• Ben

Busy Times

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

So, you may have noticed that I've not done much to notice for the past two months. No new episodes, no new blog posts, no social media. I just up and vanished.

And for that, I apologize. You deserve better from me, if in no other regard than with communication. I will do better.

I have had an incredibly busy few months over here, almost all of which has been good. And I realize how fortunate I am to be able to type those words. I know a lot of people are struggling right now and have much less to do than they would like, so I don't want anything I'm writing to be misconstrued as complaining. I know how fortunate I am and I attempt to do avoid doing anything that may lead to revenge from the gods/bad karma/schadenfreude.

Looks about right...

That said, things have finally started to sort themselves out and I am able to give myself back over to the podcast, both the research for and the making of. One thing I have learned in the past year plus of working on Thugs and Miracles is that putting a quality product out takes much more effort than one might imagine when they first step behind the microphone. That's certainly how it was in my case, and I have an immense amount of respect for those guys and girls who are going out there to produce shows that are hours long. I can't even imagine the editing. The horror...

Past that, all of my time away hasn't been spent away from the show. I have been working on research as best I can in these COVID times, and I have a new episode pressed and ready for distribution this Sunday. I'm going to slow my release schedule just a little, to 14 days between episodes instead of 10, simply because library access is not as easy as it was even a few months back. Additionally, I want to be able to spend more time crafting well-written scripts, updating the site, and interacting with people on social media. It's just more fun and easier for me to stay upbeat when I'm enjoying the process and not feeling like I'm always in the research/write/record/edit/publish/repeat cycle.

Beyond the show, I've been working to clean up the first season's scripts and sources into a proper book, and I've also been using some creative energy to write some fiction based on Fredegunda. She's such an amazing font of material and ideas, and I know for one that I would enjoy reading a book about a vengeful, homicidal, lustful, maniacal Middle Age queen as much as anyone. I recently finished the Wolf Hall trilogy and Hilary Mantel has whet my appetite for historical fiction, both reading and writing (thanks for the inspiration Hilary!). With any luck, I may be trying to push a couple of ideas to editors and agents in the coming year, and it's all thanks to T+M.

Finally, I want to say thank you to everyone who has reached out to me looking for new episodes or simply poked me with a stick to see if I'm still alive. All of you rock, and it's just kind of heart-warming to know that what I'm doing is not in a vacuum. I also want to send a shout-out to Miranda TenEyck at the Could You Imagine podcast: her first episode is a rundown of Brunhilda and Galswintha, which she tells me was inspired from Thugs (Do you hear that noise? That's the sound of my ego absolutely exploding!) Anyway, thank you Miranda and everyone else who has enjoyed the show; you're all amazing, and I look forward to much more great content, talks over the socials, and everything else that goes with this. BTW, catch Miranda's very entertaining IG feed here.

Alright, that's all I have for now. Thanks for reading, thanks for listening, and thanks for your support. Check your feed this Sunday and then every other week going past that, and we'll talk soon!

- Ben