The Podcasting Curse

Ok, anyone who wants to line up and take potshots at me for this one, please do so. Skeptics over on the right, right-wing conservatives over there, and everyone else form a third line right here.

All right…everyone comfortable? Good.

I’m not sure if I’m just the unluckiest S.O.B. when it comes to podcasting, or if there’s some kind of higher power out there determined to either silence me completely, or turn my desire to finish this project into a TV movie. The fact is, however, I think I’m cursed.

Those of you who know me know I once tried my hand at a general ‘rant’ based podcast called The Kick In the Cast a few years back. Any of you who remember some of the content of said podcast also know that I had a fair bit to complain about, from car troubles to my father dying, to numerous financial woes. What you might not know, though, is that each time I posted and episode, something bad usually happened in my life.

I thought that after the divorce and moving into a new place that I could finally be at peace with whatever demons seemed determined to keep my voice off the air. However, that wasn’t the case. Shortly after posting my latest episode, my work’s network crashed, and crashed hard. We lost a lot of data, and it’s been an expensive road to recovery since then. We’re stable now, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

I dunno…it just seems strange that every time I try to move this podcast along, something happens in my life not soon after that just saps all the energy from me. It’s almost like someone or something is punishing me for trying to succeed at this. I know it sounds corny, but I can’t help it.

This is not to say I’ve stopped writing, however. Chapter 19 is finished being written, and Chapter 20 is 2/3 done. When I’ve finished 20, I’ll be recording 19 for release (hopefully soon), and I’ll take my lumps as a result. If there is some spectre out there determined to make this a struggle, then I hope he/she/it is ready for a fight.

Ok…back to work.

Chris Hvidsten


  1. Chris, I check this site regularly, thanks for the update. Don’t quit on this, as it’s a tremendous story and once finished will be a great accomplishment despite the coincidental struggles. Adversity makes us stronger.

  2. I am glad to hear that Nineteen will be up soon. I am really looking forward to it, Chris.

    Now I just need to ask myself a question: do I wanna reread all of Outcast via SoFurry (where I started it [my handle there is NewFur, if you care]), or finally sit down and actually listen to the podcast… Hmm, decisions, decisions…

    In any case, keep up the great work, man. We are all pulling for you.

  3. You kick that demon’s ass Chris. I found your podcast at episode 2 and have been checking for updates every week since (seriously, I don’t actually subscribe to rss feeds, I just check it in iTunes). I know you can pull through. It’s a great story, so don’t give up.

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