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Bards Lost in The Metaverse Episode 37 - 2023 Goals Check-in

After a month-long hiatus, Sharn and Andy are back with a bang in Episode 37. Tune in as they give updates on their 2023 goals, share insights into their latest creative ventures, and reveal how they're smashing through obstacles to achieve their dreams.

But first, the News.


News with Sharn

It’s Monday 31st July 2023, and this is news with Sharn:

In Web3 and tech new this week:

Moving now to the world of Publishing:

  • Authors have now entered the escalating legal dispute concerning generative AI tools as two class-action copyright lawsuits target tech developers. Recently filed by the Joseph Saveri Law Firm on behalf of five authors, the suits claim that Microsoft-backed OpenAI and Meta violated their copyrights by utilizing unauthorized copies of their books to train their AI models, some allegedly sourced from notorious pirate sites. These legal actions are part of a wider concern about protecting creators and creative industries from the potential disruptions of AI, and while some argue in favor of fair use, authors and copyright experts question the implications and call for safeguards on AI's creative outputs.

  • The Australian Publishers Association firmly stands behind the right to read and expresses strong opposition to attempts to ban books from bookstores and schools in the country. They condemn any harassment targeted at the dedicated staff and creators responsible for putting books into the hands of Australian readers. Emphasizing that the freedom to read, write, and publish is a cornerstone of democracy, the Association vows to continue curating and promoting quality books for all ages, advocating for accessible literature for every Australian.

  • Author Mark Dawson has faced criticism for buying 400 copies of his own book, "The Cleaner," to boost his sales and secure a top 10 spot on the Sunday Times bestseller list. While buying one's own books is not against the rules, it has raised ethical concerns among fellow authors and readers alike. Bestseller lists are often seen as a mark of prestige and can significantly impact an author's career, but some argue that this practice could tilt the playing field toward those who can afford such strategies, undermining the meritocracy of the publishing industry.

And that my friends, was news with Sharn.


Sharn and Andy then dived into reviewing their 2023 goals that are as below:

Joint goals:


  • Interviews/guest

  • Continue to release weekly (baring travel, sickness, etc)

  • Shorten the time between recording and release

  • Tentative one shots (back half of the year)

  • Update logo/identity

Invoke Creations:

  • We want to focus on growing our subscribers

  • We want to do a proper photo shoot

  • Professionalise the website (Star Ranger own website etc)


  • Wallets

  • NFT Art works

  • Spend some actual time in the Metaverse

  • Stay more across the moving world of web3/nfts/metaverses/crypto

  • Engage more in twitter and discord

Sharn Creative Goals:


  • Find editor

  • Find cover designer

  • Release A.M.O. early November

  • Distribution channels

  • Tir-na book 2 skeleton done and start writing proper first draft

  • Tentative audio book podcast of A.M.O. - review in April

Invoke sounds:

  • Weekly releases

  • Quarterly album

  • Actual videos and cover art

Andy Creative Goals:

Star Ranger:

  • Continue with weekly release schedule (Eeek)

  • Start on book 1.5 (Had planned to do this over the holidays but you know, life!)

  • Audio drama/AI audiobook (Yay so excited for this. actually got a $300 amazon grant type thing to work on this)

  • Ambient tracks for the tube!

  • Star Ranger Website to make uploading everything easier

  • First draft of book 1 finished by Easter……. This should be achievable depending on all the above

Invoke arts:

  • Keep on keeping on hahahahaha

  • Want to do 1-3 traditional art courses

  • Keep up with chapter covers (although I'm almost done thank the gods!)

  • Draw more in the A5 sketch book.

Sharn Personal Goals

  • Teaching 1 night a week/4 times a year

  • 1 night of dance class a week

  • Morning fitness classes 2-3 times a week

  • 4 days a week at work

  • Invoke day

  • Being consistent

  • Fun time with family

  • Maintain current job

  • Improve writing skills

  • Complete self publishing course through Self Publishing University run by Indie heavy weight Mark Dawson

  • Level up all skills for Invoke

Andy Personal Goals

  • Go to the gym everyday

  • Work at night 5 nights a week

  • Improve skateboarding skills and go skating with the young blood

  • Family adventures in Sydney

  • Do some actual Skill Share and Udemy courses I have lined up

  • Listen to/read fiction for a change

  • Play video games

Sharn and Andy then wrapped it up by checking if they have any new plans/goals for the end of the year.


As always, we have a lot to do and a lot more to learn. Hope you all have fun following along as we improve our understanding and knowledge!

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NOTE: Everything discussed during the podcast is simply our own interpretation of information we come across as we research topics, or is commentary based on our own personal experiences. We highly encourage everyone to conduct their own research into topics of interest as information, especially in the technical space, changes regularly.

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