I’m betting that there are entire tens of you out there wondering why I haven’t been regular in my Buck Rogers updates. To that small band of beautiful weirdos, I offer my sincere apologies. I’ve committed to a project that took priority.
Several weeks ago, I met with the good people behind SCI FI SATURDAY, a Harrisburg-based pop culture event hosted by the local 2nd & Charles at the Harrisburg Mall on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. This is a fun, free event open to all audiences set in a huge store packed with books, comics, vinyl, toys, collectibles, and other cool stuff. There will be guests there like bestselling author Greg Cox, Internet’s own Captain Kyle, and others. I will be there as will my lovely wife, Dame Dahlia.
One of the things to come out of that meeting with the event’s sponsors was the idea of promoting the show with a podcast. Happy to help, I agreed to talk to some of the guests in advance, not just about the event, but about their connections to pop culture, their art, and their work.
While planning this, I realized something very important: I have so many friends who are FAR more interesting and accomplished than I. LOTS. And I have always wanted to sit down with them to just talk about things, how they decided to become an artist or why they went down their particular path in this life. They have the kind of stories that aspiring artists need to hear because they have dealt with the things we struggle with daily when balancing “real life” with our dreams of creating good art.
So I put together a list. I stopped at 157 names.
“WHY?” is a conversation based on the question “Why the hell do we do what we do? Are we insane? Are we stupid? Are we the chosen few?”
Okay, that was more than a question.
I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing. I also hold a fat promissory note to the US Department of the Treasury as a result. “WHY?!”
See the theme there?
“WHY?!” will be a series of conversations with writers, artists, designers, filmmakers, producers, craftspeople, photographers, and other people at different stages of a career with different perspectives. It will be a diverse group representing different races, faiths, generations, heights, politics, experience, ice cream preference, and favorite shade of sunset. We are all united by the struggle that we face making good art.
“WHY?!” will be a conversation, modeled on the Con Suites and Green Rooms or various conventions, where people just relax, let down their guards and talk honestly about their craft and their lives. It won’t be about gossip and won’t promise a 12-step plan for your success. It’s just talk between people who happen to be on a very long, lonely mission toward something in life.
I am PROUD to say that our conversations will be sponsored by ARCHIVOS, the online story development and presentation tool that allows you to document and explore your story worlds. If you’re a storyteller and have a complex fantasy world, or you’ve got a number of different stories and characters to keep track of, ARCHIVOS helps you index, connect, and explore all your story elements.
I have a subscription and there is no way I could keep track of everything in The Winston Casey Chronicles without it. It is a fantastic visual interface that allows you to keep track of your own work, but also collaborate with others on stories, role-playing adventures, and more.
ARCHIVOS is helping us out this first season by supporting our “‘Why?’ Storytelling Confab” event where every guest of the show will introduce a new story element to the board. At the end of the series, we’ll invite listeners to pitch a story based on all the elements we’ve collected. A prize of some kind will be offered to the winner.
We’re still working that out.
“WHY?!” will be available to download and stream for free from our host at Podbean as well as through iTunes, Spotify, and other fine podcatching services. Our guest list and schedule will be posted soon.