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Commander’s Log :

Star Trek Discovery

Post Show discussion

Season three, Ep. five

“Die Trying”

NEWS

November 12, 2020

After nearly 55 years, the Star Trek universe is an ever-expanding one. Leading the beloved franchise into the far future of the 32nd Century is the USS Discovery, its third season currently showing on CBS All Access.

No after-show series examines, critiques, dissects and disseminates as thoroughly (or is as fun and entertaining) as Commander's Log: The Unofficial Star Trek Discovery Post-Show. Taking the bridge of the USS Post Show are Commander Flobito Boyce and Captain John Webber, who discuss the new episode of Discovery, and many other fascinating and fun things Trek!

This week, I was invited to beam aboard to join the discussion about this week's exceptional show, Season Three, Episode Five, "Die Trying." What is my rank on the USS Post Show, you may ask? Hell, I'm happy to be Chief Petty Officer and Bottle Washer for the opportunity to join Flobo and John, Treksperts Extraordinaire!

You have your choice of platforms to watch my appearance on Commander's Log! Click below to watch now on your favorite website:

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Knew Amterdam Radio Podcast with Joe Townsel
Knew Amterdam Radio Video Interview with Joe Townsel

KNEW AMSTERDAM RADIO PODCAST INTERVIEW 

NEWS

October 26, 2020

It was my honor and privilege to appear on the Knew Amsterdam Radio podcast recently. I was interviewed by my gracious and talented host, Flobo Boyce. As many of you know, in addition to being a multi-talented author, he is a YouTube madman and powerhouse. Knew Amsterdam Radio is but one of his many channels. This one features illuminating and fun conversation about creatives, by creatives, delving into their processes and inspirations. Compelling talk! Have a listen to our recent conversation, won't you? It's a blast!

LISTEN TO EPISODE #72: "WRITE NOW WITH JOE TOWNSEL"

Want to see the unabridged video interview with Flobo? Of course you do! And you can see this, and other really neat stuff, by becoming a Flobo supporter on Patreon! Select either the Flobito is My Homie! or Boycesterous Crew tier to see all Knew Amsterdam Radio guest interviews, and a whole slew of other really cool features!

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The end of smiles

FEATURE

October 19, 2020

Endangered.

Is it humankind itself, or the capacity to live?

Her soul and compassion are shielded from view.

His strength and humor are not to be seen.

For how long? Is it up to us?

 

Shrouded.

The mask hides another mask, lying beneath, less superficial.

The mask hides the malice of some, the kindness of others.

The mask is our savior. The mask is our jailer.

It is all of these things. It is none of these things.

 

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Writer's Digest

THE REVIEWS ARE IN ... AGAIN

NEWS

March 13, 2020

Writers Digest is the premiere periodical and website for aspiring and professional authors. Part of the services the editors provide to writers is to enter competitions in a variety of categories and genres. Through the process, the writer gets valuable comments from the judges on his or her work.

Last year, I published Fury Duty, which I entered into the 27th Annual Writers Digest Self-Published Hardcopy Book and Ebook Awards. These are two distinct competitions with different judges. I'm happy to share the critique the judges from these prestigious competitions.

READ JUDGES' COMMENTS

 
Writer's Digest

THE REVIEWS ARE IN

NEWS

March 3, 2019

Writers Digest is the premiere periodical and website for aspiring and professional authors. Part of the services the editors provide to writers is to enter competitions in a variety of categories and genres. Through the process, the writer gets valuable comments from the judges on his or her work.

Last year, I published The Unfriend Zone, which I entered into two Writers Digest competitions. I'm happy to share the critiques from the two judges.

READ JUDGES' COMMENTS

 

The visitor at the door

FEATURE

May 30, 2017

My drowning pool is but the size of a grave,

Its waters engulf me, the killing tides cascade,

As I struggle against death, I wonder if I’m worthy to save,

But beyond the pool, as if on a distant shore,

I see the visitor at the door.

 

Beyond the drowning pool, there is a beckoning light,

My reach is gone, my arms paralyzed, adding to my fright,

I sink deeper into the dark unknown, permanent night,

But he remains with me, this man I cannot ignore,

He gives me strength, the visitor at the door.

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Things That Go Bump in the Day

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE DAY - READ BY THE AUTHOR 

FEATURE

April 30, 2017

Just a little bedtime story to keep you nervous about what might be lurking in the closet!

"Things That Go Bump in the Day" is one of my stories in Anticipation. I hope you are terrified and delighted after listening to this reading by the author.

Enjoy! And sweet dreams, little ones.

LISTEN ON YOUTUBE

 

defending the dead

COMMENTARY

April 20, 2017

Season Seven of "The Walking Dead" is a wrap, but it remains a hot topic of discussion on the fanboy sites. Probably because it's been, by far, the most controversial season of the hit series (even before it got started).

 

Surprisingly, many of the plot points and characters of the TV show that have divided fans (extreme and casual alike) are based on the most popular era from the source material: the comics.

 

Frankly, I don't get it why Season Seven has gotten (and continues to get) such a bad rap. Maybe I'll understand it better if I address some of the more common criticisms head on:

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the four r's

OR

REMAKES AND REBOOTS AND REHASHES AND REVIVALS ... OH MY

COMMENTARY

April 10, 2017

REMAKES ... AD NAUSEUM

Is Hollywood really running out of ideas? Maybe. But why should Hollywood be any different than this year's presidential candidates? (Just kidding. Sort of.)

 

Or maybe Hollywood is not running out of ideas. At least in terms of repackaging and rebranding.

 

Maybe it depends on the medium. If we're talking television, many viewers consider this to be a new golden age of the good ol' boob tube. However, if we're talking movies, it seems (especially in summer blockbuster season), that a lot of stuff playing on the silver screen is creatively bankrupt.

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OFF THE GRIDIRON

COMMENTARY

February 5, 2017

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone!

Today, it's all about the big game. But after the last post-game show is over, and Super Bowl LI highlights run their course on the 11:00 news, we can all still find post-season thrills in the many football-themed movies from the last several decades. Many football classics are also all about the big game. Classic football movies that lead up to the exciting climax of the big game? Far too many to list here.

 

Others give us inspiration as we follow the journeys of the players off the gridiron. In this blog entry, I'll concentrate on the latter category. Here a few of my personal favorites.

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