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Date:2013-02-25 12:52
Subject:Internet Radio Show: The Rock Labyrinth
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So I haven't posted in months or years because I never remember this is here and a useful method of disseminating information. So here's the information for you.

Every Monday night at 9pm eastern time, I am hosting a radio show called The Rock Labyrinth. It's 40+ years of prog, metal and alternative with a dose or two of rock thrown in for good measure.

What do I play? Judas Priest, Metallica, Rush, Dream Theater, Evanescence, Spock's Beard, Led Zeppelin, Bauhaus, The Psychedelic Furs, Iron Maiden, Shinedown, Love & Rockets, The Cure, Yes, Adelitas Way, Porcupine Tree, Siouxsie & The Banshees and many more bands than I can name here.

Tonight (February 25), like the last Monday of every month, is Theme Night. I play 3 hours of music where every song is tied together by one common theme. Tonight, I'll also be playing three separate themes within the main theme. You can win valuable prizes (like signed copies of my novels).

So if you wanna check the show out, come to www.shmusicmedia.com at 9pm and give a listen!


Peace,
Gary . . .

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Date:2012-11-04 13:29
Subject:Rock Labyrinth ... The Internet Radio Show
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Mood: calm

Hi all!

It's been too long since I've written anything here, namely because I completely forgot about LJ while I've been on Facebook. I hope everybody's doing all right after Sandy. I'm writing this as a reminder of my internet radio show, The Rock Labyrinth. It's on every Monday night at 9pm over at www.shmusicmedia.com. I'm playing the best prog, metal (old and new), punk and alternative/new wave, from Judas Priest to Disturbed, from Love & Rockets to Depeche Mode, from Bad Religion to The Misfits, from Big Big Train to Dream Theater and tons of other stuff, both old and new. There's also a few segments, like cover tunes, birthday salutes, the Vault (old songs from 35+ years ago) and Tunes From Beyond the Tomb (horror-themed songs) So if you're in the mood for some great tunes, head on over and check it out.

Another new segment's that starting this Monday, November 5th, is the Monday Night Wars, where each week I'll be pitting song against song in each genre and you, the listener, gets to vote on a weekly winner. That song will be played into the rotation and the band will get more airplay. The last Monday of the month will be the big match between the previous week's winners. What do you win? Music that you love played more often! I'll be giving out more details Monday night, so tune in to learn how the Wars are gonna work.

Hope to see ya there!


Peace,
Gary . . ..

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Date:2012-08-14 23:39
Subject:Rock Labyrinth ... The Internet Radio Show
Security:Public
Mood: excited

Do you like classic heavy metal? Nu Metal? Prog? Punk? British new wave? Goth? Post-Goth? Then you'll be wanting to go to http://www.shmusicmedia.com on Monday night August 20th at 9pm to check out my new radio show, Rock Labyrinth. 3 hours of hard rock goodness featuring bands like Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, Alter Bridge, Metallica, Bauhaus, The Cure, Iron Maiden, Love & Rockets, The Misfits, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Queen, Rush, Spock's Beard, AC/DC, Dream Theater and so many more bands that I couldn't fit them all in. Just come by and check it out. You won't be disappointed. And if you are, I'll refund all the money you paid. Time, however, is a non-refundable commodity.

For the blog: http://www.therocklabyrinth.blogspot.com

Email Contact for comments and requests: rocklabyrinth@gmail.com

Hope to see ya all there!


Gary . . .
(and Mikey the Minotaur!)

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Date:2012-08-14 23:38
Subject:Hazard Yet Forward Anthology
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Mood: cheerful

I am proud to announce that my short story, Stay Here (originally printed in the GSHW anthology Dark Notes From New Jersey), has been reprinted in this awesome anthology. Here's the press release:

Seventy-six writers connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program have created a multi-genre charity anthology entitled Hazard Yet Forward. All proceeds from this project will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program. Munro, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. An active member of the SHU WPF alumni committee, Munro helps organize the school’s annual writing conference, the In Your Write Mind Workshop.

To aid Munro and her family, faculty members, alumni, students and friends of the Writing Popular Fiction program quickly responded to compile this massive anthology. The book features flash fiction, short stories and even a full-length novella. In total, there are 75 works from various genres, which makes this anthology one that features something for everyone.

Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery – and everything in between. Some of the notable writers in the anthology are World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, Bram Stoker winners Michael A. Arnzen and Michael Knost, Bram Stoker nominee Lawrence C. Connolly, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica Warman, Rita finalist Dana Marton, Spur winner Meg Mims, Asimov’s Readers’ Award winner Timons Esaias and WV Arts and Humanities literary fellowships winner Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.

About Hazard Yet Forward, co-compiler Matt Duvall says, “It’s an unprecedented collection of stories from every genre imaginable.” This large volume is an electronic book for the popular Kindle platform and is available for purchase through Amazon starting August 7. It’s also reasonably priced. The book will be on sale for $9.99.

More information about the anthology can be found at http://hazardyetforward.wordpress.com. To learn about the unique and exciting Writing Popular Fiction program, please visit http://www.setonhill.edu/academics/fiction/. To buy the anthology, go here: http://www.amazon.com/Hazard-Yet-Forwar ... et+forward


Peace,
Gary . . .

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Date:2011-08-02 12:54
Subject:IAMS & Animal Cruelty
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Mood: numb

Because everyone should know what's happening: http://www.iamscruelty.com/

IAMS is using animals for "nutritional experimentation." Click the link to read more.

Thanks.

Gary . . .

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Date:2011-07-20 12:51
Subject:Finally, I've come back with a Blog (well, a link at least)
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Mood: tired

I've posted a new blog on my ongoing issue with sleep apnea and its affects. If you're inclined to, please check it out here:

http://writingthroughhell.blogspot.com/2011/07/help-me-i-cant-break-out-this-prison.html

Thank you and have a blessed day.


Peace,
Gary . . .

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Date:2011-02-08 23:03
Subject:Jack Ketchum Speaks at the Garden State Horror Writers Meeting
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Mood: okay

Hi all,

If you live around the East Brunswick, NJ area or feel like taking a ride this Saturday (the 12th), the one and only Jack Ketchum will be speaking at the Garden State Horror Writers meeting at the East Brunswick Public Library. More info is here: http://www.gshw.net/

Jack's site: http://jackketchum.net/


Peace,
Gary . . .

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Date:2011-01-25 13:32
Subject:WEvery day I write the book(s)
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Mood: blah

Just some writing news while I'm waiting around for whatever to occur.

So, the series...Book One, Fallen Angel, is complete and with my agent. Book Two, Man of Miracles is slowly being written. That would be very slowly, as in I'm on page 93. There were cuts and pastes and more cuts and what-the-hell-was-I-thinking cuts (you know how that goes!). So I got rid of all the C&Ps and now it's pure and flowing organically. Just to remind y'all: Cosmic Gods are trying to come back to this realm and it's up to Dylan Carver and his friends to keep this from happening, while followers are trying to kill them. Unfortunately, one god has already gotten through and taken Dream, one of Dylan's friends, as his consort.

If that's not enough to keep me busy, I started another series (at least I hope it will be!). This one is based on my trip to China last year. I've created a city of nine rings based on architectural styles we saw as we traveled around Beijing, Nanjing, Huai'an, and Guangzhou. The time frame is based on ancient Chinese history, circa 1200-1400 AD. The main character, Henry, is a descendant of foreigners who came to the City years ago (they're called no-breeds by the citizens of the City), who is a very amateur detective who stumbles upon the (dead) body of a well dressed woman who is obviously from one of the more affluent rings. Her ghost demands he save her, but when he tries to, he's arrested for her murder. Intrigue, mystery, and cricket fighting ensues.

I've got numerous ideas for more stories set in the City, so once this ball gets rolling, look out!

And that's about it for me for now. Stay tuned!


Peace, alla y'all!
Gary . . .

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Date:2011-01-23 22:50
Subject:Where I've Been
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visited 22 states (44%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

So it turns out I've been to quite a number of states. I believe I'll be adding Kentucky on later this year.

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Date:2010-08-20 21:39
Subject:Remember Me?
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Mood: content

Just dropping in to let y'all know about a little blog I started called Writing Through Hell. Check it out: http://writingthroughhell.blogspot.com/

Read it, follow it, leave a note or two. Please feel free to join the discussions!


Peace,
Gary . . .

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Date:2009-11-02 23:41
Subject:Monty Python may sue Chris Christie
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Mood: amused

For the New Jersey peeps...tomorrow is voting for Governor day (and a few other local elections as well). I found this article unsurprisingly typical. Does NJ really want a governor, who was a lawyer for 22 years, who may be sued because he doesn't understand copyright infringement?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martin-lewis/chris-christie-rips-off-m_b_341598.html

And the world keeps spinning...


Gary . . .

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Date:2009-10-04 01:45
Subject:Nancy's dad passed away
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Mood:somber

You may remember back in February I had posted that my wife's father had stage 4 lung cancer. Saturday night he lost the fight. He was home with family and he went somewhat quick. I can't think of much else to say. Just don't forget to take time every day to let the people in your life know how much they mean to you. Life's too short and our friends and family move through it way too fast.

Namaste
Gary . . .

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Date:2009-09-16 18:04
Subject:Dr. Paul's Words of Wisdom
Security:Public
Mood: calm

http://trueslant.com/fpaulwilson/2009/09/16/live-virus-in-the-h1n1-vaccine/

If you're wondering about the flu vaccine, read this article. Dr. Paul knows what's talking about.


Gary . . .

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Date:2009-09-10 22:45
Subject:Appearances This Weekend
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Mood: amused

Yeah, so it's short notice, but, if you're around south or central New Jersey this weekend, you may just find me.

Saturday, the 12th, I'll be signing and selling my books at the bookfair, here: http://njwritersconference.com/

Sunday, the 13th, I'll be at the Red Bank Street Fair, signing and selling the same books at the Liberty States Fiction Writers booth: http://www.libertystatesfictionwriters.com/calendar/

You may notice on the LSFW calendar, on Sunday, the 20th, I'll be with the LSFW again at the Jamesburg Street Fair.

Oh yeah... the following Saturday, the 26th, I'll be at Horrorfind in Hunts Valley, MD, hanging around and doing a reading between 6-7pm. http://www.horrorfindweekend.com/index.html

Hope to see you soon!


Gary . . .

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Date:2009-07-06 13:14
Subject:A very entertaining blog (if I do say so myself)
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Mood: contemplative

There's a great post on beliefs and writing over here: http://project4word.blogspot.com/ by yours truly. Well worth the time to read it. Let me know what you think.


Peace,
Gary . . .

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Date:2009-06-30 23:47
Subject:Project 4Word
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Mood: happy

Hi all,

Because I know you need one more cool place to be, I give you Project 4Word: http://project4word.blogspot.com/

This is a blog started by Seton Hill University alumni from 2004. They've graduated from the Writing Popular Fiction masters program and decided to have a group blog. And after this passed weekend's writing retreat, they invited me along for the ride.

The retreat was awesome and I'll post more about it shortly. Suffice to say, I've rarely met a bunch of enthusiastic genre writers like these people. This was my second year and I expected a bit of second time let-down, but found none of it. If anything, I think I had a better time this year because I knew more people who introduced me to more people. Absolutely awesome.

This is the second year the retreat was open to the public (thanks to Ambassadora for talking it up on her LJ last year) and though I felt a bit awkward last year for being one of the few non-graduates there, this year was pure fun.

A huge thank you to the 106 crew (you know who you are). And to the rest of you, stop by, subscribe and enjoy. As it's just started, I don't know where we're going, but it should be a fun ride.


Peace,
Gary . . .

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Date:2009-06-14 23:13
Subject:Come to the Panel...
Security:Public
Mood: amused

Here's where I'll be on Tuesday night. If you're in the area, you should come.


"THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!"
How Authors Keep You Turning Those Pages

A free panel by
The New Jersey Authors’ Network

Tuesday, June 16, 7-9 p.m.
Ringwood Public Library
30 Cannici Drive, Ringwood, N.J.

Seven novelists share their secrets:

* Lee Barwood, environmental thrillers
* Peggy Ehrhart, Steven Rigolosi
and Cheryl Solimini, mysteries
* John Grant, fantasy & political satire
* Gary Frank and E. F. Watkins,
paranormal thrillers

Come learn the tricks of the trade!

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Date:2009-05-21 22:43
Subject:Do you have the time to listen to me whine...
Security:Public
Mood: aggravated

Green Day's new CD, 21st Century Breakdown, has some questionable lyrics to the point that Wal-Mart, the country's largest seller of CDs, won't carry it. In other words, unless Green Day chooses to censor themselves, Wal-Mart won't carry the disc. Green Day's response? They aren't changing a word.

Here's the article: http://new.music.yahoo.com/green-day/news/green-day-lashes-out-at-wal-mart-policy--61988870

Imagine writing a book or putting together a CD and bleeding your heart into it, only to be otld that unless you clean it up, the largest retailer in the country won't sell it. It's called censorship. Who the hell is Wal-Mart to censor musicians? Is the American public so incapable of choosing what's appropriate, that we need Wal-Mart to censor music (and I'm sure literature) for us?

Oh sure, Wal-Mart gives artists the opportunity to come out with a "clean" version of CDs, but who decides what's "clean"? Who else? Wal-Mart. So, in other words, you speak your heart and if a few overpaid Execs at Wal-Mart are offended by what you say, you either rewrite the songs to suit "Them" or you can forget being carried in their store.

To be perfectly fair to "Them", they have the right to refuse to sell anything they choose. But they don't have the right to censor what we listen to. Unfortunately, in this money hungry world we live in, too many musicians are willing to give in to Wal-Mart's demands just to sell CDs.

I've never stepped foot into one of those stores and I do not plan to. This just solidifies my disgust. As a writer and musician, it is reprehensible to me that in this day, we have to have execs censoring what we listen to and what we read. We, the American public, are smart enough to make decisions for ourselves.

Have a nice day.


Gary . . .

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Date:2009-05-08 13:25
Subject:Living Authentically
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Mood: contemplative

What does living authentically mean to you? How do you live authentically when the world around you pulls you in every other direction?


Gary . . .

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Date:2009-04-26 22:59
Subject:Sunday Night Update
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Mood: exhausted

Nancy's dad's home with oxygen. Nancy said he was doing better yesterday. The 3-6 month prognosis seems to have come from the doctor based on how dad looked when he was in the ICU. Now I'm sure there were other factors, but do you tell a patient he's got max 6 months to live because he doesn't look good? Apparently, he had a heart attack the day he was brought in. No wonder he didn't look good. He looks like someone with cancer on chemo.

In other news, my neighbor's mother died. My uncle's mother died. My stepmother is going for tests to see if her cancer's returned. What the hell is going on?

Nancy's going to interview for her job tomorrow. The position is shifting under a new business area so she has to interview to keep her job. Un-freakin-believable.

On Tuesday, I bring my Mazda in for repair. Oh, I didn't tell you (or maybe I did). Last Wednesday, someone hit my car in a parking lot and took off. $1,100 worth of damage to the rear bumper and the tail light plastic. One and a half months old. No note. Nothing. I was on my way to a gig and needed a cord. Somehow, the show turned out awesome even with everything going on.

All the dishes in this house were clean; then we ate dinner.

Cut the lawn today in the 80+ degree heat. Not fun but it looks better than I thought it would.

Did anyone see the CSI episode at the Star Trek/Sci-Fi convention? Awesome show. Real geek stuff. I was able to name the Star Trek episodes they parodied. I don't know if that's good or bad.

Liberty States Fiction Writers meeting was quite enjoyable. The main meeting was on the Male POV. Lively discussion that turned into a psychological cross-section of gender issues.

Lastly, I was the featured guest at a chat at www.Writerschatroom.com. It was awesome fun and everyone had a great time.

Novel Update: I'm on page 95. It's coming along really well and I like it much better than what it had been.

I think that's everything.

Be well, take care, have fun, and don't forget to tell the ones you love that you love them. Don't assume they know because you told them last week. Tell them again. Thank you.


Peace,
Gary . . .

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