Christopher

  • Yogizilla posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Aw SNAP! Someone is being social on our site. Chris, thanks for taking those little steps that our fellow slackers seem to be scared to do. Bwahaha! @deathofnation – yes, you can tag people across the site. Don’t forget to add your social feeds and connect your accounts. We’re doing big things here, friends! =oD

  • SATURDAY NOON ET: GANG’s #DoctorWho Podcast: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode 5

    Tune in Saturday, September 20th at noon ET (Saturday, September 13) for a friendly live chat experience of TWTT Ep. 5 on http://www.twitch.tv/geekyantics or http://www.allgames.com.

    September 20th. Noon. That’s 9am for the U.S. West Coast, 5pm for London and 7pm, Bucharest.

    Silence


    Are you afraid of the dark?

    Does fear hold you back or strengthen you?

    What are your greatest fears?


    Call in and tell us: 1.206.415.4987 (add 00 if calling from outside the US)

    Tell us in the live chat during the show: http://www.allgames.com/live

    Or email us: mail@geekyantics.net

    Yomar Lopez
    Yogi got the Beats by Dre

    Stan Faryna

    Geeky Stan - OMG Face


    Listen to Episode 4 and ponder the Doctor like you never pondered him before.

     
    Part One: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Four (#TWTT EP 4.0)



    Part Two: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Four (#TWTT EP 4.5)


     
    Part Three: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Four Extra (#TWTT EP 4.X)



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    • I have toiled with the notion of fear.. I think it is a thing of beauty. Certainly, it is central to human nature or at least our psychology and motivations.

      I think about the portrayal of heroes as fearless, perhaps superhuman characters and it makes me face palm a bit. Fear helps us reach new heights. Fear motivates us to grow and connect with others. Being fearless, then, could be seen as inhuman.

      True courage is not being devoid of fear, it is identifying and facing fear. Perhaps that is what they are setting up for the Doctor? To me, that is beautiful. Understanding fear and really coming to terms with it breeds compassion, awareness, and appreciation of a whole new caliber. Is that not beauty? When we fear, we can stop to take a moment to take things in. We reflect, we observe, we become more in sync with our true selves.. That is, if we do not allow that fear to shut us down.

      Fear of the dark or silence, which go hand in hand in my mind, reflects a most basic human need: the need for warmth. Being alone, cold, isolated.. That is scary to me. I can’t think of any living being who could thrive, not just survive, alone.

      The Doctor did something brave in revealing his deep-seated fear of the dark. Sure, he required some hand holding but he still go there. It was a beautiful revelation but now he needs to really face the fear.

      I’d say the focus on fear highlights just how lonely and distraught the Doctor really is. He’s a tragic hero. Let’s just hope he does not wallow in that tragedy. That pain has to be transformed into strength and deeper, warmer human connections.

      This is where the companion-Doctor dynamic is so crucial. We need to see that empathetic, symbiotic relationship at work. We have come to expect that from the series. They really need to step things up now.

      I can relate to the Doctor. I try not to allow the darkness or silence to creep up on me or drown me. I like to listen to podcasts or music while I work. Even as I attempt sleep, I enjoy a little white noise. It is good to enjoy the silence and unplug sometimes. Meditation is huge.. But one can’t allow regret and doubts to take over during those moments.

      Maybe the Doctor is avoiding his own regrets, fears, and doubts.. Perhaps that is why the darkness had him so uneasy. Think about the Silence, one of the Doctor’s greatest foes.. They personify that emptiness and unrest that comes along with darkness and silence.

      There’s something there… What do you all think?

    • Looking forward to timey wimey episode 5

      • Me neither, Gabriela! Still much more prep and testing to do. It’s gonna be a busy night! I’m fearful yet excited and optimistic!

        (See what I did there? *wink*)

  • Road Rage of Aquarius


    FlasFiction


    by John Magnet Bell
    @startyournovel
    John Magnet Bell

    Karl Kustom Corvette Coupe 1960 Style 2


    You drive too fast, Malcolm, and you hate everyone. You refuse to acknowledge this is a problem. 
    “Shut up, car,” said Malcolm.
    Warning: You’ve exceeded your monthly minutes of manual driving. Lock steering wheel in 3, 2…

    “Override. 4167 B.”

    Warning: Seven manual-drive vehicles detected.

    Malcolm’s middle finger itched already.


    ###

    Notes

    Yes, I got my title from The 5th Dimension song, “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in” and yes, I watched The 40-Year-Old Virgin and had a good laugh, loved that they included this song at the end of the movie.The astrological Age of Aquarius is the age of electricity, computers, democracy, humanism, rebellion, nervous disorders…… I look forward to the Age of Capricorn.

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    About John Magnet Bell
    John is a professional translator, writer and photographer. He writes about writing and he writes unconventional flashes of fiction at his website, Start Your Novel. Why? John explains his passion here.
    Twitter: @StartYourNovel
    Google+: JMBell
    Tumblr: http://johnmagnetbell.tumblr.com/
    Website: Start Your Novel

    Please support John so that he can keep writing epic prompts! You can buy his shocking art at society6: http://society6.com/johnmagnetbell

    The Next Step by John Magnet Bell

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    • Aquarius can be trouble! I picture tidal waves. Water can be calm but there is a slow build up that eventually leads to a giant crash. Perhaps all the technology and logic we immerse ourselves in will betray us in the end. That could be said about social media. Here’s something that can bring so much good but it is often adulterated and abused.. Shame.

      So, what would the Age of Capricorn bring?

    • Capricorn will be dangerous!

  • Best Ever DoctorWho Podcast: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Ep. 3 with @yogizilla @faryna




    What is Doctor Who? Doctor who?! In Episode 3, we catch noobs up with some explanations. We go deeper into Doctor Who Episode 2, Into the Dalek. We share some of the comments you left on YouTube. We play our first submission for the Soft Kitty song contest. We also share fantastic news. 

    Tune in Saturday 9am ET (Saturday, September 13) for a friendly live chat experience of TWTT Podcast Episode 4 on http://www.twitch.tv/geekyantics or http://www.allgames.com.



    The Doctor has unleashed a shiny, murderous and stalwart champion unto the universe.

    What was the Doctor thinking?

    Even the “enlightened” Clara didn’t give a second thought to Rusty rolling off into the sunset. With weapon systems, fully charged.



    Timey-Wimey Tea Time Recap

    This episode Yomar Lopez and Stan Faryna go deeper – they gush over the YouTube comments for Timey-Wimey Tea Time, they contemplate beauty, they read some poetry, and, heck yes, they rock.

    Good news: Derrick Hopkins of All Games is bringing the Timey-Wimey Tea Time to the big league with a hot Saturday slot try out.

    All Games is an online, game community and podcast network founded by Scot Rubin. In fact, All Games is a pioneer podcast network and has a huge audience for it’s long list of successful podcasts including Video Game Outsiders, Zombie Cast, The B team, Dead Pixel Live, Agents of Shield, Knuckleballer Radio, and many more.  We’re excited and fueled by the momentum of the rail gun action. But we can’t do this without you, your love, or your fantastic support.    


    Yomar Lopez (aka Yogizilla) does some explaining. About the Doctor. About where we are in Doctor Who Series 8. About Episode Two, Into The Dalek.

    Doctor Who is a 50 year + , BBC, sci-fi television series about a funny, little man that travels all of time and space. With a little help from his – mostly earthy- companions.The Doctor, that’s his name, has worn more than a few faces – thirteen to be exact – over the years, but regardless of the face or accessories (scarf, bow tie, ref fez, robotic dog, etcetera), the Doctor remains the same loveable and intelligent alien-man, popping about in a wheezing, blue, police call box, called the TARDIS.  The TARDIS is a time machine. A space ship. And almost a world unto itself. Hey, it’s bigger on the inside!

    In Series 8, The Doctor is not the Doctor. But he is! This is the (arguably) twelfth regeneration. He’s no longer a hipster-ish, floppy-haired boy toy as he was when portrayed by Matt Smith. The Doctor’s face and body change with each regeneration. Now, he’s the sexy, mature gentleman – gray hair, severe eye brows and tailored attire from an overpriced shop on Hyde Street. This is the Doctor that supposedly makes no mistakes. Or less mistakes. This is the Doctor that maybe fixes past mistakes.

    Will he be a dangerous Doctor? Or a fatherly Doctor? Or both? Or something else?

    Stan’s two cents

    Doctor Who is one of the most enjoyable and intriguing mysteries of geek culture. And that’s why we talk about it. Because the Doctor captivates our collective Geek imagination. He reminds us of what’s best about us. And the worst. And how we must face our fears, our inescapable loneliness, and great challenges with courage, intelligence, compassion and a decisively good will.


    Yomar and Stan answer a question put them by a fan on YouTube. What were their favorite regeneration scenes?

    Stan:

    Looking up at Rose, the Doctor says, “I just wanted to tell you that you were fantastic. But, you know what. So was I.”Then Eccleston becomes the silly and sometimes petulant school boy that thinks he’s a man. Err, I meant Tennant.

    Yomar:

    “I don’t want to go,” Tennant bemoans.Then Tenant becomes the handsome monkey from outer space. Err, I mean Matt Smith.“I’m a girl,” exclaims the Doctor as he feels his floppy head of hair.


    Yomar and Stan also share some of the love the Timey Wimey Tea Time podcast is getting on YouTube and elsewhere.

    emiliogomez:

    Puedo oír los tambores. El Maestro está por venir. Puedo oír los tambores.

    Scarlett Beane:

    What did you think about the rogue Dalek? Why did the doctor let him go?

    @KlaudiaJurewicz

    @Yogizilla @Faryna so far so good! #megusta your #twtt lol

    @NadiaLamadridTea time! 🙂

    Tell us (@Faryna and @Yogizilla) how much and why you love the Timey-Wimely Tea Time on Twitter and we’ll post it in our recap with a little link love.


    And then there was poetry.

    Yomar read the last lines of Maya Angelou’s poem, Alone. It reminds Yomar of the Doctor’s travels, companions, and the dark threads being spun in Series 8.

    Now if you listen closely
    I’ll tell you what I know
    Storm clouds are gathering
    The wind is gonna blow
    The race of man is suffering
    And I can hear the moan,
    ‘Cause nobody,
    But nobody
    Can make it out here alone.
    Alone, all alone
    Nobody, but nobody
    Can make it out here alone. 

    Stan recited Juan Ramón Jiménez’s poem, I am not I. He says it reminds him of the Doctor, regenerations, and the different faces worn by the Doctor.

    I am not I.
                        I am this one
    walking beside me whom I do not see,
    whom at times I manage to visit,
    and whom at other times I forget;
    who remains calm and silent while I talk,
    and forgives, gently, when I hate,
    who walks where I am not,
    who will remain standing when I die.

    SOFT KITTY SONG CONTEST


    Hearthstone Throw Pillow

    Yogizilla is having a little trouble getting the sleepy time. So we’re asking you to help him out by singing Sheldon Cooper’s favorite lullabye, Soft Kitty. Call in and sing your best Soft Kitty in the Geeky Antics voice mail.Three Soft Kitty singers will get an EPIC Hearthstone plushie pillow. Yogizilla will choose the winners on October 25th. When you call in to sing, leave us your email address (we won’t go public with it) so we know who to contact when the winners are chosen. 1.206.415.4987Don’t know the lullabye? Go here. 

    Listen to the podcasts and know beauty like you never knew it before.

     
    Part One: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Three (#TWTT EP 3.0)



    Part Two: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Three (#TWTT EP 3.5)



    Part Three: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Episode Three Extra (#TWTT EP 3.X)



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    • Come to think of it, the Doctor is more of a man-alien right now than an alien-man. Episode 3 proves this. SPOILERS! The twelfth Doctor proves that size doesn’t matter as he faces off against Robin Hood to defend his strength. Then they play footsies and argue like a married couple. So, Is the Doctor’s strength his intellect or his ego? It feels like more of Column B here. Such petty human behavior! *SMH*

      • Are you saying he needs to find his manliness? 😛

        Tennant had more than a few scenes where he leaned more toward ego than intellect. This noise is, perhaps, merely the autobiographical defects of the writer.

        • This is true.. But we are seeing these themes amplified now. I think its too much too soon. New direction is a nice thing but please ease us in. 8)

    • I went deep on the concept of the lonely Doctor but iOS support for WordPress apparently sucks. It ate my comment! I guess we will have to wait for #TWTT to go deeper! =o)

      • WordPress has outlived it’s usefulness to humanity.

        • I still like it. Its more reliable and less of a time sink than comparable Joomla or Drupal alternatives. I am hesitant to upgrade to “Benny”. I wonder how it will impact things. Gonna have to do a full server image so we can roll back if need be. =oP

    • Great show, guys!

      • Thank you! This weekend is going to be even more EPIC.. I’m binging on Doctor Who again.. And Amazon Prime has tons more free content on there, including all the Tennant and Smith specials!!

        Gotta get set up for AllGames.com streaming and do some testing. I guess it will be another early Saturday morning. w00t!

  • Flash Fiction: Elyria in February by @emmasuzieq

    FlasFiction

    by Emma Harper
    @emmasuzieq
    Emma Harper

    Ketel One


    Scott and Lisa rang in their first Valentine’s Day at an all-you-can eat sushi joint in Elyria, Ohio. It was their second date. Lisa took two shots of Ketel One from a dixie cup in the bathroom first to calm her nerves. She felt much better after that.

    Scott threw up in the bathroom right after they ordered their food. Lisa thought he had snuck off to ask the waiter to bring a special dessert later on.

    Occasionally during dinner Lisa would get self-conscious and purse her lips because she thought it made her face look prettier. Scott thought perhaps she had bitten the inside of her mouth, the poor thing.

    Lisa was confused when dessert never arrived. She proposed that they stop for ice cream on their way home because she had gotten herself so set on the idea. Scott figured it was to numb the inside of her cheeks.

    They shared mint chocolate chip and coconut and the hope that the other would always find them that beautiful.


    ###

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    About Emma Harper
    Emma Harper, called “incorrigible” by her brothers on repeated occasions, is a writer of short fiction and essays, and a firm believer in hydration.

    Twitter: @emmasuzieq
    Website: http://www.emmaharper.co/

     

  • Best Ever DoctorWho Podcast: Timey-Wimey Tea Time Ep. 2 (A SURPRISE Show) with @yogizilla @mattomcfly @faryna




    The 12th Doctor is going to rock it or not. If Capaldi doesn’t get the training wheels removed in the next episode, there will be dissent and dismay. But episode two of Season 8 had more than a few surprises beyond a yet limping Capaldi and not least of them, Moffet whipped out the Aristotle and threw down the existential gauntlet.

    Tune in Saturday noon ET (9am Los Angeles and 5pm London) for a friendly live chat experience of TWTT 4 on http://www.twitch.tv/geekyantics


    Inconceivable! The Doctor Who community has more enthusiasm than any other we know. 1,100 Retweets of our latest Twitter post for Episode 2 of the Time-Wimey Tea Time podcast. We’re feeling the love – big time.

    ..
    “Moffet whipped out the Aristotle and threw down the existential gauntlet…”
    Are we talking serious philosophy? Or was Moffet just name dropping?


    Moffet went deep. It flew way over our heads. At an altitude of 100k feet.



    Timey-Wimey Tea Time Recap

    This episode, Matthew BradfordYomar Lopez and Stan Faryna talk about lots – favorite YouTube comments for Timey-Wimey Tea Time, favorite Doctor(s), the art of writing, easter eggs, Missy, Rusty, Aristotle and more.     

    Matthew Bradford of the ZombieCast podcast makes an interesting point about the apparent problem of Moffet’s easter eggs and overarching story lines. The rewards are cheap and paltry – he suggests. Yomar slays those awkward silences that emanate from Stan’s peaceful center and keeps the unscripted, enlightened conversation bouncing off the walls.


    Stan Faryna goes deep and explains the Aristotelian philosophy that underpins the Rusty story in Into the Dalek:

    Don’t we have better things to do than think about Aristotle? Maybe not. The transcendentals (Beauty, Goodness and Truth for example) represent that happiness which we all pursue. Ultimately, these are the things of which human happiness consists.
     
    Rusty experiences beauty, then goodness, and, ultimately, truth. And for a moment, a murderous Dalek ceases to be a monster. Even if only for a moment.

    Rusty

    Rusty


    As Aristotle explains, each of us seeks beauty, goodness and truth – knowingly or unknowingly. Without exception. With hunger and thirst!

    We may be confused about our own motives. We may be mistaken about what happiness is. Or  how we shall obtain it. But an honest self-examination always reveals the inescapable gravitational pull at the center of the human drama – the want for beauty, goodness and truth.
     
    And there is only one sure road to the transcendentals – Love.

    Like the Beatles sing it, love is all we need. Not money. Not fame. Not power or the power to make people do what we think they should do.


    Last but not least, Yomar Lopez and Stan share some of the love we’re getting on YouTube.

    Klaudia Jurewitz writes:I like strong female characters on Doctor Who. Finally we’ve got equal characters that Doctor can work with. That being said I still don’t get Clara and her attitude when the regenerated Doctor looks older than the previous one.Pati Ambar writes:Una de las cosas que me ha decepcionado el doctor Who es que no hace lo que la ciencia ficción tiene que hacer. Lo que estaba destinado a hacer. No se refiere a los desafíos de nuestro tiempo y de nuestros tiempos son preocupantes. La corrección política no es el mayor problema de nuestro tiempo. Los problemas de la comunidad LGBT no son nada comparado con la decapitación y la discriminación de los cristianos en Siria, Irak y Egipto. Ébola es aterrador. Las cosas que suceden son diferentes a todo lo que la humanidad ha visto jamás en la historiaDirk Mattheus writes:I started to watch Doctor Who because of you guys. Thanks.borjetanumero1 writes:Uno de los problemas de Capaldi es que él es un hombre mayor que carece de las cualidades de un hombre de experiencia, la inteligencia y la compasión. Se debe actuar con decisión, sopesar sus acciones con un fuerte sentido de la responsabilidad y tener la sabiduría para sobre llevar la situación.Melanie writes:Love your show!


    SOFT KITTY SONG CONTEST

    Yogizilla is having a little trouble getting the sleepy time. So we’re asking you to help him out by singing Sheldon Cooper’s favorite lullabye, Soft Kitty. Call in and sing your best Soft Kitty in the Geeky Antics voice mail.Three Soft Kitty singers will get an EPIC Hearthstone plushie pillow. Yogizilla will choose the winners on October 25th. When you call in to sing, leave us your email address (we won’t go public with it) so we know who to contact when the winners are chosen. 1.206.415.4987Don’t know the lullabye? Go here.

    Listen to the podcasts and know beauty like you never knew it before.


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    • Wait, w0t? I am judging the contest??

      I think we should put the contest up to community vote. Most will want to participate but may not want to sing. It’ll be more fun that way.. And then there’s no hard feelings or suspicion if I pick people I happen to like or whatever.. Or we can come up with a more objective criteria.

      Either way, more Soft Kitty contest details are forthcoming! I’m also going to get a poll up so we can get a more formal decision on the best time slot to do live shows.

      #TWTT will be live on Saturdays, likely in the early afternoon so we can accommodate our global audience and make it easier on people that sleep in (or had too much to drink the night before). We’ll stream on Twitch, as usual. We *WERE* thinking about Google Hangouts ON AIR but, seeing how Google screwed with our channel recently, we’re going to be extra careful about relying *TOO* much on YouTube.

      http://twitch.tv/GeekyAntics

      Be sure to check out Stan’s Fan Page, especially those of you who LOVE his voice (I do too). He’s been promoting #TWTT hard.. So let’s give back to him with some extra love, you brilliant #Whovians YOU!

      http://www.facebook.com/Faryna.FanPage

  • The Revelator

    Short Story

    by Chris Gannon
    @deathofnation
    Chris Gannon


    J.S hurried around the corner, the sound of sirens echoed down the dark, deserted streets behind him. He didn’t mean for it to happen but it just did. Now was not the time to think about that. He had been running since it happened. If he wanted to see Helen again, he had to keep going.

    He rounded the next corner. Water splashed as his leg sank into a puddle. It had been raining when it happened. Now, dark ominous clouds stalkedoverhead. The sirens were louder now and J.S could feel their devilish eyes upon him. Quickly he turned and sprinted down an alley. 
    His feet slipped on wet newspaper as he rushed down the dark corridor. They must have seen him slip down the alley, because the sirens grew louder and bolder. He had made a grave mistake. It was a dead end. Frantically he looked around trying to find some where to go, some way to escape. The sirens screamed at the end of the alley. 
    J.S panicked. They would find him and he would never see the beautiful Helen again. Then he spotted it. Sitting in the far corner of the alley was a dumpster.It’s lid ajar. He dove inside the dumpster. 
    He could hear their footsteps running down the alley as he closed the lid and his feet sunk into the rotting filth. The stench of rotting fish and feces punched his nose and stomach. His eyes watered and nose burned. It took all his will power to hold back the revolt in his stomach. At that moment the smell was the least of his worries.
    From outside the dumpster he could hear the sounds of the wailing sirens at the mouth of the alley, foot falls quickly getting closer to him and his turning stomach. He slowly opened the lid, just enough that the light could pierce the darkness of the dumpster’s interior. He gently placed his eye to the tiny opening and watched an officer comb the alley. 
    The officer turned his flashlight toward the dumpster. The light blinded J.S. and he lost his grip on the lid. The lid fell with a clang. Though he heard no sounds outside the dumpster, J.S knew he had been heard. The officer would find him. He would never lay eyes upon Helen again.
    He panicked as the sounds of footsteps outside grew louder. He did the only thing he could do. He began dug down into the grime. His hands carved through the filth like a terrified, burrowing rabbit. Garbage entered his mouth. Rancid smells filled his nose as he raced towards the the bottom of the container.
    His hands finally found the rusted bottom. Trying to get his legs under the garbage, he swam horizontally. 
    The footsteps outside stopped directly in front of the dumpster. J.S could still feel the humid air touching his bare ankle. It was the only part of his body not hidden by the garbage. He forced himself forward, pushing his face against wet, slimy rancid food.

    Above, the officer slowly opened the lid to the dumpster. His gun was drawn. His eyes scanned the surface of the dumpster.
    The sound of his pounding heart was louder in his ears now than when he was running. This was the first time he had stopped running since it happened. He wondered if the officer could hear his heart pound.
    The memories rushed back to him – whether or not he was ready for them.
    He had been home all day drinking beer and watching TV. It’s what he did everyday. Ever since the plant closed and he had been laid off. Then Helen had come home. Oh beautiful Helen. 
    He had met Helen in Paris two years ago. It was love at first sight.
    How could he not love Helen? Her hair flowed like a golden river. Her porcelain doll face was beautiful and fragile. She had the body and soul of a goddess. 
    She had come home that day, nervous, frustrated and angry. She was disappointed in him. He was being a bum and doing nothing with his life. With their life. She shouted at him as he sat there in his grubby apathy and disinterest. J.S. tried to keep his cool through her shouts and insults. He tried to diffuse the situation as the best he could – by sitting there calmly and unflinchingly. Then she smacked him across the face. 
    That sent him over the edge. He snapped. He remembered screaming at her and grasping her neck with both hands. Her eyes grew wide with shock. 
    He applied more pressure. Her white fragile face slowly became the color of  ripe apples. She gasped hard for breath as he applied more pressure. Her face was now purple, her eyes red with blood. 
    Other worldly sounds escaped from her lips. J.S applied all his pressure. There was a slight snap as J.S felt the bones of her neck crack like chicken bones. Her body went limp. 
    J.S loosened his grip. Her body fell to the ground. Staring down at his hands, tears streamed down his face. His eyes focused on her lifeless body. It was slumped over unnaturally, her neck was in the shape of the letter N. He ran to the bedroom. Then back into living room. Then he ran out the door. The maid must have found her body shortly after. Someone must have seen him running down the street. The sirens followed not long after – searching for him with their unrelenting noise.
    SLAM!
    J.S was back in his skin. At the bottom of the dumpster. The officer had slammed down the dumpster lid. 
    Minutes passed like hours. Finally he crawled upward and his face hit the hot humid air as he breached the surface. 
    He opened the lid. The officers were gone, the sirens trailed off with their increasing distance. He climbed out and puked. Above, the dark vulture-like clouds seemed to circle.
    This was it, J.S’s last chance to see Helen. He ran hard. Out of the alley and down the road. Around a corner, down a few blocks and around another corner. He was almost there. 
    He knew Helen would be there waiting for him. His paced quickened as he darted down the sidewalk. He could see the river ahead. Only a few more feet.The sky became black.

    He stopped and caught his breath for a moment. He reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a gun. Tears began running down his face. The sound of sirens returned and grew louder. Someone must had seen him running. But there was nothing they could do to stop him from joining Helen. They would be too late.
    Tears still streaming down his face, he opened his mouth and inserted the barrel of the pistol. His finger found the cold metal trigger. It wouldn’t be long before he would see Helen’s smiling face.The clouds grew darker. The sirens grew louder still. J.S calmly closed his eyes.
    There was a crack of lightning and the rumble of thunder. J.S felt his body hit the ground. He could hear the sirens still coming. Then there was nothing.
    J.S slowly opened his eyes. The bright blue sky and bold, shining sun were almost blinding. He stumbled forward to the edge of the river. Helen was standing there waiting for him.

    ###

    The Revelator

    The Revelator



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    When not writing about games, Chris is playing them, talking about them or reading about them. Aside from video games and Doctor Who, his time is spent with his beautiful fiance, family and friends. His other hobbies include Magic the Gathering, cooking, DC comics, movies, podcasts, and reading fiction novels.

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  • How I made a million streaming my game on Twitch

    FlasFiction

    by Stan Faryna
    @Faryna
    Stan Faryna & The Blue Sky - Stan The Marketing Man!


    “How about six,” asked Anca.

    “No,” replied George in private chat.

    “Six incoming.”

    “we don’t want it.”

    “Make that a train.”

    “No trains. Take it somewhere else.”

    George switched out his sniper rifle for an AK74. He opened fire from a fire escape and took down a dozen wild dogs on Anca’s heels. The sound was deafening. The online audience (the stream) watching George’s game on Twitch complained loudly.


    Kitty Karla (Moderator): “Snap – my ears are bleeding!”

    Charly Gainsbourg (Subscriber): A little advance warning would be nice.

    Grey Kim (Super Fan): “Thanks for blowing out my speakers.”

    Matthias Müller (OP): !Songrequest GOTCHA247CH1

    Sebastien Nobunaga (Heroic Fan): Sniper 9 O Clock. Window with white shutters.

    MiniMe: Sebastien Nobunaga has earned one achievement point.



    “Sorry about that,” George replied in stream as he switched back to his sniper rifle and fired at a shadow in a sixth floor window across the alley.

    The shadow dropped and the kill was confirmed by the experience gain.

    George’s face and naked upper body appeared in a pop up window on the stream view. He looked just like his game avatar – a sexy, bad ass with a strong jaw. Under his bottom lip, a spiderman spider tattoo looked like it was crawling up toward his mouth. George winked, gave two thumbs up and the pop up disappeared.

    George Sketch Crop


    “Good spotting,” George told the stream.

    In the alley below, John called out the formations. BMZ1, KFA2, and Flame On. Anca pushed through the firing lines and kept going. She wasn’t sticking around for this train wreck.

    “No woman, no cry,” George told the stream.

    MiniMe, an automated stream bot, translated John’s commands in George’s stream:

    BMZ1: Shotguns in front and on knees
    KFA2: Klashnikov’s Full Auto
    Flame On: Flame Throwers gear up

    Cyprus Hill’s song, Insane in the Membrane, started to play in stream as the crowd of zombies lurched forward into the alley. George raised his arms and swayed to the music.Down below, the shotguns and klashnikovs roared as zombie corpses piled up.Sleazy, another automated stream bot, texted George’s stream subscription details:

    1-Subscriber: 5 Euro/Month
    2-Super Fan: Subscription + Total Donations of 300 Euro in past three months [benefits]
    3-Heroic Fan: Subscription + 10 Achievements in past three months [benefits]
    4-Legendary: Subscription + Total donations >500 Euro; >20 Achievments [benefits]

    5- OP: Subscription + Total Donations >1000 Euro and >100 Achievements [benefits]
    6- Troll: Subscription and >20 Penalties


    Shouts of OOA (Out of Ammo) flooded the battle group channel.

    Three Flame Throwers moved to the front as the rifle and shotgun teams fell back. Like a growling river of mud, zombies climbed over their fallen and continued to pour into the alley.

    “LOVE NEVER FAILS,” shouted John.

    “FOH – stand together! Stand strong. This ain’t a MOBA. This game – it don’t get more real than now.”

    Three arching streams of fire poured into the advancing river of the dead.

    Spambot played it’s message because two noobs joined the stream in the last five minutes:


    Welcome to Georgie’s Pudding and Pie experience. George Eliade is number two in Fire of Heaven’s 6th Division – Special Forces. Noobs get one free hour of stream. After that, the money talk and gawkers walk.    

    Follow Georgie on his pimp adventure through an epic wonderland of zombies, pole dancers and fat loots. Check out Georgie’s website and get to know the dude that you wish you were. Or were with – if you know what I mean.

    Shots rang out from the other end of the alley. 

    “Catch 22,” John texted to the battle group.

    “WTF,” shouted George.

    “Bitches be sneaking up on us and where the fuck is our exit spotter?!”

    George read and listened to the audience feedback in the stream:


    Eat Joe (Troll): Someone want touch your pee pee.

    Trollbot: Eat Joe has earned a penalty. (298)

    Noob FRPA54:  FUBAR. Run Forest, Run!

    Noob USNY702: Any babes in the lurk? Send me your pic. I’ll send you mine.

    Trollbot: Noob USNY702 has to pay a 5 Euro creepy fine to continue posting.

    Trollbot: Noob FRPA54 has refused to pay a 5 Euro fee for posting a public link.



    Below, the roaring streams of flame petered out. They were out of fuel. OOF.

    “You like suspense,” George asked his stream.

    “If you like it and you know you like it, you know what you gotta do.

    Ka-ching!!!

    51,712 of you in the stream. You know how this works. 500 Euro to see what happens next.

    This ain’t no MOBA, bitches. Ante up for an epic story!”



    The stream went black for a second. Then the lolita version of Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony appeared in the streaming video. She flitted around a pot of gold: 12 year old face with super-sized, cutie eyes, rainbow colored hair, body of a Hustler model, mini skirt and under-sized tee shirt with a small rainbow over her heart.

    A shiny red donate button on the side of the pot glowed like it was radioactive.

    The numbers (just above the pot) increased sluggishly in 5 Euro increments.

    George narrated the action.

    “John’s holding a briefcase over his head. You all know what that is, don’t you?Anyone?

    More zombies incoming. You know the law of Epic game challenge! 40x-2p/3+6.”

    Text and voices flooded the stream.


    Kitty Karla (Moderator): “No Way!!! Are you taking legendary briefcase nuke?”

    Sergio Brown (Subscriber): Briefcase nuke? Really? Who drops that?

    Eat Joe (Troll): John is a traveling dildo salesman?

    Trollbot:  Eat Joe has earned a penalty. (299)

    Janelle Tarts (Super Fan): “Sergio – the Senator drops the briefcase nuke.” 

    MiniMe: Janelle Tarts has earned one karma point.


    The numbers above the pot of gold increased.

    250. 255. 305. 320. 420. 515.

    “GOAL,” George shouted in Stream.

    Rainbow Dash raised her arms in victory, pushed out her chest and took a grand bow as the view of George’s game resolved in the stream video.

    Below, John led the exodus of the 30 person battle team with the briefcase held high over his head. The ten person Player Killer team that had wanted to ambush John’s battle group held their rifles at rest as John’s team exited the alley. They didn’t want to die. Death in this game was permanent and there was no way of avoiding death if John blew them all up with a nuke.

    Meanwhile, zombies spilled over the top of the burning wall of crispy corpses. Big and tall zombies. Small and thin zombies. Yellow and white, crusty faces animated in their anguish and hunger for human proteins. Their clothes burned as they slid, tumbled and crawled down the burning pile of the first zombies that went into the alley.

    George looked down at a barrel beside him and spoke to the stream:

    “I could drop the barrel bomb and clear those zombies. Or I could let them crush that Plater Killer team.

    The decision is yours.

    Vote 1 for me to give the ass hats a break? Vote 2 so we kick back and watch the carnage. Vote 3 if you want me to make the call.

    You got 60 seconds to cast your vote.”

    ###

    This story was inspired by the Geeky Antics 24+ hour live streaming event on Twitch and GeekyAntics.net with @Yogizilla and @Obionex2. Special thanks also to SoldierismLynnieBear23, TheKittyKate, BFT9000eru12@spathizilla, @Janelno5, @Asmodeus33, @Fedporo, @Racingjon, @deathofnation, @MattoMcFly, and everyone else that hangs out at Geeky Antics on Twitch and here at the website.

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    About Stan Faryna
    Stan Faryna is writing an epic novel. All of the world is crumbling like unrepaired, ancient walls but 18 year old gamer, PVP champion, zombie killer, blogger and serial entrepreneur John Dionysius finds the woman who he’s been dreaming about all of his life – a dream in which she is murdered as he watches helplessly from the eyes of a child.
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    Website: The Unofficial Blog of Stan Faryna

    • Ooooohhh… A zombie fan! I need to get busy with my creative writing, it seems.

      If you dig zombies, check out our friends at ZombieCast. They’re the official podcast for the Zombie Research Society.. And they talk ALL things zombies! Our common friends include authors of some recent zombie books, too!

      Check out Rachel Drummond and Eddie Rotten.. Last but not least, the “We’re Alive” radio drama is available for free on Stitcher. They recently finished the series and I must say: the show has an awesome plot and some of the best voice acting I have ever heard!! =oD

    • I didn’t get a notification about the comments to this story. Still, I apologize for my long delay to reply.

      Thanks Darlene. I’m really glad you see George in the sketch!

    • Thanks Annie!

    • Zombies are OP!