trying a somewhat different aproach to this concept but I think this noodle will stick. Here is what is motivating me this week and why. Also, somethings to ignite your motivations as well. Enjoy!
The Astral Audio Experience has been proverbially dead in the water since our last episode in late 2011. The lack of production has given me time to think on it; reformat what is possible and push ahead. We are going to switch things over to a live broadcast format and then podcast the end results for those who can’t listen when the show airs. I’ve invested in apps to do this from the iPhone and have tested things. Check out this .ogg stream to hear our first live broadcast as I recorded it last week. I’m proud of what I did even with the sluggish responses of opperation at times. I enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to do the next one. I’ll post a link to our stream when I finalize time and dates for the show. Expect another post later in the week where I will go over how I worked my magic on making the iPhone broadcast possible. Isn’t it amazing what technology can do?
What has me motivated this week is the prospect of upgrading equipment for the shows themselves. I have my eyes set on a couple of mics and mixer that will give each program an interesting feel when heard. Also, the mics can be used with a USB interface when broadcasting from the laptop. Want to see what I’m very tempted to buy? Click here. If any of you reading this have any suggestions to which of the accessories I should purchase with the bundle, chime in as soon as possible after reading this post and checking out what they offer. I want to make this the most worthwhile investment with your help.
The other major thing that has me motivated is . It is a game like no other. I’ve been in brief discussions with the lead creator behind the project to help get the game as accessible as possible for when it is released. the link takes you to the Kickstarter page where they are trying to reach their goal of $50000.00. It is a project that has me intrigued since I have ideas for our app. Networking is always a good thing and paying attention to what others are doing, learning from them, and maybe working together opens the doors to new opportunities. I’ve backed the project myself and hope you will do the same. You know if J.C. Hutchins is involved, there is a chance that what is in store is something immersive and enjoyable.
What is motivating you this week?
Today is the day that several of us are combining our powers to reveal the cover of Starla Huchton’s upcoming release Maven; a tale of romance and science fiction which promises to be an interesting read. It is a story that asks,”"How far would you go for love?” We meet Dr. Lydia Ashley as she struggles to find her footing in the worlds of research and romance. Faced with the discovery that, (if ignored), has dire consequences for the planet and the emergence of Daniel Brewer, a noted playboy and genius in his own right. Will she realize her dream or will he be in the way? Check out the excerpt after the jump and look out for the book as it drops June 3rd, 2013!
Who is Starla Huchton? Starla Huchton released her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread, as a full cast podcast production beginning in August 2009. Her first foray went on to become a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. Since her debut, Starla’s voice has appeared in other podcasts including The Dunesteef Audio
Fiction Magazine, The Drabblecast, and Erotica a la Carte. She is also a voice talent for Darkfire Productions, and narrates several of their projects,
including The Emperor’s Edge series, This Path We Share, and others. Her writing has appeared in the Erotica a la Carte podcast, a short story for The
Gearheart, and an episode of the Tales from the Archives podcast (the companion to Tee Morris and Philippa Balantine’s Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series),
which garnered her a second finalist badge from the 2012 Parsec Awards. Her second novel, a Steampunk adventure entitled Master of Myth, was the first
place winner in the Fantasy/Science Fiction category of The Sandy Writing Contest held annually by the Crested Butte Writers Conference. Maven is her third
completed novel and the first in a planned series of four.
After completing her degree in Graphic Arts at Monterey Peninsula College, Starla opened up shop as a freelance graphic designer focusing on creating beautiful book covers for independent authors publishers. She currently lives in Virginia where she trains her three Minions and military husband. Continue reading
The app idea is taking off. I want to thank the various people who have floated bits of feedback my way since when I first announced it. as it stands, people seem to like the freshness of the idea but have concerns about location-based mechanics or if our app will make you jump through hoops like some other apps who have tried the angle. My response is two-pronged and should hopefully clarify things a bit. also, we will cover a couple more things that I wanted to address in this post that will get the proverbial ball rolling. Continue reading
Just a spark is all it takes for the fires of inspiration to ignite in the mind. Such is the case for the next ventures involving Astral Audio entertainment. Consider this an introduction for things to come. Feel free to spread this post to your friends and followers. the more interest, the better. Continue reading
Eight months of darkness, (no major hint or word), ends now. The short answer for the really long absence is that I ended up moving to Mississippi and had no internet. This is offset by my now being in Ruston Louisiana at the Louisiana Center for the Blind to sharpen some of my skills as I prep for a stint in Arkansas to go for my assistive technology instructor certification. That will help pay the bills and allow me to enable others to succeed in the long run. If there’s one truth I’ve learned in my life, it’s that I’m an enabler; the kind that helps others help themselves.
Besides my new-found direction in career goals, I also took a long hard look at the writing projects. As a result, the short stories are on the back burner for now. Instead, I’m focusing on the first novel which I hope to release into the wild either next year or in 2014; it just will depend on timing.
Astral Audio Entertainment will be producing a preview of the novel as it’s own stand alone project called “The Bloodletting.” The goal is to have it primed for a late 2012 or early 2013 release. I will give more info on it next week. But for now, I am looking for several people to be beta readers on it. If you have the time and are interested, comment on this post letting me know that you want the chance to help me make magic happen.
As I’ve hinted at on Twitter, Astral Audio Entertainment will begin the third season of the Astral Audio Experience in September. We will be doing interviews with various influencers; many of whom have impacted me over the years. The twist is that we won’t be just dealing with content creators; instead, we will be getting to know people from other areas as well. I hope to provide a glimpse into the people and motivations that have helped make me the person you have come to know over the past several years. It will be a serious look behind the curtain. It has me excited and a tad uncomfortable since I do try to keep a lot of stuff private. And yet, I owe you this chance to go through the self-discoveries old and new. It will hopefully inspire and entertain you along the way. For as much as it will be a learning experience for you, it also will be one for me. I want you to be there for the ride. I want you to encourage others to climb aboard. Are you up for the challenge?
Because of unforeseen events, all the content from the early days to the present of this website has gone into the unknown. So this is truly a reboot of how Astral Audio Entertainment presents itself going forward. That is the key; forward movement and rolling with the punches. I could sink into a pretty good pit of self-loathing; however, I choose to look at things through the prism of being given a chance to start anew. I want you to help shape who we are in the coming weeks and months. again I ask you, are you up for the challenge?