This time - after a slight (unexpected) delay - The Beargrrrian Gazette is back to ask more questions...
First up though, we have some new podcast shows to champion! As I mentioned last time, we're quickly jumping back to episodes 291 and 292 which were before our Halloween episode (as already discussed!) Don't worry - it's not terribly confusing; I can understand it and I'm a yeti - nuff said! Anyway... Now read on... Please!!
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Next up - we bare our teeth after an alarming encounter amongst the library shelves...
THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 292:
SHY YETI AND THE BITE OF THE SHELVING IMP!
This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:
As you can see - sometimes Deeley likes to help me out when I'm editing the podcast! Sweeeeeet! :)
That's all for now...
Take care - more soon,
Paul (aka Shy Yeti) xx
Q. Welcome Mr Yeti!
A. Hello… It’s very nice to be here again – and to be able to catch up with you…
Q. Have you released any new books since we last spoke to you in the spring?
A. I’d just released PIECES OF SHY YETI when we last spoke, but since then I’ve released the third season of KENSINGTON GORE (KG) – which was draft written a year or two ago, but has been a while coming in the formatting stage. At one stage I was releasing a season of both KG and HOT STUFF!! (HS) a year – but the last two years I have fallen behind on that – so last year it was the turn of HS – Season 3 and next year it’ll hopefully be HS – Season 4. Actually this works just fine as it’s not a matter of having to actually write the seasons – I’m well in advance as far as first drafts are concerned. I also know now that season 4 of KS is going to be the last for the moment (and I’ve pretty much completed a first draft), whilst HS will probably be running to a sixth season – the fifth season is written in draft, with a sixth season planned; although this will practically be a cross-over season with the cast of KG.
Q. Which title will be your next release?
A. I’m not entirely sure, as yet – I have plenty of books in the pipe-line but not many that are right up there ready to go. At the moment it’ll probably be HOT STUFF!! Season 4, which I am currently doing re-writes and formatting on – but not at any great speed… We’ll see how it goes – ultimately my main priority is the podcast and I’d still like to write a book about the show; it’s just that I keep producing so many episodes that it keeps growing into a bigger and bigger project to work on! Still – as I know from my many years of making SUTTON PARK – I went from making 100s of episodes a year to the show eventually fizzling out – or even with writing so many poems; who knows how many years I’ll want to keep doing the podcast.
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
A. To be honest – my main focus is the podcast – the recording, editing and releasing of the shows. After that my next priority is my blog and then probably HOT STUFF!! Season 4, with a time spent on some of the projects further down the line. It keeps me busy and I pretty much have enough episodes to last until the end of the year.
Q. Have you written any poems lately?
A. In very slow-time, yes – I’ve been going through a number that have been percolating for quite some time; many of them are not yet complete. However, in late September 2019 I finished my first verse in quite some time – it is called BAD TORO and I’d been working on it on and off since 2010! (Yes, really!) I ended up finishing it so that I could set an episode of the podcast around Paul writing a new poem for a charitable event for “podfading” podcasters. It was nice to be able to do something immediate and creative with the newly finished verse – even if its actual creation hadn’t been immediate! Since completing BAD TORO I have also completed another poem – a couple of years in the writing, called I WAS A TEENAGE WERE-BADGER which will be appearing on my blog around Halloween and on the Halloween edition of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST. I have one or two others that are almost done, but not enough (yet!) to consider doing a new collection; not for a while.
Q. Have you performed any poems live recently?
A. Well, only during the recording of the podcast – they were live when I recorded them! This year I have recorded three different episodes specifically focusing on the poetry collections that I released on lulu.com back in 2009: IF POEMS WERE PIES, CAVEMAN LOGIC and THE SHY LIFE (although I’ve only released two of these so far!) Most episodes of the podcast have a poem or two! Otherwise I’ve not done any live shows or open-mike nights; again – I’ve done local radio, which is live but only with a somewhat distant audience!
Q. Have you written any more Shy Yeti scripts?
A. Not in the same way as I did with the scripts that appeared in THE SHY YETI SCRIPTBOOK a year or so ago. As far as fully-formed Yeti scripts are concerned I definitely do have some ideas, but I just don’t have the time at the moment – that said, I am aware that I left things at a cliff-hanger at the end of the first script-book, so there will be more one day… I have been writing more scripts – but mostly they are extracts or links for use during episodes of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST. The only other script that I intend to begin work on soon is my annual Christmas script – which once again will focus on the adventures of Gladstone McWhiskers – The Mouse Of Commons And Lords and his colleague Oliver Louse. There’s a good chance that there will also be cameos by Charlie Grrr – Shy Yeti and maybe even podcast legend Bettina Du Pres is this year’s script!
Q. How is the podcast developing? Can we expect it to continue into 2020?
A. Most definitely, yes… As of October 2019 I probably have enough episodes to last me up until New Year (at approximately 8 episodes a month) and I’m recording new episodes every week – so as yet my well of new material is not running dry! That said it is in my nature to always be thinking to the end of something even when I am quite early on in a project; for instance I have recently recorded a potential final episode – although but will probably release that as an April fool’s episode. I do think, however, that it would be nice to have an emergency spare episode in store in case anything bad does happens and I might well record another potential “end” episode soon. It might be that I do this about once a year and then release the previous “last” episode as an ordinary episode of the show; I just want to be prepared! I don’t really want to let the podcast fade should I ever get tired of it – in the way that this did happen with my video series Sutton Park during 2000. Even with Sutton Park I used to come up with ideas for final episodes – but after a while I would usually use them for “big” episodes; 1000, 1500, 2000, whatever… Anyway! So yes – expect to hear many new episodes of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST in 2020!
Q. Which of your “story” episodes released in 2019 are your favourites, to date?
A. Of course, I love all my episodes – although I would be lying if I didn’t admit that some of them are more fun to me because they tell a story or are more personal. One of these would be episode 290 – Dameus Twinklehorn’s stag-do – as I feel it came out well considering that a lot of it was ad-libbed between my friend Toppie Smellie and I without a great deal of planning or direction. Another show which will be out just after this interview would be episode 300 – I’ve recorded a lot for this and even written scripts – it is definitely one of our most important in that we’ve been building up to it over the last 100 episodes (since around Summer 2018). During 2019 I’ve done quite a few story episodes – for example one of them involved Albert The Dragon and was set at a home for retired phoenixes where I needed to find bird sounds to represent the phoenixes. I also got a chance to be similarly inventive with another episode where Paul gets bitten by a shelving imp; the shelving imp sound was actually the sound of a porcupine off the internet! In another show Paul gets a bit too big for his boots ; which was fun to adlib because I don’t usually get to be such a complete idiot in my real life.
Q. Is it true that you often write scripts for your story episodes?
A. Occasionally, yes. The story episodes are never completely scripted – in fact they are mostly ad-libbed but often include some element that is scripted. Earlier in 2019 we released an episode (#266) involving the return of the legendary Deadiegrams and because I needed to send the lines to our guest star a good deal of that show was scripted. Back in June this year I wrote ThatPeterG a quite lengthy script (#257) so that Mister Brocante The Antique Dealer could return and again in episode 300 Jay The Hauntcub received some important lines during the wedding of Bettina and Dameus… There will be more scripts coming in the new year – Gordon The Cryptkeeper will be back for one thing– and there are also other key characters who will be making appearances in scripted form; it’s all go in Shy Life Podcast land!
Q. Do you still enjoy doing the live episodes of the podcasts?
A. Yes! We’ve had fun this year with a couple of sub-plots that make appearances during live episodes. During the first half of the year we were focusing on an experiment which concerned shrinking various co-hosts – whereas later in the year a mystery involving pickled eyeballs and robotic Toppie Smellies took up some of our time! We also had Nick on our Live Streaming Pride48 Show in June, which is always good; it’s nice not to fly solo for those special episodes.
Q. Which of your more factually-based chats were the most memorable for you during 2019, so far?
A. It’s been very nice, this year, to be able to include another member of the Round The Archives team into the Shy Life Podcast universe – with Martin Holmes talking to us about art, books and even the hit songs of James Bond: not to mention drawing me some rather wonderful cover art too! My old friend, Nick Goodman, has also brought his former writing-partner, Jo B in for a couple of episodes and I’ve also been able to revisit a number of former guests such as George In Atlanta and Freakquincy to see how they have been up to. I finally got to chat with Adam from Foul Monkeys in an episode that will be out pretty soon – and there are plans in 2020 for him to return in some scripted episodes.
Q. Which of your travelogue episodes have been the most fun to record in 2019?
A. I got to record in Dunbar again this summer – but partly due to blustery weather it wasn’t the most effective of my trips away as far as recording was concerned; in fact I still have to edit this one. Another one that I’ve held back which I think is probably going to come out better is an episode that I recorded in the Isle Of Wight back in May; partly because there is quite a big story involved! I do tend to keep some of my travel episodes in the pending file so that I have some interesting shows to release in the winter months when I’m not going so far; both Dunbar and IOW will be out early in 2020. Another trip away in the summer was to my old haunt in Kent – this was a very successful week – whilst away this time I recorded a diary episode – the Halloween show – a number of interview episodes and did some singing with Harry! Some of these episodes are already out – but at least one is still to come in early 2020! I have one more holiday coming up any day now – Colchester around the time of my birthday; I’ll definitely do a diary episode, but there may even be time for something more. I’ve left the best trip of 2019 to last – and that would be my one overseas trip of the year to one of my favourite locations! Venice! I managed to get a couple of episodes out of what I recorded. Hopefully I’ll get back to Italy again soon – with the added plus point that Toby really liked the city too!
Q. Do you have any travel episodes that you are looking forward to in 2020?
A. Yes… I have a lot of trips already booked for next year – mostly UK-based for the first half of the year, at least… There are holidays planed in Bath (January), Kent, again! (April), Penzance, again (May), Ironbridge – and SUTTON PARK (June)! I may be going to Plymouth with Nick G to see my brother and Alena in July and there has even been talk of possibly Lille or Florence for my birthday next year! I do like to use my holidays for really useful things, if I can!
Q. Do you have any special guests lined up for future episodes?
A. Absolutely. But I can’t possibly give away all my secrets yet – just get yourself ready for episode 300 – it’s full of special guests! That really is our most exciting show to come – although things always get pretty busy towards the end of the year what with birthday episodes – Christmas specials and December live shows!
Q. Have you made any new music for the show recently?
A. Yes, I’m back into that at the moment – trying to factor it in during the occasional lunch break. Recently I’ve been happy to work on producing incidental music or shorter pieces that work to transition between scenes as I’ve already used up a lot of the best samples on Garageband that work well for more ambitious pieces. It’s nice to have new tunes for the show.
Q. Are you still making cameos on other podcasts?
A. Occasionally yes – when invited – or in the case of Big Fatty Online and Tastes Like Burning they seem happy to play whatever I send them! However, I am a regular columnist on Round The Archives – having done articles lately on Bewitched, Animal Kwackers, Allo Allo and 1979 Dr Who – with more articles planned into 2020! I also make occasional cameos on The Smellcast and it is my very great pleasure that Toppie knows that he can call on me to record for him short notice.
Q. Have you been back on hospital radio since we last chatted?
A. We had planned to record together again in mid-October, but unfortunately the date that we had selected clashed with another event going on at Radio Wey… Thankfully we have been able to reschedule and should be back on the airwaves in late November! It’ll be nice to get back on Radio Wey with Tim and Nathan.
Q. Is there any news on new Mouse Of Commons projects?
A. I’ve just started thinking about my 2019 Christmas script – in fact the plot is pretty much decided; I just have to write it! I can confirm that this year – as well as Gladstone and Ollie – I’ll be continuing my podcast crossover by having Bettina Du Pres appear in the story, along with Shy Yeti and Charlie Grrr. I do love writing these annual Christmas scripts – one day I will have enough for a book in its own right! I do have other full-length Mouse projects still to finish; just not enough time at the moment to complete them!
Q. Would we be right in saying that your blog is still going strong?
A. Oh yes – I don’t write it every week, although I am probably working on elements for posts most days. It reality I post every 2-3 weeks; about twice a month – mostly about podcasts episodes that I’ve released – books I’ve published or photos from trips that I’m just back from. Oh… And Deeley the Cat, of course!
Q. It all sounds great! Thank you for talking to us, Mr Yeti. See you in 2020!
A. I’m looking forward to it! Goodbye for now!
November is here and we have lots of new episodes in the pipe-line! Our schedule list does tend to change every time I post, but right about now this is a pretty good guide to the episodes that we are hoping to release over the next few months; not to forget our monthly LIVE episode! Anyway - take a look at what else we have in store...
293. The Shy Life Halloween Episode - 2019
The Shy Life team do their best to pull together a Halloween episode for 2019.
294. 1978 - You're The One That I Want!
Paul and Nick discuss some of the big hits of 1978 - on both sides of the pond!
295. Adam Monkey And The Thingummyjig Debacle!
Paul catches up with Adam from Foul Monkeys - but Cromitty is having troubles with his Thingummyjig which are causing some delays with the recording!
296. Live Pride48 Show - November 2019
Paul and the regulars are back in the studio for their ever-unpredictable live show for November! It's the last time we'll be LIVE on the stream before our big episode 300 and Ikk has fortune cookies!
297. Shy Yeti's 2019 Birthday Diary
Paul has been away for his birthday - and this is the diary that he recorded during his week off!
298. So Very Many Voices (Some Lost - Some Found!)
This episode we are catching up with people - Wifey Jo, Tim and Nathan on the radio, Old Friend Paul - not to mention one or two others; we also dip into the Yeti Archives to take a peek at what remains of a lost episode that was never fully completed back in 2018!
299. Getting Ready For The Big Day!
Paul catches up with the regulars as the date of the big wedding draws closer - all seems quite normal until Ikk uncovers a sinister hidden message...
300. The Wedding Of Bettina Du Pres and Dameus Twinklehorn!
It's the wedding of the year - but will it go smoothly; you'll have to listen and find out...
301. The One After The Wedding!
Paul and Co. report back about things that have happened since the wedding! Mysteries deepen!
302. The Shy Life (Poetry Collection) - 10th Anniversary show
Paul heads out and about to celebrate the third of three 10 year poetry anniversaries during 2019.
303. Shy Yeti Gets Back To Scotland!
We join Paul and Calum as they head back to Dunbar for a few days. Nessie is having problems and seeks help with the podcast gang. Meanwhile Paul's management is keen that Paul should offer himself as Nessie's exclusive biographer; only Nessie really doesn't want to be interviewed as he has a very large secret! We also speak to Lisa and Trowby about some quite obscure "mythical" beasties.
304. A Surprise Visitor!
Mr Yeti receives a surprise visitor - and there is plenty of chatter!
305. Live Pride48 Show - December 2019
Paul and the regulars are back in the studio for their ever-unpredictable live show for October!
306. Christmas Stories From The Archives...
Paul shares a previously untold story about when they went to visit Albert The Dragon just before Christmas last year - whilst elsewhere there is drama for some of the rest of the cast!
307. Christmas And New Year Diary...
Paul shares some of what he got up to during his Christmas And New Year break!
308. Whatever Happened To Dusty The Scone-eating Dandelion?
We head back a few months to the summer as Paul and company head to the Isle Of Wight in search of a long-lost friend called Dusty! It's also Calum's birthday!!
309. Goodbye To...
When one of their favourite podcasts calls it a day the gang worry about how Ikk will take the news!
310. Shy Yeti And The Podfading Charity Event!
Paul and Co. report back about things that have happened since the wedding! Mysteries deepen!
311. The Truth About Deeley Cat!
When Ikk obtains some new equipment, Paul learns a shocking truth about Deeley's true identity!
312. Ikk's Questions Round The Archives!
Ikk has questions for the RTA gang - but will Yeti Uncle John's curiosity get the better of him!?
313. His Name Is Shy Yeti - But You Can Call Him Bob!
Paul gets anxious about getting called by the wrong name in a coffee shop and the regulars chat!
314. Charlie Grrr and The Pie With The Pastry Plumage!
Charlie relates the tale of the pie with the pastry plumage... Not everyone is impressed!
315. Dr Ikk Will See You Now!
Bettina is in hospital - Yeti Uncle John visits Tallulah - and Ikk gets his tentacles out to help Paul!
316. Shy Yeti And The Bubble Of Time!
An accident during one of Ikk's experiments leaves some of the cast trapped in a time-bubble! Yikes!
317. A Catchy Tune... But It's Too Much Information!
Harry asks Paul whether he'd help sing another song with him - but this time he calls in old friend Tallulah Twinklehorn to give him a few extra singing lessons!
318. Hits Of The Jubilee Year!
Nick and I discuss the big hits of 1977 as we approach the 1970s backwards... Weird, aye!?!
319. Keeping Mum...
Nick and I share more interesting conversations with our mothers!
320. Groove Is In The Love Shack!
Nick and I discuss the big hits of 1990 on both sides of the pond!
321. Robot Big Fatty Update!
We join Paul and the gang to see how the Big Fatty Robot is coping with life on The Shy Life little show...
322-3??. Shy Life Podcast Review Episodes For 2019!
Plans for the 2019 Review episodes are already under-way - with a number of guests lined up!
32?-3??. Live Shows For The Christmas And New Year Break!
There will be a number of live episodes over Christmas and New Year - TBC!
There will - most probably - be live shows every month; but we also have plenty of other episodes either in planning or partially recorded.
### A Whole Lot Of Smellcast Goings On!
Paul and Jay try to find a way to belatedly celebrate the 500th episodes and 10th anniversary of The Smellcast; but they're not sure quite HOW to do it!
### The Return Of Dameus The Interviewer
Dameus interviews all manner of podcasting celebrities as part of his return to the chat-show circuit.
### The Will Of The People
There is bad feeling in Shy Life Podcast-land when the "will of the people" threatens to cause trouble for the show!
### The Truth About The Shy Life Podcast!
We look back at some of the scandal that has affected the little show over the years - the lives - the loves and maybe we'll even learn the truth about who pushed Zap down the stairs in episode 200!
### The New Caretaker / "Where's Me Booook!?"
What with Yeti Uncle John often being up in space - Bettina gives Paul the details of a caretaker who used to work on her Estate... It seems like a good idea until it becomes evident that this gentleman swings from being extremely lazy to shovelling every last thing into a bin bag... What ever will happen when he reaches the basement and finds all the tat in Cromitty's laboratory; what will happen to all those priceless Sutton Park tapes? For that matter will Cuthbert make it through the night!?!
### Re-connecting With The Past
Paul catches up with Cromitty and Martin and is excited to learn that Cuthbert has a few added advances that makes it possible to re-connect with the past via old episodes of SUTTON PARK... Ikk is slightly doubtful about it all - but he and Paul soon get to experience the process first-hand. Unfortunately his upgrade also unearths the control of a certain app that was once installed on him!
### Bettina and the robot butler
This episode sees Paul visiting Bettina only to find out that the house has recently become robotically automated; also Wifey Jo play a card game with Cuthbert.
### The Continuing Mystery Of Long Lost Cousin Algernon
A number of episodes that involve Martin's investigation into Long Lost Cousin Algernon. What will he find?
### Gordon The Crypt-keeper In Need!
Gordon is back - but he has recently lost his job! Mr Yeti does his best to try and help him out...
### Bits And Bobs and Bobs And Bits - Mk 2
More clips from the archives and recent conversations that don't have a home!!
### Shy Yeti And The Shame Inspectors
Shy Yeti gets more than he expects when he receives a visit from Isaac and Declan from That's A Shame podcast - they are constantly on the lookout for Shame sources - but this time they have Paul in their sights!
### Behind The Scenes - Fiction Within Fiction!
Paul looks back at how he used to film Sutton Park behind the scenes on some of Nick's films - with clips from both Tide Of Freedom and Evil Trophy and the equally as dramatic Sutton Park episodes recorded during these productions.
### Three Wishes For Shy Yeti!
Paul reflects on his recent meeting with a genie who granted him three wishes... However ever did he use them? Wisely one would hope!!
### Episode One Billion
We look forward a year or two to see how things are going for The Shy Life Podcast as we hit episode One Billion. Things are a little more advanced - but all the gang are still on board!!
### The First Last Shy Life Podcast Episode
This is the last episode of The Shy Life Podcast episode... or is it?
(Recorded in July 2019 - but not scheduled for release, as yet)
### The Second Last Shy Life Podcast Episode
This is our Second attempt at a last episode of The Shy Life Podcast... Might it be real this time!?