Jim Ryan (otherdoc) wrote,
Jim Ryan

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No Cause for Alarm Just Yet

A couple of things have happened over the last month, but nothing too earth-shattering.

On the downside, I still don't have a job. I am actively looking but for some reason I still can't seem to get myself to apply to customer service positions without having my vision fill with a crimson mist and then waking up hours later in a field somewhere across the state line with a hatchet in one hand and an empty gin bottle in the other.

Okay, perhaps I'm exaggerating slightly. But not by much. So, I'm applying to as many jobs as I can without including customer service. I have a feeling that if I tried to actually do a customer service job right now anyway I'd snap or have an attack of some kind and I really don't want to think about what it might lead to. So, for the time being I think of it as protecting the public. :)

Also on the downside, it looks like my latest effort at writing comedy for the stage has failed miserably. I took my material in to the comedy troupe and they did a read-through of it. The reaction to it involved a lot of dead silence, followed by constructive criticism. Which is good as far as the pieces are concerned, so I'll be working more on those at some point. And I could see that they seemed to appreciate the stuff I'd submitted and even found it somewhat entertaining, but it was definitely not the kind of stuff they usually do.

So, it seems my material isn't necessarily right for the general beer-and-pretzels audience they usually play to. They haven't called me back since they said they needed to talk about it so I'm guessing this is probably the usual "don't call us, we'll call you" situation. Which may end up being nice and awkward for a little bit since a friend of mine is in their troupe and I plan to continue to attend their shows. But we'll work through it, I expect. (sigh)

What this does bring home for me is the fact that my material is likely better for a much more specific audience, so would probably be better on its own. I don't really have any full shows in my head to be worked on at the moment, though, so we'll have to see.

That said, there are a good deal of positive things going on as well!

After four years, I now finally have a mattress! I'd been sleeping on an air bed ever since I moved to Charlotte and I tell you there's a serious difference. I'm still adjusting to it, though, so my sleep cycle will probably still be fairly irregular for the next few weeks (or until I can get a frame and box springs, whichever comes first!).

The really good news is that I now have a podcast! I am releasing the episodes of my internet radio show (The Great Debate!) as a podcast so they can now be downloaded and listened to with impunity! IMPUNITY, I SAY!!!!

So, if you'd like to hear me make an imbecile of myself on a global medium (and, let's face it, who wouldn't?) ;) feel free to check it out at: http://otherdoc.libsyn.com/

You can also get it through iTunes, if you're so inclined. :)
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