Selfies

A poem written as a tribute to p.G. Holyfield and others we have lost this year. Themes are presented in the form of self-portraits of various figures; most of them from a fantasy genre. This could also be seen as commentary on social networking and how we don’t truly know people as we should.

Auditions are ongoing until October 17 for an audio version of this piece.

If you like the poem, please share it with your friends, families, and anyone else you may think might be inspired. What do you think it is about? Share your thoughts in the comments.Continue Reading Selfies

REPLACING MAX by Stuart MacBride & Allan Guthrie

What do you get with a father, his eleven-year-old daughter, and their visit to a BB run by cat breeders? It is, (perhaps), my favorite story in the entire anthology. What starts out as a charming experience gets increasingly weirder. Why do the residence love the father’s red hair so much? Why is he on the edge as if he has something to hide?

If I could say which of the seventeen stories would make the best stand alone horror film, this one would be my pick of the litter. The cat breeding family is colorful in their own Scottish way. You want to get to know them. The story is told in a present tense which isn’t something I’m usually drawn to; however, we see things from the visiting father’s point of view. We are on his emotional ride from beginning to end. It works here because we don’t know what is coming next. You are lulled into a false sense of comfort before things take a brutally disturbing turn. All I will say is that after reading or listening to this yarn, you may think twice before visiting a BB if you see pictures of children on the walls and you are being commented upon as if you could win the owners a trophy. Bonus, you will never think of Harry Potter the same way after experiencing this story.

Help kickstart Audio Defence: Zombie Arena!

From the makers of Papa Sangre and other titles, comes a game for the undead masses. Look out for more posts about the game and the people behind it. They are trying to raise the flesh-eating hordes to bring this project to life. Here’s the trailer!Continue Reading Help kickstart Audio Defence: Zombie Arena!

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Motivate your Monday June 3, 2013!

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?

That covers it!

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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 That covers it!

Astral audio Update 1

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 Astral audio Update 1