Saturday, March 30, 2013

Am I the Crazy One???

The above question/title is one I've asked myself for decades and, in some cases, have come back with a positive response. Not this time! What began as a silly, lighthearted post on a Facebook friend's page quickly mutated into a bizarre exchange where I realized I wasn't being spoken to, I was being lectured by a lunatic. Thanks to another friend, I have the entire thread even after the inevitable blocking of me. 

Here's the image that prompted the discussion:


And here's the thread:
 









Chris Norton Because each new gen are made up of 3-kinds of peeps; the ones who wish they were in the past, the ones who define themselves as not dif from their parent's gen, and those who do live in their own time, the 2nd need to put that stuff down to make themselves feel better & b/c they've a weak sense of self & feel that's the only way to break away from being defined by their parents

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Chris Norton But what I remember from the 80's was bad stuff: Reaganomics, bomb shelters, nuke bomb drills, and the 1st Gulf war

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Christopher Nadeau The first Gulf War was in 1991.
For me, one glance at that prune drinking a martini is enough to say much of the 80s sucked.

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Chris Norton But what I remember from the 70's was high gas prices, the Viet war; but also disco and hippies and feminism

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Chris Norton well I stand corrected by 2-years then

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Christopher Nadeau Disco is not a compelling argument for LOL

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Chris Norton Not saying it was

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Chris Norton but you also cannot just an entire generation of people

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Chris Norton let alone as bad, to do so suggests you also judge entire countries, races and religions as bad to

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Christopher Nadeau I think there was a word missing there.

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Christopher Nadeau Or an incorrect one. Did you mean "judge?"

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David Garlow Chris thinks the 90's were cool, nuff said

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Christopher Nadeau The 90s weren't cool.

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Chris Norton Especially when your willing to go on such little info from a characterization rather than reality, to take a microcosm of a situation and blow it up and say that represents the whole

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Christopher Nadeau Chris Norton, you keep making these odd comments that bear no connection to what I wrote and I'm still not even sure what your original point was.

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David Garlow He also liked the boy bands, he lip-synchs to them to this very day

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Chris Norton b/c that's how propaganda vs. other races, countries and religions work, so if you're willing to do so yourself without being targeted for propaganda, what chance do you have of not going with that propaganda when its specifically intended to get you to...

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Christopher Nadeau Done with the speech? How about we go back to the post with the missing and/or incorrect word so I can get a little perspective and context?

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Chris Norton do exactly what you're doing here (making yourself feel better than others by saying a group you belong to is better than another group)

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Chris Norton by the exact means by which they would try to get you to do so

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Chris Norton I am trying to give you a larger sociological perspective

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Christopher Nadeau Are you gonna pass the bong down because nothing you're saying has anything to do with what I wrote. In fact, you just judged me based on nothing the same way you apparently think I judged others, which I never did.

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David Garlow man, can't we all just chill and laugh at a stupid cartoon poster without it being a debate on world politics, music, race...humor...what ever happened to humor? and 'kaff' what Nadeau?

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Chris Norton you do understand that by taking a small thing and saying that justifies your thinking you and your people are better than another group of people, is by definition bigotry, making U a bigot

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Christopher Nadeau Thanks, I don't require a larger sociological perspective, I already have one. However, since I was only speaking for Reagen being the reason I felt the Eighties sucked in some way, I'm not sure why the stump speech was necessary?

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Chris Norton and you are also aware that every country in the world has propaganda, and that the exact means they use for propaganda are the way you use to justify stuff anyway, so that you're especailly susceptible to it

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Chris Norton Yes you do need it, you are in desperate need of it

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Christopher Nadeau Okay, at this point you're obviously just engaging in online masturbation. Enjoy the one-sided conversation.

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Chris Norton not just for you, but because of the fact these attitudes of yours will be used by others to make it easier for them to hurt others

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Christopher Nadeau LOL! And then he went and blocked me!









Melissa Weaver WHAT!? Chris Norton, Nadeau never said anything about any group of people. Reread the thread, man!

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Derek Foster you can't already have something "larger", larger refers to more/ bigger than what you have

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Evalyn Crooks cuz they forgot how to dress them selves.....

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Christopher Nadeau No, in this case "larger" refers to something bigger than what others he's referring to have.

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Chris Norton Evalyn Crooks You as opposed to African Americans with nearly their whole boxers showing, and 14 year olds with midriffs like they were a college girl trying to get laid?

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Chris Norton Evalyn Crooks All cultures are approximately equal; good <==> bad they all tend to even out in the end

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Chris Norton Evalyn Crooks the only thing you can be sure of is the closer something is to your own culture the more likely it is part of your unquestioned assumptions, or as they say "1's too close to it to judge"

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Chris Topher-thomas Perguidi no one ever says the 80s sucked its the 90s sucked

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Christopher Nadeau Uh-oh! Get ready for another sociological perspective speech!

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Chris Norton Evalyn Crooks causing ppl to criticize others (who they cannot force to change without it becoming abuse or worse) but not changing themselves, which they can do most easily- so if you're asking the question of whether a gen sucked or not, you're already wrong-minded

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Evalyn Crooks more like offended.... and any day you can get up and enjoy your day is a good doesn't matter if its the 60's , 70's , 80's , 90's or the 00's

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Christopher Nadeau Every decade has its traits but unless it was nothing but war and disease, I don't think any one decade sucked.

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Evalyn Crooks why did you attack just made a statement about the fashion that is what most women complain about in the 80's

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Chris Norton Evalyn Crooks not being offended is an overly valued commodity, those who are the most offended are usually the ones benefiting the most from offensive things (e.g. ppl in the burbs, whose whole lifestyle depends upon ghettos & the oppression of the developing & 3rd world)

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Melissa Weaver He seems to do that to anyone with an opinion. he's like a robot that was programmed to annoy people and then got struck by lightning and couldn't stop.

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Chris Norton Evalyn Crooks fashion is an easy target, they also attack fashion in the 70's, 60's 50's (e.g. the beatniks);& if someone's complaining more about fashion that the wars in central america and giving weapons to both Iran and Iraq, their values are out of wack.

Melissa Weaver Chris Norton, are you a first year sociology student who can't handle all the theories and "really makes ya think" concepts?

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Melissa Weaver Chris Norton, are you a first year sociology student who can't handle all the theories and "really makes ya think" concepts?





Chris Norton I like make you think concepts

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Chris Norton Melissa Weaver but you have to realize that the point of them is to have a discussion about the subject, and if everyone is on the same side; well that's not accomplishing much, and if its criticizing another group of people and everyone's in agreement about doing so that's dangerous

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Melissa Weaver So you basically have no sense of humor or irony?

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Chris Norton Melissa Weaver I didn't say that

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Melissa Weaver You didn't have to. You've demonstrated it by totaling missing the point of this silly image and turning the thread into a diatribe on your views on having views.

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Chris Norton I enjoyed the clip and was gonna juz comment upon that clip, after answering the question; but when seeing people who are criticizing large groups of others,

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Chris Norton well that is very close to bigotry and that behavior is the exact opposite that one should have

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Melissa Weaver Nobody criticized any groups, Chris. I think you go through life hoping for that so you can make your comments.

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Chris Norton If one cannot look at one's own culture only 25 years before without feeling a need to say that is not me and I am better than that; than how can they (without changing that mindset) be excepted to nor view people in or from other countries with completely dif cultures as infinitely worse than you are essentially judging yourselves

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Chris Norton Melissa Weaver A generation is a group

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Chris Norton Melissa Weaver as is the GROUP of people in any time

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Melissa Weaver I realize that, my friend, but no one criticized a group. You started up before anybody had even responded to the image.

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Chris Norton Melissa Weaver and as stated I'm not concerned about how that would effect people who were that way in the 80's but about how that same attitude is an indicator of bigotry against others

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Chris Norton Melissa Weaver and as stated I'm not concerned about how that would effect people who were that way in the 80's but about how that same attitude is an indicator of bigotry against others

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Melissa Weaver That's a real stretch.





So, you be the judge of who was the crazy f**** here. I actually thought he was being humorous in the beginning!

 
 
 
 


 



 


 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Nadeau on Stage.

A few months ago, I was virtually approached by my favorite expatriate Rick Barry, whose acquaintance I originally made around 2005 on this very blogger website, with an interesting request. He asked me if I knew of anyone who'd written any short one or two act plays they were interested in having produced. I told him not only did I know someone, but that person looked just like me.

"Well, as long as he looks like you, I'd love to take a look," Rick replied.

Since I'd had a science fiction play outlined for years that I'd never been motivated to complete, I knew what I was going to be sending him. You see, Rick performs in a play troupe in Australia, his adopted homeland, and the adventuresome group of thespians was looking to create a night of short plays.

So, I went to work on mine, titled "A Flash of White," centering around seven very different individuals in a grocery store who, following a sudden flash of white light, are rendered momentarily unconscious. When they awake, they find themselves developing bizarre abilities based on their life choices and personalities with no ability to leave the grocery store. It was a story I'd always wanted to write in play form, so it was surprisingly easy to accomplish in the few weeks Rick gave me.

Then, the waiting game. Based on what he'd told me, I figured I wouldn't hear anything in regards to whether or not the play was going into production until possibly December of this year. Writers are a superstitious lot; any writer who tells you otherwise is either in denial or trying to make themselves appear cool. Not wanting to jinx it, I mentioned nothing of this online. Now, I'm, happy to say, I can do the very opposite. Yesterday, I received the following email:

Hey Chris,

My names Sam. I'm mate's with Rick who you sent your script for 'A Flash of White' through to. I enjoyed reading it and I'd like to include it as part of a short play script reading evening I'm hosting on the 8th April on Monday night at The Portable next to St Ambrose Hall (2-4 Dawson Street, Brunswick). If you are available and would like to come along and hear some actors read your script and have a bit of a discussion about it you would be most welcome.

Let me know.

Cheers: Sam B


Needless to say, I was pleased as spiked punch. I was also amused that Sam thought I would be able to attend the performance. I sent the following reply:

 
Hi, Sam!


Thanks so much for accepting the play. Rick mentioned it might not be performed until the end of the year, if at all, so it's wonderful to hear that it's being read so soon. Thanks also for the kind invitation. Sadly, I am stuck living in Middle America, so Oz would be a bit of a hike for me. However, if you're planning to record it, I'd love the chance to watch. Regardless, I am still pleased the play is going forward.

 
Regards,

Chris Nadeau
 
So, there you have it. "A Flash of White" shall be performed live on a stage in Oz. I'm worldwide, beeches!!!
 

Monday, March 18, 2013

An Unexpected Review.

As I've often written, it's the stories I consider throwaways that often grarner the most unexpected praise. In this case, my Halloween-themed "Always Say Treat," available to be absorbed and dissected in the A Feast of Frights anthology. Black Static Magazine wrote the following in its review:


'Always Say Treat’ by Christopher Nadeau crosses Halloween with Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’ to give a

hellish version of every horror fan’s favourite festival, one made all the more minatory and disturbing

by what is not said or revealed.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Quoting Myself because literary masturbation is acceptable thanks to the Interwebbings.

"If you want to meet someone who's always surprised by the obvious and never prepared for the inevitable, talk to someone who has never read science fiction."

Info on an Upcoming Anthology.

Below is the cool cover for Diabolic Tales III, an anthology that will be released on October 15 of this year featuring my short story "The Other One" about a farmer in the 1950s who buries his wife only to be haunted by the sounds of her screaming to be released from the ground so the bugs will stop feeding upon her. Disney has optioned the movie rights with Mickey Mouse interested in the lead role!


Here's the cover:


"DT3 will be available for digital download for the Kindle and the Nook, and for pre-order of the trade paperback on October 15, 2013. "

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Out of the Shadows emerges another Nadeau Tale!

After several attempts at finding a publisher for her latest anthology, The Horror Zine's Jeani Rector has announced the greenlight for the following project:

SHADOW MASTERS:
AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE
(Published by Imajin Books)

For those who are following along, you may recall I had a story in the previous Horror Zine antho A Feast of Frights, which actually made it all the way to the Bram Stoker Awards Recommendation List before being disquialified because it contained reprints from the Zine. Among those reprints was my Halloween story about evil children called Always Say Treat.

This time around, as Jeani writes, "Shadow Masters only contains original, never-before published fiction, not even on the ezine. Therefore, if we make it to the Stokers Recommendation List again, we cannot be disqualified."

Also, I feel the story in this anthology is much stronger than the previous one. It's possibly the best short story I've written, or at least in the top three.  Willard Junction is the title, and it's about an Old West town that feeds upon those who enter it willingly.

I'll update again once there's a publishing date.