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NEMESIS: a Dave Vs the Monsters Story, by Don Goodrum

Posted February 21 into The Dave by John Birmingham

I've had a few submissions for the collected fantholoy later this year. (Yes, I just invented that word and I like it). Nemesis, by Don Goodrum runs to to more than five thousand words. This is just a taster from the opening pars.

Hero’s Log: Tuesday 2:24am CST

I stand watch over my city. Watching as the night chokes the tiny metropolis in thick dark folds like a blanket or a shroud. Watching as the light from the city fights its way upward like a drowning man fighting the current of a river. Watching as a gibbous moon casts a baleful eye across the stage below, waiting for the show to begin.
Watching. And the city watches back.
I am the Crimson Avatar. Defender of the Weak and Protector of the City of Pensacola, Florida, I patrol these mean streets, stopping crime; turning back evil; making the world-

“Hey, Doug-?”
-making the world a better place. Safer, cleaner-
“Seriously Doug, are you in there? Are you awake?”
And unfortunately, I don’t work alone.
I turned and looked at the person standing next to me on the roof of the Saenger Theatre, overlooking Palafox Avenue. Shorter and slighter than my own chiseled physique, he wore a yellow tunic with red piping and red pants tucked into matching red boots. Top it all off with a red domino mask and his own mop of curly red hair, he looked much like a combination between the original Kid Flash from the comics and the current leather-clad one on TV. A fact I’ve pointed out to him more than once.
“Cameron,” I said in a long-suffering voice. “Wildfyre. Haven’t I asked you at least a million times not to interrupt me when I’m making log entries? And you know the rule; we don’t call one another by our real names when we’re in costume. You’re putting our loved ones at risk.”
“What loved ones? What risk? When was the last time we did anything other than stand up on this rooftop like a couple of morons in their skintight suits telling lies to one another?”
“We stopped that mugger a few weeks ago,” I said, lamely. “And we work in the soup kitchen every Wednesday.”
“That mugger was a panhandler begging for loose change,” Wildfyre snapped. “And dishing up bowls of chicken noodle is not my idea of fighting crime.”
“We just need to be vigilant.” I said, trying to convince myself. “Sooner or later, our time will come. What we need is a purpose, a calling. What we need is a Nemesis.”
“A nemesis? You mean like Lex Luthor or the Joker?” Wildfyre got some kind of alert on his phone and pulled it out of his utility belt to look at it. “We can barely hold our own against a down on his luck alkie with brain rot and you want to go looking for a super villain? Give me a fuckin’ break, Doug.”
“I will not warn you again about the profanity,” I said sternly in a voice that sounded eerily like my mother. “And please do not refer to me by my secret identity.”
I waited impatiently for a response while he focused on his phone. “Wildfyre?”
He had least had the decency to look chagrined as he said, “Sorry Doug-uh, I mean, Avatar,” but it didn’t last. Brandishing his phone in my face, he said, “But have you seen what’s going on in New Orleans? It’s amazing!”
“You know what I think is amazing, Wildfyre? That you’re spending your time watching YouTube videos when you’re supposed to be keeping an eye on this city and its citizens.”
“But you gotta see this Doug,” he pleaded, sticking the phone right into my face. “There are monsters in New Orleans, man. Fuckin’ monsters!”
“Hey! Language, dude,” I barked, snatching the phone from his hand. “I told you, we don’t use that kind of language when we’re in – costume.” By this point my eyes had finally focused on the video in front of me. It was shot somewhere in the French Quarter, apparently; Bourbon Street or somewhere close to it, given the number of Mardi Gras beads everyone was wearing. But verifying the location wasn’t really on my mind just then; I was too busy looking at the hideous Lizard-Man centered in the frame. Standing at least seven or eight feet high, the creature wore what looked like leather armor and chain mail and carried a huge sword he was currently using as a street sweeper to clear the area around him. Fuck.
Hey, I didn’t say I don’t curse. I just don’t curse in costume. Out loud.
“You see, Doug?” it’s those same things they were talking about yesterday from that oil rig. Only this time there’s more of ‘em and there’s pictures!”

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insomniac asserts...

Posted February 21
It is an interesting opening. I'd read more.
I was wondering about story length. Doesn't make me worry so much about 3K and rising.
I also thought the next set was Disappearance or AOT. Is there another Dave too?

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted February 21
Any one of the series will do. If I get enough for three books, great, if not, I'll just bundle them together.

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Bondiboy66 ducks in to say...

Posted February 21
LIKE

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Bondiboy66 asserts...

Posted February 21
LIKE

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DaveC mutters...

Posted February 21
Big ups. Like.

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WarDog ducks in to say...

Posted February 21
You're missing a 'g'. 'fanholoy' -> 'fanthology'.

Do I get the job as your editor now?

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted February 21
Why would autocorrect do that to a poor fellow?

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted February 21
If you Google "fantholoy" it comes up with 4 hits ... and you have three of them, so yes you have just invented a new word.

she_jedi is gonna tell you...

Posted February 21
Outstanding. It's a great word

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NBlob asserts...

Posted February 21
Nice.

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Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 22
V. good.

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w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted February 23
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C5UXIkvVUAAU9lK?format=jpg&name=large

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Ceramic asserts...

Posted February 27
Cool. Very cool.
Speaking of fan stories, JB, are you able to update my text with what I sent you. I'd really appreciate it.

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Project management and the arts

Posted February 15 into Writing by John Birmingham

Just did a really fascinating interview with a project manager. (Surprisingly enough, on commission for a feature in Project Manager magazine). It was fascinating because although this guy came out of the Navy and into mining and marine engineering, almost everything he said was directly applicable to managing a writing career, especially juggling a couple of different projects such as books, columns etc. For once, I'm actually looking forward to transcribing the interview.

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted February 16
Project Managers, for the most part, are Gods Among Men.

Before we were wed, I provided my then fiancee with a process flow chart of relationships so that she would have a clearly defined process of inputs and outputs.

She laughed and ripped in half.

A typical management response.

Leftarc asserts...

Posted February 16
I recently built a wood fired oven, and as I say, I had to PM the shit out of it. There was a schedule, bill of materials (broken down into capex and opex costs) and a risk budget. Mrs/Fin Controller was impressed.

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 17
You still need a stakeholder map and a business change plan. Did you buy beer with the risk budget?

GhostSwirv asserts...

Posted February 23

Rhino reckons ...

"She laughed and ripped it in half"


I imagined the project flow chart of relationships to be as large and thick as a Telephone Book.

I still visualised Better Half of Rhino tearing it shreds.

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jason has opinions thus...

Posted February 16
Part of my full time role is project management. Unfortunately I have been unable to use the skills and experience from this role in the writing process. It's a lot easier to work with paid employees than loved ones when it comes to getting things done.

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Leftarc ducks in to say...

Posted February 16
JB,
Your book "How to be a Writer' is a good book to add to one's PM toolkit. Deadlines, timeboxing, customer engagement/management, and conflicting priorities are all part of a Project Manager's remit (trying to replicate the routine of Hunter S Thompson as you described is more of an aspirational goal though). At the end of the day, if you organise stuff, you are using project management skills. And that is not to demean this dark art, as I am one. Looking forward to reading your interview.

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Surtac mutters...

Posted February 16
What the Rhino said.

Forty years of working in IT has taught me that good PMs are hard to find but are definitely worth keeping and feeding.

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Rhino would have you know...

Posted February 17
I tend to channel Mr. Wolf from Pulp Fiction in my professional life. He is the ultimate PM.

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 17
I'd have pegged Mr Wolf more as a Delivery Manger.

Nocturnalist would have you know...

Posted February 18
Wolf in the Manger.

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Vovchara swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 17
there is no reason why it shouldn't be. Project management is basically management of resources to achieve set goals. No matter if you build bridge, house, road, computer or write a book, piece of software etc. you 've got to have clearly defined end result. And a path to it. And every step on it is an abstract mile stone, pretty much every part of said management is an abstract concept.

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Dirk mutters...

Posted February 18
*nods*

Being one myself (even got a mastersdegree in it) I only can underline that ...

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Ceramic mumbles...

Posted February 20
I've made a project plan for my writing (dare I say it?) career.
Its got basic things like a budget, phases and timeline, but also things for business planning. Future projects, compatable services, marketing plan, and am working on a competative analysis.
I'd love a link for your interview if its online.

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Aaron ducks in to say...

Posted February 20
As a creative person and now dad I can definitely vouch for the benefits of embracing organisation. When I first started in radio my fear was how will I keep generating the content but I quickly learned I had mire to gain from the organisation skills picked up in previous jobs. It's ordering the chaos to allow for some actual work to get done. I am actually doing a degree in project management. I couldn't do it without project management skills!

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Justin is gonna tell you...

Posted February 20
well JB, seems you are onto something here, something about your writing style appears to attract us PM types.
never knew so many of us lurked around this forum.

Here's a bit of PM humor for you;
What is the collective noun for a group of project managers?

A 'Concern'

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Travelers and Van Helsing. (Spoilers)

Posted February 9 into Telly by John Birmingham


I've been following two new shows on Netflix the last couple of weeks. Travelers and Van Helsing. Travelers is the smarter of the two, with a stronger cast and deeper script. It also seems to have more money, given it's clear advantage in production values. But I still enjoy both.

Spoilers follow. (Although mostly conceptual rather than narrative).

Travelers is a simple premise, a reworked cliche of people coming back from the future to prevent bad shit happening. That could be tedious in unskilled hands but it pays off with interest here if you're willing to ignore a couple of difficulties.

The tweak in Travelers is the way they move backwards. Unlike Smith and Cady they don't just conveniently jump into an era. Instead only the conscious mind can travel, and it can only insert itself into the mind/body of another human being, completely overwriting the personality, memories, and life of the previous occupant. For this reason the travelers take over the bodies of people about to die.

The pilot provides a series of WTF mystery moments as this process repeats itself again and again until you figure out what's happening. Things have gone horribly wrong in the far future and it seems all of the dwindling resources of mankind have been devoted to the Traveler program, to sending not just individuals back in time, but whole teams to carry out missions which will change the future and presumably Grandfather Paradox away all the bad mojo.

It could just devolve into a mission of the week series, but it doesn't. One of things that's hooked me is the prosaic difficulties the travelers have taking over the lives of people from hundreds of years in their past. Much of the drama comes not from the purely kinetic adventures, but from the lies they're forced to live and the compromises demanded of them.

It's great. Give it a look.

Van Helsing is different again. Based on a graphic novel it's more gloriously B-Movie inspired, although not as batshit B-grade as, say, Z Nation. A volcanic eruption which blots out the sun allows vampires to come out of the shadows and establish themselves at the top of the food chain. This could set up a standard Walking Dead rip off, except for the eponymous female lead: Vanessa Helsing, a woman bitten and killed in the early moments of the vampire uprising, but one who doesn't turn because of a pre-existing blood disease. Instead she becomes a sort of Buffy/Typhoid Mary imbued with vampire-killing physical skills and, more importantly, blood which is toxic to the biters. It turns them back into humans.

The first couple of eps are a bit wobbly, the acting a little wooden and even splintery, but by about six episodes in, the writers and actors have settled into their roles and it all accelerates nicely. It helps to remember that the source material is a graphic novel and that you should suspend your disbelief just that little bit harder.

But again, it's great escapist fun and well worth bingeing a couple of eps to get into.

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted February 9
Adding them to the list now,

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon would have you know...

Posted February 9
I was looking at Van Helsing but it made it towards the bottom of the list because it looked so cheesy - only so much time and i'm way behind on other stuff. It has been bumped up the list based on recommendation. Travellers i haven't even got around to noticing yet. Hell, i'm still watching Dirk Gently i'm that far behind.

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w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted February 9
Yes, I enjoyed Travelers more than I expected. Action, SF concepts, but with more attention than usual to relatable human drama/melodrama about relationships and, dare I say it, feelings. I liked it.

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Aaron Campagnone mumbles...

Posted February 9
Spoiler for Van Helsing (minor)

Did anyone follow it until the bitter end.....really really poor twists (Mohamed) and silly silly character choices (doc). I think it started strong and then ran out of ideas and just threw the kitchen sink at the plot!!

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted February 10
Have you seen Westworld yet? I want to like it but it has been a slow slog for me.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted February 10
My mother loves that show! I've been meaning to buy it on iTunes because I don't subscribe to the only streamer here.

she_jedi mutters...

Posted February 10
Westworld was incredible, you'll love it

Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted February 11
I find it a bit frustrating, though I love the scenes with Anthony Hopkins and Jeffery Wright (who starred in Ride with the Devil and played Felix in the Daniel Craig Bond movies). However, I do get a bit tired of Ed Harris, an actor I like, with a character I should like, going on about, "The Maze is all that matters now."

she_jedi reckons...

Posted February 12
I found it to be one of those shows were so much stuff like "the Maze is all that matters now" only makes sense in the final episode, where all the disparate threads you've been following either get tied up, or enough other threads get tied up to give you an insight into a particular thread. A colleague watched the whole thing again last week and said that so much of it made more sense the second time around, when he knew where it was going.

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Miss Maudy has opinions thus...

Posted February 10
I've just finished Travelers, and I really enjoyed it. A lot more than I was expecting - proper story and all that and not just drama of the week. I'm hoping for a second series sooner rather than later. I'm watching Riverdale and The Expanse at the moment.

ntwinter puts forth...

Posted March 3
I absolutely loved The Expanse. Very 'true' feeling sci-fi - gritty and down to earth with very believable concepts and characters. Hanging out for season 2!
I'm also 80% through Travelers and found it very entertaining, though I did inwardly groan at the addict character with thoughts of some predictable paths they would take.
If I had to choose I would go The Expanse with a clear win.

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Gutz is gonna tell you...

Posted February 10
+4000 for Travellers.
I thought Eric McCormack needed to find a role far removed from Will & Grace and this is a good fit. I like the little things where they experience every day things that do not exist tine the future. Oh and MacKenzie Porter is Hawwwt!

Van Helsing? its a car crash you cannot help to watch on the off chance it gets better? C'mon it can't get worse!
Z Nation has the silly Zed shtick market locked down, so it does now leave many avenues to go down. Er if they go time traveling zombies? I will drop it like nuclear waste!

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Alien Side Boob archive now open to subscribers

Posted February 3 by John Birmingham

I didn't want to build a website. When I decided to test the waters with a subscriber-only column I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.

That idea crashed and burned on the laser turret defences of a couple of corporate firewalls and Gmail's aggresive spam filtering. Apparently too many clusterfuckturduckens in one email means I'm selling time shares in Nigeria.

So, I built an archive. Or rather, Dan did.

Any ASB subscribers can check out all the back issues at aliensideboob.com

Including today's transcript of how that phone call would have gone if Paul Keating had been PM.

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Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted February 3
Journal friend came up with this beauty Regardless of your politics, or your position on hair tablets/cream, or the condition of your prostate, I think we can all agree that President Trump has a reeeaaally, reeeeaaaaly long bit of hair at the front, that needs to be coiffed over and sprayed into submission, and a short back-and-sides. A kind of 'reverse mullet'. Or, TRullet, if u will. #trullety

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Brother PorkChop puts forth...

Posted February 3
Journo Friend. Not Journal friend. Bloody spellfixer

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted February 3
So its all well and good for arsewombles to spam me with "You have $4683 in your account" scam emails but not okay to receive some sweary copy to subscribers?
Once again its one rule for scam artists and another for those seeking enrichment of the intellect.

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Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 3
Gmail spam terminators may be brutal, but the ones at my uni email address have laser blaster eyes like Bronwyn Bishop. It's incredible what uni will block, all that's left after that purge is little smoking piles of dust whimpering sadly in the trash receptor.

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted February 3
You made ms insomniac lol with the PK phone call

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John Birmingham mutters...

Posted February 3
I've been taken aback by the ferocity of the firewall defences. Hence the site and the FB group

insomniac asserts...

Posted February 3
If you start out with "boob" it probably doesn't matter what you say next

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jl would have you know...

Posted February 4
Luckily, haven't had a single issue with Boob emails. For those of you who haven't subscribed, what are you waiting on? It's well worth the little bit of scratch- my kids can go without lunch money for a while. Their sacrifice was for a worthy cause.

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NBlob mumbles...

Posted February 4
My plucky @hotmail equivilant of a Fairy Swordfish don't have laser defences, rather a moustache to twirl, a natty leather helmet and guts.

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Posted February 5
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Swordfish

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damian asserts...

Posted February 4
I really should subscribe one of these days, I'm sill puzzling out what it is you plan to do one you have my credit card details

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Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 6
The Keating response made me think of Malcolm Tucker from "The Thick Of It" (as played so wonderfully by Peter Capaldi; the reason I could never watch him as Dr Who, because I always expected him to be breaking out the swear stick).

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pitpat reckons...

Posted February 6
Still chortling.

Could I suggest the use of 'shit for brains' and possibly 'rat fucker' if you choose to reimagine the life and times of PJK. I reckon Keating would have used the term 'rat fucker' way before Rudd if and when cabinet got rowdy or the reporters got uppity

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Legless reckons...

Posted February 6
If you want a mailing list service that won't get blocked by Gmail or most firewalls, drop me a line and I'll build you one. Gratis.


I'm a very minor IT godlet who's been around the Net since before DNS was a thing. When you had to type the IP address directly and the web was web 1.0. I've been around.


I've even got a Twitter-bot lying around that I wrote in a fit of rage when my very expensive aircon refused to work at the start of a heatwave. The manufacturer told me they might be able to get an engineer out in about 10 days. So I wrote and unleashed my Twitter-bot.


It sent a message to Twitter using the manufacturer's name as the hashtag every 5 minutes. It used 20 different insults based around how crap their customer service was and then recycled them but added a random 6 digit string to the front of each message. After an hour, it doubled it's output from 30 messages an hour to 60. Next iteration would have been 120. But it didn't get that far. I got a call from the head of marketing asking me to turn off the bit and there'd be an engineer round at 7am the next day.


I did, there was. Aircon fixed.


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Legless swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 6
On firewall madness, I once had the unfortunate job of wrangling a massive mail server with hundreds of thousands of users. We had a terrible, Yank designed, mail gateway/firewall that kept me up late at night. It would block mail and give enigmatic, generic, messages as to why the mail was blocked. When it blocked an entire town council's messages I had to dive deep into the guts of the monster to find out why.

It didn't like Scunthorpe. An unassuming little town in England and who's mail system we were responsible for. All users could send mail internally, to each other, but any and all inbound and outbound mail was blocked.

Profanity.

That was the message in the logs.


Then it dawned on me.


There's a cunt in Scunthorpe.


So I added Scunthorpe to the whitelist and all worked again. But, as I was going through the database of disallowed words or phrases I found:

"Antique farm machinery" as banned.


That threw me. What could possibly be offensive about that?


Turns out it's an insult to black people on the USA.

Nocturnalist mutters...

Posted February 7
I gather that the problem of false positives in filter software is actually known as "the Scunthorpe problem" for exactly that reason.

Finding this out was a cause for some hilarity in my family since my mother is from there.

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Lulu puts forth...

Posted February 7
OT (because Fairfax hasn't enabled comments on today's Blunty): I have to thank you for coining 'Hair Gropenfuhrer'. It's definitely my new favourite.

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Burger Lite

Posted January 31 by John Birmingham

Been a while since we've done one of these check-ins. I've been following Murph's swimming routine, and Jennicki's general awesomeness over on the Book of Face, and every now and then I run into a lean and hungry looking MonsterYuppy on the streets of New Farm. So some of you are fighting the good fight.

Myself, I'm about four kgs overweight and looking to cut that down this year. I had a very heavy publishing schedule last year, getting the ebook business up and running, which meant that I didn't get myself up and running, or lifting weights or doing much of anything that I should have been.

The saving grace? I wasn't drinking last year either, and now that I'm back on the booze, I'm keeping it moderate. I did wonder if that'd be impossible but it turns out that not drinking for a year teaches you how to keep a rein on your thirst.

I've also been grading for my brown belt which has recently meant a lot of ground work and hours and hours of throws. I wish I could wear a fitness tracker onto the mat, but that's verboten so I just have to guestimate the calorie burn. Heaps seems about right. We hit it so hard last Saturday that I couldn't really sleep that night. My body was shaking and aching too much. I felt every one of my 103 years.

Good times.

Now the kids are back at school I'll revert to my usual routine of going to the gym at lunchtime 2-3 days a week in addition to the jujitsu training. Hopefully, with some chicken salads that'll get me back to my fighting weight by winter.

And you?

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Aaron would have you know...

Posted February 2
Two kids under 2.5 years full time work and study means very unfit but always kept a good diet and little booze thank Lordy. Would like to embrace swimming for my aging body so if murph would like to share his tips I am all ears.

Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted February 3
What would you like to know?

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Miss Maudy mutters...

Posted February 2
I have been indulging in mindful consumption and yeah, lost about 6kg without depriving myself of cake and pizza. I've also cut back on the wine, but that was an accident. I nearly need new pants. Or a belt.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted February 2
Six kilos??? Respect!

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted February 2
Still creeping up slowly. Probably about 20 too many. I really need to kick myself in the pants. I will have corporate games later this year so there is some sort of goal. I'm trying no alcohol this year but I don't/didn't drink that much to start with so I haven't noticed yet.

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balri has opinions thus...

Posted February 2
I went back to full time work last May after 7 years of being a stay at home dad. The exercise disappeared and beers became a nightly thing.

After reading your article, I decided to get off the booze for at least six months. I haven't had a drink since NYE and have lost a couple of kilos.

I've also made a commitment to do some form of measurable exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. Usually that's walking but sometimes swimming, running, cycling or kayaking. I missed a day last week when I was sick but apart from that it's going well.

Now I just have to improve my eating which still includes too much crap. I am trying to cut down on my portion sizes though.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted February 2
Yeah, the booze is a fucking killer for empty calories. Delicious empty calories.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon has opinions thus...

Posted February 2
I looked at the scales recently and despaired. Clothes starting to get a bit tight so decided to up the exercise a bit. Which means definitely walking the dogs every day and including something that i never did before: running. Only small sections but there are some hills involved. Watching food a little bit as well. But for a few years now i seem to have a pattern of holding weight through the year - hit the festive months and it jumps up a step. Hold for a year and repeat.

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dweeze mumbles...

Posted February 2
When I was training hard for my brown belt in Yoshinkhan Aikido, I took a year and a half off the grog. I was a hopeless lush before that break but have been able to moderate my drinking quite easily for the 20 years since. Unfortunately, I trashed my knee so badly doing said training that I haven't been back on the mat since. Ooops...
And I'm only 101 old fella.

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jason would have you know...

Posted February 2
Started running after an Achilles injury, Achilles was no problem but I have pulled both calf muscles. My wife tells me it is an old man's injury. I am still eating as much but feeling more guilty. I assume guilt will help with the calories.

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WarDog has opinions thus...

Posted February 2
Swimming for 20 mins every day but still 6-8 kilos over. Have new impetus now that I'm due to become a parent in the next few weeks.

But sill can't shift it.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon asserts...

Posted February 2
My partners doc was saying that swimming is okay as long as you watch what you eat afterwards - as you are immersed in water your body temp is lowered and you get hungrier (as opposed to other out of water exercise). Makes sense but haven't put it to the test.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 3
Whoa, Wardog! Another kid? You're a machine.

Gilligan mumbles...

Posted February 6
In 2011, our impending first munchkin got me on the C25K running app when I realised I was approaching dirigible dimensions with 0 cardio endurance and a family history of Type 2 diabetes and heart problems.

Fast forward and I'm down from about 108kgs to around 86 (86.3 as of this morning) and I can comfortably (for a given value of "comfortable") run 10kms.

Turns out I like running. Who knew?

I keep having moments where I wonder what 20 year old me would think if I told him I'd get to the stage where I consider 5km a quick run. :)

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 6
They're some pretty impressive numbers, G.

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MickH mumbles...

Posted February 2
I had a severe reaction to some antibiotics last year which resulted in me losing nearly 4kgs in a very short period of time. I used that as a catalyst to doing that diet I have always been promising myself. Combine eating a lot smaller meals with moving house of Xmas equals another 2kgs lost.

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Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted February 2
I'm fat, bloated and lazy, and I eat too much. Hot chips are my enemy and since I've discovered the secret to thrice cooked chips, I'm somewhat addicted and heading to the fryer far too often.
Had a salad for lunch. Probably 10 KG overweight and the worst part is that I don't carry it well as much as I might kid myself.
Aside from that I am so much better than last year, its not funny.

NBlob asserts...

Posted February 2
Testify comrade PorkChop testify!

Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted February 3
Testify to the quality of the chippies? Soft and fluffy on the inside, glassy crunchy outside. A little Trinidadian fire salt sprinkled on my bucket full and I am as happy as Donald sitting on a gaudy, ugly, gilt chair.
Testify that this year is already better than last? Easy, the black dog has been banished and I'm no longer having those fucked up cowardly thoughts that men get when well, you know.
Testify to my fatness? Yep, its there for the world to see and I need help. Maybe someone could eat half my chippies?

FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 3
I would put my hand up for that job but i know if someone tried to take half of mine they would lose said hand : )

damian puts forth...

Posted February 3
There are two fish and chip shops across the road from the caravan park at Dickie Beach, but it's only one of them that I still think does the best chips in SEQ. Name of the place escapes me just now. In terms of chips I could only identify as a seeker. Like sex, when they are good they are great and when they are bad they are better than nothing.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted February 4
Dickie Beach eh?

damian mumbles...

Posted February 4
The one closer to the beach. Total mind-blank on the name

NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 4
@BPC All of the above.
Except the Black Dog. Huzzah & huzzah again you've collared that mangy mongrel.
I'm still there.
I had a 'scene' @ work 10/16 that I know has altered the opinions of admired colleagues. >6ft, > 110kg, broad shoulders, beard & bad manners and a face full of tears is not something people respond well to.

jason has opinions thus...

Posted February 4
I have always been of the belief that people understand our problems (we all have some of them) but they judge us on how we handle our problems. The simple fact you are working on it or through it should garner you a monstrous amount of respect from your colleagues and the other people around you. The problem we might face is people not knowing how to show that support.

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted February 4
On the other hand, I think the well-known advice, "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind", is pretty wise advice.

insomniac reckons...

Posted February 4
Been there done that NBlob except no beard and I was so nuts by then I was down to 92kg after losing one a week for a couple of months.
Fuck'em I say. I'm friends with those that cared and not with those that didn't. Keep talking and if you're medicating do that too. You'll get there. I have mostly. I'm in a state I call "happy enough".

damian would have you know...

Posted February 4
">6ft, > 110kg, broad shoulders, beard & bad manners and a face full of tears"

By the grace of dog I'm still a little under 110kg, otherwise this is pretty much me too. But it's a struggle. If you dress like a dandy, hunch your shoulders for the men and for the women throw them back but bend your hips and knees to be a little smaller, you can infiltrate the right sorts of ideas just by not being a threat. Then you also have size as a tool in reserve. I suggest only to use it when sarcasm fails, but that might seem flippant.

NBlob mutters...

Posted February 5
Jason, W, Sleepy & Mr D. Kind words appreciated.
For a man "of the mind" there is little worse than knowing one is being irrational.
But it can be a gateway to compassion for those I have disrespected in the past for their irrationality.

Brother PorkChop mumbles...

Posted February 6
NBlob, I don't know you, wouldn't know if we'd run into or past each other, but I'm with you.
I still get these episodes just thankfully not constant. Friday I attended a funeral for a 21 year old. Incredibly sad of course but what a lass!! Gave me a bit more strength amidst the tears to keep going and to keep getting my shit together, for myself nevermind my kids.
Keep going mate!! Life is for me, all the good bits and fuck the bad bits.

jason swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 6
Pretty impressed by the support being shown here. I'm in Melbourne Australia. If anyone ever feels the need for coffee and a chat I am happy to buy the coffee.

Gilligan puts forth...

Posted February 6
Ditto for Canberra.

I know a great restaurant that has pizza and board games. :)

Don't have the Black Dog myself (that I'm aware of, and I suspect I would be), but I know lots of folks that do and just acknowledging it makes you all mighty. Keep on keeping on, and remember how awesome you all are. :)

insomniac mumbles...

Posted February 6
Jason, that moment has to be one where you could never be more alone, even if, as in my case, I had people who cared around.

NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted February 6
I Caution. Triggers & soppy shit.
.

appreciate, really really appreciate the supportive words, but, when I'm in _that_ place I'd rather sledge-hammer a star picket up my own arse than talk to people. My dogs are good. Best is dark and alone.
I've never considered harming myself, but anything that takes the black dog away would be given due consideration. For me the anger at my inability to pull my shit together fuels it. I know I'm being irrational. I know it's a luxury of a first-world softc0ck. But I just can't throw it.
Stranger still is the SSRI's my Dr prescribed. When dosed up they do fill in the worst depths, but TANSTAAFL, Squid pro quo it clips the tops. Those things that would give one pleasure are profoundly staggeringly Meh. A great meal, a tasty tasty beverage, special grown ups time all meh. I don't like it, so I _With Dr's Advice_ started an exit strategy. Month by month 1 less pill per week. When I got to 3 days between pills I crashed harder than Jimmy Dean. I've never experienced anything like that. Far far far worse than ever I was before medications. So now I'm trapped. I don't like being medicated, but life is unlivable off them. Which, naturally enough gets me down.

I don't want sympathy.
I want you to know how it is for me, so if you know someone else you may have a fraction of an idea of what is going on I their head.

w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted February 6
Are you sleeping OK, NBlob? A psychiatrist I know says he finds poor sleep a regular feature in depression/anxiety sufferers.

NBlob reckons...

Posted February 6
Never have.
Insomnia eats more hairy balls than Corey Bernardi.

jason mumbles...

Posted February 7
Thanks NBlob. Gives me a better insight into what it must be like. Friend of mine is going through this at the moment.

He can't talk about it at all. Just gets very angry very quickly. I know some of the reasons but not all of them.

I know I cant fix it but the desire to help him through in some way is very strong. Understanding how he feels is the first step I reckon.

Gilligan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 7
The desire to help is strong, innit? Most of my mates who run out of spoons follow the blanket-burrito-on-the-couch model, so I mainly try to just touch base and let them know I'm there when/if they want/need me.

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted February 7
Re: poor sleep. With anxiety and depression sufferers, for the well-regarded psychiatrist I know, finding the right pill to give the patient a good night's sleep is pretty much priority one in his treatment.

insomniac would have you know...

Posted February 9
I sleeps ok

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JG has opinions thus...

Posted February 2
Congrats on your year without alcohol and grading for your brown belt, JB. I gave up running after over three and a half years of it almost
four weeks ago. In the running years I ran two full marathons, five half marathons, and other races. Anyway, at age 53, I'm over it as haven't enjoyed running for the past 18 months. I do, however,
practise yoga, strength and core work five or six days a week, and also walk heaps. I'd like to take up swimming again,
probably when I move back to the Gold Coast
in April. Maybe also take up dancing and tai chi or
similiar. I also changed to a vegan diet a couple of weeks ago,
which is going fine. I'd planned and researched this way of eating for weeks before deciding to give this a go. Also into spiritual fitness now with meditation. All good. This is a terrific year for new beginnings.

Joanna

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Lulu ducks in to say...

Posted February 2
I need to lose .... well, let's just say probably the equivalent of a small child or so.

I've been wearing a pedometer for the past couple of months, which confirms that I do a fair bit of walking (6000 - 10,000 steps most days), but this is not enough. I need to get back to the gym, to get fit enough to start seeing a personal trainer again.

Giving up booze isn't an option because I already don't drink anyway. I should probably cut down on the cheese though; and the chocolate. Also the peanut butter (allegedly healthy).

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Rob has opinions thus...

Posted February 2
still hadn't lost the weight from the first kid, when wife had the second one.

Wait no, I was awesome when I had kids, long hair, tanned, slim. 20 years on ... not so much.

so yeah , still over weight, but I have an exhibition in 3 weeks so I might walk down to the opening to work off the wine.

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DaveC reckons...

Posted February 2
This time last year, I was recovering from open heart surgery. It was for an aortic valve issue I'd been born with rather than a heart attack. I'd known since my mid twenties that I'd need an operation when i was 'older.' I inhaled, ingested, imbibed, and deep-fried an awful lot of unhealthy shit for near-on ten years after that. Then kids. BMI calculator said borderline obese. Stupid BMI. Ate carrots and raw broccoli for lunch. Cardiologist described me as getting 'older.' Pooped kale and raw broccoli. Ran. Stupid running. Got exercycle and wrote... and blew shit up on xbox. Awesome exercycle. Started taking the family on bush walks. Survived heart op. BMI calculator's consistently told me I'm a smidgen overweight for the last five years. Totes ok with that. Congrats to Wardog!

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 2
I may have to amend my handle.
I took on the L in Blob to indicate my girth was approaching GreyBeard dimensions. Things have not improved. As mentioned up thread a nightly tipple becomes habit forming. Then compulsory.
I'm beginning to think I need a second L.

On the upside I'm pretty much off the stinkerettes. Pretty simple really, if you don't own 'em you don't smoke 'em.

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted February 3
I'm afraid that the stress of the last six weeks has packed the usual winter gain back onto the carcass.


What I normally do in the pool is about 500 yards, or meters for the rest of you if that is the kind of pool you have. I'll start with a 100 yard warm up, then switch over to sprints. I'm not very good with sprints and I am trying to lose weight so here is what I am doing for that:


-Four sets of 25 fast/25 easy.
-Two sets of 50 fast/50 easy.
-100 yard cool down.


I'd be more aggressive or diligent with swimming a more involved program but the swimming is mainly needed for my lifeguarding efforts. I'm rarely asked or required to swim further since I a not a beach guard.


Otherwise I lift, at the campus gym, at the community center, or increasingly with weights I pick up for a home gym I am setting up.


The next goal on the list, long delayed, is to purchase a bicycle for rides to and from my summer aquatics facility. That is an eight mile round trip and if I do that every day, plus the running around I will do as a lifeguard, that should strip the fat right off.

Bondiboy66 mumbles...

Posted February 6
Naaah no sprints for me, except at Sunday races (50m and 40m - sprinting so my 11yr old son doesn't beat me). I just do a steady 1000m no stopping - the idea (besides knocking off some flab) is to be able to swim out to rescue someone at the beach when doing volunteer lifesaving at Bondi. Do that 2 or 3 times a week, although I've had a break over the school holidays, Mix that up with at least one day in the surf either surfing or body surfing or just swimming about after the nippers kids.

Also get out and cycle about 30-40km at least once a week with the little bloke, either training or following the kids at the cycle club around the circuit.

Eat pretty sensibly, drink too much beer (average one or two most days, maybe 3 or 4 weekends.). Should cut that down. Gave up the durries 2 years back and instantly put on a few kilos that seems reluctant to move. Turning 50 probably didn't help. Still, I'm about 75kg and 180cm so thats still ok, just want to reduce it about 3 kg.

Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted February 6
A thousand in the surf or a thousand in the pool? Either way, I got a lot of respect for that.


I rarely have a need to swim much further than fifty meters and it generally has to be at speed. The sprints help with that. Different working conditions.


My diet, of late, is total shit though. I need to work on it. :)

Bondiboy66 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 7
Nah in the pool. Used to do more open water swimming but its a bit hard first thing in the morning these days. I just go swimming when the little bloke does his squad training. Still get in the ocean some afternoons and most weekends.

Speed is kind of handy for me - but as most rescues are further away that what you might encounter in a pool, along with waves etc, I go for the endurance side of things so I can a) get to the person b) so something to help and c)not require saving myself in the process! Also helps when surfing anyway as per point c).

insomniac puts forth...

Posted February 9
A thousand in the pool isn't too difficult. A slow and steady rhythm is necessary. I haven't been swimming for a while but it usually took me about 250 to settle down into that rhythm. I was so slow I'd cover 500 in 15 minutes, so I was usually swimming for 45 minutes sometimes 60

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Gutz would have you know...

Posted February 3
Hospital + Diabetic diet = 105kg > 90.9kg. "You have esophageal varices and you may explode" Cue better living through fucktons of medication.

Cue a 70% reduction in the bad life (aim for 100% blah blah) even my GP is happy (70% happy) with that.

So now hover round the 90's

Gutz or less Gutz?

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damian mumbles...

Posted February 3
I still occasionally cycle to work, since there are off-road tracks most of the way and dedicated lanes for most of the rest. Job changes have held this sort of unreasonable behaviour down lately though. We're moving office again in the next few weeks too so I'm avoiding getting into that now, but I'm hopeful of finding motivation in cooler months. Of course the actual work pressure and long days makes it hard anyway, but we'll work on that. My next steps are actually simply using a weight set consistently with lunges and squats a few times a week. If I could get my knees and ankles to cooperate, I'd run to work (still a 30-ish km round trip). Course I'm still over the tun, so the knees might have a point. Back in December I re-sprained the ankle I trashed when the Boylans were here the time before last, and it's still kinda recovering.

My 30-ish officemate is currently doing something called F45, which means she's mostly hobbling around on muscles that are more microtear than fibre.

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DarrenBloomfield reckons...

Posted February 3
Yep. Sadly, it's impossible to outtrain a bad diet.

I'm easing in to the no booze thing. And very low carbs. Carbs easier for me than booze - because preferences.

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Blake asserts...

Posted February 4
I can report that brewing your own is not conducive to reducing alcohol intake. I have a lot more self control when shopping then when its sitting there waiting to be drunk. Availability did not help in the first portion of 2016 but i seem to be getting the hang of leaving it in the shed through the week. (Possibly the last batch or so wasn't great)

Keeping a steady exercise routine around the dad business has been a challenge - kindy starts sufficiently late that i'm in at work late at the start of the week and making it up by working late at the end.
The trick might be some alarm clock discipline and kid friendly home exercise on the nights the mrs works.



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Ceramic mutters...

Posted February 6
Ughh I've put on quite a bit of weight lately.
Before that I had a personal trainer for a while, was off the booze for a month, and cut down to about 8 cigarettes a day.
Now i'm smoking more again I've got stuff all energy. A lack of oxygen getting to my muscles. I walk about 6,000 steps a day, which is the one good thing.

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Gilligan would have you know...

Posted February 6
I wanted to run 1000km in 2016 (more than some, less than others). I managed it, but because of my inherent "Bro, do you even math?"-ness, I ended up covering 22.5mk over the 30th (15.5km) and 31st (7km) of December, but by gum I done did it.

In 2017 I'm Chasing the 1000 again, but this time it's all going in a shiny Googledocs spreadsheet so I don't get the numbers wrong. I'm keeping track of run dates, distances, average pace, calories burned, where I ran and, for shiggles, how many bikes pass me vs. how many ding their bells and how many rounds of "Hey, cow!" I get in as I loop around the Dairyflat Road end of Lake Burley Griffin (and how many points I get).

Thus far in 2017 I'm on 17 runs, 127kms covered, and 12122 calories burned (because chips, guys. *chips*!).

Weightier than I'd like, but my average paces are down, so I guess it's swings and roundabouts. And chips.

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Bangar is gonna tell you...

Posted February 6
I ended up at 90Kgs down from a 100Kgs, but not done in a good way ;) They put me on a new med that sent the blood sugars out of control. How high? the meter didn't read it just went HI. With my blood sugars so high I had no appetiete and was barely eating. Part of that weight loss was also muscle mass.

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HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted February 6
Well I am not sure, it might be the FKN GOD thing , it could be dumb luck or hell, it really might be just being pure FKN HAVOCK.

Then again, Dropping from 97 to the now very stable 82kgs could be the following.

1 Dont eat as much for breakfast,
2 dont eat as much for lunch
3 Eat better for eat better for breakfast and lunch.
4 Eat normal for tea and yeah....snack in between.
5 Don't have three stubbies of beer per night.
6 Dont have 3-5-to a fucking bazillion stubbies on the weekend.
7 Restrict week drinking to no consecutive nights and limit that to two beers.
8 Do mild and infrequent exercise.
9 Take up Deer Hunting
10 Take up shooting all sorts of stuff
11 Get walks in at work....... with random frequency and length.


Yeah....reckon it might have something to do with dropping off metric truck load of fkn beer. either ways, pretty happy to be at 82 and if that roams to 85 thats all good.

Bondiboy66 is gonna tell you...

Posted February 7
I'm cool with few beers i.e. 2-3 at a time....but jeez I do like a post work beer and don't like the 'days off' concept! Sigh...must work on that.

Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 8
Well, BB, I'd better not supply a list of happy hours around Bondi.
Really, I don't find it hard having "days off" (AFD's). Although for a while I did develop a habit of having a couple of happy hour quiets after work while devouring books on my kindle.

Bondiboy66 has opinions thus...

Posted February 9
Yeah me too - albeit with actual paper books. The Nelson at Bondi Junction was favoured..$4.50 schooners after 4pm!

FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted February 9
this is my favourite pasttime on friday arvo waiting for my bus home. Pub/beer (or two)/book. A little quiet time before getting back to the madhouse and the kids that day.

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Senator Texas puts forth...

Posted February 9
Coming late to the party. Here's a diet that works and won't break your ass:

Like most diets, all the protein and veggies you want.

Good stuff: eat all the beans you want (black beans, pintos, kidneys, whatever), all the nuts you want, a nice piece of cheese every evening with or after dinner AND 2-3 glasses of red wine every night. Not white wine and not beer or spirits. Red wine. Don't know why this works, but it does. With the beans (or hummus), you don't feel like shit when your blood sugar drops from lack of carbs.

Do not eat: bread, crackers, potatoes, rice, pasta, sweets, etc, except:

Best of all: one day a week, eat whatever you want in whatever quantities you want.

I lost 27 pounds on this one. It works. It's called the 4 Hour Body. Look it up.

You'll lose 2-3 pounds a month after an initial loss of 2-3 pounds in 10 days or so. Going to the gym accelerates the process.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted February 9
This sounds great.

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Quokka asserts...

Posted February 9
Middle age is a time when things like to slither out of the trapdoors of our psyches.
Sometimes it helps to feed the Dog.
i.e. Research that Mediterranean diet can have a significant effect improving isshews with depression.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-31/mediterranean-diet-can-help-in-fight-against-depression-study/8224522
There is a great book on CBT by Sarah Edelman, printed by ABC books, which is a really good tool for digging your way out of anxiety & depression. It's blurry good, I tell everyone to read it.
Hugs, Dog Walkers.

Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted February 11
Depression had me in my teens.


My forties are where I kick that motherfucker's ass.

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Stalin's Hammer Complete. Audio and eBook

Posted January 25 into Books by John Birmingham

The audiobook of the Stalin's Hammer sequence is out! As a big consumer of audiobooks this makes me very happy, and not just for the royalties coming my way. I had a quick listen to the sample, and it seems pretty fucking schmick.

I've also released the complete series in one volume which I've made free for a couple of days so anyone who bought the individual titles can grab a copy without feeling they've been double-charged.

The ebook is everywhere.

The audiobook is exclusive to Audible.

I've also just pulled the lever for a print on demand copy, so that should be available in a couple of weeks. A Girl in Time has done better than I expected in print, especially given the price, so that's an experiment that seems to be working.

If you're not an Audible customer, you can sneakily get the book for free by trying the service via this link.

I'm mostly working on AlienSideBoob and The Cruel Stars at the moment, but a good result for the Stalin's Hammer collection will set up WW 3.1 nicley.

And you know what garauntees a good result?

Reviews.

You know what you must do.

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Brother PorkChop asserts...

Posted January 25
OK, I think I've reviewed the shit out of it all now. And signed up for the booby project thingy.
But a question about the audiobook business. By the sound of it, you have no input into the voice of your books nor anything else? Just sign on the line and watch the bucks roll in?

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted January 25
That's exactly how it works.

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jl reckons...

Posted January 25
Ha. I've been waiting for this moment.

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Surtac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 25
Yeth, marthter. We knowth what to do.

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SAS puts forth...

Posted January 26
5 star review left on UK site, as usual.

Will pick up the audio version next month, will this mean that the rest of AOT will be available on Audible UK soon?

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted January 26
IN fact, yes! My agent has been pushing this forward since late last year. I don't know why the rights were never done in the UK/ANZ region, but it's being taken care of now.

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DaveC ducks in to say...

Posted January 26
Doneburger

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 26
Grazie

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Dirk would have you know...

Posted January 26
The total Hammer is as of yet not available here, but I gave the Girl a five star thumbs up here: https://www.bol.com/nl/p/a-girl-in-time/9200000072733978/

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted January 27
I did the audible thing. I hadn't got around to getting the hammer collection yet (yes yes i know, bad boy). So the audio book is perfect timing. Although i'm not sure how i'm going to go switching from 70 plus hours of listening to sword and sorcery with Steven Pacey pronouncing grimACED to a guns and fists with a US accent. Any tips out there on audiobook change over? Go cold turkey and jump straight in or ease into with something else?

insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 27
I think if you're going from one poorly pronounced subject to an unknown reader and a different subject you should be ok. Your biggest problem would be a similar reading style and/or accent, but then my only experience is going from Crime and Punishment to Cryptonomicon via an hour of some piece of crap chosen by ms insomniac.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 27
I worked today like chump in an empty office. Subsequent bus trip requires reading Bill Gammage's The Greatest Estate on Earth or doing the audiobook. I may have to drown out fellow passengers with earphones :)

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Don Bagert mumbles...

Posted January 29
It's Saturday and I'm surprised that I actually haven't been on Cheeseburger Gothic since Wednesday, thus missing the freebie days. Oh well...

Just curious JB: Did you change "Harry Windsor" to "Harry Wales" in Stalin's Hammer: Rome to line it up with the other parts (as well as events that occurred in OTL between Parts 1 and 2)?

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DarrenBloomfield swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 30
reviewed.

I staretd listeing to the audiobook on Saturday on my run. Even better when read to you by someone else!

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NBlob mumbles...

Posted January 30
I still can't leave reviews, because I haven't spent $X.
I call this out as rank discrimination against tightarses.

NBlob asserts...

Posted January 30
I pimped the hell out of it & ASB on the Farcebook tho.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted January 30
This is why you're my cheapest favourite.

Brother PorkChop puts forth...

Posted January 31
NBlob's alive?

NBlob puts forth...

Posted January 31
Barely comrade, barely.
The reign of Xmas Derp has been punishing.
Had a big boatyboat ride out of Gladstone over New Years. Bad new for scallop fans.

Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted February 1
I hear potato scallops are in trouble as well. White Spot?
Out of Gladstone where the harbour fish are somewhat extreme?

NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 4
No white spot [to date] has only been detected in Logan River. If one doesn't look, one will never find.
Scallops are down to ~%6 biomass. The shell that is being caught shows sign of having been through sizing tumblers at least once. [Think a tube of security screen expanded aluminium mesh, used to sort size, like a sieve.

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted February 4
*no, white spot...*

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Legless mumbles...

Posted February 1
I'm fascinated by your attempts to grope your way forward in the new publishing paradigm. You're doing so much better t

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Blake ducks in to say...

Posted February 4
Picked up the audiobook. My written word consumption has been terrible this year, but i'm burning through the audiobooks and podcasts like noones business. I've got a backlog of JB which goes back to the second Dave and includes the entire Stalins Hammer Series - and yet I've listened to the Nick Earls collection. (It was good, but generally not where my allegiances lie)

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