Monday, June 8, 2009

The First Real Post: Podcast News and Happenings

The most exciting thing I have to report is that on Saturday I took a drive up to the Tararua District Library in Dannevirke, to attend a talk given by Podiobooks co-founder Tee Morris and award-winning Podcast Novelist Philippa Ballantine, another proud Kiwi. The talk was more of a discussion to promote the offerings available at, but it was great to meet in person and shake the hands of such visionary pioneers of the art form. It was an intimate affair, there being about 5 people in the audience and cups of tea on hand, so it was a great opportunity to have a chat.

In particular, we had a good talk about podcasting microphones and what a prospective podcaster needs to be aware of if they're looking at investing in it. I have a couple of projects that I'm thinking about launching as podcasts, so it's nice to get opinions from the coalface. I like the look of the Rode Podcaster at this stage, on anecdotal evidence. My other option is Seth Harwood's preference, the H2 Zoom USB Recorder. Decisions, decisions.

Tee was also interviewed by Chris Laidlaw on Radio New Zealand on Sunday morning, and the interview can be found here.

In other news, it's only a couple of days now until JC Hutchins' new Horror-Mystery-Social Experiment Personal Effects: Dark Arts is released. The future of fiction is here. More than just a book, PE:DA takes the reader more places than the author even takes his main character, providing clues in the forms of phone numbers that readers can call, websites they can visit, and characters from the book with blogs and Twitter feeds to follow, as even darker secrets than those in the book are unravelled. I haven't read PE:DA but I will be keen to get my hands on a copy as soon as is humanly possible.

James Melzer has also thrown out a warning: There is an Invasion coming. Look out for zombies, I suspect, keep your shotgun handy, and aim for the head. Or should you? Given the twisted ending of his first book, Escape, I wouldn't necessarily be sure that it's the zombies we should be most afraid of.

Also, if you're not already, you should be following Jenny Hudock on Twitter, and checking out the poems she's dropping regularly on her website. It's great stuff.

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