• Tech

    Recording Studio Mark 1.1

    by So up until now, this is what I’ve been using as a recording studio. (This is not actually where I record, but that’s occupied by a teenager just at the moment.Oh, and it’s a Zoom H1: small, portable, and really good sound quality.) Recently, however, I’ve made an upgrade. Not a very expensive one, but one that may have the effect of increasing my recording quality just a little, and hopefully reducing the amount of editing time I have to put in. It’s a small difference, and not a very subtle one. A homemade pop filter, consisting of a coat hanger, wrapped in a dollar store nylon and supported…

  • Thorvald's Wyrd,  Writing

    Thorvald’s Wyrd Redux

    by All work and no play… no, that one doesn’t work. My grandmother used to say that a change is as good as a rest. I use this every so often when people accuse me of never relaxing. I also note that they weren’t around while I spend March break doing very little. But I do need variety to keep my energy levels up and keep going. Too much variety makes me a little scattered, but there are a lot of things I want to do with my life and I need to show some progress here and there. So, Thorvald’s Wyrd Redux. For a couple of years now, I’ve…

  • Writing

    The Great Dictation Experiment

    by So I’m trying an experiment I’ve talked about several times in the last year or so. Maybe even longer. Getting to and from work for me takes about 50 minutes in the car. Ordinarily, most of that time is taken up by listening to podcasts. I’m subscribed to around 30 at any given time and usually one or two of them are recent so I’m working my way through back catalog. But I’ve thought about using this time a little differently, or at least some of it, by dictating fiction. First draft, theoretically. The basic idea is that I talk into my phone (or possibly my Zoom) for part or…

  • Writing

    Things I Brought Home from World Fantasy Convention 2012

    by A list, if you hadn’t guessed. 1. Virtual friendships made real: I met quite a few people I’d only known on twitter up until this weekend. Uniformly an awesome group, I’m happy and better to have met them all. 2. More new friendships than I’m going to try counting. See point number 1, but also people that I met randomly or was introduced to by other people. 3. Tonnes of awesome experiences. In the bar, restaurants, panels, hallways. And all about the people. 4. Two (or maybe three) semi-crystallized ideas of potential novel scope and I don’t know how many short story possibilities, all rubbing up against each other…

  • Audio Blog,  Fiction

    Show and Tell: Worm Bait

    by Greetings, everyone! I’ve decided that it’s show and tell day. What does that mean? Well, from a self-serving promotional standpoint, it means that I’m going to tell you about something I’ve published somewhere and what a great story it is. From a reader’s standpoint, hopefully I’m going to point you at something you’ll like. For this first edition of show and tell, I’m picking a very recent publication, a fun little story titled “Worm Bait” included in the Dead Bait 3 collection. With a caption of ‘reaching new depths of terror’, Dead Bait 3 is a 45,000 word Kindle book retailing on Amazon for $2.99 and published on April…

  • Announcement,  Writing

    The Great Audio Experiment

    by I thought I might try an experiment. I’m planning to do some podcast fiction this year. “Thorvald’s Wyrd” and “Turn the World Around”, both serialized on the old Small Realities blog and both destined to become e-books, at least, in the near future. I know I’ve said that before, but I am slowly finding time to teach myself how formatting really works. Artwork aside, there’s still at least one round of going through the stories in detail to make sure they’re as good, and as clean, as I can make them before I’m ready to publish. I’ve done some test readings, trying to find the places in my house…