The latest Worldcon was held in Pip’s hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, but the pandemic made it have to become virtual
The Hugo are fan voted, and are not strangers to controversy
Pip and Tee discuss that ‘golden age’ of science fiction
George RR Martin was asked to be toastmaster
Tee has been the MC at Pip’s brother’s wedding.
The role requires you talk about the people who the event is for.
The Hugo Awards were about the nominees, but GRRM didn’t get that memo
He then proceeded to pine for the good ole days of John W Campbell, Heinlein, Asimov et al
All of GRRM’s parts were pre-recorded
Tee asks Pip how she feels as a New Zealander and a writer
ConZealand was planned for many, many years
Pip was angry, disappointed and mortified… New Zealand is better than this
Even assuming GRRM was not sent pronunciation, that doesn’t let him off the hook
Pip and Tee remain unsurprised at how his recordings went down
The Hugo Awards have become more diverse but it has a history of being exclusionary
Lots of inside jokes, name dropping… all of these things make sure there is an ‘us’ and ‘them’
Making community means being welcoming
Harking back to an age GRRM has nostalgia about, brings a lot of baggage
Pip talks about the nature of fandom in New Zealand
Fandom needs to think about how they empower people by ignoring their behavior
The award winners were a diverse, world-wide group of people, but GRRM barely mentioned them
The always popular apology-non-apology
Pip dives into how women (especially of an older generation) are taught not to make a fuss in order to be part of the boy’s club
New Zealand’s specific national psyche may have fed into this.
Pip wonders what happened? Did they watch it? Were they afraid of GRRM?
Tee reminds every writer, that this is a professional setting.
Pip confirms New Zealand is massively passive aggressive
There is a way to own it though
But not just GRRM and the con organizers should own it.
We need to be better… as fans and writers.
The Hugo Awards are meant to celebrate about what is best during the last year
Young authors need to feel that they can be in the space of the Hugos. This is a place for them.
Hopefully good changes will come out of this.
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Recorded around the time of the book cover shoot. Featuring Verena Vorsatz and Christina Payton.
Quite a memorable time
46:21 Pip gets the credit
Tee riffs on Pip causing the whole damn thing
So many good times, so many good friends.
We met the Kellys just because of this podcast
What a grand time it’s been…
Thank you for all the support and love
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This is the third attempt at an episode 95. Honestly, it seems like the universe doesn’t want us to get one of these out! But we shake our fist in front of those barriers.
We are now streaming the Shared Desk live on Tee’s Twitch stream. Following costs nothing, and you’ll get an alert that we are going live. Not only do you get firsties on listening to the show, and the chance to comment live… but also we do a little half hour chit chat after the main show.
Membership has its privileges as they say…
We think we remember how to do this.
Trapped in a car together all the way to Indiana, but we made it back alive.
We met new people, saw some familiar faces.
02:17 What is Gen Con?
The best four days of gaming.
Tee wants to edit the episode, but Pip actually is doing this!
Pip and Tee think Indy is a cool city. 19th century architecture, and public art
People were lovely, and our Uber drivers were all charming… and they all love FIFA. Futbol!
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Back from the 2017 Murder As You Like It Conference, Tee brings his experiences at different events to the Dog Days of Podcasting just to remind writers (and fans, on the rare occasion) that the world does not necessarily revolve around you, even when you are keynote speakers or Guests of Honor.
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We have a lot happening this month. We’re working on our final season (and yes we admit to be using the term “final” liberally…) of Tales from the Archives, work to do on Operation: Endgame, and planning a special two-part head-to-head episode here on the Shared Desk with in-studio guest Nick Kelly over a science fiction epic, and how it ended. However, we wanted to take some time and share with you this episode of the Geek Wolfpack Podcast, Nick Kelly’s premiere podcast featuring the entire Kelly family. (Give it a listen. It’s a hoot!) This particular episode features the Wolfpack Podcast’s first interview, their guest professional nerd and entertainment professional Elle Jensen, founder of the Nerd Out App.
Elle sits down with Nick, Tee, and Pip to talk about the app’s Kickstarter campaign and how geeks of all backgrounds should be taking advantage of this wonder of technology!
0:00 – Intro
1:18 – Our Interview with Elle Jensen of the Nerd Out App!
1:42 – Pip Ballantine!
1:55 – Tee Morris!
2:31 – Elle Jensen, Founder of the Nerd Out App
2:48 – The plug bell
3:06 – What exactly is the Kickstarter for?
3:45 – App development is like LEGO bricks
5:05 – Nick starts counting cities where he’s used the app
5:13 – What exactly is the Nerd Out App? Elle’s Comic Con story
6:00 – Nerdy Burlesque!
6:33 – The growth numbers on Nerd Out App 1.0
6:44 – The Average Geek Show
7:15 – Where does the App team get their events?
8:04 – The Chicago crew needs to get on the Nerd Squad
8:22 – A Klingon Christmas Carol
8:39 – DreamstoBecome.com
10:12 – Currently, events get added via a manual process. It’s going to be way easier in 2.0
10:53 – #furriesruineverything
11:12 – How are events vetted?
12:31 – Nerding responsibly
12:57 – The coolest events ever hosted in the app
13:24 – Poltergeist as a burlesque
13:55 – Nick’s list of cities, and the count is…
14:08 – Shout out to Geektitude.com
14:30 – Nerdcon!
14:36- Dumbells and Dragons and the Wekk podcast
15:06 – Other features in 2.0 – Geolocation, additional locations
15:45 – NEW ZEALAND!
15:53 – EpicCon – V’s Cosplay will be there as Agents Books & Braun
16:35 – Overseas requests come in bursts, but 2.0 will be able to expand more
17:15 – What is the financial goal of the Kickstarter campaign?
17:54 – If you do a Kickstarter campaign, factor in taxes
18:15 – What questions does Elle have for Tee and Pip?
19:45 – What’s the frequency of posts?
20:15 – How many posts are we boosting?
21:00 – What was Pip’s strategy in boosting posts?
21:33 – The West Coast Steampunk folks need to get posting more!
22:08 – What are the incentives?
23:02 – Audiobook giveaways are popular
23:22 – Other authors are happy to provide eBooks
23:50 – Additional feature – filtering so you can keep it kid friendly
24:28 – Stickers! Game of Thrones! Harry Potter! Deadpool! The Flash! Stranger Things!
25:02 – The Con Survival Pack – Everything you need to survive a con
25:45 – Sponsorship levels
26:12 – Tee explains the uber level
27:32 – Personalization is a big, big thing
27:47 – Friday the 13th: The Video Game
28:28 – Mystery Science Theater 3000
28:50 – Habitica gets a mention
29:20 – What are some personalization options for Nerd Out 2.0?
29:49 – King or Queen Nerd of your town
30:50 – You could be the nerd in the logo!
31:50 – A launch party, with the nerdy burlesque people and Geeky Tees
32:38 – Do you have a plan b?
33:40 – The timing of the kickstarter
35:40 – Nick’s experience from the field – www.starwarsdays.com
36:00 – Garrison Tyranus of the 501st Legion
36:19 – +2 Charisma
37:06 – Tee foreshadows the Nick vs. Tee Westworld episode
38:30 – Here we go. Elle’s street cred…
39:02 – Agent Carter
39:35 – Riverdale
39:55 – The CW Alien Crossover event
41:44 – I know my value
42:32 – Where can we find Elle and the Nerd Out App
42:55 – Thanks from the Wolfpack to Elle, Tee and Pip!
43:50 – ADHD D&D
44:31 – We continue to search Vrath Keep, after a PSA about flammable oven mitts
45:03 – NO DEMIGORGONS!
45:50 – Comfy chair
47:16 – It’s a conference room
48:21 – We all react to the ridiculous goblin map
49:13 – Turgen wants halflings to eat
49:55 – Do not spill ranch dressing on yourself
51:45 – Young Shecky Greene
54:03 – Battle of Lexington and Concord
54:30 – Hey, Pharaxes, go set everything on fire!
55:39 – You want an arcana check?
57:20 – Take an automatic 20 (why not?)
58:58 – The nightmare refugee scenario
59:50 – Outro
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Last week, we were supposed to be at Capital Con, but at the very last minute the event was cancelled. This meant our cosplaying guest Christina Payton was coming from California to Virginia, with all her outfits, for nothing. Well, that wouldn’t stand with us, so in this episode we wander into the unfamilar to us world of cosplayers and authors.
00:00 Introduction and VirginiaCon
We begin with much head-bopping that doesn’t really work for podcast.
Breaking well beyond the boundaries of an hour, The Shared Desk brings you another on-the-road recording. This time, Pip and Tee are in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas for FenCon VIII, and are joined by a rabble more of vile confederates:
Olivia M. Grey
The topic of the night — CONVENTIONS. Why do we pack up and head out for destinations unknown and why should authors consider paying them a visit? Join Tee & Pip poolside for this round table discussion on conventions from the author’s and the fan’s perspective.
00:00 — Introduction
Are you sure you’re Philippa Ballantine?
It was supposed to be a paperwork ceremony, but the neighbors had other ideas…
Kick back for this hour-long extravaganza recorded in the great state of Texas!