I thought I’d give you a little more background on the plans  I mentioned in yesterday’s post. So as you know, Bob, I took off the week between Christmas and New Year and quilted my little heart out while listening to old episodes of my favorite podcast Pod is My Copilot (personal journal podcast that features three friends who have precious little boundaries, will talk about anything, and have frequently made me laugh so hard that I almost peed).

And it got me to thinking. From 2007 to 2015 I produced a podcast called Don’t Quit Your Day Job. Originally it was supposed to be a writing podcast starring my friend Jerry and myself where we talked about science fiction and fantasy (this was before I started writing romance). Jerry had to step away for a couple of weeks right at the beginning so I drafted my best friend Patrick in as guest host, and he worked so well that he joined the show permanently once Jerry came back. Then I recruited my sister Stacy to be our news girl, and Stacy and Patrick together are some of the most hilarious people in the world, especially when they can pick on me.

So for about eight years we had a really good, funny show whose topics ranged all over the place from writing to acting to the Sad Bastard Bake Sale where we tried to find a boyfriend for Patrick (with some side trips such as my multiple flights to LA in 2009 to see Jeffrey Combs in his one-man play Nevermore. What can I say, I’m a fan). Unfortunately Stacy had to drop out after awhile due to lack of time, and then our remaining schedules got so complicated that it was really difficult to get everyone on Skype long enough to record. So we made a dignified last show in 2015 and that was the end of it.

Or so I thought. Because as I was listening to the PiMC eps and hearing them call out DQYDJ and add little asides to me, I pulled up old episodes of our show and listened to those and my God, we were funny. I also realized that I missed podcasting and hanging out with Jerry, Patrick, and Stacy. Since circumstances have changed significantly for all of us in the intervening eight years I thought I’d float the idea of maybe doing a monthly podcast with the usual suspects.

First person I asked was Stacy. I said, “So, I’ve been listening to old eps of DQYDJ and I was wondering—”


“Uh, okay.” Turned out that with all of her kids out of the house she now has more than enough time to record, and if we wander off into adult topics (which we did a lot) she doesn’t have to worry about mentally scarring her offspring.

Next up was Patrick, who I thought was going to be a tough nut to crack. Turns out he was totally up for it and said that he would pull out all of his recording equipment and make sure it was functioning.

Finally, I asked Jerry, who is incredibly busy at the moment with his own media empire and a number of other podcasts. To my shock he also said yes, adding that he’s at a point in his life where he really wants to be back on DQYDJ.

TL;dr: I will be starting a new podcast in February called Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Second Shift (we may change that part, I don’t know yet). What I do know is that we’ll start off talking about writing in various genres, acting, and life in our assorted locations before the topics start wandering into weird, profane, and hilarious territory.

And somewhere, Jeffrey Combs just shuddered and doesn’t know why. Heh, heh, heh…