Narrations, Narrations, Narrations! *AKA Podcasts News*

microphoneI have realized that in the hustle and bustle of the past and forthcoming holidays, that I have neglected to mention that I have new narrations! I have been absolutely wonderfully lucky to have read for some of the best in the SF/F field and I hope the requests keep coming! I love doing this stuff!

Instead of getting a Google alert that mentioned Jon and Kate Plus 8, I actually had some good plugs on various blogs and sites for this week regarding some recent podcasts. Here are the most recent offerings:

The Uncanny Valley” by Nick Mamatas was posted three weeks ago on Escape Pod.
“After the Fire” by Aliette de Bodard was posted two weeks ago by StarShipSofa.
“Pirate Solutions” by Kathryn Sparrow was posted last week on Escape Pod.
“Night in Dark Perfection” by Richard Parks was posted yesterday on Clarkesworld Magazine.

I’ve also turned in readings to Mike Allen over at Mythic Delirium (2 poems), the good folks over at Dunesteef Audio. (They have the most fun with their recordings!) and I have two left to get done for Escape Pod and StarShip Sofa. Once those are posted, I’ll update the site.

A funny story regarding the “Pirate Solutions” story over on Escape Pod. I had sent two versions of the short narration to Jeremy Tolbert. One with my normal American accent and one with my best attempted English Accent. What’s a pirate story without an English accent! (I’m looking at YOU Johnny Depp.)  I figured if he thought the accent didn’t fit with the rest of the readers, he could with my normal husky voice. He ultimately chose the English accent. As I was surfing the mostly (*gasp*) positive comments on the EP forums, a member by the name of Yaksox posted: Can we have the English woman read more stories, please?


In Other Podcasting News:

StarShipSofa is also taking nominations for the Sofanaut Awards, so if you haven’t gone over to nominate your favorites, take a few seconds to do so now!

I’d also like to shout out the wonderful thing Tony C. Smith & writer Larry Santoro are doing to raise money for Spider and Jeanne Robinson in their time of need. StarShipSofa is releasing a free original audio story from Larry. You can purchase the ebook via Paypal or a credit card starting at 2.00 GPB ranging up to 100 GBP if you would like to contribute more to Spider and Jeanne as they continue her treatment for cancer.

I am also going to shamelessly and most enthusiastically plug the Clarkesworld Magazine Citizenship Drive. We’re still aiming for 400 new citizens by the end of the year and if you suddenly looked up at your calendar and were like, HOLY CRAP IT’S ALREADY DECEMBER, you have a little under a month to get in those donations. All it takes is $10.00. Higher donations have some nice incentives. Plus you get to be my minion. Clarkesworld is a labor of love that runs on book sales from its yearly publication and donations from you. So thank you if you’ve already donated!

That’s all for now! We now return you to our normally scheduled program.

New Narrations: Clarkesworld & StarShipSofa

Hey Guys and Girls!

In the craziness that has been my life for the past month, I neglected to mention that I had two narrations up! I’ve got four to get done and a finished one waiting pub.

cw_30_350 “Spar”by Hugo & Nebula nominee  Kij Johnson is up at Clarkesworld Magazine. (Did I mention I like, work for them now? *Squee*) It’s full of adult themes and language, so if that kind of stuff makes you queasy, best to avoid. It’ll be on the home page for about another week, then get drops back into archives/audio fiction, so please, go take a listen.

“The Reflection of Memory” by Writer’s of the Future winner, CL Holland is up at StarShipSofa. This podcast on the fantasy side of the SF/F genre.

Both are excellent pieces of writing and I hope I do them justice!

If you have a moment after listening, I’m always craving constructive feedback.

While I got you — Look for a new Nick Mamatas story coming soon to Escape Pod as well!

The Podcast WhirlWind (aka Awesome News!)

Some big news to report on multiple fronts!

I’ve been invited to be “Podcast Director” (get a load of the official title) for Clarkesworld Magazine! That’s right, I’ve joined the staff of the Hugo Nominated Magazine! What will I be doing, exactly? I’ll be coordinating podcasts for the monthly releases, and introducing some new and exciting content as the magazine continues to grow.

Do me a favor? Mention the magazine to your friends, have them mention us to their friends! (I can actually say “us” now! *Squee*)

In other news, I’ve been interviewed by the wonderful Charles Tan over at Bibliophile Stalker. I am quite humbled as this was my first interview ever, but Charles made me feel welcome. Thanks, Charles. You’re the best!

I also have a narration up at Escape Pod as well this week. You should go over there and take a listen! “The Kindness of Strangers” by Nancy Kress opens discussion about our true selves. When disaster of epic proportion, propagated by aliens strikes, who do we become? Do we change or do we show our true colors?  Two more narrations are  in the pipeline for Jeremy Tolbert and the good folks at EP.

I will also have another narration up on Clarkesworld as we hit October 1st. I can’t say much about this one and will update the blog when it comes around. As a narrator, I am still digesting and it’s been a few days since I read it.

Tony C. Smith with StarShipSofa has given me another story to add to the two I’m still working on as well. Again, I’ll update when those are done and published.

I’ve updated the podcasts/narration page with the stuff that is just recently out. Enjoy!

It’s been a whirlwind and I have only to thank those of you who have cheered me on, listened and recommended my readings to others. You guys get all the credit here. Not me.

If You Build It, They Will Come… And Be Assholes

**contains language**

Let me make something perfectly clear right off the bat– This post is not a slight on Jeremy Tolbert or Steve Eley. I am humbled and privileged to have read for Escape Pod. It’s all the  fucktards out there who need to have their virtual tongues cut out and smashed under very large and heavy rocks.

As many of you know, I am a narrator and a podcaster. I am also fucking pissed.

This last week, a story by the lovely Genevieve Valentine, read by me, was put up on Escape Pod. While I’ve listened to Escape Pod audio in the past, I never dived into the forums or comments on each. I usually got the episodes from Itunes.

As any curious narrator would be, I wanted to know what people thought of the reading. I’m always interested in constructive feedback to enhance my future narrations. If you thought it was deadpan, fine. I can take it. I’ll make a note and try to be more enthusiastic next time I’m reading about death. No, really.

When I went to both the forums and the comments on the individual stories on the Escape Pod site, I found myself barely controlling my rage at some of the comments. In case the entire Internet hasn’t been taught — there are ways of offering criticism that don’t include the words, “Suck”, “terrible”, “Bad”, “Boring”…. the list goes on.

It’s fine. A story may not work for you.  You may be disappointed where the author (and reader) take you while on your journey. You may find yourself wondering why you stuck around for the ending. People are entitled to that opinion.

What people aren’t entitled to be are assholes about it.  See: how to offer constructive criticism.

I was once a proponent of open commenting and forum posting. No one should be moderated. As I started my blog, visited Youtube,  read news articles which allowed comments, visited friend’s sites, and saw the pretentious, asinine drivel flow like rabid spittle from the mouths of inconsiderate beasts who should never have been allowed an internet connection, my stance slowly changed.

See John Scalzi — “Moderation Matters”.

John is happy that most of the members of his community are civilized human beings who pride themselves on having compassion and understanding for other members of this race.  It’s fun when you have an adult conversation comprised of adults acting like adults. It’s great to have lively discussions that don’t veer off into hate-filled, often unassociated tangents.  It stops being fun when scum start adding their drivel to the mix.

See, here is the deal. I don’t care you said nasty shit about me. Really, I don’t. What I care about are the people who pour their hearts into bringing you content every week. What I care about are the writers who are telling a story. What I care about are the producers and editors who are mostly volunteers and don’t get paid for their effort and time. What I care about are the listeners who have constructive things to say.

So really, to all the people who can’t stop vomiting up shit and getting off on their self proclaimed righteous verbal masturbation; fuck you. Seriously, fuck you.  Oh, that’s twice. You know I’m angry, now.

Places like Escape Pod who offer free content for the love of the genre, should be commended for their dedication and perseverance. Especially on the internet, where the term “asshole” is not only a state of mind, but now comes in anonymous flavor packs.

For the record, if you read this Genevieve, and countless others who’ve been ripped apart by people who really should be wearing muzzles and straight jackets and locked in rubber rooms:

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for writing, producing, narrating and editing.

New Narration: Escape Pod

I am extremely pleased to say that my narration of Genevieve Valentine’s story, “Carthago Delenda Est” went up yesterday. You can get it here! For all you Itunes listeners, the link is here.

I must say, Genevieve’s story was absolutely incredible. It’s definitely a thinking piece.When I finished editing the voice work and was able to really listen to the story, I was left with many different intriguing questions.  Genevieve is definitely someone to watch right now. She’s also got a story over at Clarkesworld Magazine this month as well.

Thanks to Jeremy Tolbert for letting be a part of a great online audio magazine!

For those looking for more podcasts/narrations — I have updated the list. Go listen to free fiction!

Not only is there the update to Escape Pod, but I’ve put up a link to my poetry narration at Mythic Delirium, and the worldcon reporting via The Sofanauts!