Episode 21: The Existential Adventures of Crazy Man and the Dog, Sidestepper

Wherein Crazy Man and the dog, Sidestepper, encounter the forest that hides the big blue/green so that man and dog don’t go out of their minds.

(NOTE: Sometimes the world isn’t trying to kill you.)

Click here to continue your journey with Crazy Man and the Dog Sidestepper.

Episode 16: The Existential Adventures of Crazy Man and the Dog, Sidestepper

Wherein Crazy Man and the dog, Sidestepper, are stumped by a story of unnatural feelings and their heartbreaking Karma. 

(NOTE: No trees were cut down in the telling of this story. Because we all love trees. Even the ones in the deep dark scary…well, trees.)

BTW, this episode is one day early due to stuff.

Click here to relish the taste of someone else’s lost hope.

Episode 14: The Existential Adventures of Crazy Man and the Dog, Sidestepper

(NOTE: No turkeys were consumed in the writing of this episode. Unfortunately.)

Wherein Crazy Man and the dog, Sidestepper, meet a bench in a clearing where the grass isn’t going to take it anymore. They also learn the truth about turkeys. 

Click here to learn the startling truth about turkeys, benches and angry grass.

Episode 13: The Existential Adventure of Crazy Man and the Dog, Sidestepper

 

Wherein Crazy Man and the dog, Sidestepper, encounter a lake that flows up and the meanest birds a hungry, motherless duo can bear.

(NOTE: No geese were consumed in the writing of this episode. Unfortunately.)

Click here to read Episode 13…after you’re had a sandwich or something.

Episode 12: The Existential Adventures of Crazy Man and the Dog, Sidestepper

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Wherein man and dog, in spite of everything that points to their unlikeliness as bonafide man and dog, are suddenly thrust off the path of adventure and new meanings and into the streets to face the essence of disappointment. 

This is genuine gutter adventure and may not be appropriate for any audience.

Click here to be thoroughly disappointed. Or not.

Episode 10: The Existential Adventures of Crazy Man and the Dog, Sidestepper

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Wherein Crazy Man and the dog, Sidestepper, meet the being that has compacted all language into one word and causes a painful experience for Crazy Man.  

NOTE: No wild life was harmed emotionally, spiritually or physically in the writing of this episode. At least, not in this dimension. 

Click here to find out more about that word.

Episode 8: The Existential Adventures of Crazy Man and the Dog, Sidestepper

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Wherein our angst-weary travellers face almost certain death falling into the trench to hell with nothing to save them but a rusty nail…or…face certain death in the deep dark scary woods.

If you’re afraid of heights, bridges or gerbils, for God’s sake don’t download this very disturbing document.

Click here to read Episode 8.

The Weekly Man: One Got Through (so far)

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I’ve been planning and preparing for my serialization of The Weekly Man for months. It’s pretty much how I spent most of my summer. It wasn’t easy. I had to set up a blog at WordPress to post the episodes. I was horrified when I saw the first test posts on my phone. They looked great on my iMac and Macbook, but things were skewed all to hell on my phone.

So I had to create a phone-happy version on my biffmitchell.com site on GoDaddy. And it actually looks good. Unfortunately, I ran into massive formatting problems with the template and I had to create PDFs for each episode…72 of them, along with 72 thumbnails for readers to click on to bring up the PDFs.

Ran into formatting problems on WordPress as well and had to create screen cuts of all the email messages (and there are many many many emails in the novel) which I can insert into the posts each day for the next couple of months.

Now, I realize that I could have sailed around a lot of these problems if I used some HTML, but that would be time-consuming and my HTML is rusty as hell.

And then, of course, there’s getting the word out. I won’t get into the Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, LinkedIn and Facebook challenges. I could write a book on the ups and downs and the special rules and expectations, especially on some if the Reddit and Facebook sites.

It’s a lot.

But I have a checklist. I worked in Quality Assurance for several years and learned that complex processes crumble and collapse without checklists and stringent testing. So I have a checklist, and when I post something on either site, I read through, looking for misspellings, missing paragraphs, incorrect images…all the cool and maddening ways that things can go wrong and kill the hair follicles in your head.

But I just received a message from a friend informing me that when she clicks the thumbnail for Episode 2 on the GoDaddy site, she gets Episode 3. Fortunately, I don’t have any hair left to loose, but I have to wait an hour before I can correct the error and…whisker by whisker…my new beard is falling out.

It’s a race against the clock to keep my beard and hide the mistake.

There will be more. I’ve been in the IT industry too long to believe any differently.

 

(PS, if you find any errors, mistakes, gross misconceptions, incorrect theses, unintentional release of secret information, or signs of unforgivable sloppiness…please feel free to rub it in my face and I’ll do my best to address it.)