Monday, January 30, 2012

A Month of Sundays

Boy, have we got a treat (or trick) for you! For some mad reason, Big and I have decided that February is Dunesteef Podcast Recording Month, and we plan to post a recording every single day of the month. We've already started, and it's been quite a daunting task.

Also, it's lots of unscripted banter, so there's probably as much (if not more) offensive stuff bandied about as always, as the subject of movies, television, audio books, misandry, Leap Years, "Twilight," Big's writing, Scott Westerfeld, REAL STEEL, exercise and weight loss, "The Hunger Games," Precious Moments, deals with the devil, Mel Brooks, pretty boy actors, "John Carter of Mars," Monty Python, sex, STAR WARS, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," TITANIC, "Pride, Prejudice & Zombies," podcasting, feminism, STAR TREK (2009), torture, Precious Moments, "Eight Is Enough," action movies, Rish's writing, "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," child actors, inspiration, and The X-men.

If you're one of those (few) people who enjoys the conversation after the story, then you may enjoy it. If not, then my money's on No.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

That Gets My Goat 66: Boys Versus Girls

Finally, we can retire this subject.* Big and Rish continue the discussion of movies/books/entertainment for girls and movies/books/entertainment for boys, and hopefully something positive comes out of it somewhere.

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*Until next week, that is.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How do you know?

I can just hear Big singing the song from ENCHANTED that sort of starts that way. But this is actually directed at you artists out there (mostly writers, but also singers, painters, dancers, sculptors, musicians, and people who throw fake blood on women wearing fur): How do you know when what you've created is really good?

I've asked it before many times, I know, but I thought I'd do an episode in March where Big and I talk about the subject, and refer to the comments and insights shared with us by the people out there in the podisphere (or whatever the real world now looks like). Perhaps someone out there has an answer that I can use to, if not improve myself, at least make an interesting discussion out of.

I'm a very creative person, constantly thinking up new story or cartoon or joke or scare or movie concepts and ruminations. I try to write down the really good story ideas, with differing results. Sometimes, I recognize that the story ended up really lame (and that perhaps the idea was lame to begin with), but every once in a while, I think, "Wow, this is good stuff . . . maybe even great. Maybe among the best stuff I've ever written!"

But that's come back to bite me before. I've entered contests where I think my story was better than the one(s) that beat it out, or thought it was perfect for a podcast or magazine, only to have it rejected. And when Big commented the other day how much higher his story in a previous Broken Mirror contest ranked than mine, I started to worry that I have no realistic understanding of my own work.

How can I know?

For example, I've been bending his ear about a story I wrote last year that I think is right up there with the best stuff I've ever written. I thought it scary, funny, and one of those pieces where everything came right together. But now I'm afraid not only to share it with my friend, but to share it with anyone. And afraid that I am deluded, broken, and have no real clue what sucks and what doesn't (at least with my own work).

If that's the case, then I shouldn't bother sharing my work anyway, since only a crazed mind like mine can think it's the opposite of terrible. Right?

But enough about me, how do you know if what you have created is better than usual, or at least better than average? Can you tell before it's done, and you take a step back and look at it from a distance? Are you aware if it's going in the wrong direction and you have to slam on the (metaphorical) brakes and get it back on track? And what if you were done, and proud, and then someone else told you "you were up in the night"--as the farmers in my town used to say--that it's nothing special, or even awful? How does she know that you love her?

Rish "Deluded Hack" Outfield

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

That Gets My Goat 65: What's In A Name?

The conversation continues. Do words like "Mars" and "Death" repel women viewers like a kryptonite crucifix? Why didn't Big's wife like "Ender's Game?"

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Monday, January 9, 2012

That Gets My Goat 64: Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

Inevitably, a conversation about how sexist comic book movies are is going to address the point that some movies are made for men and some are made for women. Apparently, the studios think that certain words are alienating to one gender or the other. If you're lucky, the conversation doesn't devolve into Boys Versus Girls.

Big and Rish are not lucky.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Rish on Podcastle

Last year, Rish was fortunate enough to be asked to read a Tim Pratt holiday story called "The Christmas Mummy" for Podcastle. It was quite well-received (and why not? Everybody loves Tim Pratt, and the story called on one of the two things Rish can actually do successfully).

Well, it's a new year, and Dave Thompson has gotten Rish to read another tale, this one a romantic-comic-fantasy story called "A Window, Clear As A Mirror" by Ferret Steinmetz. In the story, a man is heartbroken when his wife leaves him to live in a mystical faerie kingdom, and becomes obsessed with reuniting with her and finding out why she left.

According to Dave, the story was meant to be funny. According to Rish, the story is among the saddest ever told. You be the judge.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Thanks Again

A little while ago, Scott Pigg donated a whole bunch of new recording equipment to the show. It arrived in installments, making each day seem like another day in Chanukah, even though I'm not Jewish and really have no idea what Hanukkah might actually be like, or how it might be spelled.

Once it all came, I went about trying to set it all up, and found one slight problem, the screw in part on the microphones didn't fit the screw on part on the stands. I was flummoxed. I had no idea how to remedy that problem. Maybe there was an adapter somewhere that I could get that would join the two?

Well, you know my way, what I did instead was nothing. The equipment sat there in my room, filling me with that Jewish guilt that I shouldn't be able to have, since, again, I'm not Jewish, but there it was.

I figured I'd send Scott an email with a picture of the screw in and the screw on, and see if he knew what we should do. First, though, I figured I'd take a look at it one more time, and see if I could figure it out.

He he. If only I'd done that sooner. Within seconds I realized that there was an adapter. It was already screwed into the microphones. It adapted the mics to smaller screw ons, and all I had to do was remove it, and then my screw ins would fit the screw ons.

Before I knew it, I had the whole works set up, and we were in business. We're still learning how to use it a little bit, so hopefully things don't sound worse because of our cluelessness when it comes to technical matters. But starting with the next episode, you'll be hearing us on our new equipment. How about that?

Oh, here's a picture of us from Monday night.

Monday, January 2, 2012

That Gets My Goat 63: Who's Not Directing Thor 2?

In the beginning of a hopefully-not-incendiary discussion, Rish brings up Patty Jenkins, the one-time announced director for Marvel's THOR 2.

In the time since this recording, Alan Taylor (director of television's "Game of Thrones") has been hired to take her place.

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