Oh boy guys. It's finally here. I was on Smash Fiction! -cue rampart celebration-
So my good friend Miles Schneiderman created and runs this podcast, which is basically a "who would win" scenario. He's been asking me forever if I'd be interested and I thought it would be fun. Let me tell you, it was incredible. But, I think you might need a little background to understand why I loved this so much.
I started actually listening to the podcast a couple years ago. I was working as a photojournalist in Las Vegas and on the weekend I'd be sent out on VOSOT patrol (VO = Voice over or b-roll/background shots, SOT = Sound on Tape or sound bite/interview.) So one boring patrol day while I'm trying to get weather shots (no flags, no trees!) I decide I might as well check out that podcast Miles keeps going on about. Episode 1, Terminator vs. Predator. I was hooked.
I binged through this geek fest of profanity and BS quickly and found myself waiting impatiently each week for the next episode. Now, at this point, I've not only listened to the entire catalog, but transcribed a few episodes for them to help out. I know their voices, mannerisms, and even their basic strategies going into a match up. Now, it's my turn.
I research the CRAP out of this thing. Seriously, if you want to understand the research I've done for The Paladin, listen to this episode of Smash Fiction and you'll get a taste of the research I do. The day arrives. I'm in front of my mic, earbuds in, I'm listening to Dan Mulkerin do his intro to the show and... suddenly it's quiet. Oh crap! I'm supposed to talk now.
It's not a matter of stage fright, not by a long shot. I legitimately kept forgetting that I was a part of this. I listened to them all and just thought it was the next podcast, so my brain went into cruise control! It is so weird. Imagine you're sitting down to watch a morning show, Wake Up -insert your city here.- You're plopped on the couch all comfy and then the host looks at the screen and says your name, then everyone goes silent. They're waiting for you to pitch in on the conversation. That's what was happening to me.
All in all, it was an amazing experience that I hope to repeat someday. If you like my stuff, you'll love theirs. If you like nerd debates, you'll love this show. If you like stupid conversation amongst friends that don't really go anywhere, you'll LOVE this show.
Anyway, that's enough of me stroking their egos. My book... thing... is going well, too.
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Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.