Alderpod #25 – Castledeck and the Arabella

No, don’t adjust your feed. You’re reading it right: twenty-five episodes and counting! *throws confetti*

It just so turns out that today’s Alderpod is a little divergence from the norm, but within the realm of the Aldersgate Cycle nonetheless. It is a reading, or I should say performance, of my short story “Castledeck and the Arabella” which takes place some three years hence. Performed and produced by Arri Gaffer, with Anima Zabaleta providing the sweet voices of the lady characters, it’s quite an exciting take on the story!

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did, and stay tuned for a #26, swiftly making its way to your ears…

alderpodlogoAlderpod #22 is live! Huzzah.

I was going to do a special video podcast of this one, but that did not pan out. Instead, it only delayed the finishing of this one. Grr. Ah, well. What can be done?

There are a few short noes at the end of this (Brick) chapter, but hey–there’s only ten more chapters to go until the end. Exciting, exciting. The first Alderpod went live on April 22, 2008, so with 22 episodes since then, I’ve almost managed twice a month. I feel accomplished!

As always, let me know if you have any comments/suggestions/likes/dislikes. Remember, this is a podcasted draft, so I’m always looking for input. Special super shoutout to commenter Tintri who has not only read the whole book, but has also given me some incredible feedback!

The AlderpodI present Alderpod #4 which contains lots of babbling and chattering on my behalf, and relatively little in the way of story (and is listed as #3, but is really #4… or the fourth… if you count the first as zero). I’m hoping to record Alderpod #5 tonight tomorrow night (way too much drama with the nearly two-year-old) which will be Chapter Three, and the introduction of Emry Roy, the Bard, to the story. I’ve been re-editing the chapters I read aloud, which, on top of editing/writing the rest of the book as it is, adds for another fun level of work (that, at this moment, there isn’t a whole lot of “free” time to do).

At any rate! Listen, enjoy. 🙂

The AlderpodIn which we meet our other hero… of a sort. Brick is the son of the local town smith, Jeck–and as we’ve learned in the first chapter, his relationship with his best friend Cora has, well, changed some.

This is also our first foray into Professor’s workshop, and the introduction of some of the more steampunk elements in this novel. I don’t purport to be a genius when it comes to describing the actual technical aspects, but this is a novel “in progress” after all.

So take a moment, sit back and listen.

Alderpod #3 – Chapter Two: Brick Smithson

The AlderpodI’ve always loved reading aloud, and being read to. As part of my own writing process, I read and record chapters, mostly to feel out how the writing is working, and to judge the overall flow of words. After sharing these chapters with my husband and best friend, and judging their reactions, I decided it would be worth my while to put something together for listeners.

Hey, it’s the Internet Age, right? Moreso now than ever, writers have the ability to tap in to an amazing amount of potential readers. Whereas some writers seem afraid of this, I am not. In fact, I want to share–not just my work, but my process–with you. There’s something to be said about the transparency of the writing process, I think.

Much of my inspiration, as I’ve mentioned before, comes from the Internet. I discovered the entire genre of steampunk writing online; I have researched Victorian fashion; I have delved archives of photographs dating from the 1880s; I have scoured Wikipedia! What’s come out in the end, between my imagination and my research, is a hybrid of historical and fantasy steampunk. It’s part chivalric romance, part mystery novel, part fantasy epic, too.

So what am I getting to, exactly? Essentially, I’m working to create connections–bring people together who love steampunk, and love good stories more than anything. Just yesterday I was trolling around Brass Goggles again, and was absolutely inspired by a piece of artwork that just screamed, “Put me in the book!” So I will.

What I’m saying is: Join me on my journey. Listen, comment, learn, advise. This is not a finished, polished work yet. This is my fist finished draft.

Our story starts in the sleepy little town of Vell, in the Territories… here we meet Cora Grey, a girl just discovering her heart, and her own capabilities.

Alderpod #2 – Chapter One: Cora Grey

And in case you missed it:

Alderpod #1 – Prologue

The AlderpodI had one crazy weekend, but I finally have a version of my first podcast for AG. I run the risk of being a huge geek doing this, but that, of course, has never swayed me before.

Take a listen! Look for more posts soon.

Listen to Alderpod #1 Here!