Gypsy In The Attic EP22: Conversation with Paul E Cooley

Wherein, I have a lovely chat with the most sinister of characters, Paul E Cooley, author of “Tattoo”, “Garaaga’s Children”, “Closet Treats” and “The Street” Series.

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Gypsy In The Attic EP21: Conversation with Nathan Lowell

Wherein I get to talk about narration and voice acting with Nathan Lowell. It was such an honor and a really good conversation. I hope you all enjoy.

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Gypsy In The Attic EP20: Conversation with Tee, Pip, and KT

Wherein I laugh a lot because these folks are wonderful at their craft.

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A Quick Note About Interviews

Hi everyone.

I have gotten a few comments about the interviews that I am having on Google Hangout and how people are trying to attend. At this time I am only hosting private interviews, and still getting a handle on how the hang outs work. It’s not that I don’t like having an audience. I just want everyone to get the content at the same time. Since I will be spacing out the interviews, it seems only fair to keep them private until they go live.

Thank you for your understanding. I will have a new interview up on Monday!

Why I Like YA More as an Adult

A regular written post from me is shocking, I know. I love my medium of audio and usually save my actual blog post for pre-con promotion and NaNoWriMo updates. Since I’ve been listening to podcasts like “The Shared Desk” and “Talking on my Morning Walk”, I am getting really inspired to put words down and share some thoughts with you all.

The topic that I want to discuss is the fact that as an adult, I am enjoying YA books more and more. This seemed odd to me because, well, I’m a grown up. I should like grown up things and words and wine and refined foods. Well, dammit I like being a 12 year old sometimes and watching animated movies. I may or may not know all the words to a good number of Disney movies. But I digress.

As I took a look at what I like about YA novels, it occurred to me that I have a bit of nostalgia for that age. Finally figuring out who my real friends were and going on adventures through life together. At that time I was doing a lot of creative writing and scripting of my own accord (the joys of being young and unemployed) and creating my fantastic coming of age story, filled with monsters, heroes, and pendants that call dragons.

When I read stories, or listen to them since I am an aural consumer, I feel like I’m brought into a parallel world to the one I created for myself. The coming of age is hard and we remember it as adults. All the trials that we had to go through helped to shape who we are today. We relate to these characters wistfully as they want to find their place in the world around them. If you really think about it aren’t we all still searching for that place of belonging?

Stories like the “The Empress Sword” by Paulette Jaxton, “Ginnie Dare” by Scott Roche, and even “Quarter Share” by Nathan Lowell bring a sense of wonder and uncertainty that we all felt at one time or another when taking out first steps out into the big scary universe, without the safety of our parents/guardians/older siblings to catch us. If we fall, it’s hard, and the story comes from how we decide to pick ourselves back up. Because, let’s face it. There would be no story if you just stayed there in the mud.  If the mud is pulling you down with a mind of its own, then you have another story.

As more of my writer friends, go back to an age of more innocence, I look forward to seeing how their influences twist the road that their heroes have to traverse with great anticipation. We write what we know for the most part and it excites me to wonder what parts of these stories are similar to events is the author’s life.

Do you have any YA books that you would recommend?

Thank you for reading!

Gypsy In The Attic EP18: Warming Up

Wherein I talk about getting your voice and lips warmed up before doing scripted works, and wonder at my ability to be prepared for a podcast.

I also send some good love out to Caravan Of Thieves as their song “Candy” is great to warm up to.

**UPDATE** The reason why I love these guys. They left a nice message on their FB page saying “Glad we can be of assistance… Thanks for the mention!”

Voice Actor Spotlight:
Chip Joel – He plays a lot of my favorite non-main characters on many different shows. Yea, I might have a bit of a crush on Hank McCoy. Get over it.

Now I get ready to work with Nobilis, Veronica and Josh.

Thanks for listening and see you next time in the attic.
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Gypsy In The Attic EP17: Hiatus

I’m back… And here is what we’re talking about today.

We also talk about my submission to Dan Absalonson’s blog. If nothing else I’ll post it on this blog.

Voice Actor Spotlight
Allen Sale of Astral Audio

And I also talk about how I fixed up some old leather Army Surplus. No pictures yet.

Thanks for listening, and see you next time in the attic.

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