After a little over a year absence, I’ve gotten back into the world of podcasting over at The Space Monkey X Audio Workshop with my latest, brief episode, S-Town.
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I wish I could say that this update has been so long in coming because I’ve been super busy with writing projects, producing podcast episodes, and otherwise making up for what little I did in 2014. And while I have done some of that, I can’t say it’s been all work, no play.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been going on:
The Strange States series marches on at Mental Floss, with New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico (which was kind of a hit for some odd reason), New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, and Oklahoma being published since October when I last updated.
I also released a new episode of When You Hear This Sound, covering the 1988 record of the film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Right now I’m working on a really big Mental Floss article in the same vein as my Complete History of TMNT and Way More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Animaniacs, so look for that to hit the web in April sometime.
In a perfect example of synergy (and laziness) I’ll also be releasing a new episode of When You Hear This Sound that ties into this new Mental Floss article (though not officially or anything). I figure I might as well kill two birds with one stone with the massive amount of research I’m doing for the article. It should be fun, though.
I have also just turned in the first of what is going to be a series of posts at Nerd 4 A Living called “Blogger Boot Camp”, meant to help underemployed English majors like myself score a (not always very) lucrative job as a freelance writer. N4AL is a website run by my friends Wendy and Adron Buske, whose goal is to help people of nerdy persuasions follow their passions and make a living. It’s a cool site, they have a lot of great podcast guests, and I highly recommend you check it out.
A minor update on my next read-along record book: It will not be James Cameron’s Aliens. It was going to be, until I started working on the script. I was on page 12 of 24 pages when I realized there was simply too much story to tell in such a small space. Cameron wrote a script that is very tight, very lean, with few scenes that can be cut and have the story still make sense. So I had to abandon it halfway through and simply haven’t found a good replacement yet. I’m going to keep my notes from watching the movie four or five times, though, and maybe I’ll do a longer form audio production later. If I can stretch it to 45 minutes like the Roger Rabbit album above, it could definitely work. It would just mean a lot more time and effort on my end, and I’m not quite sure I’m ready for that just yet. Someday, though…maybe.
I think that about covers it for now. I hope you’ve had a good winter, though I think I speak for us all when I say spring can spring anytime now. Here’s hoping that the sunshine and warm air will give us all a chance to live a little.
It’s been a pretty crazy couple of months for me.
The Thing Read-Along Record Book actually kind of went a little viral! It was featured on a handful of websites, including some big ones like io9, The Dissolve, and The Onion A.V. Club (which was a Bucket List moment for me).
The YouTube video also received almost unanimously positive comments from fans, and there were tons of tweets sent from all over the world. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I’m incredibly lucky and thankful that it received such a warm embrace by the internet.
Other than that, I’ve been working on a few other projects, including more episodes of The Space Monkey X Audio Workshop. Episode 2 was some dramatic readings of old Chuck Palahniuk-inspired short stories I wrote a while back. Episode 3 is the debut of a defunct-podcast I was a part of called The Drunken Podcast, created by my friend Steve some time ago. The show was never released, despite us having a few good episodes recorded, but I thought it would be a shame for it to just sit on his hard drive going unheard. I’m working on Episode 4 right now, which will be my first interview. I’m excited and a little nervous about it…
I also released another episode of When You Hear This Sound, this time a “Christmas in July” episode featuring a Star Wars Christmas record. A Halloween episode is coming up soon, but it’s just going to be The Thing Read-Along Record Book since it never actually played for that audience yet.
See? Pretty crazy!
Yes, it’s here, folks! My super-secret audio project has finally been released. As you can see by the title of this post, it is an original read-along record book of John Carpenter’s The Thing.
Long story short, I love those old record books that were popular in the 1970s and 80s, but they were always made primarily for kid’s movies, TV shows, and comic books. But that means a lot of great films that came out during that time period never got the full record book treatment.
So, along with some of my geeky friends, I decided to correct this oversight, and am now working on read-along record books for the films that never got them in the first place. My first choice was John Carpenter’s classic 1982 cult hit, The Thing.
This is also an opportunity to announce my new podcast, The Space Monkey X Audio Workshop, hosted over at spacemonkeyx.net. You can read more about The Thing record book and the new podcast over there.
Or if you’d prefer to the get the audio and the record book in once place, just hit Play on the YouTube video below.
Wow. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I’d updated around here. So with that in mind, I’m going to dump a bunch of links on you. Ready? Here we go…
A classic story about the time Ohio and Michigan almost went to war
A classic story about six technologies that debuted at CES, but didn’t quite catch on until years later
When You Hear This Sound
The Great Mouse Detective (AKA Basil of Baker Street)
Whew. That feels better.
I’ll have more links to come in February, with one hopefully being a super secret project I’ve been working on for the last month or so. I also have a few other surprises up my sleeve that I’ll be revealing soon enough.
So check back throughout February for more fun stuff to read, see, and hear.