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EpiCast #015: Teaming Up

October 28th, 2013 · Comments

EpiCast #015 - October 28, 2013 Teaming Up
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Welcome back to our EpiCasts! This fifteenth edition, almost exactly coinciding with the fifteenth anniversary of the EpiGuide webfiction community, offers a bunch of juicy previews of what you can expect in several webserials for the rest of the year, news in the webserial world, and our discussion related to writing partnerships.

Hosts Kira (yours truly) and Michael begin with our Fall 2013 previews (just how do you pronounce "2013," by the way?) for a batch of serialized fiction to take us through the end of the year. Find out what happens next, including defamation, divorce, death, and lots of other fun plots.

Next we dip into the news focusing our own happy tidings thanks to our community's generosity, introductions to several new webfiction serials, and a controversy about a hot topic related to, well, hot topics too hot for certain ebook retailers.

And finally, this episode we talk about the webserials who boast not just one but multiple authors, and find out how they handle working as a team: dealing with differences of opinion, dividing labor, and the joys of brainstorming on a jointly-created fictional world. There are several methods to their madness, so take a listen to learn all the ways people have partnered up to give us some new and longrunning serials.

Once you've listened, hop on over to our Podbean site, the EpiGuide forum, or our new Webcast Beacon site (links below) to share your own thoughts on these topics and this episode. Many thanks to everyone who helped out by submitting your recaps and news stories!

Episode Notes:

Recording date: This episode was recorded on October 22, 2013.

Rundown:

  • 00:00 - 01:08: Opening pleasantries and teasers for the episode ahead
  • 01:09 - 18:49: Webserial previews for the end of 2013
  • 18:50 - 36:04: Webfiction and webserial news
  • 36:05 - 36:44: How to submit news to the EpiCast
  • 36:45 - 01:18:30: Discussion: Webserial writing teams: pros and cons
  • 01:09:50 - 01:11:06: Thanks to sponsors, podcast sponsor ad
  • 01:11:07 - 01:12:37: Closing thoughts and fare-thee-wells

Many thanks to the special donors who helped make this podcast possible! Please see the sidebar for the list of Podcast sponsors.

Links to the sites mentioned in this episode:

Music credits: "Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance" (EpiCast opening and closing theme), "The Future Soon" (Preview intro), "Good Morning Tuscon" (News intro), "The Big Boom" (News submissions theme), "I'm Your Moon" (Discussion intro), "You Ruined Everything" (EpiCast sponsor intro), as always all written and performed by Jonathan Coulton, host Kira Lerner's personal musical demigod.

These tracks are licensed Creative Commons by-nc.

Technical notes: We used Skype for the conversation and interviews, Replay Recorder for recording, Audacity and The Levelator for editing/post-recording fine-tuning, and Podbean for hosting. If you have any suggestions, questions, comments or brickbats you want to throw at us regarding this episode, please let us know!

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EpiCast #010: Webfiction Spring Previews 2013

April 20th, 2013 · Comments

EpiCast #010 - Spring Previews 2013
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Hi everyone! We're back with an episode focusing on what's coming up this spring in the world of webfiction serials, with dramatic revelations, bizarre coincidences, terrifying tragedies, and convoluted romances aplenty. Your co-hosts Kira (yours truly) and Michael also offer up some news items focusing on the online reading community Goodreads, Amazon, and a new take on an old classic tale that uses the multifaceted nature of the web to provide an original look at characters we've loved for 200 years.

This podcast is actually the first of two, the second of which will be posted next week; the recording was just too long to keep as a single podcast due to our in-depth discussion (we were feeling particularly chatty!) on this month's topic -- web design and what readers like, and hate, when it comes to webserial sites. So look for that conversation, as well as more news items related to new webserials, later this month.

Episode Notes:

Recording date: This episode was recorded on April 7, 2013.

Rundown:

  • 00:00 - 01:20: Opening greetings and teasers for the episode ahead
  • 01:21 - 22:12: Spring Previews 2013
  • 22:13 - 29:23: Online Reading/Web Entertainment News
  • 29:24 - 30:58: Podcast Sponsors and closing pleasantries

Many thanks to the special donors who helped make this podcast possible! Please see the sidebar for the list of Podcast sponsors.

Links to the sites mentioned in this episode:

Thanks & Invitation: Join in! We'd love to hear from you about any of the sites or topics we covered in this episode. Keep an eye out over at the EpiGuide for a Call for Submissions where we'll be asking for webserial recaps and news, listener questions, and topic ideas.

Music credits: "Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance" (EpiCast opening and closing theme), "First of May" (Spring Previews intro), "The Future Soon" (News intro), "Take Care of Me" (EpiCast sponsor theme), all written and performed by the brilliant Jonathan Coulton . These tracks are licensed Creative Commons by-nc.

Technical notes: We used Skype for the conversation and interviews, Replay Recorder for recording, Audacity for editing, and Podbean for hosting.If you have any suggestions, questions, comments or brickbats you want to throw at us regarding this episode, please let us know!

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EpiCast #007: WeSeWriMo (Web Serial Writing Month)

July 22nd, 2012 · Comments

EpiCast #007 - WeSeWriMo / Web Serial Writing Month
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The EpiCast is back -- with a special episode looking forward to our annual writing marathon, Web Serial Writing Month (WeSeWriMo). In our seventh episode, we take a break from the past and focus on the future: webserial previews for the rest of the summer, where you'll get some hints and teasers for some exciting storylines in the weeks ahead.

But the lion's share of the podcast is devoted to WeSeWriMo, the only marathon dedicated to the unique world of web-based writing, from webserials to video and audio webseries to serialized novels, webcomics and beyond. And as far as we know, it's also the only writing challenge that lets the writers choose their own goal. With registration open through August 1, that leaves just over a week as of this writing for you to take part.

For this supersized edition, co-host Kira Lerner interviewed six very different writers of very different forms of web entertainment series, and in our discussion about WeSeWriMo with them you'll learn about the project itself, how the writers choose their ambitious goals, what obstacles they've faced over the years, how successful they've been, and their own tips on how to cross the finish line with your all your goals triumphantly met. Kira and fellow co-host Michael also discuss the history of how WeSeWriMo came about, and share their own thoughts on what this challenge means to them--and the entire webserial writing community.

Episode Notes:

  • We apologize in advance for some differences in quality of the interviews, which were conducted over Skype but with different technical set-ups on each end of the conversations. Edits in the interviews have been made for time purposes, but all interviewees' words are their own. Over the next couple of days we'll be posting the full versions of these interviews, which contain much more information and let you hear some fascinating tidbits we couldn't include due to time or content constraints (Kira, being the inquisitive type, asked the authors questions about their serials and other aspects of their writing process that didn't involve WeSeWriMo; those didn't make it into the podcast, but were so interesting we wanted you to get a chance to listen in).

Recording date: This episode was recorded on July 19, 2012; the interviews were conducted from July 9 - 15.

Rundown:

  • 00:00 - 01:58: Opening pleasantries, teasers for the episode ahead
  • 01:59 - 16:00: The Future Soon: summer storyline previews
  • 16:00 - 16:37: Music break!
  • 16:38 - 20:55: Introduction to WeSeWriMo
  • 20:56 - 59:23: The Writers' Challenge: interviews and discussion with eight writers on Web Serial Writing Month
  • 59:24 - 01:01:20: Closing thoughts, information on signing up, and a final quote from one of our interviees

Many thanks to the writers who participated in our discussion:

Angie Capozello, Nox and Grimm
Ashley, Spy like Me
Cecilia Tan, Daron’s Guitar Chronicles
Max Pilote, Squeaky and Squawky
Murazrai, Chaos Fighters: Chemical Warriors
Ty Junior, Mysteries of Our Lives

Links to the other sites mentioned in this episode:

Thanks & Invitation: We're grateful to everyone who submitted previews and interview questions by email or through Skype conversations. We haven't scheduled our next month's edition yet, but keep an eye out over at the EpiGuide for a Call for Submissions where we'll be asking for webserial recaps and news, listener questions, and topic ideas.

Music credits: "Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance" (EpiCast opening theme), "The Future Soon" (Preview intro), "A Laptop Like You" (Music break / WeSeWriMo intro), "I Feel Fantastic" (closing theme), all by the brilliant Jonathan Coulton. These tracks are licensed Creative Commons by-nc.

Technical notes: We used Skype for the conversation and interviews, Replay Recorder for recording, Audacity for editing, and Podbean for hosting.If you have any suggestions, questions, comments or brickbats you want to throw at us regarding this episode, please let us know!

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