Thing Men Should Know Part 4? Maybe?

Honestly this one is all about surrounding yourself. By what you may ask and I say for what reason you wanna surround yourself should the main thing you think of first. Success is exactly what you want to surround yourself for. Setting yourself up to succeed can come in many forms and one of the forms we men forget is true friends. No friends you have known forever, or grew up with, though they can be true friends. I am talking about those that will forcibly pic you up and slap you around a bit so your take the one step at a time to get back on your feet. I am talking about the true friends who caring, compassion, and love come not only with out strings but with out being asked for, with out reservations. With all the things that have gone on with me as of late I have seen who are truly my friends, ad who I know I could/would go to war with and for. So fellas if you think you got it together and you can’t seem to figure out why the ladies are avoiding you, or why people tend avoid you, take stock of whom you surround yourself with. You are seen by the company you keep, its not fair but if you took better personal inventory you would understand why people make such associations. Just something to think about from the Bear.

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Accomplishment

So I have been basically testing the boundaries of my ability to podcast this mouth and it has been a hoot because after trying the podcast a week schedule when i first started Talk Nerdy 2 Me, I failed not all entirely my fault but i shoulder the responsibility for the cast. Now I have for the month of October undertaken 31 Podcasts in 31 Days. Its a horror movie a day and it has been rather taxing because I have continued to put out regular episodes on top of these(those some pull double duty like the Carrie episode) I also have gotten some guests on bored and have at least 2-3 more before the months is out to have on the show. This all means that we can actually finish this task and maybe come out of it with more movies than we actually intended plus network and build some relationships with other casters. It has been a blast and the regular episode format will be changing some. I am trying to get it more professional so the segment intros will return also other podcast promos in the middle or end of podcast with return. Sponsorships if any do come in for the podast in the future will come at the front of the podcast also bumpers will be used for middle of cast breaks. Bonus/Minisodes will be rather informal but will keep being numbers as they are currently with defining abbreviations depending on there purpose (ie HH for Halloween Horrorfest). last interviews I am hoping to not just keep interviews to the time after AFO each year as I would like to get Authors, Actors, Voice Actors, other Podcasters and folks into the mix as well to add to there grand total. Phew this is going to be a fun second half of the year for Talk Nerdy 2 Me I have many more lofty goals but each one comes with time and effort that i must expend and time is something we never seem to have enough of.

With all that said the idea of sponsors feels rather crazy to me because I am so not comfortable with PR, Adverts, and that sort of business dealings. I am behind the mic remember. So am so crazy nervous about attempting. Also Momma has been prodding at the idea of getting a small business license for the podcast so new equipment and travel can be written off so it’s not such an expense though that opens a whole world of things and possiblities but its hard to fathom attempting such things. Well who knows right? What the future may hold but it frightens me and excites me lol. Well I am out of here  and I hope you guys enjoy coming to sit down and talk with me and I will continue both updating and chatting and podcasting. It’s what i want to do, and passion of mine that i love so no matter how down and out i get or seem coming to this blog and spouting off about to you all and putting out a new podcast makes it better. knowing that the few of you who read this or listen to the cast enjoy it keeps me going. I thank you so much for all the support and for all the attentions and help you have given. Thank You and the bear is off to probably watch another film lol.(Hey TundraBaby Wake up!!)

Troubles, and turmoil led one to a impasse

Sigh it seems like very damn time i get back in to the swing of things I get hit with some things worse than what kept me away before. Thing were looking fantastic as AFO hit and passed college was on the horizon and i was planning to complete my degree and try and see what this adult thing was all about. hehe, well as fate would have it that was not in the cards. So I am back tail between my legs, head spinning, and feel well to put it bluntly like a failure. I can’t really put it any other way. I had pumped myself up and got so geared up for things to finally starting moving in a more positive direction. I mean even with the gaps in content because of life this blog and my podcast have done well the past year. With the degree i as gonna get(because I knew and still know I would and will get it) it would have lead me to a career in just this sorta of field this new media field, and a life of production. Well now i am back to square one or at least were I was before attempting college for the second time. Maybe when i can get that third time it will be the charm. If you need the gritty details of what actually happened with school check out the Bonus Episode of the podcast its not the usual just me but I felt i had to, so that those who care about me and know me and worry about me didnt think i was giving up. I wont lie as I moved my things out of the dorms I almost did give up. I hurt so badly but enough of this. Just know I am back and still pushing onward and trying to see how this all will settle thank you for being patient, all of you. Thank you for not forgetting about this old veteran bear. I still got some kick left and i plan to kick some ass and take some names though I will probably misspell them but hey at least i am trying right lol(ok bad joke) Iwill be posting like a mad man here and at Talk Nerdy 2 Me so get ready. It the punch you don’t see that drops you and I got dropped pretty damn hard but with legs still wobbly I am gonna take off. Alta Mae’s boy has never been a coward and I wont stop fighting now. Again thank you all for being crazy patient and uber caring.

AFO, three years running!

HO ho ho, I am here and got some things to say. I know normally about this time of year i do a 3-4 post blog about AFO and all the things I will be doing from the thursday before the con(zero day) and the last(day three) but since I have got the podcast going I am con’in the girls into jumping on to the wave form and casting a show from AFO itself. I am also mid research even though this is like day before my flight. AFO this year seems to be power ranger light with anime/video game heavy guests and I honestly couldnt be happier. Also the power ranger guests are Paul Schrier and podcast friend Jason Narvy who dropped us a bumper last year. well this year I am locked and locked with camera and H2n Mic so here is hoping I get some interviews.(crosses paws)

With that said I will address what some know from following my podcast page on Facebook and my personal page I am 10 days from going back to college full time and it has been an aggravating, frustrating, and just down right miserable experience from a paperwork and money stand point but its fixed for the most part as of this posting with one a few minor deals to hash out come next week. So I am glad your all BEARing with me(see what i did there). so please please hop on over to The Talk Nerdy 2 Me Podcast to get more of me and of course my life best friend in the whole world Jen aka the TundraBaby while on the latest episodes we review The Conjuring and then make the world explode from awesome with out guests Tee Morris and his wife Philippa Ballantine.

Well I think that is all the shameless promoting and pandering for forgiveness. oh and if you feel frisky leave comments here, email me at TalkNerdy2MePodcast@Gmail.com. Also review and rate us on iTunes if you want and check out Facebook Page because at 100 likes, and so one we will do some give away of some things I have here. I also plan some random give aways as well but nothing like milestones for celebrating right? Well guys I am off to mow the lawn after I toss some cloths in to the drier then its nappy time before my last day at work. I hope to maybe see some of you at AFO. This is the Bear until next time.

Feeling Good…WHAT!? It Happens!

Ya know, So many things can knock you down or smash up your day. Yet so many simple things can turn it all around. For me sitting on my front porch smoking a nice cigar can calm a shit-tastic day and turn it around. Though today I have found another pleasure and it was rather glorious. That was reading a good comic book. That comic was Irredeemable, basically the story of what would happen is superman was bat shit crazy and liked it. I haven’t read a story as satisfying as this since I read Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, and haven’t felt so good finishing a story from beginning to end since his dark tower series.

I think alot of us forget to just enjoy the things that got us along before all the working, and bill paying, etc. So I highly recommend Irredeemable it was a great story I will be trying to podcast about that and Man of steel with James(Face) at some point. I have also picked up a new books. This one is by PJ Schnyder called Bite Me its books one in her London undead series. Tonight as of this post at 7pm est there will be a twitter chat with prizes lol. just looks up #BiteMe and join in on the fun.

Well I am going to keep this short and sweet I have scotch to drink, OWG posts to crit, and more reading to do plus podcasts. Yet I wont forget to take a bit of time for me to enjoy and relax, and neither should you.  Until next time talk to you later.

What a day…in the life of a mechanically un-inclined nerd bear….

Sigh, I think I have told my friends this numerous times but cars are easy to buy but murder to keep up. I mean seriously I drove to this years Balticon in my truck. It handled the drive lovingly. Theennnn, when we get back there was a change in the air. It all start with…a pop. yes as I was backing out of the drive to head to work there was a pop and my right tired blew out, as I had no time for changing a tire less than 20 minutes before work It had to stay until the am. Not such a bad thing right? right well the geniuses at car companies now use these lovely devices called locking lug-nuts and to remove a tire this beast of man made origin must be conquered. I maybe a rather physically menacing figure when looked at from a general stand point I mean. 6’3 280lbs big and bald well needless to say I was stumped by staggered by the two hit combo of releasing the spare tire from its cage and removing the flat. by the way Chevrolet eat a dick for your asinine spare tire mounting and torture device turned vehicle jack. as I have spotted off such craziness I will illuminate 30 minutes to struggle and wrench these lug-nuts off after a 45 minute cranking of this damned jack to raise the vehicle so it and the bad tire do not fal land crush my poor exhausted self after a shift at work. Now the really killer the spare tire house is a De Vincian device were you have to crank this turny thing to lower the device but at the same time to hve it jacked up and pressing in what your lowering to compress this spring and go back and forth between cranking to lower and lowering the jack to keep continual pressure until the tire literally falls off this industrial strength death cord. now after all is said and done( a nap 3 beers a google search for youtube videos and half a day later) I have released the imprisoned spare tire and with more grunting turning and wrench attached and cast the blown ring of rubber into the pit(bed of my pickup) and lowered the truck back upon the ground to rest were it shall sit for a month because my breaks and rotors are and make a horrible banshee squeel and grinding sound straight form the never ending story rock family. Now after forking over nearly 4 hundred bucks for a replacement tire for the front left(driver side) due to extensive tire wall damage and breaks and rotors for the front my poor baby is almost ready to roll once more just some minor things now like a tune up, and normal time/mileage based maintenance and I can stop driving the mini-can around.

so moral of the story, become a wizard and use brooms, flu powder, and port keys to get around for there cheaper and far less of a pain in my furry nerd bear butt.

Now if you will excuse me I am off to weep and drink some rye as remember this tale has drained me, but dont forget(shameless self promo) to check out My podcast along side Jen, called Talk Nerdy 2 Me rate us and review us on iTunes if you like and or if your feeling froggy stop by the Facebook page and talk with us there we are always posting things and speaking of whatever odd nerdy thing we are into at the moment and would love for you to join us as well and give your likes and share as tribute…I mean wait what do I mean. yeah so just come say hi, and this is Big Bear out until next time.

Here I come…

Hiya Everybody! I am back of sorts I have had so much going on its been rather crazy. So I apologize about not being here like a month and a half. Next I will give you a run down on what I have been occupying my time with. First up I submitted a “first draft”of an reading for a short story. This one one of the hardest things I have ever had to do and to think talking for me couldn’t be hard. I even took a day off from work to finish it and try to get it as best as I could with out correction or suggestion for making it better from the content creator them self. I don’t know if I will be what they are looking for hell most likely I am not. This is fine, however because I was offered the chance to do something spectacular and I feel good about this first attempt and I can only get better.

My next time consuming endeavor has been the podcast and it’s bi-weekly content with Jen. I was a bit lax on it because we both have been crazily busy with our day jobs. This will change soon as I will be quitting mine and going to college full time to get a degree in production technology. Which excites me because I can actually learn more about the behind the scenes technical aspects of podcast production, radio, television, hell maybe even stage and so forth. Jen has just started doing night shift so she will be on my old schedule lol meaning recording for her will be a bit easier as she isn’t going to be bouncing back and forth trying to juggle her schedule with mine as  her schedule is now a fixed one like I had. Now also on the side of the podcast I have created a Facebook page  this was in hopes to get more listen and via the listeners more input about the shows content, about what we can do better and about what we have done wrong or can stay the same. Finally I have linked my Google+ with YouTube to create the Talk Nerdy 2 Me channel were we will try to do periodic live streams for reviews and episodes of the podcast(I will also post the audio of those in the RSS feed so you wont miss out though It may take me a bit of finagling as I am still very new to this)

Well there you have it I have been trying to make moved and expand my experiences with this whole wide world of social media and the digital age so please bare with me and hang on because just as I am learning I want you all to come along with me so we can experience this together. As always any suggestions and criticisms are welcome. Talk you again real soon

April Fools? Bleh!

This Bear has never been a big fan of the pulling pranks so this post will be all truth baby booya! I wanted to talk about a couple things one of which is the fact Netflix has added the 90’s most awesome cartoons to its streaming service those being of their cartoon cartoon block. That’s right folks Powerpuff Girls, “Ed,Edd,Eddy”, Samurai Jack, and the others are all there for you enjoyment. I for one am a amazingly happy bear right.

With that annoucment out of the way I can take some time to talk about another awesomeness I have found lately( which equals today) Rooster Teeth’s coming show call “RWBY”. As an anime fan my eyes picked up on the anime influences right away but with the awesome animation and bad ass character designs so perfectly suited by the cell shading I couldn’t help but check out the trailers for Red, White, Black. Yellow will be out before the premere in July I am sure so keep your eyes posted for this as well.

Last just givingyou guys a heads up Jen is out of town right now and I pick her up from the airport come tomorrow morning and we will have you a super awesome episode of Talk Nerdy 2 Me so you guys catch up with us then we will have you a bunch of episodes we have been planning shot out to you guys at once its just like kinda caught up with us all at once with me getting ready for college in august, and her having to go see her ailing grandfather plus out work schedules we just hadnt had a moment to put our lofty podcast ideas on wax so to speak.

Well I am keeping this short and bringing it to a close but I have some 10 things coming up, and even a thing men should know coming down the pipe so be ready because winter is over and the bear is coming out of a hybernative fuge state and he’s ready to rock and maul with the best of them.

so until next time this is Big Bear signing out.

ps, Am I the only one who has noticed that Yorkie’s looks like members of the beetles with those bangs and they pull back their ears?

Big Bear on…Big Bear

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Hey guys i am not dead yet…honest its just a flesh wound. Seriously though after a feverish month of podcasting, tied with my first convention of the season I begin outlining a new work as frustration and agitation drive me to out the pen to bed on my story though it was also advised by a author I know whom is much wiser than I and basically said I was forcing it to much.

Also am finishing up Cats beta which has taken me way to long but I want it to be as thorough as possibly because i know he wants to shops it around and or self pub.

In May is my second con of the season Balticon and I will be doing 3 panels there:

•Anime 101 – a intro to Japanese animation for parents to know what there kids are watching and buying and also a way to give perspective fans something to sink there teeth into without jumping into the deep end.

•Anime After Dark – a look at hentai, eroticism, sexual themes, love and romance in anime

•Anime Vs. Traditional(western world animation) – a look at the simulaties, differences and blending of topics, material, subject matter, animation styles and those who create both styles ie Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbara, John Lasiter(Pixar) and folks like John Bluthe( all dogs go to heaven, Fifal An American tail and others) for anime and Japanese animation you have Osamu Tezuka(Astro Boy, Phoenix), Akira Toriyama( Dragon Ball Z) Hayao Miyazaki( Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle) and Isao Takahata(My Neighbors the Yamatas, Grave of the fireflies)

These will be my first panels EVER so I am preparing like a mad man though I hope I don’t come off as a show off or know it all cause I don’t know of the other panelists are preparing or taking it as serious as I am because if you work panels and the video room you can get free admission to the con. I want the experience because it will help me with public speaking(ie readings as an author), and to research for this will help with researching for writing and my podcast. Which is why I am gonna buy my ticket for the con regardless and if they reimburse me that’s cool if not i get to talk about something i love.

My last con Anime Festival Orlando will be in early part of August just before I return to college as a full time student in pursuit of degrees in production technology(radio, television, film, stage) and Journalism(print and broadcast)

On top of all of this I will keep writing, I will keep blogging, I will keep podcasting and I will still hover about on the interwebs and the OWG as the big lovey bear that I am

Bears, Betas, and Beers!!

Well You read right this bear Is on the move through a beta read for a friend*cough* here’s looking at you Cat!!*cough*. I decided to do this post because well, I think beta reading is fun and being apart of the growth and creation of some ones world is just amazing. Also it will teach you think about critique another’s work and also guide you along the path of writing so yours gets better as well so it win, win all around. so here are a few things I have picked up along the way to help those seeking betas and those willing to or are betas themselves. also most of this is things form far bigger and better folks but passing on wisdom makes those listening and those speaking wiser right? right so on we go yes!

  • Make sure you inform your betas of any specifics input your looking for. It helps make the process much more stream. There is a time and place for a shotgun or a rifle.
  • If you are a beta try to read it two maybe more and each time look for one or two type of things to critique, as I said before shotgun versus the rifle
  • when looking Beta’s get those who are dependable, but also get a diverse crew not just authors look for artists, teachers, scientists, soldiers, cooks whatever because the more perspectives you get the better your writing will be trust me reaching a wide audience is key and running the gauntlet of betas is the way to success in this endevour.

(I bet there’s gonna be a lot of gun metaphors in this thing, what do you think? Eh? Eh?)

  • Give your betas your work in a form easy for them to manage ie Eformat, or a word doc they can convert, or a PDF just whatever makes it easiest for them. They’re doing you a service remember lol.
  • Beta’s don’t be afraid to ask for something to help you along the way. also communicate with the author, if something confuses you in the reading take a quote and shoot and email asking for clarification.
  • Don’t nit pick the small stuff. spelling can be easily fixed but a shitty character, drop plot line, or a plot hole the size of Jupiter not so much.
  • author’s don’t get offended we know this is your baby and we will be as gentle bu honest as possible, and beta’s don’t be fucking cruel man. Karma is a bitch let me tell you.

Well these are just some general things to think about when beta’ing or looking for beta’s.  If you have any ideas to add or think I spouting out absolute nonsense then let me know and comment away but until next this Big Bear *slips back in the den*