Champs vs Stars: Bank Rollin’ in the Deep

Well, we made it. Another season finale. Who puts on frozen clothes the fastest? Who eats the most gross food? Do the dad bods stand a chance against professional athletes? All these questions and more are answered. Also our interview with Laurel seems to have made waves in the Twitterverse. But hey, those comments were taken out of context.

Star Trek’s Latest Five Year Mission

In 1979 After seeing the world shattering success 20th century Fox had with Star Wars, Paramount studios scrambled to revive the star trek franchise. It seems history is repeating itself yet again as on the heels of Solo the Latest instalment of the Star Wars expanded Universe CBS has contracted Alex Kurtzman to a five-year mission to develop the Star Trek Expanded Universe.

The deal reportedly includes “New Series, Mini-series and other content opportunities” that will expand the Star trek Franchise. The agreement also includes rights to produce other content from Kurtzman and his company, Secret Hideout, who currently produce Hawaii 5-0, Salvation and Instinct. This includes expanding secret hideout’s operations to create other original, non-trek, properties.

This will include the continuation of “Star Trek: Discovery”, which is currently in production on season two. In a fashion that parallels drummers in spinal tap, Alex Kurtzman is also the latest person to be brought on as show runner for the streaming series.

Several shows are currently in some state of development such as: Continue reading Star Trek’s Latest Five Year Mission

The Midnight Drive-In: The Creeping Flesh & Nothing But The Night

Hey look it’s Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.  Two awesome guys that go great together.  First we check out the thriller with quite a twist Nothing But The Night.  After that we look at what pure evil actually is.  Being really slutty in The Creeping Flesh.  After that we talk Hereditary, The Curse Of Frankenstein, Cargo, I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, Hotel Artemis, The Endless, and Ginger Snaps.  That’s a lot of movies.

Graveyard Duck Episode 31 – Deja Vu

This week Scott and Wes managed to spend an hour talking about Deja Vu for the NES without ever once making a Deja Vu pun or joke. Before you accuse us of being professional though, you should know we wander off topic many times, and discuss things like Sam and Max, Leisure Suit Larry, and Robert E Howard. Trust me. You’ll enjoy it.

Oh, and check out the Cromcast.

Don’t forget to keep up with the show and relive all the nostalgia by following us on Twitter (@duckgraveyard) and Facebook. Send us your memories or show suggestions at graveyardduckpodcast@gmail.com. And be sure to check out all of the great content from this show and other nerdy favorites at geeknerdery.com.

Champs vs. Stars: Crossed Words and Mixed Signals

We’re winding down this season of Champs vs Stars and preparing for Final Reckoning. Wes shows what kind of mastermind he is and why he’s the greatest Challenge politician of all time. Louise and Casper face an uphill challenge to get to the final. Will they get there? I guess we’ll find out next week for the grande finale. Also they misspelled a word. C’mon MTV.

The Midnight Drive-In: Black Belt Jones & The Last Dragon

Well we learned that apparently Canadians burned down the white house in the war of 1812 so we promptly kicked Doug off the show.  Noah and I figured we should learn kung fu to make sure none of this ever happens again and what better way to learn than by watching movies?  First up we checked out the Jim Kelly classic Black Belt Jones.  We followed that up with learning from the Shogun of Harlem in The Last Dragon.  No Canadians are burning down our white house again!

Interview with Libbi Duncan and ASHES Book Giveaway

This past week I sat down with author Libbi Duncan to talk about The Scorching Trilogy, managing time, and advice for future authors… To get a free copy of ASHES, comment below with what you’re currently reading and a winner will be picked a random. Enjoy!

How do you juggle personal life and teaching while having a trilogy to write?

Libbi Duncan: I’m a binge-writer. I don’t write every day, although I’d like to get into that habit eventually. I usually just write on weekends, holidays, and during winter and summer break. I write best late at night, so it generally doesn’t affect my personal life. It is difficult balancing all three though. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have any free time to just relax, but I do enjoy staying busy.

When you first started The Scorching did you know how it was going to end?

LD: I start each book with a general outline and I wrote a vague arc for the trilogy when I started, but both the individual storylines and overall story have changed. Naturally the endings changed along the way as well. I try to let the story tell itself based on what the characters would do as things progress in their world.

How far along are you in finishing the third installment?

LD: This question gives me anxiety. Can I skip it? Haha. Just kidding. I meant to start writing on June 1st, but I’m in the process of moving and my internet hasn’t been connected yet, so I’m behind. I’ve finished the outline and all of the planning, and I know how the first scene will begin. I just haven’t started writing it yet. I hope to have the rough draft finished by the end of July though.

Thoughts on audiobooks vs hardbacks?

LD: I will always prefer hardbacks/paperbacks over e-books/audiobooks, but I love that we have those options. Flexibility in how you read is important, and no one should be judged for choosing one method over another. As a writer, reader, and teacher, I see variety in publishing as nothing but a good thing. So far my books haven’t been made into audiobooks, but I definitely hope they will eventually. I especially love the idea of audiobooks for people who travel a lot or like to listen while exercising.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

LD: First of all, I dislike that phrase. There’s no such thing as an aspiring writer, in my opinion. There are only people who write and people who don’t write. If you write, you’re a writer.

You can be an aspiring author, though, and that path is difficult to follow. There are countless books on how to be a writer or how to get published; however, there’s no 100% foolproof method, and anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you their book, not help you. For me, the best advice is as follows:

1.) Read as much as you can.

2.) Write as much as you can.

3.) Revise and edit what you write only after you finish a complete draft. (But again, some authors say the exact opposite.)

4.) Get feedback from both readers and writers, and be careful asking friends to read your work early-on.

5.) Don’t show anyone your first draft. It’s going to suck. Don’t worry. You’ll get better.

6.) Research the writing process as well as the publishing process. Knowledge is power.

7.) Find a support group, either online or in person. I have two writing groups online, one in real life, several critique partners, author friends, beta readers, and loads of awesome friends and family that encourage me. I couldn’t do it without them.

8.) Find what works for you. Where you write. When you write. Paper/pen vs. Laptop. How you edit.

9.) Don’t be afraid to bend or break the rules, but be careful and use common sense.

10.) Persevere. Don’t give up when it gets hard. Don’t give up when you get bad feedback or a bad review. Keep writing.

Ashes: Book Two of The Scorching Trilogy is available now on Amazon.

Interview: Darrell

Fan-favorite and one of the best players to play the game, Darrell is in the house! We ask the standard questions, but we also had to squeeze in some questions about Sarah Greyson, the Gauntlet Queen and one of my favorite players. Darrell was a super charming and personable guy, and we bought him hot dogs. We’re basically best friends now. This wraps up our interviews from the Challenge Throwdown for the Cause event in Yorkville. Thanks for listening!

Interview: Melinda

Melinda asked us to get a little weird with it, and we did. I think we made her a little uncomfortable, but that’s ok because she did the same to us. Or at least she tried. We haven’t seen Melinda on the show for quite some time, but we were still excited to meet her in person. We had a separate conversation before our interview that I wish we would’ve recorded but alas, this is all you get of the beautiful Melinda.

Champs Vs. Stars: When Loyalty Is Spot On

This week we find out which team Booby is sending into the Elimination.  Also a Champ has a tirade and accuses another team of cheating.  After that we find a twist that lowers the competition to just 4 teams.

Interview: Nicole Z.

We weren’t sure what to make of Nicole exactly, but her over-the-top presence we see on TV made for quite the charming, interesting and exciting interactions we had at the Challenge Throwdown for the Cause event. She was very candid maybe a bit drunk for this interview, so prepare yourself.

Interview: Derrick K.

Let’s be honest, our podcasts are not competitors, so we love having Derrick on a show other than Challenge Mania. Word of warning, this was quite late in the night and many drinks were had, leading to some distraction and some nonsense. Challenged Superfan Kelly interrupts this episode to give Derrick a foot massage which certainly didn’t help the distraction issues. Derrick was super cool, very outgoing and we’re thrilled to have this fan-favorite on the show.

The Midnight Drive-In: Red & Blue Ruin

We were feeling too good about ourselves so we decided to bring the mood down a bit by watching the 2008 Jack Ketchum adaptation RED and then the 2013 Jeremy Sauliner movie Blue Ruin.  We also discuss the cancellation of Roseanne, pooping in Tim Hortons, and films such as Split Image, Murder Party, Flash Gordon, Dune, The Starman TV show, and a bit of Solo.

Interview: Jordan Wiseley

Thanks to Jordan for taking time out of his evening during the Challenge Throwdown event to talk to us about horror movies, his production company, his motorcycles and more. Unfortunately Tori D. wasn’t able to join him on this trip, or we could’ve helped figure out if that relationship has staying power. During the interview we definitely sort out why he and Laurel didn’t work out. We’re a podcast, but we’re also relationship counselors apparently. Some people insist their partners fold instead of crinkle.

Graveyard Duck Episode 30 – The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

We once again take the show portable and take a look at The Legend of Zelda for Game Boy. For one of us, this is was a first time play through. For the other, this is the first replay since the games release in 1993? How does the game hold up in 2018? Well…we’ll tell you.

Don’t forget to keep up with the show and relive all the nostalgia by following us on Twitter (@duckgraveyard) and Facebook. Send us your memories or show suggestions at graveyardduckpodcast@gmail.com. And be sure to check out all of the great content from this show and other nerdy favorites at geeknerdery.com.

On Location: The Challenge Throwdown in Yorkville

We’re taking a short break from interviews for this episode, where we sat down with other fans of The Challenge at the Throwdown for the Cause event in Yorkville. This is Kelly’s first live appearance on the show, so give her a hand! Also joining us is her husband Dan, Zach, and Derrick (but not THAT Derrick) who all tell stories about meeting the cast and try to stay coherent after several drinks. We also take some time to talk to Josh, the man behind the events, and get a little insight into the cast and what it takes to organize these events. Stay tuned, we still have interviews coming up with Melinda, Darrell, Derrick, Jordan and Nicole.

Champs Vs. Stars: Go Deep Or Go Home

We’re back with a look at what happens when people stop being friends and start learning to swim.  This episode we learn about the twist that the Miz left us on at the end of the last episode and we learn who can swim and who can’t.

Interview: Tori Hall and Ashley Kelsey

More interviews from the Challenge Throwdown for the Cause event in Yorkville! This time we sat down with Tori Hall and Ashley Kelsey. Ashley was the captain for Hillary’s volleyball team, so you could say we’re all basically best friends now. We ask a little about the Challenge, but also play a fun game of “would you rather?” and learn more about the Challengers in life after The Challenge.

The Midnight Drive-In: The Last Starfighter & Starman

We take to the stars this week to talk about 2 sci fi movies from 1984 that have STAR in the title.  First up is The Last Starfighter.  How good at you at video games?  It could land you a wicked job Starfighter.  Then after that we watch Jeff Bridges phone home in the John Carpenter alien film Starman.  All this and we find out some interesting facts about dating Noah.

Interview: Laurel Stucky

Thanks to Laurel for sitting down with us in Yorkville Illinois to answer some questions about The Challenge, but more importantly the shows she watches on Netflix. Forensic Files for life. We also touch on her episode of Fear Factor and her one elimination loss against the terrible Camila.

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