Monday Morning Message…The Doctor on Life

Dr. Who on Life

Monday Morning Message: George R. R. Martin on Writing

Game of Thrones

“The odd thing about being a writer is you do tend to lose yourself in your books. Sometimes it seems like real life is flickering by and you’re hardly a part of it. You remember the events in your books better than you remember the events that actually took place when you were writing them.”

George R. R. Martin

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Monday Morning Message…Steve Jobs and the Wizard of Oz

Monday Morning Message: Steve Jobs

In other words, have a brain, heart and courage… 🙂

Dorktales: Classic Storytelling with a Geekish Twist

Geek Club Books: Dorktales

The Three Little…HOGS? Who has ever heard of that? According to Mr. Redge, it’s a classic tale from the fairy tale cannon! According to Percy, “It’s epic, man!”

It’s the first of an original script created exclusively for Geek Club Books by Karen Simpson Gardiner with audio recording and editing by Michael Meyer.

Mr. Redge and I are the “storytellers” and we share the classic tale of three little pigs…I mean…hedgehogs. I voice all the characters:

  • Porky, a goofy, lovable hedgehog who builds his house of straw
  • Percy, who’s more amped about surfing, dude, than building, so it’s sticks for him
  • Peregrin, the uber-brain who knows how to use a rapier and outfox a wolf
  • And, the wolf who is just doin’ his wolfy thing

The audio recording is available for FREE download to all of Geek Club Books subscribers.

Monday Morning Message…JJ Abrams and Geek Acceptance

Monday Morning Message...JJ Abrams

Monday Morning Message…Twain on April Fools

Mark Twain on April Fools

Monday Morning Message…Judd Apatow on Nerds and Geeks

Monday Morning Message: Judd Apatow

Jon Goes On…Humans Vs. Aliens, Zombies and Monsters

When it comes to those who are different…
Maybe we should look at it from their points of view.

Saatchi&Saatchi for Sci Fi Channel

Saatchi&Saatchi for Sci Fi Channel

Source: Saatchi&Saatchi for Sci Fi Channel

Source: Saatchi&Saatchi ad campaign for Sci Fi Channel

Monday Morning Message…Joss Whedon’s Buffyesque Inspiration

SimCity and the Improvising Simlish Audition


My most difficult audition to date was for this newest release of SimCity. When my agent sent over the specifications, the production team wanted recordings of 11 character archetypes each with a range of moods–happy, neutral, angry and scared. And the kicker? It had to be in Simlish, an emotion-based language that does not include English or any foreign language words.

And…no script. Every line had to be improvised. But…I needed to include some Simlish words already established (There was a list attached).

I took my time. Learned some Simlish. Rehearsed. Wrote my own sentences in English, something each archetype would say and translated them into Simlish. Rehearsed. Then went into my home recording studio and went for it!

As with all auditions, you do your best, send it off and what will be, will be. Typically you find out pretty quick when you get cast but I think a month or so passed before my agent contacted me to say that I was one of the voice actors selected for the next SimCity.

Wobs! And yibs, yibs, jiboo! I exclaimed! Who’d of thought I’d have an unchie chance in hakibab to get it.

Enjoy the new release and when you’re havin’ a convo with someone in SimCity, you may just be talkin’ to me. Dag dag.  🙂