shout OUT!: Pop Goes the Geek Girl & Affiliates


It is easy to get lost in your own head.  We are all guilty of that at sometime or another, right?  Well, every once in a while I’ll get a snap back to reality and I’ll take a moment (or two) to appreciate those that define my life.

I have a very ebb and flow work style, which isn’t always conducive to long-lasting professional relationships.  My editor, Brian Triplett, has been a friend and colleague since I started contributing to the Examiner and he graciously agreed to start editing for me…merely because I asked.  That is an immense leap for anyone, and I doubt he realizes how much it means to me.

examinerdotcom-logoSo, if you get a chance:  Check out his Examiner page and blog, Pop Culture Warehouse.  They are both well-worth the read and subscription.  He covers a variety of topics from television, films, books, religious issues and news, mid-East relations, social media—  Essentially, the whole kit and kaboodle!

Like aforementioned, people are defined by others in their lives, and men are defined by the strong women in their lives.  The ol’ adage: “Behind every successful is man is a stronger woman,” is true.  I am fortunate enough to have three incredibly strong and successful women at my back who support me through thick-and-thin, and more-importantly define my day-to-day life.

My sister, Caitlin, is immensely intelligent (far smarter than I) and incredibly hardworking.  As a teenager she works nearly full-time whilst balancing family and school life with ease.  In her spare time she has numerous hobbies and pop culture addictions, and somehow, somewhere betwixt the chaos, she finds time to manage my ARSchultz Tumblr account and run her own blog with my equally talented mother, Chris Schultz.

My mother manages to take time management to a whole new level:  She works full-time as a teacher where she homeschools my younger brother as well as my sister, she then manages a household of four in its entirety (base to boards), and in between those full-time jobs she runs my sister back-and-forth for her shifts at work (around school lessons I might add) while indulging in hobbies ranging from pretty much anything in the sphere of pop culture that might nab her interest.  Then, on top of it all, she is an amazingly gifted poet and takes the time to handle the bulk of my social media endeavors—  She runs the official ARSchultz Facebook page, coordinates media blitzes and advertising, as well as wrangling me in when my work ethnic dips below subpar.

Nevertheless, I digress…

My sister and my mother have joined forces to create a new blog.  I know, I know…everyone has a blog, right?  Hell, you’re reading this on a blog right at this moment, so why should you had another to your RSS feed collection?

Well, you should and here is why:

cropped-geekPop Goes the Geek Girl is unique.  It hits on all things pop culture—  Music, film, television, books, etc., etc.  This unto itself isn’t standout-worthy, but what is the delivery and writing.  The writing is topnotch, better than you’ll find anywhere else, and then on top of it readers will be getting two perspectives for the price of free.  More often than not, pop culture reviews and insights get skewed, because of the person writing them, or more-specifically the age, background, current ongoings and situations of the writers, but what-if you had two writers working together in unison from different upbringings, generations, and predispositions, that absorbed the content together and each brought something to the table but a little bit differently?

The answer to that rhetorical question is a kickass blog that finds its footing in awesomeness and objectivity.  If you like art in any of its forms you need to check out this blog…it will not disappoint.

To subscribe, follow, and like Pop Goes the Geek Girl click here to be redirected.  Stay tuned there or here for more announcements concerning Pop Goes the Geek Girl.

 

2013 in review


My stats (and just about everything about this blog) were unfortunately very lackluster in 2013, but with some very specific goals in mind (perhaps by not using “very” twice in the same sentence) 2014 will be bangin’ for “F*ck You.”  Expect some big things if I have anything to say about it.

Cheers to a great 2014!

~A.R. Schultz

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Comic Books, Scripts, Short Stories, and School


The last couple of weeks haven’t been hectic per se, but they’ve definitely been busy.  My girlfriend and I are huge comic book nerds and we started off our ‘busyness’ by attending the Spokane Comicon.  Besides having the opportunity to meet all of the artists and writers we were able to get a small group together and go with several of our friends, which made it all that much more enjoyable.  My favorite part of the con was meeting one of the current Green Lantern artists, Tyler Kirkham.  I am a huge Green Lantern fan, and with DC Comics relaunching their entire continuity last September, Green Lantern and the New Guardians has been one of my favorite runs.  Kirkham was laid back, and more than willing to chat about his work.  I ended buying a print from him (featured left) as well as having several comics signed by him.  I had a great time!  I found some gems, got to hangout with my girlfriend and our friends, and I had the privilege of meeting many talented artists.

In general, May is always a big month for comics.  DC and Marvel usually start their big summer events whilst also laying out a plethora of announcements concerning future arcs.  My work for the Examiner as well as my comic book blog, The Martian Manhunter, can best be described as:  swamped.  DC has a stellar Batman crossover currently running titled, “Night of the Owls,” and Marvel’s “Avengers vs. X-Men” has been a great romp into the mano y mano, brawl territory.  DC also decided to release six new number ones this month to fill-in their six cancellations, which coincidentally corresponds with Valiant Entertainment reformation and release of “X-O Manowar,” their first comic in years.  Needless to say, it has been a busy month for Examiner articles and reviews; and even with June around the corner it looks like the flow won’t be slowing for a while.  “Before Watchmen” is closely looming and if the hype holds true it’s going to be big, and it’s going to be spectacular.  I already put a down-payment on the six-month long series.

As well as participating in the loads of comic book goodness, one of my friends and I have been working on writing a television sitcom.  We’ve been getting together at least once or twice a week to brainstorm and pen the first season of a retailed centered comedy.  We’ve finally wrapped up the pilot, and have been working on the overarching plotline that’ll cover the entirety of the season.  So far it has been a blast.  I’ve never co-written anything before, so it’s been a new experience through-and-through.

Riverside State Park and we discussed possible plotlines, and I think I finally have a ‘solid’ story nailed down.  Hopefully, I’ll crack into it tonight or tomorrow, and I get some words a streamin’.  The goal is to have a 20,000 or so word count that I can publish through Amazon to take advantage of their exclusivity perks.  I want to combine a James Bond-esque character (more anti-hero than not) with classic 1950’s science fiction and the cheesiness of 1970’s science fiction films.  It’ll be silly and over the top, but with any sort of luck…well-written and intriguing.

Also, as apart of my larger life goals, I’ve finally decided that this coming fall would be an appropriate time to return to school, so that I can wrap up my bachelor’s degree (and subsequent master’s) in creative writing.  I’ve had a couple hang-ups due to my hiatus, but in the plus column I did receive a $1,000 scholarship for an essay I did on the importance of unions upon the middle class.  Every little bit helps, and it definitely serves as a nice little ego boost for something that has truthfully been quite difficult for me to return to.

Well, that is a couple moments in the life of a twenty-something.  What’s been keeping you busy?  Work, play…life in general?

Sonia G Medeiros’ “March Writing Challenge: Make a Wish”


The past two months I have partaken in Sonia’s writing challenge, and March’s challenge is no exception.  I have never taken the leap and written a Western tale of any kind, so on this particular go I decided to run with the genre.  I was influenced by Bill Willingham’s “Fables” and its newest spinoff “Fairest” making my “Make a Wish” attempt one-part Aladdin and one-part wild west.

Overall, I had fun with the piece, but I did over shoot my word count mark by almost fifty-words but like King’s novels sometimes it is what is and it’s done when it’s done.

Abacus

Gunslinger by Kevin Jackson

Abacus gracefully rippled past the wind as she picked up momentum across the dusty badlands.  Dry shrubbery and various cacti dotted the landscape, but to William “Bat” Matterson they were barely discernible blurs as he hung low on his steed—just a small misshapen shadow upon the back of a valiant beast.  His left hand clutched a single burlap sack–it contained a small brass lamp with splotches of sand and deep engravings that spiraled ad infinitum around the curvature of its spout.

Bill had scavenged and piecemealed his way into surviving over the years, but his existence had not been an easy one.  If it hadn’t been for Abacus he would have surely thrown himself into the nearest quarry, but as irony would have it he had found a powerful disembodied voice buried in a quarry out by Rock Cliff.

His heart pounded as he made his first wish–it was the one thing Bill dreamed about as he slumbered beneath the desert lights. Bat wished to go home.  He remembered his wish vividly, because the mystical voice had chuckled first and then calmly replied, “Ride home.  You will be welcomed.”

He had immediately snatched up his newly acquired bobble and hopped upon his only saving grace, Abacus, to finally begin his venture homeward.

What Bill had not realized was that through it all–through the bungled poker games, through the liquor, through the leeches who called themselves friends, through thick and thin Abacus had always been there for him.  Abacus had saved his life on more than one occasion, and had become his best friend and by extension his home.

William “Bat” Matterson would ride Abacus for eternity as his graceful companion sped along the desert’s highway to a destination that would never come.  Bill was home at last, whether he knew it or not.  The genie chuckled.

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shout OUT!


I would like to give a shout out to the individuals who have supported my work by showcasing some of their work. I have met a ton of magnificent writers and artists that it is difficult to not get inspired by their dedication and hard work.  Here is a brief, and far from exhaustive, list of admirable individuals and their respective sites:

Brian Triplett

Brian Triplett is a fantastic columnist for the Examiner and hosts his own blog on Google’s BlogSpot.  He focuses primarily on the literary beat as well as the importance and innovations of social media websites, especially how they pertain to local Spokane denizens.  Check out his website and throw a couple of +1’s and ‘likes’ his way on his next periodical.

Spokane Books Examiner

Spokane Social Media Examiner

The Pop Culture Warehouse

Bob and Chrissy’s Lefty Leanings

Bob and Chrissy are a pair of political and environmental activists that love to challenge the many misconceptions of politics by engaging all types of individuals in healthy debates and conversation.  Check out their Facebook page and give ’em a ‘like.’

Bob and Chrissy’s Lefty Leanings Facebook Page

Celeste Sievers

Celeste Sievers is a talented artist and D.Y.I extraordinaire.  She hosts a wonderful blog detailing her influences and current projects that provides visitors a glimpse into the life of a creative mind.  Follow her on DeviantArt and Pinterest after you give her Comic Chic blog a gander.

Celeste Sievers @ DeviantArt (dot) com

Celeste Sievers @ Pinterest (dot) com

Comic Chic 

The Geeky Penguin

The Geeky Penguin is a pop culture aficionado who I had the pleasure of meeting on Digg (dot) com.  He writes anything from music to movie to game reviews to the many ponderings and influences that pop culture has upon our lives.  Follow the Geeky Penguin on Digg (dot) com, or give his eponymously titled blog a follow–you won’t be disappointed!

The Geeky Penguin @ Digg (dot) com

The Geeky Penguin 

Martin Gray

Martin Gray has a stellar comic book blog that holds fantastic discussions and incredibly thorough and analyzed reviews of the latest comics.  His voice pops from his reviews and his laced with little bits of comic book wisdom and intricacies that bump his posts up to a league of their own.  Gray’s, “TOO DANGEROUS FOR A GIRL!,” comic book blog is a must-read for anyone intrigued by the comic book industry.

TOO DANGEROUS FOR A GIRL!

Merlyn’s 

Merlyn’s is the premier shop for all your comic and gaming needs in Spokane, WA.  The owner and staff are always engaging, friendly, and more than willing to help.  They hold regular events for just about everyone interests and they are constantly trying to out do themselves in one way or another.  If you are just visiting Spokane, or are a local who hasn’t stopped by yet, give Merlyn’s a try and a buy.

Merlyn’s

Nigel D Paul

Nigel is a beautiful and heartfelt poet/writer who always manages to put a piece of himself in his work.  In almost every post that I have read from his blog, “NDP,” there is always at least one line or phrase that strikes a chord.  If you ever just want to lose yourself in a bit of prose than this is the blog for you.  Give Nigel’s blog a look and follow to read some truly original and masterful work.

NDP

read/RANT!

“read/RANT!” is wonderful conglomeration of writers and comic book lovers that just enjoy conversing and penning comic book reviews and posts.  I am deeply honored to have met such a great group of individuals and hear their opinions and feedbacks on all of the highs and lows that the industry has to offer.

read/RANT!

Robert Schultz

Robert Schultz, aka Reggae Rob, has a popular, worldwide podcast that blends political, social, and economic motifs with past and present reggae riffs.  Countless nights I have been spent listening to a Rastaman Vibrations podcast, while composing my next article or scene.  Reggae Rob’s podcast is free to download and provides approximately a full hour of soulful vibrations that always cuts above the rest.

Rastaman Vibrations Reggae Podcast @ PodBean (dot) com

Rastaman Vibrations Reggae Podcast Facebook Group

Rastaman Vibrations on iTunes 

Sonia G. Medeiros

Sonia is a talented writer that hosts an incredibly engaging blog entitled, “Doing the Write Thing.”  If she is not holding her monthly writing challenge she is always keeping busy by keeping up on her ROW80 goals, fleshing out the latest supernatural post, guest blogging, networking, etc., etc.  All of her hard work pays off resulting in a well-maintained and high-quality website that makes her blog one of the best of the best.  Check it out and give her latest writing challenge and post a whirl and read.

Doing the Write Thing

Follow Sonia G. Medeiros at Twitter (dot) com

7takearisk7

7takearisk7 is a friend that I met on StumbleUpon that greatly inspires me on a day-to-day basis just by being incredibly supportive and friendly.  He is a proveyor of the arts, and his talents in writing, social networking, and friendship go well-beyond most.  Give 7takearisk7 a proverbial nod by visiting his Categorian page.  He constantly updates it making a fantastic hub to launch into the beauty of everyday life.

7takearisk @ Categorian(dot) com