I have struggled to write this post for weeks, rather months, okay, since January 20, 2017. Like many sane people, I have difficulty processing much of what has happened in the past 12 months, kind of like processing being hit by a mack truck and dragged for a mile caught in its undercarriage as an afterthought.
The urge to wax poetic about my struggles with depression and suicidal ideation during the Year of Bizarro ...continue reading "2017 – The Good, The Bad, The WTF?"
News flash. I love short fiction podcasts. Shocking, right?
Years ago, through the wonders of the interwebz, I became acquainted with Escape Artists, Inc. (EA to its friends) and we've been best buddies ever since. EA produces four of my favorite podcasts: ESCAPE POD; PSEUDOPOD; PODCASTLE; CAST OF WONDERS. I fell in love with the short fiction format, the narrators, the hosts, everything. Since then, I've had the privilege of hearing my own work produced on three of the four shows (*shakes fist at the heavens* I'll get an acceptance yet, ESCAPE POD!). You can read my interview with EA owner Alasdair Stuart here.
I recently supported EA's new Patreon campaign to do such things as pay CAST OF WONDERS narrators, offer new non-fiction content, and pay PSEUDOPOD narrators directly from the Patreon campaign itself. I thought I would ...continue reading "PATREON As a Force of Good in the World (or: Why You Should Support Escape Artists, Inc.)"
2016 has been a shit year for far too many of us. We all need good things. Here are a few of mine.
I have more than one Nebula Award eligible story for 2016. They are, in no particular order: ...continue reading "Nebula Nominations, Solstice, and Other Good Things"
The season is upon us, the season of ghosts, haunts, haints, and the delightful chill of dark tales whispered at the dead of night. Over the last two weeks on Twitter (hint: follow me @WriterOdell) I've shared some of my favorite horror podcast stories to help set the mood and I wanted to add a few more to the list because, let's face it, you can't have enough scary stories. So, in no particular order: ...continue reading "HEAR THAT? HALLOWEEN SPECIAL"
There are thousands of podcasts floating in the podsphere, but what about the talented people behind them? I recently had the opportunity to ask Alasdair Stuart of the Escape Artists family of podcasts a few questions about podcasting, EAs future, and herding cats.
Let's start with the standard boilerplate question. How did you become involved with podcasts in general and Escape Artists, Inc., in particular? ...continue reading "LISTEN UP: Who Was That Masked Man? (An Interview With Alasdair Stuart)"
I love stories (I'm a writer, part of the job), audio fiction in particular. While I appreciate radio dramas and podcast plays, I have a particular fondness for audio productions of written work. There is a certain comfort in hearing "Once upon a time..." and "He said" and "She gripped the fighter's" that never fails to capture my imagination. Podcasts are shorter than audio books (another love of mine), and are the perfect bite-sized chunk of fiction to fill an afternoon of errands or housework, or the stillness of bedtime.
Fast forward to July 2011 and ...continue reading "HEAR THAT?"