My favourite things this week

Hi people. So, uh, this post was supposed to go up on Saturday, it’s literally called “Shoutout Saturday” and I am well aware it’s Sunday morning when you’re reading this, but for the next ten minutes, no it is not. (I was not having a good day on Friday, and if I was gonna get this post out in time I had to finish it then, and I didn’t, so yeah, here we are, I guess.)

The Pasithea Powder

So, my friend–who has absolutely wonderful taste by the way, thank you for the recommendation–got really into this show and binged all the episodes last week, and I just got around to listening to it too, and I’m so glad I did, this show is really cool! I’ve never really listened to anything like it.

It’s a space opera, set in a distant future where humans have colonized, like, a bunch of different solar systems, and also, just finished this really massive war. It’s told in voice messages between our two protagonists, Dr. Jane Gonzalez and Captain Sophie Green, as they try to process the brutal war they both played major parts in–Sophie fighting at the front lines, and Jane producing a dangerous drug called Pasithea powder, capable of tampering with human memory and free will, which was intended to help veterans with PTSD, and was put into use before they understood the full extent of its power. She’s a political prisoner, along with the rest of her colleagues, known as the Rowley Conspirators. But the war is far from over, and, uh, they have plenty more traumatic events to endure, it’s great.

Anyway, I don’t want to spoil you, but it’s really cool and you should listen to it!

Me and AU

I just started listening to this show morning, while I was studying, and absolutely fell in love with it.

I pretty much grew up in Tumblr fandoms, for usually obscure books and TV shows–it was where I really found my people, for the first time. Writing fanfiction wasn’t what got me into writing, but it definitely helped me learn a lot of things about stories—how to craft compelling characters, how to write friendships and romances, how to structure a story, you get the idea. I still write fic, and it’s just such a huge part of my life and identity, I don’t know. Fandom stories are kinda my favourite thing ever, they’re always so sweet and nostalgic and relatable, I love them so much.

Me and AU is a miniseries about two fanfic writers, Kate (ACunningPlan) and Ella (EllaEnchanted), who are in a super-tiny fandom for this obscure TV show, Selkirk. The show follows them as they make friends over cute oneshots and canon-divergent werewolf fic, and eventually fall in love. It’s also set in my home province, which makes me super happy, I’ve never listened to a podcast set in Canada before! The music and sound design are really cool, it’s so cute and home-y without being saccharine, and really just gets what it’s like to be in a fandom.

The Tower

This podcast has been on my list of shows to listen to for a while, and I’m glad I finally got to it! This is one of the most interesting things I’ve listened to in a long time.

The Tower is a miniseries–it’s pretty short, I got through all the episodes in one night while doing chores–but it really packs a punch, and it’s got super high production quality. The music and sound design is phenomenal, something I can definitely appreciate now I’m working on my own audio drama.

It follows Kiri, an aimless young woman who decides to climb a seemingly infinite tower alone. It’s hundreds of years old, and pretty creepy–lots of people have climbed up it and never come back down. The show follows her phone calls home to Chris, her boyfriend, as she climbs, and also conversations with Ike, a mysterious man who maintains the phone lines on The Tower. (I have no idea how to spell these names by the way, it’s an audio drama so they don’t really give you precise spellings–if I’m getting this wrong, I apologize.)

The whole story behind this tower is super cool, too–it was built by a medeival king who wanted to rule over the earth and sky, and hundreds of years later, still stands. Many of the workers building it ended up dying, which is a whole plot-point I will try not to spoil any further for you.

This show is just so cool and intriguing. It’s one of those stories where you know the whole thing is a metaphor, but you can’t quite put your finger on what it means–in the best way possible. I really liked it, and you should check it out!

Anyway, that’s about all I have, I think? I’m sorry these posts have been a bit infrequent, everything’s just been a lot of late honestly. But I hope you liked this anyway 🙂

Lots of love,

Lorna

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