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Podcasting empire

I’ve been podcast for over seven years now and the landscape has changed dramatically in that time. When we started not many people really knew what podcasting was and the number of podcasts and people listening was a fraction of what is today.

Coming up on eight years on from when we first started in July 2007, my co-host and I have done all sorts with the podcast and it has led to all sorts of opportunities, personally and professionally. I’ve attended comic book conventions and spoken on panels about podcasting, their place in the new media landscape and taken part in discussions about whether or not it’s a form of journalism. I also co-ran the podcasting track at the Nine Worlds Geekfest convention last year and will be involved again this year.

Professionally I’ve used the editing and sound skills I learned from a hobby in two of my jobs. One was to introduce podcasting to a large global company who wanted to keep their employees up to date in a way that was mobile. So I trained a couple of other people on good technique, introduced them to the software and how it works, and off they went. I’ve also used the same skills for video editing and my voice has been used on several demonstration videos which I put together.

On a personal level, podcasting has allowed me to speak with some amazing creative people, writers and artist from several mediums, plus independent filmmakers. This was sometimes on the Book Club where we spoke to authors, and sometimes on Comic Book Outsiders.

We’ve now reached the point where after so many years we’ve settled into a rhythm and are still enjoying what we do. With that in mind I thought it might be worth giving a little bit of information about the podcasts I’m involved with, as part of our mini podcasting empire!

Comic Book Outsiders – Once a month I co-host this comics and geek related podcast with Scott. This was the original podcast we started in 2007 and we are still going. We talk about things in the news, comics books, TV, films and games, we discuss meaty topics, we have guests on to talk about their work and we highlight hidden gems that don’t get as much attention as they should.

Bags of Action – Once a month I co-host this podcast with Pete Rogers. If you love action movies then this is the podcast for you. We talk about the ridiculous stories and the wonderful chaos common to this type of movie. From gun fights that go on forever to fist fights that defy gravity and common sense. Every month we discuss and dissect an action movie and always have a good time recording it. Sometimes we go off the rails a bit and dig into some of the trivia, or we just wander off into other areas if the film is poor.

Crash Landing – Once a month Scott sits down with a special guest. Fortunately they have been rescued from a dying earth. Unfortunately the rocket ship they are on is going to crash land. They have to decide which popular media they want to save, books, films or comics, or a combination of all three. What could they not live without on their brave new world? As well as talking about why they love their choices we find out more about our special guests each month.

The website for the CBO network has more information on all of the podcasts, plus ways you can get involved and even support the podcasts. It’s all on iTunes as well so give one or more of the podcasts a try and let me know what you think.

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October Status Update

For my 100th post I was trying to think of something special, but kept coming up blank, but this is kind of special for a number of reasons. So it will have to do.

Books

Battlemage – So, I’ve just finished the latest draft of book 1, Battlemage, and it has now gone off to the copy editor. This is someone who has not read the book before, so it is a fresh pair of eyes who can hopefully spot all the mistakes and errors, major and minor, that I can’t see because I’m still just too close to the story and characters. That will be coming back to me fairly soon.

Book 2
The first draft is done. I hit my deadline with a couple of days to spare, and I’m reasonably happy with it. Kind of. Well, there were a number of things I knew that I had to fix, and managed to get those done before I sent it off, but once I have some distance from it others will jump out at me. Right now I have my face pressed up against the trees, so all I can see is the bark, and not the shape of the forest, but I think I know what it looks like from far away, if you see what I mean. The other thing I’m realising now after writing two books in close succession is, there’s always what you intend the story to be and what it becomes. A theme has emerged that I didn’t realise was there, and perhaps it always was in the dark recesses of my subconscious, but only by writing it all down was I able to see it clearly. Or perhaps it simply developed during the process of writing the book. Either way, I’m happy with that newly revealed core and I like some of the unexpected twists that cropped up, surprising me along the way.

Book 3
So, back to page one and a blank page. Actually, it’s not terrifying me. I’ve started many books before and although this time I have a deadline it doesn’t feel different. I’m still writing on evenings and weekends after the day job and I do as much as I can when I’m not too tired.

Podcasting
A while ago, Scott, my co-host, and I decided to take a step back from podcasting. We’d become too entrenched and were almost producing it just for the sake of doing it. Some of the fun had fallen away, so we stopped podcasting for a while. Also when things started to move on my side with the novels, we didn’t think it would be appropriate for us to continue doing the popular The Book Club podcast, where we reviewed SFF books and sometimes spoke to the authors, like China MiĆ©ville and Lauren Beukes.

Then we realised we missed the discussion and debate and just talking to each other at length. So we came back to it with new ideas and a new podcast, Bags of Action, which I now co-host with Pete Rogers. Very recently Scott and I have decided to change things with our main geek genre podcast, Comic Book Outsiders. Despite the name, we don’t just talk about comics. It’s more a platform to discuss all things within the genre, comics, books, TV, film, tech, and any other cool stuff that catches our eye. We’ll be announcing something in about the next month or so about what we’re doing, so watch this space as I’ll put the info on here as well. We’ve definitely rediscovered the fun and the uniqueness of the medium. It’s changed a lot in the seven years since we started in July 2007.

Comics
The Flux train moved ever forward, just very slowly. More great pages are coming in from the artist, Maysam Barza, and my co-writer Pete and I are busy rejigging the script to issue 1 to make it more in keeping with the location and native dialogue. We’ve had some great feedback from members of the Comics Experience forum and are now trying to make things clearer on the page. We’re also speaking to a couple of letterers to see how they would bring the story to life as neither Pete or I are professional letterers. I thought book publishing was slow, but sometimes comics really does take the biscuit.

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