Episode 48 of the Wander Radio podcast has an excellent review of Twin Stars by Alexa Chipman that is worth listening to. (I’d hire that girl as my head of advertising if I were making any money at this!) Of course, Wander Radio is usually worth a listen with it’s eclectic format of music, reviews and news, so go give it a try! You just might like it!
Despite a busy first week at school I managed to cast and put into production both Twin Stars episode 208, and Little Gou and the Kind Word. It’ll be nice to have Little Gou back again, and I have a couple more Gou stories planned for this year as well. (Likely the gap between Book Two and Book Three of Twin Stars will be filled with Little Gou stories.)
Twin Stars 209 is still giving me trouble, but I think I finally have a real handle on it. Why has it been so hard to write? Well, prior to this when I’ve been doing space battles they’ve all been skirmishes or largely off screen, so I could focus on simple tactics and note the battles rather than show them. In TS209, however, we have a huge fleet battle which is the central focus of the story itself, and needs to be explained clearly to the audience in some fair levels of detail so they can follow it. Not easy to do when you’re working in pure audio without a narrator!
I originally tried to write it as I do most Twin Stars battles, focused on the characters and the dramatic elements with the battle itself done in fairly vague terms. That failed miserably. The battle is the center of the episode, I can’t just dance around it like I usually do if I want it to work. In the end, I spent a lot of time playing (my personal passion) Go, trying out various wargames, re-watching Legend of the Galactic Heroes, and doing a lot of reading on the subject of space warfare. From this, I actually sat down and worked out the battle in real terms of strategies and maneuvers, and I figured out exactly what happens and how it happens. The end result is the battle is the story, and is now front and center throughout the episode. How the characters experience it and deal with it has become the window to that story, instead of the story itself.
I had thought that episodes like this would turn out to be the easiest part of Twin Stars to do, but as usual what looks easy when done well in presentation is actually damn hard to do when done in practice.
Auditions for Twin stars 208 are up and posted over on the Audio Drama Talk forums, anyone and everyone are welcome to try out! Auditions end January 11th.
More auditions will be coming in the next few weeks.
I don’t remember paying Alexa Chipman, but I guess I must have, because she just wrote the most amazing review of Twin Stars over on her blog. Every now and then there are moments as a producer when you think “this made all the work worth it”, and this is clearly one of those moments. If you have a chance, go read it, or better yet (since you probably already listen to Twin Stars) go tell a friend to read it! She writes some of the best audio reviews around and her blog is always worth checking out. 🙂