Paul Elard Cooley on The Genre Trap

Today’s guest post comes from the Fiendmaster, Paul Elard Cooley. Paul’s a friend, and a talented writer and podcaster. Learn more about his work at shadow publications.

Genre is a trap. Genre is a curse word that destroys the idea of the content itself. Using a catch-all phrase to describe an entire work of literature is inadequate at best…But what’s the alternative?

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Guest Blog: “You don’t owe me Nothing!”

This week Odin1eye, a prolific & well respected podcast fiction reviewer at viewfromvalhalla offers a few words about feedback & creators. Odin has also just started podcasting reviews. MP3 promo’s of his recent story picks at the end of his post:

“…writers value honest feedback. They are interested in trying to craft the best stories they can.”

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The dumb thing about Smartphones

Full disclosure: if you don’t follow me on twitter you might not know I recently switched from a top of the line iPhone 4 to a top of the line HTC Desire… then downgraded to an 3-yr old iPhone 3G just this week. I love tech, I love social media, I love the power the internet access, always-on messaging systems, camera and various sensors… I love all the capacity and all the candy.

But sometimes I realize just how dumb it all is, too.

In my personal life, I’m not at all materialistic. I own few clothes, a computer for the kids, a laptop for myself, and an iPad my wife appropriated when her computer died. I drive a minivan, my wife commutes to work in a station wagon. We have a 3-bedroom home for a family of 5. But when it comes to phones? Man, I’m a little bit crazy. Continue reading “The dumb thing about Smartphones”

Commentary ‘cast for July 7 2010

Some thank-you’s and some attributions for my first official commentary podcast. I talk a bit about the format, ENEMY LINES timetable and promo plans, and get the ball rolling! Old-school podcastin’ peeps! Umm’s and Uh’s in place!
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#PodCrit: a Roundtable on Criticism in Podcasting

A roundtable discussion on criticism in podcasting with Jake Bible of the Dead Mech fame, Paul E Cooley of the Closet Treats podcast, Nathan Lowell of the Solar Clipper series, and J. Daniel Sawyer of the Antithesis Progression & more. Also mentioned: Association of New Media Artists & Producers and Understanding Podcasting. Personal critique: yes, sound levels are way off. Blame me & Skype, then enjoy!
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