This the .mp3 for Beyond the Veil, separate from the post before, which was causing issues in iTunes.

There is an ENTIRE chapter, not just a song. Apparently, iTunes chose the song portion and not the podcast as the “podcast”. This should fix it! Let me know if you have issues like I did!

The Alderpod

Yesterday was ideal for podcasting. Don’t know why, exactly, but as I sat down to FINALLY finish #10, I decided to go right ahead and record #11. #11 is Chapter Nine: Remembrance, which is Brick’s next chapter, and one of my favorites. Being able to do all the voices of the knights is just fun beyond measure; it’s like I have my own little one-woman show going on. But on top of that I was able to record a new bit of music to go along. So far I’ve written about five different themes for the book. It’s an immensely rewarding process, though I do wish that my keyboard allowed for a little more range of color and tone to the notes. It’s not a weighted keyboard, and working with digitial instruments (especially the strings) can occasionally lend a synthetic air to the whole thing. Ah well. I do it for fun, and perfection be damned.

I always pick up momentum toward the end of writing/editing a book, and this time is no different. I can feel the chapters moving, feel the plot and characters–at this point it becomes more of a spectator sport. So I’m trying to keep ahead of the game by recording the chapters two at a time; I decided to keep #10 as is, and deal with my own editorial annoyances later, and #11 is in the can and ready to roll. As soon as our FTP is back up and running, I’ll send ’em out (likely one today and one tomorrow, or sometime this weekend).

I’ve decided to go easy on the job search today. Too much full-kilter is driving me a little bananas, and so I’m kicking up my heels a bit this morning, doing laundry, and contemplating the finish of the book. It would be awesome if I could have the bulk of it done before NaNoWriMo… but we’ll see what happens.

Anyway, to those who listen: thank you. It really makes my day.

When I have the spare time, I find one of the most useful brainstorming projects I can do is to write music for my novels. So far, in every book I’ve written, music plays a very important part. The first dealt with music as a power, as magic. One of the main characters weaves all her magic through songs and music, as opposed to other more traditional practices. The character, Tasha, is by and large one of the most trustworthy and “good” characters in the whole tale, I think, and her music has a lot to do with it. Music is disciplined, mysterious, and powerful, and she wields that responsibility well.

This time around is a little different. Magic in The Aldersgate is extremely watered down. The world has suffered, and is lost. Magic is believed, for the most part, to be myth. However, as the world begins to change quite rapidly, a few people begin to feel odd stirrings inside of them. Emry Roy is one of those people. Though trained classically as a bard, he’s never had training in magic because, well, barding is simply believed to be a discipline of academics and talent, and nothing that has to do with what they call seidcraft.

But what happens when your talents become your curses? As Emry travels through the story, he learns that his abilities do not come without consequences. He discovers just what terror the wrong (or right) chord can wreak, especially if weilded by unknowing hands.

This piece of music was written last night to accompany the podcast that introduces much of Emry’s plight. I use bits and pieces of it throughout, but I wanted to provide it in its entirety for you if you so wish. I’m pleased with the outcome so far, but am far from a trained musician–I write by ear, you see. My abilities to read music are limited to one line at a time.

Emry’s Theme – mp3

The Alderpod

It’s here!

Alderpod #5 – Chapter Four: The Bard

I am super excited about Podcast #5. I’m learning as I go along here, and have a new microphone that, at first was more headache than anything. But now, with a pop screen I think the quality is much better.

This is the introduction of Emry Roy, the bard in my story. Now, of all my characters, he’s closest to heart for me. He’s one of the characters that when I write, I simply melt into. I don’t have to think it out too much (like with Brick or with Denna), and the writing goes lightning fast. In order to do him justice, I also wanted there to be music to accompany this podcast.

There are two original pieces of music during the podcast. The new theme during opening and closing is literally THE theme; that is, it’s “The Aldersgate” which I wrote with the whole book in mind. Using GarageBand I conducted my own little orchestra. The only piece that isn’t “me”–rather, a loop–is the drum track. Everything else is yours truly. I’m quite happy with it, though I’m by no means a composer.

The second piece of music is Emry’s song called “Man of the Open Road”. It’s supposed to sound just a little different, slightly off to our Western ears. I wanted him to sing it, and so you’ll notice the voice isn’t quite mine during the song.

It’s also longer and higher quality compared to the last few podcasts, so I hope to make up for the long break in between 4 and 5 with some more substance. It’s also the most violent chapter so far, so this is not for a younger audience, I don’t think.

If you listen and enjoy, or if you have suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I’m truly thrilled to be sharing my novel with you, and appreciate the feedback.

I’m also hoping to put up some .pdfs of chapters already read and (mostly) edited. So far there’s been one big change to the Brick story arc, but the rest have stayed the same. As soon as I make those changes, you’ll be able to read the chapters, too.