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That time I was going to be on reality tv...

Did I tell you about this? I don't think I did. Skip over if you think you've read this before...

I was approached last December by channel nine to be on their show, 'This Time Next Year'. It was after I'd participated in the TOM makers conference at Swinburne last November. They had wanted to cover the conference but had just missed it, so they'd asked if there was anyone from the conference they might be able to put on this reality TV program, and my name had been given because I don't mind talking in front of a camera. Let's face it, I'll talk to a table leg, so a camera is hardly a challenge.

Anyway, they interviewed me a couple of times, but I was struggling to find anything I really wanted to achieve in one year's time. Keep in mind that last year was pretty amazing for me. I had published a book, published an academic paper in Australia's top writing journal, found a job, and a bunch of smaller achievements. I just couldn't think what my next goal to conquer might be.

We scoured me life for something that might be achievable in a year, but in the end we couldn't find anything that would compete with the 1000 other possible stories. It was all very hush-hush because while filming was set to start at the end of February, the story wouldn't be aired for a year, I couldn't tell anyone about it. The irony was that I never watch reality TV, it has no appeal for me as a viewer at all.

The reason this has popped back up in my conscious is that yesterday I received an email from the lead of our TOM team. He had been approached by the TOM conference leaders to see if we might want to take our project from prototype draft to completed prototype. We're having a meeting next week with the organisers, nothing is a given, but it's nice to be considered.

I'm not sure which project they mean because we actually had two - the adjustable harness, and the find a friend (not the real name just in case this because reality) app. I personally think they app would be more interesting, but maybe they mean the harness.

While participating in the conference last year, I had both the TOM people and a TV station (I can't remember which one - obviously not nine) filming me and my teams progress. So, I did make it onto TV last year. I kind of liked that!

So, there you go, my encounters with television.


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