Wednesday, July 19, 2006

First Foray into Podcasting... sort of

Dragon's Landing
I've mentioned The Dragon's Landing Inn website and podcast. I feel it is the best RPG podcast out there.

Recently they asked listeners to record their own version of the DLI closing credits (where they give out their email, website address, ask people to vote for their podcast, etc.) and they started playing the listener contributions in episode 49.

Since I want to get into podcasting (for my book and maybe someday do a podcast on virtual table gaming?) I recorded a parody on the movie Poltergeist that included the DLI closing credits and some inside jokes that those not familiar with the podcast might not 'get.'

It was my first foray into using Adobe Audition to mix different vocal tracks, add effects to do different voices, etc. I sent in a sample for them to review so I could get feedback (I knew it was too long and I didn't have enough variety between the three female voices in the clip), but they ended up using it 'as is.'

The link to the podcast (Podcast #51) is on the left side of this screen:

The parody is the last five minutes of the podcast, if anyone gets the chance to listen to it. It was fun... I'm hooked on this podcasting stuff.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A notebook... who knew?

I belong to a forums for writers offered by Mur Lafferty (I Should Be Writing, link over on the right). On one of the threads on that site people discussed the need to always carry a notebook with you, in case you have ideas, thoughts, snippets of dialogue, etc.

I've never been one to write down ideas that pop into my head. I usually just let them mull around in my brain until I have a full story idea and then start writing. Now if the thoughts are tied to my campaign/world setting, that's a different story.

But I've never carried around a notebook, per se. Until the other day, when I was sitting in a seminar and the hosts gave us a cool marketing toy that just happened to be a metal covered notebook. Since the seminar was soooooooooooo entertaining, I began thinking about novel ideas... and short story ideas. And then I started writing them down in my new notebook :)

I fleshed out what could end up being the fourth Land of Caern novel. :) And then I mapped out a short story -- the first non-fantasy short story I'll write since I took a creative writing class in 1993. I'm really excited about it, although it won't be a happy one... just an emotional one.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Updating the Blog

Added a bunch of template info on my blog... links to podcasts and podiobooks mostly. More later tonight.