TalkCast 421 – CalmPassion




Adam Wilsonn

Adam Wilson

In part one of this episode we get to speak with Adam Wilson who runs an organization aptly  called

CalmPassion

CalmPassion

Calm Passion. The purpose of CalmPassion is to allow helps make events sensory friendly to support Autism and Neurodiverse families. I got the chance to meet Adam at Plastic City Comic Con and we spent some time talking about what his mission statement was and I must admit, I was more than a little intrigued by the idea. Adam and the cast got the chance to sit down and talk about all the whys and hows and their plans for the future of this unique and wonderful group. In the upcoming months you will be able to find them at Granite State Comicon, Rhode Island Comic Con and Kids Con in Portland, ME.

 

The Mad Scientist's Cabinet of Curated Chimera

The Mad Scientist’s Cabinet of Curated Chimera

In part two, we bring another segment from Colby Elliot’s wonderful new audio book, The Mad Scientist’s Cabinet of Curated Chimera ( I got your bill for the new flooring in the Area 51 studio. The czech is in the mail.)

 

Enjoy the controlled chaos.

 

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TalkCast 420 – (insert Joke here)




Colby Elliot

Colby Elliot

My real purpose of going to conventions is networking (actually, the real REAL purpose is to find cool stuff to buy but more about that another time). Plastic City Comic Con is one of those one day Micro-Cons where networking is easy, fun and enjoyable, getting to see old friends and meeting new ones as well. So, Imagine my surprise when my friend Colby Elliot of Last Word Audio Studios sauntered by the booth and we gabbed liked we hadn’t seen each other in months (actually, we hadn’t seen each other in months , so…)

We talked for a while and then said this conversation would make a good show and so, welcome to 420. In this episode we talk about his newest audio creations The Mad Scientist’s Cabinet of Curated Chimera, his upcoming travel plans, his own personal podcast ‘Geekery and Wine‘, his newest ideas and he even brags about helping to renovations in Area 51.

(Thanks for the help with installing the new flooring)

 

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The Mad Scientist's Cabinet of Curated Chimera

The Mad Scientist’s Cabinet of Curated Chimera

 

 

An Important Message From Dome…




fun for liz

Jamie and Liz

Hey Everybody,

Its always sad when we find out one of our fellow geeks has fallen ill. It is exponentially sadder when it is the child of one of them, I got an email, to be honest one of a series of continuing emails from friend of the show Jamie Chambers of Signalfire Studios. His 19 year old daughter, Elizabeth, is struggling with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, an ugly sounding series of words. Let me quote from his email to me.

Short Version: Liz is recovering from a bone marrow stem cell transplant for a form of leukemia most often found in young children. This fundraiser assists our family with bills, medical expenses not covered by insurance, transportation down to Northside Atlanta, food, and sometimes just fun treats like movies and music. Liz got great news from her re-staging last month! This means a slow transition toward something resembling “normal life” for her, me, and our family. (Please note that we know many are struggling and there are zero expectations for anyone to donate. Sharing our links, donating blood products, joining the bone marrow donor registry, and assisting patients in your local communities are other ways you can help!)

Long Version: My name is Jamie. My daughter Elizabeth had her second bone marrow stem cell transplant on February 22nd of this year in her roller-coaster treatment of blood cancer that began in early 2016. During her treatment and with our family situation it’s very difficult for me to work very much, so donations go toward helping make up that gap with family expenses as well as to cover any expenses not covered by her insurance (including gas, tolls, parking, food during daily clinic visits, etc.). We also use the money for things to keep her spirits up (movies, music, gifts, treats) and her supply bag stocked. No gift is too small, and weappreciate every gesture including the sharing of our links or keeping my daughter in your thoughts and prayers. If you’d like to donate an Amazon gift card so Liz can order items, please send them to: jamie1km (at) gmail (dot) com . If you’d like to send a card or physical gift to Liz, you can do so here: Liz Chambers c/o Signal Fire Studios 2265 Roswell Rd, Ste 100 Marietta, GA 30062 And if you’re local and would like to do something amazing, we encourage you to donate blood products—specifically plasma and especially platelets via Atlanta Blood Services. (You can search for them here on Facebook for more information.) Be sure to mention her name — Elizabeth Chambers — when you donate as she gets perks for people who give. As Liz’s treatments continue she will need transfusions and the supply is always limited. Prayers, well-wishes-, happy thoughts, and good vibes are always appreciated. Encouraging notes are best done in comments here on the fundraiser or over on her website — fun4liz.net— as tons of direct messages from people she doesn’t know can get overwhelming, though she truly loves and appreciates them all. Thank you to everyone who has been so wonderful to our family. We never feel alone—much love to you all!

All our love goes out to Elizabeth and all who have circled the wagons in support.

Prayers, well-wishes, happy thoughts, and good vibes are always appreciated.

Thanks  for reading.

TalkCast 419 – Hey Everybody , It’s a Clip Show!!




 

Welcomed to TalkCast 410. This episode is a “clip show“. What, you may ask, is a “clip show“? Well, to put it in non-podcasters terms, a “clip show” is a show with a bunch of clips, in this case audio, that we haven’t used before (seems kind of obvious now the I explained it, huh?). Just how did this “clip show” come about, you ask (my, you do ask a lot of questions, don’t you?)? This came about because of two things.

Barbara Friedlander

Barbara Friedlander

First, at Plastic City Comic Con we had a perfectly lovely interview with one of their special guests Barbara Friedlander, A DC Comic legend from the Silver Age. When the interview finished and we realized we didn’t have a guest for ‘cast 419, our convention crew, Cam and Trav, said hey, why don’t we use an audio clip of this interview. After much consideration (less than 30 seconds) I said, well yeah, it was really fun so lets do that but we don’t usually do a short ‘cast.

 

Which brings us to the second happenstance, Colby Elliot and his new audio book ‘The

Mad Scientist’s Cabinet of Curated Chimera’.  We had scheduled Colby to be on ‘cast 420 (no pun intended) and he had said “feel free to use portions of the book to kind of showcase what it’s all about, in fact maybe even at some point use some of the audio book I did for Sci Fi Saturday Night, ‘My Peculiar Family’ if you want to.”

So, I did!

 

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The Mad Scientist's Cabinet of Curated Chimera

The Mad Scientist’s Cabinet of Curated Chimera

TalkCast 418 – What to do in Fitchburg at A Convention with Karen




Karen Gosselin

Karen Gosselin

 

In this episode we get to visit with one of the shows oldest friends, artist, writer and astonishing creative talent Karen Gosselin. We get to talk with her about her second year attending the Illustrators Master Class. Based on her description of the week, it would seem as if she has both a wonderfully creative time. If you want to see some of the end result of what she accomplished there be sure to check out the SFSN Table at Plastic City Comic Con on July 13th.  and say hello to our very special guest.

You will also get the opportunity to see and meet some other amazing people and vendors, including:

And a gajillion or so others

Please head on down for a fun day.

Any conversation with Karen is always fun.

Welcome to the 5 Timers Club Karen.

 

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Official Five Timer's Club Member

Official Five Timer’s Club Member

TalkCast 417 – Joseph Paradis Invents New Worlds




Joseph Paradis

Joseph Paradis

When you go to Author Expo’s or conventions you can meet tons of diverse people and if you’re foolish enough to “judge a book by its cover” or in this case “an author by his looks”, you may sometimes ‘have gravely misjudged the situation’.

Meet Joseph Paradis. We spoke at a meeting a few months back and I’m not sure what it was that I expected when I received his book but what ever my expectations were it was most certainly NOT Saving The Dark Side – The Devotion. To explain, when you listen to our conversation on this ‘cast, Joe is a very likeable, dynamic, personable kind of guy with a genuine warmth and pleasant air about him. The conversation we had at the Expo was very nice and relaxed, albeit brief, as conversations in this type of setting usually are.

So Joe created this universe and introduces us to its main character, Cole. When he was 3 years old he began to “disappear”. First for hours and then days at a time and never had any idea where he had gone. Joe slowly brings the reader jarringly through his childhood to the point at which Cole disappears from earth completely  into a series of events that continue to test and teach him about what he is truly capable of.

Some books take your hand and gently guide you through a plot; others drop you in the middle of nowhere and force you to figure it out. This book punches you in the face again and again, and is compelling enough to make you want more and more. I warn you now; the reader will be coerced to root for Cole no matter what and you should. The book is that well written.

Enjoy the book

Enjoy the conversation

Enjoy the chaos

 

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Saving The Darkside Book One - the Devotion

Saving The Darkside
Book One – the Devotion

Click HERE for a free copy of his introductory short story to this universe Her Gift For YouScreen Shot 2019-07-04 at 3.19.10 PM

TalkCast 416 – A Short Novella With a Long Title




Curtis Lawson

Curtis M. Lawson

Doug Rinaldi

Doug Rinaldi

If the title of your upcoming novella is ‘Those Who Go Forth Into The Empty Place Of Gods”, it had

better live up to it’s name. Even more so when one of the collaborators in the effort is friend of the show Curtis Lawson. To talk about this book , Curtis brought along his co-conspirator Doug Rinaldi.

Without giving away anything about this powerful, playful, horror filled and utterly charming novella, it combines aspects of television game shows, pop culture, The Princess Bride and Ghostbusters, while maintaining a “pulpy diorama of gore”. The conversation centered around:

  • The nature of the novella
  • How and why it became what it is
  • Was it as much fun to write as it is to read
  • How the two co-writers in arms met
  • What was their particular collaboration like
  • When can we expect more

All in all, this was one of the most relaxing conversations we have ever had. It is decidedly rare when one gets to read a book that asks the question: “Is my body nothing more than a decade old McDonald’s hamburger found in a jacket pocket?

Enjoy the chaos.

 

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Those Who Go Forth into the Empty Place of Gods

Those Who Go Forth into the Empty Place of Gods Cover Art by Matthew Revert

 

 

TalkCast 415 – The Magnum Opus of Artemis Crow




Artemis Crow

Artemis Crow

In this episode we get to talk with writer Artemis Crow about the beginning or her grand adventure omnibus of novels ‘The Zodiac Assassins’. This series of books will encompass 12 novels and 12 novellas in a sweeping arc of the universe that has a world much like the one we all know called The OverWorld and a place of magic, mystery, mayhem and violence called InBetween. The series explains how one world became two and brings the reader back and forth between interactions between these worlds.

Artemis is our guide (especially mine) in gaining the understanding as we talked about her first book in the series, ‘Lyon’s Roar’ and the significance between the roles of the novels and novellas in this ambitious series. Maintaining characters in both human and “paranorm” form, this is a complex and compelling universe build with a depth and edge rare in a series that somewhat defies a genre or tag. It becomes a thrill ride with jarring and unexpected twists, which become more complex, compelling and baffling the deeper you become immersed in the overall story,

Enjoy the chaos:

 

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Lyon's Roar

Lyon’s Roar

TalkCast 414 – It’s All About The Sauce




 

Rob Watts

Rob Watts

When you play “Three Of These Things Belong Together”, there is an obvious forth that doesn’t belong. So, if I were to list:  Horror Writer, Stainless Steel Design and Fabrication, Self Help Writer and Hot Sauce Inventor they would All apply to our guest and great friend of the show Rob Watts…except that you would have to add amazing musician, artist, chef, children’s author and composer of the Opening Theme to Sci Fi Saturday Night. The cool thing is we got to talk about almost everything on the list in this expanded episode.

Rob’s work as a writer of suspense thrillers is where we first got to know him

Charms

Charms

and his latest book of stories ‘Charms’ is one of his finest to date. Robs way with words and characters leads the reader down the primrose path to terror yet again without the need for gratuitous gore and violence. His stories are finely crafted pieces of emotional machinery that take you to many different places, all with the single intent of watching the bloody Jack In The Box rise up and scare the hell out of you.

Book Signing 101

Book Signing 101

After spending time also talking about The Stainless Steel Guys, his revised writing process and the state of Nobel Prize Winning Writers in Iceland we got the chance to talk about his book for writers ’Book Signing 101’. This book is specifically written for writers to help them as they venture out into the world of book signings and conventions. Written in a wonderfully relaxed narrative style, it helps anyone manage the pitfalls off all such public events.

Mr. Watts is a fun guy to interview, an amazing writer and a great friend of Sci Fi Saturday Night. Welcome, Rob, to The Five Timers Club. Mr. Simon will get you your jacket.

Enjoy the chaos

 

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WATTSauce

WATTSauce

 

Official Five Timers Club Member

Official Five Timer’s Club Member

TalkCast 413 – Just Another Day in Plastic City




Not Keith Gleason

Not Keith Gleason

Our guest is Keith Gleason, a man with many hats. Keith is the driving force behind Plastic City Comic Con, a one-day micro-con with delusions of huge (Dome, please see the editor about this sentence). He also runs Reckless Sidekick Productions and is also the producer of Mighty Mascots, which just got picked up by Alterna Comics, and we somehow tricked him into talking about it under the guise of wanting more information about the conventions

Speaking of more information about the Plastic City event, we got to talk about the two guests of honor, Larry Hama and Barbara Friedlander. We also

Also Not Keith Gleason

Also Not Keith Gleason

talked about the concept of a small intimate convention in the Wallace Civic Center and how the two ideas merge into a wonderful Family Friendly event with free parking and an entrance fee of $ 5.00 with kids 12 and under free. The guest list is impressive with a wide array of artists, writers and vendors.

Micro Cons come and go but this one is going to be around for years because they have a very clear mission statement:

Keep costs low for both the vendors and the attendees so that everyone comes out a winner!

Enjoy the chaos!

 

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Plastic City Comic Con

Plastic City Comic Con

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