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Brad Simkulet

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Brad Simkulet has been writing professionally for journals, stage and screen for nearly two decades. He's currently working on a novel. Brad's a big fan of cut-offs, easy listening music and Arsenal FC.

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Average rating: 4.31 · 39 ratings · 9 reviews · 2 distinct works
Existence Costs

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Description: Playing with two classics to make one.
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If you're looking for some strong advice about screenwriting, especially when it comes to navigating the screenwriting industry, Save the Cat remains a solid piece of work.

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Literary Exploration: This topic has been closed to new comments. What Are You Reading - July 2011 88 103 Jul 30, 2011 01:27AM  
Mark Twain
“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?”
Mark Twain

Marcus Aurelius
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
Marcus Aurelius , Meditations

Howard Zinn
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
Howard Zinn

Patrick O'Brian
“I would not cross this room to reform parliament or prevent the union or to bring about the millennium... - but man as part of a movement or a crowd is ... inhuman... the only feelings I have are for men as individuals; my loyalties, such as they may be, are to private persons alone.... Patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.”
Patrick O'Brian

“The poor go to war, to fight and die for the delights, riches, and superfluities of others.”

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message 111: by Joy

Joy Hey Brad! Haven’t talked to you in ages. How are you?

message 110: by Brad

Brad First time in FOREVER! Don't know what possessed me. How are you, Miriam?

message 109: by Mir

Mir Brad! You're around!

message 108: by Scribble

Scribble Orca Happy New Year, Brad - all the best for 2014, and good luck with the new work!

message 107: by Dream

Dream So here's a random thing - I am reading this book about human rights for a seminar, and up pops China Mieville's name. Had no idea he also wrote stuff related to human rights and Marxism:

message 106: by Dream

Dream Hi.

message 105: by Scribble

Scribble Orca Hi Brad, all the best for 2013 for you, the girls, teaching, and your writing :D

message 104: by Joy

Joy Merry Christmas Brad, to you and your family! We haven't chatted in awhile... How are things?

message 103: by 6 Years

6 Years 45,000 Pages Thanks for accepting my friend request! You can check out my attempt to read 100 works of classic literature in under 6 years here:

message 102: by Nicole

Nicole Thanks for the friendship.

message 101: by Jacob

Jacob Thanks, Brad. I'll try not to abuse my new powers :)

message 100: by Jacob (last edited Jun 01, 2012 03:01PM)

Jacob Hey Brad, could you invite Ali Al-Hajamy to join the Serials Serially group? Friend o' mine, expressed some interest in reading The Count, so I figured he might like to join the group, participate in our somewhat flagging discussions, etc. He's cool. Ex-scout's honor!

message 99: by Brad

Brad That is magnificent, C. I love it.

message 98: by Athens

Athens Hi Brad. Thank you for your spoken audio reviews. As much as I enjoy reading, the spoken word is so powerful.

message 97: by Cindy

Cindy Thanks!

message 96: by Amber

Amber Tucker How is the Earthsea cycle? I REALLY need to get my paws on some more Ursula K. LeGuin. (Right now, though, I'm grappling with a Trainspotting essay.) I miss you.

message 95: by Brad

Brad I LOVE Vader Ghost with his arms cut off and the cool scarification.

message 94: by Brad

Brad Thanks for dropping by and commenting on it, Whitaker. I hope I win too. I don't even know what the prizes are, apart from knowing that you can get published.

Whitaker Liked your reading, and enjoyed your short story, Our Yoko. Good luck! I hope you get it published.

message 92: by Brad (last edited Jan 06, 2012 12:46PM)

Brad Thanks, Eh?Eh! It was fun (reading it rather than living it). I think I am going to do more.

message 91: by Eh?Eh!

Eh?Eh! ...your reading of PSS, it is THE BEST!!!!!!!

Hah! I'm glad those vicious moths attacked you back then!

message 90: by Brad (last edited Jan 01, 2012 11:39AM)

Brad A short story of mine is competing for publication over at Second Wind Publishing, and they say that reader commentary will play a part in the final judging. So go take a look at my story, if you’ve some time, and leave a message. You may help me to victory and a place in their spring anthology.

Click here for Our Yoko

And there's a bonus. It's not even bleak.

message 89: by Nancy

Nancy Brad wrote: "I just uncovered a reading journal my sister bought me at the turn of the century, and it includes about fifteen non-goodreads reviews of books I was reading at the time. Goody-goody-gumdrops! I am..."

Looking forward to reading them, Brad.

message 88: by Brad

Brad I just uncovered a reading journal my sister bought me at the turn of the century, and it includes about fifteen non-goodreads reviews of books I was reading at the time. Goody-goody-gumdrops! I am going to put them in here without any editing. I bet they will be cringeworthy.

message 87: by Brad

Brad I look forward to doing the same thing with your reading lists, Lettie.

message 86: by Lettie

Lettie Prell Hi Brad: Thanks for adding me as a friend! I see we have some of the same favorite authors, and I'm looking forward to perusing your shelves for new recommendations.


message 85: by Brad

Brad Ummm ... very okay. I am honoured. Thanks, K.I.. I need to get me a signed copy of that. Any chance?

message 84: by Brad

Brad I know. You're right, Miriam. It is so frustrating, though.

message 83: by Mir

Mir Brad, as a parent you will probably feel better if you stop talking to those ladies on NGE's Harry Potter thread.

message 82: by Jacob

Jacob They laid eggs, so, many people said, they must have sex. There was no logic there. They were oil rigs. Dughan thought the belief exoneration of the strange prurience that endlessly turned on monoliths rutting miles down. An inhuman pornography of great slams and grinding, horrified whales veering from where one rig mounted another, warmed by hydrothermal vents.

"Horrified whales." What's not to like?

message 81: by Brad

Brad Jacob wrote: "Ok, so I kinda filed away that link to "Covehithe" you sent me way back in April, meant to read it later, plum forgot, sorry. But I just got to it now and OHMYGODTHATWASAWESOME."

Glad you liked it, Jacob.

message 80: by Jacob

Jacob Ok, so I kinda filed away that link to "Covehithe" you sent me way back in April, meant to read it later, plum forgot, sorry. But I just got to it now and OHMYGODTHATWASAWESOME.

message 79: by Brad

Brad Miriam wrote: ""

I know! Pretty excited, actually.

message 77: by Joy

Joy Hi Brad - just wanted to say hello..:)

message 76: by Brad

Brad Jacob wrote: "New Mieville story! Awesome. Never would've found it otherwise, so thank you X1000!"

Anytime, brother.

message 75: by Jacob (last edited Apr 22, 2011 04:18PM)

Jacob New Mieville story! Awesome. Never would've found it otherwise, so thank you X1000!

message 74: by Brad

Brad sausage-in-pie-crust ... yummy yum yum.

message 73: by Jason

Jason And thanks from me, too, Brad--I'm waiting on a copy of the new novel, so this will be like a little sausage-in-pie-crust appetizer...

message 72: by Brad

Brad Joel wrote: "Awesome, thanks! Now I know what I'm doing while bored at work today!"

My pleasure.

message 71: by unknown

unknown Awesome, thanks! Now I know what I'm doing while bored at work today!

message 70: by Brad

Brad Thanks for the podcast, Leah. I am looking forward to actually listening to it.

message 69: by Brad

Brad I love the Han and Greedo poster, C.

message 68: by Dream

Dream FYI :)

The London Graduate School at the University of Kingston presents:

The Weird: a discussion of fiction and politics with China Miéville

At the start of the twentieth century, H. P . Lovecraft summed up the encounter between horror and strangeness as ‘pictures of shattered natural laws’ and encounters with ‘cosmic outsideness’. At the start of the 21st century, the weird has alerted us, once again, to the persistence of this ‘mood or feeling’. The new weird – generically indeterminate as it is – offers a potent trope linking pasts and presents and opening new terrains for writing creatively and differently even though its political, philosphical and cultural ramifications may be less easy to fathom.This talk with China Miéville and the Faculty of Kingston’s London Graduate School and School of Humanities seeks to revisit the idea of the weird in fiction and politics. The session will betake the form of an open discussion where contributions from faculty and audience will consider the relevance of the idea of the weird to various fields of study in the humanities.

This event has been recorded and is available as a podcast at the following URL:

message 67: by Jeff

Jeff it's good to see a familiar face on here. :)

Scribble Orca Thanks for the add.

message 65: by Dream

Dream Quite active with the visuals lately, yes? I anonymized (just made up that word) my profile pic out of sheer paranoia.

message 64: by Amber

Amber Tucker Nope. It's not too late!

message 63: by Brad

Brad Have you ever seen me with a beard?

message 62: by Amber

Amber Tucker P.S. Next, I think you should grow a Decembeard.

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