Les Pages aux Folles
Where's my deerstalker hat? I need to work on my Baker Street cred...
Welcome to Les Pages aux Folles, a collection of satirical writings and comedic doodles. The most recently written articles can be found in the New section; two or three will appear each Sunday. I now also rotate two cartoons (My Toronto and/or Delicate Negotiations); while the latest will appear on this page every Sunday, recent cartoons can be found on the appropriate pages in the New section. Collections of older material (currently numbering 28: 22 books of prose and six of cartoons) appear in the Archive.Enjoy,
WARNING: This Web site contains words, images or concepts that may be offensive to some. While reading, please be sure that your inner child is otherwise engaged.
Who Are You, And Why Are You Reading This?
Readers of Les Pages aux Folles will be familiar with a semi-regular feature called "What the Heck Do You Know?" It is a 20 questions type of survey, usually about current affairs. I recently published a slightly different survey called "Who Are You and Why Are You Reading This?" It is a parody of reader surveys.
Until recently, I did not have a way for readers to actually answer the survey questions and submit the results to me, a capability I have long...longed for. Then, I was sent to a link to a questionnaire on SurveyMonkey, and I thought, "I could do this." And, so, I have. If you have a moment please fill out the questionnaire Click here to take survey, Part One. Click here to take survey, Part Two. If I get any response, I will consider doing this for future surveys.
I hope you have fun with it!
Who Am I, And Why Am I Writing This?
Also new this month: I have produced a short video describing who my most important influences were, and what I learned from them. I stumble a bit here and there, but I think the points I make are clear. If you're interested, the short video can be found here. Enjoy!
In a similar vein, I have written a guest post for Kristene Perron's WarpWorld Web site feature The Truth Inside the Lie. In it, I describe how a real event that happened to a friend of mine was morphed in my imagination into the pilot for an original television series. This event changed my approach to using real people and events in my fiction. For anybody interested in my writing process, this should be an interesting read.
Subtle Self-promotion is Equated With a Good Idea at Les Pages aux Folles!
If you read a book by a small press or self-published author that you really enjoy let the world know! Blog about it. Post reviews to Amazon, Goodreads or the like. Mention it to your social networks. Small press and self-published authors live and die by word of mouth, and your friends would probably be grateful to find a good book by a new writer. Everybody wins!
This Week's New Columns
Cry if you have to - there's nothing to be ashamed about when you're helping an old friend get out of the line of fire.
"That's our six sins or less line," Saint Peter explained.
Gangsta Cat tweeps things like "Yo! when'm I gonna get me some Kibbles, bitch?"
Other Things Worth Knowing
Welcome Back My Friednishes To The Show That Never Ednishes
I now have a Facebook author/fan/whatever you want to call it page: Ira Nayman's Thrishty Friednishes. Go, look around, like it if you feel so inclined and feel free to leave a comment. I have only just started it, so it may be a little sparse at the moment, but I will add content based on what people post they would like to see. Within reason.
Your Immortality Is Ensured! Sorta... More Or Less...
Ask Amritsar and Ask the Tech Answer Guy, the two advice columns produced by the Alternate Reality News Service, are now a weekly feature of Les Pages aux Folles. I'm not sure how this is going to work out, but it's nice to see the Web site continue to evolve. Now that the advice columns are a regular feature, I need reader input more than ever! If you have a grave concern or a passing wonderment that you think one of our advice columnists can answer, I want to hear from you. Simply submit your own questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It's your shot at immortality! And, it's my chance to fill another 700 word column!
Blatant Review-quoting is Alive and Well at Les Pages aux Folles!
The first reviews of The Street Finds Its Own Uses for Mutant Technologies and The Alternate Reality News Service's Guide to Love, Sex and Robots are in. Of the former, Seregil of Riminee wrote: "What makes Ira Nayman's humour work so well in this book is that he's an intelligent author who doesn't underestimate the intelligence of his readers. He uses politics, technology and popular culture as tools to create intelligent and satirical humour that will surprise his readers. This book is a good example of how he manages to combine different elements and makes everything seem fresh and original." "This book was so funny that it caused me a couple of sleepless nights, because I couldn't stop reading the questions and answers," Seregil of Riminee wrote of the latter.
I blushed for a week.
NEW: Eric Swett has written a review of Welcome to the Multiverse for his My Writer's Cramp blog. "The writing is clever and mixed up just enough to make the book something special," he wrote. I've always wanted to be something special to somebody - *sniff *. If I wasn't already blushing, I would be!
Blatant Self-promotion is Alive and Well at Les Pages aux Folles!
NEW: Do you believe that writing should be a challenge? I do. And, I said so on Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog. If you want to learn how I make a difficult avocation even harder for myself, check it out!
I was interviewed by Katie Uhlmann of Katie Chats. As you can see, I look almost human in interviews. Great vest, though.
I have also recently been interviewed by Casey Ryan of The Cutting Room Floor. Simply run down the list of names until you get to mine, then click on something. More fun than a sack of weasels at a Mormon Bingo game!
Les Pages aux Folles Gets Social, baby!
You may have noticed that there are little colourful squares on each page on the Web site. That isn't a cheap way to get more graphics on my pages to please my Web Goddess. Well, not only that. Those graphics are actually links to various social networking and recommendation sites. If you like something you read here, please take a moment and tell people there.
Oh, and I am now on Twitter! If you're not following ARNSProprietor, well, why aren't you?
Alternate Reality News Service News
The Weight of Information: Episode One: The Realities Leak is available on YouTube! This pilot for a radio series is based on stories out of the two Alternate Reality News Service Books, Alternate Reality Ain't What It Used To Be and What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys (or, as one online used bookstore has it, What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children - don't ask). Click on this link to listen to Part One and this link to listen to Part Two. Interdimensional travel has never been so...multidimensional!
ALSO: To celebrate the publication of What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys, the second Alternate Reality News Service book in print, I have created A Book Trailer Called "Book Trailer". It is four minutes and 12 seconds of...well, I'm not sure what, to be honest with you. Enjoy.
To download brief clips from The Weight of Information: Episode One: The Realities Leak, right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as". To download previous weeks' clips from the show right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as" or right click here and choose "save link as". Need I remind you that they are brief?
As always, all praise to Gisela McKay of Pixcode for her assistance with Les Pages aux Folles since its inception. Not only has she donated space on her server for me to park the Web site, but she has withstood an onslaught of newbie questions that would have made a lesser woman run away screaming (not an uncommon reaction to me, I must admit). This Web site would not have been possible without her. Gisela is, truly, a tech goddess.
All material on this Web site is (c) copyright by Ira Nayman. For more on this fascinating subject, go to the Les Pages aux Folles Legal page.
Welcome, Science Fiction Fans!
What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys in the Archive Section, as well as three new Alternate Reality News Stories every third week in the New Section. They are clearly marked [ARNS] for easy identification. And, please feel to browse through the other writing, cartoons and miscellaneous oddments - you never know what you might enjoy!
Welcome Science Fiction Fans, The Sequel!
If you would like to see photos from the 2011 Ad Astra, 2011 Con*Cept, 2011 Polaris or 2011 SFContario science fiction conventions, simply click on the links and look for them at the bottom of the page.
If cool costumes and the occasional f&sf celebrity are your thing, you should check them out (especially the Polaris album, which is rather large).
UPDATE: I have added photographs from four more cons which I attended in 2010. If you haven't gotten enough visual con goodness, go to: 2010 Polaris, 2010 Sci Fi on the Rock, 2010 SFContario or 2010 VCon. Happy science fiction new year!
Welcome Back My Friednishes To The Show That Never EdnishesI now have a Facebook author/fan/whatever you want to call it page: Ira Nayman's Thrishty Friednishes. Go, look around, like it if you feel so inclined and feel free to leave a comment. I have only just started it, so it may be a little sparse at the moment, but I will add content based on what people post they would like to see. Within reason.
Would you be interested in immortality?
technology and anything except love and sex. It's a thing with him. Don't ask. ARNS is now soliciting questions for these advice columns from readers. That means you! If, after reading any of the columns, you are inspired to write a question of your own, please submit it to email@example.com! (Without the exclamation mark, because that would just be rude.) If your question is selected, your name and a link to your Web site will be posted on this Web site, which, at almost nine years old, may not exactly be immortal, but is pretty darned long-lived. So, okay, maybe we oversold it a bit. But, what the heck? Have fun with it. We look forward to reading your questions!
To celebrate the publication of What Were Once Miracles Are Now Children's Toys, the second Alternate Reality News Service book, in print, I have created A Book Trailer Called "Book Trailer". It is four minutes and 12 seconds of...well, I'm not sure what, to be honest with you. April Fool's, book publishing industry! Enjoy.
Do Not Adjust Your Eyes
The Weight of Information: Episode One: The Realities Leak is now available on YouTube! This pilot for a radio series is based on stories out of the two Alternate Reality News Service Books, Alternate Reality Ain't What It Used To Be and