DJ Allen comes to you in episode 27 with the brief overview of CrossGen (CrossGeneration) Comics, their genres, their downfall, and how Marvel failed to resurrect the brand. This one is a bit shorter than normal because of work being done in the background, sorry about the lack of depth. Deeper subjects are coming.
I will not win this year, at NaNoWriMo… and I’m okay with that.
If you are at all aware of what NaNoWriMo is, or have read what that is from previous posts, then you’ll know that all you have to do is write 50,000 words of fiction in a 30 day period of time. With life being just too busy to accomplish this in the month of November, I will probably finish the month at around 35,000 words this year. I’ve been absent from the “competition” for five years, so this isn’t a terrible thing.
What I’ve written can be expanded into more, so the 35,000 words is really a jumping off point for future writing. Since I chose to write autobiographical fiction, and I did some embellishment, I can certainly expand the different epochs of my life and make the interesting even more sensational, especially with carefully developed thought put into the words.
There are still a couple of days left, when you read this, and you should know that I am still attempting to knock out as many words as I can… I just know what my week looks like to get this done and that free time doesn’t look available. So be it.
With luck, I can be thrust in the right, or WRITE, direction with this burst of writing now behind me. I like to write and I want to develop content for this site, so I have a reason to continue. I hope that I can get somewhere with this.
Think on it.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I need to lead with this: I don’t like Steven Moffat as the Doctor Who show runner. At all.
That being said, I don’t like Matt Smith’s Doctor. The whole run wasn’t bad but if I weigh the good against the bad, the bad far outweighs the good. I don’t like that things are no longer explained rationally, but rather waved away as “timey-wimey.” I don’t like that the show revolved around the companion. I don’t like that each barrier that has defined the show has been pushed, or broken, each and every chance Moffat gets.
Russell T. Davies wasn’t worlds above Moffat but he was definitely better. Davies understood that there needed to be interesting characters but not completely toss out what made Doctor Who interesting. He understood there was a history to the show but didn’t grab that, shake it, then put it back and state emphatically that the history was included (despite obviously still sitting on the shelf).
The Christopher Eccleston Doctor had mystery without needing to hand wave everything away. The Ninth Doctor era had a season long arc and reintroduced some of the classic elements to the new fans without being over the top about it. Eccleston’s Doctor introduced new enemies, without going so far overboard with the corny that to get back to the center they had to turn around and take a cab to get back to where the next story can start (at a decent place).
Moffat takes the mystery and shows us what’s behind the curtain. Moffat doesn’t run a season long arc, that is at all decent, that takes classic elements and laughs at them AND is over the top about them. Moffat introduces new enemies and props them up as if they’re better than anything else that came before. Moffat takes the stories to the left, down the street, then expects everyone else to just figure out how to work with that the next week while keeping the story secret until it airs on TV.
I think David Tennant is the best Doctor so far. The second best Doctor is Colin Baker, and he’s from the classic era.
I don’t want to be a hipster, but I have to utter this line of text: I was with Doctor Who before it was cool.
I am excited for Peter Capaldi but worried because… well, because Steven Moffat is running his time in the Doctor’s console room.
In the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who, DJ Allen recounts his entire Doctor Who journey, from the discovery of the show in the 80s right through the modern day.
Welcome to W.A.F.F.L.E. (stylized as WAFFLE), which stands for World Association of Fitness Fanatics Loving Exercise. In other words, I’m forming the aforementioned WAFFLE as a way to keep me wanting to be fit… while incorporating my new favorite sport as a hook (the UFC).
The concept behind WAFFLE is that everyone who is fit; and keeps track of that fitness in some way, shape, or form, will be able to compete with (essentially) themselves to give them a reason to “train.” I’d personally like to run 4 to 5 miles with ease a day, so to work up to that I am doing this.
I chose WAFFLE because it’s food, and that makes it funny.
I have a FitBit One and a Gold’s Gym treadmill, so what I’ll be explaining will be utilizing those as examples for how WAFFLE works. Want to know more? Keep reading.
Let’s say you usually walk 15,000 steps in a day, climb 10 flights of stairs, and maybe you throw a jog/run in there at about 15 minutes for that single mile (that’s 4 mph, in case you’re wondering). Yes, I’m talking about me, here, and as I write this (different from when you’re reading this), these are roughly my stats in these areas. I’d like to do 20,000, 25 flights, and run a mile in under 12 minutes. Instead of slowly working my way up to this and just setting a new goal, I’m turning to WAFFLE to “game-ify” this.
On January 12, 2014, I have set the goal of achieving these stats on this day specifically. This will be WAFFLE 1, and I’m already recruiting others for the “under card.” Before I get through December of 2013, though, I’ll have already set my February and possibly even March “battles.” If I succeed, I get a win. If I fail, I get a loss. I’ll keep a running tally and to enhance my own personal giddiness, I’m going to set up “championships” to defend, which will be stiffer goals even than my arbitrary “battle” goals. I will personally require five battles prior to competing for a championship… so that’s June at the earliest.
To incorporate my UFC kick, I have also broken WAFFLE up into weight classes. The reason for this is because me (at about 250) trying to compete with someone at about 150 wouldn’t be very fair to me. So, I’m creating weight classes. What are they? I’m glad you asked. Now, be warned, I’ve modified some names and weight limits from the UFC to be a little more flexible. View the chart below.
Weight Class Name (Weight Range)
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Superweight (276 to Unlimited)
Heavyweight (236 to 275 lbs)
Cruiserweight (201 to 235 lbs)
Middleweight (181 to 200 lbs)
Welterweight (166 to 180 lbs)
Lightweight (151 to 165 lbs)
Featherweight (141 to 150 lbs)
Bantamweight (131 to 140 lbs)
Flyweight (No Minimum to 130 lbs)
In the event that two WAFFLErs want to “compete” against each other, then the stats to be compared would have to be agreed upon and in that case: it’s a straight up competition. So, for example, if someone wanted to compete against me directly, and we decided to use just step counts, then whoever has the highest step count for the day wins. The “weigh in” for said battle is always the day before, whenever you always weigh yourself. (I always weigh myself in the morning for the “official” weight, for example.)
The “championship” goal would be something above and beyond, a harder thing to reach. For my stats above, let’s say that I set that at 25,000 steps, 35 flights, and under an 11 minute mile. With my current capabilities, I think that would be very difficult, though possible, to reach. I’m sure that when I start “battling” for a championship, though, I’ll be choosing those as the “low” stats.
But what if two individuals want to “battle” officially but aren’t in the same weight class? Well, there are actually two options for that. The first is the lighter competitor battling at the higher weight. The second is competing in a “catchweight.” In fact, there is no Catchweight weight limits, but there is also no Catchweight championship.
I’m hoping this gets people motivated to remain fit. I’m aiming at this making me remain fit, even after I make my goal weight!
Think on it!
So, when I started writing Dark Green’s new fiction series, I was intending on making it a realistic representation of Vampire: The Requiem. The more I write, though, the more I want to just have my own variation on the vampire theme and go in whatever direction I see fit. That doesn’t mean that the variables that make up a vampire in VtR won’t be present (clan, covenant, disciplines, etc) but I just don’t think I’ll be strictly adhering to them.
That leads me to the next little wonder that I thought of: over the course of years, I’ve come up with ideas and whatnot that I’ve wanted to write, create, etc, etc, and now I’ve got a place to put those. What am I doing about it? Not a damn thing, apparently, and I want that to stop. So, here’s my plan.
I’ll get myself to about 12,000 words or so for Dark Green, which I’ve already decided will be the “pilot” for the launch of the series. After 12,000 words, which will be 60 minutes of fictional goodness produced, I’ll write up between 3,000-6,000 words per episode of the “season.” The season, I’ve decided, will be 13 episodes. I’ll completely produce Dark Green while I write what I’ll call Series Two. Series Two will have a 60 minute “pilot” episode, then follow the same formula. While I’m producing Dark Green, Series Two will be being written. When Dark Green is being released, Series Two will be produced, and that means I’ll write Series Three. Since there are four 13 week periods in a 52 week year, that means I could write four series in a year’s time.
Dark Green IS being written. There is no debate whether or not I need to write that. I am actually, literally, and physically writing write now. What should I add to the rotation, then? Will my NaNoWriMo novel end up being turned into a series (i.e. Series Two)? I don’t think so, that’s more directed at actually being a novel the way I’ve outlined it. There is something I’ve teased in the past, though, I think SHOULD be in the rotation: Moonrise.
Dark Green is vampires. Moonrise is werewolves. Maybe not back to back series, but I like adding that to the mix. What else?
Wait a minute… is this your attempt to get me to reveal my entire slate of ideas, which is always in a state of growth? Yeah, that’s what I thought this was… nice try. Let’s go back to the subject as initially stated.. well, related to how many series I should write.
HBO, during the Sopranos era, kind of went like this: Sopranos (13 weeks, with a holiday week or two in there), Carnivale (13 weeks, with a holiday week in there or two), True Blood (13 weeks, with holiday weeks in there), Sex in the City (13 weeks, holidays), Boardwalk Empire (13 weeks, holidays), and then back to the Sopranos. (Yes, yes, yes… I mixed all the HBO eras together… this is an example, lighten up.) Basically, in a nutshell, there were five series in a rotation, with the sixth turning back to series one in the rotation. I could do that, too…
Why, yes, I do have at least five series I want to write. Gangsters? Yup. Lost-esq mystery? Yup. Epic sci-fi thriller? Yup. Is there more? Yup. If I code worded everything, I’d list them for you. ;) Maybe I will.
Think on it.
Another episode, fresh off of a holiday week off, DJ Allen talks a little bit about how cord cutting (the act of no longer paying for cable or satellite TV) has affected him.
I am part of a writing group on Facebook. If you’d like to be a part of it, let me know… I’m Lime Allen on Facebook.
The part of that I need to impress upon you that is important is that I’m part of a writing group on Facebook. The group started as a local party of people who met every week and Barnes & Noble, but we’ve now expanded to include others and make the place more conducive to being a place for inspiration, support, and help on writing. As part of this group, I’ve noted that I can narrate about 3,000 in 15 minutes (meaning 6,000 in 30, 9,000 in 45, and 12,000 in 60), meaning if someone wanted to pass me some of their work, I’ll narrate it and you’ll all get to hear it as a netcast.
Yes, I’m basically announcing that there will be another netcast coming your way… it’ll probably be an anthology show of short stories, unless someone ELSE in this writing group will be writing a series (like me). Remember, I mentioned before I was writing Dark Green as a series? Yeah, yeah, I’m making progress… shoosh.
Anyhow, if you want in the group, let me know. If you want your writing narrated, send it to me at email@example.com, which means you’ll be able to hear your story read aloud. Yeah, that’s right.
Think on it.
Iron Man and Bob… well, DJ and Bob, have frank discussions about political things, religious things, the Walking Dead, pimp feathers, Luke Skywalker’s ass, blankets in cars, licking foreheads, plants striking back, candy being universal, albino broccoli, and getting off on “that.” Why would you want to miss this very special episode of the Greatest Show Online? You wouldn’t want to make the “Powers That Be” at Lime Flavored (www.limeflavored.com) unhappy that you aren’t watching, would you? Is there another question we could ask in this description? Who knows?
I’ve been warning via the netcasts, and now I’m warning you here… the analysis and detailed examination of chess (starting with my games in particular) is coming. This year? Probably very likely. A lot this year? We’ll see about that.
I play a lot of chess. Since I left “the other site” to come over to Chess.com, I play even more chess than I did before. I win as often as I lose and I try to play as many stronger players as I can get my pieces on, because the way to get better is to challenge thyself. So far, since “restarting” my active playing in March 2011, I’ve gone from an Elo rating of about 975 up to between 1170 and 1250, which is quite an improvement. If I just slow down, I know I can climb higher because some of my losses are just asinine mistakes.
The point of the analysis would be to point out my successes and misses, learn from them, and see if I can improve from there in the future. This means that I’ll be doing a video show, displaying a board and pieces from my desktop, and explaining how and why things were done with commentary about what I can do to improve for the future.
I’d also like to, in the future, do for chess what ESPN and the Travel Channel did for poker. I’d like to take the interesting parts, make them more interesting, and get the “personalities” to come out instead of the stuffiness that currently clogs up the chess world. Interested in jumping on that bandwagon?
The intent here, though, is to play, analyze, and get better for future play and analysis. If you’d like me to kibitz a game of yours, then by all means send it my way. I need the PGN file of the moves to do so, though.
Think on it.
You’re probably wondering why the title of this particular blog post is as… uh… strange as it is. Well, that’s why you’re reading, right?
I am a fan of soccer (football). I am also a fan of American football (NFL, specifically). I also love me some MMA (UFC, One Fighting Championship, and Invicta Fighting Championship, specifically). There also lies a few other sports that I like, and though I’m going to list them, they aren’t going to play a deep role in what I’m going to talk about below… I still want to tell you about them.
Because I’ve spent time in Okinawa, Japan (in the US Navy in the mid-90s), I’ve come to have an appreciation (and love) for Sumo Wrestling. On top of that, I’ve got a deep appreciation for chess (if you haven’t got that from some of my posts, then you’re missing some obvious markers). How about the sport of bowling? Yes, I enjoy watching bowling as much as I enjoy playing it. What about stock car racing (or NASCAR, specifically)? If I hadn’t fallen so hard for UFC, I also liked boxing at one point. In short, I don’t necessarily like to watch the “mainstream” sports but I do like to watch sports.
The reason I bring this up is because I’ve got a weird thing I like to do. (Before you judge, what I’ve come to learn is that if you’ve got a weird thing you like to do but you find that it might be too odd for others, there is probably someplace online that hosts some form of it for you to partake in.) I like to create and run fictional sports, which was spawned from my love of creating sport team logos (and uniforms). We all have quirks, and I’m hoping that I haven’t given you all a reason to run away screaming. I like to create and run fictional sports, such as soccer (football) leagues, American football leagues, and fighting sports. This leads me to a question… or two.
If I were to run, say, a soccer league (made up of fictional players on fictional teams), would that interest you? The results and reports would come from a regular podcast in the vein of the professional reports on the actual football league activities (from Barclay’s Premier League, or La Liga, or MLS, etc). Is this something that might get a following? I’d even love it if there were a few folks interested in getting involved in the “signing of players or running of the franchise” type activity in the background. Basically, we’d be simulating an actual, functioning league.
Now, I’ve participated in fictional football leagues that utilized a simulator before (like the USFA using the PlayMaker Football software). This wouldn’t be utilizing software that could be manipulated, though… just a spreadsheet to throw a tad bit of randomness into a stat based competition run with as many people as want to get involved. This would be a “season per year” or at most, a “two seasons per year” type situation.
I’m interested in doing this with soccer, American football, Sumo, MMA, and I’d even consider adding some bowling, auto racing, and the like if there was interest. I’m just wondering if I’m the only one or if there are others out there with a weird penchant for running fictional stuff. Just wondering. Let me know.
Think on it.
I have started writing something that will find its way onto one of the feeds here at Lime Flavored.com. Is that cryptic enough for you? What the hell am I talking about?
When the actual play of my Vampire: The Requiem podcast Dark Green: The Blackwood Chronicles ended, I made mention that I’d like to write a fiction series in the city of Blackwood. I did all the work to create the place, shouldn’t I utilize that and actually do something else with it? Sure! What better thing to do with it than set an entire series within the border?
One of the things I was worried about before, though, was having the stigma of “well, this happened so you can’t do that” in the series. Well, guess what, I don’t care and the Dark Green I’m going to be writing now isn’t going to be set in the exact same timeline of the actual play. In fact, I don’t think I’ll acknowledge anything (ever) that happened in the actual play because, well, I want to start fresh and let the new Dark Green have a life of its own. That means that some of the characters may reappear but they won’t be the same characters from the actual play. You dig?
I have decided that I’d like to explore the new World of Darkness in a deeper sense, well, the vampire sense, by bringing a character through the motions from the beginning. With any luck, I’ll be able to make this into something that the creators of Vampire: The Requiem can point to and say “this is what we were thinking.” The new Dark Green will be Dark Green: Forever Winter, hence the title of this blog being “A Long Winter.” I’ll leave to you the ability to imagine what the subtitle is referring to, at least until I start putting out the content. I would like to drag you along a little on this little journey as I write, produce, and put out a series from the very beginning. This is sort of an experiment, but really, I’m just following through with what I said I’d do way back when. This will allow me to bring you along on the process, from step one!
What I’ve started writing at the moment is the first part of the first episode. I want to establish the character and build that main character up a bit before introducing the weird, so I don’t even know if I’ll be introducing the vampire side of things until later in the series… which means I’m not attempting to do the “TV analog” thing by following the standards of writing. Screw that. This is my series and if you aren’t grabbed from the first couple of episodes, THEN go and find something else… just make sure you give this a couple of tries rather than just a single try.
For now, though, just know that the Dark Green podcast feed isn’t dead… it’s waiting for new content, content which I’m actively working on.
The idea is to write between 3,000 and 6,000 words, record some narration and voice work to put the words into an audio format, place some incidental or active music in the background, and put the show out one at a time. I’m planning on 13 episodes per season and there will be a single season a year. Is that too little? Well, you might think so, but remember that I’d like to write more than one series (or maybe you’re finding this out for the first time) and that means multiple series per year (different feeds), which is what I wanted the Lime Flavored Network to be doing in the first place… content, produced, and awesome.
Think on it.
There will be no Fitness Challenge show this week and I will have 4 & 5 both out by the close of business on Sunday.
If you’ve downloaded and listened to the Lime Flavored Show #24, you’ll realize that the show is actually Lime Flavored Show 4 instead. Redownload the show, as the new post about to come out will have the corrected information for the correct show. Sorry for the confusion.
The Lime Flavored Show covers the line of interesting new movies coming out of Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment. Could DC produce their own cinematic universe? Will Marvel continue to produce high quality for years? Who knows?
If you’d like the chance to win something (no announcement yet on what that will be, exactly), join the Greatest Show Online tonight (link will appear on LimeFlavored.com and Lime Flavored.com’s Facebook page) for details on how to enter! The winner will be announced ON THE AIR! That could be YOU!
Unfortunately, Pacific Rim is an original property that has no other interesting stuff out there to look further into. Yes, that is the unfortunate part… because Pacific Rim is awesome.
When the movie started running trailers, I was interested. We went to see the movie in the theaters and I thoroughly enjoyed Pacific Rim, mainly because the movie delivered exactly what was advertised: giant robots battling giant monsters. I immediately came home to learn more about where Pacific Rim came from to discover that there was nowhere that it came from.
Having now also listened to the audiobook, the adaptation of the movie, I really want to experience more giant robot action from that universe. I’d like to read books, watch a TV show, see animated adventures… something! What’s a guy to do?
Sure, I’ve loved me some StrAIn: Strategic Armored Infantry, which is mech fighting in sub-light space against other mechs in a single 13 episode season. I’ve also enjoyed Aquarion, which is mechs battling giant alien robots that are trying to take over the planet… though I’m not sure how I feel about the sequel to Aquarion’s first season, Aquarion EVOL. I’ve only watched a single episode of the new Aquarion and I didn’t really feel impressed by it. There are also the references to Gundam, Robotech, and Voltron, which I’ve seen.
Both Robotech and Voltron (the original ones, with lions) were old and I’ve seen them. I like Robotech, but I only really like the Macross Saga, which is all about the SDF-1 before Earth goes into it’s “let’s live with the Zentradi” phase. Voltron, well, is Voltron.
Gundam, though, is a different animal all together. The show’s beginnings LOOK like they’re old. I don’t really dig the dated animation. I’ve become something of a snob, with StrAIn and Aquarion both being “modern.” I’m about to try out Gundam AGE (I think that’s what it’s called), which looks modern, but I’m scared that I have to have extensive background on what’s come before, which will kill things for me right away.
All this doesn’t satisfy my need for giant robots in the live action sense, though. Hell, it just shows me alternatives to the awesomeness that was Pacific Rim (author’s note: Atlantic Rim is terrible, awful, horrible, and that’s just the opening credits… the movie goes DOWNHILL from there, save yourself the time and skip it). Where’s more Jaeger action? What about a Kaiju return, now trying to get back at us for destroying their “precursors” (or the advanced party of the invasion)? Why not more wonderful action?
Yes, as a writer, I automatically think “hey, I can write some of these adventures!” As a realist, though, I’d just be writing fan fiction and I don’t want to write fan fiction, I want to control the universe. I want to create changes. What I’d like to write can’t be done via fan fiction, which is why I keep trying to write my own series.
Think on it.
The idea behind writing 500 words per day was to get me into a pattern of writing, daily, and ensure that the pattern would keep me pushing out content without feeling like I’m losing time for other things. Just like normal, however, I’ve completely missed the boat. This article is the first 500 words I’ve written, albeit, four days later than I thought I would start.
My problem is starting something new without a cue. I needed to set some sort of reminder or alarm, something I need to remind me at a specific time, to write. Therein lies the problem: I don’t have specific times that I would write everyday.
On Mondays, I meet my writing group (the Wordsmiths) at about 7pm Central at Barnes & Noble. We used to be just a local group but we’ve recently decided to be more of a support group for writing, which is far more interesting to me, so things like being reminded to write 500 words daily wouldn’t be missed.
Our locality, with the Wordsmiths, was nice while it lasted but I know far more people outside of my local area that write than I do that are in this area. I also believe that these non-local people will be more interested in being active on this group than the locals, too. That brings me back to getting on the writing train again.
I am interested in churning out content. I’d like to be writing fiction that I can convert to animation, live action video, or just an audio production (either a full cast drama or simply a narrated “audiobook” style production. That means Lime Flavored (limeflavored.com) is putting out the entertainment that I want to be putting out. I want this website to be a hub for finding things to watch and listen to.
Some might argue that I’m trying to do too many things at once. I am but they are all oriented in the same direction. I want a network so I need to write. I write for the network. If I publish then I can produce my own audio, which can also go to the network. Am I a production company? Sure, but I am also a network.
My original plan was to produce a bunch of content that I could eventually turn into a profit. Then, after I’ve put out enough content, others would jump in and I could produce their work into content, too. Would you want multiple creators producing content that can all be accessed in the same location? You bet you would!
I don’t want to be a TV channel. I would like to be more like one cog in a larger machine that produces content for you to consume. Is that technically a “channel” in a sense? I guess so but if that gets me working for myself (getting up, writing, producing, and making money) the. I’m okay with that. When it’s all said and done, being independently working rather than working for someone would be fantastic.
Think on it.
I’ve recently decided to write 500 words a day, everyday, all the time. I want to be a writer and I want to publish what I write, so I need to start writing. Do I have more rules for this? Sure! They aren’t complicated, though.
I’m part of a Facebook group that was (up until a few days ago) a local writing club that meets weekly. We meet at our local Barnes & Noble and I usually get 3,000 to 5,000 words written while I’m there. That’s nice and all, but that means I’m only writing once a week and I’m only getting 156,000 words (minimum) written a year. That sounds like a lot, but I want more. I should be able to make a career out of writing, so I invented 500 words a day.
At 500 words a day, that’s 182,500 words a year. Subtract the 156,000 words from the 500 words a day amount and that leaves 26,500 extra words I’m doing. Actually, though, I will be ADDING 500 words a day to that amount, now making my total 338,500 words a year. I’ll ALSO be participating in NaNoWriMo this year again, making my grand total (including the 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo) 388,500 words a year. That is over 3 “large” novels in a single year, if those were all going to be towards a single project (or 3 single projects). That’s a lot of words per year.
One thing I know I have issues with is finishing my projects. I have a self diagnosed case of ADD, which causes me to float between projects that sprout up to grab my attention.
My idea, here, is to work my ADD to my advantage. With 388,500 words per year being written, I can write my NaNoWriMo autobiographical novel, I can write my first “space opera/science fiction” novel, I can write my web series “short” Dark Green: Forever Winter, and I can write me some scripts for my comic book shared universe that I can eventually start drawing!
Hopefully this works out.
Think on it.
DJ Allen comes back for episode 23, as if there were any doubt, to talk a little bit about the Hulu, Amazon Prime, and NetFlix original series revolution.
Does Bob look like a Unicorn? You can tell him by experiencing this show and really give him some good feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the show that stars Bob Miotto and DJ Allen. They talk about all kinds of stuff, stuff that’s fun, and stuff that makes you say “potato.” What? Yeah, and you thought it was over… NO!