I’ve been involved in a new project that is slowly becoming an actual thing so I think it’s time to start being a bit more public about what we’re doing.
Gordon Smuder, who produced Transylvania Television, came to me last year and asked if I was interested in being head writer on a new project called “Vermin.” I was in the midst of looking to increase my work as a writer so of course I said yes.
Vermin is about a bunch of lab rats. One rat, Ralph, is a bit smarter than the rest so what happens? He has gotten promoted to management.
That’s the basic idea. A bunch of rats in a lab. And one of them is in charge.
Where me and the other writers have gone from that starting point is getting very exciting and very silly. We explore the various experiments the rats are part of, the challenge of being the rat in charge, and there are ninjas. Rat ninjas. Also a whole lot of bagels.
Being a head writer is a different experience for me. I’m not writing the whole thing. I’m just the guy who drives the conversation and sometimes says “hey – maybe we should change this part.”
I don’t know if I’m doing it right. I have to trust the other writers to do their jobs and still be willing to step in to make decisions that keep the whole thing moving the right direction. At least I think that’s what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m kind of making the whole thing up as I go.
This week’s guest on Geeks Without God is Gordon Smuder. I’ve known Gordon for years as we were both teenagers at the Renaissance Festival together. More recently, he has gained notoriety as a puppeteer as well as a puppet maker. Many local friends will know Gordon from Transylvania Television but he has a lot of new projects going on right now and we got to talk about them all.
Not only did Gordon talk to us about puppets, he gave us puppets! That makes him only the second guest who has bribed us with individual swag!
I’m head writer on a new project Gordon is working on and we talked about it a lot on the podcast. There isn’t a website or anything for it but there will be something fairly soon. At least I hope so because the whole project is pretty cool.
Listen to the episode to hear more about it!