Not Quite So Stories won the 2017 Nebraska Book Award in the anthology category!

Not Quite So Stories  won the 2017 Nebraska Book Award in the anthology category! I already shared the heck out of this on Facebook and Twitter, but I wanted to share again here for anyone who follows me on here instead of there.

People should check out the book, maybe pick up a copy on Amazon.

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Life is absurd, ultimately beyond our comprehension, in [some awesome accomplishment] David Atkinson’s latest short story collection Not Quite So Stories. Themes of adolescence, marriage, work, and death intersect in stories that will leave the reader at times amused, sorrowful, pensive, hopeful, and marveling at the bizarre things that make people tick.

Amazon and Goodreads reviews would be cool too.

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Parallels Between Rick and Morty and Clerks: The Animated Series

I was watching the “Morty’s Mind Blowers” episode of Rick and Morty the other day. That episode, hopefully not giving any spoilers here, involves clips of things that Rick has removed from Morty’s memory, often at his request. Rick breaks the fourth wall to state that they’re basically going to have a clip show of material that viewers haven’t seen before. That seemed pretty funny.

But then I started thinking about the “The Clipshow Wherein Dante and Randal are Locked in the Freezer and Remember Some of the Great Moments in Their Lives” episode of Clerks: The Animated Series. That episode was memorable for the fact that they were basically doing a clip show on the second episode of the series. All they had was the first episode to flash back to (and we don’t even really need to get into the fact that only 6 episodes of the series were ever made, and only two were aired, and out of order, and that the first episode was not aired before the second at all, giving them really nothing to flash back to). They flashed back to the first episode though, then to earlier in episode 2 itself, then just to seconds before, and then to stuff that never even happened. As such, they did a clip show of material viewers hadn’t seen before long before Rick and Morty.

Mind you, none of that matters. Rick and Morty did the concept in a very different way, and most new ideas are variants of old ideas anyway.  Perhaps the Rick and Morty writers remembered episode 2 of Clerks: The Animated Series, but perhaps not. It might be a total coincidence, and neither episode diminishes the merits of the other whether there was an influence or not.

I just thought it was funny that something reminded me of that old Clerks cartoon.

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Confession

Confession: I have never seen an episode of Twin Peaks.

I don’t just mean the new stuff, I mean any of it.

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to watch the show, I just don’t recall ever having had the opportunity when it was on. I was intrigued, at least vaguely aware of the show and what it involved, but I never got around to watching a single episode. I think I can access all of the original on demand, but I haven’t done that yet because of the time it would take.

Maybe someday I will.

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I Need This Today

I need this today.

Humor me.

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Book Plug Post!

Book plug post!

Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism. The apocalypse happens on a weekly (if not daily) basis and Marshall is sick of it. Life is constantly in peril, constantly disrupted, but nothing significant every really happens as a result. It’s always handled. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to end. In short, the book explores what about the end times holds such fascination for humanity and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.

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Life is absurd, ultimately beyond our comprehension, in [some awesome accomplishment] David Atkinson’s latest short story collection Not Quite So Stories. Themes of adolescence, marriage, work, and death intersect in stories that will leave the reader at times amused, sorrowful, pensive, hopeful, and marveling at the bizarre things that make people tick.

Don’t you hate it when you may (or may not) be trapped endlessly in a Village Inn with your ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, coincidentally your ex-best friend? That’s the kind of day Cassandra is having. In a homogenized world that is left mostly empty so everyone can feel comfortable, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes explores the fictions we tell ourselves and the fictions we tell ourselves about the fictions we tell ourselves. See the trailer on EAB Publishing’s YouTube page.

Bones Bured in the Dirt

Bones Buried in the Dirt features a young boy named Peter. Ranging from ages four to twelve, Peter’s stories focus on the sort of moments in childhood that get buried in the mind but never fully get absorbed, the moments that constantly come to the surface later in life and shape identity. The result is a sonar picture of the individual Peter will become.

Don’t forget to leave reviews on Goodreads and Amazon!

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You Know What I Haven’t Had In Forever?

You know what I haven’t had in forever? Spray cheese.

That seems really odd right now. The stuff isn’t even really food so I doubtless shouldn’t be eating it, but it seems really odd right now that I haven’t eaten it in ages. I used to eat it all the time on road trips as a kid.

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What The Hell Is The Deal With The Toad?

“We don’t have enough for a movie.”

“Well, just pad it out with shots of a toad.”

“What? Why? What is that for?”

“I don’t know, just do it. It’ll make sense, like…it’s artistic or something.”

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