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I worked at LEGO for seven years and have seen a lot of LEGO robotics…but this takes the cake.
I loved this commencement address from Neil Gaiman, one of my heroes. Enjoy.
I’ve been in a bit of a rut of late. Given the importance of accountability – and to get me moving again – I’m publically launching a bucket list.
See the Northern Lights in Norway
Scuba Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
Go cave diving in Yucatan
Have a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich
Visit Pompeii, Italy
Visit Moscow (1992)
Live in a foreign country for more than a month (Tokyo, Japan; Stockholm, Sweden)
Teach English in Japan
Visit the Grand Canyon with the kids
Visit Kyoto again.
Visit the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings in Egypt
Go into space on Virgin Galactic
Ski the Swiss and French Alps
Visit Kauai again with my wife
All of the Other Things I Would Like to Do
Own my own business (MediaFatigue Web Consulting)
Start a physical product company
Learn to speak Danish
Achieve zero debt
Drive an Aston Martin
Publish my first book (Quiznot, September 2014)
Finish Quiznot 2
Finish rewriting Ink Monkey
Fly in a fighter jet
Learn to play decent jazz piano
Reach 1,000 mailing list subscribers
Sell the film rights to Quiznot
Learn how to make crème brûlée
Pilot a personal submarine
Fly in a biplane
Buy a decent telescope and learn some basic astrophotography techniques
Catherine Rose Putsche just added a nice review of Quiznot on her blog. Here’s an excerpt:
What a wonderfully crafted story! I was pretty much hooked from the start and look forward to reading more books in this planned trilogy. Russell Stoll has successfully created a thrilling young adult/sci-fi/fantasy book with a likable heroine that the reader can get behind and root for as he is strong, brave and loyal. The only disappointment I had is that I must wait to hear more of Timothy’s adventures and can’t wait to see what they entail. I expect an exciting epic to be awaiting this heroine.
I hear you all. Write faster, Russ.
“Quiznot blends elements of The Last Starfighter and X-Men and a little bit of the sadly canceled TV show Tower Prep. It’s about a kid who discovers he has powers, and enigmatic people at a mysterious school with kids who also have strange stuff. The whole product is just enjoyable, a hero’s quest mixed with teen-outsider melodrama.
“Give this one a shot. It’s new characters and a new story that will remind you of classic stuff. It’s an all-ages story with a creature that reminds me of Lockheed from X-Men. So that’s a few bonus points right there.”
Here’s a link to his blog: RevolutionSF.
Finally, the print version of Quiznot is available from Amazon.
The perfect holiday gift. Hint, hint.