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Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Devor, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    I just set up an internet radio in my living room, so now I can listen to podcasts in the morning while I'm watching my youngest son.

    Any suggestions?

    I'm mostly interested in writing podcasts - anything that will help me brainstorm or motivate me to write. I'm only familiar with one, and there's a couple of more I've seen suggested, but I haven't had a chance to look into them.

    But are there any good stories told in Podcast format? I don't mean books-on-tape, which don't work with me. I'm referring to stories told in the style of an old radio program. That might be kind of cool.

    Before anyone asks, I searched for Podcasts and didn't see a thread just for recommending them.

    I'll start by recommending the one I'm familiar with, the Roundtable Podcast, which is phenomenal. They invite aspiring authors to share their stories at a brainstorming session with a published guest author, who helps give feedback about the story idea. It's developed by someone who's a bit of a friend to Mythic Scribes and is definitely worth looking into. I wouldn't be looking into podcasts if the Roundtable Podcast didn't prove how helpful they can be.
     
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  2. Sparkie

    Sparkie Auror

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    Well, I don't think I know of anything like the old radio shows, other than the old radio shows themselves. I used to listen to some of that stuff at my grandparent's house. Jack Benny, George and Gracie, that kind of thing. I once heard of some radio-play version of Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glass, Apples story, but I've never found it online.

    I enjoy some of the stuff on PodCastle. That's mostly the kind of thing you'd find in a fantasy e-zine. There's also the Drabblecast, but that gets a little too far 'out there' for me most times.

    As far as writing podcasts, I can't help you. Sorry.
     
  3. T.Allen.Smith

    T.Allen.Smith Staff Moderator

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    Writing Excuses is pretty good at times. It is chaired by Brandon Sanderson and has 3 other authors. This is strictly about craft, it does not offer any actual stories for entertainment.
     
  4. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    I went and had a long look yesterday. Here was a big selection of scifi and fantasy podcasts that seems current.

    As far as stories are concerned, all I could find was a few actual old radio shows and audio stories like PodCastle. I tried one or two for a while, only to find that I really wasn't interested.

    As far as writing craft, I am pretty impressed with Writing Excuses, which is pretty good, and I found a few others that are more like your typical modern radio show, with a host interviewing guest authors. SFSignal feels like a professional radio program, but it's not very focused on content.

    I'm a little underwhelmed with the selection. It seems to me like there's a wide opening in the market for podcasts.

    I think I'll just follow the Roundtable Podcast and Writing Excuses. It's probably no coincidence that those are the ones listed in the Mythic Scribes Directory. If I was trapped in a car for long commutes, I do think I would add SFSignal, but there's too much "useless" time in the program for it to be worth it for me now.
     
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