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EpiCast #014: WeSeWriMo 2013 (Web Serial Writing Month)

July 22nd, 2013 · Comments

EpiCast #014 - July 16, 2013 WeSeWriMo '13
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A quick follow-up EpiCast to share the latest news about webfiction and the publishing industry, but especially to talk about... the Seventh Annual Web Serial Writing Month, which is almost upon us!

Hosts Kira (yours truly) and Michael begin with a varied selection of news items, including some serial premieres and finales, a new way a massive serial community is trying to help writers fund their work, and an upcoming convention for those in the indie publishing world.

From there we shift into WeSeWriMo Prepration mode, reminding everyone that Web Serial Writing Month is nearly here, with a deadline of August 1 for signing up (meaning you can register up to and including August 1, just to be clear). After explaining exactly what WeSeWriMo is, we then offer some incredibly useful tips, offered by past participants of the month-long writing challenge, on how to best ensure that you succeed without driving yourself crazy in the process.

An EpiCast first follows: a brief commentary plus an inspiring musical break (at least I think so) from me regarding battling the fears that can cripple writers no matter what their experience level. Finally we give our thanks one last time to the donors for last year's fundraising drive, thank our participants and say our farewells as we gear up for the EpiGuide's yearly marathon.

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 July 14, 2013 (except for the commentary at the end, recorded on July 21, 2013).

Rundown:

  • 00:00 - 01:19: Opening pleasantries and teasers for the episode ahead
  • 01:20 - 16:07: Around the Webserial World News
  • 16:07 - 36:54: WeSeWriMo 2013: Tips for Success
  • 36:54 - 45:23: Commentary and Song: "Fraud," by Jonathan Coulton
  • 45:23 - 47:53: Thanks to sponsors, closing thoughts and fare-thee-wells

Lyrics to "Fraud," by Jonathan Coulton. (As with all songs written and recorded by Coulton, these lyrics are licensed Creative Commons by-nc.) From the album Artificial Heart, individual songs and complete collection available for purchase on JonathanCoulton.com

It wears you thin
Unpacks a bag and it settles in
Ten times an hour you'll wish it dead
Ask it to leave but it stays instead

So unkind
Acting as if you could read its mind
Making it hard to explain without
Finding new things to complain about

Sharp teeth test your skin
Too late, you let an angel in

It's all been done
So many accidents, only one
Paints you the picture you want to see
Cover one eye and look carefully

Big surprise
It doesn't care about second tries
You're afraid whatever choice you make
Won't be exactly the right mistake

Sharp teeth test your skin
Too late, you let an angel in

I bet you feel tapped out and nothing left to talk about
I guess you're right
You fraud

It tells you lies
You say you won't but you compromise
Just don't imagine you'll ever win
Any race you aren't running in

It follows through
Four in the morning it's calling you
What's the over-under on getting it
Done without always regretting it?

Sharp teeth test your skin
Too late, you let an angel in

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 theme), "The Big Boom" (News intro/closing theme), "Sticking it to Myself" (WeSeWriMo discussion closing theme), "Fraud" (Commentary), "Take Care of Me" (EpiCast sponsor theme), and "I Feel Fantastic" (closing theme) 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 #013: Running Long

July 16th, 2013 · Comments

EpiCast #013 - July 16, 2013 Running Long
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This supersized EpiCast (the title has a double meaning!) has plenty of everything: recaps of the latest webserial installments, news about several returning webserials, a response to some listener feedback, and the massive main course in this feast: a discussion about long-running webserials and just how one can create--and maintain--a serial that has staying power.

Hosts Kira (yours truly) and Michael start things off with summaries and bickering--all in good fun, of course. Learn what happened on a variety of webfiction serials over the past month, and find out why pronouns can make the difference between a standard sleazy politician's ploy and a storyline straight out of a V.C. Andrews novel.

Next we offer a quick look at the news, which includes some returning serials (a few that have only been gone a couple of months, while another is making a resurrection from a years-long absence) and an announcement of a chat devoted to serialized tales.

And as promised, we embark on an extensive, in-depth discussion about some of the longest-running webserials, with plenty of advice from their authors, a varied group that represents a combined total of more than fifty years of serialized fiction experience! Interested in learning how to writers ensure their plots and characters have such phenomenal staying power? Get comfortable because we've got a ton of tips and tricks, as well as commentary from our hosts (who alone have thirty years' experience behind 'em).

Of course, we end with our sincere thanks to our sponsors and a teaser of our next episode, which will be posted in less than a week!

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 in two sessions on June 10 and July 14, 2013.

Rundown:

  • 00:00 - 01:28: Opening pleasantries and teasers for the episode ahead
  • 01:29 - 20:23: Webserial recaps and commentaries
  • 20:24 - 25:07: Editorial / Response to listener feedback
  • 25:08 - 30:37: Webfiction and webserial news
  • 30:38 - 01:18:30: Discussion: Creating webserials that pass the test of time
  • 01:18:31 - 01:20: Thanks to sponsors, 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), "Not About You" (Recaps intro), "So Far, So Good" (Recaps ending music), "Good Morning Tuscon" (News intro), "Just as Long as Me" (Discussion theme), "Take Care of Me" (EpiCast sponsor theme), 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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Tags: specials · 2013 Podcasts