Friday, 30 June 2017

MegaWestgarth: What's going on?



MegaWestgarth the blog has been a bit of a wasteland recently. You could argue it's been a wasteland for a few years now, and you wouldn't be wrong. I'm trying though—trying to keep it updated, and trying to do things to keep it updated with. I'm still writing away, sending Soci of Metro to agents, writing new short stories, sending off short stories in the hope of publication, and sitting and staring at the massive list of rejections I've accumulated.

My blog sits at the very bottom of my to-do list.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Chuckle-Bits Needs Your Help (With Discord)

Podcasts are complicated things to record. At least, they are if you're me and Stevie Grant. The truth is, we're stupid and useless, and we don't know how to do anything.

So there's rumours of a new Chuckle-Bits podcast in the works. We can't confirm nor deny those rumours. But if they were true, those hypothetical podcast plans would be on hold because Stevie and I don't want to use Skype to record any more. Recording through Skype has caused problems upon problems.

When Stevie records podcasts with the Sega Addicts crew, he uses Discord. But Stevie doesn't know how Discord works. I don't know how Discord works. We don't know how Discord works.

Do you know how Discord works? Do you know how to record audio through Discord? Would you mind telling us so we can get on with recording a new Chuckle-Bits podcast?

That's a hypothetical podcast.

Get in touch with me at megawestgarth(at)gmail(dot)com, or tweet us on Twitter @MegaWestgarth and @TheStevieGrant.

Seriously though, we're dumb/lazy and can't/can't be bothered to figure this out ourselves.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Feedburner test for Twitter

I realised a few months ago that my blog posts weren't auto-posting to Twitter any more. This was a problem, as I reckon most of my blog views come via the people who follow me on Twitter.

That's @MegaWestgarth, by the way.

I actually don't know how useful Twitter is for directing people towards my blog. Readership has fallen dramatically since I stopped writing about, and posting photos of, my retro games. I also reckon it has something to do with the rise of Youtube. In fact, I'm certain of it. Outside of Tumblr, blogs are dead. No one has time for them. And even then, Tumblr is little more than an expanded version of Twitter injected with all the bad content from Myspace and LiveJournal.

Anyway, I found out that in Feedburner I can activate a thingy that should auto-post new blog posts to Twitter. I needed to test it, and here's the test.

I'm not dead by the way. Just Yorkshire.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sonic Time Twisted: Twisting My Mind


I can't believe Sonic Time Twisted is finally finished. Not because I thought Bryce "Overbound" Stock was incapable of delivering a 1.0 version (although Sonic fan games rarely see full releases), but because of how much time has passed since interviewing him for TSSZ.

You can download Sonic Time Twisted via Overbound's website.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

That Time I Found Myself on Some Random Online Database


I was surfing the information super-highway the other day and found myself on some science fiction database: namely, Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

I actually wound up on the site while scouring the web for paying sci-fi short story markets. The rejections keep coming (way over 150 now) and I need new places to send my stories before I'm forced to resort to non-paying markets.

So there I was staring at a database for what appeared to be sci-fi pulp magazines with a blank search bar. So of course I typed in my last name. It wasn't a case of vanity, I swear! I was more curious to see if anyone sharing my surname (there's not many out there with the surname Westgarth) had ever been published, be it in pulp magazines or otherwise.

My name was the only one that came up.

It was a confusing moment, then I realised that the site also categorises modern, web-only journals, including Grievous Angel, in which I had flash fiction published 100 years ago. The title of the story was "Memory Lanes". It's still available to read for free if you fancy it. Here's a link. Enjoy.