Monday, November 23, 2015

Episode 120: The Wanderer

Todd and Tony share their current Fallout 4 status and go deep into last night's The Walking Dead (MAJOR SPOILERS). Also, Todd gives a NON-spoiler review of Jessica Jones, and Tony shares a couple geeky projects to support, including his own!

Just a boy and his dog.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Dax Giveaway!

Tony here with another attempt from me to pimp my book! Don't worry, we'll be back with another regular podcast episode soon. BUT FIRST, an important announcement!

In an effort to light a fire under my book campaign, I've got a little contest going. Many of you have said you love the cover art on the book. To which I have to sadly inform you that the art is only temporary, as I don't have the exclusive rights to go slapping it on paper and re-selling it.

What I CAN do, however, is slap it on some giveaway gifts out of my own pocket!

So as of this morning, the next 10 people to order the book will be entered to win a super groovy DAX HARRISON COFFEE MUG!

It holds 11 ounces of your favorite beverage and looks stylish as heck while doing so. Should this prove to be a popular idea, then I may just keep this party going with the next 10, and the next 10, and so on until we hit that magic pre-order goal!

Also, with every purchase of a paperback copy, I will be including a commemorative souvenir postcard as a token of my appreciation!

Don't fret if you already ordered previously. I plan to throw one of these babies in with every paperback. You can use it as a fancy bookmark if you like! Or stick it on your fridge as a decoration. Or actually use it as a postcard and impress your friends and relatives with your good taste in postal stationery!

What do you say, guys and gals? Give that gorgeous pre-order button a click!

Stay frosty!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I wrote a book. Now help me get it published!

All right, pay attention podcast listeners! I'm gonna take a moment to shamelessly plug my book to you, and you're gonna like it!

What's the deal? I am currently attempting to publish my book with Inkshares. It only gets published if I get enough pre-orders by December 27th, so I need everybody's help. EVERYBODY. That means you. YES. YOU! And YOU. And you.... and you too... and you guys in the back... and you, the guy pretending not to hear me... You get the picture.

What is it?
DAX HARRISON is an original sci-fi/adventure/comedy novel written by yours truly, Tony Valdez.

What's it about?
Here's the short answer:
In a space-faring future, an alien war criminal seeks vengeance on humanity, and a celebrated-but-bumbling hero is forced back into action... whether he likes it or not.

Here's the long answer:
Commander Dax Harrison. Hero of the Alliance. Legendary soldier for the space age. ...Schmuck.

A decade ago, Dax made his claim to fame in a decisive battle against the Carteagans, a ruthless alien race which waged war on humanity as we spread out into space. Dax cunningly destroyed the Carteagan's greatest warship, signaling a turning point in the war and leading to humanity's eventual victory.

Or so we've been told.

Ten years on, we join Dax as the anniversary of the ceasefire approaches. While career-wise he has faded into obscurity, the legend of Commander Harrison has grown immensely in the public eye through pulp stories and media based on exceedingly embellished versions of his exploits. Dax has not-so-humbly allowed himself to enjoy a bit of that fame (and a few royalty checks) while coasting into retirement on cushy assignments. But as he counts the days until he can disappear on a beach somewhere, naturally, fate has other plans.

A dangerous shadow from the past puts a wrench in Dax's easygoing existence, and he is forced to finally live up to his legend, whether he likes it or not.

Dax is aided in his adventure by an unorthodox but trusty crew. Good thing, because he'll need all the help he can get! To name a few: a bad-ass female 2nd in command, an enthusiastic fanboy cadet, a mechanical whiz kid, a crotchety old doctor and more!

Why should I care?
A couple reasons.
1) Dax Harrison is an awesome, fast, action-packed sci-fi adventure. It was originally written as a film script, and that same spirit lives on in book format. Our not-so-heroic hero, Dax, is based on roughly a combination of Zapp Brannigan (Futurama) and Ash Williams (Evil Dead/Army of Darkness). And he's going on an adventure with all kinds of swashbuckling, aliens, spaceships, gunfights, explosions, good guys, bad guys, faster-than-light travel, etc. Not to mention, it's funny as hell too.
2) By supporting me, you support indie publishing, you make this humble geek's dreams come true, AND you also support the Getting Off Topic podcast. (This thing costs money to run, you know!)
3) You can help me out for FREE. Yes, FREE.

Ok, NOW I'm listening. How do I help for FREE?
The normal price of the book is $10 for ebook, and $20 for an ebook & paperback bundle. The paperback will be a limited-run 1st edition personally signed by me!

BUT, here's how you can score a FREE $10 credit and order the ebook for FREE, or the paperback for ONLY $10!

STEP 1. Sign into with your email account. You can also register with Facebook or Twitter, doesn't matter. Then wait a few minutes and you'll see $5 credit added to your account, just for signing up!
STEP 2. Recommend the book to others! Go to the Dax Harrison page here ( and click the "Recommend via Inkshares" button. You'll get $5 more credit!

The recommend button is near the top of the page, just below the book title. 

STEP 3. Pre-order the ebook for FREE using your credits!


There's no catch. I'm not trying to sell you a timeshare. Just trying to get my first story out into the world. If you listen to the podcast, you know I sign off every episode with "Stay frosty". My way of saying stay active, stay positive, keep creating, or whatever your goals may be, keep making them and then accomplishing them with a vengeance! So this is me, staying frosty.

Thanks guys!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Episode 119: Head Canon

THE FINAL PODCAAAST (*sung like Europe*) before Fallout 4! SPECIAL GUEST LLOYD joins as Tony educates Todd on Buffy, Todd & Lloyd educate Tony on Heroes, and the whole gang (plus Meg!) dive DEEP into Star Wars theories. Also, John Wick 2 news, pondering the new Star Trek show, the love/hate of Hotline Bling and more!

Seems legit.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Episode 118: Cheese Hat

In which our heroes talk Crimson Peak at the box office, the glorious Ash vs Evil Dead premiere, The Man From High Castle, and the fates of Pacific Rim & Alien. Also, Todd's impending Fallout coma, and exploring the single character journey episode with Agents of SHIELD and The Walking Dead.

Nice view, Jem.