Top Shelf’s ‘Ballad for Sophie’ Coming September 2021

Top Shelf Productions has announced Ballad for Sophie will be published in September.

When a young journalist prompts a reclusive musical superstar to finally break his silence, he pours out an astonishing saga of rivalry and regret, starring child prodigies and bitter old men, beautiful dancers and demonic managers, Nazi commandants, compassionate nuns, and lifesaving animals.

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Shawn’s New Podcast: ‘That Moment’

Hello NOCers,

I just wanted to let all of you know that may new podcast, That Moment, launched today. I’m happy to be part of the Hard NOC Media cipher.

That Moment is a podcast dedicated to discussing particular moments in a creative’s work. A panel in a comic book, a decision to create a particular thing, an actor’s look or the angle of the camera in a film, a joke in an overall set, or a vocal inflection during a speech are all fair game for exploration. Listen to the first episode featuring Peabody Award-winning journalist Al Letson:

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Valerie’s Complexium: Navigating Through Nerd Spaces

Originally posted at Black Girl Nerds

Welcome to my column. I thank Jamie Broadnax and the BGN family for giving me a platform to talk about the adventures I experience being a journalist. Let me remind everyone that just because I have been given this platform, my thoughts are my own. And don’t necessarily reflect the thoughts of those at BGN.

Who am I?

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Apply for the Dat Winning Sportswriting Fellowship

We don’t cover sports much here on the NOC, but that’s what our sister site Dat Winning is for! And I’m pleased to share that the site, The Dynasty Project, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop have teamed up to announce the Dat Winning Fellowship that  “seeks aspiring Asian American writers with an interest in covering the world of sports.”

The application deadline is December 19. More info after the cut.

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It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry?

Originally posted at The Daily Beast

Okay, gamers, let’s have a talk.

First of all, my cred — rest assured I am one of your tribe. I have saved the princess, I have united the Triforce, I have shot rockets into the giant goat skull to blow up John Romero’s head. There is documentary evidence that I proposed to my wife at a video game convention where she had to beat the final boss from Sonic 3 & Knuckles before I would marry her.

So no, I’m definitely not one of the fake gamer girls you fear and loathe so much, especially since I’m not a girl. So when I tell you you’re being misogynist losers who are making us all look bad, maybe you’ll listen.

Probably not, though.

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