The Word of the Nerd Online

crayfishcoverNew on The Word of the Nerd Online, I review Crayfish #1. A refreshing, unique spin on the old superhero theme. Well worth the time and investment.

‘This story works on every level. Though it takes place over half a century in the past, it is relevant today. Laird’s narrating style is subtle — the reader must pay close attention as this tale unfolds; nothing is obvious.’

‘The pacing is perfect, as a few jumps into flashbacks break up the action and give us necessary background information. The story comes together like puzzle pieces beginning to resemble the box they came in, and everything falls into place at the end. I found myself smiling at the refreshingly warm tale, and marveling at how well it was constructed.’

Check out my full review:

Back Issues:

Radio Free Albemuth In Theaters June 27 – New Trailer

Review- The Smorgasbord Squad

Review- Headspace #2

Review- Captain Ultimate #5

Review- Kill Me

Review- Serial Victim

Review- Community– GI Jeff

Word of the Nerd: Radio Free Albemuth – June 27th

RFA-fromthemindI have a new article this morning on The Word Of The Nerd Online. Radio Free Albemuth, the lastest Philip K. Dick film adaptation, is set to hit theaters June 27th. Discovery Films has released a new extended trailer which gives a pretty decent glimpse at the movie. I’m really looking forward to this one. It could be the one that finally gets PKD right.

The film’s writer, producer and director, John Alan Simon, was kind enough to sit down and chat with me. We talk about the film, his approach to writing, and all points in between. It was a great conversation and only bolstered my excitement for the film. Look for the interview soon. It will be coming to The Word Of The Nerd Online as we get a little closer to go time.…27-new-trailer/



Sherry Carroll: Classically Ever After

Our friend Sherry Carroll has a new short story available through amazon. Here is my review: 

classicallyeverafterSherry Carroll Writes Great Rock & Roll. March 4, 2014

If you have spent any time in a band or in a music scene, you will recognize the world that Sherry Carroll paints here. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to be immersed in that lifestyle, this is about as authentic as it gets. The style is rambling with rich descriptions, akin to the Gonzo writing of Hunter S Thompson; a slightly distracted stream-of-conscience that might leave your English teacher a little dizzy, but adds a layer of reality to the narrative which I believe is impossible to fake. You can feel the cold night descending on you in the back alley, chatting with the band as they pack up their van, a meandering conversation you can’t always keep up with.

The story here is a quaint tale of girl meets boy, but filtered through rock and roll spectacles and told from the viewpoint of a self-aware and somewhat self-conscious young woman, with a trace of shyness or reserve, but an overwhelming desire to dive headlong into life.

The story is rich in detail and imagery and there are some great, funny moments in the dialogue, and it all just comes together feeling true and real. Well worth the price of admission. An honest little glimpse and a wild, enjoyable ride!

Go check it out for yourself, it’s only 99 cents! It’s a fun romp and a quick read and well worth the investment.
Sherry Carroll: Classically Ever After on

On the Air with Tessa B Dick


Meowing on the Radio First of all thank you to those of you who tuned in. It was a lot of fun from my end, although I did find myself more nervous than I thought I would be. 

The link at the top of the page will open the archive where you can hear the complete show. It was an honor to be on Freedomizer Radio with Tessa B. Dick. More than a straight and formal interview it was more like a conversation with a friend, a few friends at the end.

We did talk about my book but we touched on a lot of subjects as we veered through the stratosphere of available topics. I was surprised and delighted we talked as much as we did about Philip K Dick and his work, especially to hear a few new twists on the tales and aspects of the stories I hadn’t heard before, and direct from the source!

Thanks to everyone who called in, Sara your book is on its way, I do hope you enjoy! I expect a full report! And multiple thanks again to Tessa for this and all the support you have granted me in this adventure.



Radio-Meow-C300HOWDY KIDS!

I’m really excited for this one! Next Monday, March 3rd at 3:00 pm (pacific), I will be on FREEDOMIZER RADIO with Tessa B. Dick talking about ‘Meowing on the Answering Machine’ and whatever else weaves its way into the conversation.

I am honored to be invited, I am very much looking forward to this. Hope you all can tune in. Leave work early and send the kids outside to play in the snow.

Tune in next Monday March 3rd.
3pm (california), 5pm (chicago), 6pm (new york)

examinerMEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE is today’s featured book on‘s Indie Book Spotlight. Read, share, post, repeat!

Sneak Peek: Escape from Flip Top Island

Hey kids!

Mayor Sprud sees Mt. Flip Top erupting.

Mayor Sprud sees Mt. Flip Top erupting.


I had so much fun building my Weird Party game/story that I’m already building another one.

I also learned a lot and will be applying it to this new project, which I think in the end will mean a better game and a more enjoyable experience all around.

This one will be called Escape from Flip Top Island. A volcano starts to erupt and threatens to destroy the island, maybe in a day, maybe in an hour. You and one other person has been left on the island and have to find your way out.

This one is going to be considerable bigger than the Weird Party game/story, and also I am planning this one to be more visually oriented, with drawings to be featured prominently through out to give more life to the story, and quicken the pace considerably.

That said, it is going to be a few weeks or a month before this thing is finished. But, I wanted to give folks a tease, a taste. Bare in mind this is early days, the artwork and narrative are rough. And there isn’t a whole lot you can do yet. You won’t get the copter started, and you won’t get far into the building beyond the reception desk. But, there are a few little things in there that allow a glimpse of what I’m going for, shows the potential.

So if you feel like it take a little browse around FLIP TOP ISLAND. If you have any input or feedback this is always appreciated. And we will meet back here when it is ready to unleash the finished game/story on the unsuspecting public.

If you somehow missed the Weird Party go check it out now at 

A message to my fellow writers

GhostwriterAnd an offer to the readers…

One thing which I think is important to remember, I have to continually move this back to the forefront of my mind, and it’s probably something all my fellow writers out there can take a little comfort in, or maybe readjust our expectations.

We write, we are the writers. Our readers read, this is what they do. And while we all yearn and scratch for feedback and input and all coveted costumer review, we must remember that many who we beg for words do not feel adequately prepared or properly trained to do so. They would love to convey their opinion of our work, but if their level of confidence and intimacy with the language doesn’t match our own, they may feel intimidated to use their words to talk about ours.

To this end, I am offering a new service; especially geared toward the readers among us who would love to put their opinions into digital print if they could only find the right words. For a mere 99 cents, I will ghost write your review of my book. I will strive to put your unique take of my work into words you will be proud to paste anywhere, I will also do my best to convince you that this truly is the most important work you have ever read.

This way, we all win. The writer gets the reviews they cherish so, and the reader gets a few professionally framed paragraphs explaining their thoughts which they can paste around the internet and feel like a well-spoken, as well as obviously well-read, individual.

Act now before the inevitable laws are passed against this sort of thing!

Rave Reviews for MEOWING

MEOWthumbSome very positive reviews have been coming in for MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE. I really want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read the book, and especially those who take the extra step and write a review. These customer reviews are more precious to we writers than almost anything else. And it’s not only a stroking-of-the-ego, so much of the average readers decision on whether to try out a new book or not can often be persuaded by the opinions of others, especially their peers; what another ‘average reader’ thinks of the book often carries more weight than the opinion of a professional critic or reviewer.

If you have read please take a few minutes and write a review for AMAZON or GOODREADS or both and others and more. I will be forever grateful!

What folks are saying:

Extraordinary wit and imagination! (5 out of 5 stars)
CRies — February 13, 2014
Highlighting a crazy cast of characters, this collection of stores emotes beautifully with a distinct twist of outrageous. At times, I found myself laughing out loud, and others, giggling at the absurdities. The authenticity of the artwork and the clarity of the writing are a reflection of both the author’s unique creative side and the gift of an extraordinary imagination. I am both enlightened and inspired! Fun read.
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5 of 5 stars
Cindy — February 05, 2014
I loved this book. All the off the wall stories reminded me of all the weird and off the wall dreams I have and wish that I could remember enough to put on paper. I am glad I won this one and will be passing it along to others to enjoy it. I hope to read more from this author.
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Short Stories Spun Strangely/ Slightly Silly/ Spell Weaving
(5 out of 5 stars) — Sherry — January 15, 2014
This book is stuffed spine to spine with bizarre, fascinating, thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable short stories spun strangely/slightly silly/ spell weaving. Witty+ wise and wise+cracking, Hilarious in a subtle, subversive way. There is a remote chance the author is only slightly deranged. But i make you no promises.
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Thanks Everyone!

You are invited to my party!


NEWGthuThis is a game story in blog form. You are the star of this narrative, as well as the director. It’s a multiple choice narrative and you decide where it will go. This one should be pretty easy, but remain on your toes, there are a few tricks afoot. This is not the choose your own adventure books you remember as a kid. I hope you enjoy. Let me know what I can do to make the next one better. The first three people to make it to the end will win a copy of MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE for ebook.



Ten Scenes from MEOWING

OK! This is turning into a rather large project now, here are all TEN of them. I have a few more up my sleeve still, so stay tuned.

Each of these is a scene from a story from my collection, MEOWING ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE, which is available absolutely everywhere, in paperback and ebook. Folks who have read it and still maintain the ability to communicate are giving it rave reviews! Saying things like, “This looks like a real book!” and “Stay crunchy in milk!”

All the cool kids are doing it!!! Get your copy today!!!

My cameo as a criminal self-clicker

taxirobJailed Man’s YouTube Video Reaches One Million “Self-Hits” in Two Months

Check this out, I think this is pretty hilarious. My friend Mariann Simms put out a note last night, she was looking for a photo she could use in a fictional piece she was writing about a criminal in prison, she wanted someone to volunteer a picture and basically ‘play’ the criminal. I offered the pic I often use of me in NYC in the back of a taxi, taken by Sandra Schneiderman. People often mistake the taxi for the back of a police car, so I figured it would be doubly fitting.

Anyway, read the story, I think it’s absurdly wonderful, right up my alley. Follow her blog as well!