Audio Drama Sunday: We’re Alive

Like many people, "We're Alive" was one of the first audio dramas that I listened to when I delved into the new (to me) world of television for the ears. Early on in my listening experience, I was hooked by the depth and execution of the foley work, the realism of the characters' choices, and how Kc Wayland managed to bring a new and believable villain to the world of zombies. "We're Alive," in a lot of ways, is better than shows like "The Walking Dead," a powerhouse of the zombie genre...

How Eggs Became A Breakfast Food

"Go get some eggs Jimmy!" called Jimmy's mother. It was dinner time on the frontier, and dinner meant eggs for Jimmy and his family. Everyone at eggs for dinner at that time, in those parts. "When it get's dark, go to where the chickens park!" his grandmother would say, he could hear it even now. Jimmy however, had other plans...

KCRW’s “Here Be Monsters” : Podcast Review

A podcast about the unknown. And fear, impromptu home surgery, beetles that are fed with meat, and a guy that hangs out in the graves he's dug before the dead people are brought over (by the funeral home, relax). But mostly fear. The brainchild of a young and worried about the world and future and things in the world that are in the future man named Jeff Entmen, "Here Be Monsters" is a podcast which is best described as a curated collection of existential crises. But that's not all there is to it.

“Einstein’s Dreams” by Alan Lightman: Fiction Book Review

If you come across "Einstein's Dreams" on a shelf somewhere, the subscript below the title, "A Novel", may feel a little misleading after you've reached the end of the book. Of the small book's 140 pages, 15 of them (I counted!) contain the actual "plot" of the book, with small snippets of time shared by Einstein and Besso, the Glaucon to Einstein's Socrates...

How Not To Be A “Kitchen Nightmare”

I don't know about you, but there's just something about an angry Scotsman yelling at incompetent restaurateurs that just seems a bit right.  After watching every episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (Chef is way more chilled out in his home country), and even Hotel Hell, I can pretty confidently say that I think I've got the formula down.  In story terms, the episodes are largely the same format: "We don't know what the problem is!" "You're the problem!" "Wow, such renovations!" "Hopefully it works out!" [Jump to credits/one potato two potato advert].  But there's also themes in where the businesses on the show go wrong, and it mirrors issues that are common to writers.

Three Top Tips for Choosing Your Background Music While Working

I, like many people, have a tendency to live behind my headphones, burning through podcasts, listening to whatever the music algorithms decide is supposed to be next (or one song on loop.  For days on end...

Audio Drama Sunday: The Bunker

Quick question: if you were stuck in the far future post-apocalypse, still had a mid to late 20th century radio for some reason, and needed to reminisce about the before-times, where would you turn to?  The Bunker, obviously!  Hosted by some of the most ancient beings to walk (under) (part of) the Earth, The Bunker…

A Creation Myth From The Ants

Long ago, in the burrows of old, there was a tunnel that reached down further than another other.  No one knows where it came from, but it's said that the first of our kind wandered the land, until the day came that they passed between the tall green trees, and came up to the base of one of the pillars of heaven.  Between two of the large roots of the pillar, was a mound of dirt, and a hole that lead deep into the ground...