"Unclear to Me" now available on Amazon

The highest levels of accreditation and academic achievement carry little comfort to their keepers when senses deny them their tried and true logic. Seeking assistance in such endeavors would prove to only humor your audience. Consider such an absurd request from a “respected” figure and any bit of nonsense or conflict in reason would be received merely as comedic genius, complementing an impressive and otherwise stoic career. Simply an excursion into a foreign field, in this case, a dip into literary comedy, a stark contrast to your infallible objectivity and nothing more. Were it so easy. 

Get it here.

In my downtime today, I randomly thought of an old short I wrote about four years ago. I realized that the content and coherency was all there and am considering putting it cheaply on Amazon, once I’m satisfied with the editing. Anyone remember an old short, Unclear to Me

carnahan

"A Lizard Named Waffle," or, "The Zombie Movie That Never Was"

carnahan:

In the freshman year of our college experience (Fall 2009), we were beginning to feel the pulls of a creative mind without release, of ideas and past stories consumed and conglomerated with no way to put them out in the world. Evan, Vin, and I had all bonded (and in many ways, became friends) over B-horror and zombie fiction. This was just before the recent, awesome resurgence in zombie (and apocalyptic in general) media and we were psyched to “make a zombie movie” — so we got to work. 

I can remember the exact night, later autumn, in which we had a bunch of friends over my parents’ house, and when everyone was falling asleep to the movie on TV, Evan and I were sitting almost under a desk (to avoid waking the others) and spit-balling and scripting our “zombie movie” — it would since then evolve, for better or worse, from outside influences. That original script written by the two of us is entombed somewhere in the confines of a long-dead hard drive; regardless, it is probably rubbish with our inexperience contemporary to the era and we are merely reminding it with whimsy, but it is forever lost. 

A lot of the process was very, very trying and a few (comical in hindsight) brushes of personality or creative differences arose between the director, the writing, and the cast, but overall, it was one of the best memories of my youth. I feel like Evan feels the same way. It was certainly not an end-product to be super proud of, by all means, but it does represent a pet project that a group of people put together between Winter and Spring break. True story: we started in the cold of winter and ended in the mid-Spring. The main group involved with the project all still are producing material, whether together or individually, and that alone makes me happy that we are finally releasing this, however condensed it is (through the style of “Let’s Play!”) — although a few of us involved overall are only still in touch on a daily basis, I love and wish everyone else all the best. 

One of the more interesting and endearing aspects of trudging through a watching of Nathaniel is noticing and picking up on the character quirks and similarities that we have fostered, honed, and developed either through this project or just our own personalities, that are still prevalent in our current work. For instance, the quick, low glances my brother throws at the ground when reciting lines or trying to emphasize panic; Evan’s quick smile and head tilt when seguing into a new line of dialogue. I noticed, of myself, this sarcastic nod and mouth movement when I get caught proven wrong or facing snark. 

This is silly. This was fun. Evan and I recorded this at eight in the morning after staying up all night and had not previously anticipated actually showing the video in the corner, so some of the conversation may sound off. Also, there is a slight stutter in the cadence of the video-within-the-video after we pause during a chaotic scene and some of the audio is delayed. No worries and I apologize — there was certainly no way we were going to wait another five hours for this to render, heh. 

And now, without further ado… 

A Lizard Named Waffle / Nathaniel / Our Zombie Movie That Never Existed

"Code Junkie" serialized, free shorts, and more useless stuff

Offering Code Junkie on the serial site “JukePop” — very exciting, I know. I’m going to be posting a new chapter each week and plan on setting up a forum for some book discussion / Q&A / whatever on Reddit this weekend. If you want a sneak peak, check it out here.

Also… 

My other titles are available for free on Amazon this weekend (plus our friends in the UK might have a special surprise involving Sunday evening and the full edition of Code Junkie… stay tuned!)

My titles on Amazon - free this weekend

haisojrellim

Code Junkie - An Unpredictable, Relatable and Sometimes Mindbending Story

haisojrellim:

I discovered Code Junkie when the author Jeff Koval was discussing it on his Tumblr. I knew of Mr. Koval’s work from the excellent web series/ARG EverymanHYBID, so I decided to check out his talent when it came to prose.

I am happy to say that he brings you completely into this world and into this man’s head. The world of Code Junkie is one part realistic tale of an unpleasant man with an unpleasant life… and the other is an odd exploration of the unknown.

Code Junkie is a story that engrosses the reader to the point of them taking each page as slow as they can, regardless of whether or not the book requires them to. It is a brisk read at only a little over a hundred pages, but it is packed to the brim and not a page is wasted.

Sometimes I actually got emotional when things hit close to home. This book has a fantastic knack for opening up your imagination. When Kevin has dreams and visions, you see them quite clearly, and you float in and out of that dream effortlessly, from sentence to sentence. The allusions to other works are subtle but rewarding. The tone is never static, yet it feels coherent and fluid. Characters are real despite never getting time in their heads like the reader does with Kevin.

As you approach the end, you will no doubt be wondering “Where is this going?” “What are the answers?” “Do I need those answers?”. And the ending will leave you wondering what the book was truly saying, encouraging a second reading.

I find myself unable to convey all my thoughts without rambling, as Code Junkie is something you honestly should experience for yourself.

I am ashamed to say I have not read any of Jeff’s other, written works, but I aim to change that. This man has a lot of talent and vision, and I firmly believe he will bring much more in the coming years.

I highly recommend Code Junkie to any and all who enjoy a vivid, surreal story of a normal, yet troubled man in a very bizarre world.

You can find Code Junkie on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Code-Junkie-Jeffrey-Koval-Jr-ebook/dp/B00ILMOZLO

And Jeff’s other work here:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Jeffrey%20Koval%20Jr.&search-alias=digital-text

https://www.youtube.com/user/EverymanHYBRID

hippomusic444
hippomusic444:

Must Read Novel: Code Junkie - Jeffrey Koval Jr
“You never know when the end of your tale will suddenly find you.”
Like many great novels, the first line draws the reader in. In short, Code Junkie tells the story of Kevin, described by Jeffrey Koval as ‘an unpleasant man who loses his job’. The novel takes us on a journey through Kevin’s life, introducing us to his friends and acquaintances, characters that are wonderfully unique and developed and sure to leave a lasting impression on the reading. Koval’s descriptions bring the story to life again and again. You find yourself apart of Kevin’s world, lost in his hallucinations, and alongside him as the plot heats up.
I’ve never been the best at writing reviews, but I hope this does some justice to this book being that it is so well written and a definite page turner. With an ending that will leave you amazed at the wit of the author, the clever darkness of the story, and wanting to read this novel again and again.
Check out Code Junkie here.
Check out jeffreykoval's blog here.
Check out Jeffrey Koval’s other works here.

Thanks for taking the time to write this! 

hippomusic444:

Must Read Novel: Code Junkie - Jeffrey Koval Jr

You never know when the end of your tale will suddenly find you.

Like many great novels, the first line draws the reader in. In short, Code Junkie tells the story of Kevin, described by Jeffrey Koval as ‘an unpleasant man who loses his job’. The novel takes us on a journey through Kevin’s life, introducing us to his friends and acquaintances, characters that are wonderfully unique and developed and sure to leave a lasting impression on the reading. Koval’s descriptions bring the story to life again and again. You find yourself apart of Kevin’s world, lost in his hallucinations, and alongside him as the plot heats up.

I’ve never been the best at writing reviews, but I hope this does some justice to this book being that it is so well written and a definite page turner. With an ending that will leave you amazed at the wit of the author, the clever darkness of the story, and wanting to read this novel again and again.

Check out Code Junkie here.

Check out jeffreykoval's blog here.

Check out Jeffrey Koval’s other works here.

Thanks for taking the time to write this!