Update on THE BOTTOMLESS PIT

Okay…by now, those of you who were gracious enough to listen to the first three episodes of THE BOTTOMLESS PIT have noticed a couple things. And you have questions: one, where the hell is Episode 4?!? And two, why the hell isn’t Bill talking about what the hell is happening with THE BOTTOMLESS PIT?!?

So here’s the skinny.

When I set out to do TBP, my goal was to learn about podcasting (as opposed to creating a “hit” podcast that everyone would listen to). As an experiment, it was wildly successful. I learned a TON about podcasting. Mostly, I learned how difficult and time consuming it is, especially when you’re doing it all yourself.

Another thing I learned… TBP felt like a good story to start with because I felt like I already had months and months of episodes already prepped and ready to go because I had already written over a 120 pages of the original novel. I knew, of course, there were some problems with the story’s unfolding (remember this point), but how much work could it be to fix that as I go? Also, I’d let the story hibernate for so many years, I thought I wouldn’t feel quite so…invested in it. I could let it be what it would be and be okay with that. So I also learned that a novel isn’t a podcast, and adapting it into script form wasn’t the slam dunk I assumed it was. And I further learned that I still freaking loved this story. In fact, I found new love and excitement for it. I realized I wanted to fix it…to address the story problems that had plagued it from the get-go. And to get it right. And that would take time.

I also learned I didn’t want to quit making the TBP podcast.

At the same time, I had one of the busiest, most exhausting (all good, but still exhausting) summers of my adult life. And I quickly realized that I needed to step away from the podcast for a bit, get all my ducks in a row, and then keep going. I also needed to learn a little more about voice recording and editing because I have, so far, been less-than-thrilled about the production quality for the first three episodes. And though I really kinda loved the content of episode 3 (which was 80% new content), I was disappointed with how it all came out in the end. It sounded rushed at the very least.

The final thing I learned is that I don’t want to do this if I’m not committed to doing it right. To making it sound as good as possible and not planning and writing each new episode on-the-fly and in the cracks of the rest of my life.

So…I took time. I didn’t exactly know what to say about it, so I said nothing. I felt a little bad about that, except (per above) my crazy summer.

All that said, here is my plan from here. Episode 4 of THE BOTTOMLESS PIT will drop on Sunday, September 30. I’ve mapped out the remainder of season one, which I believe will consist of eight total episodes. Episodes 5 and 6 will drop at the end of October and November, respectively. I am gonna take December off, so 7 and 8 will drop at the end of January and February.

Season one will NOT be the end of the story. On the contrary, it will represent the point where the story REALLY gets started. I plan on keeping it up through subsequent seasons, and I think you’ll like where the story goes.

I haven’t worked out all the production stuff yet, so #4 will still sound a little rough. But I am trying to get some assistance/make an investment to improve production quality ongoing.

So that’s it. The plan. Wanted to let you all know. I am grateful for all the positive feedback I’ve received so far, and I am excited to share more. Bear with me. There’s more excitement coming from…THE BOTTOMLESS PIT!

The Bottomless Pit Episode 1 is live!

circular-3002865_1920Here it is, folks! Episode 1 of THE BOTTOMLESS PIT! Please check it out, subscribe, let me know what you think, and…MOST IMPORTANT!…share with all your friends! Tell ’em, “Jump in! The Bottomless Pit is fine!” Thanks so much for listening!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/171053/695469-dear-journal

You can also listen to THE BOTTOMLESS PIT on iTunes or many other of your favorite podcast providers!

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bottomless-pit/id1380280814

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Bill is returning to AFF

aff-gold-logo-transparent-webBill is honored to be returning as a panelist for Austin Film Festival’s 2018 Screenwriters Conference.  It’s the big 25th anniversary celebration this year for AFF, and the event promises to be the best and most exciting AFF yet!

More details about Bill’s appearances at AFF are forthcoming.  In the meantime, there are still great deals on passes to the festival!  Check out the AFF website for more information.

See you in October in Austin!

Bill at the Las Cruces International Film Festival

2018-lciff-logo-with-backgroundBill is a featured panelist and moderator at this year’s Las Cruces International Film Festival in Las Cruces, NM.

On Friday, March 9, Bill will join Anne Cofell Saunders (Timeless), Oscar nominee Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God), and Michael Davidoff (Nurse Jackie) to talk about writing for TV.  The conversation, which will run from 11 AM until 12:15 PM, will be held in Theatre 4 at the Cinemark Theatres.  The panel will cover the business and craft of TV writing.

On Saturday, March 10, Bill will moderate the Inside Breaking Bad panel with select cast and crew from the show.  At present, R.J. Mitte (Walt Jr.) and Charles Baker (Skinny Pete) are scheduled to appear.  The panel will from from 2:00 until 3:30 PM at the Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces.

Join Bill for the fun in the coolest film town in the Southwest!  For more information, visit the Las Cruces International Film Festival website.