For Today’s Funky Friday, Don’t Be Afraid to Shake It!

Author Scott B. Pruden brings the Funky Friday rock and soul!

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My son and I had a conversation the other day that went like this:

Him: “Dad, I don’t understand how some people can listen to music on their earbuds and stay perfectly still.”

Me: “Me, either. Sometimes when I’m listening to music on the train I worry that I’ll be unable to control myself and leap into the aisle dancing like a maniac.”

Him: (Gut-busting laughter)

Granted, the sight of me dressed for “legitimate” work and suddenly busting a move on the commuter express into Philadelphia is pretty funny, but that’s not really an exaggeration. Despite the near ubiquity of earbuds (discrete, once considered cool) or those giant headphones I remember bumming off my dad to make mixtapes (now inconvenient, burdensome and therefore hipster cool), you see very few people publicly responding to the music they’re listening to.

I’m a little biased. I’m the guy you pull up next to…

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It’s My Birthday, So You Get the Presents (Spoiler – It’s FREE EBOOKS!)

FREE BOOK ALERT!!! Author Scott B. Pruden is celebrating his 45th birthday by giving away the Kindle ebook of “Immaculate Deception” for FREE through Friday.

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Hi, yes … that fateful day has arrived. Today I turn 45.

Given the new realities of the lifespan of healthy humans (and the fact that genetics are working in my favor here), unless I do something (else) monumentally stupid, I fully intend to live at least until the age of 90.

That puts me squarely at the doorstep of midlife. Half my life down, half yet to go.

MV5BMzE1MzMzMTExOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk0ODkyMw@@._V1._SX640_SY923_For lots of folks (particularly men), this is a time of re-evaluation. To paraphrase Edna Mode in The Incredibles, men this age are often … unstable.

Well, hopefully no more unstable than on any other day. I won’t be going out shopping for a red Porsche Boxter convertible in which I’ll install a significantly younger woman. I married a significantly younger woman, and if there’s any toodling around in exotic sports cars to be done, it will most certainly be…

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The Monorail – Getting from Here to There the Science Fiction Way

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One of the early criticisms of Immaculate Deception (from a friend and former newspaper colleague who had not yet read the book, incidentally) was that there would be no way that anytime in the near future the United States could agree to build any sort of high-speed rail system, let alone the extensive maglev network I describe in the novel.

Had he known they were present in the narrative, he probably would also have pooh-poohed the presence of the aircar, loosely based on the designs of the Moller Skycar, which is an actual thing.

Granted, when it seems difficult for some in politics and punditry (the real in which my skeptical friend now dwells) to wrap their brains around better, cooler trains. The fact that people in urban areas (particularly along the Northeast Corridor of the U.S., where I live) actually like to use trains and would like…

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I’m Doing a Book Signing

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I’ll be in York, Pa., tonight, promoting The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report. I’m doing a reading, book signing and TV interview at the York Emporium, 343 W. Market St. If you’re in town, feel free to come by and heckle me.

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Isn’t It Bad Norwegian Wood?

The latest from author Tom Joyce.

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NorwegianI believe I have a new personal rule. If you like a song, NEVER look up the backstory. See, “Norwegian Wood” was my favorite Beatles song. It has such a simple but beautiful melody. I’ve heard it many times over the years. And without even consciously trying to do so, I came up with a backstory based on the lyrics, which would run through my head like a movie whenever it played. Then I recently looked it up on Wikipedia, and found out the actual backstory is considerably different from the version I pictured.

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Call me literal-minded, but I pictured the events playing out in a beautiful, old-growth forest in Norway. The “Norwegian Wood” of the title. In the course of his travels around the continent, John Lennon meets a strikingly attractive Scandinavian woman and finagles an invitation back to her place. It’s not hard. He’s John Lennon…

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It’s a Massive Science Fiction Convention Convergence Weekend! Behave Yourselves!

The Codorus Press crew couldn’t make either of the two huge science fiction/fantasy/horror conventions happening this weekend, but author Scott B. Pruden checks in with a reminder for attendees to mind their manners.

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Wow is right. God bless the Power Girls and Supergirls out there hitting the two major science fiction conventions happening this weekend – DragonCon in HOT-Lanta, Ga.; and LoneStarCon, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Not just because you, as attractive female cosplayers and convention attendees, have upped the legitimacy of these events by your very presence, but also because you’ve had to put up with a lot of crap. That crap stems mainly from two things.

First, for a long, long time, science fiction, comics and horror conventions were the purview of – how can I put this delicately? – inadequately socialized men. And these men were used to a nerd/geek hierarchy that has developed over many years in which he who knew the most won.

Notice the pronoun there – he. Were there women in fandom? Sure. But it was assumed for…

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KnippKnopp Interviews….Tom Joyce

Another great bit of coverage for Tom Joyce and his novel “The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report.”

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Tom Joyce is a kook.  I don’t mean a tin-foil hat, the government is intercepting thoughts via my fillings kind of kook, but one of those exceedingly charming, quirky, almost could be a character in his own books kind.  He’s a trim man,  always in motion, who carries a deck of cards everywhere he goes, either as a way to scam money off unsuspecting gamblers, or as a means to occupy himself for those  times he  is required to sit still.

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Silent City by Alex Segura. Published by Codorus

For the Love of Books, a look at what's new and exciting in the world of reading

Peter Fernandez has returned to Miami after his father’s death, he had no reason not to, he’d lost his job and his fiance had left him, so -why not? Alcohol seems like the easiest way to deal with his situation, so he uses it to forget; he uses it a lot.  His drunken haze is penetrated only when Peter is asked to help find a friend’s missing daughter. How could he know that the investigation would lead him to places even darker than the place he was already at? Drugs, alcohol, organized crime and nasty secrets about his father’s past leave Peter wishing he’d stayed floating in the bottom of a glass.

A dark mystery with the perfect anti-hero. Compelling story telling

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Quit Yer Bitchin’. Your Day at the Office Isn’t as Bad as You Think

A little mid-week motivation from Codorus Press author Scott B. Pruden. Enjoy!

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OK, so your boss is an anal-retentive weenie, your work brings you zero satsifaction and your coworkers are backstabbing losers. But consider that you could be this guy:

Feeling better yet? Good. Happy Hump Day.

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Jessica McHugh’s New Book — “Virtuoso at Masturbation”

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Instructional manual? Biography with the subtitle “Tom Joyce: The Adolescent Years?” No, “Virtuoso at Masturbation” is neither of these things. It’s a new  book by the very funny and talented Jessica McHugh, whose novel “Pins” I reviewed here. I also interviewed her here.

If your haven’t read “Pins” or “liked” her Facebook page, do yourself a favor on both counts and get on that. “Virtuoso at Masturbation” isn’t a novel, though. Jessica describes it as “a collection of funny ponderings, fan-submitted illustrations, and unique writing prompts.”

If you’re a writer, the “writing prompts” part of that description alone would be reason enough to buy the book. Jessica is hands-down the most prolific writer I’ve ever met. This woman’s imagination is on steroids. So that’s great if she wants to share some of her writing prompts with us mere mortals who spend lengthy periods of time staring at…

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