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!

Here’s the exciting bit! Continue reading

Aug 13

Synthetic Voices Episode #7 – Selections from July 2012

I have to admit that July wasn’t the strongest month for short audio fiction. That said, I guarantee that there were at least six interesting ones! Check them out below…

Take a listen to the episode here:

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Aug 01

A Delayed SV Update and Capclave 2012 Info

Hello all!  It’s the first of August and I wanted to share a couple things:

First of all, the Synthetic Voices episode this month might be a tad delayed.  I kind of got sucked into The Dresden Files audiobooks and they have been dramatically cutting down on my short story-listening time. Who knew this kind of thing required discipline???  Never fear, I’ll try to get the episode up in time for the 2nd Friday of this month, so the 10th…ish.  Oh and for the record, The Dresden Files are awesome, if a bit formulaic.  Better than the show, if you enjoyed that!

Next, I wanted to put in a plug for Capclave 2012, since they are, in-turn, doing me a solid.  Capclave is a yearly con (conference/weekend/thing) that celebrates all things speculative and literary.  If you enjoy the kinds of works I review on Synthetic Voices, and especially if you want to write those kinds of works, it’s a great event for you!  It is put on by the Washington Science Fiction Association, and details are available at Capclave.org.

Details are still assembling, but the dates are October 12th-14th at the Gaithersburg Hilton, in Maryland.  Prices are in the $55 range at the moment (they go up as we get closer to the event), BUT students get a nice $20-25 price, so those in school have no excuse not to go! Continue reading