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Free Will, Episode 04

It’s late. I can’t even deny it. Far too late to even be funny.

Nevertheless, I present you with Episode 4 of Free Will and Other Compulsions, In which Joss makes a decision, Ali makes a discovery, Percy wakes up, and then wakes up a sleeping alien intelligence.
 

 

Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Miss Kalendar as Alyssa Hartman
Kitty NicIaian as Fugitive’s AI and The Answering Service
Nobilis Reed as Jordan, the Nurse
Steven H. Wilson as Percy Scott
Stephanie Sawyer as Cassy Orinthal
and Kim The Comic Book Goddess as VAL
 

This week’s promo: Tales From Sheepfather’s Grove, a progrock concept album from Johannes Luley, an up-and-coming composer who also does the production for Robin Hathaway, who plays the part of Marian Shelley in The Antithesis Progression.

 

 

 

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The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 03

This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, we have an update on the Crudrat crowdfunding campaign, and the unexpected consequences of having all your hard work pay off exactly as you hoped–and how to survive them.

Within you will find:

  1. A conversation on dealing with post-project letdown.
  2. Reading: A selection from Ideas, Inc.
  3. Kitty’s Corner: Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere…

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

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Furlough Bundle, Shutdown Fever

As those of you who read/listen to my stories might have guessed, I’m a very political animal, but I do not hew comfortably near the current position of either major party and I’m not close to any of the minor parties either. On one level, the current situation is a bit of theater, a routine part of American governance during contentious times, and I’m not terribly worried about it. At least, not in the long term.

On another, having watched the staggering incompetence that laid the groundwork for the current situation, I’m very disinclined to sling mud at any of the several major sets of actors currently trying to upstage each other. Some of them deserve a little more mud right now than others, but the fact is that we’ve been watching this game of chicken unfold for longer than some wars we’ve been in.

Let’s face it: this current shutdown has been coming for a while. As one of my co-conspirators works at a government facility, my household has faced the looming cloud of shutdowns and furloughs for the past five years (the last time the Federal Government had a budget), and every 60-90 days, we hold our breath when the Continuing Resolutions (euphemism for “Emergency Funding”) get voted on.

This time, we got lucky. The particular source of the government cash that props up our household budget is currently deemed “essential.” If this had happened last year, we would not have been. If it happens again next year, we probably won’t be.

In my opinion, the bureaucracy that administers our infrastructure is more essential than the elected bozos who create and tinker with it–and while there are bits of that bureaucracy I’d happily see end-of-life’d or devolved back to more local control, the fact is that the people who do those bureaucratic jobs keep one of our three essential institutions (Government–the other two being Markets and Courts) running along, allowing us all to access invisible capital and opportunity every day, whether we recognize it or not.

This is why, when Matt Wallace announced his furlough ebook bundle, I sent a note offering to toss a few titles of my own into the mix. If you’re currently sitting around needing something to cheer you up due to an unexpected unpaid vacation, you can get some giggles reading the first four Lantham mysteries for free. If you need some sardonic dark humor, the Antithesis books are also in there. And there are a whole bunch of other authors, like Mur Lafferty, Paul Elard Cooley, Scott Sigler, Chuck Wendig, Jaye Wells, Maria Alexander, Brand Gamblin, and (of course) Matt Wallace in there too. It’s operating on the honor system, so please be honest.

To get the bundle, email Matt Wallace at matt AT matt-wallace.com

Enjoy!

Free Will, Episode 03

Well, that’ll teach me to swear I’ll be on time…

Nevertheless, I present you with Episode 3 of Free Will and Other Compulsions, In which the Moon Girl confronts the search party, Bill Shelley has a chat with the President, Joss weighs his options, and a new character steps into our little drama.

 

 

Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Andrea Fender as The Moon Girl
Michael Lemonjello as The Fish Man (Search Team Leader)
Mark Smith as The Jet Pack Man (Search Team Assistant)
Nathan Lowell as Senator William Shelley
Benjamin Roberts as Shane
Kitty NicIaian as the White House Aide
Miss Kalendar as Alyssa Hartman
and J.R. Murdock as General Assange

 

This week’s promo: Crudrat kickstarter campaign. A kickass girl’s adventure sci-fi novel by Gail Carriger for which I’m producing the audiobook.

And this week in the post-show I tell you a bit about our new cast member, and explain a bit about my philosophy of science fiction–particularly young adult science fiction.

 

 

 

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Gail Carriger’s Crudrat!

I’ve lucked into the rare opportunity to produce the full-cast audiobook of Gail Carriger’s science fiction debut. Danny Schade is on board, as is a lot of the regular crew, and we’ve got big plans for this little book.

It’s a splendid book, too. You can read an interview with Gail and I both talking about it over at YA Interrobang

And, for this special occasion, I teamed up with Veronica Giguere, Dave Robison, Kitty NicIaian, Gail Carriger, Danny Schade, and a cartoon version of Nathan Lowell to bring you this video feature, which explains everything!

So check out the kickstarter page to read about our rewards and listen to a sample chapter of Crudrat, then join us in making this splendid project a reality!

The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 02

Better late than never, right?

This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, we lift the veil on the goings-on at AWP in the run-up to the Crudrat crowdfunding campaign. We talk about what it took to put the video feature together, how we survived it, and the methods we resorted to in order to preserve the last wisps of our sanity.

Oh, who do I think I’m kidding?

This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours:

  1. Behind the scenes on the Crudrat video.
  2. Reading: A selection from Sunday Morning Giraffe, episode 3 of The Lombard Alchemist Tales
  3. Kitty’s Corner: Caffeine, Coffee, and SCIENCE!

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

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Free Will, Episode 02

A day late, but not a dollar short, I give you episode 2 of Free Will and Other Compulsions.

 

 

Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Andrea Fender as The Moon Girl
Michael Lemonjello as the Search Team Leader
Mark Smith as the Search Team Assistant
Nathan Lowell as Senator William Shelley
Danny Schade as Senator Shelley’s Secretary,
Derek Moore as Jim Hartman
Stephanie Sawyer as Cassy Orinthal
George Chlentzos as Dougles Reeves
Kim The Comic Book Goddess as VAL
Miss Kalendar as Alyssa Hartman

 

This week’s promo: Every Photo Tells short fiction and fiction contest podcast.

 

 

 

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The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 01

This week on the podcast, we unveil The Next Ten Thousand Hours.

Popular memetics would have you believe that it takes ten thousand hours to get really good at something–fortunately, there are all sorts of podcasts and video channels and books to help you through that difficult apprenticeship.

But what about once you get to the vaunted ten-thousand hour mark? What then?

In this show, Kitty NicIaian and I team up to explore (or, to be honest, mock and laugh through) this next phase as it unfolds. Every episode will feature segments where we talk about craft and business issues, a section where I share readings of new stories, and a section where Kitty (who, among other things, is a humorist) shares observations on the absurdities of our local version of the universe.

This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours:

  1. Introduction to the show and the workings behind-the-scenes at AWP
  2. Reading: A selection from He Ain’t Heavy, the nearly-released book 5 of The Clarke Lantham Mysteries
  3. Kitty’s Corner: BART Encounters

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

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Free Will, Episode 01

At long last, Free Will is back, and back for good.

 

 

I proudly present, Episode 1 of Free Will and Other Compulsions.

Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Stephanie Sawyer as Cassy Orinthal
Kim The Comic Book Goddess as Val
Mark Smith as Nineveh Docking Control

 

 

 

 

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Free Will Podcast Returns (and Podcast Rules)

It’s time. This is the first official episode in the Free Will podcast. A pre-show, with important news, podcasting schedule, and a bit of a recap. First story episode drops Thursday, 15:30GMT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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