I'm extremely lucky to be able to call myself a podcaster.
Back in 2014, my friend Taylor asked me "Do you want to start a Buffy podcast? I've never seen it, you have, it could be fun." (I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist of the conversation.) I agreed, and within a couple of weeks we were up and running. I give Taylor complete credit for this, they pushed me out of my usual procrastination zone and got us creating.
The thing I really love about podcasting is that it’s 100% a 'learn-by-doing' type of thing. It’s a very flexible medium, something that I think is evidenced by the wide array of podcasts that I like to listen to; narrative, historical, educational, interview, comedy.
While Tiny Fences with Taylor is still going strong, I’ve recently expanded my podcast resume to include a new show, Not Enough Spoons. It’s a passion project for Alicen Ricard, and when she asked me to produce it, I was more than happy to say ‘Yes!’.
In Tiny Fences, co-host Taylor not only hasn't seen Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, but they’re also completely unspoiled for show. It's amazing and rare. We then watch each episode, them as a newbie, me as a long-time fan and Whedonite.
WHY TINY FENCES?
This one of our most common questions. It comes from the pilot episode, "Welcome to the Hellmouth", when Xander returns a stake that Buffy lost when she spilled her purse and says, "The only thing I can think is that you're building a really little fence."
Not Enough Spoons is a mental health podcast hosted by Alicen Ricard with me as co-host. We have frank, honest conversations about the good, the bad, and the ugly about mental health and mental illness as we try to smash the stigmas that exists around them.
WHY NOT ENOUGH SPOONS?
‘Spoon theory’ was coined by Christine Miserandino to explain to her friends about what it’s like to live with a chronic illness. What it boils down to is that people without mental or chronic illness have a nearly inexhaustible supply of ‘spoons’ while people with those illness have a limited supply - and everything costs spoons. Got out of bed? One spoon. Had a shower? One spoon. Made breakfast? One spoon. If you only have fifteen spoons for the day, those get used up very quickly, and you start borrowing spoons from the next day’s supply. That cycle continues until you just don’t have anywhere to get more spoons from, and you have to stop, and do everything you can to try and replenish that limited supply so you can just get out of bed again.