Showing posts from August, 2014

The Making Of

Listener Alexander asked for some feedback for his upcoming Persian history podcast.I thought TAW listeners might be interested in the information as well:

How long did it take you to write the first episode/ how long does it take you to write a typical episode now that you're in full swing?
It’s hard to recall the timing on Episode 1, but I can certainly tell you how long it takes nowadays. The first step is finding a few good reference books (or other materials) and perusing them.The time needed for that can vary pretty widely.After I’ve reviewed the materials, the next (and main) step involves around 8 – 12 hours of solid writing.Then I usually let the draft episode “sit” for a few days, then come back to it once or twice more to fine-tune things a bit.When you add in researching pronunciations, etc., I’d say 12 – 16 hours of work per episode is pretty ballpark, and 20 isn’t unusual.Which is why I decided to go with a 2-week schedule.Since I have a “regular job,” this is all even…

Episode R9 - The Flood

“Surpassing all kings, powerful and tall
beyond all others, violent, splendid, a wild bull of a man, unvanquished leader, hero in the front lines, beloved of his soldiers – fortress they called him, protector of the people, raging flood that destroys all defenses…” – the Epic of Gilgamesh
George Smith’s 1872 discovery of the Mesopotamian Flood tablet won him widespread acclaim.Four years later, his ill-timed expedition to Nineveh would end in tragedy.