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Friday the 13th, May 2022, was the official launch of the Prism of Madness podcast. It was also the day that, unconnected, I was laid off from my day job.

While we did a soft-launch with a  short trailer for the podcast on Wednesday night and I technically uploaded the main episode then to work on technical aspects, Friday 13 and was the actual launch, fitting for a horror-related podcast. My partner and co-host Chris and I launched with a strong episode, a great interview with writer and director Damien LeVeck.  A wonderful guy, he is the director of the horror film The Cleansing Hour.

Originally we were planning to launch with a different episode, but ultimately decided to go with the LeVeck interview due to its strength. A few weeks prior I had added an edited transcript from the podcast  on the Prism of Madness website. 

Of course I didn’t know I’d be losing my job. I was unceremoniously let go, by PHONE, after 8 1/2 years, no severance package, nothing. I was given an extra two weeks pay, but given I had never taken the allocated vacation time as I was the sole manager of the company’s online brand, the two weeks didn’t even make up for my donated vacation time.  

Having worked in editorial, notoriously volatile, I’d been through downsizings, company closings and layoffs before. Additionally, I was dissatisfied with the workplace and its lack of respect and empowerment, so I was ready to go. That said, dedicating that much of your life to an initiative and then simply being dismissed (I was one of many), messes with one’s head.

And yet the podcast was going live, interviews with people in the motion picture industry were being set up, and I was in the process of pitching scripts.  I didn’t have time, immediately, to “mourn” my loss as there was work to be done. Also, beyond the panic of how I was to now pay my bills, my overriding feeling was one of relief. I was going to be okay. I knew that the real loss was for them, not for me. 

So I will say WHAT A FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH! It’s positive energy from here on out, and I’m ready. Chris got the podcast up on Apple Podcasts last night, and I worked on getting it set with Google Podcasts today, so it should hopefully be live on that platform in a few days. It’s already streaming and downloadable on most of the main platforms: Amazon, Deezer, I Heart Radio, and others, ready to subscribe.

I know that there will be some challenging moments as I move into this very different, very new phase of my life, but I’m optimistic. I haven’t felt this good in a long, long time!

Check out our Prism of Madness podcast: https://bit.ly/37D4LfK

Much has happened in a short time as we are now only a few weeks away from the launch of the Prism of Madness podcast. We’ve got episodes edited, interviews both lined up and recorded, and the format tweaked. We’re still a bit rough around the edges and we don’t yet have opening/closing music or even know if we want it yet. The new Prism of Madness logo is being completed and will be done by launch. Now it’s a focus on content, content, content.

Even though this personal blog is more of a think-on-digital-paper type of effort for myself rather than something people are regularly reading, I still don’t want to reveal the interviews coming up on the podcast. More accurately, I DO want to reveal the interviews coming up, but I won’t until they actually air. Got to keep the surprises, but seriously, we snagged some very cool interviews.

What else to say? Just an expression of gratitude to all the people who have patiently helped us get going. Gratitude to my co-host Chris for his positive energy, drive and completely weirdo, off-hand idea for the podcast name Prism of Madness. Gratitude to the good folks over at Riverside.fm for being responsive to my questions and for making a user-friendly distance podcasting platform. Gratitude for sound engineering service Auphonic for making my life so much easier. Thanks to my son Gavin for helping do smooth audio edits and fixing some of my particular rough cuts, and to Chris’ son Connor for his patience as we contracted him to design a logo and then completely changed concept on him right in the middle. Giant thanks to the directors, producers, writers, production coordinators and other movie personnel who had faith in us and granted us interviews even before we officially launched. Thanks to Richard “RB” Botto for creating Stage32 and to all the cool folks I’ve met over there to keep me in touch with other screenwriters and movie personnel.

Thanks everyone. This is going to be a fun, mad ride.