Welcome back to The Night’s Rewatch! Join us as we replay our way through HBO’s Game of Thrones from the beginning of the show to the present day. Watch along with us by starting your episode at the designated time in the track. It’s like we’re all together!
Put on your blackest hoodie and join us on the Couch… for now our rewatch begins.
Welcome back to The Night’s Rewatch! Join us as we replay our way through HBO’s Game of Thrones from the beginning of the show to the present day. Watch along with us by starting your episode at the designated time in the track. It’s like we’re all watching it together!
Put on your blackest hoodie and join us on the Couch… for now our rewatch begins.
To celebrate this most delightful of holidays (sweets, treats, spooky tales, chilly weather, costumes, parties, and frivolity of all sorts!) I have brought you a present.
In 2014, just before my novel came out, I published a short story called “The Brother-Sister Fable” in an anthology called Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions. This short story is what I have brought out for you today, freshly recorded and polished up by audio producer and fellow author KT Bryski. I am thrilled to offer you this audio short story today and hope you enjoy giving it a listen!
“The Brother-Sister Fable” by Alyson Grauer
Read by Alyson Grauer
Audio production by KT Bryski
Music byKevin MacLeod(Tracks used include: “Come Play With Me,” “Magic Forest,” “Dark Walk,” “The Snow Queen,” “House of Leaves,” “Shores of Avalon.”)
Because we weren’t busy enough, The Fella (Drew) and I have added another fun project to our menu of shenanigans.
I’d been talking about wanting to rewatch Game of Thrones for ages – I’ve only ever seen each episode once! – and with Season 6 in progress I was inspired to seize the moment. We’re watching each episode and talkin’ through our thoughts and feelings about Westeros, history, mythology, characterization, acting choices, dragons, moral compasses, you name it! And unlike Disney Odyssey, this is unedited – meaning you can plug right in to the episode along with us and it’s like we’re all watching it togetherrrrrrr!
So don your blackest hoodie and join us on the couch – but you have to take the Oath first.
Hear my words and bear witness to my vow.
The new season gathers, and now my rewatch begins.
It shall not end until the end of the season.
I shall take no job, hold no social life, father no fanfic.
I shall wear no clean clothes and win no showers.
I shall wake and sleep at my screen.
I am the laptop in the darkness.
I am the watcher on the Couch.
I am the fan that guards the realms of canon.
I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Rewatch,
For this rewatch and all rewatches to come.
Needless to say, if you choose to join us in this mad endeavor, there will be spoilers. If you haven’t watched that episode, probably don’t listen to our blabber for it.
I understand I’m well over two months late for New Year’s Resolutions but WHAT CAN I SAY I like goals and lists so here we go!
In 2016 I will be attempting to…
Stay active with exercise and other activity – yoga, stretching, body weight exercises at home, and dance (ballet, ideally). Even though I have never consistently studied dance, it has popped up at different parts of my life, and every time it does I am healthier, happier, and more relaxed because I have that physical outlet. I get a little taste of that in running or in yoga, but nothing beats moving your body to music. Somehow, I aim to make time to do this a bit more regularly than I currently am – which is to say, even if I can do it at ALL that’ll be a win. I will openly confess that my current fitness icon is Daisy Ridley. Holy CRAP.
Develop healthy eating habits – low sugar, balanced diet, stay within my daily calorie goals, etc. In the last year I have already begun to change my old ways – I am more conscious of what I choose to eat and how much I have, and I eat better on a daily basis than I did a year or two years ago. Cutting back on soda and sweets has helped immensely, and I’m learning to broaden my taste horizons as well. Since the Fella and I got together, I’ve really come to love spicy foods, whereas my 10-year-old self would have wept like Hecuba in The Trojan Women if you’d have made her eat red curry. NOT ANYMORE! I’ll try anything unless it has suckers, a face, or a beating pulse.
Learn Japanese!Haha, yeah, I know, like I’m not busy enough. And it’s not like there’s three alphabets to learn. I’ve been talking about learning for years, but it’s always been too daunting… but I recently downloaded some apps and did some digging online… and I made the leap. I’m doing it. A little every day makes a big difference. The Fella is joining me in this endeavor – did you know he was born in Japan? I love language and learning about other culture through language, so this is actually fueling me like a moon rocket right now. I am energized and excited and — well, I aim to keep that going as long as I can! できます!
Create and produce the Three New Projects I’ve mentioned on my Patreon and social medias. Yes, friends, if somehow you’ve missed the updates, I have three new projects in the works for 2016. Production has already begun on all three, and they will be ongoing throughout the year. These projects are as follows:
A comedic spacey adventure podcast called “Tiny Space Hat Pirates.” TSHP will be released sometime in 2016 or early 2017 – there will be ten episodes and a full cast of voice actors as well as (fingers crossed!) sound effects and exquisite musical introduction and interludes. Pew pew pew!
A satirical faux public radio spotlight on the All Orc and Goblin Community Theatre Project, called “DND20 Public Radio Presents.” We’ve already recorded the first episode and I’m in the process of editing it. This is a much more pared-down type of pod-fiction, and is primarily improvised by excellent and outstanding humans that I know in person. It will also (probably) be ten episodes long (for starters) and will be released (I imagine) sometime in the summer of 2016.
A serial fiction tale transcribed from gameplay sessions of a Fate-based RPG I’ve built from scratch (with the Fella’s help), in a world called Warda. The players are preparing for our first game (Game Zero) where we will join forces to discuss the world, the characters they’ve come up with, and how these things all link in together in wondrous and unexpected ways. I will record the game sessions and then transcribe and fictionalize them for you all in readable formats! How exciting! NEW FICTION!
Bear in mind that for all three of the New Projects (and any new projects that appear along the way), being a Patreon patron will get you early access and wonderful sneak peeks, not to mention voting powers when applicable! Do consider joining the party.Click here for more information!
Write my next novel.I cannot tell you how badly I want to delve back into the rhythms of writing, re-writing, and crafting a new full-length story. I’ve had ideas blip through my radar in the last year since On The Isle of Sound and Wonder was released, but for the most part, those blips were just blips. Now that I’ve been digging the trenches for the foundations of Warda (WORLDBUILDING IS ACTUALLY REALLY HARD) I am becoming more and more excited to discover the stories and people and things that live and exist within it. I have a running list of character notions, story ideas, and scene images. I’m armed, and I plan on using that ammo… I want to get the RPG/serial fiction bit going first, but rest assured I’m raring to go on a full-length feature fantasy. *adjusts collar of natty jacket* *slips into fancy gloves* *adds a jaunty Edwardian chapeau*
Travel somewhere new!This is a classic resolution/yearly goal for me. I love to travel, and I love to go new places. I think it’s a grand way to progress. So each year I strive to visit a new town/state/country (if possible). In 2014, I visited Utah for the first time. Last year, I visited South Dakota and Wyoming for the first time. (It is a westerly-moving theme thusfar, is it not?) This year, I’m not sure where that location will be, but I intend to visit somewhere that I’ve never been before – ideally with the Fella at my side. He’s got a fearsome hankering to return to his childhood home in Okinawa, and I’d love to see Japan for myself. We’ll see how finances work out on that front, but we may have to settle for something a bit more local that’s still a new frontier.
My list for 2016 is pretty ambitious. Attempting to learn a new language, travel to new places, write/create/produce content in fiction and audio format, keep up the Disney Odyssey and other blog content, not to mention the day job and other ‘real life’ obligations from month to month… But I am satisfied with my list. I am satisfied with my ambition, my desire to grow and learn and explore. I am excited to tackle my own challenges, and face the various challenges that are yet unknown. 2015 was an insane roller coaster of good things and bad things, including a lot of radical social and personal changes – including but not limited to being engaged and subsequently married to the Fella. There is so much change still in the air, and so many possibilities. I intend to continue to chase that potential all the way through the year.