podcasting · Writing

It’s Late At Night But The Podcast Is Complete

It’s done. Finished. Complete.

I have uploaded the last episode, herself no longer needs to be locked in the cupboard, I no longer need to plug myself into the computer. 🙂

Now maybe I get get back to writing 😆

But seriously, it’s a good moment. Even if I have spotted bits that need some serious editing….


It’s All Go Live: The Spiral Tattoo On Podiobooks

It’s very exciting.

The podcast of The Spiral Tattoo is live.  I am releasing them on the new site http://michaeljparry.com/ but the main place for it to be found will be here http://www.podiobooks.com/title/the-spiral-tattoo/ 🙂

It’s really exciting, but I must refrain from stat watching. 😆

It’s cool to see where people are listening to the story. Already I have an international audience, which sort of blows my mind. Now I just have to what to see what people think of it and hope they like it.


We Have A Release Date

Yesterday was a bit of an up and down day. In the morning we had gone to collect some more trees to plant. We planted trees including apricot, nectarine, peacherine, quince, mulberry, peachcott, worcestorberry and a pair of mini kiwifuit.  Then I found Rose, so we went from happy tree planting to sad pet burial.

It was quite nice this morning to find that all five of the episodes of The Spiral Tattoo have passed quality control, and I now have a date for release.

It is the Monday 13th of September. We we will work hard over then next few weeks, so that when it is released as many of the episodes are int he can and uploaded as possible! It has given us a renewed focus on the project 🙂  I will be putting links and information about the release over at michaeljparry.com 🙂

Anyway hopefully it will be fine tomorrow and I can take some photos of the trees and new garden beds to post…

Humour · podcasting

An Over Abundance of Obsession

My brain hurts. As does my ears.

For the last week we have been putting together the first five episodes of the the Spiral Tattoo. The E.I.C. has been doing a marvelous job of narrating the story while I have become a quivering, neurotic, obsessed  audio freak. Finally she snapped last night as I downloaded audio editing program number ninety-nine in my quest for the perfect sound sample.

It was quite rightly pointed out that I am never going to achieve a perfect audio file as a: we are recording in a cupboard, b: on a digital dictaphone, c: using free audio editing software and finally d: are amateurs.

Off course it could just be fear of having put it out there making my concentrate on the small blemishes in the files. 😆

So I am taking a deep breath… A very deep breath and trying to let it go… You believe me right?

Humour · podcasting

Digging, Coffee, And Cupboards!

The E.I.C. Started digging the new vegetable patch today. I was having a little snooze, as I was home sick with a cold, and I got up and looked out the kitchen window to find what appeared to be a footprint for a new house marked out! Actually it’s only for the potatoes, pumpkins and corn, and it’s not quite that big. I will post a picture once we get batteries for the camera! 😆

She has been telling me that she needs an early night, but unfortunately for her I have designs upon her. I will be locking her in the cupboard tonight.

With lots of coffee…

Our test episode for the Spiral Tattoo was accepted, and now we just need to record the first five episodes for it to be launched onto the world!.. There goes her quiet evenings MWAH MWAH MWAH


I Dig and I Dig And Then Dig Some More

I had a vision. A grand vision. I would build a website and I would host my podcast novel, like a lot of the other authors do. It would be glorious and grand.

So I bought my domain name 🙂 and signed up to a hosting deal with a local hosting agent.

Alas, alack haste equals bad decisions, and then you find yourself in a whole. 😦

I was looking at the details for my site, and found that both the storage space I had, and the monthly bandwidth were woefully lacking for what I wanted to do! I checked with my host provider and found that what I had signed up for was not what I wanted.  And to upgrade to what I wanted to do would entail way more money than we have to invest in this project. As a result I have been rather grumpy at myself.

So what to do now, that doesn’t involve digging myself into a deeper hole. Well I am going to see how much I owe already for the hosting that has gone and then back away. I then will take the domain name away for a while and I will probably end up using it here. It’s something I probably should have done in the first place!

It does mean that sometime in the next week or so my new site will disappear 😦

It’s a learning curve all right, but I will get it sorted! And I have discovered an awful lot in the process.

So my new mantra, less haste, more patience, and make sure you know what you’re doing before you start…. 😆


The Parsec Awards: One Day, Maybe, Wishful Thinking

The finalists for the Parsec Awards were announced today.  Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga & Tracy Hickman founded The Parsec Awards in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media.

Podcast shows are nominated by fans, and finalists are chosen by a yearly steering committee. Those finalists are then voted on by an independent panel of judges from outside of podcasting. Awards are given in several categories ranging from content to audio quality.

I was pleased to see some of my favorite podcasting authors on the list of finalists 🙂

I have also been thinking that one day, maybe, I too could be a finalist. Arghh yes, the dreams of a writer 🙂

podcasting · Writing

I Have A New Site

Since I am launching The Spiral Tattoo onto the world via podcasting, I felt it would be wise to have a new permanent home for my writings. This blog will continue as my personal blog, where I will update what’s happening around the farm etc., while the new site will be my home as a professional writer.

It has been quite an interesting process setting it up, and it is live now! Although there is not a great deal of content yet. It will slowly develop over time, and will host news, views, outlines of works, random stories, and of course podcasts copies of my stories as they are released.

The URL you ask?