Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Over One Million Served!

Last week TAW hit its latest major milestone - the million download mark!  And I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you dedicated listeners for making it happen.  This podcast has obviously gone on much longer, and reached a much wider audience, than I ever envisioned, and I really appreciate all the support and encouragement you’ve given me along the way. 

Also, just so you know, I am completely obsessed with “Bloodline,” so you can count on plenty more episodes coming your way over the weeks and months to come. 

Take care, and thanks again!
Scott C.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Episode B2 - Rex Socius Amicusque

“(Scipio) increased the honor by observing, that among the Romans there was nothing more magnificent than a Triumph; and that those who triumphed were not arrayed with more splendid ornaments than those with which the Roman people considered Massinissa alone, of all foreigners, worthy.” – Livy, The History of Rome, Book XXX

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In Case You're Wondering

Hope everyone enjoyed the first episode!  By the way, in case you’re wondering, here’s a couple things the new series is NOT:

· It’s not “The History of Rome” – that’s already been done quite well, thank you

· It’s not “The Young Cleopatra Selene Chronicles” (unless the networks greenlight my spec script, then all bets are off!) 
It’s instead…something different.  Many of you may already suspect where the series is going based on the title and the first episode (and you’re welcome to post your guesses).  But like I mentioned earlier, things will really start crystallizing around a half-dozen episodes in, but which time it should be fairly obvious.  Still, I hope the current “groundwork-laying” phase is as fun for you as it is for me.
And now it’s time for a very special “Thank You!” to longtime listener, and talented composer, Morten.  I was still deep in the original series when Morten first approached me with his offer to score the series.  And while I passed for “Rediscovery” (which I felt was basically a continuation of the original series), I eagerly accepted his offer for “Bloodline.”  I basically gave him a thumbnail sketch of the era and setting, and he generated a variety of wonderful musical clips, out of which emerged the current title track.  I love it, and I think it fits the new series wonderfully.  He’s even been gracious enough to title the piece “Bloodline” – how cool is that!  If you want to check out more of Morten’s great compositions, please go to morlam.dk

Thanks again for listening!
Scott C.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Episode B1 - Triumph

“And herein particularly did he give offense to the Romans, since he bestowed the honorable and solemn rites of his native country upon the Egyptians for Cleopatra’s sake.” – Plutarch, The Life of Marcus Antonius

“Pity fixed the eyes of the Romans upon the infants; and many of them could not forbear tears, and all beheld the sight with a mixture of sorrow and pleasure, until the children were passed.” – Plutarch, The Life of Lucius Aemilius Paulus

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Ancient World - Bloodline

Let the cryptic teasers begin!  First off, the new series will be called “The Ancient World – Bloodline.”  I recently finished drafting the first episode.  It’s one of the toughest I’ve ever written, since it covers major world events from the perspective of an adolescent girl.  Having never been an adolescent girl, the challenges are fairly obvious, but I think the text is getting close to where I want it to be.  I also started drafting the second episode, which is a much more straightforward affair.  I want to get around three or so episodes drafted before I start thinking about production, but (fingers crossed!) I should be in good shape to start posting sometime next month. 

For those who like change, the new series will have new subject matter, a new website design, new music, and a more “streamlined” approach.  For those who like consistency, it will have the same website, same social media sites, same podcast feed and, well, same podcaster. 

I’m still playing the subject matter pretty close to the vest.  You’ll get the general idea in the first episode, but it really won’t be until a half-dozen or so in before the overall journey will take shape.  Hopefully it’ll be one you’ll enjoy.  Thanks for listening! – Scott C.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Calling all interaction designers

Is anyone out there an expert in interaction design?  If so, I need some help putting together a few files (map transitions, interactive family trees, etc.) for the upcoming series.  If you have the time and interest to take on a small project to support the podcast, please leave a message below (or on the Facebook page) with your contact information and I’ll pass you more details. 

Thanks in advance! – Scott C.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Episode R10 - The Bull and the Aten

“I am a faithful servant of the king, and I have not rebelled and I have not sinned, and I do not withhold my tribute, and I do not refuse the requests of my commissioner.  Now they wickedly slander me, but let the king, my lord, not impute rebellion to me!...If the king should write to me, ‘Plunge a bronze dagger into thy heart and die!,’ how could I refuse to carry out the command of the king?”  - Labayu (Caananite warlord) writing to Amenhotep III 

Discoveries at Tell El Amarna and the Valley of the Kings showed the wealth and influence of the Egyptian New Kingdom, while archives uncovered in central Anatolia shed light on Hittite civilization.  Excavations and Knossos confirmed Mycenaean Greek dominance and revealed the majesty of Minoan Crete.