So recently, I was invited on a few podcastsEW
and even granted a regular slot on another.
And I had a lot of fun. So much fun, in fact, that it occurred to me, as someone who is often a verbal thinker, and who really enjoys conversation, that maybe this was something I should think about getting into in my own right - A Show Of My Own, if you can dig it.
My thoughts quickly turned to my enthusiasm - because enthusiasms are most definitely where it’s at where podcasting is concerned. There’s little or no money in it (a thought I shall return to later), so if you’re gonna do it ,you’d best be in love with the subject.
So I mulled it over. Doctor Who was an obvious choice, but given the many excellent podcasts
already covering that topic, I wasn’t sure I’d have anything meaningful to add to the subject. Also, it’s a bit… well, big. Pex Lives, God love them, have committed to covering every single classic series story - at a podcast a month, that’s a ten year project. Yowzer.
Stephen King was another strong contender. I’ve read most but not all of his catalogue, and a monthly ‘cast where I re-read a book and had a guest on to talk about it had some appeal… but that’s a hell of a lot of reading, especially given some of the word counts, and I have little enough time to engage with new material as it is.
I thought about other things, but my mind kept returning to one thing - one of my great loves.
I am talking of course, of Robocop.
I am talking of course, of Robocop.
Robocop is, as we all know, the greatest movie ever made. And the more I thought about it, the more my mind kept returning to that article, and about how I really felt there were a near infinite number of ways to talk about the genius that imbues every frame of that film. It began to occur to me that here was a subject i could converse with someone about, with articulation and love, effectively forever.
I thought, too, about how much fun it could be to watch a movie with a friend that you’ve both seen before and both love - how the conversation you have meanders, taking in the action on the screen, digressing into asides or jokes, often interrupting itself as some spectacular set-piece re-engages the attention…
And before I knew it, I had a podcast. Watching Robocop with Kit Power was born.
The format is simple. Every month, a guest and I will sit down and watch the movie Robocop, together. The conversation, warts and all, will be recorded, and then released. Drinking will be welcomed, but not mandatory. These guests will include podcasters, authors, fans, critics, and cool people I am lucky enough to know. The first show is recorded, edited, and scheduled for release via Libsyn, iTunes, and most other major venues on 29th July. Jim has also agreed to back this mad scheme and put a page here on Gingernuts to promote it - thus proving once and for all that his generosity and humor towards my work knows no bounds.
The show will be released monthly thereafter, and will always be free to download for anyone who wants it.
Which reminds me of my earlier comment about money, and segways nicely into my second announcement.
Because recording a podcast is essentially free - if you have the time, and a laptop with a mic, you can do it. But actually publishing and hosting it isn’t free. It’s cheap, but not actually free.
I’m a writer. That means I’m intimately familiar with the compulsion to pursue projects of passion with very little hope or expectation of material gain. And genuinely, I’m cool with that. I love what I do, and I want to be read as widely as possible, and I plain don’t like the notion that unfortunate financial circumstances could prevent you from reading my work. That’s why all my releases have a paperback with an ISBN number - if you want one of my books, you can always ask your local library to stock it. That matters to me, believe it or not, even as an almost totally obscure author.
Similarly, when it comes to podcasting, the notion of either charging for content or selling advertising feels… just wrong, somehow. I don’t disparage anyone who does either of those things, to be clear - everyone’s gotta eat, after all - but on careful reflection, it’s just not for me.
Luckily for me, the internet has in the last couple of years thrown up a third funding option for such a crazed project of passion. So I’m really happy to announce that I have also launched a Patreon campaign, with the initial goal of providing enough monthly income to fund the hosting of the podcast. For as little as $1 a month, you will get perks including early access to future episodes of the podcast AND My Life In Horror articles, with higher pledge levels including ARC’s of my future releases, live access to my column writing and current work in progress via Google docs, and much more. Head on over to https://www.patreon.com/kitpower for more information.
I knew I couldn't commit to extra or exclusive work - I’m already operating under enough time pressure to know that making further commitments on that score would lead to inevitable issues. What I can offer, what I’m happy and proud to offer to people who are willing to help support my work financially, is access - early access, access to early drafts, and access to my current work. The technology has also been revolutionary in this regard - I’m genuinely excited by the notion of demystifying the creation process by allowing live viewing access to my current writing, while I’m actually working on it.
To be crystal clear, nothing around here is going to change. My Life In Horror will continue to be both monthly and free, as will Watching Robocop. It’s just that if you’re willing and able to chuck in a small amount of money a month, you’ll get a bit of early access, as well as the priceless glow of knowing that you’re helping support me in doing what I love most.
Thanks in advance for your support, and strap in - Watching Robocop with Kit Power is coming soon…