Okay, friends, I’ve been teasing this long enough. And unlike on Tuesday, when that weird… stuff happened on my blog, I’m going to talk about the Evercast today.
It’s no secret that I love stories and I love storytelling. Also not much of a secret: I want to tell more stories and I want to find new ways to tell them. I’ve got some things I’m working on, things I don’t want to announce yet. You know that. But it’s time to start something bigger.
After months — heck, a couple of years — studying the works of new media mavens like Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, and Mur Lafferty, I’ve decided to take their lead and launch a new podcast feed dedicated exclusively to my work as a fiction writer. By that I mean — I’m giving you stories. New stories. Audio stories. For free.
I’ve got some novels in progress that I’ll release as an audiobook. I’ll pop in with short stories from time to time. I’ll give rants and audio columns and whatever else strikes my fancy. And sometime next year, I’m planning a new full-cast audio sitcom with a twist. More on that later.
Today, with Halloween this weekend, I’m kicking things off with a short story called “It’s Time to Play the Music.” It’s creepy, is a little silly, and hopefully you’ll think it’s as much fun as I do.
Next week, the first Thursday in November, I’m going to be back with the first episode of my novel A Long November. More on that next week. But expect something here weekly, friends. I won’t promise 52 pieces of fiction a year — I may need a break in-between larger projects — but there’s going to be something here to tide you over.
But now for your part, my friends. I want this to be big. I want this to be the biggest thing I’ve ever done. But I can’t do that alone. So I’m asking you to help me spread the word. Do you know someone who likes audiobooks? Send them the link. Do you have a blog, a Facebook page, or a Twitter feed? Pass it along. Burn the shows to CD and hand them out like candy — just don’t change the file and don’t try to make money off of it (because that just isn’t nice).
In the meantime, you can enjoy the Evercast in two ways. Either you can download the first episode directly, or you can subscribe to it. I’m still waiting on my iTunes confirmation (the show is that new), but if you’ve got iTunes you can still subscribe by going to the advanced settings, clicking on “subscribe to podcast,” and pasting this link into the box: http://evercast.libsyn.org/rss
If podcatchers aren’t your thing, you can download the episode with this link, or left-click it and listen to it streaming on your computer:
Finally, a couple of shout-outs. First, thanks to my friend and brother Jeff Hendricks for providing the highly spiffy theme music you’re gonna hear in this episode. Second, thanks to my friend and sister (biologically, this time) Heather Petit-Keller for designing that equally spiffy Evercast logo you see hovering before you.
And that’s about all there is to it for now. I’m sure I’ll think of something I forgot as soon as I post this, but that’s no big deal. This is a long-term thing for me. And I hope it will be for you too. So click on the link, enjoy the story, and Happy Halloween!
4:30 PM UPDATE
My iTunes approval has come through! If you’ve got iTunes on your computer, you can go STRAIGHT to the iTunes store and subscribe to the Evercast by clicking on this link: Evercast on iTunes