Well, this year is sliding into the final curtain call. Over all, I don’t really know what to think of 2018. On one hand, I managed to get a lot of bills paid and a lot of mundane stuff done. Both radio shows have been a lot of fun to do and seem to be growing every week. Who knows, with the new attention at IHeartMedia to podcasts, we might even get nominated for some king of award or another.
2018 also had its share of delays and pain. I finally managed to get my big job projects wrapped up to a point I could take some time and get my poor feet and legs treated for plantar fasciitis. My word to the wise is take care of your feet. Pain is not normal so get it checked sooner not later.
At the convention this past weekend, I got to meet, interview, and ultimately drive David Dastmalchian to the airport. This is an actor to watch for bigger and better things. Best known as Murdock on the new MacGyver series, he was simply amazing. I have been blessed in my career as a minor convention/radio personality to work with great people. David should be on the verge of a major role breakthrough. It was a pleasure to work with him. You can check out the interview here:
A quick word about the Fix-It Up show. If you have not heard it yet, click over and listen to episode or two. The show has come a long way in a short period of time and just keeps growing. Joe and I are having a great time doing the show in spite of the fact that we have to get up at dark:30 to get to the studio in time.
It has been a wonderful full moon weekend. The weather has been pretty good and the night sky has been spectacular. The best part is that I can watch the moon rise from my desk chair.
I am prepping for another convention appearance next weekend in Tupelo, MS. at Tupelo Titan Con ( http://tupelotitancon.com/ ). Not only do I get to be a writer/radio host I also get to be there with Pyrate Blades. Yes, there will some live sword fighting. I am very excited. This is going to a lot of fun.
This weekend a lot of video rendering and editing also got done. The Desk of Endless Tasks has had a steady stream of projects coming and going. I just love the sounds of productivity in the evening.
Geek Tank Radio ( http://www.geektankradio.com ) has continued to grow. If you have been keeping with the show, you already know all about geek eats, science news, and shower thoughts. If not, dive in and catch the madness 🙂
This weekend would not have been complete without the annual first yard beat down. It is shocking just how rough the yard gets over the winter. Now, the yard is beat into submission for a few days, the beds have been cleared and planted, and the blueberries are already blooming. No bad at all.
MidSouthCon 36 (http://www.midsouthcon.org) was this weekend. This just so happens to be the first convention I ever attended and I have actually made it to 35 of the 36 shows. During those years, I have also attended hundreds of conventions across the country. Some are better than others and a few are truly in the extreme category. My point here is that if you are a fan of anything in geek culture from hard science to animated fantasy stories, you really should go and support your local conventions. When I am doing appearances at venues other than conventions, I always get asked what the conventions are like as a guest. Okay- here we go.
As a performing guest, you get a schedule of events that the convention wants you to do. Normally, I get one or two big events coupled with several panel appearances. This normally shows up in the email before the event. If the event is out of town, There is the joy of loading up all the goodies you are going to need for the weekend. In my case, this includes books, freebies, postcards, flyers, and occasionally props like werewolf teeth or magic wands. It is important to make sure you are ready for odd panels. Normally, I arrive at the convention after a nice drive of about six hours or so and dash in for my first panel just in the nick of time. The rest of my weekend is a mix of meeting with fans both old and new, hurried conferences with other performers, and the well-practiced art of dashing into my next panel just in time.
There a few things to keep in mind at a convention. If you like art, chances are that the actual artist is sitting there at their booth and will chat with you and sign their art piece. That writer you wanted to meet might be at the writers table and happy to share a story or two time allowing. You will find someone willing to have a conversation about nearly any topic under the stars. You will make great new friends that can’t wait to see you at the next convention. Attend one convention and you may even find yourself thinking up your cos-play for the next one. The point is that you should go and enjoy yourself.
Don’t forget the new Dark Oak Press and Media YouTube channel. We are adding content as fast we can get out there and shoot it.