Danger! Cliff ahead…
A few short weeks ago (how did that happen?) my greatest concern was that I wouldn’t be able to come up with fresh material in time to release weekly episodes. Now, the day Episode #17 “Neil Gaiman Envy” goes live, I’m in danger of over-achieving, with #18 already recorded and edited, and scripts for #19 and #20 ready to go.
I’m happy to offer advance access to donors and patrons, if you contact me directly. Otherwise, weekly it is. I’m reasonably confident that I can sustain that on a regular basis. Even as it becomes more feasible to take up outside work, there isn’t a lot of it about. I submit 2 or 3 self taped auditions a week, and if I get one job in 50, I’m doing pretty well. My white hair seems to be in demand.
Now I am starting to wonder if I should be writing longer—or shorter episodes? There are regular down-loaders who are listening to every episode, and there are those who just listen to one or two. Which are you? Do you find it entertaining enough to want to follow Helen’s interactions, her mini adventures? Would you be interested in a whole half hour, from time to time? Comment below!
I’m also considering my wonderful (and growing) team of volunteer actors, my fellow freelancers contributing their skills, their imaginations as they develop each new character. We are all mostly unemployed at the moment, and this is a way of keeping ourselves creatively occupied, if in a very small way. But perhaps I could write longer scenes for them, something for the show reel. I don’t know. Thinking about it.
Listen Notes is a podcast streaming site new to me. They invited me to be interviewed, you can read it here.
And here I am, reading a poem by the amazingly gifted poet Sandra Richardson. She is presently being cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool, with stage 4 cancer. This is for her fund-raising campaign on behalf of the Hospice.