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.
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
For the next three days you can grab Subversion, Enemy Lines #1 for 99 cents! Following those crazy Kindle Countdown rules, it jumps to a still-on-sale $1.99 after that for three more days, so act fast!
If you’ve already grabbed a copy, you can still help! If you have a minute, leave a review or spread the link in social media–your voice counts! Check out the Subversion Kindle Countdown deal on Amazon to grab your copy or help me get the word out!
“In a future where aliens inhabit the bodies of the dead, one of the soldiers defending them from those that fear them abandons his post to race home.
Tyler’s father is near death, and it’s his last chance to make amends. In a world where the Silvers are feared by some as demons and loved by others as saviors, past sins will surface as Tyler’s family must face the truth of the Silvers – and themselves.”
THANKS to every ear listening! This week, Farlost will be delayed one time only to allow advance listening to the cool people backing me on PATREON. Episodes continue next week, allowing patrons a window to listen first while still serving all you awesome people listening. Want to become a patron? Visit Patreon.com/ServingWorlds.
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I love art built on others’ art! Doubly so when it’s my work being riffed on. Check out John Anealio’s great new EP of music inspired by my WALK THE FIRE shared world.
I’m not getting any kickback from the sales of this EP, I just think John’s a talented singer and composer, definitely worth a listen or a buy. He’s written many a great geek-flavored song-and he’s included one each for the first and second ‘Walk The Fire’ anthology in this EP, along with some remixes that are pretty fine too!
I’ve been a user and booster of crowdfunding and online media for a long time, so Patreon really excites me. If you love action-based science fiction in ebooks and audiobooks with strong characters and torturous cliffhangers, join me on patron now and help me serve up more worlds!
The third ‘Enemy Lines’ novella, Retaliation, went up for sale on New Year’s Eve! If you’re a fan of my podcast fiction, you’ve heard some of this before, but there’s new content for the ebook release, including Major Changes shaking up the mythos of the Enemy Lines universe!
Click ‘continue reading’ below to read a sample!
Jonah Harwood is a human who has lived off-world for decades. Now he is both hunter and hunted when he returns to Earth to protect the secret of his people: the Wrights. Dedicated to advancing the human race to defend itself against an alien invasion they know is coming.
The Wrights were infiltrated and attacked. Their numbers decimated, their secrets stolen. Jonah must find the sole grey-skinned creature that survived attacking the Wrights, before he can reveal their existence.
FBI agent Sarah Fuller has been drafted by Division 10, a secretive government agency to capture Jonah and his grey-skinned quarry. Now she is learning the truth about visitors from beyond the stars and about Typhon Systemwide, the corrupt corporation infiltrating the US government to steal the extraterrestrial’s technology.
Spies, soldiers, thieves and aliens. All caught in a power play to control the future of our world. A future where humanity isn’t the only player, and the lines aren’t as clear as you think.