Thursday, January 28, 2016

New podcast thing

I seem to have made a podcast by accident.

Recently I was chatting on Twitter about how much I loved the new Star Wars movie, and how much it made me want to talk about it in detail. Andrew Ellard, a friend and fellow writer, joined in, saying he felt the same.

We joked about doing a podcast, someone said they'd like to hear it, and my immediate instinct was to say “oh, I don’t have a podcast” - but then I stopped. My commitment to trying new, weird things compelled me to try it and see what happened. So we did. Look how excited we are!

“Not Guilty Pleasures” is a very irregular series where I and a guest talk about something we love. There’s plenty of stuff on the internet about what people don’t like, 47 things wrong with this, here’s everything wrong with that, why this thing sucks and why you do too - but unashamedly loving stuff seems to be scoffed at. There’s nothing wrong with loving things. And as our lord Dave Grohl said, there are no such things as guilty pleasures. Hence the title.

This one is all about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What we loved about it, from a writing point of view, from an emotional point of view, with lots of random silliness. There’s clever analysis, but also swearing and bad jokes. It’s sort of an experiment to see if the format works. If enough people like it, I’ll do another one with another guest, talking about something else. Possibly. Who knows?! Try new, weird stuff, it’s fun!

I’ve tried to keep it as close to 30 minutes as possible, because for a new podcast - or even existing ones - it can be a bit much to see that you’ve got to commit an hour or more to something, and for things like this, short and snappy is always better.

Important Note! The podcast contains MAJOR spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, this podcast will (a) ruin the surprises, and (b) make very little sense, and (c) why would you do that to yourself, life is too short. Also Important! This is NOT safe for work, there’s some swearing in it - some fucks, some shits, one or two pricks, possibly a piss, and I suspect some bollocks. Be aware! Words can kill! Probably!

I've gone with Podbean for hosting, and will have to upgrade from the basic account soon - I'd rather this project didn't put me out of pocket, but I won't charge for a podcast, so if anyone has any suggestions on what I should do - sponsors or otherwise - give me a shout.

iTunes version! You can find the podcast on the iTunes Store here, where you can subscribe if you want to be alerted when the next one appears.

Non-iTunes version! This is the Podbean link, where you can listen in the browser, download, or grab the RSS feed. It's also up on Soundcloud for this episode, but future episodes won't be on there due to space limitations. I might also start putting them on YouTube as well if people want that.

By the way, if you listen and enjoy the show, please leave us a review on iTunes, it would really help a lot. Thank you, and have at it!


Show notes/links:

Andrew Ellard’s website:
http://www.andrewellard.com/

Andrew’s Twitter:
twitter.com/ellardent

Andrew’s Tweet Notes:
https://storify.com/ellardent

Buy or rent Afterdeath now on FrightFest Presents:
http://www.frightfestpresents.com/after-death

The snooty article we briefly discuss:
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-star-wars-the-force-awakens-stinks-20151226-column.html

The Making of Star Wars books:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Making-Star-Wars-Definitive/dp/1781311900

Star Wars Cheestrings:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afBHs6oMSKg
http://www.wholesalenews.co.uk/news/cheestrings-feels-the-force-in-new-star-wars-promo.html

Star Wars Helmets:
https://www.deagostini.com/uk/collections/star-wars-helmets/

Update! Thanks to Ridley from Twitter, we now know there actually are Star Wars apples! This will only make sense if you've listened to the podcast:
http://forums.thebothanspy.com/index.php?threads/collectible-of-the-day-283-star-wars-apples.42940/