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The High Water trilogy is complete

Wow! It’s been a few years of putting this together, and now we’re complete. It feels good.

HIGH WATER, PART 3: HANG EM HIGH!

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This series started with an idea: what would a bunch of kung fu loving stoners do in a zombie apocalypse?

By the time I got to the third novel, there were Amish zealots, ancient conspiracies, villains becoming heroes, and heroes losing their innocence. Zombies became the most mundane part. The characters came to life in my mind. It became a story of friendship, love, and the mutual adoration of a substance that makes life a little better.

This was the series where I really found my writing chops. The people in the story went from one dimensional characters with funny one liners in High Water, to people struggling with real adversity in High Water: Low Point, to people struggling with the end of the world in Hang ‘Em High.

I’ve moved on to other book series at this point, but High Water will always be the story that launched my foray into literature. Zombie novels are a dime a dozen, but I think I made something special, and I’ll always be proud of it.

Thanks for your support, as always!

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Weird Weed is live! Strange stoner stories

WEIRD WEED

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Here’s a project I’ve been working on for awhile. Starting with a few short stories of my own, Weird Weed became a collaborative project between myself, Mara K Eton and Tyler Haas.

If you’ve been reading the blog, you probably know by now that both are writing in this venerated little medium we call Pot Fiction. Tyler draws, Mara writes, and the both of them have strong lungs, it suffices to say.

Inside Weird Weed, you’ll find short stories about 19th century Jamaica, space travel, stoned animals, horror, love and loss, love found, weird sickos and lunatics, beloved friends and generally a lot of weed smoke. Seriously, the ganja drips off this book.

One unfortunate thing I found with some of

these stories is that they aren’t publishable. In fact, I’ve gotten some really disheartening letters back from magazine editors.

Literally: “This will promote drug use”.

Yeah, no shit.

Call it sour grapes, but I think that this is what self publishing is all about: sharing things without a middleman.

If you stay tuned, we’ll have a 4/20 sale where you can pick it up at a discount.

Thanks for all your support.

 

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DEVIL WEED, a marijuana horror story, is FREE until Halloweed!

Hey everyone! Long time no see. That’s right, you can get my horror novella for FREE until Saturday at midnight!

http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Weed-R-W-Tucker-ebook/dp/B0160LK9LMCannabis_leaf_2

If you like disgusting, vile stories of horror and the macabre, you’re going to love this one about a killer strain of weed.

Stay tuned for more updates. Lots of publishing coming very soon, I haven’t stopped working to bring you awesome pot fiction entertainment.

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[Announcement] High Water now in Paperback

Greetings readers!

I’ve been very busy writing instead of blogging, because if I have time for one, I will focus on the writing.

In my spare time, I’ve been finishing up the PAPERBACK VERSION of High Water.

http://www.amazon.com/High-Water-1-R-W-Tucker/dp/1502565927/

This is incredibly exciting. I’m selling it for about as cheap as I can possibly make it. Part 2, High Water: Low Point, will be available in paperback very soon as well.

At the same time, I’ve also finished a draft of Part 3, which should be available as an ebook and a paper copy by the end of the year.

Thanks for your support, and hope to see your (honest) review on Amazon soon.

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[Book Review] The 420 Code

The first question to ask when writing a code is whether it is necessary to write one. One writes codes of conduct when decision paths are unclear, or outcomes are cloudy. Whether it’s Kant’s Categorical Imperative or the Golden Rule, the code of conduct applies to all equally.

You’re probably discussing this and more when someone breaks the bong.

Now what?
The 420 Code is a crowdsourced document published online, and is available in print. Branching off from the reddit weed forum, /r/trees, the code has been relatively popular among those stoners on reddit, that staple of internet conversation. A dollar from every sale goes to the rainforest (https://www.crowdrise.com/420friends).

It reads much like Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet or Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. An unnamed stoner enlightens others with edicts on the nature of weed. Hairy problems of the weed smoker, like talking to the police or dealing with broken glass in a circle of responsible parties, are resolved. The whole thing reads very simply, and some of the lines are memorable. My favorite was the principle of Fun, “for the worst things are done seriously”. Words to live by. The moderator, 5moker, is a very friendly guy and has created a forum dedicated to the book and things spawned from it, such as artwork. http://www.reddit.com/r/420code/

The entire code is available for free on the website, or in printed form. The cover is a nice material, and the printed version includes some little games for the reader’s entertainment and original art.

Worth a bowl and a read!

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Honeybees: Dumping the bees

Hey everyone! While I’ll been very busy on my short story collection and my next novel, plus the final book in the High Water series, I’ve also been raising bees. Why not have more hobbies than you can healthily manage?

“Honeybee02”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Honeybee02.jpg#/media/File:Honeybee02.jpg%5B/caption%5D

Rather than rehashing everything I needed to know about bees before installation, I thought I’d write about what I learned during my package installation experience. That video does a great job of describing how it goes to give my comments some context.

Bee Poop:

Picture yourself in a box, clinging to other imprisoned humans. Your fearless leader is nearby, trapped in another, smaller box. Everyone, your closest friends, can’t get her out. Despair sets in. The muttering of your fellow incarcerated sisters grates.

You’re cold, cranky, and all you have to eat is pure sugar syrup. Drinking the syrup has given you a headache. You yearn for protein, for variety.

The last thing on your mind is taking a dump. Where could any of you take a dump, anyway? You’re all locked in a box.

Then the light hits you. Freedom! You try to race for the exit, only to be sprayed down with more sugar. “What? What the hell?” you think.

In a cascade, you are dumped into a wooden box. You’re now nervous, agitated. “Where’s the queen? Where am I? Why am I covered in sugar?

Let loose. Let loose your cares, my little buzzing friend.

Bee poop, especially after eating nothing but sugar syrup, is gross. It looks like something belonging in a baby’s diaper, just brown liquid streaks. Of course, the runs can be a sign of other diseases (the infernal disease Nosema), but I also get diarrhea when I’m nervous. Since I haven’t seen any more of it, I’m not worried yet.

Poor bees. Upon exit, they crapped everywhere. On their box. On their new hive. On each other. Cooped up in their box, they’d held it in, not wanting to soil their queen.

Of course, I was too concerned with not getting stung not clean up after them…

If your bees have drawn comb in the package box, watch out:

The package box is meant to be a temporary refuge for your bees in transit. They aren’t supposed to be in there for more than a few days.

Drawn comb with larvae AKA “Brood”         “Bienenwabe mit Eiern und Brut 5” by Waugsberg (talk · contribs) – Self-photographed. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bienenwabe_mit_Eiern_und_Brut_5.jpg#/media/File:Bienenwabe_mit_Eiern_und_Brut_5.jpg%5B/caption%5D

The vendor kindly let me know that the bees would be used to each other, that they wouldn’t kill the queen if I l let her out. Great! A group of bees already happy with their queen means a quicker transition to a functioning hive. Regicide is known to happen when queens and workers don’t have time to get to know one another.

Drawn comb, that is, comb the bees have used their various organs to produce, was visible inside the box. Sugar syrup gives the bees the carbohydrates to create wax. It comes out a stark white color.

As soon as I reached into the box, I knew I had a problem. Angry buzzing. The thud of tiny bodies against my bee suit. Uh oh. The bees clung to the collapsed side of my veil and stung me in the neck. I grabbed the queen’s cage, got her into the hive. Howling, I dumped the rest of the bees into the hive, putting the wooden boxes together as fast as I could.

My battle scars ached for a few days, a reminder of the RAW POWER of TINY BUGS. Take caution if you think your new bees have already drawn comb! Your bees might think they’ve already found a home. And if they do, woe be unto you!

Bees are the chillest

“Bee-apis” by Maciej A. Czyzewski – Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bee-apis.jpg#/media/File:Bee-apis.jpg%5B/caption%5D

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[Interview] Tyler Haas of Tumble Dry Comics

Happy to put up our interview with Tyler Haas of Tumble Dry Comics, which we reviewed here. His website, chock full of animated entertainment, is here: http://tumbledrycomics.com/  He’s building an entertainment empire, and we’re glad to catch him on the upswing.
So without further discussion, here’s his answers to burning questions.

RWTWhat made you decide to start drawing stoner-related comics?

Bonus frames from “Change of Plans” http://tumbledrycomics.com/comics/change-of-plans/%5B/caption%5D
TH: It sort of came about as a natural combination of two hobbies. I started smoking weed a year into art school, as art school rules dictate. I was taking classes on comics and cartooning, and at the same time I was frequenting 420chan and other weed-related message boards. You’d see these MS-Paint drawn comics that were so charming and hilarious that you wanted to keep coming back to read them again, and eventually I wanted to try it myself.
RWT: You’ve got a talent for making mundane things about smoking funny. How does it help your art? Do you illustrate under the influence, or mix it up?

TH: One of the best things about making comics about smoking weed is that it lends itself so well to exaggeration and playfulness. Going on a snack run or losing your lighter aren’t particularly exciting in and of themselves, but when you’re there and you’re completely buttered, it feels like some great adventure. Mundane scenarios have so much more gravitas when you’re high and trying to illustrate the difference is what makes them fun. Most of my comic ideas are the product of falling down that rabbit hole of high thoughts; I usually work sober though, I get too distracted otherwise!

RWT: Who are your artistic influences?

TH: I’ve always liked John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy, and Alex Pardee. They both have this great ability to illustrate characters that are somehow both adorable and disturbing. You look at it and you think, “Wow! That’s kind of cute. Please get it away from me.” A lot of the humor in shows like Ren & Stimpy is visual gags, and I try to do the same in a lot of my comics; sometimes there isn’t a punchline so much as just a (hopefully) funny picture in the last frame (Ed: hyperlink is mine).

RWT: What’s it take to make it these days as an artist?

TH: That’s a good question, and I’d love to know the answer myself! Seriously though, I guess like every other art medium you just have to be dedicated. There’s a million ways to entertain yourself these days and trying to rise above a billion other creative people is rough going sometimes. Did you know they don’t just start mailing you checks as soon as you start a webcomic? But I like to think if you are really proud of what you make, it shows, and people can’t help but take notice of art that’s made with love.

RWT: From talking with your collaborators @ChronicComics, you’re moving into the big time. Can you give a little explanation of the new project? 

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