Ask Dayton 95 – Speaking into the Microphone
We all know you are a great New York Times bestselling author. Belayed congratulations, by the way. But while I was at work this past week I started listening to a new audio drama called HG World which had Dayton Ward voicing Chep.
So my question for you is; are you the Dayton Ward voicing Chep and why have you not told your loyal fan that you also have a fascination with doing zombie apocalypse audio dramas?
No, that’s the other Dayton Ward: the coked-out former CEO of an internet startup company who suddenly woke up one morning and realized that he’d blown all his capital on drugs, booze, and hookers. The last I heard, he was working the night shift cleaning the private booths at an adult video arcade in Abilene, Kansas.
Okay, fine. You got me. I’m that Dayton Ward. The voice guy, I mean, not the video arcade dude. Not yet, anyway.
I’ve been told on occasion that I have a voice for radio. Come to think of it, I’ve also been told I have a face for radio, but that’s a different question for another day. To answer your question, I don’t know that I’d say I have a fascination for voicing audio dramas, zombie apocalypse or otherwise. How did I come to be involved with HG World? Like so many things, it just sort of happened. The show’s creator, Jay Smith, and I have several mutual friends, both in “the real world” as well as social media venues like Facebook and Twitter. It was because of that tangled web of online friendships and casual acquaintances that I became aware of the show.
A few years ago, Jay had need of a few folks to provide dialogue for a handful of minor characters, and I responded to his request for assistance. After an evening spent yammering into my headset, I was able to provide him with snippets of dialogue he could insert into the episode in production. I ended up doing the same thing for the next episode, after which Jay finally learned his lesson and knew better than to ask me to do that sort of thing ever again.
But, I can add something cool to the end of this little tale: I’ve actually written for HG World. Sort of. A while back, Jay asked me and a couple of other folks to write scripts for a special series of stories he was planning to do. That actually was my first go at writing a script of any sort, and according to Jay I didn’t fuck it up too badly. So far as I know, he’s still planning to do that once he wraps production on the main series. Stay tuned for updates as appropriate.
Meanwhile, I’ve got that whole Space Marshal Dylan McCade audio serial thing to worry about at some point. I’m not writing the scripts for the audio adaptations, but the SciFi Commons folks are still kind of expecting me to write the story from which the scripts will spring.
I suppose I should get on that shit, one of these days.
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.