So I get frequent emails about when Unapologetics is going to make an appearance, questions about why it’s taking so long, and general exasperation over the wait. I take it as a sort of back-handed compliment — hey the good news is that there’s an eager, vocal listening base built-in — but I did want to update you on where things stood and why it has taken this long so far.
Research for the first episode (on the empty tomb) is complete, all I need to do is nail down some format issues and record the thing. Research on the second episode (the art of argumentation) is just about done, most of it done by a listener who did all the groundwork and found some great examples of fallacies for me. I’d like to have 4 or 5 episodes in the can before I begin, but for once the research time isn’t the issue.
The issue is time, period. I’ve been working overtime for the past nine months to pay down the debts incurred by the haunt. Right now I’m nearing the end of a particularly grueling stretch of five 12 hour shifts in five days. Here’s my schedule for the first half of August:
So that’s 162 hours over a 15 day period (feels like I’m in residency again!). Now as I said, this is a particularly bad stretch but it’s not unrepresentative, on average, of the last nine months. This leaves very little time for sleep, let alone family or waaaaaaay down the list, the new podcast. The good news is that as I mentioned, my main clinic is under new management, which supposedly means a higher rate of pay (I’ll believe it when I see it) which will translate into fewer hours required, which means more time for family and eventually the ability to devote more time to the podcast.
First, though, I think I’m going to take a vacation — say, around the last week of October — both to recharge my batteries and celebrate a bit that I’ve survived the year from hell.