This is a piece about being an artist and making a living. It’s laced with Harold Ramis, in equal parts tribute, shameless linkbait and because it works: he inspired the post. It’s me, mulling how to feed myself by creating things in the modern digital age, and marvelling how we dumb humans have to learn the same lessons over and over again.
Harold learned the lesson. He cares about making people laugh. That’s it. He migrated mediums chasing his prey -human foibles- and left stories of his kindness and tenacity in his wake. He never became a dinosaur.
This is also a reaction and an offered alternative to the surprise and anger out there over Amazon’s shocking decision to lower royalties offered by it’s audiobook spinoff ACX.com. What, you thought the Stay-Puft Amazonasaurus was your friend?
A good short story is a joy. A good narration, too. The 10 sources for short audio genre fiction that follow have been around for at least a year, sometimes far longer, regularly provide quality entertainment, and have free & easy RSS subscription to get the gems they create into your ears, no muss no fuss. If you love one of these shows, click through and donate or subscribe TO KEEP FREE FICTION FLOWING. Also, please share this page around to help these creators trade & grow their audiences.
The first anthology that grabbed me was ‘Wild Cards’. What was yours?
Ignore what the flu has done to my voice and enjoy a talk with editors Ann Vandermeer, David Gatewood, John Joseph Adams & Tee Morris about what goes into building an anthology! Photo by Tim Wang. Music: Soul Music, by DJ Drinks.
Way, way back in 2010, I wanted to do something special to promote my novel ENEMY LINES. A baker’s dozen of podcast authors provided their talents to bonus-content promos. They did such a great job, the work stands on its own! I invited Jack Kincaid of Edict Zero: FIS to help me knit the promos together. What resulted is a nearly spoiler-free intro to ENEMY LINES, that makes a great prequel to the novels/podcasts.
The prequel features an embedded Wright on Earth reporting back to the ruling council on Galveston about his investigations into Typhon Systemwide, and give the listeners hints about the world of ENEMY LINES that will pay off later in the book… and in future books. Thank you again voice actors, each and every one of you. I’ll round out this post with a list of all the contributors to this ‘very special episode’.
I post it again for your enjoyment, and strongly recommend you check out all the players. All of them have produced extraordinary novels and podcasts: Jack Kincaid , Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, Alex White, James Durham, Starla Huchton, Mike Bennett, Jake Bible, Paul Elard Cooley, Seth Harwood, Nathan Lowell, Patrick E McLean, J Daniel Sawyer, Brand Gamblin & S.V. Allie.
This show is a good listen for anyone, but a little bit ‘inside baseball’: a freeform roundtable about U of Maine’s Stonecoast Masters of Fine Art low residency program, with podcaster/award winning author and recent grad Mur Lafferty, as well as podcaster, author and newly enrolled Stonecoaster K.T. Bryski. Download