Better Off Undead #126 – Dave in Daytime

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/bou_episode_126.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare Like a bear dragged out in the open during his hibernation, Dave is extra frustrated with life right now because, you guessed it, he’s again trying to keep to a day schedule. However, even though that’s the reason behind the name of this episode, it wasn’t really the most interesting thing that happened this week. Now, Garrett Robinson deciding he can’t finish reading 12 because it’s too dark/depressing/Davish… THAT is totally something worth listening for! This week find out: What Garrett said about 12 What Dave things of Garrett If any CI title will ever end with hope What book inspired Yesterday’s Gone How Johnny feels about home schooling his kids And so much...

Better Off Undead #125 – Ding Dong Ditch, Dave Style

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/bou_episode_125.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare BOU is supposed to be about three writers (with one brain… Remember that tag line?), but this episode is more about three dads (albeit three ticked off dads) complaining about the stupid stuff that’s happening with their kids. Even if that doesn’t sound appealing (and, really, what about BOU is EVER appealing?), you’ll want to stick around for Dave’s story at the end, because that’s where the you-know-what hits the proverbial fan. Here’s what goes down: How soccer is ruining Johnny’s Friday nights Do kids really need sports anyway? What body part Dave wants replaced (with a bionic version) What sports Johnny played in school Why Dave stalked two kids in the dark with a...

Better Off Undead #124 – Dave vs Common Core Math

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/bou_episode_124.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare Here’s a classic for you guys this week, full of some old tropes we haven’t seen for a while. We should vote in the comments if BOU should become a call-in show, where we choose the topic each week, and they (meaning Dave) have to just improv their way through the show! Some of the not-to-be-missed topics this week: How crappy BOU has become… …and how much the show has changed since it’s conception What can be done to improve BOU Dave’s issue with Swedish interviewers (yeah, we were all surprised, here!) What core math is and why you should hate it Dave and Johnny’s attitude about school/homework/assignments Dave’s fear of “certain numbers”...

Better Off Undead #123 – Dave the Tapir

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/bou_episode_123.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare This week’s BOU started at a high point when Dave the Tapir made an appearance. It’s always fun to hear Sean talk in the alternating voices of Eeyore and Pikachu. If you’re not into talking stuffed animals, then, hopefully, politics are your thing, because that’s where the guys went next. Dave started to complain about a situation regarding an offensive T-shirt. From there, Sean and Dave got into a fascinating discussion about hate crimes, government, laws, racism, and social change. Fascinating, that is, for everyone but Johnny. Even if politics are not your cup of tea, watching Johnny squirm while Sean and Dave talk government is well worth it! But don’t take my word for it; listen/watch for...

Better Off Undead #122 – The DaVEinci Code

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/bou_episode_122.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare This week, we get yet another view into the dark and twisted mind if David Wright. Even when the guys start the show with absolutely nothing to talk about, they quickly find something entertaining to wallow in for half an hour or so. This week, you might be able to guess what this show is all about by checking out the evolution of the show’s titles-in-progress: Dave Explains Marriage Dave Explains Life The DaVEinci Code...

Better Off Undead #121 – Sean Teaches His Daughter the C-Word

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/bou_episode_121.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare This is a weird one. We start with Dave ranting against his city government, all because the city complained about the weeds in his yard. But the rant dried up too quickly to end the show with it… …so Sean got to talk about how he taught his daughter the C-Word (which became the title topic of the episode). That lead to a too-serious conversation about parenting and language and child anxiety, etc, etc. The absolute best part of this episode is how it ends. But I’m going to tell you about that. You’ll have to listen to the end to get THAT happy...

Better Off Undead #120 – Sean Hates Magenta

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/bou_episode_120.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare So we recently had a whole color debacle with a photo of a dress, and this week, the guys went off on another clothing-and-color-related topic—What color is the shoe on the cover of My Stepbrother the Groom? Is it Berry? Paprika? Some kind of redish pink? But oh, no, it CAN’T be magenta. Anything but magenta! Yes, we normally make fun of Dave on this show, but this week, the guys focused their sights on Sean and his wonky response to Johnny’s suggestion that the shoe might be magenta. You’ll have to listen to the show to see how it was...

Better Off Undead #119 – Dave’s Epic Olive Garden Rant

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/bou_episode_119.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare It’s “A Very Davey Christmas” all over again. This week’s show was a deep dive into the puzzling and paranoid mind of David Wright, as well as a perfect snapshot of just how Sean and Johnny think so totally differently. (Well, maybe not that differently, as you’ll notice in the show.) This episode is an instant classic, and it’s called “Dave’s Epic Olive Garden Rant” for a reason. The whole show rolls out like an epic, and it’s performed in a way only three natural storytellers could. The buildup is massive. The tension is wound so tight you could play melodies on it. Then it all crumbles in an anticlimactic swoop, a true tragedy that leaves you in tears of laughter. Leave a comment to express your opinion. (To comment, go here: http://sterlingandstone.net/better-undead-119-daves-epic-olive-garden-rant/) Should Dave have gotten someone fired? Was the whole Olive Garden experience really so bad? Did the server make up for it with the goodie bag? Listen in and then let us know what you...

Better Off Undead #118 – WHAT FUCKING COLOR IS IT with Monica Leonelle

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/bou_episodes_118.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare This week, the guys had the amazing Monica Leonelle on, because apparently, even though Dave is our team artist and graphic designer, Monica is the only one in the group that knows the difference between black and gold! (By the way, if you’re a writer, or if you want to be one someday, you should totally read Monica’s superb book: Write Better, Faster. It will change your world!) The show started with a BOU classic trope: Dave complaining about his wife and her one-word text messages. Ah, some things just can’t get old. Monica’s guest appearance started working against Dave from the start, however, when she kind of started siding with Dave’s wife, claiming she does some of the same things in her text messages. Then Dave was stuck in this awkward position: Keep complaining and rail against Monica, too, or be nice to Monica and quit ranting about the wife. Classic stuff. And that wasn’t even the main topic of the show! If you haven’t head about it yet, there’s this picture of a dress that appears one color to some people and another color to others. (Check out the picture at: http://sterlingandstone.net/better-undead-118-fucking-color-monica-leonelle/) Apparently, some people see the dress as blue and black (which it actually is) and others see it as white and gold. Which do you see? Who on the BOU team saw which colors? You’ll have to listen to find out! Here’s an article explaining how the color trick works: https://www.yahoo.com/tech/explained-why-people-cant-agree-on-the-color-of-112191281639.html And here’s a youtube video about it, for the BOU fans that can’t read the big words...

Better Off Undead #117 – Dave Can’t Handle The Goonies

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/BOU_episode_117.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare “This episode of Better off Undead is brought to you by nobody and nothing. It’s brought to you by suicide.” If that isn’t the perfect intro to this show, I don’t know what is! This show started out with a rant from Dave about the Two and a Half Men finale. (Which, spoiler alert, includes two pianos falling on people.) Sean and Johnny were a little surprised that Dave even watched the show so faithfully, making them question his TV sitcom tastes. Once they were done picking on that finale, which Dave managed to call a hate crime, the show somehow circled back around to The Goonies. Dave apparently hated the movie, and it’s hilarious to hear...