Monday, March 9, 2009
Top three episodes of my top three podcasts: with bonus!
The best venue for scifi podcasting, period. The stories, production values and community built up around escapepod are one of a kind. If I had to introduce someone to what podcasts are capable of being, I would point them to escapepod.
Three random awesome picks (which could just as easily be simply random picks, its that good!):
-EP090: How Lonesome a Life Without Nerve Gas
-EP146: Edward Bear and the Very Long Walk
Bonus: My escapepod rejection story.
Not really much to say. I submitted my story 'Fractal Blooms of Differentiation.' It wasn't quite up to snuff, so I got form rejection letter. Which just means back to the drawing board for John.
The drabblecast is the spookywierdawesome podcast that makes me laugh so hard that milk shoots out of my nose. And then pygmy chibi lovecraftian slime aliens grow out of my milk/snot trailings. After an unsuccesful exorcism, and an aborted attempt by the cute eldritch horros to colonize my brain; we decided to to resolve our differences over drinks down at O'shay's. Me and my newsneezed friends ineffectually hit on chicks and played some pool, and I am going to use the story of our night as my next submission to the drabblecast. (That's the style of story the drabblecast does best!)
3 totally tubular tales dude!
-Drabblecast 99- Sarah's Window by Janni Lee Simner Drabble- We Slept Through the End of the World by Brian Baer
-Drabblecast 98 The Graggleberry Thief by Steve Clancey Drabble Culling the Herd by Nicholas Empey
-Drabblecast 85- Trifecta V
Bonus: My drabblecast rejection story!
I actually wrote my story 'How Zombies Saved the Planet' specifically for drabblecast's drabble category. And even though I only got a form letter rejection, it was the coolest form rejection letter I've ever received; perfectly capturing the strangeness of telling a well meaning submitter/fan/contributer/serial murderer 'no.' It ended, simply 'Akwardly, the Drabblecast.' Which I think is pretty cool, and is incredibly funny. But maybe only if you get or write a lot of form rejection letters.
Pseudopod scares the piss out of me on a weekly basis. What more could you ask for from a horror podcast?
3 stories are still with me, even though I keep washing till my skin bleeds
Pseudopod 047: Akropolis
Pseudopod 74: Tumble
Pseudopod 034: Bliss
Whereas being rejected from drabblecast made my day, being rejected by Pseudopod made my week. I don't know if I got lucky or what, but editor Ben Phillips actually responded with encouragement and advice for improvement of my submissions of Underneath and I am Moloch. Editors are impossibly busy people, but whenever they take the time for a couple of lines of advice it makes all the difference to n00b writers who lap up any response they can get (like yours truly). So thank you Mr. Phillips. I sincerely appreciated it.
To cap it off: These are all excellent podcasts that are well worth your time. Subscribe with no delay! And editors, thank you for the fine work you do. Thank you for developing the discernment needed to deliver the best week in and week out. I hope to write something that will fit on your respective podcast soon.