Holy Shit, I can’t believe Scott has been podcasting for 10 years now. I don’t think I started right away, but I know I was listening at the end of 2006 for sure. All I know is that Scott and his work has been around for some of the biggest moments in my life since then.
I first heard about Scott while listening to an interview he did for This Week in Science, and was struck by how enthusiastic and science he was and his origins in Michigan. I can remember listening to the Rookie while walking between the two campuses of the U of Minnesota, twin cities, trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life and if I wanted to continue to bang my head against the wall at the U. I can remember listening to his podcasts on the long drive between home and college, being a slim connection to humanity on the long, empty stretches of roads around my family’s house.
I remember listening to the first run of Nocturnal, and getting antsy waiting for him to first write, then podcast the next chapter. And yes, I remember the boat ending, and still think Sigler does a better Pooks.
I can remember Scott talking about the troubles with both Mooks the dog and the Evil Queen’s radioactive spot. That look behind the scenes, into his personal life has always stuck me as unique, something other relatively famous people don’t do.
I can remember the time that I was able to cross the line and have Scott unfollow me on Twitter during the 2008 election. I think I tweeted something insulting to McCain.
I was listening to an episode on my first night shift as a cna, trying to stay active and motivated at 3a.m. I still use episodes of the podcast as motivation to get up and moving.
I can remember the first time I met Scott at a book reading in Chicago and asking a question about how Pookie was able to manage child support for all of his kids. My sister and brother-in-law came with me on the roadtrip, but weren’t at the signing, but were there for the pub meetup afterwards. The second meeting, also in Chicago, was pretty awesome as well. Though I think my friend, Heather, made a bigger impression than I did, and I’m surprised that I remembered who BellaDonna420 was by sight.
I remember sitting in my son’s hospital room, waiting to hear the results of his mri to figure out why he was seizing, of holding my son while he slept, putting on headphones and trying to relax into a story, something to try and distract me.
I think I’ve read ever Gfl book at least 5 times now, Ancestor, Infected and Earthcore as well. And I was get a little excited when I see a reference to Scott in other authors work, like the ship named after him in Nathan Lowell’s Quarter Share series. Though I still don’t understand the rivalry with Hutchins.
I still get a thrill whenever I can talk about Scott’s work, passing on the stank gleefully, and I know my girlfriend just rolls her eyes when I get going. Why she puts up with me and my love of Scott is beyond me, but I love her for it. Let’s just hope she still loves me after our roadtrip to Siglerfest this year.
Holy Crap, that’s a lot of “I” statements, but what I’m trying to say is; Thank you, Scott, for continuing to produce all the great works that have been a part of my life and here’s to another 10 years of great writing.
P.S. A’s work with Scott has been amazing. Thank you for keeping him on the straighter and narrower and producing content somewhat on time, and for all that you do for the junkies. I am still amazed at your response time to emails and the like.