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Reblogging, because damn it, this is funny.
Since I’m not used to seeing the word “hell” censored, “What the _____?” always reads as “What the fuck?”
Originally posted on Bryn Donovan:
You’ve probably heard about Clean Reader, the app that censors “bad words” from ebooks. I was really curious about how this worked, so I downloaded it to try on my last book, Sole Possession, which is a romance and a haunted house story.
I didn’t actually have the e-book version of my own title, so I bought that from Amazon. Then I couldn’t get the Clean Reader app to sync with my library, so I bought my book again through the Clean Reader app, from the iTunes store. Yeah. I bought my own book twice in order to write this blog post, because I am a genius. (Apparently Clean Reader has since stopped selling books through the app, I believe due to authors’ objections.)
When Clean Reader comes across a bad word, it blanks it out. There are a few different levels of censorship you can…
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Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on February 27th, would have celebrated his 84th birthday today.
“He’s not really gone, as long as we remember him.”
Okay, it’s obvious I’ve been dropped from the mailing list.
As I was head-down in the midst of finishing up the last novel and getting ramped up for the next one, The Batcave Podcast snuck past me yet again and dropped two–yes, two–new episodes on the show’s fans. Host John S. Drew has been continuing his ongoing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s seventeenth story (and 33rd and 34th episodes overall), he’s joined by 13th Dimension website guru Dan Greenfield as they discuss the return of the Mad Hatter in “The Contaminated Cowl” and “The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul.”
From John’s write-up:
“The Mad Hatter is back in Gotham City with a new scheme to get Batman’s cowl. But will he want it once it’s irradiated and turned pink? And will he be able to use his planned deathtrap, a water tower, before the end of the first episode, or will it be another afterthought as in his last outing? These questions will be answered on an all new Batcave Podcast!”
See what John and Dan think of these episodes: “The Contaminated Cowl/The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul”
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
For the next episode, John is joined by a veritable Rogues Gallery of cohosts! Gotham City 14 Miles editor Jim Beard, editor/writer/Batfan Glenn Greenberg, and indie filmmaker Robert Long are all on hand for a special double-length episode as they help John dissect “The Zodiac Crimes,” “The Joker’s Hard Times,” and “The Penguin Declines,” the season’s first three-part storyline!
From John’s write-up:
“The Joker sneaks The Penguin into Gotham City to help him with his latest scheme, a series of crimes dictated by the astrological signs of the Zodiac. It starts with the Aries, the Ram and ends with Capricorn, the Goat. What or who is the final target in this scheme? What role or roles does the lovely Venus have in this scheme? Does this episode hold up as an anniversary story, celebrating one year of Batmania?”
See what John and the gang thought of these episodes: “The Zodiac Crimes/The Joker’s Hard Times/The Penguin Declines”
I received an email about this overnight, so apparently the figurative cat has exited the proverbial bag. Virtual beans have been spilled, and so on and so forth, yadda yadda yadda.
As part of a longer interview with Visionary Trek released last week and in which he discusses the numerous projects on which he’s currently working, friend and fellow word pusher David Mack teased a bit about a new trilogy of novels coming next year from Pocket Books. As with what I suspect are a number of other plans and projects in various stages of plotting and scheming, this trilogy will celebrate Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary next fall.
(Note: And by the way, don’t be hassling Dave. I want to read the original SF novel series he’s writing for Tor, and I can’t do that until he finishes writing the damned thing. So, stay off his back.)
As story outlines have not yet been finalized and approved, there’s really not much we can offer just yet, except to say that all three books will “star” Kirk and the Enterprise crew in their prime, and each book ties into a larger storyline that we hope pays proper tribute to the legacy of the original series, which all of us love rather more than most normal people would consider healthy. The batting order will be:
Book 1 – Greg Cox
Book 2 – David Mack
Book 3 – Me and Kevin
At last report, the books were tentatively scheduled to be released during summer of 2016, and we’re all aiming/hoping that they’ll at least cover the September 2016 slot in some fashion.
The four of us brainstormed on a “trilogy pitch” back around the holidays, and submitted a document that had a 4-6 page high-level proposal for each book. Once that was approved, we all were sent to our corners to write more detailed outlines. As I write this, Greg and Dave are finalizing their outlines, and Kevin and I will be taking those and then finishing up our own proposal while making sure we tie up all the various threads and plot dangly-like things they leave for us.
Obviously, more info will be coming. Stay tuned. :)
And yes, I’m rather jazzed at being able to do something for Trek‘s 50th. This is definitely one of those “dream projects.” If you’d told me 15 years ago I’d be doing something like this, I’d have asked you to give me some of what you were smoking. But, here we are.
That’s right, kids! Today marks the 84th birthday of the original Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner!
I get tired just watching the man work. He’s a machine, I tell you. I honestly hope I have half his energy when I make it as far as he has.
Here’s to many more wonderful birthdays, sir.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I want this to happen. I want it to happen right this very microsecond.
I actually came across a few of these a couple of years ago, but I only just recently got to see the entire “set” of 12 illustrations depicting the original Star Trek cast as well as several notable aliens. Yeah, we really really need something like this to happen, sooner rather than later.
(Bonus points for going with the little Enterprise icon like they used for the 197os Topps trading cards. :) )
These swank illustrations come to us courtesy of artist Phil Postma, and you really need to take a few minutes to visit his site, learn all about him, and check out his other work. Go on. I’ll be here when you get back.
(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)