And finally, there is Dragon*Con…
Come dressed as your favorite podiobook character, enjoy the works of artist-author-performer J.R. Blackwell; and celebrate with us the launch of The Case of The Pitcher’s Pendant and Digital Magic. We hope to see you there!
For those of you who think Double Trouble ended on 08.08.08, I have some news for you — that was merely Phase One. With Phase Two (the New Media Expo in Las Vegas) completed, Pip and I are hitting the road with our latest books. Catch up with us at the following locations…
for photographs, blogposts, and reviews from the road!!!
Remember the voice that gave good bitch? Well, Snitches, Eva Rothchild is BACK!
Pip and I are making the final push for 08.08.08; and with less than 24 hours until Pitcher’s Pendant and Digital Magic (which are already getting reviews on Amazon.com) make their impression, the interviews are coming in! Featured here is one of the voices from The Case of The Singing Sword, the Grand Dame of Podcasting herself: Mur Lafferty and her Parsec-winning podcast I Should Be Writing.
Once upon a time, I Should Be Writing was a “Fiction Writing Podcast for Wanna-Be Fiction Writers, by a Wanna-Be Fiction Writer” but all that is about to change on 08.25.08 when Playing for Keeps is released on Amazon.com. While you can expect more about that in my other podcast, The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy, Mur opens up her podcast for a round table discussion with us about working together in promotion, working together as writers, and what were planning for the future…
And yes, because I was in the presence of The Grand Dame of Podcasting and New Zealand’s Dark Goddess, I remain very quiet…and in my box…
We’re closing in on the big event, Double Trouble, and podcasters are working hard to get their interviews online before the big day. And along the same line as Schoolbus Cast, Pip and Tee are kicking off another podcast: Inklings 2.0. Host Steve “Snowball” Saylor brings to the podosphere an updated, upgraded version of a 1939 writers’ group that featured J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis. With Inklings 2.0, all creative types are welcome to come in for a round table discussion about the process, the planning, and the passion for artistic adventures. This was their last interview after a long day of interviews…
…and that means, near the end, things get a wee-bit silly. Enjoy, and be there for the big day…the big day closing in quickly on Pip and myself!
Hello again, Snitches and Bitches!
Will less than three days to go, Double Trouble is really ramping up for an unforgettable day on Amazon.com. Tonight on the feed is Words to Mouth, a show for writers of all genres. Host Carrie Runnals brings to her blog and podcast a wide array of talented individuals, and now Pip and Tee are in the spotlight, talking about their promotional collaboration on 08.08.08!
Enjoy, and we will see you on Amazon!
After getting in more than a mouthful on the movie podcasts, Tee is schooled on a podcast coming out of the Southern Hemisphere. (Good thing he knows the “Bruce” sketch by heart, otherwise, he would be completely sunk!) Tee and Pip enjoy some quality time on Erk Pod’s Round Table where the chat is lively and quite geeky! Enjoy the banter between siblings (Australia and New Zealand) while Tee does his best to uphold the reputation of the average obnoxious American…
…and somewhere in there, they do talk a bit about Double Trouble!
Show Post Mortum can be found here.
Hello, Snitches & Bitches!
Expect a ton of extra content in the feed this week as I catch up on past interviews and make a mad dash (with Philippa Ballantine) for the promotional Finish Line in these next two weeks. Yes, it is closing in on us fast: 08.08.08, the day of Double Trouble on Amazon.com! The media is getting hit and hit hard by the press releases (more to come on that…) and the podoshere is also carrying the word out to the people. One such media outlet is the man behind the cloning sensation and voice talent from Chapter Eleven, J.C. Hutchins! Join us as we three sit down to talk writing, promotion, and working within (and outside) the Fantasy genre.
With 22 days until the launch of The Case of The Pitcher’s Pendant and Digital Magic, Pip and Tee are showing no signs of slowing as they continue their push for August 8, 2008. In this interview with Stephen Kilbride of Tea & Chat we push Skype as hard as we can by juggling time zones and talking…a LOT! Pull up a chair and a strong cup of brew as we let the accents fly…
The media blitz of “Double Trouble”, the joint promotion on 08.08.08 where Pip and I take our new books up the Amazon.com charts, continues with an interview on Dead Robots Society. This podcast is a terrific round table for writers where the talk ranges from writing challenges to all things geeky. (There is some chatter in this episode about EUReKA…) The New Zealand Kiwi and Virginia Ham join Justin and Amanda for some unbridled banter about what they are up to and what they are planning for their Friday in August.
Expect to hear Tee and Pip on these fine podcasts in the future…
….and many, many more!
Also, happening RIGHT NOW is Matthew Wayne Selznick making a run with Brave Men Run, a book best described as X-Men meets The Breakfast Club. (Don’t mind the “Sold Out” message. You can still order it!) I love this podcast novel, and you can join us all (Pip, Matthew, myself, and others…) in Matt’s live Ustream event!
As many of you Snitches and Bitches may know, Billi’s Crazy Eights” has now evolved into “Double Trouble” with author and podcaster Philippa Ballantine joining me on the 08.08.08 rush on Amazon.com.
Why, you may ask? Take a listen to this interview with Tech for Writers, a podcast that focuses on the different gadgets out there specifically designed for writers. Along with the background on “Double Trouble” expect to hear banter between the New Zealand Kiwi and Virginia Ham, tech tips for podcasting a novel, and some good old fashioned geeking out.
And yes, this is the first Double Trouble interview. Expect more as we close in on 08.08.08!
Hey, everyone! If you have a podcast and want to spread the word about Billi’s Crazy Eights, feel free to put this in your feed! More news to come!
With an interview this weekend, I’m beginning to talk up Billi’s Crazy Eights. That being said, I’m about to dive into the edits for Chapters 11-16. The first half of the book has been polished and refined. I’m now looking at a two week crunch time to get Billi done and to the publisher. It’s not a problem with the editor keeping up with me, but vice-versa. I’m firing up iTunes and getting ready to dive in deep.
On doing so, I realize many of you were curious about the playlist I put together for Billi when I’m writing for him. With me, I’m always building on my books’ soundtracks. After you all have been so patient, I thought I’d finally list here the playlist for Billibub Baddings (spanning across two of his mysteries)…
Naked Under Leather, Rubber Band Banjo
Frankie Machine, Elmer Bernstein and His Orchestra
My Funny Valentine, Frank Sinatra
M SQUAD Theme, Stanley Wilson
Floozie, Alex North & His Orchestra
Fade to Black, Dire Straits
The Boss, JG & The Universal-International Orchestra
The Street, Elmer Bernstein
Droid Jazz, Rubber Band Banjo
I Got Plenty of Nuthin’, Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
Hammer Blow, Skip Martin
Return to Me, Dean Martin
Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra
Caper at the Coffee House, WB & Warner Brothers Star Instruments
Riff Blues, Skip Martin
Speak Softly Love, Al Martino
Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, John Barry
Your Six Self-Adaptive Inputs, Rubber Band Banjo
Lazy Mary, Lou Monte
Staccato’s Theme, Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra
At Last, Etta James
Late at Baliey’s Pad, WB & Warner Brothers Star Instruments
Richard Diamond, Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra
Echo Four-Two, Johnny Gregory & His Orchestra
Buona Sera, Louis Prima
French Quarter, Alex North & His Orchestra
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head, Dean Martin
Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix), A3
Many of the songs in this soundtrack come from a terrific collection called “Crime Jazz” and “Mob Hits”. It was after I started podcasting that Rubber Band Banjo got into the mix. Enjoy these selections if you set out to make your own Billi collection, and I’ll keep everyone in the know on how things are progressing with Billi’s next case.
Talk to you soon…
As you all know, I’m all about supporting podcast fiction authors out there. (Heck quite a few are featured in this podcast, and in Morevi: Remastered. This is why I couldn’t say no after Seth Harwood and J.C. Hutchins asked me to drop this message to you, my Snitches and Bitches, into Billi’s feed.
Scott Sigler’s Infected is out and all of us in the community of podcast writers are coming together to help get the word out.
Of course, this was also a grand opportunity to talk a little bit about Billi’s Crazy Eights.
August 8, 2008
This is when The Pitcher’s Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery will be ready for shipping, and this will be when I make my run on Amazon.com. Let’s show the industry just how high a four-foot-one dwarf can reach!
Hello, my Snitches!
So where have I been and what’s going on with the monthly Billi Banters? Well, if you want to hear a full update on what I’ve been doing, take a listen to Episode #33 of The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy. This announcement will also give you a peek at what I’ve been doing with MOREVI: Remastered. So, I’ve been busy…
…and making progress on the new Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant.
No towering infernos or upside-down ocean liners, but it is an all-star cast of guest voices for the Billibub Baddings podcast…
…and with the amount of podcasting Tee’s been doing across these 72 hours, you might want to hold on to something. He’s in a really goofy mood!
00:00 — Opening
03:04 — Chapter Twelve: I’ll Live a Lush Life
What started as a simple (yet risky) investigation into the death of a Capone mobster, Billi has uncovered the theft of an artifact from his own realm of Acryonis, a black market operation run by the curator of the Ryerson Museum, and himself under the watchful eye iof the United States government.
Billi feels the need to step away from all this…and with an invitation extended by Eva Rothchild, Julia Lesinger’s high society foil, he’s about to enjoy a night out on the town.
46:47 — Sponsors
48:53 — Billi Banter
59:31 — Promos
Seems appropriate that the episode numbered “1″ and “1″ features the master of the vocal variations based on a theme. Heads up, all you Beta Clones, because Hutch is in the mix!
00:00 — Opening
03:05 — Chapter Eleven: Give My Regards to Elliot
After a night that ended with one dead Ryerson curator, a whopper of a hangover, and murder charges dropped thanks to an appearance by Capone’s ace attorney, Michael Ahearn, Billi gives Miranda (and himself) a day off. The following day picks up exactly where his case left off, bringing new players into this already complicated intrigue.
49:01 — Sponsors
51:08 — Billi Banter
After a week of recharging and recording, the Dwarf Detective of Chicago is back!
00:00 — Opening
02:53 — Chapter Ten: Hitting the Books
His morning and afternoon well spent with case leads, Billi decides to return to the Ryerson their photo of The Singing Sword. He finds Dr. Hammil anxious to chat with him again, and those powers of observation and deduction of his a bit too accurate for his own good!
46:15 — Sponsors
48:13 — Billi Banter
Still in its box after two days…
1:01:16 — Promos
Okay…this is the chapter that unexpectedly appealed to my post-production muse and I can’t help but brag about it. Yeah, I brag a bit….but I keep it in check. Honesty, I do. Seriously. With sugar on top.
Ummm…right…Welcome to Episode #9…Love Potion Sold Seperately.
3:20 — Chapter Nine: Any Friend of Lou’s…
Billi dives back into Benny’s notes and finds two living contacts in the “Singing Sword” network. One is a foot soldier in Capone’s ranks, keeping the Sword on the move. The other contact is a hat-and-coat check girl from one of Capone’s speakeasies, and she’s got a surprise or two for Billi’s case.
51:32 — Sponsors
52:03 — Billi Banter
1:01:30 — Promos
Chapter Nine: Any Friend of Lou’s…
Running Time — 1:03:59
How’s this for a slick interview promo?
Created by the creative workshop at the Ink ‘n Doodles podcast, it’s Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, and yours truly with the (real) Rat Pack watching over us with approval. Part One of our round table interview with Rob Suarez went live today (alongside Episode #8 so there’s a lot of me out there to love today!), and Part Two is around the corner. Also around the corner is my interview on View from the Quad with Cian. Don’t miss that — good stuff there!
The News Wire has been updated and later tonight I will be updating the growing cast list of The BB Players. Thanks for listening, everyone!
Your e-mails. Your Snitch Line calls. Set to the music of George Hrab, the Special Edition is finally here!
00:00 — Opening
03:40 — E-mails from Chapters 1-4
22:30 — Chapter 4 Snitch Line and E-mails
32:20 — Chapter 5 Snitch Line and E-mails
39:05 — Chapter 6 Snitch Line and E-mails
47:55 — Chapter 7 Snitch Line and E-mails
54:46 — Closing Thoughts
And check out the related links to…
Special Edition: Listener Appreciation
Running Time — 1:01:17
WOW! Somehow, my close to March became an “All Dwarves on Deck” kind of week between podcasts, promotions, and postings. Still, I got a mystery to unfold for you all, and in this episode we’get a little more background behind the Singing Sword and a little less banter from your multitasking host!
You also get in this episode three of the sexiest voices in podcasting. If you need me, I’ll be in my bunk…
00:00 — Intro
01:43 — Chapter Seven: Word Gets Around
When hired by socialite Julia Lesinger to investigate the death of gangster “Pretty Boy” DeMayo, Billibub Baddings knew he was kicking an angry nest of dragon-wasps…but he did not count on being suspect in an informant’s murder, crossing paths with a pair of influential mystery men, or discovering a talisman from his realm appearing in 1929 Chicago. Could things really get any worse?
57:24 — Sponsors
58:33 — Billi Banter
Chapter Seven: Word Gets Around
Running Time — 1:04:39
Number One subscription over thirty days. Number One in rankings. You’re…A-NUMBER ONE! YOU’RE THE DUKE! YOU’RE THE DUKE! (Oh sorry, a quick Escape from New York moment there!) And through it all, there’s the die hard Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana. I’m thinking 2008 might see a new podcast with the pirate and warrior-queen…
00:00 — Intro
02:34 — Chapter Six: Suits and Saps
Billi’s bad day (thanks to his discovery at the Ryerson Museum) only gets worse as the police pick him up at his office with questions about the death of Benny Riletto.
41:47 — Sponsors
42:22 — Billi Banter
50:00 — Promos
Chapter Six: Suits and Saps
Running Time — 53:01
If you weren’t aware of it, The Discovery Channel is holding an open call for fans to poke a little fun at their programming. It’s called YouSpoof Discovery and fans are pulling no punches in what they are submitting…
Poking a little fun at Man Vs. Wild (a favorite of ours), Dancing Cat & Imagine That! Studios present Man Vs. Child where Science Fiction/Fantasy author and podcaster, Tee Morris, is left alone in his house with a 2-year-old while his wife runs errands. Armed only with household items and his wits, Tee is followed by a camera crew and gives tips on how to survive. (SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT: Note the sweatshirt I’m wearing, and the ending wardrobe and accompanying audio…)
Our hope is to kick up some hype and get a high resolution-full screen presentation of this on Discovery for their next YouSpoof Special. So to get people talking, here’s what we’re asking of you once you watch this ten-minute video:
The more attention you give us, the higher our chances of appearing on Discovery. Enjoy the video, everyone! Stay tuned for more news concerning Man Vs. Child.
Yes, we have a week to go and I’m already cooking up a new promo to round off the “comedy trifecta” of previous teasers available here. I’m also putting on final touches to future episodes, so Billi and I are right on track.
Just as a reminder, keep an eye on the word meter in this blog’s sidebar. That is for Billibub Baddings and The Case of The Pitcher’s Pendant, the second Billibub Baddings mystery from Dragon Moon Press, slated for a Spring 2008 release. I’m back into a writing routine with it…and would it surprise anyone that I’m already mapping out in my head the cast list for its podcast? Who do I have in mind? You’ll have to find out when I get past the Legacy of Morevi podcast.
Yikes! 2008 is already shaping up to be a busy year and I’m not even two months into 2007!
Speaking of cast members, take a look at The BB Players page, now with complete bios (except for Scott Sigler. I may need to make one up for him. That could be fun…) and new company members. These are talented people, all of them, and I am thrilled that they are taking part in this podcast. Have a listen to their stuff, and then sit back and enjoy what they bring to Billi’s first podcast mystery.
Finally, have a listen to this week’s and next week’s Technorama with Chuck and Kreg, as I’ll be appearing on their light-hearted look at tech to talk about Billi, this podcast, and good cigars!
We’re one day closer to the big hit. Let your friends know there’s a new dwarf coming to town. In seven days…