Author Archives: rasplundjr
Who am I?
Why should you listen to me?
My name is Rich Asplund. I’m an amateur writer/media critic, professional smartass, and all around weirdo. (But it’s okay for me to be weird because I know I’m weird. Thank you Mr. Bowman!)
If you are seeing this because you were reading my blog at rasplundjr.wordpress.com then you should be listening to me because my insights or lack thereof in my attempts to be less of a wannabe and more of a have done might be valuable or at the least entertaining in the way of “Sheesh I’m glad I’m not that poor bastard!”
If you are seeing this because you were pointed to randompimpage.wordpress.com then you should be listening to me because I try to find awesome creators that aren’t getting the signal boost I feel they deserve and try to up it a little in my own way. I’ll also feature worthy causes that are near and dear to me, my family, and friends, as well as any others that pass my way and I can’t find a reason to oppose them. I’m also open to being introduced to new creators and featuring them.
If you are seeing this because you found my remaking of a man blog at remakingofaman.wordpress.com, then you should be listening to me because you might be doing the same thing as me and realizing you are not who or what YOU want yourself to be (to hell with what others want you to be) and my musings successes and setbacks might help illuminate the questions and answers in your own journey to be the man/woman/other that you yourself want to be.
I’m not an expert on anything, I am not a guru I’m just a guy trying to navigate this wierdass world.
Can’t keep Random Pimpage down.
Coming back to the fold and try to get my ass writing again.
There will be three kinds of posts here eventually one of each every week.
For now until I can get back into the swing there will be between one and three posts a week building back up to three posts weekly.
There will be a post pimping out someone that I feel need the spotlight, a post shining the light on a worthy cause that I believe in, and lastly I’m going to attempt to do some kind of media review.
Like a zombie, RP is rising from the dead… Hopefully like a zombie and not a Final Destination or Saw Sequel.
Things are getting tweaked poked and prodded into shape.
My reviews will stand as I personally see things now and if it’s something I’ve reviewed in the past I’ll repost it from the vaults to show how time might have changed my views.
I’ve missed doing Random Pimpage. I’ve missed having time to enjoy fiction in both dead tree, electronic and audio format.
So where the hell have I been. Working – A lot, when I have my OT days I still have a 3 hour commute one way, when I get out on time my commute is shortened by an hour and as my health has been less then great recently I’ve been sleeping on the commute (train and bus not driving) and therefore have not been consuming creative content as I once was. I’m not as bad off as I was so I’m starting to consume podcasts and print books again. Which means my opinionated ass has something to say once again. Some of the content I may be reviewing for a second time as I give a listen again to some old favorites and I’ll provide my view as I consume it now with a view of how I felt when I first partook of it’s splendor.
I’ll be resurrecting 8 questions if I have any creators out there that are willing to put up with them. You should be seeing more of me in the coming week.
take it light and see you on the other side.
or the alternative title – Quit bitching and just write already!
Cross posted over at Welcome to my Madness my writing / accountability blog that I have also been slacking ass on – Harrass my ass
Oddly enough this was originally going to be a Google+ Post but it got lengthy so I thought I’d do something with one of my blogs that I’m too damned lazy to work on.
Trying to take a piece of advice from a Scott Sigler interview. Basically advice was – Write a crappy novel put it away for 6 months then come back to it. See how bad it is and where you need to improve. – That is not to say write on purposefully to be crappy but face it we’re not freaking Mozart and things aren’t going to spring fully formed and perfect to our fingertips and into the computer – (or pen for those of us who still use them) – Similar advice is also given by the Mighty Mur LAfferty in that it’s okay to suck. And also it’s echoed in “There is no such thing as good writing, it’s good rewriting” and I have no Idea who originated that quote but I believe I read it in Joel Saltzman’s book on writing – If You Can Talk You Can Write.
That said for a first attempt (okay so I’ve attempted MANY times and never finished but that’s a horse of another color) I don’t want to use any of my “Darling” Ideas – Because I don’t want them to suck. But TFB I need to get over myself and realize that EVERYTHING is gonna suck in rough draft if it didn’t suck in rough draft then there would be no need for rewrites, and editors would be out of jobs. So as far as editors are concerned I guess it makes them happy when we suck as long as we don’t suck to horribly and can improve.
Long story short quit bitching get writing – Lesson Attended – now lets see if I can learn this bitch.
Sorry life keeps getting in the way of me doing what I said I’m gonna do…
More info soon as I get time to put it up.
Well folks I promised the first new review of the year would go to Nathan Lowell and Owner’s share and that is indeed the plan it will be coming up next. But I’d like to first make an announcement so this makes it a double post day.
2010 is what a sports team would call a restructuring year. Which means that my head was so far up my ass paying attention to way too many things and I dropped the ball a lot. I call it life kicking me in the nards and me whining too much to do any good. Now I feel my head is mostly extracted from my ass which is a good thing because the view back there was shitty (yes groan all you want bad puns are my forte and I’m getting the worst ones out of my system now). I’m working on getting back on schedule. That means I’ll be starting up 8 Questions, and Worthy Causes again as well as working on evolving Random Pimpage here a little as well. I have a new email address setup for the blog email@example.com. If you have any requests for a Cause to be mentioned, Media or Creator review (I don’t just do Podcasts I’ll take a look at any media I can afford to and I’ll actually review / critique creators as well) or if you have in mind a Victim.. er Subject for 8 Questions or just something you want me to pimp you can just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with Request <Segment Name> in the subject line and tell me who / what in the body and I’ll take it under advisement.
Warning – the stuff I review on my own I do because I love the material and that shows by the fact that anything I do on my own is usually a review in a good light. At least on something I listened to my ma when she said “If you can’t say anything nice just shut the fuck up.” (verbatim quote) BUT I’ll take a look at anything anyone wants me too but I will be honest. You ask my opinion I’ll give you my honest unvarnished opinion. And lastly I will only pimp projects that I feel are deserving of it if I don’t think it’s worthy, I will not pimp it.
In the mean time until I’m back up to speed again I’ll be mixing in some older posts brought from the vaults with newer content – The older stuff will be titled From the Vaults, newer stuff will just have a normal title.
We’ll Start the relaunch with a little something retro – And for that let’s go with one of my Favorite podcasts from last year – Starla Huchton’s The Dreamer’s Thread.
If you missed it the First time Here’s what I had to say –
The Dreamer’s Thread – is a fun fantastic journey into the world of dreams, and fantasy. It’s a fun ride, to me it’s kinda like Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court had a bastard love child with The Never Ending Story and set it in the land of Dreams. (And let me mention that I find that to be a GOOD thing I like the Never Ending Story… Don’t diss Bastion…nah… AH…NAH-AH-AH – it was the sequels and the fucked up cartoon that screwed it up the original was pretty decent) It’s a dreamy (pun intended) tale of Aura a dreamer who get’s pulled into the land of dreams to save the world from the nightmare realm. I think the voices were dead on, they seemed to fell right on the characters. It was fun ride, a well put together podcast, and a fun story one that should it ever make it into print I will read to my daughter on a regular basis.
Congratulations on the podcast / story being a wonderful success (least I think it turned out that way) and on the birth of your new minion. I can’t see what else you’ve got to put out… fiction wise I mean… I don’t need to see the Minions – well unless you REALLY REALLY fell like sharing…
It is a great podcast and story, and still has a happy place on my Hard drive just in case I have the urge to give it another listen.. and I have. If you haven’t sat down and given it a listen do so, give it a couple episodes before you make up your mind (I like to give everything at least four eps) because there is a fairly decent stylistic change in the first couple episodes.
If you want to support the author for her hard work and hell of a job you can always shell out the 5 bucks for PDF or 15 for print from Amazon.
Some stories when you come back a second time lose some of the wonder, this one sucked me back in just like it did the first time.
Going a little retro pulling some things off the shelf and dusting them off while I’m working on the next stage of things here at Random Pimpage.