docs watch

Why yes, I do have a podcast now. What kind of millennial would I be if I didn’t?

Docs Watch is the show where real doctors tell you what’s real, what’s not, and what’s maybe possible in your favorite movies and TV shows. I mean, what better use of extensive medical training is there than to answer the questions that come up when we watch superhero, science fiction, and fantasy movies?
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I’m really excited about this! My good friend Deepa and I have been working on this project off and on for the last couple of years. It was a slow process since we had to match up very different schedules across a couple of time zones. But now, she lives in St. Louis too! So we finally finished up Season 1 of this show and kicked it out into the world!

Deepa and I are giant nerds, and we used to pass time on night shifts in residency talking about movies and what some of the things shown might look like in real life. What’s that arc reactor in Tony Stark’s chest actually doing? How do you go about providing medical care to an injured super with impenetrable skin? How does medical training work in the wizarding world? We talk about all of these things and more in Season 1!

Our first two episodes are already live:

And new episodes come out every Friday.

If you wanna hear a couple of nerds speculate wildly about movie and TV science, check it out at docswatchpod.com! Or find it on Apple (https://apple.co/381yiLc), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/31VireS), Stitcher (http://bit.ly/2UQf0Vb), or wherever you get your podcasts! If you like it, subscribe, rate, and review (esp on Apple!) — it helps more people find it!

podcast: ologies

I’ve gotten really into the podcast Ologies by Alie Ward. In each episode, she interviews a different -ologist, and you get to hear about interesting fields of study. My favorite episodes so far have been Egyptology, teuthology (squids), lepidopterology (butterflies), and selachimorphology (sharks).

In each episode, she asks her guest what their least favorite part of their job is. An inordinate number of people respond “email.” Including people who have been held up at gunpoint. Or have had to deal with hideous rotting material. I think this confluence of opinion is hilarious. If only we knew what it might be indicative of…

 

writing excuses

As part of NaNoPrep, I’ve been reading a few books on writing to refresh my conceptualizations of the essential elements of stories: structure, character, style, etc. It’s been highly gratifying so far to remind myself of the mechanics of writing, and it’s rebooted my brain a bit to read more critically as well. I generally find it rewarding to get into the nuts/bolts, nitty/gritty, guts of things, although sometimes I’ll do it to distraction as a way to procrastinate the actual doing of things. (Constant vigilance in the War of Art and all that.)

In addition to reading and brainstorming, I’ve also been working my way through season 10 of Writing Excuses. Writing Excuses is a bite-sized podcast (~15 minutes per ep, tagline:  “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart”) that contains a lot of depth and a lot of insight.

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