Computer Troubles, Delays

Hey everyone. Trouble behind the scenes, is slowing my down lately.

My main computer is currently incommunicado.

What are the upshots of this? First: No Alive After Reading today.

Second: Depending on how long before I get my files off the old machine’s drive, all shows and serials will be delayed. I hope to get everything sorted out by this Wednesday, but we will see.

So, I wish I had better news. For now, technical difficulties.

We’ll be back soon, I hope.

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 37 – Pro Wrestling Actual Play Pt 2

This week Tim returns playing the Canadian Python in Rob’s pro wrestling league. Whatever you feel about recent wrestling events, give this episode a try.

You can email us at podcast (at) ofmooksandmonsters.com. Let us know what you think!

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Thanks for listening.

Another Stage

I feel as though a long time has passed since I last posted here. In reality, it has been just over a week. However, I know several important things have changed in these past eight days.

First off, I finished a novel I had been working on for over a year.

That alone is an awesome experience, especially given the burst of enthusiasm I found I could put into the story in this final stretch of sixteen-thousand words or so.

The writing of that books’ ending was possible because for the past 10 days, except for this most recent Sunday, I sat down for a couple hours each day and worked. It is bizarre how easy things feel when one can rely on oneself to do the work. For the first time in quite a while, I experienced the sense that my work is important, but also not out of reach.

Aside from the writing?

I’m preparing more episodes of both the podcasts I run. Alive After Reading is still young, but I can tell starting it was a good idea. It’s a fun show and has put me in touch with more writers I always wanted to talk to about themselves and their craft.

That said, the writing is the most important part of the feeling I have right now. The feeling that I have advanced in some way, become a different creature, maybe even a better one.

Why? I’m not entirely certain how much this accounts for, but I definitely feel good about doing the work. I also think I’m more open than in the past, especially on the internet. Some of you blog readers may think I’ve often been pretty open in these posts. I think that’s true. However, lately, my connections to other people through this medium seem stronger because I reach out to them more frequently and more casually.

I enjoy it. And I don’t feel guilty for spending time on social media as long as I have my work in hand. So, this is my progress. It may not sound dramatic in cause. The result, however, feels completely distinct to me.

I hope you too may feel this way more than once in your life, if not as much as possible.

Now, I have work to do.

Thanks for reading.

Alive After Reading Episode 2 – Alexander Verbeek

This week on Alive After Reading, Tim interviews a fellow writer, Alexander Verbeek of the Netherlands.

You can buy Tim’s books to support this site on Amazon.com. Every purchase and review really helps.

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Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 36 – Actual Play Risus Pt4

Today, Rob and Tim return with another session of General Mongoose’s continuing adventure.

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Giveaway News

Hey everybody, just checking in with a little update this Monday afternoon.

I’ve really been hitting the writing over the last couple of days. It’s been awesome. Hopefully, it will prove sustainable over the long-term as I’m doing around 3000 words per day without pushing too hard.

So, as the title of this post suggests, there is some news on giveaways. Right now, Rem’s Dream is still free, but that will end on March 31st 2017. Here is the link to that if you are interested in the free book.

That won’t be the end of my giveaways. I’m planning a Maker Mythos giveaway in April. We’ll see which book I pick later. I have not decided between the first novel, Hunter and Seed, and the new prelude. I’m excited as book two of that series is almost done.

So, that’s it for me today. Hope you’re all well.

Thanks for reading.

Alive After Reading Episode 1 – Konn Lavery

Hello, friends! Welcome to the inaugural episode of Alive After Reading. Please do not mind the unicorn skulls.

Today Tim interviews Konn Lavery, a graphic designer, and author of dark fantasy, including the soon-to-be-released second edition of “Mental Damnation: Reality.”

This is interview was a ton of fun. Share and enjoy!

Check out Konn’s work on Amazon!

Check out Tim’s stuff on Amazon while you’re at it.

One Week Off (Of Mooks and Monsters)

Hey, everyone. Due to some scheduling conflicts, there will be no new episode of the podcast Of Mooks and Monsters this week.

Our apologies.

However, coming up this Sunday, we are pleased to announce the first episode of Tim’s new interview podcast “Alive After Reading.”

That’s all the news for now.

Thanks for lending your eyes and ears.

Metal Time – Still Life by Opeth

Back in 1999, progressive metal heroes in a band called Opeth released an album. That album was not the first I heard from them (That honor goes to 2008’s Watershed), but it has become a favorite example of their work for me. I especially like listening to this one while writing.

Why a death metal album?

Why Still Life?

There are a few reasons. First and foremost, I suppose, I like the sound. This is a nebulous reason for me, because I don’t really understand music. I only enjoy what I enjoy. I find it difficult to put into words why some sounds work for me and others do not work as well.

Second, as with many of my favorite albums, Still Life is a concept album. It tells a story. As a death metal album, this story is thoroughly dark and bleak. But the story is there, and connects the songs into a single theme. I find that enjoyable.

What really struck me yesterday, however, was the lyrics. That’s the third reason.

Now, lyrics for an album where half the words are growled or roared, may sound silly, and to some degree that is true. I actually have looked up the lyrics, because the ones I could decipher have stuck with me.

Having peered into that particular abyss, I was reminded of a moment from my education as a writer.

I was a senior in high school, and taking a class at the local collage, Introduction to Creative Writing, taught by a poet who would not terribly long later receive some recognition for his work, Matt Rasmussen.

In class he said something, the meaning of which I never forgotten even if the exact words are difficult to recall.

He told the class that most songs don’t have great poetry for lyrics, because poetry and music require different qualities to succeed.

I agree with him in-general, but recalled his words yesterday as I looked over the lyrics for Still Life.

I concluded that the lyrics for these songs are, in-fact, pretty good poetry. Lots of variance in word-choice, and tons of tonal flavor just in the text alone. Anyway, this is not really a review. This is a gushing praise of something I adore.

Still Life, by Opeth. If you like death metal, have a listen.

Anyway, I have other words to hammer on today.

Thanks for reading.

Of Mooks and Monsters Episode 35 – Actual Play Risus Pt3

General Mongoose returns, played by Rob Ward.

Tim runs the game for this murderous character.

Find the earlier episodes here (Part 1, Part 2). We recommend listening to these first.