Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Awards!




I was honored to receive 3 and a half awards in Salt Lake City Weekly's Best of Utah 2012 competition.

The first award was labeled "Best Self-Promoter", but when on to explain that it was for their being impressed with how much I accomplish in my life as a writer, filmmaker, columnist, and quizmaster.

Bryan Young is, hands-down, the busiest guy in Utah media that you’ve never met. Aside being a founder of Shinebox Media and Big Shiny Robot! (as well as a contributor to City Weekly), the writer and producer has a long list of projects that makes you wonder when he sleeps. Included in that list: Geek Show Podcast panelist, Huffington Post correspondent, author of five fictional novels, nationally regarded Star Wars expert (he’s received personal invitations to Skywalker Ranch), independent film director, pub-quiz host, and soon—we hope—seller of an energy drink of whatever is keeping him going.
Hopefully, it'll get people to check out my books.

The second award was a readers choice for Best Pub Quiz in Utah, which I co-host with Shannon Barnson:
If the dozen other quiz nights in Salt Lake City just aren’t geeky enough for you, don’t retreat back to the basement: Head over to Lucky 13 for the weekly Big Shiny Geek Show Pub Quiz. It’s a totally local quiz night, hosted and written by Big Shiny Robot’s City Weekly columnist Bryan Young and the Geek Show Podcast’s Shannon Barnson. Answers are read out after each round, so you won’t have that “What was the name of Star Wars’ concept artist?” question nagging your brain for long. And with the excellent Lucky 13 burgers, fries and friendly waitstaff, it’s no wonder the quiz sees crowds of loyal regulars pack the place each week, trading insults and jokes with the hosts.
If you want a taste of the quiz, be sure to pick up my collections of trivia on sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The third is for Best Local Cable Show for The Big Movie Mouth-Off, starring Jeff Vice and Jimmy Martin, which I produce with Elias Pate.
Jeff Vice and Jimmy Martin have fast become the biggest names in televised movie reviews in the Salt Lake City area, and it’s no mistake. Filmed at one of our favorite watering holes, Brewvies, their funny, beer-fueled Big Movie Mouth-Off is funny, entertaining and insightful, even when they’re dead wrong about a movie. And their Facebook page is the site of dozens of movie giveaways every month, as well as offering a daily reader poll, making it a must-like.
The half of an award is the second place win for Big Shiny Robot! for best site in Utah. Last year we squeaked out blogger Gavin Sheehan for the top spot, this year he squeaked us out. Congratulations to him and everyone else who won this year!

I also participate on occasion (and film) another award winner for best podcast, The Geek Show Podcast. It was a very good year for everyone I know.

Letters From Elsewhere

It's been a while since I posted and for the month of March I haven't felt as though as I've had much to show for myself. It's not that I haven't been busy or I haven't been writing, I've just been working very hard on things. I finished the revisions on Operation: Montauk and I'm very, very happy with how far its come. It's still on schedule for a release at Origins.

Speaking of Origins, there are a couple of collections I've been asked to participate in that will see release then. The first is the Origins Anthology. I've submitted what I think is a very fun science fiction short story that will appear in print along side authors like Aaron Allston, Mike Stackpole, Janine Spendlove, and RT Kaelin. I'm very excited about the piece I submitted for the collection, and I can't wait to see it along side the others.

The other project is a sort of text book on building worlds. I'm not sure how much I can say about it at this point, but I'm very happy with my contribution.

If all goes well, both of these collections will be on my table at Origins and everywhere thereafter.

That was a hell of a sidetrack, because what I really wanted to tell you about was a new collection of four short, short stories that I collected digitally:



Each of these pieces is fashioned as a letter, postcard, or other correspondence.Letters From Elsewhere is the latest four story collection from writer and filmmaker Bryan Young. Each of these pieces is fashioned as a letter or postcard.

It contains:

Letters From Elsewhere
Dear Mrs. Dearborn -- Correspondence from World War II
Confessions of a Not-So-Secret Admirer - A Love Letter
A Confession - A Letter to the Editor
Water Under the Bridge - A lost postcard
God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut - A letter to the author

You can pick it up on Amazon here. The Nook version is forthcoming (sometime today).

I would very much appreciate your support in checking it out. I really like this collection for a lot of reasons and I hope you'll enjoy it, too.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

SLC Nerd 2012

I wrote a piece for Salt Lake City Weekly about this weekend's SLC Nerd Event, but I failed to mention in the article that I will be there participating as well. I've booked a table and will be there signing books.

I will have the print versions of Lost at the Con, Man Against the Future, The Colossus, and God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut. I'll also have the audio book version of Lost at the Con (which contains the ebook versions as well.)

SLC NERD
The Complex
536 W. 100 South
Saturday, March 24, 2 p.m.
$8 in advance, $10 at the door, $7 kids under 12
at the door



Writing Update: I'm still hip deep in revisions of Operation: Montauk. It's been an arduous process, but I think the resulting book is far better than I'd imagined possible. It's going to be a very fun book and I can't wait to unleash it on you.

I'm still planning on premiering it at Origins Game Fair, but there's a good chance I might have it done in time for Free Comic Book Day.

Only time will tell.