Apr 21

The Fate of Synthetic Voices

Hello faithful listeners!  It is I, your reclusive host who has been kind of radio silent these last few weeks.  What has happened to the podcast?  Why the lull in episodes?

To tell you the truth…I simply don’t have the time.  My work life has gone from unemployed, to underemployed, to part-time, to, now, full-time and busy!  Plus, other things going on in my life (mostly good) have been taking up more and more of my time as well.

Any of my friends in podcasting know that writing and recording episodes takes TONS of time, preferably too much of it.  I don’t really see those days returning any time soon and while I really don’t want to abandon the project I’ve put so much effort into over the last two years…I don’t have a choice.

So, Synthetic Voices is going on the shelf.  The episodes will still live on in iTunes and other places, the show notes will also stay on the site.  Some day I may find that precious time and pick the thing back up again, or perhaps morph it into something else entirely.

Until then…I hope to see locals at Balticon and Capclave as usual.  Thanks to all those who came out to the podcast discussions, even as they became more and more infrequent, you guys are rockstars!  And thanks so much to Tony and the StarShipSofa gang, who really helped my show go from unknown to semi-known.  Tony is another guy doing this for the love, and he always amazes me that he’s kept up that gig for so long.

Farewell for now!

Sep 03

Synthetic Voices #20 – July 2013 Top Picks

No podcasted episode this month due to my moving to a new apartment, but you can see the list below.  It’s an abbreviated list, as I just wanted to get the top picks out quickly, but overall, not the strongest month for podcasted fiction anyway.  There were a few interesting episodes I’m sorry to have excluded, but hopefully by now listeners will know how to seek out some solid fiction on their own…right?

I hope to have the August episode up sometime in early September (barring technical problems in my new abode).


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Aug 23

Where is Synthetic Voices #20 (July)?

Hey all, especially all you lovely people from Pseudopod! :-)

I’m moving house at the moment and so writing and podcasting is taking a back seat. Never fear! I hope to have a new episode out by month’s end. Just subscribe on iTunes, etc (see the podcast’s dedicated page) and you’ll get the new update when it’s ready.

Thanks so much for all the recent enthusiasm for the podcast!

-Jimmy

Apr 14

Join the Synthetic Voices Discussion Group on April 22nd!

Do you listen to Synthetic Voices or already have your own favorite list of speculative audio fiction podcasts?  Well, if you’re in the DC/MD/VA area, join us for our podcast discussion!

If you are on it, please RSVP on Facebook!

We’ll be discussing the 6 “Top Picks” from the Synthetic Voices podcast, plus anything else that comes up in the mix (other podcasts, favorite/recent audiobooks). Also, learn about other activities of the Washington Science Fiction Association (with which we are affiliated).

Here’s a link to the March 2013 podcast episode.

If you’re new, I recommend listening to at least 1 or 2 stories from the list, just so you’ll be able to contribute something. :-)

Meet us in the back room of Jason’s Deli in College Park (look for the Terp’s Lounge). And as Jason’s is our host, they’d love it if you grabbed your dinner there while we talk.

Here are all the vital details:
Monday, April 22, 2013
7:30pm to 10:00pm
At Jason’s Deli – 7356 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD

Post any questions in the comments below or use the contact form.

Mar 19

Writer, Podcaster, Gamer, “Con”er

A lot of hijinks have gone on since I last made a non-show notes post.  Here’s a quick recap of some of my activities on and offline.

First off, I’ve been writing again.  I’ve finally finished a solid draft of my cyberpunk/horror story and it is off in the queue at Critters.org, the online speculative fiction writers workshop.

Unleash your inner Shakespeare at Critters.org

I’m looking forward to the critiques on that, as I hope to enter it into the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) Amateur Writing Competition!  It’s got a nice cash prize and the award is actually handed out at our own Capclave!  Right alongside our own WSFA Small Press Award, for which I am woefully behind on my committee readings/judgings (don’t worry, I’ll power through it in time).

Speaking of Capclave, don’t forget to buy your tickets for this Fall!  George R. R. Martin is our Guest of Honor, but even without his magnificense, I would expect Capclave to continue to be an awesome reader/writer-focused weekend.

Speaking of cons more soon to come…Balticon is coming up in May and I am prepared with my tickets and buddies to room with.  It’s my first non-Capclave con and I’m super excited about it!  Joe Haldeman is the Guest of Honor, so I guess I’d better get working on The Forever War before I attend…

pseudopodlogoBack to writing.  I’ve got a super short story submitted to Pseudopod’s 500 words or less competition.  The top winners will get purchased and read by Psuedopod proper!  It’s too late to submit your own work, but now you can help judge, voting on each block of 10 stories as they come out every 2 days.  We’ve been organizing little reading parties where I read them out and we all…enjoy the quality writing.  Occasionally there is a gem in there.  I’m pretty proud of my story, so I’m bracing myself for when the forum folk rip it to shreds!

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