My Abstract Life on Frogpants Studio's CurrentGeek

Well, it's official. I am one of those guys. You know those actors who say they can't watch themselves, or radio people who can't listen to themselves? I can't listen to myself. At least, not when I'm listening to myself on a giant huge amazingly popular podcast like Current Geek out of the Frogpants Network.

In case you're not aware, Current Geek is a new (sort of) show starring Scott Johnson and Tom Merritt talking all things techy and geeky with a couple of guests. They record it live every Friday and shortly after that it's available on itunes or wherever fine podcasts are downloaded. My science fiction short story My Abstract Life is featured at the very end of yesterday's episode, which is episode #2. (Yes, it really is a giant huge amazingly popular podcast despite having only two episodes so far. Frogpants is BIG, people.)

I have posted an audio book version of this story before, but the one on Current Geek is an all new recording I created thanks to a new and MUCH better microphone that I got over the holiday season. I'm pretty proud of how good it sounds, and I'm much more proud that Scott liked it enough to include it in his show.

A few weeks before they launched Current Geek, Scott and Tom got together on a Google Hangout to discuss ideas for the show, and this came out of that. They'd discussed the possibility of including other people's audio podcasts in the show as a way of getting more content for them and more exposure for the contributors. I don't know if they'll be interested in having more of my stuff go up there, but I'd be thrilled to record more; I plan to whether they want to use it or not. Maybe if they get enough good feedback, they'll be kind enough to give me another try!

Thank you Scott and Tom; even though I apparently can't stand to listen to myself on Current Geek, the rest of the show is amazing!

Fiction Improbable Audiobooks Episode 1 - My Abstract Life

Okay, enough dithering around and procrastinating on the launch. Here's episode 1. I've gotten lots of feedback to make it better than it was when I started, and I hope to get a lot more now that so many more of you can hear it, but I'll have to apply those new lessons to future audio books.

This was both a terrifying and kind of awesome project to work on, and I hope you enjoy listening to it!

Speaking of future audio books, I'd love some feedback on what stories you'd like narrated next. Determination is a good candidate, being another short one, and I could always return to the Prices stories if you want to get into some steampunk. I could tackle some of the longer stuff like The Ship of the Unforgotten, but stories that long will have to be broken up across many episodes.

Take a listen; it's pretty quick, a little over 7 minutes long, and let me know what you think!

This SHOULD be going out onto iTunes as well, thanks to Squarespace, but being a total newbie to all of this, I have no idea how long that's going to take. As I did with the episode 0 preview, I'll be putting this up on YouTube too.

An Audio Experiment

Tonight I've got a bit of a preview and an experiment to share. It's very brief, but it's step 1 in the process of bringing the long-promised, never-delivered audiobook project to fruition.

Take a listen to this very brief audio clip and let me know what you think of it; the quality, the listening experience, anything you think is appropriate.

For those curious and/or interested, I recorded it with PureAudio Live for the iPad, transferred it to my PC, and then used Audacity to clean it up a bit, make it more presentable.

Step 2 in the plan is to record one of my short stories. I'm leaning towards My Abstract Life right now.