Radio Active 59: Novel Update, Seeds of Destruction, NanoMonkeys, Invincible Super Blog

On this edition of Nuketown Radio Active, I update folks on my quest to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, check out a new LEGO Chess set, debate what to call a hybrid unicorn/pegasus.

In Netheads I talk about Chris’s Invincible Super Blog, a blog featuring capsule reviews of current and classic comic books and the NanoMonkeys Podcast, which returns for its second year of offering advice and encouragement to those participating in National Novel Writing Month. Rounding out the podcast is a review the Hellboy graphic novel Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola.

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Show Notes

  • Nuketown News
    • Word Count: 15,570 of 50,000
    • Today’s hotly debated breakfast topic is what you call a unicorn Pegasus, which I argued should be a pegicorn.
    • Selgarnor on Twitter set me straight: “In Dragon Magazine 190 was an article about “Unique Unicorns” which listed a “Unisus”, so it seems your daughter has you beat.”
    • NaNoWrimo Update
    • Chess & Kids: LEGO Chess
    • Unicorn + Pegasus = ???
  • Promo: Mur Lafferty / J.C. Hutchins Promo
  • Netheads
    • A comic book blog with mini reviews of current comics as well as retrospectives on the great titles of yesteryear. Good reading for anyone trying to keep up with what’s coming out each week.
    • A daily podcast for those participating in National Novel Writing Month. It offers daily help tips in the form of 3-4 minute podcasts.
    • Hosted Chris Miller, P.G. HolyField, and Kris Johnson
    • Also has a NaNo forum on the official site.
    • Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog
    • NanoMonkeys
  • Promo: SFF
  • Book Review: Hellboy: Seeds of Destruction
    • by Mike Mignola
    • 128 pages
    • Dark Horse Comics
    • MSRP: $17.95
    • Buy it from
    • I love reason. I love a reality that plays by its own rules. I love a world where people make choices based on rational arguments, rather than supernatural ones. But I’m also that 10 year old kid who used to scare himself witless reading tales of headless blue hounds come back to haunt the wicked, who consumed every mythological tome he could get his hands on, and wishes that the thing that goes bump in the night really is a thing … and not just a mundane cat
    • As an adult whose seen the horror that men and women can do in the name of  gods and demons, the idea of such supernatural constructs made real is infinitely appealing because if there really was such a thing as a demon … you could fight it.
    • And that’s the appeal of Hellboy. A world like our own, yet all the myths are real, and linger on into the 20th (and now 21st) century. Only we’ve got someone on our side who can destroy the monstrous evil out of time … Hellboy.
    • In this first collection of Hellboy comics, we’re introduced to Hellboy as he’s summoned from Hell (or something like it) by a supernatural faction of Nazi’s led by the crazy (and still not dead) Russian monk Rasputin. He’s summoned as a baby, and raised by the U.S. Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
    • He later becomes its foremost agent, assisted by the pyrokentic Elizabeth Sherman and the fish-man Dr. Abraham Sapien.
    • Tells a fantastic story that’s sure to supercharge your imagination. The fusion of old folk tales with modern day sensibilities – plus technomagic wielding Nazis – is just too damn awesome.
    • Does a good job of setting up the rest of the series, and is a “must have” for any collection.
  • Promo: Master Plan Podcast
  • Outro