Jim the Podcast Sherpa is your guide to the many, many podcasts of the internet. As the host of the podcast ‘Too Many Podcasts!’ Jim likes to dig up deep cuts and show a new listener why they’d want to try a certain podcast. Often, he does this by looking deep into why the host does their show, and why they do it a certain why. Appropriately, Jim and I spend a lot of this episode discussing why our shows take the form they do, which is some great inside chat for a new podcaster.
I previously appeared on Jim’s show in August of 2022, and would be happy to return any time.
This episode also features commentary on my plan for social media now that Elon Musk owns Twitter.
Stanley Livingston is a veteran actor known for My Three Sons and Please Don’t Eat the Daisies. He comes to Hungry Trilobyte to talk about The Actor’s Journey, a comprehensive course on the business side of acting. Stanley and I concur that, even with the tools offered to today’s internet talent, the fundamentals of building a career with smart decisions haven’t changed much.
The Actor’s Journey is an 8-disc DVD series, currently scheduled to transition to streaming in December of 2022. It also includes the talents and insights of Henry Winkler, Melissa Gilbert, Michael York, Sherman Hemsley, Richard Donner and Richard Rush. You can look over the highlights on YouTube.
Richard C. Meehan, Jr. is a self-published author who is making the most of the independent book circuit. In addition to his scifi novel Cometary Tales, he’s release a historical fiction book titled Ford the Pacholet. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Richard and I spend some time discussing the merits of knowing history by reading historical fiction and how an author of such books should handle real events within a fictional narrative. Ultimately, it comes down to a question of world-building within our real world and world-building within a purely speculative one.
Janene Michaelis is the author of the short story Papagaia Dream, a finalist in the “Coffee Lifts Creatives” writing contest from Sci-Fi Coffee. Like a lot of us authors, Janene has had points in her life that simply didn’t make writing a reasonable outlet. In this episode, she and I have a great talk about how to come to terms with having to choose between writing and dealing with life crises, as well as how to use spiritual tropes mindfully– bearing in mind that talking about someone’s faith in your writing will impact different readers in different ways, depending on their backgrounds.
Jeff Russo is the composer behind several of the newer Star Trek series, including Picard, Strange New Worlds, and Discovery. He comes to Hungry Trilobyte to talk about building music around emotion and his appreciation for building on the long-standing musical tradition of the franchise.
Phillip Milton is the author of the short story “The Rocket Morning” published by the Sci-Fi Coffee company. A writer just finding his voice, Phillip is a great example of what we fans are capable of creating. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Phillip and I ponder where to take our creative work and our fandom from here.
This episode features a follow-up to the “Coffee Lifts Creatives” writing contest from Sci-Fi Coffee. Use promo code HUNGRY for 10% off your order.
Austin Trunick is a film enthusiast and author of the two-volume series The Cannon Film Guide, soon to be expanding into its third volume. Austin and I spend some time talking about the history of the Cannon Film Group, and how their brand of cheap action films fit into the larger movie culture of the 80s. This involves a lot of comparing notes about early video rental places prior to the transition to DVD. We also dig drive-ins like the Mahoning Drive-In and the Circle Drive-In.
Dan Barr is the author of Go Boldly, the winning entry in the Coffee Lifts Creatives writing contest from the Sci-Fi Coffee Company. Dan and I spend some time discussing what it’s like to write for the love of the story, and the two of us recklessly speculate on if that’s happening elsewhere in the industry.
Shylah Addante was the writer on a film titled The Christmas Dragon, which was a 2014 independent film (you can see it right now on Amazon Prime). It is also currently scheduled to be used in an upcoming episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, expected December 16, 2023. Shylah and I have a great talk about what it’s like to grow up a film fan, how to transform that childhood interest into a lifelong career, and how MST3K plays a crucial role in making it easier for everyone to become a fan of goofy films.