[Tea With Alice] Neil Gaiman – Icky SpeechCast

Neil Gaiman – Icky SpeechCast

24/01/2019 by Alice Fraser

Web player: http://podplayer.net/?id=62423232
Episode: http://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/alicepodcast/223_neil_gaiman_-_icky_speechcast.mp3

Neil Gaiman, writer and reluctant showrunner talks about when you can let go of work and when you have a duty to fight for it to be a particular way, how his graphic bible story nearly got someone thrown in jail, and the importance of protecting icky speech.

Find Neal at http://neilgaiman.com

I’m at http://patreon.com/alicefraser

Listen Date: 2019-03-20


  • The standout bit of the episode was Neil Gaiman talking about how life as both a showrunner and as a writer is Groundhog Day like, in that you do the same thing every day, and barely even notice what you’re doing, to the extent that you end up with the same lunch every day because that’s the most convenient thing possible.
  • What made it strike me is that he made the days sound very dry and meaningless, but what he comes up at the end of all those Groundhog Days is something filled with meaning. I mean, in the specific case of Neil Gaiman it is filled with meaning; so I wonder how much generality applies.
  • On a parallel note, his writing routine of “Wake up, exercise, go to cafe, write till the evening while thulping tea, go home” made me weep at the prospects of writing my own book part time.
  • Neil Gaiman’s characterisation of the benefits of free spech being “On Balance, despite the bad things, still better than worse” as important but not pithy – made me grin.
  • I am very excited for Good Omens. I mean, even more than I was after watching the trailers.
  • It’s interesting to see that Neil Gaiman sees Good Omens as about the friendship between an angel and a demon; for me it is so much about Adam and the Them. Even Newt Pulsifer and Anathema Device seemed like more of a substantial plot in the book than Aziraphale and Crowley. What is there, though.


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