We have two bonus #TWTT videos for you this week, which should offset any potential interruption coming up in the near future (details on that forthcoming). Matt Bradford of Zombie Cast, Video Game Outsiders, GamesRadar, and Guiness World Records joins us as we GO DEEPER®! These shows feature what you, our beautiful community, have requested; namely, LIVE flash fiction readings!
In addition to the three pieces I read on-air, I added another piece I just whipped up. Hope you enjoy them! XTX001 Part 2 is where you can go to listen to the live readings and our concepts thereof.
If you want to be part of my #FlashFiction Potluck, e-mail your piece to yomar(arroba)geekyantics(punto)net – looking forward to inspiring each other!
…Proper attribution/credit will be provided, of course! This is just a fun way to share quick, raw fictional works with each other. In future installments, I’d like to share writing prompts and challenge everyone (myself included) with monthly themes. For example, we can do word count limits, use word banks, or set up specific topics and formats. Let me know what you think, lovely geeks!
Timey-Wimey Tea Time PART 1
- What is the purpose of podcasting?
- What keeps us motivated with podcasting and social media?
- Is the Video Game Outsiders approach a good model to follow?
- Do we have a responsibility to our fans or community as creatives?
- Can you do something you love AND be productive with it?
- Doctor Who Series 8 mid-season review.
- Writers need to know when to “leave a moment alone”.
- Series 8 may suffer from too many hands in the pot…
- …or is it lack of creative direction?
- The importance of managing expectations in ALL ventures.
- Narrative Structure VS. Podcast Structure
Timey-Wimey Tea Time PART 2
- Is Danny Pink manly or whimpy?
- A man’s struggle of ego vs. righteousness vs. love/compassion.
- Does the Doctor love Clara
- Stan’s encounter with infidelity, deceipt, and mind games.
- Is it insecurity or strength?
- Flash fiction readings.. These are truly raw works!
- Inspirations and creative processes driving our fictional works.
- A future of lazy couch potatoes.
- Foreshadowing of augmented and virtual reality gone wrong.
- Control is an illusion.
- Everyone has a boss. Complete freedom is also an illusion.
…and now for some flash ficiton!
Mrs. Busy Work
“Honey, I am awfully busy today.. Can this wait?”
Wilfredo was very perplexed. Why did all this have to be done now? He had deadlines up the wazoo. As it was, he would be lucky to get any sleep in the coming weeks. In spite his pleas, his wife, Suki, insisted.
“No this NEEDS to be done NOW.”
Today was the day Suki decided that everyone would take on the urgent tasks of relacing all shoes, shuffling furniture about, cleaning the fridge, vacuuming every nook and cranny, and mastering the absolutely mudane. As usual, these “plans” were executed on a whim. There was no distinction between want and need. Every task was treated as if thousands of lives depended on them.
The kids played it smart. After bathing the dogs and mowing the lawn, they magically disappeared. Wilfredo continued to break his back as Suki barked unrelenting orders.
“No no no… That’s not how you load the dishwasher. Do it this way.”
“Sweetheart, I read the manual and this model has the sprinkler arms in the middle. Every dish should face the center.”
“WELL, I don’t care what the manual says.. I want it done MY way.”
Wilfredo thought to himself, “This is gonna be a looooong day…”
Virtual Reality Television
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Punch The World!
Janice could not believe what she was seeing: people openly smacking their pets and children. What was this madness? Where were the authorities?
A large woman punched her cocker spaniel on the head then in the ribs. Janice finally could not take it and blurted out, “MA’AM! Please stop abusing that poor animal.”
The portly woman replied, “Oh, it’s okay, dear. I did not hit any vital organs. It’s also after five so no worries!”
“That doesn’t matter! Would you discipline a child in the same manner??!”
“Well, yes, if it’s not a baby. We have a strict no-head-punching rule here for babies.”
Janice could not take it any more dialed 110. The phone rang for what felt like an hour.
“Carne Cabesa PD. How can I help you?”
“Yes, I am calling to report animal abuse.”
“Okay… Could you describe the incident?”
“My neighbor is punching her dog on the head and in the ribs. I’m also scared she might hurt her children!”
“Is anyone mamed or dead?”
The dispatcher hung up. It was then that Janice realize why everything was so much cheaper in this area. Her new employer had begged her to move to Carne Cabesa and even offered her a 300% salary increase. Who could pass up such a thing?
After witnessing more abuse, Janice finally snapped. She ran towards the plump woman, lunged on her, and beat her in the same fashion the dog was beaten. The woman quickly passed out.
The neighbors in the area did not even blink or gasp. To them, this was just another day in Carne Cabesa. Janice stared at her bloody hands. A small smile crept up on her face.
“Hmmm.. I guess I can get used to this.”
Let’s Scream Really LOUD!!!
“IMX, the Instant Media Expo, is already poised to be the best convention ever. Just one look reveals that the big players in FTL communications and Instant Gratification technology are there.”
The TV camera panned out from the news reporter, revealing a massive convention floor with several huge rooms and stages set up for all the mega brands. There were easily hundreds of thousands of people present, elbows-to-ribs throughout. If you have a large personal space bubble, this would be the event to avoid.
It was no surprise that the ad partners revolved around personal hygiene products. When you’re in this sort of tight crowd, the last thing you want to do is add to the stench. The megacorporations backing IMX clearly had the public safety regulations lifted to maximize profits. The risks of being trampled or at least goosed were real. TV viewers got to enjoy the spectacle without such risks.
“Facepalm-Gurgle is about to start their demonstration. They are illustrating the major innovations with their latest anti-social marketing sinkhole using live performers from the Dead Pan Group!”
Ten performers stood on a large stage, split into two groups, forming semi-circles on opposite sides of the space. Each of the performers wore green body suits and body paint, along with giant signs representing the major sub-systems on the currently-unnamed platform they were teasing. The sub-systems included Electro-Poke, Mega-Mega-Phone, WhineSpace, and Jerkwall.
Out of nowhere, a boxing-match-style bell was rang. The performers walked across the stage towards to form pairings. Each pair of people had roughly two inches between each other. Each pair started to scream at each other, getting louder and louder as the surrounding performers made it hard for them to hear themselves.
“I believe what they’re illustrating here is how the platform, codenamed “HI THERE!!!!!!!”, will make it possible to form more meaningful connections one-on-one. We can’t wait to see the big reveal later during IMX!”
Link Love & Shout-Outs
…And now for some delicious links and shout-outs!
- Stan Faryna – Flash Fiction: The Greatest Show on Earth is on Andaman Road
- Eric & James – Walker Stalker Podcast
- Matt Bradford – Matt Needs A Better Bio On The VGO Contact Us Page!
- Shawn Freeman – Zombie Cast ZNation Interview With Craig Engler
Don’t forget: you can always find Stan Faryna and myself, Yomar Lopez, in the following places on the interwebz:
See you Saturday for more Timey-Wimey Tea Time musings.. Let’s GO DEEPER!