April 18, 2005
This site is officially closed. Oh, don't worry -- I'm doing more than ever online. I've just moved operations over to www.shawnrider.com. Why? Well, I need a major update, and I've got one. Also, I don't want to delete this site, because it's been around for, like, ever. So I thought I'd just leave this here, a little internet time capsule that I'll maintain for as long as I can, and then I'll build my new one over there, and that one can keep developing all cutting-edge style. Sarah's doing the same thing with her new site, www.sarahwichlacz.com, so check that out, too. Wdog.com is still going strong, though. So keep checking back with us at our new digs.

January 14, 2003
Wow, not a single update in 2002. It seems like a big lull, but let me assure you that I've been keeping busy. Let's see, where did we leave off? I finished my MA in Literature. I'm contemplating mining some of it out into essays on the site, but I used illustrations from Dan Clowes' David Boring which were graciously cleared for limited use by Gary Groth, publisher of Fantagraphics, but which I don't think I can use online. So we're working around that. Sarah, Jeff Luther, and I bought out GamesFirst! in October of 2001, and it's been a big undertaking. So that's where most of my online posting efforts have gone. After finishing my MA in August 2001, I taught English 102: Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Idaho for a year. That was great, but I needed to move on, so Sarah and I managed the double-admittance at SUNY Buffalo. She's now in the Photography department, and I'm pursuing an MFA in the Department of Media Study. Things are good. And we're making a lot of fun stuff, which we'll post up as much as possible. For now, I leave you with a link to my first videogame, The Road Show. It's pretty basic, and a bit crude, but I'm pretty dang proud of it. Music is done by my good friend Brian Clark, aka DJ Funken Wagnalls (and click here, too). Brian, Sarah and I are 3/4s of the Robot Underground, a little musical experiment we have going. David Logan, my good friend, animated our first music video for a track called "Futurology" -- it's a wonderful blend of videogame and digital animation. Have fun checking out this stuff, and I'll try to get back to this site within the year...

July 12, 2001
These updates sure do come few and far between. However, the last one was pretty huge, so that should have kept you busy for awhile. I'm finishing up my MA right now, and it looks like I'll be staying in Moscow for another year to do some teaching, keep on with GamesFirst!, and get some more creative projects under my belt. I'm looking for somebody to pay me to make cool stuff, so if that somebody is you, drop me a line. What else? Oh yeah, we finished the documentary we shot in LA at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. It's called Booth Babes: A Short Documentary, and that pretty much sums it up. If you don't know what booth babes are, then this is the film for you. If you do know what booth babes are, then you know why you need to watch this film. I'm in the process of uploading this to various film sites, and will try to keep up with things on this page. For now, you can click here and get it directly from the source. Sweet, no? Okay, back to my real work. Once I get my thesis done, I'll post it here. Hopefully it won't bore you. See ya later.

March 8, 2001
Wow, if there's an excuse to put off updating, you can bet I'll take it. It's been really hectic this school year. Still, I've been pumping stuff out. Be sure to stop by www.the-phone-book.com to see some ultra-short stories I wrote and they published. It's a really cool site, and make sure you check out the audio stories section (listen to the audio for "Gas"). For those of you wondering, we haven't won any awards for the movies yet. That's okay, we haven't made our epic masterpiece yet, either. I have begun work on a new graphic design for this site, but it's probably not going to happen anytime soon. I'm working on my thesis and trying to finish grad school right now, so not a lot is going on aside from that. Except, I did manage to get a whole slew of new essays up on the Writings page. Jump over and check them out. I added a big essay about Tony Horwitz's great book, Confederates in the Attic. It's all about the Civil War and the continued infatuation with the Confederacy that permeates the South. I also added some essays about Japanese history and culture. I look at Ranald MacDonald, Hikikomori, and Yukio Mishima's Spring Snow and Dojoji. For the students out there, I've thrown up a couple small pieces about Hobbes and Foucault, which should be helpful. And I started a new section on the Writings page called "Link Lists" where I will post lists of links, with annotation, relating to various topics. Right now you can find a whole lot of links about Comics Web Sites and Postcolonialism Links. Like I said, it's a big post. I didn't even mention my critifiction about Sandra Cisneros and Sherman Alexie. Oh well. Keep you fingers crossed for quicker updates.

July 26, 2000

It's been awhile since the last update, mainly because this summer has been damn busy. Still, there's a lot of cool stuff going on. Before we get to the updates available on this site, you might want to jump over to www.click-flick.com and check out L'Ecrivain once again. Click-Flick runs a contest, and you have another 40 or so days to vote for L'Ecrivain. So help a brother out, man. On another note, Sarah and I finally got the Urban Legends: Electronic Art Exhibit up, so jump over there and check it out. Now for the latest goodies available here:  I've decided to post my stories, due to popular demand and sheer frustration at the print industry. If you are from a print zine or journal and want any of this stuff, it comes cheap, but I've decided nobody will ever read my stuff if I wait until I can pick the right editor from the sea of editors and journals and zines and such out there. Plus, I get more circulation than most small literary zines on this site alone, so I've taken the leap. First up is the beginning of my Tarradiddle collection: Mister, Mutt, Uncle Ned, Tenderness, and Plastic. Hopefully you'll dig 'em. I also posted another image/text piece that Sarah and I collaborated on, WANT. Sarah did some way cool stuff with these retro architecture images and digital collage. That's about it. We've been working hard to make even more cool web content for you to check out, so keep an eye out for new stuff coming this fall. I'm going to work hard to keep the fiction rolling out on here. I have a bunch waiting in the wings, so let me know what you like and I'll post more of that kind of thing.

May 23, 2000

Well, IFilm has finally posted our flicks, so go there, watch them and give them good ratings. You can check out Bad Neighbor for the first time over the web, and L'Ecrivain is up there, too. They did a great job compressing them, and the RealPlayer versions work great even over 56K connections. So there are no excuses... Check them out.

Before May 23, 2000

I just put Autoerotica up. It's a comic drawn by Mike Peutz and based on a sudden fiction I wrote. I rewrote the story to fit the comic format, and I think it came out pretty good. You can either view the files online, or download hi-rez versions to print. Spread this baby around. Oh, and it's based on a true story. That makes it even creepier.

Before that, I put up a Real Video version of L'Ecrivain, a short film I made for a class called "Writing the Image." We explored the connections between text and image. The movie is a quick little piece about a writer (played by yours truly) doing what he does best -- writing. It's also all done in stop-motion photography, which makes it kind of weird looking. But in the best possible way.

I posted a few more links, and added descriptions to my Links page, which I should have done a long time ago, but didn't. Check out Brian's page; he's a way cool guy. I only link to people I know, so if you want me to link to your page, send me an email and get to know me.

I don't update this page a whole lot, but keep checking back. Soon we're going to get Bad Neighbor: An Urban Legend posted. That's another film I worked on. Also, I will be linking to Sarah Wichlacz's Urban Legends art show, a virtual gallery that is so cool you'll pee yourself.

And, as always, there's more in the works. Feel free to email me at shawnr@moscow.com if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Thanks for stopping by.

Take it easy,





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