Morning Cuppa – 04/14/13 – Daleks! Story bibles! Ray Bradbury!

The Cuppa had to take a brief respite yesterday in order to play stacks and stacks of old video games. We all have priorities. Anyways, enjoy your Sunday and watch out ahead…

  • A Dalek head has been discovered in a UK pond. Maybe there’s something to this Doctor guy after all… 
  • Janice Hardy talks about how she’s benefitted from using a story bible for her writing. The idea is that you have a separate document that keeps track of all the little details that are so easy to forget. What color were the protagonist’s eyes? What type of car was her mother driving the last time she saw her? Is it a rainy day today? These things can distract you from a story and also lead to a very irritating editing process (as I’m discovering myself, now). Do you keep a story bible?
  • Ray Bradbury’s works are finally being released as ebooks. Not sure how he’d feel about that fact since he was one of the most notable curmudgeons about technology, the internet and ebooks. Late in life, he did relent and allow Fahrenheit 451 to be released in electronic format, but there was never the sense that it was willingly or with much love. Whatever the case, a new generation of readers will now have access to some of the most canonical writing in the genres.

Morning Cuppa – 03/31/13 – Adventure Time! Hugo noms! Doctor Who!

Enjoy your peeps today peeps! Don’t forget (as if you would) that the new season of Game of Thrones starts tonight!

  • That whole thing about not being able to watch Adventure Time because I don’t have cable has now been rectified as Netflix has picked them up for streaming. They’ve also added a bunch of other Cartoon Network stuff like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Boondocks, Robot Chicken and more.
  • The nominees for the Hugo Awards were announced yesterday. For those who don’t know, this is one of the biggest awards in sci-fi and fantasy, named after the founder of Amazing Stories magazine, Hugo Gernsback. The full list is available on their website. I was really happy to see my friends over at Apex Mag got a nod for Best Semiprozine, congrats to them!
  • I’m happy to find that David Tennant and Billie Piper are returning for the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who!

Morning Cuppa – 02/12/13 – Doctor Who! Mars! Philip K Dick!

Good morning my friendly Cuppalians, this week may be a bit on the brief side for my daily posts as the missus and I have some friends visiting from out of town. I’ll do my best to make sure you all have something to read… or listen to! I’ll post a separate blog post later today announcing my new podcast!