comedic fiction

AD Podcasts, Christopher Moore, and Turn-of-the-Century Impressionism

So this week I’m re-reading one of my all-time favorite books. It’s called Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art, by Christopher Moore. 

Moore is a writer of comedic speculative fiction, combining fantastical elements from a variety of cultural sources with the sometimes over-ordinary events of daily life. He’s one of my all-time favorite writers; particular gems include Sacré Bleu; Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal; Fluke (or, I Know Why The Winged Whale Sings); Fool; and A Dirty Job (and its recent sequel Secondhand Souls). I’m not sure if Moore has a Tumblr presence, but he’s on Twitter @TheAuthorGuy.

Sacré Bleu is a story that mostly centers on Lucien, a (fictional) baker in the Parisian district of Montmartre, where congregated the great artists of the Impressionist era during the late 1800s. Lucien was taught by Renoir, coddled by Pissarro, sneered at by Degas, condescended to by Monet, and mourned the death of Vincent Van Gogh right alongside Dr. Gachet and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.

It’s also about a timeless muse whose skin exudes magical memory-altering blue pigment harvested by a Neanderthal. But that’s not really why I’m writing.

What’s struck me on this second read is how plausible it is to me that all of these great artists knew each other, drank together, suffered together, and orbited each other throughout their lives. Because of course they did! They were all living in France, their paintings hung in the same galleries, and they drank in the same bars! But more importantly, they were the only other people crazy enough to believe with all their beings that their art would sustain them. (ok yes, some of them came from money, so they needn’t have worried–– just stick with me here, the point is coming.)

(collage courtesy of Ryan Estrada)

Back in the spring, I was invited to a group forming online which now includes most of the people who make your favorite fiction podcasts: Wolf 359. Wooden Overcoats. Archive 81. Kakos Industries. The Cleansed. We’re Alive. Our Fair City. Small Town Horror. The NoSleep Podcast. The Truth. The Black Tapes & Tanis. Within the Wires. ars Paradoxica and the Bright Sessions, of course. And that’s just some of the more well-known examples. I could go on for a huge wall of text listing all the shows who contribute. (To all of my podfriends I did not list, I love you all as well, and please feel free to tag yourselves!)

Not only do we discuss the ins and outs of writing, production, recording, gear, publishing, marketing, and social media – did you think #AudioDramaSunday happened by accident? – but we also have an incredibly lively Random/Off-Topic section where we talk about video games, food, TV shows, events, school, work, illness, life stresses, and general shenanigans. We’ve become a huge group of friends. I’ve honestly never seen a more supportive, welcoming, and friendly group of people, especially one so large and whose member list is constantly expanding. I feel so, so lucky and grateful to be included in this wonderful weird audio drama podcast family.

We support each other because we are the only other people crazy enough to believe, with all of our beings, that our art will sustain us.

the signs + the type of book they would write
  • Aries: drama
  • Taurus: classic fiction
  • Gemini: comedic fiction
  • Cancer: gothic romance
  • Leo: memoir
  • Virgo: psychological thriller
  • Libra: erotica
  • Scorpio: satire
  • Sagittarius: young adult contemporary
  • Capricorn: tragic comedy
  • Aquarius: historical mystery
  • Pisces: urban fantasy

Spagoots HQ

This is a sorta test of a new Spagoots project we’ve been planning for a little while now. We wanted to make more story-based, comedic, fictional things with the Spagoots “canon”, if you will, and recently we decided that comics would be a fun way to do that!

So here we have Spagoots HQ, a series of stories that aims to answer a very specific question: What possible situations would Jordan, Ava, Kay, and Ryan get into if they lived in the same vicinity?

At the moment, there are no plans for a specific schedule of release for Spagoots HQ entries, as this project is mainly experimental in its current state, but hopefully this can be a way to ease the wait during possible future hiatuses and provide some more Spagootery that you can enjoy! :D

- Jordan

Opening Commissions!

As I’ve mentioned before, I recently opened up donations on my blog, but i feel a bit strange not offering anything in return. However, I do still need to maintain an income for my work, so I’ve decided to try opening up commissions:

What are you offering?
As you all know, I am a horror writer by trade, and let’s be honest: all of you are here to be scared, right? I’d like you to tell me what your deepest, darkest fear is so I can create a written piece, just for you, that will scare the living daylights out of you! However, I am not limited to horror alone. I also write general fiction, comedic essays, and light erotica. If you have something specific in mind, just let me know!

How much do you charge?
I charge $1 per 100 words! This means that a 2,000 word, single-spaced story is approximately four pages long and $20 in price. If you’re looking for something a bit longer, we can discuss pricing.

When do I pay you?
I will ask you for a deposit up front. This will vary depending on the complexity and length of the piece you’d like. We’ll discuss it before I start the piece!

Another important note: While these commissions will be personalized, the written rights will still remain with me. What does this mean? Essentially, this means that you may not profit from it in any way, or post it claiming that it is your own work.

Email me at searchandrescuewoods@gmail.com if you’d like to commission me, as I get a lot messages on here, and I may not see your request right away. 

It’s an episode that made many people ask, “How is it I can cry at a comedic science fiction cartoon, but I can’t express my feelings to my friends and family?” Well, get your Zoloft out, because the episode was originally going be about Fry finding the body of his mom.

Yeah. Mentally walk yourself through the episode with that switch made.

5 Scrapped Episodes That Almost Ruined Famous TV Shows

Bellarke Fanfiction Awards 2016

Official Dates:

  • Nominations open: July 11th
  • Nominations close: July 17th
  • Voting opens: July 20th
  • Voting closes: July 27th
  • Winners Announced: July 30-31st

Official Categories:

General Fanfiction: word count: 15k+ | all works must be completed, with the exception of the WIP category

  • Best Modern AU Fiction
  • Best Canon Fiction
  • Best Future Fiction*
  • Most Underrated Fiction
  • Best Hurt/Comfort Fiction
  • Best Angst Fiction
  • Best Fluff Fiction
  • Best Smutty Fiction
  • Best Comedic Fiction*
  • Best WIP Fiction*

Tropes: word count: no parameter

  • Best High School/College AU Fiction* (previously two separate categories)
  • Best Ark AU Fiction
  • Best Fraudulent Relationship Fiction* (includes Fake, Arranged, Accidental relationships/marriages | previously separate categories)
  • Best Roommates Fiction
  • Best Supernatural/Magic Fiction
  • Best Soulmates Fiction
  • Best Enemies to Lovers Fiction
  • Best Family Fiction* (kidfic, babyfic, domesticity, pregnancy)
  • Best Historical/Period Fiction*
  • Best Crossover Fiction (previously used in each main section, now solely a tropes category)
  • Best Holiday Fiction* (Holiday themed – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentines, etc.)

Oneshots: word count: 2k-15k

  • Best Modern AU Oneshot
  • Best Canon Oneshot* (timestamp within show universe or divergent)
  • Best Future Oneshot* (takes place a significant amount into the future, with previously canonic roots)
  • Most Underrated Oneshot
  • Best Hurt/Comfort Oneshot
  • Best Angst Oneshot
  • Best Fluff Oneshot
  • Best Smutty Oneshot
  • Best Comedic Oneshot*

Drabbles: word count: under 2k

  • Best Modern AU Drabble
  • Best Canon Drabble* (timestamp within show universe or divergent)
  • Best Future Drabble* (takes place a significant amount into the future, with previously canonic roots)
  • Most Underrated Drabble
  • Best Hurt/Comfort Drabble
  • Best Angst Drabble
  • Best Fluff Drabble
  • Best Smutty Drabble
  • Best Comedic Drabble*

Authors

  • Best Clarke Author
  • Best Bellamy Author
  • Best Modern AU Author
  • Best Canon Author
  • Best Up and Coming Author* (first Bellarke publication must fall within the last 6 moths)
  • Most Underrated Author
  • Best Angst Author
  • Best Fluff Author
  • Best Smut Author
  • Best Comedic Author
  • Most Creative Author*
  • Best Poet*

* indicates a new category for the 2016 awards

Official Rules:

  • Must have been published after June 1, 2015

Exception: if a fic was a WIP at the time of the last awards, and has since been completed/updated, it is eligible for this years awards – provided that it did not win an award last year.

  • You may nominate up to three fics per category

Nominations must include a valid link to the fic/author. Self-nominations are acceptable.

  • Any category that fails to receive four nominations will not be included in the final voting round
  • A fic may only be nominated in one category
  • An author’s fics may only be featured in two categories per section, with a total nominations cap at six nominations for each author overall
  • In the Author Section, an author may only be featured in two categories
  • For all three underrated categories (Most Underrated Fiction, Most Underrated Drabble, Most Underrated Oneshot) they must fall below: tumblr: 100 notes | ao3: 200 kudos | ff.net: 100 favorites

We will not tolerate cheating of any kind, as well as bribery. If you are found bribing people for nominations or votes, you will be disqualified from the awards. This includes offering gifsets, drabbles/oneshots/etc., or promos for votes.

*You may, however, advertise that you have been nominated, as long as no exchange for votes is taking place.


Keep an eye out, we’re coming soon!

nytimes.com
Garry Shandling, Star of Groundbreaking Sitcoms, Dies at 66
Mr. Shandling was known for walking the tightrope between comedic fiction and show-business reality on two cable sitcoms.
By Peter Keepnews

Garry Shandling, a comedian who deftly walked a tightrope between comedic fiction and show-business reality on two cable sitcoms, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 66.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles police confirmed the death but did not give a cause. TMZ, the gossip website, reported that Mr. Shandling had had a heart attack.

Mr. Shandling, who began his comedy career as a writer and went on to become one of the most successful stand-up comics of the 1980s, was best known for “The Larry Sanders Show,” a dark look at life behind the scenes of a late-night talk show. It ran on HBO from 1992 to 1998.

Mr. Shandling’s Larry Sanders was the host of a fictional show within a show, interviewing real celebrities playing themselves in segments that were virtually indistinguishable from real talk shows like “The Tonight Show.” Mr. Shandling had frequently substituted for Johnny Carson as the “Tonight Show” host. But the Sanders show was mostly concerned with what happened when the cameras were off, especially the interplay among Larry, his bumbling announcer and sidekick (Jeffrey Tambor) and his mercurial producer (Rip Torn).

“The Larry Sanders Show,” often cited as a groundbreaking precursor of shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “30 Rock,” was the second show of Mr. Shandling’s to take an unorthodox approach. The first, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” seen on Showtime from 1986 to 1990, freely admitted that it was a show, with Mr. Shandling often breaking the fourth wall by speaking directly to the audience.

Rest In Peace, Gary!  Thank You For All Your Entertainment and Talent Which You Shared With Us!

Phroyd