Through The Wind Door
Through The Wind Door - Episode 11B - Secret Rooms:Past Days, Part 2

Through The Wind Door - Episode 11B - Secret Rooms:Past Days, Part 2

September 22, 2020

"One of the truisms about parenting js that we can't always accept the advice of our parents due to the emotional hangups we have about them. One of my favorite quotes is that parents push buttons like a peyote dealer working straight commission. And absent their real parents, that's basically what Katherine is to them. If new wisdom and guidance is to come, perhaps it has to be someone else to give it."

The second half of Episode 11, and it's all Katherine, all the time.

We spend a lot of time praising Alex, so we shouldn't also be afraid to put his heroes under scrutiny. But maybe that's what he wants us to do? (Yes.) So we do a deep dive on how Katherine Holloways's actions or inactions can be interpreted. Is she right about James and Abigail? Has she fallen down on her job, or was it inevitable due to everything she was carrying on her shoulders? Also, some more poetry analysis.

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

Intro is "The Talons of Adventure, The Antlers of Romance" by Doctor Turtle

Outro is "Ghost" by Indigo Girls.

Through The Wind Door - Episode 11A - Secret Rooms:Past Days, Part 1

Through The Wind Door - Episode 11A - Secret Rooms:Past Days, Part 1

September 18, 2020

"All three of those things are lost to the adult James. They are all things that were associated with pleasent memories... but they are gone. It's a sweet smell to him because - like all fresh things - it is ephemeral. Momentary. Dissipating before being lost. Yet those fleeting moments stay, lingering... and haunting him forever."

Yeah, this episode is coming out early. Because I couldn't hold it back. I finished early, and I was just too proud of it. But y'all have a lot more content coming out over the next week, so there will be plenty.

This (half) episode covers chapters 14-17. That means discussion of the N-word (yaaaaay) in fiction, more racial content, how New Century starts to address alternate sexuality, the formative tragedy of James and Abigail... and finally, a little bit on how the brain works, and the metaphor implicit in the events of these chapters.

You Are Two by CGP Grey: https://youtu.be/wfYbgdo8e-8

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

Intro is "The Talons of Adventure, The Antlers of Romance" by Doctor Turtle

Outro is "Least Complicated" by Indigo Girls.

 

Through The Wind Door - Episode 10B - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 6

Through The Wind Door - Episode 10B - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 6

September 13, 2020

"It goes to show how important it was to Alex to create a moral dilemma that had no easy clear answer, because a similar action sounds so much more understandable when it’s written and presented like this with its surrounding context… and then you look at reality, which makes writers bang their head on the table when people often complain about characters in fiction not making sensible decisions and how it doesn’t feel “realistic”, when reality is filled with people who would be called poorly written if they ever appeared in fiction!"

Here it is, folks. The last bit of Episode 10, the last bit of Secret Rooms: Part 2- Setting Out... but not the last on race relations, because we've still got Chapter 14 to cover next time... plus, Cartographer's Handbook, Arlington and... well, the whole of reality. But I digress.

If you want to avoid all talk of the Coronavirus, you can skip ahead to the 12 minute mark, because we get into the parallels of people not doing something because the government says so. We also talk about Southern opinions on women, the British, and the Irish, we talk about how you handle trauma/abuse in fiction... and you get to hear us say 'Fuck Buck'.

Really, a rollicking good time for all.

Relevant links:

Gender and the Civil War: https://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/gender-and-the-civil-war.html

America Never Liked Immigrants: https://www.history.com/news/when-america-despised-the-irish-the-19th-centurys-refugee-crisis

The Confederacy and the UK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_and_the_American_Civil_War

"Semiotics of 'Cuck'" by Innuendo Studios (relevant for complicated reasons, mostly SFW because he had to blur out all the porn references, but YMMW): https://youtu.be/dQjVbk6JSck

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

Intro is "The Talons of Adventure, The Antlers of Romance" by Doctor Turtle

Outro is "Your Racist Friend" by They Might Be Giants

Through The Wind Door - Episode 10A - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 5

Through The Wind Door - Episode 10A - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 5

September 6, 2020

"You see Mary and you recognize her strengths but you also wonder what else there is there. Because clearly there is so much more to her than what you can tell from the surface. It's what makes her a compelling character for as little time as we know her."

Part 1 of our in depth discussion of Chapter 13 of Secret Rooms. Covering the pitfalls of race relations, communication, and coming to terms with ones own biases and limitations. Spare on extras due to the gravity of what we talk about, and this is one of the few times I'm happy to break these episodes into two parts, to avoid overloading.

But on the other hand, some entertaining things to watch from our outro artist Lindsey Stirling, on the off chance that you have not already seen them:

Zelda Medley: https://youtu.be/b3KUyPKbR7Q

Roundtable Rival: https://youtu.be/jvipPYFebWc

Radioactive with Pentatonix: https://youtu.be/eh-72yBP7sw

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

Intro is "The Talons of Adventure, The Antlers of Romance" by Doctor Turtle

Midroll music is "No One Is To Blame" - piano instrumental rendition of the Howard Jones song by Neil Archer

Outro is "Roundtable Rival" by Lindsey Stirling

Through The Wind Door - Episode 9B - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 4

Through The Wind Door - Episode 9B - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 4

August 30, 2020

"[Mayor Buck] is someone New Century doesn't have a vested interest in because he is not someone who is trying to bring that titular 'New Century' to pass."

The second half of Episode 9, where we mix the problematic with the heartwarming. Today we cover the peculiar story of Old Man McGucket Malloy, the characters of Mary Sampson and Mayor Buck, and talk about that heartwrending speech by Annie, about how fragile humans are, and what it means when everyone has lost someone, and has been in mourning for years.

The episode was originally meant to cover only Chapters 10-12, but because we get into it a bunch with Mary and Buck, in order to avoid spoilers, please have read Chapter 13 as well. We still save the bulk of that conversation for next episode, though. Because there is a lot of it.

I am no longer going to use the Black Lives Matter hashtag in my scrawl, because while I still believe it, I don't think my podcast should be considered relevant to the conversation. I am going to consider what else I can do to continue to show my support. But in the meantime, in memory of Chadwick Boseman, here is a cosplay of an alternate universe T'Challa, where he adopts the moniker King in a wild west setting. It feels fitting for our current setting in New Century.

https://twitter.com/DTJAAAAM/status/1096609295259586560?s=20

Rest in Power, King.

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

Intro is "The Talons of Adventure, The Antlers of Romance" by Doctor Turtle

Outro is "One of Us" by New Politics

 

Whitescarves Team-Up! #3, Pt. 2 - Laureta Sela

Whitescarves Team-Up! #3, Pt. 2 - Laureta Sela

August 26, 2020

"I get to be Lucius Malfoy cut with Judi Dench, let's do this!" - Laureta

As promised, we get fucking weird up in this joint. In addition to serious discussions of Viola, Captain Beatrix, Abuelita, and even quiet young Shall, we bring a whole lot of other silly voices to the mix.

We discuss personal and media influences on these compelling New Century characters, potential future side projects for your Wind Door podcasters, and speculate on bringing back old characters in future installments of Phase 2 and beyond.

After the banger of an outro, stick around for 11 minutes of extracted outtakes.

Spoilers for all of New Century, up to Chapter 9 of Uncivil Outlaw.

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

Intro is "Catchy Song" by Dillon Francis

Outro is "Woman" by Kesha (NSFW)

Whitescarves Team-Up! #3, Pt. 1 - Laureta Sela

Whitescarves Team-Up! #3, Pt. 1 - Laureta Sela

August 23, 2020

"How do I put this? You start doing it before you know you're doing i-Georgie what the hell? Sorry, my cat." - Laureta

Are you ready for this one? Because it's about to get weird up in this joint.

Well. Okay, not that weird. This is actually very serious business. Yes, most serious. Today we have the first part of our interview with Laureta Sela, the voice of Annie Oakley, Harry Arlington, Viola Heartstone, and many other mainstays of the New Century cannon canon. She brings a lot of fun energy to the table, but for the most part we get deep into complex character motivations for Annie, Harry, and Aunt Cleo this time around.

There's only hints of what eventually comes down the pike in part 2. Brace yourselves, folks. 

Spoilers for all of New Century, up to Chapter 9 of Uncivil Outlaw.

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

Intro is "Catchy Song" by Dillon Francis

Outro is "Legends Never Die" by Against the Current

Through The Wind Door - Episode 9A - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 3

Through The Wind Door - Episode 9A - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 3

August 16, 2020

"Complexity isn't a vice."

Part 1 of Episode 9, hot off the presses. Today we start covering Chapters 10-12 of Secret Rooms, where we uncover some of those secrets from past and present. We talk about propaganda, the importance of always questioning, and what it means to have a father that is willing to treat you like you're an adult.

We end up going deep on these subjects, so a bunch of the other interesting things are saved for part 2. Also you may notice that we left out chapter 13... it's not because of superstition. Chapter 13 gets its own episode all to itself, and given we talked close to two hours about that, you'll get to see why in due course.

#BlackLivesMatter

#ProtestEverywhere

 

No Such Thing As An Alpha Male:

https://www.businessinsider.com/no-such-thing-alpha-male-2016-10

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

 

Intro is "The Talons of Adventure, The Antlers of Romance" by Doctor Turtle

Outro is "Believer" by Imagine Dragons

Through The Wind Door - Episode 8B - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 2

Through The Wind Door - Episode 8B - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 2

August 9, 2020

"A well crafted chapter title can prepare the reader for what comes next, while not giving too much away, instead inspiring curiosity."

The second half of our diving into chapters 6-9 of Secret Rooms. Discussion includes further exploration of our primary subjects, the introduction of Tabitha Chorley to our narrative and what that entails, as well  as a deeper discussion about some more of the themes of New Century touched on in these early chapters. And there's a hell of a collection of bloopers and outtakes at the end.

 

#BlackLivesMatter

#PortlandProtest

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

 

Intro is "The Talons of Adventure, The Antlers of Romance" by Doctor Turtle

Outro is "Set Me In Motion" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Through The Wind Door - Episode 8A - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 1

Through The Wind Door - Episode 8A - Secret Rooms: Setting Out, Part 1

August 2, 2020

"It's the facial expression equivalent of kicking someone's leg from underneath the dinner table."

Now we finally take our first steps into the new world of these Reunified States, and meet some more of our growing cast of characters in New Century. Today's podcast is the first half of Episode 8, where we start to cover chapters 6-9 of Secret Rooms: The Definitive Edition. (as well as a brief dip back into Chapter 5)

While a full analysis on the differences between the first and second publication of this novel is going to be saved till our final episode on this book, it's here that we start to see how the story originally began, before the flashback chapters were added. We talk about the alternate history genre, and influences both historical and fictional. We try to keep it light on real world correlations, but it's hard not to look at our collection of protagonnists and wish we were there, in a world of heroes.

#BlackLivesMatter

#TrumpHasNoPlan

 

The New Century Multiverse books and audio dramas can be found on:

https://www.newcenturymultiverse.com

 

Intro is "The Talons of Adventure, The Antlers of Romance" by Doctor Turtle

Outro is "Hazy Shade of Winter" by The Bangles

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