Why The Interwebs Are So Cool

The other day I was listening to the great internet radio station A Fistful of Soundtracks. When I fired it up they were playing a cut from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, composed by James Horner. From that they cut to “Rock & Roll High School” by the Ramones. I thought that was pretty cool, so I tweeted about it, calling it “cool musical whiplash.”

After a little while, I got retweeted by @JimmyJAquino . . . the dude who runs A Fistful of Soundtracks! He even commented, “Maybe ‘Whiplash’ should be the new name of one of my Fistful of Soundtracks blocks.”

All that is already conclusive evidence of how cool the interwebs are, but there’s more. Jimmy then tweeted me again, saying, “Hey, you did some Star Trek fiction for Pocket Books.” He must have followed the link on my Twitter page to my website. So I replied about that. Fun. Geeking out on the interwebs. But wait, there’s still more.

A few days later he tweeted that he had ordered Shattered Light so that he could read my novella. He also sent a link to a blog he’d written about the soundtrack to Star Trek: The Motion Picture. So I read the blog and posted a comment. And I had generated a sale of my book by listening to internet radio. 

That is a fun chain of events, all made possible by the interwebs. And here’s another Twitter-related story. I follow the fabulous comic, actor, and impressionist @KevinPollak on the Twitter. I’ve been a fan of his and his Jim Kirk impression for years, and have also immensely enjoyed his internet talk show, Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show. But now he’s started a podcast called Talkin Walkin, in which he speaks only as Christopher Walken. It’s hi-freakin’-larious.

Anyhoo, I listened to the first Talkin Walkin and tweeted that, without going into details, Kevin Pollak owed me a pair of pants. Well, damn, if I didn’t get retweeted by Pollak, with his added comment, “Too kind. True, but too kind.”

The interwebs are cool.

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One thought on “Why The Interwebs Are So Cool

  1. “they were playing a cut from Star Trek II”

    It’s a one-man staff behind A Fistful of Soundtracks actually, but if I include Live365.com’s track shuffling technology, I guess that counts as a second staffer. I could go around saying this second staffer is my robot sidekick.

    I might ask you some time about how you got involved with Star Trek: The Official Magazine. I’m also in need of some fiction writing advice. So far, I’ve gotten only one short story published, although the dialogue was heavily rewritten by the editor. I’d like to write a couple more short stories. I’ve got a couple of short story ideas that I’ve had trouble expanding from four- or five-paragraph plot summaries to full-fledged short stories.

    Until I saw your blog, I didn’t know IDW just did a Star Trek miniseries with zombies (and the crew is rocking the fugly TMP uniforms, or as Tim Gunn once described that TMP look, “the wait staff look”). I’ve been kind of out of the loop comics-wise, ever since I went back on unemployment and confined my comics/TPB purchases to just one title (Image’s Chew). That IDW mini looks interesting because Star Trek has never done a zombie movie-style story before. Oh wait a minute, they did one. It’s called Star Trek: First Contact.

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