Been a While, Back in Style

Last week got away from me pretty hard. I went out of town and didn’t get to do any post prep on Sunday, then worked a nearly 70-hour week, so that sucked up all of my evening time. I’m amazed I even got a video out.

I’m starting a new series on the channel, covering chapters from a book called “What So Proudly We Hail.” It’s about American civics and culture.

Here’s the first one. I’m back on deck for this week, should be daily posts again.

Nine Four Two gets a big Thank You

http://www.youtube.com/c/GrahamBradley

I’m very pleased and grateful that the YT channel keeps inching closer to a thousand subs. This process always seems like a crapshoot (one video will get 50 views, one will get 5, I never know what will hit right) but I’m going to keep at it.

942 subs. Thank you for boosting the signal, subbing, and sharing the channel. This is one arrow in my quiver of getting to become an independent creator.

Until then, I shall continue to truck.

Larry Correia RT’d my MHI video

And now it has 30 something views, more than my other book reviews get.

I really don’t know what else to do with my YT channel a lot of the time…860 subs, but I’m pretty much The Mayflower Guy. My most successful book reviews have been about Robin Hood, Louis L’Amour, and a manga version of All You Need Is Kill.

wtf do you people even want.

Anyway, watch the vid. I’ll do some art vids after I record the Sanderson stuff I have on deck.

Channel Recommendation: ThatUmbrellaGuy

In the last week or so I’ve discovered the channel for That Umbrella Guy on YouTube, who is both a comic creator and a news commentator of some sort. Kind of hard to quantify because he specializes in a few different things.

Mainly he’s gained fame for covering the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp saga over the last two years, to such an extent that he’s even named in the case by the defense (Heard).

He’s also got an Indiegogo set up for his ongoing comic series, which looks really cool, and I’ve backed it at the level where you get all three comics.

Anyway, his commentary is interesting and entertaining, and it’s brought me up to speed on the craziness of this whole ordeal pretty quickly. The trial has concluded its first of what is expected to be six weeks. I’m never one to follow tabloid sagas, but since it’s in a court of law, there’s a level of reality to this “reality TV” thing that is hard to fake.

Plus, TUG is jumping in with Rekieta Law in the coverage, who I also find entertaining and informative.

So if you’re inclined, do check it out.

Funeral for a Hound

Last week my dog Bo Duke died. He’d just turned 10 years old. Complications from diabetes did him in. He’d been giving us scares for the last few months and though the meds helped stabilize him, the turn came fast and it was hard to say goodbye to him.

He’s the fourth dog I’ve lost in my life, and the first that was really my own. I talked about him on the channel, and shared a Paulsen book as well that you might not have read yet.

Anyway, RIP Bo Duke. See you on the other side.

Channel Recommenation: The Dave Cullen Show

The YouTube algorithm has its misses, but it wouldn’t be the second most powerful search engine in the world if it was made of suck. One of its recs to me over the last year was The Dave Cullen Show, featuring a British host who posts somewhat regularly–if not on a schedule–and has sensible, entertaining breakdowns on the state of pop culture.

Dave doesn’t limit himself to just that, though. He’s big in the tech world, and runs a website at http://www.ComputingForever.com. Caveat, I haven’t checked out the site itself, I just know him through his YT videos, and I back him on SubscribeStar.

Here’s his most recent vid on the state of corporate Star Trek products, namely the new Picard season.

State of the Dread: April 2022

Writing


Last month I wrote the character roster and some of chapter 1 for HOWLING WILDERNESS, a new Engines tale. This month I will get at least 2 done.

Reading


I read 9 books, for the third month in a row. Would have been more but I’m training a guy at work, so I don’t have as much headphone time. I’m tackling a couple of big ones in April, too.

Audio


Radcracker will go back to 1 episode per week, it’ll just be longer.

Video


Got some new tech to improve the channel. I’ve also got ideas for regular content moving forward. Make sure you’re subscribed! http://www.youtube.com/c/GrahamBradley

Art


I drew a lot more in March, and some of it is getting digitized. One monkey off my back is the new podcast and channel art for my various shows.

Fitness


I started working out at home again. Now that it’s warm I can ride bikes with my kids.

That’s it, get back to work.

State of the Dread: March 2022

Writing

Last month I finished the pre-draft work for HOWLING WILDERNESS, a new Engines tale. This month I will get at least 2 of 8 segments drafted. I started the first chapter and I’m dealing more or less with three perspectives (two protags who will team up, and an antagonist who cheats.)

Reading

I read 9 books, including a re-read of Witchy Winter. I added another book to the best-of-year list, too. I’ve got two more big re-reads on deck for March, too.
Also, screw it, Quixote is a slog. I’m putting it on deck for audio. I committed to reading it in print but I just don’t care. Neither do you. Between that, Witchy Kingdom, and The Two Towers, I’ve got some big reads on deck. I will probably punt on Two Towers until I finish Quixote.

Audio

Sheriff Porter went live on Adventure Hour, and I post about 3 times per week on Radcracker. Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.

anchor.fm/dreadpennies

anchor.fm/radcracker

Video


I did a video on YouTube and I’m going to refine my method on that going forward. I really want to make better-quality stuff and that might include scripted reviews of things, which isn’t bad. It just takes longer. I tried a few short reviews and they didn’t accomplish much.


Art


HAVEN’T DRAWN ANYTHING, HAHAHA. I’m working on a cover for Sheriff Porter.

Fitness


DIDN’T WORK OUT, I’M STILL OVERWORKED. GET A JOB GUYS, I NEED HELP. That said, intermittent fasting has me down about three pounds. Ever downward, lol.

Get back to work. Bye.