Today is July The Thirtieth. Normally this wouldn't matter. But, I'm going to get a little bit nostalgic and do my long rambly narrator-type special post. Austin, I know you deserve so much better than this little tribute, but I tried my best. Here goes:
Four years ago, Austin Peachey lauched his blog, titled, simply, "The Adventures in Odyssey Blog". Now, at that time so many Adventures in Odyssey fan blogs and websites were starting it wasn't even funny. But then, as time went on, they all began to shut down, some by the end of that year. Austin, however, persevered. One year passed. Then, on December 4, 2009, Austin released his first edition of The Adventures in Odyssey BlogCast. Two years passed, three years. Now we get to four years. He has joined an elite group. You wouldn't think four years is that hard, but oh, yeah. The only sites that were running for more than four years are: The Soda Fountain, AIOHQ, The Odyssey Scoop, AIOWiki, The Official Site, and The Town of Odyssey. Considering there have been about fifty Odyssey sites made, that's really a low number. In its four years of existence, the Adventures in Odyssey Blog has turned from a run-of-the-mill blog to being an icon in the Adventures in Odyssey fan community. Actually, as of the time I am writing this, they have exactly four hundred posts. The site has The Adventures in Odyssey Search Engine, a most amazing tool. For those of you who don't know what it is, it's basically Google, except only for Adventures in Odyssey-related sites or items. That took a stroke of creative genius to come up with. The BlogCast has turned from just another attempt at a fan podcast to a top-notch quality production, with amazing interviews, and even its own audio drama. Yes, the Peacheys are entrepreneurs. Not only have they made their own podcast, they've made their own audio drama. But, it's now time for the good part of this tribute; what others say.
Josh Ko from Out of Control in Odyssey wrote,
"Dear Austin and Tasha,
Thank you for bringing your blog and podcast to the Internet airwaves! Just kidding, there aren't any airwaves on the Internet. Your BlogCasts were one of the inspirations for creating Out of Control in Odyssey and I just wanted to write and tell you that I appreciate all of your amazing contributions to the Odyssey community. Your interviews are so much fun and I love your sibling chemistry. Happy fourth anniversary; things are looking PEACHEY KEEN in the future. God bless.
Out of Control in Odyssey"
Wooton Bassett from the Unofficial Adventures in Odyssey Blog wrote,
Congrats Austin on your fourth anniversary.
Garrett Vandenburg from The Ceiling Fan Podcast and The Odyssey ScoopCast wrote,
"Thanks for the effort you put into your podcast, Austin. You've obviously made a pretty decent impact on the AIO community. Keep doing what you're doing."
Alex Jefferson from Just Another AIO Blog wrote,
"...I think it's amazing that Austin has been doing this for four years, though, and I advise him, if possible, to continue doing it."
Pound Foolish, a moderator on the Soda Shop Message Boards, wrote,
"A well-done blog. Thank you so much for the AIO online fan-base. I enjoy the features thoroughly. It stands out in quality. Thank you for making this blog, and remaining dedicated, keeping it going so amazingly long!"
Eugene4President, a user on The Soda Shop Message Boards, wrote,
"Congratulations Ausitn and Tasha!! I love your podcast!!
~Eugene for President"
And here's what I have to say,
"Austin, Tasha, you have shown incredible perseverance in doing what you're doing. You have been there has a pillar in the Adventures in Odyssey fan community when all your other counterparts fell by the wayside. The same way with your podcast. You are amazingly creative people, and the Adventures in Odyssey community is lucky to have you two. Keep serving the Lord one hundred percent, and you'll do fine. No matter what happens, or however many new websites or podcasts pop up, you have endeared yourself to so many people, and we don't ever want it to end. Just remember that it was the Lord who gave you the ability to do what you do and who gave us Adventures in Odyssey in the first place. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us, and to borrow an overused Whit quote, 'The best is yet to come'."
Well, that's my tribute. I hope you liked it. I'm sorry I couldn't get more quotes. Oh well, that's all for now, so stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge
The title is not a joke. The logo to your left is the new logo of the Campbell County Message Boards. I got on the County last night, only to find out our Banker, Jason, had taken over! Seriously, this is no joke. Bren and the other administrators were somehow stripped of their power, and Jason is now the absolute controller. He has a henchman, EPPD, who has some power, but not really. The first act Jason did was to strip the County of its color and to put mean faces all over the message board. Also, he put in his logo that he hates brownies. That is an injustice no good person can stand for! Thus I joined the resistance. There's a group of us who are trying to end this, and we have some information we are trying to decode. If there's any of you CC members who haven't been on in a while, get on and join the resistance, or if you would like to join, join. It is an amazing experience.
Just Another AIO Blog marches on, as always. It has relased a review of "Split Ends", and an interview with Austin Peachey. The interview is very good, and Austin gives us somehints about what will happen in the future. You guys can check all that out at http://justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/
Also, Alex Jefferson was not supposed to release his premiere of Just Another AIO Podcast until September or October, but he relased his first episode anyway because he had worked really hard on it. However, after listening to it, he decided it wasn't good, but since he had worked so hard, he put it up on his website anyway. It is titled "Episode 0: Alex's Flop", and you can check that out at http://justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/p/jaaiop_29.html
Also, Installment 5 of Adventures in Connellsville is up. This one contains, Don Polehaus being, well, Don Polehaus. It's somewhat longer than the other installments, but it's good. I must admit, I really like that Alex has put Don Polehaus in his stories. That's one of the main things that won me over. I really wish he would come back on the show. Oh, well, until then, just read this installment. Here's the link: http://justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/p/adventures-in-connellsville.html
Also, Installment 3 of Jason & Mitch: Secret Agents has benn released. Now, honestly, I'm just going to say, I love Wooton's blog. He does such an amazing job. When he first told me about it, it had like five posts. It now has forty-two, which when you think about it is really good, considering it's gained thirty-something posts in two months. I have just a really great fondness for The Unofficial AIO Blog. He relased The Imagination Station with me, and it was his idea to make it a link page. I had a TOTALLY different idea. Okay, I know, the man needs to can it and move on. I'm sorry. I can be nostalgic, can't I? Okay, back to Jason & Mitch. I loved it, but it wasn't the best writing in the first installment, as Alex Jefferson said of it in his review. Installment 2 was better, but I didn't really take interest in a sinking boat. Everything changed, however, when, in the finale of Installment 2, the Whisperer appeared. Well, I'll just tell you. Installment 3 has a lot better writing style. You can tell this installment was worked on a lot by Wooton. And the ending, (Grrrrr, Wooton, I am very angry about how that ended.), is 10 times more intense than the last ending. So, seriously, check it out. Here's the link: http://unofficialaioblog.blogspot.com/p/jason-and-mitch-secret-agents.html
Out of Control in Odyssey, a valuable new little gem in the Adventures in Odyssey online community, continues to impress with a concept that only they could think of. It is a post trying to connect the Olympics and Odyssey. They succeeded, however, and they did a good job. Also, it's the type of post that the reader is supposed to contribute to, so check it out and contribute. Seriously, this is an amzing blog. There are quite a few Odyssey blogs that seem similar and lack pizzaz, but this is anything but. They have long, intellectual posts, but they're not like mine, which are dry and boring. They are exciting posts, and I really go crazy every time they have a new post. Here's the link: http://odysseyoutofcontrol.blogspot.com/
I mentioned this a while back, and I didn't know if it would continue, but Ryan Matlock released his second episode of the World Famous Odyssey Podcast, or WOD-FAM-OD-POD, today. There was no summary on the website, so I can't tell you what it's about. However, from the first episode, I can say, it's good, but not like anything I've listened to before. But fans of the Ceiling Fan were talking about how amazing it was, and Austin Peachey said it gave the Ceiling Fan a run for its money. As soon as I get a chance, I will download this episode. You guys can check it out at http://wodfamodpod.posterous.com/
Well, Abby and Mandie's Adventures in Odyssey Podcast is back with Episode 8, an interview with David Griffin, voice of Jimmy Barclay. You can check that out at http://theabbyandmandieshow.webnode.com/
Originally, I said I would never do interviews, but then I thought about an interesting project. I will be interviewing people with Adventures in Odyssey fan sites. So, who's up for Round 1? Jacob Isom? Brendon McFarland? Some amazingly famous person? No. But this man runs the most well-update Adventures in Odyssey fan sites: The Adventures in Odyssey Update. Yes, I will be interviewing David Hilder.
The Old Judge: When did you start listening to Adventures in Odyssey?
David Hilder: I think I was around four years old when I first heard it on the radio. For many years after that I listened to it every evening when it came on the radio. I still listen to it almost every day.
The Old Judge: What was your inspiration to start the AIO Update?
David Hilder: I was super excited about checking Odyssey news everyday, so I decided I may as well compile all the news items I found in one place. I also wanted to create my own unique content. So I started writing "Editorials" to offer my own opinions about AIO.
The Old Judge: How did you become such an above-and-beyond source of Adventures in Odyssey news?
David Hilder: I just try to find updates wherever I can because I'm always pretty excited about upcoming albums or books.
The Old Judge: Does anyone help you with your site, or do you do it solo?
David Hilder: I run the AIO Update by myself.
The Old Judge: What is your favorite Adventures in Odyssey episode, and why?
David Hilder: It depends, but currently my favorite episode is "It's A Pokenberry Christmas, because I really like how it's based on the movie "It's A Wondeful Life", and it's always good to hear from the Barclays again.
The Old Judge: What is your favorite Adventures in Odyssey album, and why?
David Hilder: I like Album 25: Darkness Before Dawn for the action, intrigue, and suspense, but I also really enjoy Album 28: Welcome Home for its focus on a lot of meaningful issues and its recurring theme of following God's will.
The Old Judge: What is your favorite Adventures in Odyssey saga, and why?
David Hilder: The Novacom Saga is my favorite because I think it is the most mysterious of all the AIO sagas. It always grabs my full attention.
The Old Judge: What future plans do you have for the Update?
David Hilder: I don't have any specific future plans. My hope is to continue reporting the news and to add more detail to the site.
The Old Judge: What is your favorite Adventures in Odyssey character?
David Hilder: Connie Kendall. She makes things more dramatic and interesting.
The Old Judge: What is your favorite era of Adventures in Odyssey? The Classic Era (1987-1996), The Herlinger Era (1997-2008), or The Stojkan Era (2010-Present)?
David Hilder: My favorite time of Adventures in Odyssey doesn't exactly fall into one of those three eras. I probably like 1994-1998 the most, although, it's hard to choose.
The Old Judge: Have you ever met an Adventures in Odyssey actor?
David Hilder: No. You don't see many in Canada, which is where I live.
The Old Judge: Have you ever been to an Adventures in Odyssey live show?
David Hilder: No.
The Old Judge: Are there any Adventures in Odyssey fan sites that you frequent?
David Hilder: I love the AIOWiki because it's a vast source of information. When I'm looking for news I look at every fan site I can find.
The Old Judge: Are there any Adventures in Odyssey podcasts that you listen to?
David Hilder: The Official Podcast and The ScoopCast are the two main ones I listen to regularly. But I'm always looking for more.
The Old Judge: What do you think of Twists and Turns?
David Hilder: Twists and Turns is nice in a lot of ways. One main way is that it is a great monitor of all the updates on all the various AIO fan sites.
The Old Judge: If you could write an Adventures in Odyssey episode, what would it be about?
David Hilder: It would be about Whit going through some difficult situation that shakes his faith, but ultimately causes him to reaffirm his full trust in Jesus to get through the storm.
Thank you, David, for putting up with my long, rambly interview, and for you the reader for putting up with me during this whole affair. Well, that's all for now, but another special post will be out on Monday, so stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge
Well, guys, I know you were so relieveed because you thought you would never have to read my long, rambly posts again, but it takes a lot more than a lack of news to get me down. However, I did manage to find some news, and here it goes, but first some news on Twists and Turns. I am in the process of a massive overhaul to the site. In a couple of days, several more sites will be added to the Imagination Station. Today, though, I've added a Courtroom: Case 008: The Old Judge's Verdict on Blackgaard's Revenge. T.S., you should be happy. Also, I know you all wanted it, so I added Noah Robertson, Bryce P., Austin Peachey, and Abby Medhawk and Mandie Colburn to the Cast & Crew: Take 2 page. Also, in about two hours, I'm going to release the first of a series of interviews. Now, I said I wouldn't do interviews, but then I thought,"The people that have fan sites don't really get the recognition they deserve." So, I am beginning to interview the people who have Adventures in Odyssey fan sites. You know, this site is kind of like a Grand Central Station for other websites. If it wasn't for the ten different fan sites I talk about, this blog would be about 80% less active.
Well, the Odyssey ScoopCast finally (spoken with great emphasis) released another episode. This is Episode 36, but it's more than that. It's a video podcast chronicling Kevin McCreary and Garrett Vandenburg's adventures at the Birthday Bash! You can check that out at http://www.odysseyscoop.com/podcast
Also, Episode 152 of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast was released, and in it Bob and Jesse interview Dave Arnold, the writer/director of "Sergeant York". He talks about his inspiration and source for the story, and there is an announcement about the Get in the Show contest.
One more little thing: If you want to see something awesome, go to this link: http://aioupdate.weebly.com/news.html
Well, The Unofficial AIO Blog has really grown. So much that Wooton has brought on another person to keep up demand. Enter Suzylou from The Soda Shop Message Boards. Wooton was really smart in bringing her on, because there's been quite a bit of comedic chemistry going on between them. Suzylou has done a "Top 10 Reasons Why I Like Emily" and then Wooton did a "Top 5 Reasons Why I DON'T Like Emily", and tonight Wooton released a chart showing how much his blog has grown. Check all these out right here: http://unofficialaioblog.blogspot.com/
Well, Alex Jefferson continues as always. He has released an article on Nathan Hoobler, and news about his upcoming podcast. You can check all that out at http://www.justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/
Well, that's all the news for now, the interview should be out REALLY soon, so stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge
Well, I can't believe it. Not only did I get five comments, I got six, including two new commenters, SparkyHappyGiraffe and the great Pound Foolish. But, anyway, on to the surprise. Last week, I was perusing the archives of the Campbell County Message Boards, when I found a topic from January 2011 written by the county treasurer, Jason, entitled, get this: "AIO Trading Cards". I hope you like these. If you would like to, comment on if you like these or not.
Aubrey Shepard's Trading Card
Bernard Walton's Trading Card
Camilla Parker's Trading Card
Connie Kendall's Trading Card
Eugene Meltsner's Trading Card
Jason Whittaker's Trading Card
Jimmy Barclay's Trading Card
Katrina Meltsner's Trading Card
Liz Horton's Trading Card
Marvin Washington's Trading Card
Matthew Parker's Trading Card
Olivia Parker's Trading Card
Regis Blackgaard's Trading Card
Rodney Rathbone's Trading Card
Tamika Washington's Trading Card
Tom Riley's Trading Card
John Avery Whittaker's Trading Card
Wooton Bassett's Trading Card
Now, let us take a short break from the pictures to talk about two new Adventures in Odyssey fan sites. The first one is made by Katerina Meltsner on The Soda Shop Message Boards, and is called A Town Called Odyssey. Katerina has always released an interview with Paul McCusker. The link is http://atowncalledodyssey.blogspot.com/
The other is called The Wooton Blog, and is run by a Soda Shop user under the name Bobbymac, but that goes under the profile name "Elijah". The link is http://wootonblog.blogspot.com/
After weeks of waiting, Fodo14 has released Episode 8 of the Boredom Buster Podcast, which is the final part of their interview with David Griffin. The summary of the episode is "The final part of our interview with David Griffin. David talks about pop culture and his favorite type of music. You can check it out at this link: http://boredombusterpodcast.weebly.com/podcast.html
. I have not been able to listen to it yet, and it might be a couple of days. However, as soon as I get a chance, I will listen to it, and I cannot wait.
Wooton Bassett from the Unofficial AIO Blog has released some very interesting information on Album 56 from Katie Leigh. Though it isn't much, and you'll get mad at me for not just putting it here, I think you should read it on his. Here's the link: http://unofficialaioblog.blogspot.com/
Finally, Alex Jefferson has released Installment 4 of Adventures in Connellsville. In this installment, Ed Mulligan behind the counter, Polehaus stops in for coffee, and you can figure out the rest. The link is http://justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/p/adventures-in-connellsville.html
One more thing, Cast & Crew: Take 2 is out, and The AIO Fan's Life has been added to the "Defunct Sites" category of The Imagination Station. Well, thanks for commenting, that's all for now, so stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge
The Courtroom is back after a very long absence. This was the very special Courtroom I talked about three weeks ago, and it is "Case 007: The Old Judge's Verdict on The Disappearance of James Curtis and The Existence of Marus". Included in there is a sequel to the Passages series. Also, Fodo14 is back after a month's absence. Happy day! Hopefully BBP 8 will finally be out now. We'll see. Also, I have a very awesome suprise to show you guys that I found today, but I have a proposition for you. If I can get five people to comment on this post, I will show you a really awesome and really rare Adventures in Odyssey product.
The official cover for Album 56: The Grand Design was released by Christianbook.com today. You can now preorder this album on previously mentioned website.
Okay, that looks tacky, but I edited it out so you could see it better. Album 15 has gotten a slight revision. On the back of it currently is a picture of Wonderworld by somebody other than Gary Locke, but it doesn't look very good. So Gary Locke took another whack at it, and there it is now.
A lot has been going on at The Odyssey Scoop. They have added three more interviews to their interviews page: Andre Stojka, Aria Curzon, and Zach Callison. Also, the Downloads page on the Scoop has been updated as well, but the main expansion is the addition of coloring pages. You can check all these changes out at http://odysseyscoop.com/
Also, Abby and Mandie have released Podcasts 6 and 7. I have not listened to them yet, and I probably will not be able to for a while, but I can't wait to listen to them. Episode 6 is an interview with Townsend Coleman, and Episode 7 sounds REALLY interesting. It is an interview with Tracy, who does the Adventures in Odyssey editing. You can check those out at http://theabbyandmandieshow.webnode.com/videos/podcasts/
I love that they have their own website, so I don't have to put links to each one.
Finally, Out of Control in Odyssey, the blog run by the Josh and Ally Kompany, has showcased a video of Kimmy Robertson on YouTube. I haven't watched it, but it sounds interesting. Check it out. http://odysseyoutofcontrol.blogspot.com/2012/07/kimmy-robertson-are-you-hoarder.html
Well, I'm finally done. Lot of stuff tonight. Remember, don't forget to vote for the AIO Websters, and Fodo14, it's good to have you back. Well, that's all for now, so stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge
Hello, I'm back. The title does have a meaning. As we all know, Jared was a massive conspiracy theorist, who was always into secret agents and the like. Well, The Unofficial AIO Blog has released his new fan fiction story: "Jason & Mitch: Secret Agents". The first installment involves Mitch, Jason, Agent Bourland, (It's been a while, hasn't it?), and a sinking boat. It is amazing, so go check it out. The link is http://unofficialaioblog.blogspot.com/p/jason-and-mitch-secret-agents.html
Also, the second installment has just been released, and in it we meet a very interesting villain. Let me say, this certain villain is one of my favorites ever, so now I am very intrigued. Also, speaking of "Jason & Mitch:Secret Agents", Alex Jefferson from Just Another AIO Blog has released his review of it. If you want to read the review, here is the link: http://www.justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/aio-article-jason-and-mitch-secret.html
Also, I would like to say something about Simon really quickly. He will be used in moderation. He might do a few Courtroom cases, and he will help me review episodes of Adventures in Odyssey. After all, his kids are on the show. But, when and if we talk, it will be done in script format. Just so you know, Simon will not be replacing me. (I know when you read that all of you said, "Man! I thought he was gone!". No, you're stuck with me.)
On to the next news. Apparently yesterday, the Adventures in Odyssey team released the cover of a new devotional book on its Facebook page. The book plans to be released in the fall. Two devotional books in one season. Hey, I like it, and I'll probably get both. I've showed you before. Currently Adventures in Odyssey only has one devotional book, and Dylan and Sherman are on its cover. So you know how long its been since there's been a new devotional book. Anyway, here's the cover:
The book is titled "Whit's End Mealtime Moments" and is written by John Avery Whittaker. Now, you'd think the Odyssey staff would have thought about writing a book from an Odyssey character's perspective before. I know they did it with Passages, but devotions, they haven't. This format is much better. Here is a narrator telling the story:
"After talking to Connie at Whit's End, Matthew went and apologized to Camilla."
Here is an Odyssey character telling the story:
"I was walking out to the counter when I heard Connie in the middle of a deep talk with Matthew. She was telling him why it was wrong to do what he did to Camilla and why he should apologize. It was truly heartwarming. Connie has truly matured in her Christian life over the years. The next day, I ran into Eva, who told me that Matthew had reconciled with Camilla, and everything was fine."
One more thing, the only summary we have is that the book will contain "faith-building ideas your kids will eat up!" Ah, yes. I love corny Odyssey humor.
Well, on July 9, a new Adventures in Odyssey fan podcast was started. It's called the "World Famous Odyssey Podcast", or WOD-FAM-OD-POD. It is run by Ryan Matlock and Christopher Thompson. In Episode 1, Ryan gives the AIO news, and an anchorman named Joshua tells a random story. Not just random. LONG and random. Then podcast host Christopher Thompson talks about his dreams for the podcast. Also, the podcast did a unique job of giving us an inside look at Odyssey through the eyes of a boy named Tommy. The podcast is on iTunes, so big bonus for me. The link to the website is http://wodfamodpod.posterous.com/
. There was an update on The Adventures in Odyssey Blog about this, and Austin Peachey said it rivals The Ceiling Fan. However, I have never heard the Ceiling Fan. I was expecting something like the Boredom Buster Podcast, the Adventures in Odyssey BlogCast, or the Official Podcast. No. What I heard was unique. Not bad, UNIQUE. VERY unique.
Speaking of The Ceiling Fan, Garrett Vandenburg has given us a teaser of the new Ceiling Fan episode that is supposed to come out. He also said it would come out SOON. About the episode, though. Garrett said it would be a special, but that's all I know about it. Maybe this teaser will reveal something. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_euXeEFA91m&feature=share
Let me talk about Campbell County for a while. As you all know, (Yeah, all two of you that read this, if that.), the Campbell County Message Boards restarted after roughly a month's dormancy. However, there was no activity on it. A couple posts here and there. Me, CreativeThinker101, Bren, that was it. Then we got HannahJ. She helped a little bit, but one person can only do so much. I honestly thought Campbell County would shut down again, until this weekend. Then we got a user named "mymustang12". She put out an urgent cry for help on the Soda Shop, and people responded. The place still doesn't have that much activity, but it's picked up a lot. Thank you so very much, mymustang12.
But the news for Campbell County is: elections for county commissioner are back! The 9th CC Election is currently in process. So far, only CreativeThinker101 and mymustang12 are on the ballot. Basically, county commissioner is an administrator. The term lasts for three months. To be on the ballot, you have to have 500 seashells, the currency of Campbell County. So if any CC members want to run, or anybody wants to join, go ahead. The link is http://www.campbellcountymb.com/
. One more thing, I don't know if he wants me to say this, but pray for Bren. He's currently in the search of a job, so just add him to your prayer list if you could. He means a lot to the Adventures in Odyssey fan community. Also, if you're on The Soda Shop or Campbell County, tell him you're praying for him. I know from experience that one little comment or piece of encouragement can change someone's disposition entirely.
Okay, I don't always post about other sites, but this is different. Suzylou, one of my two readers, has her own blog where she posts her phtography, and she's really good, so go and check that out. However, if there's any of you All-American Manly Men out there, I'm warning you, it's pink, flowery, and girly. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED! But, she put my link on her site, so thank you very much Suzylou. I'm just some Odyssey website that nobody knows about and only two people read, so I need all the help I can get. The link to her site is http://www.suesuesstories.blogspot.com/
One more thing: Expect the next Courtroom case next week. I know it's been a long time, but I truly have been busy. I will get back to it. And, hey, you always have the other Courtrooms. Simon will do one hopefully before the month's out, but that's still in the planning stages. It might not come to fruition. Oh, well, that's all for now, so stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge
Hello, again. I'm back, with some very interesting news today. First of all, I'm very disappointed that The Boredom Buster Podcast Episode 8 has not come out yet. I contacted Noah and Hallie about when it would come out, but they haven't answered me back, and Noah hasn't been on The Soda Shop, either. Oh, well. Okay, I guess I'd better get to the big news.
***Excuse me, Mister Judge? Yes, what is it, Simon? It's the Curtis case, sir, the jury wants an answer RIGHT NOW. Okay, thanks a lot, Simon, I'd better get down there. Could you do me a favor? Of course, sir, what is it? Watch my room for me. If anybody calls just take a message for me. Yes, sir. Thank you so much, Simon, I owe you one.***
***Hmm.... What is this? The Old Judge has a website? Twists and Turns.....exciting and indepth look.....blog....interesting news today....Ooh, he has notes on his desk. I don't think he'd mind. That's a good idea.***
Hello, everybody, I'm Simon Jones. I am an associate of The Old Judge. We both work at The Campbell County Courthouse. I've worked here for seven years, but I have no idea how long the Judge has worked here. Seriously, I've been very good friends with him for several years, and I have no idea what his name is. I don't know if he has a name. Okay, back to me. I have a wonderful wife of sixteen years named Dorothy, and two wonderful kids, Barrett and Emily.
Apparently Alex Jefferson from Just Another AIO Blog has begun something similar to the Avery Awards called "AIO Websters". Now, could somebody please explain to me what "AIO" means. Oh, well. Here are the nominees.
Best Website Nominees (Apparently these pertain only to the active websites, with no blogs.)
1).The Odyssey Scoop
2).Twists and Turns
3).The AIO Update
4).The Changing Times
Best Blog Nominees
1).The Unofficial AIO Blog
2).Just Another AIO Blog
3).The Voice of Odyssey
4).Out of Control in Odyssey
5).Down Odyssey Lane
6).The AIO Fan's Life
7).The Adventures in Odyssey Blog
Hold it. Odyssey? Not like it's weird or anything, maybe I just didn't know, but several of these sound like they talk about our town. Never mind. Back to the nominees.
Best Feature Nominees (This category includes all pages/features onwebsites or blogs.)
1).Adventures in Connellsville (Just Another AIO Blog)
2).The Imagination Station (TNT and UAIOB)
3).The U.S.S. Response (Just Another AIO Blog and UAIOB)
4).The Courtroom (TNT)
5).Odyssey Addict (The Odyssey Scoop)
6).The Adventures in Odyssey Search Engine (The AIO Blog)
7).Editorials (The AIO Update)
Best Post Nominees (This category narrows down the best posts of many AIO websites/blogs)
1).One Month Anniversary!...And I'm Celebrating With Orbs (TNT)
2).Nothing New, Nothing Old (The Voice of Odyssey)
3).Weekly Feature:7/1/12-Interview with Wooton Bassett and The Old Judge (Just Another AIO Blog)
4).The Top 5 All-Time Best AIO Blogs and Websites (The Unofficial AIO Blog)
5).Celebrating 10 Years Since Novacom (The Changing Times)
Best Podcast Nominees
1).The Boredom Buster Podcast
2).The Whit's End Podcast (WHAT?!!)
3).The Ceiling Fan Podcast
4).Abby and Mandie's Adventures in Odyssey Podcast
5).The AIO BlogCast
6).The Odyssey ScoopCast
Best Podcast Episode Nominees (The Podcast Episode category will choose the best episode out of all the notable recent ones)
1).BBP Interview with David Griffin Parts 1-4
2).AIO BlogCast Sibling Spies Audio Drama
3).The Ceiling Fan Podcast: "To Survive and Protect"
4).The Odyssey ScoopCast Interview with Kimmy Robertson Parts 1-4
Best Message Board Nominees
1).The Town of Odyssey
2).Campbell County ***What is the Old Judge doing?***
3).The Soda Shop Message Boards
4).Exclusive AIO Forum
Best New Site/Podcast/Blog Nominees
1).Just Another AIO Blog
2).Twists and Turns
3).The Unofficial AIO Blog
4).The Boredom Buster Podcast
5).Down Odyssey Lane
6).Out of Control in Odyssey
7).Abby and Mandie's Adventures in Odyssey Podcast
You can vote for the nominees by contacting Alex Jefferson at The Soda Shop Message Boards or email him at CreativeThinker101@gmail.com
. The winners will be announced at the end of August.
Alex Jefferson has released his third installment of Adventures in Connellsville. Okay, I'm not going to lie. I have no idea what's going on. A website called Campbell County, something referencing Connellsville, I don't know. Maybe The Old Judge will explain it to me later. Anyway, according to the Judge's notes, this installment involves a hockey mask, a detective, tambourines, maracas, and ....the Mulligans? OH! They're those people between Odenton and Odyssey that own the zoo. Both The Old Judge and myself have held court cases with them. You can check that out at http://www.justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/p/adventures-in-connellsville.html
. Also, Alex has released a new U.S.S. Response, so go check that out.
Apparently, there is a brother and sister named Josh and Ally Ko who run an Odyssey blog called "Out of Control in Odyssey". Well, according to the Judge's notes, they have relased a review of "Family Portraits 01:Whit's Visitor". Also, in his notes, the Judge says that the reviews are divided into something called, "The Odyssey Times" (That's our newspaper.), that covers interesting facts about each episode, and the review itself. The link is http://odysseyoutofcontrol.blogspot.com/2012/07/fp-1-whits-visitor.html
***Simon, I'm back. Did anybody call? No, sir. Thank you very much. My pleasure, sir. Oh, next time we meet I have some questions to ask you. Okay. Goodbye, Simon.***
***Hmm, I wonder what that was about. Well, time to get to TNT. Oh, look at that. Simon messed with my computer. Wow. He did good. I'm getting an idea.....***
Okay, I'm back. Just some miscellaneous news. "Cast & Crew: Take 2" will be up in a couple of weeks. And you can see part of the logo already up. It will be a cast and crew page, but for fans such as Jacob Isom, Brendon McFarlane, Austin Peachey, and others who are great assets to the Adventures in Odyssey online fan community. Also, I think Simon did good. Normally I don't ask you to comment, but if you could give me your opinions on Simon, that would be greatly appreciated. And don't forget to vote on AIO Websters. That's all for now, so stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge
Well, I'm back, and I wasn't even missed. But, nevertheless, I will continue to diligently report the news.
First off, Episode 151 of The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast has been released. This episode is a video podcast, and the summary of the episode is, "Join Bob and Jesse as they reminesce about the Birthday Bash in Dallas and present an upbeat Get in the Show feature." So people who couldn't make it to the Birthday Bash, like myself, can hear about it.
Quick piece of news before I move on to larger pieces of news. The episode from Album 56 that I mentioned a couple posts back that would be entitled "Push the Red Button" is actually a shortened version of the live show at the Birthday Bash. However, this version of the episode was recorded in the studio in California. But I'm happy listening to it, whether shortened or not.
Now, also a while back I posted that Adventures in Odyssey 24/7 was back up and running. Sadly, on the Adventures in Odyssey Update, David Hilder, through AIO Twitter, found out that, yes, sadly, it is shutting down. The reason it is still playing is they haven't taken all the episodes off. However, it will be completely non-functional soon.
According to The Odyssey Scoop, Adventures in Odyssey is making it's way back to iTunes this fall. Album 56: The Grand Design is supposedly being released on iTunes in August. I must admit, that is a very tempting offer, and I might buy some Album 56 episodes myself.
While we're talking about The Odyssey Scoop, yesterday they released their brand new navigation system. All the old clutter on the top of the home page has been cleaned up and organized in a nice, orderly, and really amazing fashion. If you haven't seen it yet, go check it out right now.
And the repack program continues! As you can see, Album 13: It All Started When... is being repackaged in an all new look. I love the bright new red background. All of the repacks have brighter colors, which I find very enjoyable.
Anyway, Me 4 the King continues. The way HannahJ changed her blog to become somewhat of an Adventures in Odyssey blog is awesome. She continues the interviews with NarniaQA Guy, one of the members of the Soda Shop Message Boards. She also references my website on one of her posts. Her other posts are good, too, so read them as well. But, yesterday, she posted some REALLY big news. She's hosting an interview with Kimmy Robertson, the voice of Penny Wise. She needs help with questions for the interview, so if you're on the Soda Shop you can submit your questions there, or you can leave the questions on her blog. Just follow this link: http://me4theking.blogspot.com/2012/07/i-need-your-help.html
Just Another AIO Blog is up and running as always, so lots of new stuff there. Two new articles are up: The 'New' Children of Odyssey and The Art of Odyssey, besides the normal pieces of news. The main piece of news for this site is "The U.S.S. Response". The U.S.S. Response stands for "The Unofficial Soda Shop Response". Alex Jefferson will take certain comments that may or may not be controversial and review them, all the time sounding like a communications operator on a ship. Check out the U.S.S. Response at http://www.justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/p/uss-response.html
The Unofficial AIO Blog is up and running again with lotsof different pieces of news, but there are two interesting articles on there that stuck out to me. One is "The Top 5 All-Time Best AIO Blogs and Websites". It was a very good article, so you have got to check it out. But that doesn't compare to yesterday's article. Wooton Bassett has a preview of Installment 3 of Adventures in Connellsville, and there are at least two more beloved Adventures in Odyssey characters in this installment. You can check it out at this link: http://unofficialaioblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/adventures-in-connelsville-preview.html
. One more thing: Wooton Bassett also has a U.S.S. Response page. The only difference is he uses different comments. Let me get off topic for a little bit. Adventures in Odyssey fan sites have begun to unite in some aspects, such as The Imagination Station or The U.S.S. Response. I just think it's very good. Once upon a time there was the Odyssey Blogging Committee, (That's a story for another time.), but they never really teamed up like Just Another AIO Blog, The Unofficial AIO Blog, and Twists and Turns have teamed up.
Josh and Ally from Out of Control in Odyssey have released a new, and VERY long post, entitled "The Live Show: By the Kos". It details every little tiny aspect of their trip to the Birthday Bash, and it is excellently written. They do a great job with their blog, and I always expectantly wait for more. The link is http://odysseyoutofcontrol.blogspot.com/2012/07/live-show-by-kos.html
And finally,(Man, this has been a LONG article), Abby and Mandie released Episode 5 of their podcast. I haven't listened to it yet, but I will give you my opinions on it later. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNajergJSC4&feature=plcp
Well, it's good to be back, even if I haven't been missed. So, I guess that's all for now, so stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge
Well, let's see just one month and a couple of hours ago I sat down to write "Grand Opening!", the first post of my blog. It doesn't seem like a month. I had so much fun doing it. This may sound like I'm saying goodbye and shutting this down, but I'm not. However, until Friday night I will not be posting anything. Nothing, at all. End of story. But, on Friday night I will do a recap post of all that I missed. Knowing how much I ramble, that will be like an eight paragraph post. Be prepared. Until then, however, I'm going to give you something really big for my one month of existing, and posting steadily. The fact that I posted so steadily was probably the biggest shock. Okay, to the suprise.
Of course us Adventures in Odyssey fans have seen this picture. If you go to the AIO Update, David Hilder's talked about this before, and Garrett Vandenburg has referenced it several times on the Soda Shop Message Boards. However, if you read what both of those people have said, we knew nothing about this. We knew that Kevin McCreary was working on it, Garrett was making the music and theme song, and David Griffin, voice of Jimmy Barclay, is the director and star actor. However, nothing was known about the show, so I contacted Garrett. He didn't know that much, so he told me to email David Griffin. I did, and he told me a lot that I wanted to know. So, as a special suprise for you three people that read this, (See, I have grown. When I started out I only had two people reading this!), I'll tell you what David said about Edwin and the Orbs.
But, before I do that, so you're not completely lost, Edwin & the Orbs is a new radio drama produced by, well, it's not by any company or organization, like how Adventures in Odyssey is run by Focus on the Family, but people we've known for a long time in the Odyssey world are a part of it. It won't be anything like Adventures in Odyssey, Down Gilead Lane, or The Last Chance Detectives. It's not religious programming, but it sounds awesome, and in a minute you'll find out why. If anything, it would be somewhat similar to old-time radio, with some differences. Old-time radio were adventure shows, such as The Lone Ranger, The Mist, or The Green Hornet. Some other old-time radio shows were comedies, such as Amos 'n' Andy. Edwin & the Orbs will be an adventure show, (I'll tell you the summary of it later.), but there is one big difference between it and old-time radio. Old-time radio had live sound effects, and everything was live. Edwin & the Orbs will not be. Actually, neither is Adventures in Odyssey. So, basically, Edwin & the Orbs will be nothing like any of us have ever heard. The most similar old-time radio show compared to this would have to be Orson Wells' 1939 radio adaptation of War of the Worlds. Sorry, I'm rambling again, so back to what David Griffin said.
Apparently, according to David Griffin, the release date is SUPER DUPER top secret, but he told me that he had inside information that it will be released on December 21, 2012. I asked what the format of the show would be, such as would it be single individual episodes like normal Adventures in Odyssey, or a continual format similar to Novacom. His answer was: "It will be presented in a serial format. So, yes, major epic saga." Then comes the big question that I was wondering about, and you probably are, too. "What is the show about?" David told me, "Edwin & the Orbs tells the story of a young man (Edwin) in the future who is a secret government agent tasked with trying to fix all of history's problems. However, Edwin gets stuck in time and can't get home which means other "jumpers" are sent to find him. While he's stuck in time, he still tries to fix history, but usually ends up causing most of history's problems! With his A.I. friend "Glitch" to keep him company, Edwin discovers why it's important to learn about history." Finally, I asked him if the show would be on iTunes, and he said that all delivery options are open at this time. He also told me that sometime either this week or next week he would begin writing and updating a production blog. If any of you guys want more updates, you can "like" Edwin & the Orbs on Facebook. There is one more thing. If you want to hear Edwin & the Orbs, there is a sampler. The link is http://edwinandtheorbs.com/
. Well, that was my special feature. I hope you liked it. Now back to plain old news.
First off, Abby and Mandie's Adventures in Odyssey Podcast has their own website now! Woo-Hoo! Their previous four episodes are on there, and when new episodes come out, they'll be on there, too. Yup. That's right. Episode 5 isn't up yet. So that will probably be on my "What Happened While I Was Gone" post. Also, for those of you that don't know, Abby and Mandie have done quite a few Adventures in Odyssey related videos, so all of those are on the website, too. NarniaQA Guy from the Soda Shop Message Boards did the website, and he did a wonderful job. Their website is now on my Imagination Station page, so you can check that out. The link is http://theabbyandmandieshow.webnode.com/
. Also, I have put The Best Small Town Podcast and The Heart of Adventures in Odyssey on the Imagination Station, too.
Well, Just Another AIO Blog is busy, as usual. They have a review of "The Mailman Cometh" out, and "The Top 5 Worst Odyssey Albums of All Time". As usual, Alex Jefferson is very detailed. Also, this is important if you want to know about the next Courtroom. If you follow this link, Alex has cleverly placed some hints in a fan fiction update onhis blog. It worked out really well, but I don't think anybody has noticed. http://www.justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/aio-news-7612.html
Follow the link and see if you can figure out the clues.
Also, Alex Jefferson released his second installment of Adentures in Connellsville. This installment involves a rookie policeman, a guy named Hank, and a begrudged visit to Whit's End Connellsville. And as an added bonus, we hear about two different beloved Adventures in Odyssey characters. Alex continues to impress, so check it out. The link is http://www.justanotheraioblog.blogspot.com/p/adventures-in-connellsville.html
Me 4 the King is HannahJ's personal blog, though you could call it an Odyssey blog somewhat. She speaks about it frequently, and that's not a bad thing. Anyway, the logo is awesome, don't you think? This one is another Wooton Bassett original. Back to what I'm supposed to be talking about. HannahJ did a written interview with Alex Jefferson from Just Another AIO Blog. It was a very interesting interview, as Alex only interviewed himself once, but Hannah was very indepth. Questions such as "How does it feel being Alex", "What are your future plans", and "How has Adventures in Odyssey help you in your Christian faith?" She said she'll do more interviews, whether Odyssey or not, I don't care. I'll read them. She was born to do interviews. Seriously. I wasn't going to do interviews, but now it's definite. Leave the interviewing to Hannah. You guys have got to check this out. The link is http://me4theking.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-interview-with-alex-jefferson.html
. Also, she added Twists and Turns as one of her links. Yay!
Well, over a month later, and Christian A. is back. It took several people asking if he was alive, but he finally posted. He said sometime this week he would post his review of "Something Old, Something New, Parts 1 & 2" sometime this week. Ugh. Something else I'm going to miss. I think another episode of the Boredom Buster Podcast will be released this week. Well, I'll post it all eventually. I hope you enjoyed my special one month post today. That's all for now, so, well, I guess you don't have to stay tuned until Friday, but anyway, I hope you enjoy Twists and Turns!
---The Old Judge