Can you tell a story in 140 characters? I wanted to know if I could, so I entered Mashable’s Twitter Fiction Contest. As it turns it, it’s only legally open to US residents, so I can’t legally win, but I legally don’t care. So, enjoy these nuggets of illegal flash fiction:
When I was growing up, my family would vacation in the USA at least once a year. We usually stayed somewhere in the Florida region, and although I came to know our favorite spots pretty well over the years, the excitement of those trips never wore off. Florida’s beautiful beaches didn’t hold the same appeal for me as they did for my parents, but I couldn’t wait to see what was new. Back in those days, visiting the United States was like visiting another planet — nothing looked the way it did back home! Many of the trends and things I spotted would eventually make their way across the Atlantic, but they took their sweet time. I recall watching US blockbusters on home video months before they were even in German cinemas. I loved that. Every little piece of the USA I could take home with me was treasured like an epic conquest.
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
- Elsa, Frozen
If there is a way to properly sum up my hopes, resolutions and plans for 2014, this is it. Have a great one, everybody!
Still not reading comics? Don’t care. You won’t stop me from recommending some to you — fighting the good fight and all that. 2013 was a great year for comics (though 2014 is shaping up to be even better), so I want to share some of my personal favorites with you:
This book is glorious sci-fi pulp, recalling genre classics like Quantum Leap, Stargate and Flash Gordon. The book follows scientist Grant McKay and his team, who find themselves being thrown from one alien dimension to another when an experiment goes horribly wrong. While the action is relentless from the word go, the heart of the book are McKay and his team, who I’m starting to love after just two short issues.
This is basically Bonnie & Clyde – that is, if Bonnie and Clyde could stop time by having sex and used that power to rob banks in order to keep their beloved library funded. If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is. It’s also a fantastic read. The book deals with the topic of sex in a frank, real way that is usually not seen in comic books, while also pushing the medium in new creative directions.
In all fairness, both of these books are still a little too fresh to claim a spot on a ‘Best of 2013′-list, but they are just too good to go unmentioned. However, there are other books that have kept me entertained for the better part of the year:
If I was still 12, my head would’ve exploded by now. A lot has happened in the world of pop culture and I, well, have some thoughts.
Okay, what is a midseason or winter finale? I mean, when did that become a thing? I don’t remember so much hype last year around, and I’m not sure what to make of it. On the one hand, working towards something big halfway through the season might force creators to plan better, avoiding the midseason lull that has been the kiss of death for many a show.
After eight years, the exploits of everyone’s favorite serial killer drew to a close on the finale episode of Dexter. The episode proved be an emotional knockout punch, as a distraught Dexter loses his beloved sister and decides to leave his old life behind. Judging by the considerable backlash across the internet, it looks like many viewers were not happy with this outcome. The general consensus seems to be that Dexter, as well as his fans, “deserved better”. Here I have to disagree. I feel that the end we got was a fitting one. I don’t think a happy end was ever in the cards for our friendly neighborhood killer.
In a world ruled by the sword, a young man is bent on vengeance. But can his vengeance possibly live up to a lifetime of preparation? Find out after the jump.
Guys and girls, I have read the future, and the future is glorious.
As you might’ve noticed, all stories published on this site were originally uploaded to Scribd and then embedded here in widget form. Even though I always found this particular platform to be clunky, cluttered and generally a pain to deal with, it was still the best option I could find. Until now.
Enter: ReadWave, Scribd’s vastly more appealing twin. This is what readers and writers have been waiting for: A YouTube-like platform for the written word. Better yet, ReadWave’s primary focus is on fiction. Finding, reading and sharing stories you enjoy is just as easy as uploading, tagging and editing your own content. You should check it out! I’ve already migrated all my content from Scribd to ReadWave and will continue to upload new material there. You can find my profile right here.
Stories will, of course, also be embedded right here on my own website for your reading pleasure.
A doctor and patient need to figure out what’s real and what’s not in this tale of psychological terror. In addition to the always amazing voice of Roman Rehor, this story also features some voice work by myself and a truly chilling soundscape. Enjoy!