I’m curious to see where this is going!
For those of you confused, this is a promo (At least Part 1 of a promo) for Grant’s Advent Calendar, a seasonal video podcast where comedian Grant Baciocco opens up a door on his advent calendar every day in strange but always comical ways. You can find out more about the podcast by visiting the website’s about page. If you’re interested in seeing prior christmas seasons past, you can see select videos by following my Grant’s Advent Calendar tag here at The Singularity or by digging through Grant’s blog.
The next few articles will come out on a hopefully regular basis. I’ll try to keep you posted when they publish but you’re better off following the Escape Pod blog directly if you want the most up to date notifications! Plus you can listen to some really good science fiction.
Not me, my friend Stac over at the Creepy Kitch (yes they know it’s spelled differently) podcast has opened up bidding for art and craft commissions in order to generate some revenue she needs. Here let me put it in her words:
Will you please commission me?
I’m a good artist, and a very crafty person. I’ve been designing Halloween decorations to make out of card stock and glitter, and the people I’ve shown them to have liked them. I’d be happy to design and create one for you. I create all of my blanks, and cut everything out by hand. No Cri-Cuts or punches, just me, some card stock, and an exacto knife.
I can also sew. Want a doll that looks like your mom? Want to finally be able to take Leather Face to bed with you? Need a Sam doll to keep the nightmares near? I can design and create something for you.
Want a drawing of something absolutely filthy? I’m your woman. I will draw anything excepting pedophilia or bestiality, but furry stuff is fine. Want a drawing of Freddy Krugar tap dancing with Julie Andrews? I can do that! If you commission me you’ll get the original drawing, not a print, and I can do it black and white, in charcoal (also B&W), colored pencil, marker, or water color as the media of choice.
I can make little charms out of fimo in whatever shape you want. Need a scarf? I can knit you one!
If you’re interested in any of the above, you can email Stac at the Creepy Kitch email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) with what you’d like.
And as a personal favor to me, would you mind spreading this around to family, friends, and pets? Anybody you think wouldn’t mind some personalized art from an awesome artist? Father’s Day is coming up for those of you in the US. Just saying.
Man, do we have some great nominations this year. The Hugo Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention. Let me go over some of the ones I am excited about.
This actually came as light surprise to me. I am not used to having already read one of the year’s Hugo Award nominees for Best Novel. I’ve written about how the book is awesome. FEED is by Mira Grant, the alter ego of Seanan McGuire and it has a sequel coming out, DEADLINE, on May 31st, a book I am anticipating as much as Ghost Stories by Jim Butcher. So congratulations Ms. McGuire!
Best Short Story
I have not read any of the short stories nominated, however I will be looking forward to Escape Pod in the coming weeks, as they typically make a point of releasing all five Hugo Nominated short stories on as podcasts.
Best Related Work
Speaking of podcasts, Writing Excuses: Season 4, has been nominated for Best Related Work. Created and staring , Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells, the podcast focuses on various topics related to writing and becoming an author while keeping any particular topic under fifteen minuets because, as they say: “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” Obviously you’re smart enough to get nominated for a Hugo. Congrats guys!
So actually I can’t really talk about this one because it’s already been spoken for. Jennifer Hudock of Goblin Market fame wrote an excellent post regarding the above kickstarter that you should read.
I’ll only add that even though I know the Kickstarter is already funded and was already funded within two hours of launch, dropping money to get copies of the books that will be printed will be worth your time. Don’t believe me? Go listen to the podcast yourself.
So one of the topics I am very much interested in is the evolution of media and information technology. One of the budding areas that we are watching grow into its toddler, if not teenage, years, is the ebook. To keep the metaphor going, it really is only a matter of time before our teenager starts experimenting in order to figure out what they really are. But first lets talk about where stories, in the form of books, have been going.
The popular e-readers of today are trying desperately to copy books. This is because books have an established niche of readership that keeps them afloat financially that has been steadily declining since the invention of video. Declining but not being erased. Actually since the internet became popular, we’ve seen an increase in the amount that people read daily, thanks to email and websites.
The internet gave birth to what I’ll call the first evolution of story, that being the jump to self published internet fiction, which you can find all over the internet in audio and written form if you try. Serialized web novels are popular these days, along with terabytes of fan fiction and much more. But this evolution doesn’t hold up economically for most authors, at least not until recently. There has been another slower evolution, the eBook.
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Hey guys. So I said I’d post more podcast episodes when I found ones I liked. I’ve listened to a lot recently due to driving around and found a few I felt were worth sharing on Escape Pod, a short story sci-fi podcast that has recently (within the last year) gained Murr Lafferty as their editor. But enough about them! Here are the stories:
Two people loving and hating each other at relativistic speeds.
What if reality decided that it disliked statistics as much as everybody else does?
I’m a cat person but even this story made me smile.
I am an avid podcast listener. Thanks to an hand-me-down iPod I’ve been able to take control of my radio during my drives to and from work with things I want to listen to. I split my podcasts between audio books, writing podcasts, geerky podcasts, and gaming podcasts, as a habit.
Recently, thanks to Murr Lafferty, I stumbled upon a podcast called Escape Pod. It is a short-story podcast, particularly dedicated to science fiction stories. So far I have listened to about three or four stories and each one has been very interesting and a delight. This latest one, so much so, that I’ve decided that I need to share it:
This is a short story about a small group of volunteer vampire hunters. A vampire nest has been found and cordoned off and now volunteers get to go in and take them out but one of the volunteers knows far more about the vampires that he is telling.
I think you’ll like the twist.
Expect more posts like this. I may start posting more podcasts with interesting or useful content.