Sunday, September 2, 2012

New collaborative projects and blogs

So things over here are getting fairly quiet, or at least not updating anywhere near as much as they used to.  But that doesn't mean I haven't been working!

For whatever reason, in July I found myself really wanting to do some new things.  Strangers from the Internet was/is still on hiatus, and the marathon movie posts I had been doing left me rather fatigued.  So I essentially went back to the wells and found a way to try to make this all fun again.  Because if writing and reviewing isn't fun for you, you're doing it for the wrong reasons!

One thing was the switch to more video reviews, which you've seen here already.  My Castle Rock Companion series and any other video reviews I do will still be linked here.  It's not entirely impossible that I'll be doing written reviews here too, though they will mostly be unplanned as the moment strikes me.  I do have a marathon scheduled for Halloween that's been in the works for a while.

But a lot of my written reviews are now appearing elsewhere.  Made of Fail runs a fun recap/review blog called Second Time Around, where anyone and everyone is invited to pick a series they are familiar with - be it television, books, comics, video games, whatever, and review them step by step.  I thought it sounded like a really fun idea, so after picking my brain a bit I decided to choose the Age of Apocalypse crossover from the X-men comics.  Those reviews are similar in the style to the comic reviews I've done here, so if you liked them I'd recommend checking them out.  Other folks are also doing their own reviews there, on things such as Stephen King's The Stand, The Prisoner television series, and anime series Ouran High School Host Club.  Check them out!

The other place my written reviews will begin appearing is The Monthly Midnight Movie Exchange.  Every month Tony, Noel, and I will take turns picking a film and then we review and discuss.  As the title suggests, these will be movies outside of the mainstream, those odd little films you might find flipping through the channels that you've never heard of before but have enough wacky charm for you to appreciate them.  Given how much I enjoy The Mike's From Midnight With Love blog, there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to review these kinds of movies when it was offered to me.  Our first pick is Enter the Ninja, and I am so looking forward to doing my pick next month of The Calamari Wrestler!

That's an awful lot of stuff and a lot of different websites to remember, isn't it?  Well, in an effort to make it a little easier for others (and also to help me keep track of them all in one place), I've set up a blog on my main website that will post links to all of these various projects as they go live.  You can subscribe to that RSS feed rather than ten million little ones if you prefer.  And of course I always post links on my Twitter account to all these projects, but Twitter posts have a way of disappearing under a sea of tweets about food and spoilers so I thought something a little more organized might be better.

Now that that's all out of the way, expect a new Castle Rock Companion here later this month, and with any luck an additional non-Stephen King video review if all this hurricane business calms down long enough for me to get some work done.

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