WHY I LOVE HUMAN DISASTER BY MIKAL KHILL

I just finished listening to Mikal kHill's newest release, Human Disaster. Twice, actually . . . in a row.

Having done so, I wanted to share my thoughts.

Now, I've probably said this before, but when it come to reviewing something, be it a television show, movie, comic, album, or book, I'm not very good at it. I know what I love, I'm just not all that great of explaining why I love it. But I'm going to do my best here. Just know this one simple fact. Human Disaster is a great album and I am a big fan of Mikal KHill.

And there's a reason I'm a fan . . . dude can write.


Before I get into the LP, for those not aware of who Mikal kHill is, here's his bio from Bandcamp:

I make nerdcore rap about videogames, zombies, and feeling bad.

Co-creator of the Browncoats Mixtape & Slytherin Mixtape with Adam WarRock. 1/4th of NOFRIENDS. Founder of the ThoughtCriminals.

Straight from the gate, track one, Badlands, the beat booms out of my ear buds and I can't help but bob my head.

The beat/music is a big thing for me. I mean, you can have great lyrics, you can rhyme with the best of them, but if you're doing all that on top of weak beats then I'm never going to hear word one.

I don't know if he writes all the beats and music himself, but Mikal kHill has some of the best beats in the business. I mean, maybe it's my ear buds, but this album straight up thunders in my ears.

Take track five, Daddy Works. The beat is simple, but elegant. It proves what I've been saying for a long time (not here, but I have been saying it): Less is more. Not always, you have to do it right, and Mikal kHill does it spot on with this track.

And the lyrics? Well, I'll use Daddy Works again. I'm a father of three, and I work two jobs, meaning I'm not around as much as I'd like. Daddy Works hits me on so many levels and the song makes me want to jump in my car and speed home.

Another track that stands out to me is Spent our Lives on Fire featuring Tribe One. This one may very well be my favorite song on the album.

A common theme of Nerdcore rap is sharing the spotlight. Meaning, guest rappers and/or singers. And Human Disaster has it's fair share.

Tribe One, Ceschi Ramos, cecilnick of Autocorrect, Sulfur, Clara Bizna$$, Shane Hall, and RUUNE all send some time with Mikal kHill on this LP. Tribe One and Sulfur are two of my favorite Mikal kHill colaborators. The others, I'm encountering for the first time on this album, but I'm going to be keeping an eye out for them.

So there it is, my thoughts on Human Disaster. Why do I love it? Because it hits all my buttons for rap: Great lyrics, rhymes, flows, beats, and music.

If you're a fan of rap music, you should check out Human Disaster.

You can preview it here by clicking this link.

Or just click the album cover:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

This goes all the way back to 2011, and I post it every year. It comes originally from a now defunct webcomic called Variety Smack which I wrote with artist Harold C. Jennett III, and it eventually turned into Our Adventure Continues, but this is our Thanksgiving strip:


WHO I WANT FOR THE NEXT DOCTOR WHO


This past weekend my daughter and I watched through what the American market calls the Seventh Season of Doctor Who . . . that's what the DVD said anyway.

This would be the final season in which Matt Smith (my daughter's favorite) portrays the Doctor. Well, I mean, there's still Day of the Doctor and then Time of the Doctor, but after that he's done.

Anyway, thinking of moving on to Peter Capaldi (who became the Doctor in 2013 and maintains the role still) and how his turn would soon be up, I couldn't help but think who might be next and then fantasizing on who I would really like to see in the role.

But first, I feel I should let it be known that my favorite Doctor so far is the great David Tennant.


Okay, now that that's out of the way, after giving the subject more thought than it probably deserves, here are my picks for the next Doctor Who.


I'm going to just go ahead and assume that most of my fellow Americans know Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House from the fox show, House. Some of them may not even know that he's British. Well, he is.

I know him from the show Blackadder where he played a delightfully lovable imbecile in both Series 3 and 4.

Hugh Laurie has proven, time and time again, his full range playing both drama and comedy. It's time to play a whole new doctor, Hugh.


Best known as Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter franchise, he's shown he can be more than the side kick of The Boy Who Lived. If you don't believe me, check out young Rupert in Wild Target, with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, and Moonwalkers (which I'll admit I never finished, but that's only because I'm an old man and I was tired and then never got back to it. I don't have to prove myself to you!). Besides, he's a ginger like me and I like to see the gingers representing.


To stick with the Harry Potter theme, I'd like to see Hermione Gragner herself, Emma Watson, be the first female to play the role of the Doctor. I think it's time and I think she's up to the task.

Emma Watson can handle the comedy, the drama, and more importantly, she has the gravitas to tell someone that she's going to mess them up in the way that only the Doctor can, and make it more than believable.


Idris Elba is actually my top choice for the next Doctor. This needs to happen. I really don't feel like I need to say more. Watch Luther, watch Pacific Rim, watch anything the man has been in and you will realize that he really is the best choice.


The star of the great Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and World's End) Simon Pegg is one of my absolute favorites. But to be honest, I think I'd rather like to see him play the Doctor's companion more than the Doctor himself.

In fact, how about Idris Elba as the Doctor, and Simon Pegg is his companion. I'm sold. Now I just have to make some calls.

That's my list, and regardless of what I said above about putting more thought into this than it was worth, I really didn't put much thought into it at all. These were the names and faces that popped into my head when I thought about the next Doctor.

I'm sure there are plenty more out there that I could think of if given the time.

LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT


I'm going to drop yet another new(ish) thing on y'all.

It's a new site and it's called Let Me Clear My Throat.

Let Me Clear My Throat is a collection of short stories of all types that I've written over time.

Whenever I finish a book, and I'm about to start another, I have to sometimes clear my head, get all the junk out. My mind can be easily distracted when it comes to story ideas, and while I'm trying to think on how to start the next Norman Oklahoma book, my brain sees the shiny light of some notion or another and sprints out after it like a dog with a squirrel.

So, every now and then I have to shake the stuff out, sorta like clearing one's throat.

I won't be posting on a schedule like with Endure, but, as the mood strikes me, and I need to clear a story out of my throat, then one will go up.

For example, I just posted the first part to a short called The Other Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

It's what one would call a Weird Western.

On Wednesday, October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, famous lawman Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and the infamous John Henry "Doc" Holliday, lined up in the vacant lot next to the O.K. Corral to face down a group of outlaws called the Cowboys.

Most people know the tale.

What's left out of the story however, are the two gunfighters, one just as famous (and infamous) as Wyatt and Doc, that faced off in a hotel room across the street at the very same time. A room with a view that looked down upon that vacant lot and the participants that became part of the most famous gunfight in the American West.

What happened between these two mysterious gunmen is told here, the outcome of which could change the face of American history for all time.

So give that a read with you get a chance, then check out the Story Archive for what else I have up there.

ENDURE HAS BEGUN


A few years back, after I'd completed my first book, Holliday's Gold, I tried my hand at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

I both won, and lost.

I won because I was successfully able to write 50,000 words in the month of November that year.

I lost in that I never finished the book I'd started and it has sat on various drives for those few years, unfinished, and forgotten.

It was a zombie tale in which two best friends and coworkers from Kansas are on a business trip in North Caroline when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. One is single, the other is married with children.

That was the premise. The zombies come a-chomping, and the two friends have to not only survive, but travel the thousand or so miles from North Carolina to Kansas so the one can get back to his family.

I wrote and I wrote and had something I felt was pretty dang good when I stalled out and began to spin my wheels as the friends fought their way through the zombie-choked streets of Winston-Salem.

It was then that I skipped ahead and took one of those two friends to see what he might be up to a few days later.

He was alone and in the wilderness.

How did the two friends get get separated?

Would the two ever find each other again?

Would they both make it back to Kansas?

Well, I never did answer those questions.

What I did, however, was stumble upon something that got me quite excited. And though it was something that wasn't new to the zombie genre, it was something I'd only personally seen used once. And even then I never felt it was used to its fullest potential. But then, I'm not as steeped in zombie lore as others.

Yet, I walked away from it to work on other things.

Just recently I came across it again and I read through it. As I did so I found that while I enjoyed a lot of it, there was still quite a bit there that was lacking.

That got my brain working and I put a couple of pieces together and thought I'd give the tale another go.

But this time, I'd do something I hadn't done before. Well, not quite.

This time, I'd serialize it for free on the web.

Like a web comic, but without the pictures.

I'd done something similar to this when I'd written Holliday's Gold. I just posted it here on the site as I wrote it. I'd started with two to three hundred word posts and finished with 1,500 word posts.

That's not what I wanted to do with Endure.

Oh yeah, it's called Endure.

See, with a web comic, you get one to two strips or pages a week. Each strip or page takes you about one to two minutes to read.

So, with Endure, I'm shooting for about 500 words per installment, twice a week.

You won't get much out of each installment by themselves, but it also won't cost you must time to keep up each week. Because that's the goal, to have people reading every week.

And as you keep up, as you fall into the story, well, that's where the magic will happen.

I hope.

So, there are three installments up right now. Three installments that shouldn't take you more than ten minutes to get through.

So go on, check them out. Then keep coming back and enjoy the ride. Because I have no idea how I'm going to end this thing. I'm just going to keep writing and see what happens.

At the least, I'll get a book out of it. At the most, I'll get a series of books and a story that unfolds each week for years.

You can start by clicking the Endure banner above, or click this link right here.

Enjoy.