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October - Reading, Writing, and... well, more Reading.

Posted by Rob Smales on November 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

 

 

Happy November! I'll jump right into this one.

 

The Coffin Hop: Some Reading

October was a busy month, but mainly due to the Coffin Hop and my lack of preparation for it. For those of you who might not know, the Coffin Hop is a virtual shop-hop with better than 100 horror writers linking their blogs and websites together for a huge, week-long event. There are contests and games and drawings, all with prizes, and it's a lot of fun.

Usually.

I, having been doing narration recordings for the District of Wonders podcasts for the past few months had decided a long time ago that my special thing for the Coffin Hop was to be a small podcast of my own. The original idea was to do the show every day for a month, but that got cut down pretty quickly.  With everything that went on a couple of months ago I actually forgot all about it until the beginning of the month. That's when I found out that all the pre-work I had done on it - choosing and editing the intro and outro music, doing the voice-over for the intro, a couple of stories already recorded for it, stuff like that - had gone missing. I thought I burned it all onto a CD but apparently I had a little glitch, and what my computer said was a CD filled with data I needed was really still blank.

The week before the Coffin Hop was due to begin was NOT the time to be finding this out, let me tell you.

 

I did pull it together a little and managed to get out seven days of shows, one to be released each day of the Hop. You can find them on The Storyteller on my "Ten Minute Tales" page. Each has a little bit of a talk-up from me and then you can hear one of my Friday Fright flash pieces read aloud for your enjoyment. You may have already read them, they're all on my "Friday Flash" page, but if you haven't, or if you're just curious as to what my stories sound like, then stop on by for a Ten Minute Tale, close your eyes, put your feet up, and let me tell you a story.

The rest of the Coffin Hop was okay, and I even managed to give away a few e-books containing my work.

The District of Wonders: More Reading

The District of Wonders is a podcast network where you can find four different podcast shows -- think of them like old radio shows, and you're pretty much on the money. Each show deals with a different genre of fiction and gives you a different story from that genre each week. Some are new, some are classics, and there is something for everyone there at The District of WondersTales to Terrify covers the Horror angle, Starship Sofa hands out weekly gems of Science Fiction, Crime City Central opens their files each week for tales of cops and robbers (or even robbers and robbers if the fancy strikes them) and Protecting Project Pulp doles out old-fashioned Adventure stories, occasionally starring guys who make Indiana Jones look like a bit of a sissy.

I while ago I started working for the District (for free, of course) doing story narrations for them to play on the air. Someday I'd like to make some money at it, but for now I'm trying to learn the ropes from working with a few professionals who also donate their time to the District. I've read a few stories for them, but I've yet to make it on the air --  so far I'm just helping them fill up the story bank they use to put the shows together.

I've yet to make it on the air, that is, until now.

I've been working for a while with Dave Robison, the voice behind Protecting Project Pulp, trying to get a particularly tricky narration (snappy patter from the 1920's... you try reading that stuff cold and getting the rhythm right!) ready for the show, and I think I have it. By the time any of you are reading this we have the show in the can (so to speak) and I'll be the voices for the fiction portion of the show this Monday, 11-20-2012. Stop on by any time next week after Monday morning when the new show uploads and give it a listen. Hell, download it and take it with you -- it's free, and Dave puts on a really good show.

One Buck Horror - Again: The Writing

Yeah, I told you all last month that One Buck Horror would be hearing from me again. I've read an issue or two of their magazine, and I just know my stuff would be a good fit in their books. I just have to hit the right tone for them. I've submitted a quirky little tale I call Saying Goodbye with them, and now I'm stuck waiting for a letter of acceptance or rejection.

Terrific. I just love waiting.

The good news is they seem to have a pretty fast turnaround time with regard to acceptance/rejection, so I won't have to wait long. I'm sure I'll be able to let you all know by next month just how gently they let me down.

Waitaminute... Heartwarming Tales?: Yup - More reading, but for YOU this time!

Latter Day Saints Publishing has finally gotten out that Christmas anthology I've been waiting for! It's titled Checkin' It Twice & Other Heartwarming Holiday Tales, and includes a story I wrote a couple of years ago (when I was just starting this writing ride) called Fishing Buddy. You can find it over on Amazon.

This is my first published story not in the Horror genre, so I finally have a book I can give to my grandparents to read without having to provide any kind of warning or disclaimer. Huzzah!

A Reading: Okay, yes, this is the last of the Reading

...And last but not least, last month I attended a Reading/Signing event where writers/authors stand up before a crowd and read a sample of their work in an effort to get the aforementioned crowd to buy it. It was the first of these events for me, and since I already wrote about it over at my weekly blog, While You're Making Other Plans..., I'll just send you over there for the full story with this link to my post called A Reading? Check it out, if you haven't already. You'll probably laugh... I know I did...

 

And that's about all I have to say about last month. I have a few more short stories pounding their fists on the inside of my skull at the moment, all trying to get out and be heard, plus something a little larger, maybe novella-sized that's lurking in the background and making occasional surges for the door. That larger idea, the bigger story, is something that had me sitting by the roadside while I was supposed to be delivering my route laughing with pleasure at the thought of a story idea like that coming out of my head. You'll be hearing a little about that soon, trust me.

 


Talk to you later!

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