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Reading Brian Evenson to my 4 year old
Posted 11 January 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Four years ago I read a passage from Brian Evenson’s creepy story “Eye” to my toddler (watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S522l8f0q1s). I revisit the experience to see if my child’s reaction to and perceptions of the story have changed.

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6 Awareness Events in January You Might Not Be Aware Of
Posted 11 January 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

The new year greets us with a few laughably dumb awareness events. Join me and Wichita-based stand up comedian Doug Wilson as we discuss 6 such events…well, that’s not true; not all of the 6 are dumb. But with our commentary, they sure seem dumb.

Visit Doug: http://www.gigsalad.com/doug_wilson_wichita

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The first glimpse at the novel in-progress, live at The Dying Goose
Posted 4 January 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Publication Announcements

The Dying Goose with Caleb J. Ross

Damn, just when I was sitting down to do some honest writing on this novel that I’m way far behind on (on my admittedly self-appointed deadline), I get the news that my story “We’ll Learn Together” is now live in the new issue of The Dying Goose, meaning I’ve got to announce the publication to the world. #egoproblems.  Be sure to read the rest of the stories, too, especially “Commute” by my fellow The Velvet Born Chris Deal.

I suppose it’s fitting though that if time is being robbed by this publication announcement post that it would be for “We’ll Learn Together” as the story will likely make its way into the very novel that I’m not currently writing. So, I guess you faithful readers out there can consider this story the first glimpse at what will become my first novel in 3 years (minimum; it’s impossible to say how long the novel will take to write, let alone actually get published).

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Not for Nothing by Stephen Graham Jones – Video Book Review
Posted 3 January 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Reading Stephen Graham Jones is like being on a manhunt for a double amputee. Even when I get him, I don’t get all of him.

Nick Bruiseman is a has-been PI who lives in a storage locker in Stanton, Texas. A small town, 3,000 people, where everyone knows everyone. So when Bruiseman gets hired, things turn incestuous quickly.

The book will be released in March 2014. If you are a fan of detective novels and oral storytelling, then I definitely recommend it. But know, you’re going to have to work for your reward.

I’ve read a lot of Stephen Graham Jones (show stack), and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed just about all of it.

Jones is an evasive storyteller, very difficult to pin down and with plots that are often difficult to follow. And I think with Not For Nothing, his 18th book, I’ve finally figured out why.

First, his very conversational approach to storytelling, much like one would imagine a storyteller around a campfire.

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6 Fun Facts about New Year’s Eve
Posted 30 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

New Year’s Eve has a history more exciting than the contemporary drunken pregnancies and awkward teenage basement parties would imply. Join me and Wichita-based stand up comedian Doug Wilson as we discuss 6 of the funnest (used loosely) facts we could find about New Year’s Eve.

Be sure to hire Doug Wilson for all your comedy needs.

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The TARDIS Tag video
Posted 30 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

The Owl’s Perch (subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/foxesarentfelines) was kind enough to tag me in the TARDIS tag, which was started by Sue Moro (subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/suemoro). I’ll be honest, I feel like underqualified for this job. Sure, I’ve made many booktube videos over that last couple of years, but I’ve never actually watched Doctor Who. GASP! Que??????? But, I get the show’s concept (I think), which I hope was enough to let me do justice to this tag. Thanks so much to The Owl’s Perch for tagging me.

I anticipate some of you may hate this video. I criticize certain readers of Genesis (from The Bible, not from The Great Britain), Harry Potter, and maybe Doctor Who, though with the later criticization it’s more about me making fun of myself for never having watched the show.

Mentioned:
The Beasts of Upton Puddle by Simon West-Bulford
The Soul Consortium by Simon West-Bulford
House of Leaves by Mark Z.

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Video Review of Moby Dick, or The Card Game
Posted 23 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Who can resist a card game based on Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick or The Whale? In this video I review the game, which I recently acquired by funding a Kickstarter campaign. Is the game fun? Definitely.

Mentioned:
KingPost channel (with gameplay videos): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJn6MICf0WlvGIRl6zkUDfw

What am I drinking? Founders Porter

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