Thursday, October 31, 2013

We Are Go For NaNo

Sort of.

It's more of an unofficial NaNo-ing.

I'm actually using NaNo to get some K&M episodes finished. Namely the rest of Season Two.

Hence the unofficial-ness of it.

For those of you out there who are really doing NaNo this year--good luck and happy writing.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

In Which We Streamline Stuff

As I pointed out in the "no more dicking around" post, I'm going all super-focus laser beam-y.

I used to blog about gun rights.

No more.

I used to review sci-fi and fantasy audio dramas.

No more.

Back to basics. Back to what I do well.
 
OtherRealms Audio and The Armed Californian are closed and gone.

Thanks to those Readers out there who visited either site and participated in discussions.

Now...let's get back to fictioning.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Randi Rogers"

Randi Rogers - National and world ranked competitive shooter. 

Randi is the winner of over 35 world and national titles.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Random Bits

Site/Blog Changes
Put up a new header logo here and at the main site.

Will also be adding links to other ebook retailers on the blog sidebar.

Rat Queens
From Image Comics. Four foul-mouthed femme fatales kicking fantasy trope ass.
I got a sneak peek at this and laughed my butt off.

Issue #1 is out now. Go get it.

OMG Why?
Finally got to see this.
What a horrible car-crash of a movie. Painful to watch. Laughable, too.

I've said it before and I'll say it here: if you want to make a good B-movie with a monster, take your cues from Tremors.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Release the Cover!

Fellow writer and AWer Joshua Roots has himself a book coming out next month from Carina Press and it sounds like it'll be a helluva read.

Check out the cover:

And a little bit about the book:
The job was simple: decapitate the zombie, get paid, get out. Warlock Marcus Shifter followed the plan perfectly.

The corpse, however, did not.

Now there’s a body on the loose, accusations of illegal necromancy are flying, and the answers are waiting in the perilous alleys between the mortal and paranormal worlds. They’re no place for someone who mostly gave up magic after a childhood accident. And given his tendency to shoot off his mouth and his Glock, Marcus is having a hell of a time digging up more than just bodies.

When an apocalypse-minded megalomaniac threatens Marcus’s family, things get personal. Marcus will have to embrace the magic he’s been avoiding for years—and even that might not be enough to save the world from a hellish demise.


Can't wait to check it out.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Truth About Gun Control

It's right there in the name.

Control.

Oh, they'll dress it up. "Against Violence." "Against Gun Violence." "To Prevent Violence." "To Prevent Gun Violence." "For Public Safety." "Do It For The Children."

Lots of variations.

But the idea behind it is still the same: ban the private ownership of firearms.

They won't say it outright.

But if you look closer at their policies, you'll see it.

And why do they want to ban the private ownership of firearms?

"Firearms contribute to violence," they'll say. "If you own a firearm, then you contribute to violence. But if you remove the firearm, then you remove the violence."

And how do you remove the firearm?

You pass legislation that bans ownership of a firearm.

Sounds reasonable, right?

But what Gun Control Advocates either continually forget or blatantly ignore is the fact that there are people in our society who will not follow those laws. There are members of our population who will disobey.

They're called criminals.

The same ones who burglarize, rob, rape, and murder.

Consider this: there are laws against murder, right?

Yet murders still happen.

Why?

Because someone isn't obeying the law.

What makes a law banning private possession of a firearm more "obey-able" than a law prohibiting the murder of another person?

Why would someone who willingly commits rape, robbery, and murder suddenly say "ZOMG! A law prohibiting the private ownership of firearms. I will continue to rape and rob and murder but I must--simply MUST--follow this one."

When you take a closer look at the issue, beyond the emotional arguments and the scaremongering, you'll find that Gun Control Advocates don't care one whit about punishing those who commit crimes.

They just don't want you, the private, law-abiding citizen, to have firearms.

And that's the truth about gun control.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Girls of S.W.A.T."

From the 2008 Girls of S.W.A.T. Calendar, a special supplement to the November 2007 issue of S.W.A.T.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Anti-Gun Folks Lie

As I mentioned yesterday, today's post will look at a recent anti-gun blog post and I'll show you a very large problem with the content.

The post in question is over at Jezebel. I ran across it a few days ago.

Have a read, then come on back here.

Done?

Great. Let's dive right in.

The problem I'm going to talk about comes right out of the post title and a section further into the post.

First, the title.
America: Where It's Okay to Regulate Women, But Not Guns
By couching the title in this fashion, Ms. Ryan (the author) appears to be implying that in America, guns are not regulated.

She further continues this implication in the following section where she writes:
A normal person with a brain that works would conclude, based on the prevalence of mass shootings by people who should not have access to guns, that maybe some measure should be taken to prevent that from happening. Background checks. Waiting periods. Registries. Assault weapons bans. Something! But the backlash of the gun lobby has been so virulent that in April, less than 6 months after twenty kids were fucking shot to death in Connecticut, the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to pass a law that would require background checks.
Now I'm saying that Ms. Ryan is implying the lack of gun regulation because her words, so far, are doing just that. Her title "tells" us America regulates women but not guns. She then cries out that measures need to be taken to prevent mass shootings and gives a list of such measures because, obviously, no such measures exist. Furthermore, as she "points out" in the last sentence of the above quote, a law that would require background checks was not passed.

Ahem.

Ms. Ryan, you're lying to your readers.

Is it intentional?

Can't tell.

I would've expected Ms. Ryan to do some research into her chosen topic before writing this post. If she had, she would've known guns are regulated in America.

United States Code Title 18 Chapter 44 (18 USC 44) deals with firearms at the federal level. I believe this would qualify as "regulation."

You'll also want to look at 18 USC § 922(t) which deals with background checks for all firearms transfers. In fact, the FBI has a nice overview of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that went into effect in 1993.

1993.

Twenty years earlier.

That's just federal firearm laws. Each state has its own set of laws, too. For instance, New York, where Ms. Ryan hails from (according to her LinkedIn listing), lists its firearm laws under Articles 265 and 400 of the state's penal code. And that's just for the state proper. New York City has its own set of firearm laws.

Not regulated? No background check?

I call "bullshit."

Shall I continue?

Okay.

The next "measure" Ms. Ryan calls for is a waiting period. As she points out:
if you're not stable enough to mentally withstand the agony of waiting a few days to get your mitts on a gun, then maybe you are not mentally stable enough to own a gun
We'll go to New York for this one, since it's Ms. Ryan's neighborhood.

The state requires anyone who wants to buy a handgun to first get a license. Under Article 400 4-a, the licensing officer
shall act upon any application for a license pursuant to  this  section within  six  months of the date of presentment of such an application to the appropriate authority.
Based on this, it appears someone can wait up to six months just to get permission to purchase a handgun.

Hm. I don't know about you but that sounds like a "waiting period" to me.

Keep going?

Sure.

Next up on Ms. Ryan's list--registries.

Section 103(i) of the Brady Handgun Control Act (Public Law 103-159) prohibits the establishment of a firearm registry. (page 7 of the PDF)

'Nuff said on that.

And last, but not least, assault weapons bans.

Did Ms. Ryan forget the Federal Assault Weapons Ban which ran from 1994 to 2004?

And did said ban work?

This is from the NIJ report An Update Assessment of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (PDF), page 97:
the ban’s impact on gun violence is likely to be small at best, and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.
Another from the report First Reports Evaluating the Effectiveness of Strategies for Preventing Violence: Firearms Laws:
The Task Force [on Community Preventive Services] found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes.
and
Results of studies of firearms and ammunition bans were inconsistent: certain studies indicated decreases in violence associated with bans, and others indicated increases.
And by the way, the Columbine shooting took place in 1999. During the Assault Weapons Ban. And one of the guns they had, the Intratec TEC-9, was a banned weapon

There you have it.

I call Ms. Ryan out for lying to her readers in that post. And I just showed how.

Once again I ask: is this intentional?

Or is Ms. Ryan simply ill-informed?

I leave the answer to Ms. Ryan.

Let me also leave you with the following as food for thought...

Ms. Ryan's home state of New York enacted the SAFE (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act in January of this year. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the SAFE Act
stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun
On September 2nd, 2013, a 14-month-old baby was shot and killed in Brooklyn.

Ms. Ryan--shouldn't the SAFE Act have prevented that?


Saturday, September 21, 2013

In Which I Let My Flag Fly

Given certain recent events in the news, I have decided to come clean.

Yes. It's true.

I'm here to tell you all that I'm a Gun Rights Activist.

For a long time I've blogged about gun rights at two blogs--The Madman Raves and, later, Confessions of An Armed Californian (shortened, also later, to The Armed Californian).

Keeping multiple blogs, however, takes up precious energy and time. Therefore I am consolidating my efforts and posting such opinions on this blog.

And since mass shootings always seem to bring out ill-informed pundits who feel they must lump me in with such monsters, it's time to fight back with informed punditry.

In tomorrow's post, I'm going to look at a recent blog post I came across and I'll show you a couple of problems with the content.

Incidentally, if you want a great overview piece on gun control, I point you to fellow sci-fi author Larry Correia's blog post on the subject.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "The Ticket Chicks"

The Ticket Chicks go shooting.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Wisdom of Wendig

Ran across this beaut of a post at Chuck's Place: 25 Steps To Becoming A Self-Published Author

You should go read it.

Then bookmark it for repeated reading and referencings.

Since I am also an author-publisher, this is awesome information to have and to use.

I'll be employing it as part of my strategery.*

Besides, I like Chuck's advice.

Chuck taught me to squirt my grapefruit.**


*Yes. I did just use the word "strategery." Fear not. I am a professional.
**The first time I did, though, I think I missed the point. I have since learned.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Julie Golob"

Julie Golob - Champion. Hunter. Author. Veteran.

Julie is captain of Smith & Wesson's shooting team and is the winner of over 120 championship titles in seven different action shooting disciplines.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Agent Hill"

 Agent Maria Hill - The Avengers

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Zoe"

Zoe - "Firefly"/Serenity

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Sarah Torrance"

 Sarah Torrance - The Last Stand

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Xena"

Xena - Xena: Warrior Princess

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Rally Vincent"

Rally Vincent - Gunsmith Cats

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Firearm WTF-ery

Going back to yesterday's post...

First of all, let me just say that I am looking forward to seeing this short.

Having said that, I'm gonna gripe about the above illo.

Notice something bad?

Go on. Have another look.

Still stumped?

Here. Lemme show you.
Yeah. That's right.

She's got her finger on the trigger.

For someone who oughta know firearm safety, Agent Carter is being extremely careless.

Rule #3 of Firearm Safety: Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

In that pose, Carter is in no way ready to shoot.

Unless she plans on shooting the ceiling.

This, Dear Readers, is just another example of Hollywood-style gun handling.

Translation: this is bad.

I've griped about this before.

I'll probably gripe about it again.

Shame on you, Hollywood.

/rant

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Women With Weapons Wednesday: "Alice"

Alice - Resident Evil: Extinction

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

In Which I Remind Myself...Again

I did this before. Last year.

I believe I need to do it again because for one reason or another, I manage to forget.

I. Write. Escapist. Fiction.

Yes. Escapist fiction. Brain candy. A literary popcorn movie.

I have no intention of exploring life's great unanswered questions or commenting on politics or social justice.

No.

I'm here to write feel-good action movies on paper with running gun battles, big explosions, buddy comedy patter, chills, thrills, and spills.

I'm here to entertain you.

That's it.

If you're looking for something more, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place.

(photo: juliaf/stock.xchng)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Progress Notes: Once More Unto The Breach


KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #208
We are at
3,554 / 6,000
and on hold while I take a step back and work out some plot details.

Jericho Thingie Compilation
As previously reported, this has been compiled.

Moving to formatting.

Pulp Adventure Yarn
A tip of the hat to Indiana Jones.

Still working out the details but it's more or less ready to go. Probably the next project following Episode #208.

Military SF Yarn
Still in the planning stages. Also, some necessary worldbuilding.

Not quite yet ready. Leaving it to percolate some.


(photo: abcdz2000/stock.xchng)



Friday, July 5, 2013

In Which We Do New Bloggy Things

UPDATED: 9/10/13

Since I've just made it clear that things are now moving in a new direction (and by "new direction" I mean "no more dicking around"), it's time to get clear about what this blog is supposed to do.

In addition to being a place for release announcements (yes, there will be upcoming releases), informational posts, and the occasional soapbox post, I'm also planning some ongoing-type content. I'm going to thank my fellow AWer, Kricket, for giving me the idea based on this post from her blog.

Here's the plan...

MONDAY PROGRESS REPORT: Every Monday I'll post a progress report on the current projects. It'll cover word counts, new things in the Writing Hopper, and various other writing observations.

WOMEN WITH WEAPONS WEDNESDAY:
Since I tend to write about ass-kicking women who wield a wide variety of lethal implements, I figured I would showcase such women on the blog. Ergo, every Wednesday will be Women With Weapons Wednesday.*

And there you have it.

Okay...back to work for me.

*Yes, this is much like the old "Chicks With Guns" feature I ran a few years ago. I'm just bringing it back, y'all.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!

"Here's to America's colors, the colors that never run. May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather."

Have a great 4th of July, Folks.


(photo: The Expired Meter)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

In Which There Is No More Dicking Around


UPDATED: 9/28/13

A few days ago I had a revelation.

No matter how much or how often I try to reinvent myself, I inevitably come back to being one thing.

A pulp writer.

It's time to stop dicking around and accept it. No more dilly-dallying. No more taking down walls, putting walls back up, moving furniture, moving furniture back, painting, repainting, re-repainting.

Nope.

Just come to terms with being a pulp writer.

Everything else is negligible.

Now...having said that, let's get back to work.

And by "back to work," I mean "write more KAT & MOUSE."

(photo: fcl1971/stock.xchng)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hello...

...my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
*   *   *

Well...no.

Not exactly that.

But "hello" just the same.

My name is Abner.

I own a mansion and a yacht.

*   *   *

No.

Not any of that either.

Hi, Folks.

I'm Abner.

And I'm hooked on phonics.

*   *   *

Hm.

Let's try that one more time.

*   *   *

Hi, Folks.

I'm Abner.

And I'm a voice actor.

Welcome to the blog.

Again.

If you've been here before, you'll notice things have changed. A bit.

If you're new here, welcome to the madness.

Follow me on my voice acting journey.

Along the way we'll travel down to the depths of my mind and up into

(You have been sufficiently warned.)


ETA: Change in plans, Dear Readers.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

In Which Entities Continue To Comment

AUDIO DRAMATIST: Lookit that up there.

AUDIO DRAMA REVIEWER: Yup. Full change. You see the main site, too?

AD: Yeah.

PULP WRITER: Circle, guys. Circle. Remember?

ADR: I know, I know. It's just...

PW: Just what?

ADR: Disconcerting. A little.

PW: He's disconcerting. You should be used to it by now.

ADR: I'm...not.

AD: Me either. I still get nauseous.

PW: (snort) Rookies.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In Which Entities Commiserate

ADR: He's doing it again.

AD: What?

ADR: He's flipping.

AD: Where?

PW: What are you two babbling about?

ADR: There. Look. At his website.

AD: Oh yeah.

PW: Ah. Gotcha.

ADR: See? Flipping again.

PW: Can't really say I blame him.

AD: Why not?

PW: Having known him the longest, I'd say it's pretty much par for the course.

AD: The longest? Now look here. I was there when he wrote his senior project.

ADR: And I was there when he was sitting at that desk at the foot of the bunk bed listening to Star Wars on that old radio/cassette recorder. Remember? Not to mention when he picked up that single cassette version of the Hitchhiker's Guide radio drama.

PW: But where you there when his mom and dad got him the ventriloquist dummy and his dad introduced him to Mel Blanc?

AD: Uh...

ADR: Well...

PW: And where you there when he tape-recorded the audiotrack from the Starvengers cartoon (aka Getter Robo G) off Showtime and played it over and over and over and mimicked each of the characters? Or see his face when he and his friends recorded the audio track for his cheesy no-budget kung fu short film?

ADR: Hm. You have a point.

AD: Agreed.

PW: Besides, when he launched his self-named website, do you remember what he started with?

AD: Oh yeah.

ADR: Yeah, I remember.

PW: (laughs) I didn't even show up on the page until December of '09!

AD: Really? Even though he's been scribbling since--

PW: Yeah. Even though that.

AD: Wow.

PW: I wasn't kidding.

ADR: So it's not flipping.

PW: Or flopping. He just keeps circling back. Ever since that first class in, what was it, late '97? '98? And then the other classes with Elaine and Terry and Kathy and all.

ADR: Wasn't that around '01.

PW: Yeah, around then.

AD: Twelve years.

PW: Fifteen, sixteen. If you count that first class.

AD: You think you'll eventually get ousted, PW?

PW: Doubt it. He'll still be scribbling. Mine will probably be slow-going, especially if the status of the serial is any indication. ADR over there gets more play than I do.

ADR: He does enjoy these.

PW: His odder scribblings, too. And his rights rants. I think he's actually more suited to sounding off but don't let him hear you say that. He'll deny it. Flat out. Whatever works, y'know?

AD: Hey--you think he's listening to this?

PW: Probably not. We're in his subconscious, after all.

AD: Good point...

ADR: By the way, PW--sorry about knocking you out and throwing you in the broom closet.

AD: Yeah. Me, too. For using that plunger.

PW: It's done. No worries. Tell you the truth, I kinda expected it. Just don't let it happen again.

AD: You weren't out for long, were you.

PW: Excellent powers of recovery.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Shifting Focus

Methinks the fiction well is down near empty.

Which is probably why the Audio Drama Reviewer knocked the SF Pulp Writer over the noggin' and stuffed him in the broom closet.

Time to let him refill the tanks.

Ergo, we turn and shift toward non-fiction-y things for a while.

And that means sci-fi and fantasy audio drama reviews.

Follow along at OtherRealms Audio.

Random things will continue at this location.

(photo: code1name [Abdulaziz Almansour]/stock.xchng)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

In Which Entites Clash Again

The Audio Drama Reviewer has just knocked the SF Pulp Writer unconscious with a belaying pin, hog-tied him, and stuffed him in the broom closet.

And locked the door.

Hold on tight, Folks.

Things are gonna get a little bumpy around here...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Going Silent For A While

Real Life is intruding in a big and a not very nice way.

I'll be back when I'm able.

For those following Kat and Mouse, the current story will finish running its installments. And then the serial will be on hiatus until further notice.

Hope to see you soon.