Monthly Archives: September 2012
Hapax has a cover.
This is the “unofficial” version. Small changes might be made. Overall, though, this is pretty much what it’s going to look like. Huge, huge thank you to Scott Purdy for taking on this challenge and making something completely awesome.
Ok. Are you ready for this?
Ok. Here it is:
Those of you who have listened to the “Hapax Chat” segment at the end of Chapter 5 will see why I was so excited. 😀
As I mentioned on the podcast, visuals are not my forte. Trying to imagine the cover kind of reminded me of the first time I heard some of my actors in-role. There was that sense of, “I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this…but that’s ok, because I love this more!”
And more awesomeness: my very first interview ever is LIVE over at The Geek Side of Life. At Dragon*Con, I had the pleasure of meeting the very smart, very cool, and very kind Tim Dodge. It was great to spend time with him – certainly one of the highlights of the weekend. Definitely go check him out! (Seriously- author interviews and short fiction. My iPod is rapidly filling up these days. :P)
I spent most of yesterday dressed in Victorian clothing, carving rough wooden toys.
Two things: 1) I love my day job. 2) I needed that day.
Things have been a whirlwind since Dragon*Con (it seems so long ago; hard to believe it hasn’t even been three weeks). I have had heaps of exciting news, done some pretty cool things, and had some incredible opportunities. It’s been an amazing, amazing ride.
But sometimes, I need to find somewhere quiet, and clear my head a bit.
Hence why I was so glad to work yesterday. There’s a very special kind of satisfaction at the end of a work day when you can hold objects that you made. Between school and writing, I spend a lot of time in my head. Sometimes, it’s really, really good to get out and work on a task that’s physical. Tangible. Something that can quiet the adrenaline-and-caffeine-crazed squirrel that has been my brain this month.
Tending the fire. Sweeping.
It’s all about balance, I guess. Exciting things are exciting, but I know that I need to remember to breathe on occasion, to think about something that isn’t writing, that isn’t podcasting…something that’s completely different. Is my fire running low? Is that a visitor coming? Is this stacking-man too deformed to toss in with the others?
Would my boss find a legion of zombie stacking-men amusing, or anachronistic?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m living the dream, and I cannot wait to see where this road goes. But on every journey –
Rest can be good.
For the past number of years, I’ve been the only one in my circle of family, friends, and acquaintances who has really gotten into podcasts. Releasing Hapax-the-Podcast seems to have sparked some curiosity. Personally, I think that’s awesome – I’m always happy when I can convert people, or at least get them to try it out (muahahaha…). So, here are some questions I’ve been getting:
What’s a podcast?
According to the Mighty Wikipedia: “A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio, video, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast).
It’s very similar to a radio or television show, except it travels through the internet, and you can save, store, and listen to episodes on your computer, portable media player, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iWhatever.
So, what does “podcasting your novel” mean?
It means that I have turned my print novel into an audio drama. Think of it as a cross between a book on tape and a radio play: I read the narration, but there are sound effects and music, as well as actors voicing different characters. These files are then put on the internet for you to download and enjoy.
How do I get episodes?
A few ways. The audio files for the episodes live on a “host” online – that’s this page here. That’s because the files are big; hosts have the space to handle the data (they’re too big to post on this blog, for instance). You can download episodes directly from there.
…but honestly, I’d use iTunes, since it’s way easier and most people are familiar with it.
- Go to the iTunes store.
- Search for “Hapax.”
- Click the little icon that says “Hapax” and “K.T. Bryski.”
- Either download the specific episodes you’d like, or hit “subscribe.”
- “Hapax” should now appear in your iTunes library under “podcasts.”
- Make sure your iTunes settings are set to sync podcasts, and then sync your device.
Whoa. What do you mean by subscribe?
When you subscribe to a podcast, you are telling your computer to regularly check for updates to that particular feed. Imagine that the episodes of Hapax are sitting in a box off in a warehouse somewhere. You could go check the box every few days, and grab new episodes as they appear. By subscribing, you’re telling your computer to do that for you.
How much does it cost to download/subscribe?
Nothing. Podcasts are free.
What other kinds of podcasts are there?
If you can think of it, someone has probably done a podcast on it. There are podcast novels, short story podcasts (each episode is a complete short story), university lectures, news, radio shows, talk shows catering to almost every interest, music podcasts, podcasts for kids….the list goes on. And on. And on.
Can anyone make a podcast?
You bet. I have no experience with video podcasts, but for the audio variety, all you need is a means of recording your voice, some kind of sound editing program, and an internet connection.
If you are interested, I highly recommend the book Podcasting for Dummies by Tee Morris, Evo Terra, and Chuck Tomasi. There is also a “Podcasting for Dummies” podcast (fitting, no?).
Why did you decide to podcast Hapax?
Hapax had garnered some nice comments, but nothing really concrete. Nevertheless, I still believed in the story. Having watched several authors podcast their novels first, build an audience, and then publish later, podcasting it seemed like the next logical step. Plus, I had six weeks between the end of my school semester and my flight to New Zealand – really, what else was I supposed to do?
Then Hapax found a home with Dragon Moon Press while we were in the middle of production.
That changed things slightly. It was fun telling my cast, “Oh, by the way, it’s getting published now,” and then turning around and telling Dragon Moon, “Oh, by the way, it’s already in production for podcasting.” Luckily, DMP is very pod-friendly; I couldn’t be more pleased with the way things turned out.
I have a podcast. Will you play a promo?
There are few things I love more than cross-promotion. If you’ve got an mp3 about 60 seconds in length, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comment below, send me an email, ask on Twitter (@ktbryski), or ask me in person if you see me….
I just had a mental image of myself at work, dressed in my Victorian garb, sitting in my pioneer house, discussing podcasts.
I’m working through my initial rewrites on The Next One right now. And I’m finding myself slightly bewildered. Although it is technically the prequel to Hapax, it feels quite different. Given that I’m Canadian, I think that I’m obliged to write at least one book about dysfunctional families in the woods. My dysfunctional family is battling floods, but that’s probably close enough. It’s also one of the darker pieces I’ve written. Hapax has its moments, but…
I think that some of my bewilderment also comes from the fact that I honestly don’t remember writing some parts of this book. This happens to me sometimes. I remember plot events, but I don’t remember the actual words I used. Suffice it to say, it is a most peculiar feeling to read your own words as if a stranger wrote them.
I’m hoping that my amnesia is a result of writing most of the book while backpacking. I wrote maybe the first half while still in Dunedin, but the rest was done in hostels and cafés across New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific. While that sounds really cool, the fact remains that I was churning out words after long days filled with lots of activity and little to no downtime. I saw so much, and experienced so many things, that it might not be entirely surprising that the “writing a book” part of the trip got a little blurred.
But, somehow, the words are there. That means I can work with them. Sometimes, I’m delighted by what I discover. Sometimes, I cringe.
This has certainly been one of the strangest writing processes I’ve gone through. Gaining experience, I guess… 😉
Over and out,
It was my first time.
You hear stories, of course, but nothing prepares you for that first experience. It’s thrust upon you, almost without warning. Emotion swamps you. Every sense is overloaded. Part of you can’t believe it’s actually happening; much less that it’s actually happening to you. But they were very gentle and kind…
I survived my first Dragon*Con.
This is the third time I’ve tried to write this post, because I can’t quite capture the sheer awesomeness of this weekend. Not only was this my first Dragon*Con, it was my first really big con. It was also my first con as an author, albeit one whose book isn’t actually out yet… As such, I had no panels and no obligations other than meeting people and learning how things work from the other side.
Oh my God.
I don’t know where to start.
Heaps of celebrities attend Dragon*Con. Personally, I’ve always preferred my science fiction and fantasy in literary form, whether print or podcast. So for me, the big stars weren’t the actors – they were the podcasters, writers, and editors.
I wish I could time travel and find my past self: ideally, the one jotting down notes for Hapax and trying to unravel my world’s circular rules. I’d grab her and say:
“Look, I know you’re determined. I also know that you’re not expecting anything to happen for another five or ten years. Guess what? In two years, you will be at Dragon*Con. You’ll meet your editor, Gabrielle Harbowy, in person. You will meet all these podcasters whom you admire so deeply, and you’ll discover that they are even cooler than you thought.
“In two years, you will leave the Parsecs with Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris to go have dinner….and they will be the ones making sure you get back safe to your hotel at night. You will be drinking with P.G. Holyfield and Chooch and Viv, getting advice from Christiana Ellis and Scott Sigler, and attending a party with the lot of them. Lou Anders will remember chatting with you. You’ll even get your first podcast interview, with Tim Dodge over at the Geek Side of Life. And you’ll meet a ton of like-minded people, people who love fiction and podcasts as much as you do.
“None of it’s going to feel quite real. But it will be the best weekend of your life.”
Many times during Dragon*Con, I was asked for my impressions. I responded variously that it was “total sensory overload,” “Frosh Week on steroids,” “absolutely incredible, but completely overwhelming.” It was all of those things, but it was also a dream come true.
The Atlanta streets are empty now, with no sign that Dragon*Con was ever here. It’s time to wake up from the dream, and return to reality.
But the friendships I made, and the things I learned…those will stay with me.
Thank you to everyone for making my first time so special.