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The Madness Goes to Buffalo

Octoberlogoresizefinal[1]Today we bring you an interview that editor Michell Plested did with Mad Scientist-author Hugh J. O’Donnell and his co-host Pat Toner, on the Way of the Buffalo podcast.

The Way Of the Buffalo

They talk about how the book got started and a great host of other things.

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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in  Mentoring, books, Interviews, Writing

 

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The Evil Art Of Getting Back to The Basics

sheepOne of the Topics that we only partially covered in A Method To the Madness: A Guide To the Super Evil is that of starting over again when you fail, get defeated decide to take a different route, want to, can be therapeutic. Not to mention the lessons that can be learned.

I recently suffered set back with some of my minions decided to take stock in my situation in regards to those in my employ and get back to some basics. There is nothing like getting back to the very basics of basics to remind you of how it is done.

So Minions / henchmen / Sheep.

Yes, that is right, Sheep. You know some times you really have to get back to basics. I am not saying that everyone should always go this far but some times you need to go back to the beginning.

I am not saying that our undersea lab sprung a major leak do to um outside pressure and that on the same day out orbital space platform lost power because someone ripped the solar panels off, and who knew that the insurance companies don’t cover things like that on your home owners insurance, and that we were forced to return to our pedestrian home like everyone else and plant a garden and raise sheep as part of a farming collective to keep costs down. I am not saying any of those things. What I am saying is that herding sheep can be a good way to remind yourself of the basics of dealing with minions.

Some times you need to give them a good swat to get them to go where you want, some times you need a watch dog or a sheep dog to help keep them in line, and sometimes you need to just release a wolf into the fold and just let him have at the stupid sheep… I mean some times you need to stop shearing one of them and have lamb chops for dinner.

Sometimes you just need to sit down and take stock of where you are. You need listen to the advice of others. You need to read a good book like, Oh I don’t know, A Method To the Madness: A Guide To The Super Evil to figure out where you went wrong.

Enough with the advice, I have sheep to herd.
The (recently relocated) Dark Lord
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There is nothing that you can do that we can’t do better: Or Superheroes stink!

LowerRight_1_[1]Today we have the um, honor of posting this note from, Dr. Evil-n-Carnate: A.K.A. Steve Wolencheck, current occupant of cubical 3257J who is one of the contributors to A Method To the Madness: A Guide To The Super Evil

Welcome to the 7th circle of the underworld my friend, or as the people around me call it, Unitide Incorporated. It is from here that I rule all that I survey. And by rule I mean I make everyone who enters my domain miserable. Really I do, you should read the article about how to do this in the new book.

But that is not what I am here to talk to you about. The Evil League has chosen me to be the mouth piece for their most recent work, and I am honored to do so, seeing that I had a lot to do with it. You see I wrote the operating system that runs the computers that they used to make it happen. I write all the operating systems that the Evil league uses. And many of you who use other operating systems, I wrote those two, just because I am that evil.

So on to the information:

It has come to our attention that the so called boy superhero Mik Murdoch, whose so called adventures you can read about in the Prix Aurora nominated book by the same name, has rescued the editor Michell Plested and his family. He has them hidden away in some “safe house” some where and they are now under his “protection.” A lot of good that will do them.

292px-TheDoctorMik, as of yesterday we pumped the safe house full of knockout gas and replaced the editor and his family with sophisticated holograms. They are so life like you would not even know they were not real. You remember the Doctor on the Star Trek Voyager series? They make him look like he was written in GWBasic. Not even 7 of 9 with a 24th century tricorder could tell them from the real thing, but believe me they are replacements.180px-Seven_of_Nine,_2376

So as you can tell, you superheroes really don’t stand a chance against us. And to all you aspiring super villains out there, get yourself a copy of A Method to the Madness: A Guide To The Super Evil, and you too might one day be able to be as evil as we are. Well, probably not that evil, but you will be a lot more evil that you would have been if you didn’t read the book.

Dr. Evil-n-Carnate: A.K.A. Steve Wolencheck, current occupant of cubical 3257J, affectionately referred to as “that jerk who eats lunch in his cubicle even though we have a lunch room and he really should eat there”, was born in Leftovershoe. From those humble beginnings all those years ago, he began a rise to the top. He is a humble computer programmer by day, but by night, and sometimes late in the afternoon because he had to get up early for work, he fights the eternal fight against good. He hopes that one day he will have the power to crush good forever, but for now is satisfied with making sure that this office mates suffer needlessly.

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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in  Mentoring, Succession, Writing

 

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Another update from one of the Evil League

aMttM-aGttSE_finalThe Evil League has been very busy lately. Some of them have kidnapped one of the editors of the book, while others have been gearing up for world domination. In this case they have a message for you.

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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in  Mentoring, books, Promotion, Writing

 

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A Release Date

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Today, Five Rivers Press announced the official publication date for A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil of July 1 2013.

We caught up with one of the many authors, Dr. Evil-n-Carnate, Frequent Flyer, Grocery Shopper and Overlord Of Cubical Block 3257J, just outside his head quarters this morning and he had this to say about the announcement:

We had to drag out the fire hoses to stop the party in minion housing. They still have work to do. All those bits and bytes are not going to arrange themselves and Alex (our 486 Beowulf Cluster) is busy with, ummm, his shopping list.

Five Rivers Press also announced that you could pre-order your copy of the book from now until June 30th at a reduced price (25% off).

Evil Pro Tip:

If I were an evil genius on a budget, I would jump all over that.

Last, there is a contest. All of the various authors have alter ego bio’s hidden out in the vastness of the internet. There are links to these in the book itself, but you can start searching now. There are prizes to those who find all of them. There are more details about this, the book, the release date, the authors and many other things in the update from Five Rivers.

Good luck and happy overlording.

-Jeff Hite

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in  Mentoring

 

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To the CONS!

From the Desk of Alex – The 486 Beowulf Cluster

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While publishing your schedule of events isn’t strictly against the rules of the various evil organizations around the world, it is usually frowned upon. Especially if you are planning a public display of your greatness and don’t really want any of your nemesis showing up and foiling your plans. And it is always a bit risky if you are trying to avoid being seen, or captured, (for those of you who are shall we say outside of the law.)

While all of this is true, sometimes it is a good thing to let people know that you are going to be at a certain place at a certain time. Like when you plan to meet them for coffee, or share with them a project that you have been working on. [Hint Hint Hint!]

With that in mind, we, the editors of A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil, are announcing that we will be at Balticon this year. We are hopeful that many of the other authors will be as well. In fact, if you know that you are going to be there please leave a comment so your hordes of minions, groupies, fans whatever will know where you are.

Here is to hoping to test out our diabolical devices, I mean hoping to see you there.
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in  Mentoring

 

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Jeff and Alex – The Break up

So last week you might have seen a little spat that @Alex_486beowulf and I had on twitter. Somehow he got it in his outdated-microchipped-head that he was the one going to take over the world.  And that suddenly I was the minion and not the other way around.

While we have not official stopped working together, let’s just say that he is currently running only essential programs attempting to locate a new power supply before his UPS’s run out.  

And that leads me to the topic of today.  I have heard it said that certain jobs require you to have a bit of an ego.  Fighter pilot, head chef, race car driver and to some extent the tech support guy.  But being an supervillain requires more ego than any of the rest of them.  That is why you so seldom hear of them teaming up, and why when they do team up it rarely works out.

Think about it.  If you don’t have a super ego, and I am not talking about the kind of super ego that wacky German guy was talking about, then how are you going to drive your minions?  What? You think that they are just going to do whatever you want because of that winning personality of yours?

Let me tell you something buddy, being a supervillain means spending a lot of nights alone in the lab, alone at the library, alone writing your manifesto.  And as much as you might at been voted most popular guy/girl/other in high school (though I certainly doubt that), all that time alone tends to cause your social skills to take a serious dip.  And while a few minions might have remained loyal to you just because you used to be a great guy, the majority of them are going to need a little bit more encouragement than that.

You have got to have a ego that fills the room when you walk in.  It needs to suck the air out of all those around, take the wind right out of their sails so that everyone is paying attention to you.  If you are working with someone who has an ego as big as your own – well you can see the trouble.  And this is where Alex I are right now.

Fortunately for him I value his services. And while I could have just smashed him to bits for his insolence at suggesting I bring him a cup of coffee, I have decided that I would just make life a little bit more difficult for him.  Don’t tell him, but if he starts getting too low on power, and he will apologize to me, and of course deletes all those world domination programs he has been writing on his own, I’ll more than likely plug him back in.

So if you are thinking of teaming up with another supervillain, it is important to figure out well in advance who it is who will rule the world before you begin.

 
 

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