Last year at Ad Astra 2014, I conducted an experiment.

My question: would people show up for a live recording of a podcast? More specifically, would people show up for my podcast if I pulled together a Voltron of talent and flouted certain rules about open beverages?

The answer was a resounding yes. Of course, anybody can do something once. The real trick is pulling it off a second time.

So what’s the deal with the name, Adam? Is this a Pacific Rim panel?

No. It sounded cool, and I don’t really do well with titles. Ask any of the editors who have rejected my writing over the years.

So what’s the panel actually about?

It’s what I would do if I had my own talk show. I round-up a bunch of people who I like, put drinks in their hands, and ask them a bunch of questions.

What do you ask the guests?

Mostly genre and writing related things. The format is a modified Inside The Actors Studio. I write some questions on index cards, and let the fates decide the topics under discussion during the recording.

What’s the deal with the “hashtag war” that you did last year?

I like @midnight, so I stole their gimmick. And I’ll do it again, too.


What could I do, as a potential audience member, to be a little more involved with the show?

I’m glad you asked, disembodied person who speaks in italics when I’m too lazy to write something in a proper narrative voice.

I have a name, you know.

Between now and recording time on April 10th at 10pm, you can tweet me, @adamshaftoe, any questions you want me to ask the Podcasting After Dark panel. Assuming your question isn’t patently stupid, I’ll put it on an index card. I can’t promise we will offer a brilliant answer, but it will, at the very least, be a funny answer.

This isn’t the kind of thing where I can expect a lot of salty language, is it?

I don’t fucking know. I have no goddamn idea what shit might fly out of people’s mouths.

Who have you blackmailed into being on your show this year, Adam?

Marie Bilodeau, Kate Heartfield, and Matt Moore.

Is there any truth to the rumours of a Derek Künsken cameo?

This interview is over.

Interview? Aren’t you basically talking to yourself here?

Shut up, other Adam.