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Ever been curious about the real or fictional worlds and how we define them? Here’s your chance to find out. Here Be Tygers follows artists, writers, scientists, creators of all kinds, the stories they tell, and asks them “what inspires?” Featuring host and occasional real-life person, Jarod Cerf, the world of ‘Earth, but not quite’ as he designs it, and the many strange, fine friends who help bring tales to life. This is Here Be Tygers.

Ever been curious about the real or fictional worlds and how we define them? Here’s your chance to find out. Here Be Tygers follows artists, writers, scientists, creators of all kinds, the stories they tell, and asks them “what inspires?” Featuring host and occasional real-life person, Jarod Cerf, the world of ‘Earth, but not quite’ as he designs it, and the many strange, fine friends who help bring tales to life. This is Here Be Tygers.

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Ever been curious about the real or fictional worlds and how we define them? Here’s your chance to find out. Here Be Tygers follows artists, writers, scientists, creators of all kinds, the stories they tell, and asks them “what inspires?” Featuring host and occasional real-life person, Jarod Cerf, the world of ‘Earth, but not quite’ as he designs it, and the many strange, fine friends who help bring tales to life. This is Here Be Tygers.

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English


Episodes

“Where the Beats Have No Name, Pt 2“ with David Herman

7/31/2020
In the first half my conversation with Dave, we talked about the four elements of narrative pacing: the premise, your beats, what the audience ‘sees’ and where those should lead. Today we’ll take a deeper look into the heart of things, or rather, ‘the heart of the scene’: that moment from which all of your beats will drive to or flow. This ‘heart’, as we’ll show, usually taps into what a character cherishes, wants or desires above all else (even in a slight way), reveals some truth of the...

Duration:01:24:04

“Where the Beats Have No Name, Pt 1“ with David Herman

7/15/2020
Joining today: humorist, game maker and the host of Odder Worlds, David Herman There’s a moment in every story’s life where it will go a different way than the one you had in mind. When that’s done well, it can lead to a great or even wondrous surprise. But sometimes the premise, the beats, and the end destination just don’t align: what you expect doesn’t lead anywhere, the moments that should have been are not there, or you don’t know how—at this place—you’ve arrived. What do you do when...

Duration:01:07:25

“Grace”, with Alive Inside’s Michael Rosatto-Bennett

6/17/2020
Joining today: filmmaker, documentarian, and Executive producer of Alive Inside, Michael Rosatto-Bennett I’ve held on to this interview for awhile. I had plenty of reasons: it was old, it was too noisy, it was live; I wasn’t sure of where it would go—none of them ‘right’. But that’s the funny thing about grace. It doesn’t come when you’d like, just in the moments between; when you listen, you wait, you hold something too small on its own to survive. Our guest today has a few stories about...

Duration:01:20:44

“In a Series of Kindnesses...” with IHMC’s Mark Daniel & William Howell

5/15/2020
Joining today: William Howell, Senior Creative and Multimedia Producer for the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, and Mark Daniel, a research associate at IHMC and their exoskeleton pilot Earlier this year, I had a chance to meet with two remarkable people: IHMC’s Mark Daniel and Billy Howell. They’d just finished speaking at the Podfest Expo in Orlando, where they presented a machine—a part of the team’s collaborative research—that could help a man to his feet, that could give to his...

Duration:01:06:21

“I Sing the Body Eclectic!”, with Eric Nevins

4/22/2020
Joining today: practicing evangelical, Masters of Divinity in spiritual formation, and the host of Halfway There, Eric Nevins The words around ‘faith’—that belief in numinous, the eternal, the ethereal, the strange—are often fraught with our own experience of how others would frame it. There are dogmas and proofs, liturgies, claims; but the journey we take is a personal one—sometimes with great struggle or of uncertain length. For Eric Nevins, a practicing evangelical, Masters of Divinity...

Duration:01:11:35

“Choosing Life, That You May Live” with Deanna Won

3/27/2020
Joining today: former Air Force colonel, Health Coach and stage-four ovarian cancer survivor, Deanna Won How do you choose—do you define—who you are and what to do when you have only a month left to ‘your time’? When the doctors describe to you symptoms, procedures and what your few weeks in hospice will be like? For Deanna Won, a former military colonel, scientist and trained fighter, that decision to want, to survive, to take back her autonomy, chase her dreams, regain her life started...

Duration:00:55:10

On Narrative ‘Arks’, the Weird & the Wild, with Julia Perch

3/10/2020
Joining today: Julia Perch, a Russian-American psychiatrist, illustrator and writer of the upcoming novel, Umbra Julia and I first met in an online writing group, where she confessed that she was struggling with some friends and family who felt that her story was either a work of witchcraft or inspired by the devil. As a tremendous believer in the power of dreams, imagination, and what lives on in the emptiest places of our minds, this hurt her deeply. But still, she was inspired to write;...

Duration:00:59:57

“The Mad Flight, Part 2”

2/29/2020
As promised, we return this month with the second half (and finale!) to our adventures in Microscope: a storytelling game about all the ‘big things’ that happen and the smaller scenes between. So join us tonight as our mad flight resumes with multiple clones, flavors of ice cream, androids, and the consumption of our would-be saviors. - J Show Notes • “The Girl from Ipanema”, orig. by Antônio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes; performed by NOVA • Rules for playing Microscope with your...

Duration:02:08:09

“The Mad Flight, Part 1”

12/30/2019
Occasionally, Dave, Pablo, sometimes Stephen, and I get up to shenanigans. This is one of those times. Microscope is a game of what’s true and not right about the world. And what follows from that, as a tale—as a narrative—that we define. Or at least it should be, in practice, in theory. Until we tried. With apologies to candy, teeth, Star Wars/Trek, Battlestar Galactica, androids and anything else that I forgot tonight. Here’s the first half of what happens when we make a...

Duration:01:42:08

Kobold Blue

11/4/2019
Joining today: entertainer, co-host of The Geekly Oddcast, and host of Odder Worlds, David Herman What if an advent was something left behind by the gods, as proof that your gift had been recognized? Or currencies an acknowledgement of the relationship between those of great need and those with great power or verve? If what you were worth was measured not by success but the work? We’ve spoken before about what makes an ‘earth’. But the things that make that work—currencies, faith,...

Duration:01:39:51

Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright!

10/11/2019
Hey all, Sometimes life is weird. And sometimes it goes strange. And sometimes you just have to sift through them both to see what new and unusual things you can make. Fortunately, we’re at a point now where I can describe that shape: Long story short, Here Be Tygers is growing again. We’ll still be on Patreon, but you’ll see and hear both some new and a few more familiar faces. That’s right. Starting today, you can find Here Be Tygers, Myopia: Defend Your Childhood, and The Geekly...

Duration:00:11:54

“Who Will Lead Us Next?”, with Eddie Turner

8/30/2019
Joining today: Eddie Turner, a professional coach, host of Keep Leading, and author of 140 Simple Messages To Guide Emerging Leaders Back in 2016, before Here Be Tygers was ever a name to this show, I started Jam Sessions as a sort of informal chat with folks about who they are, what they do and where they wanted to go. Eddie was gracious enough to be our first guest and to this day I remain grateful to him for helping me onto a path where I could do the work that I love with people I...

Duration:00:58:53

The Life We Live Behind Glass, with Lilibet Snellings

7/31/2019
Joining today: author Lilibet Snellings, author of BOX GIRL: My Part-Time Job as an Art Installation (from Soft Skull Press) and the funniest person you know with MS The first thing I remember from my initial call to Lilibet was her talent for setting the dramatic to a well-lit narrative; one where all the places and players are carefully examined, illustrated, and given vibrancy by their all-too-human quips (we also share an addiction to bulleted lists and numbered collections, handwritten...

Duration:00:51:53

The Different Worlds that We Live In & Imagine, with Andre Rodriguez

6/24/2019
Joining today: digital modeler for Blue Sky Studios, teacher and panelist on Diverse Toons, Andre Rodriguez It’s easy to imagine a story: the decisions, mistakes, and sacrifices that can drive someone. And so much harder to survive, forgive, outlast the ‘character’ we can become in another person’s life. But what happens when the world we live in decides that for us? When we try to escape the lines, the tales that other people would define us by? How do we, as Andre would say, ‘find our...

Duration:01:08:55

The Wizards Who Gave Us Power, with Eric Brach

12/28/2018
Joining today: journalist and co-author of Conquering the Electron: the Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels who Built our Electronic Age, Eric Brach Most of the crew is off and away for the holidays, so I thought it might be a fun treat to revisit one of my earliest episodes from a previous show. Back then, I was focused almost entirely on authors and their work. So I created In Character to reflect how the people who write our favorite stories often have unusual tales of...

Duration:00:47:25

“In the Matter of...” with Dave Geiger

10/24/2018
Joining today: author, essay writer, and advocate for mental health and criminal justice reform, Dave Geiger Not every life goes according to ‘the plan’: be it God’s, some shadowy conspirator’s, or our own expectations at the time. We like to think in those moments—when we’re asked to change, to ‘do what’s right’, and revise our plans—that what we see and feel and act upon is irrefutable, or at the least, something we can rely on. But what happens, and how do we define ourselves, when our...

Duration:00:54:11

The Unforgiving Tree

9/5/2018
Joining today: longtime friend and fan of sci-fi, horror and Picard, Ken Hurt. Sometimes, the world of Here Be Tygers is a kind, forgiving place. And sometimes, it’s an evening or night away from the fires that ‘those who dream too much’ cannot escape. On today’s episode, Ken and I talk about what it’s like to give a part of your world it’s own sense of time and space—before the story or your main characters arrive there. From places fantastic to the more mundane aspects of daily life,...

Duration:01:23:10

Interview with a Webcomic Writer, Brad Guigar

7/30/2018
Joining today: creator of Phables, Greystone Inn, and Evil Inc, writer of The Webcomics Handbook, and host of ComicLab, Brad Guigar Brad and I met at a Patreon live event earlier this year and within the first five minutes I knew we had to invite him. He’s full of stories and advice; just the kind of people we like. And he’s had quite the interesting career: from newspaper apprentice and early webcomic writer (think Geocities, Angelfire) to successful creator, mentor, advisor and Eisner...

Duration:01:05:43

A Mid-sized Sea Journey, Part 2

6/22/2018
And we’re back! Hope you all enjoyed the break while we set things up at our new home. Last time, Dave and I talked about a few of our favorite tales and how they pull the reader in right from the beginning. So now we’ll share a few of our own, mostly from actual play or in-real-time storytelling games: the kind where the players can decide their own fate, the characters take on a strange life, and failures, mistakes, and the unexpected, shared delight can lead to a surprising change. What...

Duration:01:02:55

A Mid-sized Sea Journey, Part 1

4/18/2018
Joining today: frequent guest and Odder Worlds host, David Herman of TheBrothersHerman. Though it may seem odd, the starting point of any tale we devise is often the hardest to find. Sometimes it helps to see what other bodies of work have done well (or not) and why. And sometimes we wander off into the wilds of the stuff we like before we talk about the tools, ideas and techniques we’ve tried. - J Like what you hear and want to see more of what I write? Leave a review or show your...

Duration:01:08:27