• Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 02: Interview with Tanya Gough

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    Note that the contact info given in the episode itself is no longer any good. If you want to find me, try Facebook, @writingdad on Twitter, or email: lance@lanceschonberg.com.

    00:00 Episode ID

    Days of Geek, Episode 2: Interview with Tanya Gough and the Star Trek re-watch begins.


    00:07 Music – “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.


    00:14 Intro

    I quote Frank Zappa on books (“So many books, so little time.”) and observe that while the publishing industry is changing, it’s probably going to get better for readers in the short and long term.


    00:48 Main

    In which I very briefly introduce the main segment of this episode, my interview with author Tanya Gough at Ad Astra 2013, and note a few things about Tanya herself and the podcast that never was.


    02:40 The interview.

    Took place in a hallway at the Ad Astra con hotel that wasn’t as quiet as I might have liked, but I think you can hear everything very well, in spite of the table or air conditioning gremlin. A very stripped down edition of the topics covered (I don’t want to spoil the interview, after all):

    • In addition to being a middle grade Fantasy writer, Tanya admits to being born in Canada, living in the U.S. and Japan and having owned a CD & Video store in Stratford, Ontario.
    • She gives a quick summation of the basis of Rootbound. (Kindle Edition. Amazon.ca link)
    • A bit about her writing process
    • Influences in Rootbound, Greek mythology and beyond.
    • A series of books, each with its own focus element, and step in Emma’s development
    • Chapter Titles are important and relevant
    • Magical Monarch of Mo (Free on the Kindle right now! Amazon.ca only seems to have an illustrated HC.)
    • The Indie Publishing Route
    • The sequel will be called “Water Works”, may come by the end of the year and features a different mythological focus

    Tanya’s contact info:


    21:32 Contest info

    I have two signed copies of Rootbound to give away. Rules: comment here or on Facebook by 1st November 2013 and your name goes into the draw, and it doesn’t matter where you happen to live; I’ll ship these anywhere in the world.


    22:12 Media Consumption

    The part of the show where I very briefly talk about the geeky media I’ve consumed since the last episode.


    Finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. It started out hard not to draw comparisons to Bladerunner, but the further I got into the story, the more I forgot the movie. It’s not the same story. It is similar, and I can see how Bladerunner grew from it, but there’s a great deal more running through the book than you’ll find in the movie. It’s a short read by today’s standards, and a quick one, but don’t let that fool you. The themes run deep and dense.



    MLP: Equestria Girls: Whatever definition you want to use, MLP qualifies as fantasy. It’s cute and fun and more or less predictable all the way through, but you’re watching it for the characters, messages, and themes, not the exciting plot twists.

    The World’s End: My son and I took this in at the theatre on cheapskate day and really enjoyed it. Well, up until the very end. The movie was fun and ridiculous (it’s a Simon Pegg film, after all), right up to the climax. Excitement and explosions and everything important more or less resolved. And that’s where the movie should have ended, IMO. There were a couple of minutes more to the movie that were completely unnecessary and really just the set up for what amounts to a joke one-liner in the final seconds of the film. I recommend it, but I also recommend not watch those last couple of minutes. You’ll be more satisfied with the outcome.

    The Emperor’s New Groove: found a copy on DVD for a mere $10, replacing the old VHS version we once had. Just as fun as I remembered, and one of my favourite Disney films of the modern era.



    I know I said last week that I’d eventually watch television. What I really meant is that I’d eventually watch things playing on my television. These are mostly going to be movies and video from a DVD, Netflix or a memory stick. I don’t really watch a lot of TV beyond some news and weather.


    24:58 Star Trek TOS Re-Watch

    The Cage

    • I offer a 60-Second Synopsis of the episode which takes closer to 100.
    • Brief thoughts on “what if” this first pilot had passed the network honchos
    • Things I like or that stand out about the episode
      • Basic Trek elements are pretty much all here: the sets are almost there, the music, the beginning of a multicultural crew, the big but personal story, and the episode format.
      • A couple of things we lose, sadly: jackets to suit the climate of the planet, and female officers in pants.
      • Which will work against the Early Anti-Sexism attempt of having a woman as a first officer.
      • Spock’s genesis. He’s recognizable, but not the Vulcan we all know and love yet.
      • Computer technology not really much more than 1960s high tech, with a few extra beeps and lights.
      • The Talosians technological ineptness in the face of vast mental powers.
    • Tracking Numbers
      • Casualties: 0
      • Advanced alien species who want nothing to do with us right now: 1
    • Best Line: “As in all ship’s doctors are dirty old men.” – Pike
    • Secondary Character: Yeoman Colt
      • Played by Laurel Goodwin
      • A short, unfortunately, acting career, but unlike most Hollywood folks, she’s had only one marriage and it’s lasted decades rather than months.
    • General Opinions
      • Coming down on the side of liking this episode.
      • Recommended for Trekkies and SF fans who have seen enough of the series to enjoy an intro to the Star Trek that never was.


    31:56 Outro

    In which I again offer contact info:

    Closing music—George Street Shuffle, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com

    Creative Commons licensing info (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 Un-ported License).


    XX:XX Blooper

    There’s a lack of bloopers this week. Nothing I screwed up was particularly funny. Maybe next time.

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  • Writing

    Things I Brought Home from World Fantasy Convention 2012

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    A list, if you hadn’t guessed.

    1. Virtual friendships made real: I met quite a few people I’d only known on twitter up until this weekend. Uniformly an awesome group, I’m happy and better to have met them all.

    2. More new friendships than I’m going to try counting. See point number 1, but also people that I met randomly or was introduced to by other people.

    3. Tonnes of awesome experiences. In the bar, restaurants, panels, hallways. And all about the people.

    4. Two (or maybe three) semi-crystallized ideas of potential novel scope and I don’t know how many short story possibilities, all rubbing up against each other inside my head.

    5. Eight (8!) signatures in my contributor’s copy of Rigor Amortis. I am strangely, still inordinately pleased with “And Yet In Death”, my sonnet opening the book, even more so after one of the other authors, the awesome Renée Bennett, confessed to me that she’d nominated it for an Aurora. Stunned does not begin to describe my reaction to that compliment.

    6. Signatures in both of my Sarantine Mosaic hardcovers by Guy Gavriel Kay (plus the memories of cornering him at the Tor party and keeping my inner fanboy under enough control that I didn’t gush too much).

    7. This pile of (mostly) books:

    Which includes two signed by authors whom I got to spend some time with while there, the awesome Tanya Gough and Amanda Sun.
    8. 8.77 GB of uncompressed audio (14 hrs 50 min 22 sec = 16 panels).

    9. A hippocampus, sketched in 7 minutes on the table of a Korean barbeque restaurant a few blocks from the con by the talented Rebecca Blain. She felt bad for me that I’d promised not to buy any art and resolved to make sure I had something to take home.

    10. A hole in the wall of my shyness in unfamiliar group situations. People who know me will be surprised at that statement, and I’m fine once I get through the initial barrier, but going into an unfamiliar environment with a large group of people I don’t know and expect/hope to interact with makes me anxious and a bit withdrawn. I get through it, but it’s not easy. A little assistance there from Tanya, Stefon Mears, and Andy Taylor.

    11. Some awesome conversations with Brian and Anita Hades (of Edge Publishing, Brian wearing the mantle of publisher and Anita being, at the very least, in the running for sweetest lady on the planet).

    12. The desire to start it all over again.

    Happy World Fantasy weekend, everyone.

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