What’s Up Jotham?


What? Jotham has a Podcast!

Welcome! The Rabbit Hole of Research Podcast is available now! So excited to share science and pop culture with you. You can listen to the Podcast on most providers (Apple, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, etc), the Substack app, in a browser on my website or from this email!

SubstackAppleSpotifyYouTubeAmazon, Joe’s Website

Who Are We?

We are Jotham (Joe), a research mad scientist and author; Nick, roaster of the coffee bean, entrepreneur and pop culture guru; and sometimes Georgia, librarian, storyteller, and print maker. 

So, What is this Rabbit Hole of Research Podcast? 

It’s like playing a game of Telephone, where we will start in one place and let the conversation lead us down the winding scenic road exploring the science in science fiction, separating the facts from the Handwavium. We’ll have a little fun and you’ll learn a few facts you can use to impress your friends at a party or use as a conversation starter to go down your own rabbit holes. 

It will not just be us rambling, fumbling and tumbling down the rabbit hole, but we will invite creators, thinkers and innovators on to talk about their research, creative process and join the lively conversation exploring the quirky science in fiction. 

We know you have many choices of entertainment, so we will keep the episodes short, about the time it takes to drink a tasty beverage. So, please join us on this journey down the rabbit hole.

When Can I Expect The First Episodes?

NOW!

Episode 1 (Gaba Girl and Reanimation) and Episode 2 (We Talking about AI) will drop together. We should publish an episode every two weeks or so at first, but as we get into a routine we will get to weekly.

When Will The First Guests be on? And Can I Be a Guest?

So, the first guest will make an appearance in Episode 3. And sure if you want to be a guest, just drop me an email!

What About the Newsletter?

Even though I’ve been on a little Rabbit Hole of Research Newsletter vacation, don’t worry the newsletter will return this month (Feb 10th) with writing updates (like what now that my publisher closed), when will my new book go on submission to publishers, and what I’m reading, listening, watching, etc.

As always, thanks for the support! I couldn’t do this without you!

Cheers!


You can always email (I do answer back), click the comment link below, or follow me online for real time tracking.

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NWI Comic Con

I started going to this con for the past 8 years (we missed the 1st year). And this will be our second year vending.

We are friends with many of the other creators and performers at this Con. It has a big Con feel, but very accessible and great time for families.

Come on out and say hello. Georgia and I will be at table B07. And we will have many new prints and two new Rabbit Hole of Research Zines!!!

Lake County Fairgrounds • Crown Point, IN

11 AM to 6 PM

https://nwi-comic-con.wixsite.com/2023-updates

Find your next favorite book or author with these December 2022 newsletter giveaways or virtual book-fairs:


Book Fairs — Discover New Authors 

Holiday Book Giveaway
Free stories, because it’s the holiday season
Fantasy and Sci-FI Giveaway
Looking for a new Fantasy or Sci Fi author?
 Characters discovering their truth!
Characters discovering their truth!
 SF/F Giveaway December
SF/F Giveaway December
Wonderful Winter Books
Wonderful Winter Books

Author Newsletter Swaps

Review Copy of The Female Breeder
Review Copy of The Female Breeder
Review Copy: Hannah of Planet Echo
Review Copy: Hannah of Planet Echo
Review Copy: Secrets at Safety Cove
Review Copy: Secrets at Safety Cove
Review Copy: Vox
Review Copy: Vox

Thanks for supporting these fellow authors by checking these Giveaways and book fairs out.


Two early 2023 Conventions I’ll be attending, MarsCon January 13-15 2023 and NWI Comic Con February 11th 2023!

MarsCon 2023

MarsCon January 13-15th 2023! Yes, I am going to be a guest and panelist at MarsCon 2023 in Virginia Beach, VA! I’ll be on six panels:

  1. Religion, Magic and Science
  2. Worldbuilding: Food and Drink
  3. Researching Your Story
  4. Do They Still Need HMO’s in Your World?
  5. Dystopia is a Double Edge Sword for the Author
  6. How Do You Define SciFi in 2023?

I am so excited. This was one of my personal goals to be invited to a Con and be on panels. Come on down and check it out! Hope to see you there.

NWI Comic Con

And speaking about Cons, I’ll be at the NWI ComiCon 2023 with atomicnumber14 (Georgia) February 11th, 2023!

More info on NWI Comic-Con soon!

Stuff I’m Digging in December 2022


Comics

Mega Centurions by
Jon Parrish

Jon Parrish Mega Centurion #5
Jon Parrish Mega Centurion #5 (1 of 5)

I’ve talked about Jon in my Newsletter before, (Click here to check it out), but in short Jon worked with Scout Comics to release his comic series Mega Centurion. The final book was just released. Go check Mega Centurion and all the rest of Jon’s stuff on his website: Jon Parrish’s Home Page


Books


Fiction:

I’ve been busy editing my new MS, so reading has taken a back seat. Yet, I pulled this off the To Be Read Pile (TBR), Nnedi Okorafor’s Africanfuturism novel “Remote Control”. It’s a much welcomed break in between editing sprints.

Nnedi Okorafor: Remote Control
Nnedi Okorafor: Remote Control

Non-Fiction:

The last few Newsletters I have talked about getting more into story theory and Robert McKee’s book was highly recommended. Even though it focuses on Screenplay writing (future project?), it goes through the essential elements of crafting a story.

Story: Robert McKee
Story: Robert McKee

What I’m digging in July 2022

Comics:

The Fist by

Brandon Bitros

I first saw The Fist on Kickstarter from Blackstone comics and creator Brandon Bitros. I had to support this comic and excited to read, becasue it is set in my birth city and home for many years, Philadelphia! Also, the premise was interesting and the artwork and writing was awesome. Go check it out!

Set in 1919 Philadelphia, The Fist is the tale of Riley Reece, a working stiff with a broken marriage and an affection for drunken vigilante justice.

Back Copy excerpt:

“Riley Reece may not look like much, just another working-class boozer with a broken family from the slums of Philadelphia. But Riley Reece isn’t just a drunk — he’s a drunk with a scret. After late night benders of agonizing self-destruction, Riley’s guilty conscience prompts him to sport a black hood and become Philly’s most feared vigilante.


Fiction:

Everfair by
Nisi Shawl

 

Nisi’s debut novel Everfair, was a finalist for the 2016 Nebula Award. This book has been on my TBR list for some time and I’m finally getting to it. 

Back copy except:

“Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.”

Go check out all the rave reviews and an excerpt here then add it to your TBR-list!


Indie-Fiction:

Sour Roots by

Shawn Burgess

 

My fellow writer/friend Shawn Burgess has a new prequel novella coming out. You don’t need to have read his debut novel, “The Tear Collector”, to enjoy this story (but you’ll probably pick it up to enjoy more of his writing and the horror).

I had the pleasure of reading a beta-copy, and I think fans of Jonathan Maberry’s ‘Ghost Road Blues, will enjoy Shawn’s fast paced horror prequel to ‘The Tear Collector’.

Look for this one on Shawn’s website, or sign up for his newsletter so you don’t miss this release.

Back copy excerpt:

“Roger and Gertrude Davis enjoy an idyllic existence in the small Appalachian town of Harper Pass. With vast land holdings, a successful business, and love for the family they’ve built, they’ve avoided the suffering The Great Depression has wrought on the area until it all comes crashing down on a sweltering summer day in 1932.

With the twin daughters they dote on gone missing and ominous signs of foul play evident, a suspect quickly emerges. But not everything is always what it seems. Amidst the murder, madness, and mayhem, they soon learn there’s blood to pay when the past comes calling.”


Music/Podcasts:

No new Music to report, but I have been listening some new Podcasts:

Story Nerd
Melanie Hill and Valerie Francis

As my writing career progresses I have continued to study the craft of writing (the scientist in me like to break things down and figure out why they work), and in doing so hopefully write/tell better stories. Listening to the first few episodes have been enlightening.

Podcast Description:

 

“The Story Nerd Podcast demystifies story theory so writers spend less time studying and more time writing. Literary editors and writers, Valerie Francis and Melanie Hill, analyze a film a week as an example of a storytelling principle. The show focuses on concepts common to all stories across film, television, novels and screenplays.”


Okay, that’s where I’m at. I’ll try to update y’all every month on books, comics, and music (podcasts) that I’ve been digging! I’ll try to add some indie author reads!

Email me and let me know what you’ve been into and what I should check out! Or follow me online for more realtime updates: Jotham’s Social Links

What I’m digging in June 2022

Comics:

Le Fay

I saw Le Fay on Kickstarter some time ago from Evoluzione Publishing, and they pulled me in with the hook: “If Jessica Jones was a Fay Sorcerous.”

The story is about woman, Morgan le Fay who works as a private investigator for the occult underworld in modern times. I really like the art work and I cannot wait to dig into this. I picked up Vol 1-5.



Fiction:

FInal Girl Support Group by
Grady Hendrix


In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. But after a decade of trying to find peace, a group of final girls become become hunted once again.

This was a fast-paced horror thriller. Go check out all the rave reviews and add it to your TBR-list!


Indie-Fiction:

A Fading Star by Greg Hickey

Writing can be a very lonely endeavor, but I try to make an effort to make as many connections to other writers as possible. It’s always nice to have someone that understands what it is like experiencing the highs and lows in the writing/publishing/marketing trenches. So, it was a nice surprise when a fellow author, who happens to be from Chicago, reached out to me about my short story, “Summer Without Leaves.” I am looking forward to reading Greg’s novel, “A Fading Star,” and you can get a free sample of the novel, HERE!


Music/Podcasts:

No new Music to report, but I have been listening to a number of Podcasts. Here are two of them:

The Shit No One Tells You About Writing

In this podcast, Bianca Marais, interviews authors, agents, editors and just about anyone and everyone who’s involved in bringing a book to market.

Creative PepTalk

In this Podcast, Andy J Pizza, helps you on your creative path by finding and maintaining your creative spark to help you maximize your potential.



Okay, that’s where I’m at. I’ll try to update y’all every month on books, comics, and music (podcasts) that I’ve been digging! I’ll try to add some indie author reads!

Email me and let me know what you’ve been into and what I should check out! Or follow me online for more realtime updates: Jotham’s Social Links

March 12th: What am I reading and Listening to:

Comics:

The Freaking Future by
Matt Skillern

The Freaking Future is an anthology of weird character driven stories taking place in (you guessed it) the future. If you like comics like Heavy Metal Magazine and 2000 AD then keep your eye out for The Freaking Future. It’s a unique bunch of weird and funny stories!

Matt also does commissions and original art work: check out what I got from Matt at NWI-ComicCon



Go check his stuff out


Non-Fiction:

The 1619 Project
By: Nikole Hannah-Jones


Excerpt from the publisher:

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the four hundredth anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It is led by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, along with New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein and editors Ilena Silverman and Caitlin Roper.

This was a powerful read that starts to explore and create room for discussion and understanding to the black experience in the context of America’s origin narrative. The original essay series was expanded into a book.


Fiction:

Dead Astronauts
by: Jeff Vandermeer

This is book #2 in the Borne series. Jeff’s writing is creepy, haunting, confusing and beautiful—love it all:

Excerpt from the publisher:

Jeff VanderMeer’s Dead Astronauts presents a City with no name of its own where, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives human and otherwise converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth – all the Earths.
Check it out!


Music:

I love Adrian Younge’s music, the way he combines the old and the new. I was happy to see this mix he put together of music that’s been sampled in Hip-Hop over the years. 

Go Check it out on Apple Music! Don’t have Apple Music go listing to one of Adrian’s other albums.

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Okay, that’s where I’m at. I’ll try to update y’all every month on books, comics, and music that I’ve been digging! I’ll try to add some indie author reads!

What am I reading and listening to in February 2022

Comics:

Hack/Slash
Image Comics

I recently got the 2nd Volume in the Hack/Slash Horror series. I backed the first volume and the second on Kickstarter (Got a variant cover). I loved the first and I cannot wait to dig into this one. Tim Seeley is one of my favorite writer, and he will be a VIP at the NWI Comic Con! Art is fabulous by Emily Stone.
Go Check it out.


Non-Fiction:

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
By: Oliver Burkeman

A great read that will Challenge the way you view, use, and manage your limited time on this Earth.

Spend some time reading this book!

Fiction:


Where the Drowned Girls Go (Wayward series#7)
by: Seanan McGuire

I love this series and Seanan’s amazing writing. I am looking forward to reading this book. If you are not familiar with the series here is the publisher’s description:

Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.

There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again.
It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
And it isn’t as safe.

When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.

She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming…
Check it out!


Okay, that’s where I’m at. I’ll try to update y’all every month on books, comics, and music that I’ve been digging! I’ll try to add some indie author reads!

Announcement:

Rabbit Hole of Research is going to be exhibitors at the NWI Comic Con 2022!!!


Saturday, February 12, 2022


Lake County Fair Grounds
889 South Court Street, Crown Point, IN


Click here for tickets and other event info!


Come out and say hello! We will be releasing the first three Rabbit Hole of Research Zines (expanded episodes with more cool art work), Coloring Books, copies of my debut novel, and there will be a giveaway! Georgia (@atomic_number 14) and I (@jomega22) can not wait!