Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MAKING EAR CANDY is Getting an Update!

Sorry I've been slacking on the blog posts lately. I have a ton of stuff going on (most of it good), and March has been one of my busiest months in a long time, both creatively and personally.

On the writing front, I have spent the last month updating my book about podcasting, Making Ear Candy. It's been almost four years since the book was released, and while there is a lot of evergreen content in there, a lot of things on the technology side have changed. I've also had four more years of podcasting experience, and have tired a lot of new things since then. So, this new updated version features new content on equipment, podcast hosting services, free and inexpensive tools for podcasters and more. I also added a chapter on video, because I've had a lot more experience with it over the past few years, primarily for the Co-Op Critics YouTube channel.

I'm also getting a cover redesign for this new edition, and it's going to be amazing. My good friend and amazing artist Chris Giarrusso (G-Man, Tales From the Con) has created a cover that perfectly captures the spirit of the book. My goal with making Ear Candy is to provide fun and helpful guidance for anyone looking to start their own podcast, and Chris' cover nails that vibe. I can't wait to show it to you. In fact, here's a little tease from the pencils Chris has done (don't tell him I showed it to you yet):


I know, right?!! So awesome.

Anyway, once the cover is finalized, I'll be getting a print proof and making any final revisions before I make the book available in both print and digital. I'm hoping to have copies at the shows I'm doing this spring, including AvonCon on 4/22 and the Free Comic Book Day event at the Springfield Public Library (Forest Park branch) on 5/6. Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SBW Podcast Updates--iTunes, New Episodes and More!

Whew!

This past week I finally did it--I migrated all of the back episodes of the See Brian Write podcast from SoundCloud over to Spreaker. I've been using Spreaker for the Co-Op Critics podcast and I love it, as it's a much more flexible platform than SoundCloud is for podcasters with multiple shows. And now that I've gotten all of the back episodes over to the new platform, the next phase of the See Brian Write podcast can begin.

First off, the podcast is now available on iTunes, and will soon be available on Google Play as well. I won't bore you with why SBW wasn't on iTunes before, as it has to do with SoundCloud. But all thirty-two episodes of the show are available on iTunes now, and you can subscribe on iTunes right here. You can also see them on the Spreaker page for the show (and use this RSS feed if you want to subscribe with a different podcatcher).

You can also listen to any and all of the episodes right here in the player below:

Listen to "SBW: Conversations With Creative People" on Spreaker.

Secondly, the show is going to be rebranded a bit. You'll notice the title of the podcast is now SBW: Conversations With Creative People. I feel like this title is a more accurate representation of the show and where I want it to go. SBW will always be a podcast that is predominatly about writing, but even more so, it's about the creative process. I've had horror writers, romance writers, comic creators, poets and more on the show, and I will continue to do so. If you make things, I want to talk to you about them.

Which brings me to my last point--new episodes will be coming soon! I am in the process of reaching out to a few people I've been meaning to have on the show, and I will hopefully be recording some new interviews soon. My original plan was to have this next season of SBW focus on horror, and that's still my plan.

So, go catch up on the back episodes for now, and stay tuned for more information about the upcoming season soon. Thanks for listening!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A PIZZA MY HEART Features an ORCHARD POINTE Teaser

First off, you can still pre-order A Pizza My Heart for $0.99, and you can it at that price for the next couple weeks. After that, the price will be $2.99, so grab it while it's hot! Either way though, you're getting an pizza-filled anthology for less than the price of a small pie.

And an awesome anthology it is. I've had a chance to read all the stories in it, and I feel so lucky to be a part of this project with writers who are much more talented than I am. I think everyone who reads this will find a new writer to be a fan of--there is something in this anthology for everyone. Kind of like when you go to a party and there's a bunch of pizzas with different toppings there for you to choose from.

One reason I am super excited about this anthology is that it features the debut of a major character in the upcoming Orchard Pointe series that Jolene Haley and I are writing together. Kit Marsh is a huge part of OP, and the short story I wrote for A Pizza My Heart features Kit, a stray dog, and a drifter who just might turn up in the pages of an Orchard Pointe book one day (okay, he totally will turn up, but probably not until book two).


Jolene and I had originally planned to release Orchard Pointe last summer, so this would have been the second time folks were reading her. But I'm kind of happy things turned out like they did, because I think this first introduction really demonstrates why Jolene and I love this character so much. And those who enjoy this story will have plenty to look forward to when Orchard Pointe releases later this year.

But my story is just one slice of the delicious pie that is A PIZZA MY HEART. So grab the book, order your favorite pizza and enjoy!

Monday, January 30, 2017

A PIZZA MY HEART Arrives February 9th, But You Can Pre-order Your Pizzathology Now!

A while back I first talked about the upcoming anthology A Pizza My Heart, and how ridiculously excited I was to be a part of it. My amazing pal Jolene Haley has once again pulled together a fantastic group of creators (as she always does), and allowed us to celebrate one of the most important things in life--pizza.


A Pizza My Heart will be releasing on February 9th--National Pizza Day--for $2.99, but get this--you can pre-order the book on Amazon right now for $0.99!



A Pizza My Heart

Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho
Between Slices by Andy Grieser
Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen
KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole
Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne
Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez
Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos
Password Is… by Jolene Haley
Pizza On the Brain by Emily Simon
Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre
Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas
Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell
The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams
The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian
Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown


Thursday, December 29, 2016

In 2017, It's Time To #MakeArtNotWar

As I briefly touched on in my last post, there were some creative goals I had for 2016 that I failed to meet. I wrote and released some short stories I am very proud of, and even collected some of them for my first anthology. But I did not get the next book in the Parted Veil series out, and two projects Jolene and I wrote did not release this year like we had originally planned.

And while I think all three of those projects will ultimately be better off for the delays when they do come out, I need to be better in 2017.

I think one of the primary reasons for a lackluster output in 2016 was a lack of focus. I spent a lot of time talking to people about writing, and discussing projects I was working on. I spent a lot of time following the happenings of the writing world on social media. But I didn't spend enough time creating.

And let's be honest, 2016 was a rough year. It's hard not to be distracted by what's going on in the world and in our country right now. The ever-increasing depressing and disturbing news certainly affected my creativity this past year.

In short, I need to put my focus back where it needs to be--on getting projects finished and stories out into the world.

Writer Monica Valentinelli has created a 2017 challenge for herself and anyone else who wants to participate. It's called Make Art Not War, and it's about having a positive impact on the world through the creation of art.

The rules the Monica has laid out for this challenge really speak to me. Specifically, the rules about making a commitment to writing every day, and reducing the time you spend on social media. So, I'm committing to writing for at least an hour a day, and limiting my social media check-ins to twice a week.

I will be blogging about my progress on this challenge here on the site, and when I do check in on social media, I'll be using the #MakeArtNotWar2017 hashtag along with other participants.

I want to thank Monica for providing some much-needed inspiration heading into 2017. I have big plans, and it's going to take a lot of hard work to get there.

If you're interested in participating, you can find the rules over at Monica's website right here. Let me know if you are taking up the challenge, and we can support each other as we go.

See you in 2017!