listening to the podcast

Click on the menu below to find a link to the episode list.
For descriptions of each episode, check out my Show Notes at the top of the page. This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to real people or events is purely coincidental.

WARNING: Some of the language may be offensive, but no worse than you would expect in an R rated movie.

Special thanks to NASA for the image of the galaxy.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

breakfast in Grover Beach

Did a road trip to Grover Beach, near Pismo on the central coast of California. The idea was to devote a few days to beach combing (that's searching for coins and jewelry with a metal detector) on one of the biggest beaches in the USA.
Since I was staying in hotel that was remarkably like a dungeon, I ate out for every meal.
I've never done a restaurant recommendation on this site before, but if you are in Grover Beach and want some great American comfort food, try Lil'Bits Cafe. The biscuits and pancakes are made from scratch every day and everything is the best quality.
The people are nice and the coffee is good, too.
Lil'Bits is at 151 N 7th street in Grover Beach.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kimberly Poole: Producer, Podcaster, and Voice Actor (and Larper)

Closely associated with Nineteen Nocturne Boulevard and Julie Hoverson, is the Warp’d Space and Warp’d Stories productions by Kimberly Poole.
Kim has been acting since junior high school drama class and continued through high school. Later she worked with Julie as a voice actor, and expressed an interest in learning how to produce shows. Julie mentored Kim as Warp’d Space took shape.
She already knew plenty of actors from the podcasting community, and recruited some of her actors from her own family: Kim’s daughter plays Pilot in multiple voices. Local voices are recorded at Julie’s studio and the others send recordings from remote locations.
This can be tricky since remote recordings necessarily have a different audio environment, but Kim says she can pull it off since the expected audio ambience in spaceship scenes is controllable [my paraphrasing].

I’ve done a bit of audio myself, and have had to splice together remotely recorded dialogue, so I can sympathize with the challenges.
She would like to do more Warp’d Space, but getting the crew back together is no small undertaking.
Kim says she goes to Larp events monthly (I’ve really got to try that) which lets her combine acting and costuming and become a sociopath-assassin for a weekend.
Kim’s advice to those interested in podcasting: Find someone like Julie to learn from and take notes. She says you really have to like what you’re doing; it’s far too much work to not like what you’re doing.
Good advice, Kimberly.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Extraordinary Audio Entertainment

For a consistently enjoyable audio experience, I turn to 19 Nocturne Boulevard where Julie Hoverson has posted hundreds of shows. Whatever your tastes, you will surely find plenty to enjoy. There are period pieces (Edwardian and Victorian mostly), vintage science fiction from decades past, lots of H.P. Lovecraft, horror, westerns, mysteries, and some charming, off-beat comedies that draw on nursery rhymes and fairy tales for a foundation. Some are quite reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, while others remind me of the old time radio shows.
There are also some longer non-fiction pieces which seem to be a rambling outpouring of podcasting and recording advice, and some that are monologues about film, writing, acting, storytelling, and working with voice actors. I say ‘rambling’ but for anyone who wants to get into writing or producing audio, there is a lot knowledge and experience that Julie is sharing, which would otherwise have to be learned the hard way. These are titled “Tone Didactic” and are raw, unedited pieces that give a peek into the life of a podcaster.
Julie in Renfaire costume
Anyone who searches through the podcast directories will likely see listed. I did, but the short description among all of the others didn’t make it stand out. I didn’t really take much notice until writing the review of Edict Zero (written and produced by Jack Kincaid) a couple of months ago. Julie was the voice actor playing Special Agent Jewels Kircher. Since then I’ve listened daily to her own productions. Julie wrote and produced every one of the shows, unless otherwise noted when there was a guest producer.
I interviewed her then, and recently contacted Julie again for this post:
WTG:   Did you write a lot before getting into audio?
Julie:    I've written stories all my life.  My main outlet for many years was tabletop role playing game scenarios - both just for groups I ran, and for a zine I wrote.  Then I studied screenwriting for a while (I do have a couple of short films), but realized that unless I felt like going to LA I was never going anywhere in film.  I was also in an old time radio re-creation group, and roped in several of my friends - one of whom - Reynaud LeBoeuf - got a part in an online audio drama in like 2008, and got me into that show, since they still needed a female lead.  While recording that show, I realized the scripts I’d written for our re-creation group were more appropriate for an independent online show, and started making my own.

WTG:   How do you find and choose the music for your podcasts?

Julie:    The first place to look is always Kevin MacLeod of, the great godfather of all online media.
I have some licensed music, a lot of creative commons music, and have commissioned music to be made for me. 
The trick is keeping track of which is which...

WTG:   I heard you mention that you are a ‘costumer’. What sort of occasions do you create costumes for? Cosplay? Renfair? Dickens? I think this is an interesting side to your personality and people will like to hear about it.

Julie:    I cosplayed before they invented the term.  I've done costumes for sci fi conventions, theater, haunted houses, renfaires, SCA, larping, anything I could think of.  I even had my own Goth clothing line for a few years.

WTG:   Can you tell me something about your work with Victorian tintypes? What interests you about historical records?

Julie:    Oddly enough, it all started at a swap meet, where I spotted a pic that immediately struck me as "The Deadeye Kid", the main character of one of my series.  Then I found a few more, on eBay, and it turned into an obsession for a while - add that to my love of Victorian costuming (which dates back to high school and beyond), and I have amassed quite a collection.  Cleaning and tweeting my tintypes, as well as putting photos into books for other costumers to appreciate as well is my way of using my obsession to try and supplement my income - plus I hate just hogging them all to myself.

WTG:   So many of your adaptations are from ‘vintage’ literature. How do you find the time to discover these treasures? And do you feel that today’s entertainment trends are missing something?

Julie:    Well, it's primarily Lovecraft, since I’ve loved his work for a long time and he's still wildly popular.  I find that and other stories on Project Gutenberg -  I also do a series of readings called "Atomic Julie's Galactic Bedtime Stories" which are straight (not dramatized, though I occasionally drop an editorial comment or hysterical laughter) readings of sci fi stories found on Gutenberg.  I don't adapt from modern trends because it would cost money.  I’ve worked in IP law too much to waste my time on fanfic, when it could get smashed in an instant.  Though I do have my entirely original series "Fatal Girl" which is in the style of a "magic girl" anime.

WTG:   Do you have a screenplay in the works (or anything else that you’d like people to know about)?

Julie:    I wrote a couple of short films, but my main outlet is the audio dramas.  One of my scripts will be performed at an audio festival in a couple of weeks in England (It won a contest).

WTG:   Are there some themes that you especially like to explore in fiction?

Julie:    I always like to explore social issues, particularly those facing women.  I also love sweet romance and con artists, whether I believe in either of them....  LOL

I listen to 19 Nocturne Boulevard through iTunes where she has 300 episodes, but everything can be accessed on her feed, and she’s slowly getting everything up on You Tube, including videos made from the live streams that she’s recently been doing on where she edits together audio dramas live every night from 6-7PM PST, and answers questions.
There are two short films by Julie at this link, and she has books available on Amazon here and here. Her twitter feed, @myladyswardrobe runs a tintype each day.
Another outlet is which is an online radio station that she runs. This has her own shows as well as some of her friends’, and some old time radio.
The best way to contact Julie is on  facebook’s 19 Nocturne Boulevard page.
Julie Hoverson is multi-talented and prolific. Frankly, I don’t know where she finds the time for all of it, but I’m glad she does. Check it out.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I like this quote

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”
---J.K. Rowling

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Royal Manticoran Navy: official Honor Harrington fan association

Everyone knows Star Trek. Everyone knows Star Wars. What about Honor Harrington?
No? Then you probably aren’t a science fiction BOOK fan. The Honor series by David Weber is only on paper at this time, but it’s so good that around 4500 fans belong to the official fan association: The Royal Manticoran Navy

David Weber is a prolific writer and historian. His intricately crafted world of Honorverse spans 35 books, as listed on his website.
Enthusiasm for the series resulted in a fan organization based upon the structure of the fictional Star Kingdom of Manticore, complete with noble titles, military ranks, duties and positions.

We met with Joseph Harney and Theresa Hindle in Sacramento and got an introduction to the Royal Manticoran Navy. They are officers (Commodore and Captain, respectively) in the Tenth Fleet, which covers the western United States and part of Canada. There are fleets across North America, Europe, and Australia, with individual chapters in the fan association designated as ships, bivouacs, Assault Shuttles, and Light Attack Craft. To see a map of these, click here.
The organization takes applications from groups of six or more members to create a new chapter with a ship designation. There is also a branch for kids called the Sphinx Forestry Commission.

But what do they do? Well, by all accounts, they have fun. Oh, they also attend cool science fiction conventions. I met Joseph and Theresa quite by chance at the WizardCon in Sacramento a few months ago. Despite having read at least nine of the Honor Harrington novels, I was oblivious to the existence of a fan association. You can imagine my surprise when I saw uniformed officers in a booth for the Royal Manticoran Navy. The uniforms, by the way, look just like the ones on the book covers, and the club has a rank and award system which is also modeled upon the books’ space navy. Rank is earned by passing exams and awards (service ribbons and medals) also represent real achievements. These are not just costumes.

Another thing they do is support charities. Some chapters help to prevent homelessness, some collect toys-for-tots. The official TRMN charity is
Big Cat Rescue in Florida, the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, and leading advocate for ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction. If you read the Honor Harrington books, you will quickly figure out why this charity makes sense for the fan association.

You might already be a fan, but don’t know if you would like to join TRMN. Well, I don’t know if you would either, but I can tell you that they are all sorts of people with one thing in common: they love the book series. From our chat with Joe and Theresa, I gather that many members also like the convention scene and cosplay. Many are interested in history, roll player games, and reenacting. Joseph Harney describes himself as a professional reenactor who has been active in Renfair, Dickens, and other events.
Author David Weber

Did I mention that David Weber is an historian? The whole Honorverse history has solid parallels in the political, economic, and military history of Earth, and as the fictional decades pass in the novels, events unfold logically and naturally for societies, governments, and individual characters.

If you are not already a fan, I’ll just say this: The titular character is interesting enough to have 13 books about her adventures, spin-off series for young adults, anthologies, graphic novels, a series companion book, and a fan club of 4500 members. Other writers who have contributed to the Honorverse include: David Drake, S.M. Stirling, Roland Freen, Linda Evans, Jane Lindskold, Eric Flint, Timothy Zahn, and John Ringo.

David Weber’s website lists 35 published books related to Honorverse, and the Royal Manticoran Navy website lists some more which are available only to members.

If you are into science fiction, history, and adventure, maybe you should check the books, and the Royal Manticoran Navy.