The News That Doesn’t Suck: November 2018

 

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On this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO we’ve got another segment of our NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK with very special guest TYLER BUCKS from the Chatter Squadron podcast!

Unfortunately the news recently has been dominated by a lot of headlines that truly suck.  Among other things the back-to-back deaths of comic book legend Stan Lee and 2001: A Space Odyssey alum Douglas Rain, which have really struck low a large portion of geekdom worldwide.

So, in lieu of other episode ideas that were in the works, co-hosts Joshua and David decided it would be a good time to share some happier headlines with the TRIO SIMPATICO listeners!  Thankfully guest Tyler Bucks agreed and added some genuine positivity to the show!

This one is packed to the gills folks!  We’re discussing Star Wars, She-Ra, Comics, Detective Pikachu, Stranger Things, books, we have a new sponsor for the show and MORE!  Click HERE to listen now!

The Buckland Museum

It’s a TRIO SIMPATICO field trip!

For this episode David Tavolier and Joshua Witsaman are joined by returning guest DAVID WESTER as the trio travels to the BUCKLAND GALLERY OF WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK (AKA the Buckland Museum).

This hidden gem of Cleveland Ohio is a small but intriguing collection of some of the mystic and ceremonial possessions of Raymond Buckland.  A student of Gerald Gardner, Buckland eventually came to the United States and formed one of the first Wiccan covens in the country.  The collection on display at the gallery includes items which belonged to Buckland as well as several other occultists such as Aleister Crowley and Gerald Gardner himself.

We’re discussing the occult, witchcraft, museums, and the mystical in pop-culture.  Plus, as you should expect from this show by now, we go off the rails at a few points and delve into more than a few tangents. And, stick around to the end to hear your co-hosts break into an impromptu duet!

All this and more on this episode of TRIO SIMPATICO!

Listen HERE!

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Zombies

I swear there will be new writing up soon, I’m working on finishing a slew of poems and have decided to serialize some of my short stories here so more people can read them.

In the mean time however learn about new podcast episodes of which I’m proud of!

In this episode David and Joshua are joined by self-proclaimed zombie expert DAN HENSLEY to discuss all things ZOMBIES.  Including our favorite zombie movies, comics, games, books, and more!

The trio also discusses their favorite types of zombies.

Are you someone who prefers your undead to be slow and menacing or fast and terrifying?  Are you a fan of the virus related zombification or would you prefer your brain-hungry ghouls to be of a more mystical origin?

We share our thoughts on these subjects and provide some sensible tips to help ensure you survive the inevitable undead uprising!

This episode kicks off our 2018 season of HORROR that will consist of a lineup of shows featuring a variety of spooky and frightening topics!

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Dread and Revelries of Spring

Below is a poem I recently wrote simultaneously with a short horror story.  The short story was read on Trio Simpatico, the podcast I co-host.  We produced the reading for our string of horror themed episodes in October, and a portion of the poem is used to close out that piece.

Both the story and the poem are based on a dream which my wife relayed to me one morning.  Her dream was splendidly cryptic and contained some really frightening imagery.  The short story, called Ghost Storm, is an elaboration of the nightmare as my wife told it to me, while the poem is more of an interpretation of the same basic ideas though most of the details are transferred to a completely different time and place.

If you’d like to hear our audio production of Ghost Storm click HERE I’ll most likely be posting the text here in the weeks to follow.

The poem is below the break, enjoy!

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Unrequited Death – 1870

To celebrate the occasion of the day I present the following short horro story.

Last year this was turned into an audio reading by Jessica Burkhart and my podcasting partner David Tavolier for our podcast TRIO SIMPATICO but I realized I never posted the actual text anywhere.  So here you are, I present to you in full Unrequited Death – 1870 by me, Joshua Scott Witsaman.

If you’d like to listen to the podcast featuring the reading simply go HERE!

Happy Halloween!

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A Bit of Self Indulgent Prattle

Where the hell have I been for the past YEAR!?!

That’s a fair question.  I have a pretty decent response, but let’s begin at the beginning.

My last blog post was now over a year ago and dealt with Pokémon, my personal history with the game franchise, and what, at the time was the fairly recent introduction of Pokémon GO into the Pokécanon.  So when answering the question of where the hell I’ve been; in part I’ve been stalking through my neighborhood and local parks catching virtual rats and pigeons.

But that hasn’t taken up nearly as much time as you might suspect.

The thing that has really been keeping me waylaid and out of the blogging game has been the arrival of my second daughter!  That’s right my wife and I now have TWO kids!

At the 11th hour of my wife’s pregnancy we were informed of one slight complication in the form of our daughter being breech.  So that was a bit of a shock and resulted in my wife being admitted to the hospital the very next day for an unplanned C-section!  Thankfully everything worked out well and we were immediately thrust back into parenting-an-infant mode!

It has been great having another child in the house and I do really love tiny babies.  Some of my happiest memories have been when my children have been 3-9 months old.  During those months they really start to become more aware of their surroundings and respond in new and funny ways.  In that time they develop their own personalities and little quirks which will go on to influence their toddler years.

So naturally with a new child in the house I wanted to spend some quality time with the family.  I needed to comfort and support my wife as she recovered from not only pregnancy and childbirth but also major surgery which was required to pull that kid out of her!  I also wanted to make sure daughter #1 wasn’t feeling neglected so I made sure to spend some quality time with her during these past months.  And of course the new youngling needs to have some solid daddy time during which I can imprint myself on her developing psyche!

Now we’re chasing around a hectically cruising one year old while vigilantly protecting her from the dangers of her own curiosity!

And as if all of this was not enough on May 31st of 2016 the first episode of a podcast I co-host was launched!

TRIO SIMPATICO is a varied-form podcast which covers a mélange of pop culture subjects!  My fellow co-host David Tavolier and I had wanted to do a podcast for a while.  We enjoy digging into the interests and obsessions of our friends and people we know and figured why not combine the two?!  So here we are over a year later with 30+ episodes under our belts focusing on pop culture subjects ranging from comic books to doughnuts and we’ve got plenty of ideas for the show going forward!

You can find all our episodes at simpaticopodcast.com or look for Trio Simpatico on itunes.

In addition to working a regular day job which pays the bills that pretty much sums up where the hell I’ve been for the past year.  All that and I’ve even been able to squeeze in some incidental writing during that time, one work in particular was used on the podcast for one of our Halloween episodes.  I am constantly working on writing project or another and as daughter #2 gets older and more independent I hope to get back into the full swing of it.

To be honest it is disheartening and emotionally crushing to be away from my major creative output in this way for so long.  However I remember a similar creative lull after my first daughter was born and eventually my writing resumed as I forced myself to make time and get to work even when I wasn’t working under “ideal” conditions.  If you ever want to get into a groove you have to first perform the repetition in order to carve out that groove!

So expect more from me here and elsewhere as I get back into blogging, writing, podcasting, and my other creative pursuits!