M. J. Brudenell

Writer, Martial Artist, and all around regular guy. Come join me on an adventure!

**Sunday Fun-Day**

Winter is upon us. Here in the Twin Cities we got our first dusting of snow, and are expected to have a snowstorm on Monday.

So, when I was thinking about what I wanted to post I kept that in mind.

I love the People Are Awesome videos on YouTube. You can see people doing some crazy cool things.

At first I looked at their Martial Arts Edition and Parkour/Free-running video compilation of 2015. These are cool, and you could certainly see them from me at some point. However, what really stuck with me was their Summer 2015 Edition.

Bask in the sun & fun that has come and past. Have a good time.

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**Fiction Friday**

This week's installment is dedicated to one of the first, if not the first, epic fantasy anti-hero.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.

Book one of this ambitious story, Lord Foul's Bane, hit the shelves in 1977. I was only five years old. A mere six years later, at the ripe age of 11, I made my first attempt at reading this series. I barely finished book one and it probably left my young mind scarred.

The Unbeliever series was controversial because of it's unlikely and unlikeable protagonist (you know, the hero) Thomas Covenant. The subject matter of these stories was extremely complex and mature.

I would later read the full first and second series' (both trilogies) twice. There are new books recently released--within the last 10 years--however I have not read them.

The original trilogy is a landmark in fantasy and has helped shape stories we read today. It is still up there as one of my top 10 series of all time.

Have you read the series? What did you think of it?

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**What Are You Reading Wednesday**

This week is not really reading for me, per se. It's listening.

In addition to being a writer, I operate two freelance careers. I'm a carpenter and a mobile notary public. For the notary business I drive. A lot! While driving I listen to podcasts, audio books, and audio dramas.

There is a lot of rich material for me to give recommendations in this department. I've discovered some really cool projects, and have specific preferences in the type of storytelling I like in this medium. 

I like full cast productions, or a very talented narrator doing the voices.

Because of the full cast aspect, I also like audio dramas quite a bit.

Currently, I am listening to the "Locke and Key" audio drama, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

All I can say is AMAZING!

This is a very dark story, so be aware of what you're getting in to.

Fantastic production and brilliant execution of performances.

--Do you have a favorite audio book or audio drama?--

--What style do you like the best?--

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Star Wars A Cappella Tribute

What do you think of this a cappella tribute to John Williams and Star Wars?

Is it better with the orchestra accompaniment, or should it have stayed a cappella through the whole piece?

Should they have not done the a cappella at all?

John Williams Tribute from the 2015 Ameican Music Awards featuring Pentatonix