Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Great & Easy Way to Support Focus on the Family

Just like many other non-profit organizations, Focus on the Family is struggling during these tough economic times. The folks at Focus are the ones producing Adventures in Odyssey. It's easy to forget that AIO, Radio Theatre, and other projects from them are a ministry tool and not simply entertainment. We've seen different cutbacks and layoffs made at FOTF the past couple of years. 

Odyssey has changed in the way it's being released in part because of the rising costs of making it. We here at the Adventures in Odyssey Blog are firm supporters of Focus on the Family and AIO. We encourage you to purchase episodes, albums, and other AIO merchandise from them, not only because we're all fans of it, but also to help Focus get the funds needed to keep making the show. Donating to them directly is also a good way. We also don't condone any kind of piracy or illegal distribution or downloading of AIO episodes on websites, YouTube, etc. This hurts Focus a lot.

Beyond that, there is another way of supporting Focus on the Family. Many of us buy something from Amazon at one time or another. Some people buy stuff from them all the time. How could we turn shopping at Amazon into a way to donate to Focus on the Family?

Amazon Smile is a relatively new initiative from Amazon that makes it super easy to support charities/non-profit organizations. By going to smile.amazon.com, you can choose to have 0.5% of every qualifying purchase you make through Amazon be given to Focus on the Family. You can do it on Odyssey albums, books, and millions of other products available on Amazon. It doesn't cost you anything extra. You could also choose to give to other great organizations like Compassion or World Vision. The more you shop, the more donations they get.

Last but not least, you can also pray for groups like Focus who champion Biblical values and help show Jesus' love to others. They need our prayers just as much. Remember, without Focus on the Family, there would be no Adventures in Odyssey.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LIVE Interview with Kevin McCreary

It's here! It's now! It's...live! Enjoy our interview with Kevin McCreary and make sure to join in on the conversation.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Upcoming Live Interview with Kevin McCreary

We have a blast doing live interviews. It's a chance to interact with our followers and our guest like we can't do any other way. We've had fun doing it for the first time with Phil Lollar and later with Katie Leigh. Now, we're excited to announce that we're doing it again. And our guest? Kevin McCreary!

Kevin is one of the funniest and most creative persons ever. He's the guy that created The Ceiling Fan Podcast, one of the most popular AIO fan podcasts. He also worked at Focus on the Family for a couple years. Recently, he's started a YouTube show called Say Goodnight Kevin and has guest appearances on Blimey Cow.

On Tuesday, September 7th, Kevin will join us on a live video stream where you'll get to watch us ask him questions and hear him answer our questions and yours! You can join the conversation and send questions for Kevin to answer live. It can be about Odyssey, The Ceiling Fan, his soul patch, etc. If you can't make it to see us live, don't worry. You'll be able to see the whole video on YouTube once we've stopped broadcasting. If you have questions and can't send them in during the broadcast, just email us (adventuresinodysseyblog[@]gmail.com) or post them on our event pages on Facebook or Google Plus.

Get excited. It's going to be awesome!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Coming Soon - Sibling Spies 2

It's been quite awhile since we released our last radio drama, Skye Weldon & The Crazy Cactus Caper back in early 2013. We've been keeping busy with short features over on our SoundCloud page, but we haven't forgotten how fun our longer features from the AIO Blogcast. That's why we're announcing that we are working on a brand new full length radio drama, a sequel to Sibling Spies!


Sibling Spies 2: Trial by Fire (the tentative title) will see the return of special agents Andy & Christy Fox as they once again set out on a mission for the International Intrigue Investigators. However, this time, it will require them to come to grips with their past and accept the changes happening to their team.

We've had ideas for a sequel for some time, but only recently figured out how the story should unfold. We have the first scene written along with several other lines of dialogue. While we did focus a little more on story than comedy for the last Sibling Spies show, we really wanted to make this one have a really engaging story that brought home some great lessons. Don't worry. There will still be plenty of laughs to be had in this show.

We're very excited about the story and we can't wait to let you all hear it! We're shooting for having the script completely written by the end of this year with the final production coming out sometime in 2015.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wrapping Up the Wildest Summer Ever

It's hard to believe summer is already over and fall is here! Where did the time go? Back in May, we announced the Wildest Summer Ever. It was a series of special events spread out over the summer months.

We had fun conducting two different interviews this summer. The first one we did was with big time AIO fan and star of Advenutres in Editing, Tracy Lyn Holland. This was the first time we did an entire interview in a text format. The second was on our YouTube channel, an interview with Odyssey writer, Marshal Younger.


During this time, we also released and re-released some computer wallpapers: and original one using scenes from the Odyssey Adventure Club and once Facebook-exclusive ones.

We had a blast on our SoundCloud page these past months. First, we released Do You Want to Have Adventure?, a parody of Do You Want to Build a Snowman?. We also re-released some content that was originally only on The AIO Blogcast. One was a remix of our theme song we never used to replace our regular theme. Plus, we also uploaded all our past radio dramas: Austin Peachey, PI, Sibling Spies, and Skye Weldon. If you haven't already, make sure to follow us on SoundCloud as we continue to bring new and classic content. We also produced our first lyrics video which we uploaded to YouTube. It was for the Do You Want to Have Adventure? song.


To wrap everything up, we had a contest, the AIO Meme Contest, where our readers could submit their own funny memes related to Odyssey. We picked three winners to win Our Favorites and Wooton's Whirled History.

We had even more things planned for the summer, but unfortunately, we weren't able to do them all. This was because myself, Tasha, and the rest of our family moved from New Mexico to Oklahoma in June. It all happened rather fast and we were really busy preparing for the move and trying to get into our new house. We had very little internet access and were unable to do some of the things we had planned.

However, we are now settled into our new home and have even better internet access than before. We'll do our best to do some of the things we didn't get to do this summer sometime this fall and next year. We hope you all had a blast these past few months and thanks for being a part of The Wildest Summer Ever!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AIO Meme Contest Winners


It's time to announce the winners to our AIO Meme contest! We received some great, funny entries. We wish we could give everyone a prize, but, unfortunately, we cannot. Now, are you ready to see who won?

Coming in at 3rd place, we have Will L's entry. Will cleverly stitched together some pictures of Connie with different emotions to convey one of her most memorable and quirky qualities. Will L. wins a copy of of one of the latest special AIO releases, Wooton's Whirled History: A Blend of Bravery. Congrats, Will!

Will L.

Next up, we have an entry from Elijah Hall. He took the popular meme, Bad Luck Brian, and used it show how Connie doesn't have a great history of dating people. Elijah's meme comes in 2nd place and wins a copy of the Our Favorites album containing the AIO actors' favorite episodes. Well done, Elijah!

Elijah Hall
Who comes in first place? Ryan Matlock! He used the illustration of Connie from Album 57 with Connie's somewhat indiscernible expression to convey one of the most remembered quotes from Tom Riley & Bart Rathbone's debate. It's also timely because the currently airing season of AIO is showing how "toleration" is used nowadays. Ryan also wins a copy of Our Favorites, plus a printed version of his meme signed by us here at the AIO Blog!

Ryan Matlock

Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to all who entered this contest! We hope you had fun!


And so ends the Wildest Summer Ever. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

AIO Meme Contest


Memes. You've seen them all over the Internet: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, pretty much everywhere. You've probably shared some, you may have liked or favorited some, but have you ever made one? That's what this last part of the Wildest Summer Ever is all about! We want you to create the most cleverest and funniest meme ever...about Odyssey!

What is a meme?
Basically, it's a picture with a caption used to make a funny statement.

How to make one: You can use several websites, such as Quick Meme and Meme Maker, to help you make your own memes. You can also use your favorite photo editor to make one. Just make sure to use the font Impact. You may use a pre-made meme template or make a new one using pictures from AIO.

How to enter: Once you've made a meme, it's time to share it with us. For Facebook users, just post the photo on our Facebook page and use the hashtag #AIOMemeContest on the post. On Twitter, mention us in a tweet using @theAIOblog and the hashtag #AIOMemeContest. Note: Your tweets must be public for us to see your post.
Update!
If you follow us on Google Plus, you can send us an email (must be a Gmail account) with your meme. Just make sure to use the subject line "AIO Meme Contest."

How winners will be chosen: Once we get all the entries, we'll choose our favorite meme and two runners up.

The prizes: First and second place will receive a copy of the Our Favorites album, containing cast-picked episodes. Third place winner will receive a copy of Wooton's Whirled History: A Blend of Bravery, which contains 6 AIO history shows with new wrap arounds with Wooton.

The rules:

You must be a resident of the 48 continental United States to enter and win.

The meme's content must be related to AIO.

The meme that you post must be of your own creation and not someone else's.

You are only allowed to enter one meme.

As per Facebook and Twitter's rules of their users being 13 or older, we can only accept entries posted by people that are of that age. If you are under 13, you may have one of your parents or older siblings to submit your entry for you. The same age limit goes for Google Plus entrants.

Please choose whether to post your entry on Facebook or Twitter. Do not post it on both.

Your entry should not contain any offensive pictures or vulgar/swear words. Any entry that contains any of these will not be eligible to win.

Update!
Due to Google Plus' stipulations on contests, we regret to say that we cannot use Google Plus to get entries. If you are one of our G+ followers, you're more than welcome to use Facebook and Twitter to enter instead. If you follow us on Google Plus, you can send us an email (must be a Gmail account) with your meme. Just make sure to use the subject line "AIO Meme Contest."

Update!
You have until September 8th 12:00 pm CST September 15th 12:00 pm CST to post your entries on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or email. Winners will be chosen and announced soon after. Winners will be contacted after the announcement.

 Have fun and be creative!


Here are some memes that we've made to give you some inspiration:



Thursday, August 28, 2014

AIO Blogcast Radio Dramas Now On SoundCloud

Summer is almost at an end, but we still have more fun to have in the Wildest Summer Ever! You may recall that while we still made the AIO Blogcast, we created 3 different radio dramas for special episodes. We had people like Phil Lollar, Kevin McCreary, and Garrett Vandenberg star on them along with us and some of our friends. We had a lot of fun making them. However, some of the shows were in really long episodes or people weren't sure what they were. You could only hear them by going back and finding them in the archives.

Until now.

All of our productions have been re-released on SoundCloud! They are now standalone features and easier to listen to. If you haven't heard any of these, we think you're in for a real treat...and a whole lot of laughter. If you have heard them already, we're sure you'll enjoy them hearing them again.

And as for if and when we'll make new full length drama? Well, all we can say we have some really exciting ideas. If we start moving forward with them, you'll be the first to know!


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lyrics Video for "Do You Want to Have Adventure?"

We had a lot of fun making Do You Want to Have Adventure? earlier this summer. Apparently, so did you guys considering we have over 80 listens on SoundCloud. Well, we thought it would be fun to make a lyrics video for you (and us) to sing along with. Below is the end result.

Happy singing!

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