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook on: December 09, 2009, 11:28:46 PM
Another Nook review that points out problems with all of the platforms. I've had a kindle for about 8 months and I would rather boil a puppy than get rid of it. The Nook looks very nice. It has an Apple look to it.
954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zombie Driver on: December 05, 2009, 07:50:08 AM
Noooooo I was really looking forward to this game but I can't get it to start. Probably something dumb on my end. My new computer seems to run everything else but this game won't even start - anyone else had similar problems? My new laptop will be here Monday. Maybe it will work there.
955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zombie Driver on: December 01, 2009, 08:06:56 PM
IN! GTA with Zombies sounds like nothing but a good time.
956  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've aquired an interest in writing on: December 01, 2009, 04:28:33 PM

Quote from: dfs on December 01, 2009, 03:03:41 PM

mrs-dfs has published several novels and has spent a lifetime writing things of all sorts.

Give it up now and chose between selling blood or becoming a register monkey. The pay will be better.

(If you are serious about it...most of the advice you've been given is very good. The King book is superb. Write every minute that you can. Look at your work critically. Get a community to look at your work critically. Network, Network, Network.)

Again, if you can stop then go ahead and stop and feel good about it. Writing is not for the weak of spirit.

HAH! This is a great point. Most writers have full time jobs. Even my current editor who is self published and sells about 700 books a month has to work a full time job (but not for long since she just signed with a literary agency and her books are going to auction). Think about it this way. Most publishers pay about .50 to .70 for a paperback sale. Think of how many books you would have to sell to make a living at it. A first time author can expect to sell 500 copies of a book the first year. It just takes time to network and build up a fan base. You pretty much have to turn into a promotional whore to sell your books.

That being said, I have been very lucky with my first book and sales are very strong. This has led to two more book contracts and about a dozen stories sold to anthologies. I'm also editing two anthologies and the money from those is quite good. But I know that this will always be a hobby that supplements the income a bit.

Here is an interesting article on publishing. Tradition publishing vs self publishing
957  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who has a Google Wave account? on: December 01, 2009, 02:51:58 PM
I just got mine and I don't really know what to do with it either.  icon_lol I do have a few invites. Anyone want one? Drop me a PM.

958  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've aquired an interest in writing on: December 01, 2009, 02:46:19 PM

Quote from: Eduardo X on December 01, 2009, 05:05:08 AM

For fiction, I try to follow one rule: the entire story should be about building up the characters. Even action should build the characters. The plot should be in service of the characters, rather than vice-versa.

It's all about the characters, couldn't have said it better myself. I get a lot of emails and comments from folks that the characters in my first book are really well drawn out and where did you get them from - are they based on you, etc. I always reply "I am nothing like those twisted f*cks".  icon_twisted

Characters change as they grow. I had no idea that one of them would meet an untimely end until I wrote it. But it was cool because it led to some character growth for the sequel. In fact I was rereading my book (to gear up for the sequel) and I remembered that two of the characters I originally came up with for the book were changed dramatically when I wrote it. I wanted them to be a certain way but they ended up being something completely different. That said I am very please with how they 'grew up' in the book.

959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've aquired an interest in writing on: December 01, 2009, 04:19:53 AM
Razgon - you have great English. I say go for it.

I don't know about others writing process or how they get ideas. I usually come up with characters first and then let them loose. I have a very organic writing style in that I don't really plan much ahead of time. I take a basic character and or very rough idea and see where the narrative leads. This is purely personal preference. I know some writers that plot out their books from beginning to end and stick to the outline. Whatever works, just stick with it.

The next trick, once you have finished your masterpiece, is to send it out. No sense in writing and wanting to get published unless you take the plunge. Torture your friends with your work. Find someone you trust to help with editing. If you are happy and confident your work is the best it can be - send it out for publication.

960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, I've aquired an interest in writing on: November 30, 2009, 10:11:43 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on November 30, 2009, 09:41:23 PM

Also, some creative writing teachers will tell you not to use, "He said," "she said," "they said" but rather "he exclaimed," "she stated," "they yelped," etc.  That's dumb.  Your dialogue should tell the reader how the character is saying something, unless there's a specific emotion you want to get across, in which case by all means add in a different word other than "said."

Elmore Leonard is famous for saying that you only need to use 'he said' and 'she said' in your writing. This makes for very boring dialog.  icon_neutral
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