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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dark Lullabies for Strange Children

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Contents of this issue:
Grimble Bug
by Rachel Anding
(Who also did the artwork, thank you!)

In The Garden
by Lisa Jonte

An Almost Awful Confession
by Lise Quintana

Wishes: Another Lullaby
by Lydia Ondrusek

by Stu Ffandt Hings

Seasonal Caprice
by J. L. Venson

Sleep My Darling
by Alia Thabit

by Jessica Larson

Night of the Blindfolded Moon

by Tess Anderson

In Talking With Your Teddy Bear
by Dr Wicked

Bumpers at the beginning and end of the show are
Entertainment for the Braindead.
Beautiful music, most of which is free. I highly recommend checking her out.

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the podcast! I'm not going to spend long here because I've been doing so well keeping this whole podcast resolution thing I don't want to linger too long before posting it. If your story was not included in the podcast it wasn't because it wasn't good. At times I doubted my concept and fundamental belief that good fiction can happen quickly. Not one submission was anything less than good. I chose the ones I chose because they worked well together and worked well with the theme. Thanks once more to everyone for submitting. There is absolutely no restriction on people submitting again whether you've been "published" previously on the podcast or not. This is an amazing group of talented people and I can't wait to read more!

So that's it for this issue. now onto the next. The topic for the month of February is:

Attic Archaeology

I want to read stories about things found in attics. Long lost treasures and adventures. Hidden darkness. Magic or mischief or malevolence. Rummage around in the spiderwebs of your mind and bring me back a story. I will accept stories of any length. Poetry or prose though I think this topic is better suited to prose. Maximum of 2000 words. Because I was a day late in releasing this I will give you an extra day to submit stories. Due on February 21st.

Thanks everyone for listening and I hope you enjoy the podcast!

SUBMIT: podcast@drwicked.com


Friday, January 1, 2010

Podcast: Reanimated

So I’ve decided that telling myself that it’s lame to make new years resolutions is just another stupid excuse. True, nearly everyone makes new years resolutions, but very few people keep them. In this way I shall remain distinct and un-lame.

The Goal:
Get the podcast off the ground by making it simpler, better quality, and easier to maintain/edit
  • One podcast per month
  • Each month there is a theme, stories must be written within that month to capitalize on the whole “don’t edit too much” thing.
  • Entries are due by the 20th of the month so I have time to edit and record.
  • Send entries to podcast@drwicked.com either as an attachment or in the body of the email.
  • The theme for each month will be announced in the podcast as well as on my website.

Why this will work:
  • It’s simpler, I had delusions of grandeur about some kind of voting system where listeners could vote on what would be recorded. This was too complex. It may rise again from the ashes but for now we’re going for good old email.
  • I have access to excellent recording environs: I work in the media department of a church and they have a studio where they record things for radio broadcast, so it should be good enough for this podcast.
  • Another nice thing about this setup is I’ll be forced to just run through it and edit later instead of editing in between takes because the recording gear is in a separate room.

The first theme is
“Dark Lullabies for Strange Children”

I wanted something short and simple and I’ve been on a poetry kick lately so I wanted to flex those muscles. I’m looking for fairly short form pieces. Under 700 words. You definitely don’t have to do poetry, but if you do, bonus points for rhyme, meter and form.
I won’t elaborate too much on the theme because I want to leave your options open but the “for strange children” bit means that I’d prefer something which could conceivably be read to a young person. I don’t mind if it’s disturbing, but I’d prefer if it wasn’t profane. I am recording this in a church after all.
Entries are due on January 20th, 2010. Good luck

SUBMIT: podcast@drwicked.com

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Back in Effect

Thank God!
My webhost is back online! Many apologies to the many hours of lost productivity, I can only hope that absence made your heart grow fonder of my devious schemes.
I'm working on implementing a backup solution in case this ever happens again. It totally blindsided me, the longest 1and1 (my webhost) has gone down before this was for about 2 hours. So I'm working on a backup hosting solution, probably throwing it on the same box that is hosting my new project, Noctur.nl, which you should check out by the way.
Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm sorry this happened and it won't happen again.