Jan 21

Amazing Stories Makes It’s Debut!

As I mentioned in the podcast for this month, Amazing Stories is back from the dead. First published in 1926, the magazine has returned as a fiction/blog hybrid.  Now I haven’t broken into the fiction markets myself, but I do blog a bit, and Steve Davidson, the editor in chief, has agreed to syndicate my podcast over there.

Amazing Stories
You can check it all out here:
Amazing Stories

 

The website is just coming online for the first time, so there might be a little construction dust, but that should settle soon.  My content will be posted over the rest of January.

After the break, you can read the full press release:

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Dec 02

Synthetic Voices #12 – November 2012 Top Picks

November was another fantastic month!  Even the more unreliable markets were on their game.  I hope you enjoy my eclectic Top Picks this time around, plus a few juicy feature sections!


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Oct 15

Capclave 2012 Reflections

For those who don’t know, I was at Capclave 2012 this weekend in Gaithersburg, MD.  It’s a speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and horror) con that is focused on the literary aspects of genre fiction.  As a big fan of short fiction and a sometimes reader of novels, there were a LOT of great panels for me.  I’m also a member of WSFA, the hosting organization, so it was doubly good.

One of the most exciting parts of Capclave this year was my podcast‘s inclusion in the programing.  On Saturday I held a roundtable discussion mirroring the ones we do at normal WSFA meetings.  Unfortunately, it mirrored a little two closely — it was the same people.  I’m glad they came, but it did make me reevaluate how we’re going to do this thing next year (assuming I’m still in a Capclave-adjacent area next year).  We’ll probably make it more of a “what are all these podcasts I hear so much about” info session.

Personally, I went to a lot of great panels and events.  The Edgar Rice Burroughs panel was staffed by some really impressive experts.  The same goes for the “xenobiology” panel, which was very scientifically stimulating!

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Aug 24

New fiction and old fiction…

A couple exciting updates:

Briefly, I’m writing fiction a little more steadily over the last couple days.  I’ve had a story in the works (in my brain) for a little while, but now I have finally sat down and begun writing.  Better than that, I have a pretty good feeling about what’s come out so far…about 1500 words.  Here’s to finishing it…

More concrete and more exciting, my friend Charity has given me permission to feature one of her stories on Synthetic Voices.  She published her story, called “Trees,” previously in an ezine that has since disappeared.  When I find the time, I’ll record it for the podcast.

Incidentally, I encountered “Trees” while doing crits for Critters.org.  I knew Charity, but had no idea that it was her story or that it was subsequently published!

Aug 14

Podcast Statistics: Six Months In

Keep an eye out for the exciting statistical bit later on in this article!

It’s been seven episodes and about six months since I started this whole crazy podcast machine.  Since then, Synthetic Voices has found a relatively stable format and I’ve learned an enormous amount about podcasting and producing.

  

We got a new logo, too, courtesy of Thomas Woldering.

There is also a Synthetic Voices-associated discussion of speculative audio fiction at half the Washington Science Fiction Association‘s bi-monthly meetings.  I am incredibly thankful to everybody who has taken the time to read/listen to my list and participate.  We now have a small group who listen to just about every story and a lot of new people listening to at least ONE story.  Having a real-world group to interact with has definitely given me the drive to get the podcast out ON TIME!

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