…and I feel like you guys and gals deserve an explanation.
Once again, life has gotten in between me and my podcast. It’s not something that I’m particularly upset about, but it does make me sad that can’t find time to work on the podcast. I thought that when I finished graduate school I would have all of this extra time. Well, that came and went. I graduated in May with an MFA in Digital Media. My thesis project was a four minute animation about duelling samurai. Summer came and I spent every extra moment I could with my beautiful daughter, who is almost a year-and-a-half old at this point. After summer came September and I, along with every other public school teacher in the United States, went back to work. I teach, I come home and spent time with my wife and daughter, I play video games for a bit (I am currently really enjoying The Long Dark, by the way), and then go to sleep.
None of these things are upsetting to me. I love spending time with my family and my daughter. I love being a high school art teacher. I love playing video games. I also love working on the podcast, but it has slowly slid to the back-burner.
I am glad to say that the podcast is continually getting new listeners. I still get emails a few times a week from people who have just stumbled across it, and want to thank and congratulate me. We are very close to surpassing the 200,000 visitor mark, which is extremely exciting to me. 200,000 viewers! That’s crazy! Over the course of our fifty episodes we have spent about 13 hours discussing the intricacies and absurdities of Elder Scrolls lore.
So, you might be asking, what about that sixth season I’ve heard so much about? Well, I still want to keep it a secret. I am not abandoning the podcast, I’m just keeping you updated on why we have been inactive for a while. I’ve been working with an author within the community to adapt some of their lore-based work into a kind of radio drama. A few episodes have been finished, but there is a long way to go. It represents a slight departure from what we’ve done in the past, but still stays true to the neverending quest for Elder Scrolls knowledge we have always had. The scripts for each episode amount to (in some cases) ten pages of writing. The episodes clock in at over an hour each. I am excited by the project, and you should be to too. It also represents a significant increase in the amount of tender love and care that I have to put into recording and editing each episode. Inactive might not be the right word to use when describing the state of the podcast, because I have been working on these new episodes since the beginning of the summer. The work has been slow and arduous, however. That’s about all I want to say about it right now.
So, you might also be asking, what can I expect in the future? Well, someday I would like to have all ten episodes finished and uploaded for your enjoyment. Also, conceivably, somewhere down the line (after Fallout 4, of course) a new Elder Scrolls game will come out. There is new lore that has been added with the release of The Elder Scrolls Online, but I will remain quiet on those topics until I can be sure that Bethesda will consider them canon.
That about brings you up to speed. The blog and the Facebook page will remain up and I will update them as time goes on. I still check my Elder Lore email address regularly, so you can contact me with questions or suggestions or problems.
Keep on keepin’ on.