Monday, February 25, 2013

New podcasts, writing a new short story

A couple new podcasts to tell you about. I had the opportunity to record "The Prisoner's Missive" by Michelle Strackmann, as discovered by Mark Floyd. This story presents a scholarly approach to superhumans--and has fulfilled my previously unknown desire to use "meta-entropic" in a sentence. Runs 20 minutes.

Listen to "The Prisoner's Missive"

And today at Every Day Fiction Podcasts I read Sally York's "Saving Nimoy." I love this kind of subtle story that keeps a reader wondering up to its powerful last line. Runs 7 minutes.

Listen to "Saving Nimoy"

In writing news, I'm working on a short story. It's been slow going, but I think I've finally got the general shape so that's a (tentative) relief.

And lastly, I created a Google+ page for Folly Blaine. Look me up if you'd like.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New podcast

The big news is I've recorded a new story, "The Scoundrel's Wife," for author, Ben Langdon. This podcast runs about 25 minutes and was written from the perspective of a super-villain's agoraphobic wife:

Listen to "The Scoundrel's Wife" now...

The less big news is an update on the health front. In the past month or so I've seen a nutritional counselor several times and a personal trainer once per week. Some of the changes I've made are: eating breakfast within 30 minutes of waking, adding non-starchy vegetables to meals, trying to include protein at every meal, and working out 2-3 times per week.

I'm already seeing changes, which is great, but the true test will be how my blood pressure responds.

Wow. I don't think I've ever written a sentence that's made me feel so old. Hypertension is, like, the opposite of sexy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

And Then I Changed the Subject

Good morning, world. Thanks to a mug of hot coffee and evening plans to see "Mama," this day is shaping up to be a good one.

The problem with waiting too long between blog posts is I can't always remember where I left off--and why check, right? So the highlights: I'm seeing a personal trainer once a week and have already built some muscle, I'm still recording podcasts for Every Day Fiction and others, and I wrote a short piece (literary, not spec fic) over the weekend and submitted it to a contest.

By the way, I update my Facebook page for Folly Blaine with the newest podcasts, so like the page if you have any interest. Or you could subscribe to the EDF podcasts via iTunes. A new one goes live every Monday at midnight, Pacific Standard Time.

I'm not a fan of inserting commercials, but there's no better way to tell you about this stuff-I'm-doing than to just tell you.

Jer and I started watching Supernatural on Netflix from the beginning and we're tearing through the episodes. I've also been watching the History of Television channel, which is local antenna station 46-5. It's great. I especially love the old Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes' episodes, and the classic sit-coms. Did you know Betty White had her own sit-com, Life with Elizabeth, in 1952? All the shows I'm catching seem to be so smartly written and fresh--and I say "seem to" because the crap I've watched my whole life derives from this, just copies of copies with tired storylines. And here I've found the "originals!"

How amazing that we can be presented with the same plots over and over and still be entertained. Of course, I'm glad for it, because whatever it is that allows us to suspend our disbelief and go along with the repetitive plots, allows us to focus instead on the qualities that make a story unique and unforgettable. To put it another way, you know roughly what's going to happen in a romantic comedy or thriller, but well-written/directed/acted examples are still a joy to consume.

Thank goodness for story.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

My reading over the weekend

Over the weekend I went to the combined Potlatch/Foolscap Convention in Redmond, WA. On Saturday night, I had a 25-minute reading slot and read two pieces of flash fiction and a poem. My friend, Janka, recorded the reading using my cell phone and I've posted the first bit at YouTube, in which I read "How I Learned to Love My Clones:"

If the embedded video fails to load, click here to watch.

The turnout was great. Here's a shot of my patient and photogenic audience:

Overall Potlatch/Foolscap was an excellent experience--not just because of the reading--but because of the conversations with fellow fans of science-fiction. I'm relatively new to the genre and people have been extremely kind helping me figure out where I should start. I always come away from these things with loads of new items on my to-read list, and a pile of new books to dive into.