MonthDecember 2015

Doctor Whooch // Episode 076 // A Fistful of Husbands


Remember when we were weekly? Apparently we don’t. In a particularly inebriated outing, Danica and Brandon (that’s us!) are talking about this year’s Christmas Special – which apparently was at one point intended to be Steven Moffat’s swan song? What? Anyway. “The Husbands of River Song”. Rompy as hell, and tons of fun. But probably not as much fun as we had talking about it while super hammered after an… interesting Christmas.

Also: The Mindy Project! Supergirl! More! And an announcement about our schedule in 2016! YES!

Outro music is “Locomotion” by Kylie Minogue. No reason.


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5 Things I Learned In 2015

I am brave. I learned how to create a business from nothing, stepped up to most challenges, created new working and personal relationships, and worked hard on making a space where everyone can feel comfortable and safe.

I am a coward. I did not speak up often, and have a lot of regrets that I didn’t use the power I now have when hearing others say hateful things. I let a lot of important decisions slide because I thought I could trust others to do their part. I chose anger over empathy, and pretended I didn’t have a choice.

I both forgot and discovered different parts of who I am. I like sparkly nail polish, the colour pink and being feminine, lipstick, and long, flowing dresses. My depression and anxiety returned with a vengeance, so perhaps I am disguising my inside with my out. I hate myself while attempting to show that I love myself.

I need to trust others more. I need to remember that I am not alone in this. That I will not be weakened by talking. This is my hardest lesson, and one that is most definitely not complete.

I learned that no matter what happens today, tomorrow really does have a chance to be better. If I must be stubborn, I will try to make it that about that in 2016.

Elsewhere: The One // Episode 006 // Danica and Brandon


A little while ago, Danica and I were lucky enough to be asked to appear on a wonderful local podcast called The One, to which we eagerly (if nervously) agreed to.

For those who don’t know, The One is a podcast about everyday people, and their love stories. Naturally, the part that was making us a bit nervous was “talking about ourselves in a public forum”, but I think we managed okay. Maybe. Probably.


The episode went up on Wednesday, and you can listen to it by heading over here, or subscribing to the podcast, and downloading the sixth episode.

Thanks again to Robyn Wilson for having us on!

Doctor Whooch // Episode 075 // Reverse Polarity Chicken

In which we celebrate out 75th-ish episode the same way we always do: stumbling through our thoughts.

It’s Series finalé time with Clara and The Doctor as Brandon and Danica discuss “Hell Bent” – the final episode of Series 9. What did we think of Clara’s re-return and good-bye? Also, all that Gallifrey stuff? And Me? We have a feeling that if you listen, you’ll find out. Call it a hunch. A SEXY HUNCH.

Also! With the series concluded, and the holidays approaching, we’ll be taking some time off. (It is really hard getting hammered on a weekly basis when you only get one day off from work every 3 weeks or so.) You’ll be able to catch our next episode before the year is over as we discuss this year’s Christmas Special – and then we’ll return in the new year with weekly (!) episodes and a new(ish) format.

Thank you so much for sticking around for 75 episodes. Hopefully we’re around for many more!

Doctor Whooch // Episode 074.5 // Hashtag Nailing It

In which our timing is perfect, and everyone needs to calm their shit, probably.

We start with narrating Cat Life, because of COURSE we do. Then it’s straight into “Heaven Sent” – the 11th episode of Doctor Who’s 9th Series, which we were too drunk to get emotional about. These things happen, right? But also: Capaldi, yeah? Yeah. Then it’s onwards to very VERY light spoilers regarding Jessica Jones’s fight against patriarchy wearing a David Tennant suit, and general stumbling about. Yay!


It’s December, so of course I’ve skipped over focusing on sticking the landing as 2015 rolls to a close, and am already looking forward to the new year. It should be an interesting one.

In 2014, Danica and I got engaged and got married. In 2015, we opened a comic store. In 2016, we’re going to be tackling something new once more. We’re still trying to shape exactly what we want to do, but we have a few goals in mind, and as soon as we can share some more information with you, it will appear here. For now, you’ll notice the site’s name has changed to Submet Industries, and old episodes of Doctor Whooch have slowly been appearing in the archives. These are portents, maybe. Or omens. But probably portents.

In the meantime, I have a few different relaxation projects that I want to try in 2016. I want to try and get a solid piece of fiction done. More specifically, I want to try and get the first story in a buddy detective series finally written up. I was thinking of making 2016 my year of no on the fly rewrites, which would mean forcing myself to get out a first draft in full before scraping the whole thing and working the bones again from the start. I spend a lot of time focusing on beginnings, rewriting and rewriting, never getting further than the first few pages. This is a metaphor for my life, he said, on his blog with several posts denoting unfulfilled plans for the future.

The only big project of mine that has really worked out has been Variant Edition – and honestly, that’s because I have some business partners who are helping with the whole “focus” thing. This will very much be the buzzword of 2016. Focus.

Beyond writing though, I’m looking forward to tackling something I’m calling The Douglas Adams Project. Which means I’ll finally get around to reading the rest of those Douglas Adams books that I’ve let sit unread for far too long. And hey, knowing me, if I can turn that into a series of blog posts, then it actually might happen.

And that’s it for today. December, you guys. It’s been a hell of a year. Let’s see how it ends.

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