Let’s kick this project off with something unusual and very personal.
Drawing’s one of the many things I’ve told myself I’m not good at and oughtn’t to bother practicing. What use could I put it to? The web comics market is saturated. I’m not a good comedy writer. No one will like it anyway. Why bother?
Last week, going into work on the morning of my thirty-fifth birthday, I found myself wanting to grab a piece of paper and a pencil and see what fell out of the graphite.
UPDATE 13 July 2012: Sincere apologies to everyone who tried to get at the podcast: I managed to completely stuff the file name and location up! Huge thanks to Mal himself for pointing the error out! You should be good to go now!
I bring you two interviews for the price of one download; a great pair of interviews with Malcolm Semmens and Amy Milligan, owner-operators of KerSplatt! Comics and Collectables, Cairns’ only dedicated comic book store and fast becoming a second home for the geek population of Cairns!
Amy Milligan and Mal Semmens.
I ask Mal and Amy just how much work they’ve done to turn a random idea into an operating business, how they balance selling their hobby and indulging in it – and in what new ways opening and managing a shop can actually be fun!
After interviewing my web host, I realised that it was both pretty scary and heaps of fun – so naturally, I wanted to do it again! This episode, therefore, is the first of the newly-rechristened Paid to Play Podcast, where I talk with folks who are making money out of having fun.
I’m quite proud to have as my first guest someone who’s getting paid to play the way I want to be – by writing superhero action novels. Raymond Masters has already completed and self-published Forging Truth (you can buy it both in paperback and as a Kindle e-book on Amazon) and is currently touring blogs across the globe to spread the word about both it and his next novel, Corrupting Truth. He has a Kickstarter campaign underway to fund his promotion of both books.
In this podcast, we get to to have a good geek-out, talking comic books, science fiction and TV in between finding out just how Ray gets paid to play.
Three weeks early comes the second episode of Get Talking, Rob Farquhar! Did you really think I’d leave you hanging on the edge of that cliff for so long? Listen in for the conclusion of the Slamdance short story, but continue listening for my plans for NaNoWriMo – which feature more Slamdance!
Tell you what, though – after starting work on this at 5PM and uploading it at almost eleven, I’ll be glad to do these once a month…
Ladies and gentlemen, if I can beg your indulgence for half an hour, I’d like to try a little experiment: The first (and hopefully not last) episode of Get Talking, Rob Farquhar! I spend the first five minutes making a lot of plosives and rambling on about the podcast, its direction, etcetera, so if you want to skip directly to the story (which is the same one I posted on the old blog a year or so ago) and past all the plosives, wind your media players to 5:13!
I know I promised that I’d write my next post about going into business for myself, but Vickie and I saw MovieBob’s review of Thor on Saturday and decided to go and see it for ourselves that evening. And before you raise your eyebrows, I had enough CineBuzz reward points to get a free ticket, so it wasn’t a hole in the already-stretched finances. Besides, sometimes you need to have some fun, right?
And fun is definitely what Thor delivers. It’s a straight-up special effects action film of good versus evil and never pretends to be otherwise. If you weren’t sure what sort of film it is from the obligatory introductions, you know when you see Chris Hemsworth in full armour and silver-winged helm with a big grin on his face, encouraging throngs of Asgardians to greater exaltations as he approaches his father Odin’s throne. Hemsworth’s Thor is a cocky, yet endearingly cheeky young (although technically, I suppose he’s hundreds of years old by now) warrior god all set to be taken down a peg or ten.