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Next month is October. We must prepare properly.

Halloween and the run-up to it is a time of chills and thrills. Sadly, with regards to one great American Halloween tradition, the thrills have gone and been replaced by way more chills than there used to be. What was once something that was looked forward to has now become a thing of scorn and derision, and the only tradition that most people now have is of trying to avoid what was once enjoyed. This, my friends, has been the sad fate of candy corn.

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I want to say upfront that this isn’t directed at everyone. It’s not directed at a majority of the folks out there. Hell, it’s not even directed at a large minority of the folks out there. It’s directed only at what looks right now to be a small but very vocal minority of the folks out there. But, still, when you’re dealing with roughly 80,000+ people, that can be quite a few people. This is also, hopefully, being seen as nothing more than a metaphorical tap on the shoulder and gentle nudge back in the right direction for many of those in that vocal minority. A bit of reminder that we should all be a little nicer to members of our convention family. 

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May the 4th

Posted: May 4, 2017 in Holidays, The Blog

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Originally aired on an Atlanta area radio station, this episode of Seriously, Dan! was recorded back at 2013’s ConCarolinas. It was the first time I was actually invited onto a radio broadcast/podcast as something other than a random caller. It was also the first time I got to meet face to face in and living color (as opposed to Facebook and email) Dan, Ruth, her husband Scott, and a number of other people I now know better and value as parts of my extended convention family and circle of friends.

Merry Christmas

Posted: December 24, 2016 in Family, Holidays
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of my friends and family out there.

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This time of year you get a lot of reviews and discussion about books and movies, but what you don’t see a lot of people talking about is audio horror. I think that’s a real shame since audio horror pulled off well can be every bit as effective as a book or a film- maybe even more so. When done well, the sounds of two characters moving through decrepit old house that they’re maybe not the only occupants of can be more effective than two pages of written word, and the visual “FX budget” of your mind is obviously far less limited than even the biggest budgeted Hollywood film. Some can be fun and safe for family listening, some can be terrifying and maybe not for younger ears.

Turn off the movies. Close the books for just a bit. As Halloween gets closer, look into the horrors found in the medium of sound. Check out some full cast audio dramas and more in the run-up to this year’s Halloween.

http://www.needlessthingssite.com/2016/10/31-days-of-halloween-horror-of-sound.html

It’s Here…

Posted: September 2, 2016 in Conventions, Dragon Con, Family, Holidays
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