Kari Maaren

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This page contains links to my stuff, links to stuff I have done in the past but then abandoned in a cowardly manner, links to stuff connected in some way to my stuff, links to stuff I like by people who are awesome, and anything else I can think of that doesn't fit on the rest of the site.

My Stuff

YouTube Channel
Home Page on Bandcamp
Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off on Bandcamp
Pirate Elves in Space on Bandcamp
Everybody Hates Elves on Bandcamp
"The 'Geisters" on Bandcamp
Canadian Geek Bands

West of Bathurst
It Never Rains
West of Bathurst

WoB Talk


"The Well of the World's End"

This is a fairy tale I have told frequently.  This little film, made and sponsored by Ryerson University's Chang School of Continuing Education, is meant to demonstrate some of the principles of oral storytelling.  The film is used in the online version of the Ryerson course "Fairy Tales and Fantasies"; however, the Chang School has also posted it on YouTube.
Weird Stuff That Needs Further Explanation

Bad Poem a Day

In the summer of 2015, I apparently developed the need to write one bad poem a day and post it on the Internet. The blog is run by my thinly veiled alter-ego, Cecily Q. Cauliflower, a self-avowed bad poet who has embraced her talent for terrible verse and wishes to share it with the world.
Bad, Bad Poetry
Kem's Utterly Merciless Guide to Essay Writing

I started this blog out of sheer frustration when I was a TA.  I keep threatening to go back to it, but I can never quite find the time.  Basically, Kem's Guide attacks essay writing from the perspective of a semi-fictional pissed-off English instructor who rants madly at her readership, albeit often in the nicest possible way.  Is there a word for "viciously bullying people into demonstrating their intelligence, which they obviously have, instead of taking the lazy way out"?  'Cause that's sort of what I do as Kem.  A number of instructors use the Guide in their classes, so there's that.

Don't Freaking Plagiarise
Japes for Owre Tymes

This one is...strange.  One day, for reasons I cannot really explain, I decided to start translating newspaper comics into Middle English.  My justification was that they were so archaic already that they almost worked better that way.  The blog had its fifteen minutes of fame amongst medievalists and comics affictionados, but it simply took too long to put the comics together every day, and I finally had to let it go.
ME Family Circus

Stuff Connected in Some Way to My Stuff
Recording and Sound Engineering

Arnob Bal, Floss Daily Productions:  recorded, mixed, and mastered Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off
Devin Melanson, The Pond Studio:  recorded, mixed, and mastered Pirate Elves in Space and Everybody Hates Elves

and Design

Erik Mohr:  designed cover of Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off
Karl Stahl, Painted Red Productions
:  designed cover of Pirate Elves in Space and Everybody Hates Elves; supplied header and initial design of this site


Leslie Hudson:  one of my collaborators on Pirate Elves in Space; originally formed the (now retired) band Copy Red Leader with...
Devin Melanson:  the other one of my collaborators on Pirate Elves in Space

Literature and Publishing

ChiZine Publications:  the Toronto SF publisher for which I read slush; it also organises...
Chiaroscuro Reading Series:  the original reason for the existence of all this crazy monster music
David Nickle:  author of The 'Geisters, about which I have written a song


Carlos Parra:  filmed and produced video of "The 'Geisters"

Stuff I Like By People Who Are Awesome

Darths and Droids
: a webcomic that reimagines the Star Wars saga as a tabletop RPG.
Debs and Errola webcomic about the relatively real lives of Debs and Errol, who turn up under "Music" below. The comic has ended its run.
Finn and Charlie are Hitcheda webcomic by Tony Breed.  The title is probably relatively self-explanatory.
Hark!  A Vagranta webcomic by Kate Beaton...about...stuff...with floaty people...and Victoriana...and...er...well, yeah...
My Neighbor Errol: this sequel to Debs and Errol tells the relatively true story of Errol, his family, his friends, and his ongoing obsession with escape rooms.
Piled Higher and Deepera webcomic by Jorge Cham about grad school and how it tends to drive people mad.  A lot.
Rock, Paper, Cynic: a webcomic by Peter Chiykowski about exciting things such as "dinosaurs, philosophy, and outer space."

More Music

Copy Red Leader: disbanded but still with lots of awesome music online.

Debs and Errol: the band is no longer banding, but the music lives on.
Kraken Not Stirred: Mike Bryant's geeky musical act. Mr. Bryant receives his inspiration directly from the psychic brainwaves of the Kraken itself.
Nerds With Guitarsa geeky Toronto band that plays geeky Toronto music on geeky Toronto guitars.
Rock, Paper, Cynic: Peter Chiykowski's one-man musical act. Yes, it has the same name as his webcomic.


FilKONtario:  if you are puzzled by the word "filk," go visit this site.  It'll sort you out.

Web Shows

Nostalgia Chick:  What can I say?  I like watching a ponytailed feminist analysing the movies my younger cousin grew up with.
Nostalgia Critic:  I also like watching an angry man screaming uncontrollably about films that came out in the 1980s.
Space Janitors:  Star Wars meets Red Dwarf meets Geek and Sundry meets a couple of friends of mine with geeky senses of humour.


The House Always Wins:  a fun blog created by a fun friend of mine.
Mark Reads
:  Mark reads a lot of stuff, then blogs about it.  He started with Twilight.  In 2014, he was up for a Hugo.  'Nuff said.
Mark Watches
:  Mark also watches a lot of stuff (i.e., full runs of TV shows).  The Hugo thing still applies.
Thoughts From the Test Chamber
:  Manda Whitney has a lot to say, specifically about Her Neighbour Errol.


Beverly Bambury:  Bev is a publicist friend of mine whose website is useful and informative.  Check it out.

Anything Else I Can Think of That Doesn't Fit on the Rest of the Site
Nothing quite yet, but I'm sure it will come.

Content copyright Kari Maaren 2013
Images copyright Kari Maaren, Phil Mills, Erik Mohr, and Karl Stahl 2013