Update on recording

I recorded a show this week, and discovered the audio file got corrupted. i have to record again, which is sad-making. I’ll try to get it done this weekend and struggle back into a regular schedule.

This week I went to Busch Gardens with the kiddo, where we discovered that people do not want to go to an amusement park when there is the threat of rain, even if it’s lovely and mild, but if it’s 40 degrees and sunny, they will go in droves. We preferred the sort of rainy day. That is, until it started raining really hard.

We stayed at a nice hotel in Colonial Williamsburg, but that part of the state is strange, with few restaurants that aren’t attached to the historical area (and therefore packed.) The hotel restaurant was in a separate building (not a big deal unless it’s raining like crazy and 40 degrees.) and didn’t do room service.

The amusement park was fun, but the unexpected fun we had was at Colonial Williamsburg where we heard about this spy game they had for kids. Codes and cyphers and secret meetings with actors in town! We got all the information and went on our merry way. The letter you get starts with how revolution is starting, only Williamsburg is full of British sympathizers and they need to find people who are loyal the the rebels’ cause.

We got a blue bandana to wear, which would let the other couriers and people know who we were. Excited to play, we started out. Then we realized that Williamsburg was packed, completely packed with people playing this game. How were we going to have a secret meeting with the courier when hundreds of people around us were waiting for the same thing?

When the kiddo spotted a dog with the blue bandana on, that was it. We knew we were done. So, dejected, we wandered Williamsburg and tried to decide what to do. That’s when I came up with the idea that the town was fine, I couldn’t find any British sympathizers at all. The rebellion was downright healthy here. It seems what was needed was British double agents. So we walked around secretly collecting information for the British in order to report back about these Colonials who were getting uppity. It was amusing to us at least.

At night I tried to do work, but then I discovered my audio was corrupted. So, no editing for me. :( But I’ll get some work done this weekend, and will have all sorts of awesome stuff for you next week!

Captain Spaulding Videos on their way!

Finally we have Captain Spaulding videos! I had a barrel of problems with video, again. Sometime I think Final Cut has it in for me. But we have the first video where Jim and I test two recipes.

Considering the weird legalities with contests, I’m just going to send a signed book to everyone who sent me a recipe. I’ll be emailing people for addresses soon!

Latest News, events, travel, cons, etc

Sorry for the radio silence last week, folks. Got hit with some mild depression and did a lot of offline stuff. I’m back, and working, and recording, and writing. But some news in brief:

  • As of noon EST, the Storium Kickstarter is at nearly $22,000! That means it could possibly reach its goal of $25k in one day. And then we have 29 more days to work on stretch goals, and I know they’re pretty damn awesome.
  • I was surprised and thrilled to be written up in the Durham Bulls blog, Hit Bull Win Blog, as a Superfan. Last year I was playing around with the idea of Sansa from A Song of Ice and Fire attending a Durham Bulls game as if it were a jousting tourney. I called it #sansaball and had fun doing it. The Bulls, a geeky organization, noticed, and wrote about me yesterday.
  • Next Thursday April 17 – I will be at the Barnes and Noble at Brier Creek, Raleigh, for a book event. If you missed the Flyleaf event, I’d love it if you could come by the B&N!
  • April 23 – I will be appear at the East Coast Gaming Conference (ECGC) on a panel about writing compelling characters. It’s a 3:15 panel, so if you’re in town for the event, check it out.
  • Future events: May 13-18- I will be at the RT Booklover’s Convention in New Orleans. It’s my first romance convention, I’m really excited to check it out.
  • June 27-29 – ConTemporal, Raleigh. Not sure I will be on programming or not, but I’ll definitely attend. The child must cosplay, afterall.
  • August 14-18 – LonCon in London. Can’t WAIT for this. Haven’t been to London since 2001.
  • November 6-9 – World Fantasy Con in Washington DC.

I really wanted to hit NASFIC, but the timing just doesn’t work out for me with teaching this summer. It’s cutting it awfully close.

Anyway, that’s the news from me. Hope to see you at an event or three this year!

Back to writing and recording and stuff.

Storium Kickstarter Launches Today!

Today marks the beginning of the Kickstarter to support a project that I’m connected with on a number of levels: Storium. I’m extremely excited about this project, as it merges storytelling and online interactivity in a way I’ve never seen before. I’ve been thrilled to work with the brilliant minds behind this. We have a lot of authors ready to start writing worlds for you, provided the campaign gets funded, naturally.

Also, I’ll be returning to the Heaven world to build it for Storium – you will be able to play as your favorite characters in multiple afterlives, perhaps some that I’ve not written about in the existing Heaven worlds! But my world is the first stretch goal, so spread the word and get this thing (over) funded!

One of the best things about this project is that it’s already in a playable stage, and all backers will get a chance to log in and try it out! Immediately. I have to admit, I’ve not seen many KS campaigns that can offer that kind of reward, instantly. Support the game, play the game. It’s that simple.

Storium is also a really interesting way for new writers to try their narrative chops, either in driving the narration or playing along. Not quite roleplaying, not quite interactive fiction, Storium is its own unique experience and I hope you check it out and support it!

ISBW #319 – Feedback

I go through the feedback. Note, I didn’t get to all the feeback because I will soon have an interview with my agent, Jen Udden, and will ask her the remaining questions.

Hey! Did you know I have a Patreon account?* Support me and save puppies from giant hawk attacks! (or just support the show. That works too)

 

*not mentioned in the show because I set it up after I recorded this.

I’m in the Patreon club

I’ve struggled for years – years – to make a good premium content method. It’s been clumsy and my supporters have been very patient with me. Now the product has caught up with the need, and Patreon is here.

So I’m putting a halt to new supporters of my Fabulist group and am giving out new perks to Patreon supporters.* I hope you check it out, I think it’s a great way to support someone’s creative work a little bit at a time.

Become a Patron

* Existing Fabulists, I’ve posted about this in our private community, check it out there if you have questions.

ISBW #318 – Read the fine print // Max Gladstone Interview

I was delighted to interview 2013 Campbell nominee, Max Gladstone, and I only held onto the interview for like 3 months. And then realized we got cut off at the end. BUT IT IS A GOOD INTERVIEW DANGIT.

I also give my opinions of reading the fine print, told in the perspective of the Amtrak Writer’s Residency idea.

Ghost Train to New Orleans- out now!

So I discovered that one of the worst things to happen during a book launch week is a 3 day migraine. which is why you haven’t heard much from me. But! The book is out, and the launch event is tonight is Chapel Hill, and coverage so far about the book has been good. So! Linkage!

  • Ghost Train to New Orleans is available now in many places! Ebook, paperback, and audio.
  • The book launch event details are here: Flyleaf books.
  • USA Today talked to me about podcasting.
  • And my university’s paper, the Daily Tar Heel, also did a story!