Spoken Word Covers

As part of my day job I record a lot of voiceover. If it’s first thing in the morning my voice and mouth need warmed-up so I can speak crisp and clearly. To warm up I generally perform a spoken word cover of a pop song.
So far I’ve tackled Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, and Hanson. Below is a playlist from my Soundcloud account that contains all of them.
I’ll update it every so often, but feel free to subscribe to me over there so you don’t miss any.

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Book Review – ZZT by Anna Anthropy (Boss Fight Books)

NOTE: This review was originally published on my Dogboy Adventures site, but I thought I’d share it over here too.


I’ve done a lot of reading lately, but outside of the Danny Dunn series no books have inspired me to jot down my thoughts until today.

ZZT by Anna Anthropy is centered around a gaming community that consumed a big chunk of my life between the ages of 13 and 15. ZZT was a game creation system, which meant it came with it’s own built-in world editor. I discovered the game and community when we signed up for AOL using the AOL software for MS-DOS in 1995. There were tons of user-created games to download and play, and you could even upload your own. A magical time.

I made several games under my ZZT company Ultraware. The community I bonded with on AOL, then later via the web and listservs, allowed me to escape my restrictive homeschooled upbringing while hanging out with a bunch of people like me. (Note: for more on ZZT’s impact on me check out this episode of My So-Called 8bit Life.)

Tim's City
In ZZT, Anna Anthropy teaches the history of ZZT through the lens of her experience. Anna is a trans individual so throughout the book we’re given snapshots of her adolescent interactions with the game and it’s community as she discovers who she really is. One section highlights how ZZT specifically appealed to trans kids. The story of the first trans girl she ever met online tugs at the heartstrings a bit too.
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Podcast Round-Up! 2014 (Part One)

It's Round-Up Time!

It’s Round-Up Time!

It’s time again to round up all my guest appearances from other podcasts far and wide. I’m always up for talking superheroes, video, ONCE, writing, tech, or anything else on a podcast. If you need a guest drop me a line.

I started off 2014 talking 2013 over on My So Called 8bit Life with Roberto Villegas, Rick Foster, and Patrick. (Link)

Next I joined the fine folks over at the Geek I/O podcast to discuss all kinds of geeky news. (Link)

I join the SciFi Geeks Club on their first episode to talk comic book movies as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman. (Link)

My buddy Adam Paulauski all about Dogboy: Den of Thieves over on his Youtube channel.

Me and my Greetings from Storybrooke co-host Anne Marie DeSimone joined Hope Mullinax from Hope of All Trades to discuss the first half of Once Upon a Time Season 3. (Link)

As mentioned elsewhere I joined Scott Johnson and Tom Merrit to talk everything geek on Episode 8 of their podcast Current Geek. (Link)

I joined Bryce and Will over on The Executives to talk content stewardship and Gotham. (Link)

A few weeks back I did another round on Geek I/O:

I joined the Record Breakers to discuss the first album I ever purchased… Garbage Version 2.0. This was a real fun one. (Link)

And finally this past week I got to join PadreSJ on his show Padre’s Corner on the TWiT Network. We talk drones, Dogboy, ZZT, and the original My Little Pony.

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Reviewing the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts

The 11 Doctors

Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 stories (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection)

Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 stories (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection)

As part of my commitment to read and review 50 books on my Goodreads profile I decided to read all 11 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary “e-shorts”. They range from short story to novella length, and for the most part were a lot of fun. A famous author wrote each one, including luminaries like Patrick Ness, Neil Gaiman, Derek Landy, and others. Here’s what I thought of all 11, although the last two were the ones that really did it for me.

A Big Hand for the Doctor by Eoin Colfer
(Buy on Amazon)
Colfer really nailed the voice of the first Doctor, and it was an interesting premise. The story sort of falls off towards the end though. The writing was strong but for some reason it got a little too loose once he leaves to rescue Susan. If you’re a fan of the Hartnell it’s worth a read, otherwise you can probably skip it.
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Legends of Gotham – A Gotham Podcast

Legends of Gotham - A Gotham Podcast

I’m a huge fan of the Batman so I was very excited when I heard FOX will be airing a new show set in the Batman universe called Gotham. Luckily my Greetings from Storybrooke co-host Anne Marie DeSimone wanted to do another show so we’ve created Legends of Gotham to hash it out every week.

You might be wondering why we’re launching now. Anne Marie loves procedurals, but her Bat-Fu needs a little work. We’re taking the summer to acclimate her to Gotham City by discussing a lot of classic Batman stories like Year One, Batman: The Animated Series, The Nolan Trilogy, and Gotham Central. By the time the series starts this fall she (and hopefully you) will know everything she needs to about this wonderful, textured world.

Legends of Gotham - A Gotham Podcast

Legends of Gotham – A Gotham Podcast

Here’s the blurb from our site:

Join Bill Meeks and Anne Marie DeSimone as they discuss new episodes, news, and theories about the FOX series Gotham (set in the world of Batman).

Show E-mail: legendsofgotham@gmail.com

Show Twitter Account: @LegendsOfGotham

Bill’s Twitter Account: @billmeeks

Anne Marie’s Twitter Account: @amdesimone

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Dogboy: Danger on Liberty Pier — Now Available (Updated)


I’m pleased to announce that the next Dogboy Adventure, Dogboy: Danger of Liberty Pier, is available for purchase. You can read a free chapter here.

Here’s the synopsis:


Sometimes the murder isn’t the mystery.

Dogboy, aka Bronson Black, is Colta City’s 13-year-old superhero. After defeating the Guild of Thieves things have settled down for the mangy masked crimefighter…until he sees local businessman Dexter Stonehouse gunned down on Liberty Pier.

When it appears an old family friend might be involved Dogboy jumps into action to unmask a killer. Does he have the guts to expose a man from his past, or will he ignore the evidence to learn more about his strange powers?

Meanwhile, girl reporter Cindy McNeil has a secret, and along with three other teens she’s hatching a plan to fight City Hall. But can Cindy lead a revolution without Bronson finding out?

Amazon (Kindle)

Amazon (Paperback)

DogboyAdventures.com (ePub, MOBI, PDF)

NOOK, Kobo, etc.

UPDATE April 14, 2014: Dogboy: Danger on Liberty Pier is also available as an audiobook via Audible.

Thanks to everybody who picked up Den of Thieves and encouraged me to continue the work.

Feel free to reach out with any comments or questions about the book directly at contact@meeksmixedmedia.com, or leave a review on Amazon if you’re so inclined.

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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Hangout

We do this every week...

We (meaning myself and my co-host Anne Marie DeSimone) hosted a Google+ Hangout this weekend to wrap-up discussions on ABC’s series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. We cover the main show every week on Greetings from Storybrooke and did a special Wonderland episode every week while it was airing.

To wrap everything up we invited several listeners and fellow Once Upon a Time podcasters to discuss the minutiae of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. Our panel included:

Amy P. life of a bookworm on tumblr
Daniel J. LewisONCE and WONDERLAND podcasts
Bobby Hawke
Jeff Roney and Colleen Roney of Once Upon A Time Fan Podcast
Patty Mourohttp://sage-earth.tumblr.com/
Wynn MercereCity of the Gods
Hope Mullinaxonceuponanobsession.tumblr.com

We had a blast doing it and definitely want to find some opportunities to “do it live” again in the future. Thanks again to our panel and those who watched us live.

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Man vs. Machine

Man vs. Machine

A stirring polemic on how we interact with technology. Starring George Clooney. Best viewed at 144p.

An homage to Bambi Meets Godzilla by Marv Newland.

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