We’ll Start the relaunch with a little something retro – And for that let’s go with one of my Favorite podcasts from last year – Starla Huchton’s The Dreamer’s Thread.
If you missed it the First time Here’s what I had to say –
The Dreamer’s Thread – is a fun fantastic journey into the world of dreams, and fantasy. It’s a fun ride, to me it’s kinda like Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court had a bastard love child with The Never Ending Story and set it in the land of Dreams. (And let me mention that I find that to be a GOOD thing I like the Never Ending Story… Don’t diss Bastion…nah… AH…NAH-AH-AH – it was the sequels and the fucked up cartoon that screwed it up the original was pretty decent) It’s a dreamy (pun intended) tale of Aura a dreamer who get’s pulled into the land of dreams to save the world from the nightmare realm. I think the voices were dead on, they seemed to fell right on the characters. It was fun ride, a well put together podcast, and a fun story one that should it ever make it into print I will read to my daughter on a regular basis.
Congratulations on the podcast / story being a wonderful success (least I think it turned out that way) and on the birth of your new minion. I can’t see what else you’ve got to put out… fiction wise I mean… I don’t need to see the Minions – well unless you REALLY REALLY fell like sharing…
It is a great podcast and story, and still has a happy place on my Hard drive just in case I have the urge to give it another listen.. and I have. If you haven’t sat down and given it a listen do so, give it a couple episodes before you make up your mind (I like to give everything at least four eps) because there is a fairly decent stylistic change in the first couple episodes.
If you want to support the author for her hard work and hell of a job you can always shell out the 5 bucks for PDF or 15 for print from Amazon.
Some stories when you come back a second time lose some of the wonder, this one sucked me back in just like it did the first time.
Going a little retro pulling some things off the shelf and dusting them off while I’m working on the next stage of things here at Random Pimpage.
Well it’s Monday once again and you know what that means… No it’s not time to feed your sibling to a volcano to appease the fire gods… though on second thought I still owe my sister for telling on my about sneaking out when I was.. err nothing… Love ya sis don’t pay any attenion to the Mayan death cult on it’s way to your house… No it’s actually time for more 8 Questions. This week I bring you another double stuffed 8 Qs. The wonderful talent behind the Gearheart Podcast Novel. If you haven’t given it a listen really what are you waiting for? … No really why haven’t you listened to it yet… You’re gonna make Alex Cry and he’s good peeps…. Again like I was saying before… ooh SHINY!!!! This week I bring you the talented and and just totally freaking awesome couple behind the Gearheart Alex and Renee White.
1 ) How did you get into Podcasting?
I got into podcasting because no one would read my novels. I don’t know if people thought they sucked or what, but I could almost never get someone to finish a book. I think everyone has been burned by having a writer friend who makes them read something truly awful. I eventually decided that it was the medium- reading off a computer screen kind of sucks- and I thought I’d podcast the book. After all, if you can combine it with something you have to do anyway, like manual labor or commuting, it would at least be a diversion. So yeah, I started podcasting because I thought it would suck less than reading it off a computer screen. Naively, I believed that I had a new idea. Imagine my surprise when I found a blossoming community of awesome people!
2 ) When did you start writing and Why? Do you remember that “1st” story?
I started writing poetry as a little boy. I loved limericks and I avidly consumed Shel Silverstein. When I got a little older, I had a girl I wanted to impress, so I wrote a story about an adolescent werewolf named Percy. She liked it, so I kept writing horrible short fiction for girls in the hopes of impressing them. Wow. This question has made me realize that my artistic life began as a very base pursuit…
3 ) What’s it like working on a Podcast like the Gearheart with your Spouse?
It’s great fun! At first, things were pretty crazy, and it took us a long time to get into the swing of production. Poor Renée… she’s always getting dragged into my hairbrained schemes. I’ve put her in prank movie trailers, comic projects, music and now this. Other than our marriage and our child, The Gearheart is the longest running project we have ever undertaken. I’m proud of the working rapport we’ve built, and I think it serves us very well. Things weren’t always easy- creative disagreements were had, but we came out ahead.
4 ) You’re also a graphic artist does that play for or against your writing crative efforts? (Are you ever working on one when the urge takes over to be working on the other?)
I’m a writer who happens to be good at graphic design. Every other talent- music, design and marketing- is geared toward making more people hear and enjoy my stories. I pay the bills with my design, but if I had my druthers, it would be the other way around. So I use my honed skills to enhance my writing. If you need a fancy cover and a soundtrack to make you read/listen to my book, I’ll make it for you. I just want to be taken seriously, and I think presenting my ideas in a way people understand will help. The mass media is capable of such a slick presentation, and I don’t want to be stifled by the fact that I can’t match their values. I’ll just try to learn how they do things and make it myself.
5 ) If I remember correctly you do your own music for the podcast too. Is there any part of the production you don’t do yourself (other than the female parts)?
Renée handles the all-important detail of making sure we believe in the tension between the male and female characters. I make sure that when the spotlight is ready to go on, everything is in place. I handle graphics, web design, music, mastering, mixing and tagging. Also writing, but who cares about that?
6 ) I’m going to make an ass out of u and me and assume here that you have a fascination with old time radio because of the “commercial” you’ve done for the show – What are some of your favorite old radio dramas and what drew you to them and your style of podcast?
Well, I had a boxed set of tapes of The Shadow that I used to listen to all the time, but not a lot other than that. I always liked the promise of old radio dramas, but I never really got into the execution. That’s probably why I don’t actually do a full-on radio drama for The Gearheart. I did look at a lot of movies and TV, such as “O Brother Where Art Thou” for the “Pappy O’Daniel’s Flour Hour.” I like those little things. The commercials started out as a fun diversion, and I wanted to make something in the vein of the era I was going for. I wanted pulpy 20s, so that’s where those come from.
7 ) I saw on twitter you were working on a Agustus short story, any chance we might see a little more of the other characters’ pasts like maybe that of the mercenaries?
Well, I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s just say we learn a LOT about them in the next book.
8 ) Now that the Gearheart has finished up – What’s next?
Next? I don’t get to take a break? *sobs* Actually, I’m planning to begin production on my next podcast very soon, with a planned Fall release. It’s called “Festival of the Bizarre,” and it’s a near-future noir thriller. It should entertain those of you with more… shall we say… violent streaks… I’m also working on “Maiden Flight of the Avenger,” the Augustus short story, hopefully to be released soon. Lastly, I’m working on a secret Gearheart project that should please everyone. I’ll try to drop more details as I firm things up for publication.
Thanks for the opportunity, Robert! Keep on pimpin’!
(btw it’s Rich… not Robert)
1 ) How did you get into Podcasting?
Honestly, I’d never thought about it until Alex started doing The Gearheart podcast. Originally, he was doing all the voices on his own. He had asked me if I wanted to help, but I said no because I had never acted before. The extent of my voice talents at that point were making silly voices for Ari’s stuffed animals. But after listening to Alex doing the female voices, and honestly thinking he sounded completely ridiculous, I decided to give it my best shot. I knew how much this story meant to him, so I wanted to help him make the best product he could.
2 ) What’s it like working on a Podcast like the Gearheart with your Spouse?
At first it was really weird! I still get a little shy around him like some star-struck teenager. I’m told that will wear off in time. I made a rule in the beginning that he couldn’t look at me when I was acting. Silly, I know, but I felt so self-conscious! Unfortunately, that shows in the beginning episodes when my “acting” was really just dryly reciting lines. As the podcast went on, I learned to ease up and really get into the characters.
3 ) Is it difficult keeping all the characters straight that you have to do for the Podcast?
Oh goodness, yes. Ever had a conversation with yourself, but trying to use two different personalities? It’s bonkers. I don’t just have to worry about the voice pitch, but also the cadence with which the characters speak. If it gets really difficult, we’d record all of one character and then the next character afterwards, and edit them together in post to make sure the voices stay consistent.
4 ) What Exactly is a “Domestic Scientist”?
“Domestic Science” was the term used back in the 50’s for “homemaking” when they taught it in schools. I wanted a term that was kinda geeky sounding, but also encompasses all the crafty stuff I do.
5 ) Okay I see the geeky and awesome looking Baked goods pics at your blog, and your Avatar on twitter – Any other cool baked goody projects in the planning / execution stage?
I REALLY want to do a Dr. Who cake for my birthday in April, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to do it. I’m also planning on making a D20 cake tutorial for @kyledockery (http://twitter.com/kyledockery) sometime soon. Life has been a little insane these last few months, so I haven’t had a lot of time to make really crazy stuff.
6 ) What other creative hobbies help you pass the time?
here are too many to name! I seem to make a hobby of collecting hobbies. If I see something cool on the internet, I want to learn how to do it. I picked up knitting, crochet, and cross-stitching just to make video-game related crafts. (You can see those at my Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/obajoo/sets/900086/) I am learning photography, and I also draw a bit. I’ll hopefully be using that last one to make some art for a potential Gearheart game Alex and I have designed. It’s still in testing, but it is going very well! I also love board games and video games.
7 ) What are the biggest changes you’ve had to make to adjust to your son’s diagnosis?
It would almost be easier to answer what HASN’T changed. When your kid has autism, your entire life is turned upside down. Since I feel that we need to concentrate on Ari’s therapy, I’ve basically put my life on hold. No going back to school for me, no having another kid for at least 3 years, no job to bring in extra income. And that’s the long run stuff that’s easy to ignore. It’s the day to day routine that can completely wear me out. For instance, when he is thirsty and wants some juice, I can’t just give him the juice cup. He has to vocalize for it. Just one little syllable: “ju-” is all we need. But that is so hard for him, that he’ll break down into tears, screaming and kicking, because he’s so frustrated that he can’t communicate what he needs. And I have to wait the tantrum out, patiently repeating “Juice? Want juice? Say ju ju ju….” Those tantrums can go on and on. Not the normal 2 year old fits, but like 30 minutes and counting. He ran around randomly crying off and on after lunch today for over an hour and I still don’t know why. As for other changes, our lives are filled with therapist meetings, doctor appointments, researching articles on sensory integration disorder and autism, reading book after book on autism, listening politely to “advice” from people who read an article one time so now they think they’re experts. Luckily he’s not that bad in public, but when he has his bad days, we have to deal with people staring at us for one reason or another, judging us. If he’s acting up they stare with a sneer, obviously thinking I’m a bad parent that can’t control my kid. If he’s making weird sounds, or shaking his head violently despite my efforts to calm him down, they stare wondering “What’s wrong with him?” I try not to let it get to me, but it still hurts. But things are looking up! His therapy is going very well and can now use 4 words. He works harder than any other 2 year old I know, and I love him more and more and couldn’t be more proud of him. Together, we’ll get through this.
8 ) What does Obajoo stand for / mean?
It’s a nonsense word, actually! When Alex, our friend Joey, and I were making up nick names for ourselves for a freelance design group, I couldn’t think of a thing. I think I saw an Odwalla truck or something earlier that day so I said “Quick! What’s a three syllable word that begins with O?” being silly more than anything. And Joey pops in with “OBAJOO!” So it stuck. 🙂
You can find more on the Gearheart at it’s homepage – http://www.thegearheart.com/
and you can find Renee’s Blog The Domestic Scientist over at http://www.thedomesticscientist.com/
It’s Monday and you know what that means right? Yes I get off my lazy ass and post up 8 Questions – This week since I’ve been busy dealing with other things life has thrown my way I will bring you a double sized 8 Qs and an apology for letting life get in the way, but the only cure for that means you don’t get any more content from me either… hey put that pistol down… stop I mean it.. MOMMY!!!!
Without any further Ado here we have the Frightening minds behind Every Photo Tells their collaborative effort as well as their individual efforts of Some Other Scotland and Luscious Leftovers Mick Bordet and Katharina from Vienna
1 ) What prompted Some Other Scotland?
When I finished writing my first novel I had learnt so much that I wanted to get straight into writing the next one, but didn’t really have anything planned. This coincided with my first encounter with podiobooks.com and it seemed natural to create a podcast novel that would get my writing online and heard by an audience. I figured that if I was going to benefit from using the internet in this way, I might as well make use of its interactive nature to help form the story, hence asking people to choose a topic from recent news stories. Setting it in Scotland was just a way of keeping the locations and characters familiar to me and avoiding having to read too many news feeds.
2 ) A Lot of what Americans know about Scotland comes from movies and BBC programs that make it over here – Do Scottish folks actually eat Haggis? And what exactly is it? And if it’s what I think it is Why?
Let’s put it this way: the average Scottish supermarket probably dedicates about 0.05% of its chilled meat cabinets to Haggis, until the week before Burns’ Night when it leaps up to about 2%. I guess it is comparable the peak of popularity of turkey around Thanksgiving. Haggis is a spicy mix of minced sheep offal, onion and oatmeal, traditionally cooked in a sheep’s stomach and served with neeps and tatties (i.e. turnip and potato) – the description does put a few people off, but it’s not that far removed from a sausage and is, quite frankly, damned tasty.
3 ) What was the scariest moment in your life?
Going for a walk along a river where the sides of the valley became steeper until I ended up stuck on a near-vertical cliff face with a long drop below me, about 6 inches of ledge under my feet and no way to get back the way I had come because of the angle I had approached it from. Not expecting to find myself in that position, I had no climbing gear or anything that would help me get out and this was in the days before mobile phones. I knew that if I made one wrong move I’d be dead or severely injured; it was one of those ‘life flashing before your eyes’ moments. In the end I pulled myself up using exposed tree roots, hoping that they would hold my weight. Apparently they did.
4 ) What prompted the idea behind your joint effort with Katharina – Every Photo Tells?
We started writing a story a while ago where we took it in turns to write blocks of 500 words each, which I began based on inspiration from a photograph I took years ago. Katharina came across a blog with stories based on pictures and suggested we could expand on the idea as a joint venture.
5 ) How did you get into Podcasting?
I started with listening to the Spellbound theremin podcast (http://spellbound.purplenote.com) and was keen to try something similar myself, but didn’t just want to focus on music. When I came across the concept of serialised audiobooks, the idea just fit perfectly with what I was doing at the time.
6 ) When did you start writing and Why? Do you remember that “1st” story?
I started writing for my own enjoyment when I was about 13 – I wrote a series of short stories about a man with no bones in his body and his friends… a guy with a 6 foot long leg, a plastic bag and half a tin of spilt baked beans (called Marantaz for some reason). I wish I still had them – they were pretty ridiculous, but a lot of fun.
7 ) Are there any stereotypes about Scots that aren’t true really gets your goat?
I’ve never really been concerned about stereotypes; it’s just human nature to try to label and categorise things. Anyone with a modicum of common sense knows that not every Scot wears a kilt, has a sporran full of haggis and does the Highland Fling all day long. I mean, I know at least two people who don’t 😉
I do enjoy taking a stereotype and playing with it to come up with something new, though.
8 ) What’s the Day Gig – and Does it Influence your writing, and if so how?
I do commercial crime pattern analysis, which is pretty interesting, but hasn’t influenced my writing (yet). It does take me around the country fairly regularly, which I think has an impact on some of my writing. I had a few years of travelling almost every week between London and Edinburgh, which became a major plot point of my first book, because it messes with your head after a while.
**Okay since some of the questions have more than one part technically this is more than 8 questions but meh…..
Bonus Questions – You don’t have to answer these but you can if you want.
b1) What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
0 mph (at least it was at the point of impact with my living room window. Stupid bird.)
b2) 42 is the answer but what is the question?
How many songs have you written that now make you cringe?
b3) If at first you don’t succeed _____________ (fill in the Blank)
… try being second.
thanks for getting the grey matter moving 🙂
And Because I promised a double sized week this week I also include 8 Questions from Katharina from the Luscious Leftovers Podcast and the Every Photo Tells Podcast.
1 ) I have to say that Luscious Leftovers is the first podcast I have encountered with it’s mix of sensuality and food. What prompted the Idea for the Podcast?
Other than the obvious: I could live on sex and food! I think nowadays both are widely under-appreciated, under-enjoyed and under-done. Whatever I can do to change that.
2 ) What was the worst trouble you got into as a child?
Pre-Skype times… extremely high phone bills and a weird thing for long distance relationships.
Oh, as a KID you said? Uhm… Pretty much the same. Only weird pen pals back then. I should’ve stayed away from the internet. Or maybe I am just AS weird…. Hmmm…. Need to think further about that.
3 ) When did you start writing and Why? Do you remember that “1st” story?
I got that story told so many times, I don’t even know anymore if I remember it or if it was just my parents telling it so often….
It was my grandfather’s 60th birthday, I was about 4 years old. One night I woke up my dad, telling him I wanted to write my grandpa a story for his birthday. So my dad had to get out the old typewriter and I dictated him the story. It was about a hedgehog and another animal. Too bad I wasn’t able to find the story in my grandpa’s papers after he died…
4 ) Okay replace that Q with Who have you not been able to have on the show yet that you’re really wanting to be a guest?
Before I got him on the show I would’ve said Tee Morris. Now, to be completely honest, the ONE person that I really want on my podcast is my husband.
5 ) How did you get into Podcasting?
I listened only to MuggleCast and PotterCast for a long time. When I got into Lost, I started to look up podcasts according to the things I was interested in. Ended up on the forums of a big Lost podcast. That’s where I met a lot of people who wanted to try it out. So, about 2 years ago, I started my first podcast.
6 ) Okay I have to ask… Mozarts Balls? Leave it to Austrian Scientists to clone a mans Genitals stuff them with Marzipan and Dip them in Chocolate…Why?
You know how there’s the tongue of this saint on display in a church in Italy?
No that’s not the reason – the German word “Kugeln” (Mozart Kugeln) does not mean the balls as in genitals in German. It just get’s lost in translation somehow. In German, “balls” are “eggs”. Don’t ask me why, though. ☺
7 ) You were hoping the episode you did with Pip would be too hot for Itunes? Did you succeed and if not are you guys gonna make another run to get dropped?
No, I haven’t been banned from iTunes yet, and I am utterly disappointed to be quite honest. Yes, the goal was either to get banned from iTunes, invent the PORN tag or melt the whole internet in its entirety.
I will definitely try again – maybe I need to chance to some boy-on-girl-action this time… We’ll see. I haven’t given up yet!
8 ) And I might be losing you with the pop reference form here in America but just what would you do for a Klondike bar? (Figured I’d throw one in for Mick’s sake)
I can imagine what the pop reference aims at. All I can tell you is what I would NOT do for it.
1) Give up the kilt
2) Give up Apple
3) Give up meat
Other than that…….. Uhm…….. ☺ Make me an offer!
Okay since some of the questions have more than one part technically this is more than 8 questions but meh…..
**Bonus Questions – You don’t have to answer these but you can if you want.
b1) What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
b2) 42 is the answer but what is the question?
What is the highest number in LOST?
b3) If at first you don’t succeed _____________ (fill in the Blank)
I am trying my hardest not to say “make someone else do it instead” 😀
You can find Today’s wonderful guests online at the following locations.
Some Other Scotland – http://www.someotherscotland.com and over at podiobooks http://www.podiobooks.com/title/some-other-scotland
Luscious Leftovers – www.lusciousleftovers.com
And Every Photo Tells – http://www.everyphototells.com/
Lets get the links out of the way
The Leviathan Chronicles Site- http://www.leviathanchronicles.com/
Twitter account for @claputka
Twitter account for @LeviathanChrons
I’ve been listening to promos for the Levithan Chronicles from Christoff Laputka and have been putting off listening for a while but I corrected that. Season 1 finished up earlier this year and I ‘m glad I waited to listen so I can listen straight through.
I do have a little criticism for the podcast. Things are a little too convenient at times. Injuries that are debilitating are ignored a few paragraphs later. Takes me out of the story just a little, granted not enough to make me drop the podcast but noticeable. One character had suffered from muscle atrophy, and it was hard for him to move and within minutes he’s right as rain leaping over a console getting into a fight.
Over all it’s a hell of a show. Great production value, awesome cast, and a very exciting listen.
There’s a civil war being fought in the shadows among a subset of man that has hidden for a thousand years, and a shadowy US intelligence agency can’t help throwing it’s black hat into the ring and fighting against both sides. A young scientist is drug into the battle and kickassedness ensues. Christoff wanted to update the old audio drama format to bring it into the now.
It’s a blast. The characters are fun and for an audio only show very real. My favorite character really isn’t even one of the mains – Oberland Saintclair the Irish engineer for a treasure seeking vessel the Hail Mary – Snarky little Irish guy gets drug into a world espionage and he ends up being a lot more capable than people give him credit.
It’s a great listen there are 24 story episodes in season one and a few “Sopabox” episodes where the author and his director give you a little behind the scenes view of what’s going on.
It’s a great ride, good script, it’s got adventure excitement, so it’s a damned good thing that I’m not a Jedi because I do crave these things and Leviathan Chronicles delivers for free world wide.
If you haven’t given season one a listen yet please do, if you have a very busy podcast listening schedule pencil it in as soon as you can it;s worth it… well at least I think so.
And Christoff if you read this promise me one thing bro… if you ever try to market this as a TV show don’t let it go to Fox, this is something I’d like to enjoy for more than half a season.
Today I want to talk about me…. but instead I want t o pimp 4 podcasts that I recently started listening to. If I have time I might kick up a review for tomorrow but i realized that I haven’t just done ACTUAL random pimpage for entertainment in a while, it’s mostly been 8 Questions, Causes, and a couple of half ass reviews – yes I admit they’re half ass but I’m trying and I’m trying to get better… Siskel and Ebert I ain’t.
All four of the podcasts that follow are podcasts that I had to throw out my give it 4 episodes to decide its fate, each of them had me hooked at the first episode. I’m riding these out hell or high water so far they rock, lets see if they can keep up the awesome factor they came out of the gate with. Reviews of each will come out in due time, Empress Sword and Cybrosis are still in their run, Leviathan Chronicles I believe is between seasons, and Dreamer’s Thread is finished. So You’ll likely see the reviews for Leviathan Chronicles and Dreamers Thread pop up her in a couple weeks and the others closer to or after their completion run. BUT all four casts are such a fun and engrossing listen that I have to pimp them now and try to bring these to light in case anyone glossed over them. They’re all available over at Itunes, and I believe you can catch them at Podiobooks.com as well
I want to bring attention to PC Harring’s Cybrosis Novel. It’s in a genre I really don’t usually read into but this Cyberpunk novel is kicking some serious ass so far. I was only able to listen to a couple episodes before the fated great HD failure of 2010 but I liked what I heard and now that things are almost caught back up and my Itunes library is almost back to it’s former self and it’s now back on the Ipod you can follow @PCHaring on twitter and check the novel out at http://www.cybrosisnovel.com there will be a review after I catch up.
Another Notable and kick ass Podcast thus far is The Empress Sword from Paulettte Jaxton. It’s a traditional fantasy story that takes a very untraditional twist. It’s the kind of fantasy story I wanted when I was younger and can still enjoy now. You can follow @PauletteJaxton on twitter and check the novel out at it’s home at http://empresssword.com/
We can’t forget Starla Huchton and The Dreamers Thread. Here we have another victim of the great HD failure of 2010 but it’s back on the Ipod and I suspect should be finished shortly. And expect a review of it shortly thereafter. Fun story really enjoyed what I’ve been able to listen to so far. You can catch her on Twitter as @riznphnx and catch the novel at http://www.thedreamersthreadnovel.com/
And lastly we can’t forget the leviathan in the room, sorry had to do it – The Leviathan Chronicles. Here’s one I’ve been hearing kickass promos on for a while now, and just been too lazy to get over and check it out. Again I’m kicking myself for my laziness, but I’m also kinda happy about my procrastination at the same time as that means I get to listen to Season 1 as damn near straight through with as little downtime between eps as possible. Kick ass production and cast, very quick to grab your attention and refuse to let go. Be looking for the review for this bad boy in the VERY near future . You can follow the Novel on Twitter at @LeviathanChrons and the site for the novel can be found at http://www.leviathanchronicles.com If you’re at work or someplace that you don’t want to cause a distraction turn the volume down or use headphones the site has an intro with music – kicak ass site so far too.
Today was just some general pimpage because I’ve got a few things on my plate, my novel that I’m working on, trying to beat the other stories in my head back into the cages so I can work on this, a few other projects in the works and the slow migration of what few files I managed to save from the great HD failure of 2010 to the new laptop… plus I’m lazy and have a cold that has been whupping my ass like my ma did when I was 3 and accidentally stole some penny candy so I’ve been trying to sleep it off a lot.