Tony Talks #4 – Podcasts, Books and Nuptials

Goooooooood mooooorning Vietnaaaaaaam!

It’s been a while since I last did a little update on All Things Tony, probably because it’s been quite the month. If you weren’t aware, I get married a week today so, naturally, it’s a miracle I’ve been able to write or podcast on anything over the last couple of months, but I’ve somehow managed it!

I mentioned last time that my podcast, The X-Cast, was taking to the stage for an appearance at the incumbent Birmingham Podcast Festival and I’m happy to say it was a success. Joined by podcasting compadre Carl Sweeney (who has just launched his own venture, actually), and aided by one of my best pals Matt Latham, we tried to unpick The X-Files mythology to a modest but game audience at Birmingham’s Mockingbird Cinema. The episode was recorded and you can hear it now, but will it make any sense without the accompanying weird alien images we showed? That’s up for you to judge! It was a lot of fun, nevertheless, and hopefully we’ll be back (slightly more prepared) in 2019.

You can see a brace of photos (and even some video of this) if you join our Facebook X-Cast group, The X-Files Basement.

Speaking of podcasts, you’ll see that Cultural Conversation has launched its own over the last week. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, mainly because I have about a dozen podcast ideas and I don’t have the time to do them all. It struck me, as a result – why not place them all under the same banner and have them part of Cultural Conversation, as an extension of the blog? So sometimes it’ll be me bringing some of the blog essays to audio life, sometimes it’ll be recordings directly to the podcast, and others it’ll be conversations on popular culture. It won’t be weekly (I’m not that proficient) but hopefully I can trickle out some enjoyable audible additions if you’re a podcast fan.

*Finally* on the subject of audio, and The X-Cast, in one month today I will be undertaking the craziest podcasting venture in my short recording life, when I will go behind the mic for 24 hours straight to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The X-Files in September. I’m not just doing it because I’m nuts, rather to try and raise £1000 for the Alzheimer’s Society – we’re at £260 so far so some way to go, but any donation you could make would be amazing to help efforts to find a cure to one of the most devastating diseases out there. I don’t get a penny from this – it all goes directly to charity, so please do help. You can donate here.

Beyond recording, there have been a few other movements and shakes.

The Book aka Cult Fiction aka Whatever It’s Called This Week, continues apace. The impending nuptials (and my own distraction writing about Mission Impossible mainly) have slowed down progress, but this week I had an 8000 word brace over two days which now puts me well over the halfway mark. If I can continue that rate of knots after I get back from honeymoon and into September (if The X-Cast Live hasn’t killed me), it should be bagged, tagged and ready for the editor by the end of September or into October. Still a long road ahead after that, as I don’t expect it to see the light of day well into 2019 (maybe even 2020), but I can’t wait for the feeling of having *finished* arguably my biggest writing challenge to date. That will definitely earn me a celebratory sherry or two at the end.

What does all this business mean for the meat & potatoes, though – the blog?

Well it may be a bit quieter over August. I haven’t forgotten you, Alias, but I’ve reached a perfect rest point for now halfway in, as in all likelihood it won’t be until end of August or into September when those reviews continue, but I’m looking forward to getting back to JJ Abrams’ beauty of a spy series. I daresay the odd article may strike here and there, but if I’m penning 3000 words on the latest Marvel film on my wedding day, that may not be the smartest move!

So, yeah, if you don’t hear much from me in August, fear not – like Ahnuld, I’ll be back sooner rather than later. As always, thanks for reading (or listening) to my ramblings.

Goodnight Seattle, we love you!

Tony x

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