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Tales of the Children Announcement

I’ve got a ten minute audio update for you this evening, focusing on what’s been going on for the last six weeks.

But more importantly, we talk about the next fiction podcast project I’ll be working on, called Tales of the Children.

It’s going to be a lot of fun… with a lot of great friends coming along for the ride!

  • Call the Caern Line! – 704-315-5884
  • If you haven’t reviewed MaAH on iTunes, please do!
  • Balticon Rocks!
  • I’m still on the Dead Robots’ Society podcast (not every week, but often!)
  • Flinchy is coming… really it is!
  • I’ll be podcasting some interviews/discussions with my editor Gabrielle Harbowy
  • the promo for Tales of the Children
  • closing thoughts
  • Bloopers from the past :-)

Tales of the Children Ep. 1 – Swimming Lessons – Gabrielle Harbowy

Tales of the Children – A Land of Caern short story podcast anthology presented by P.G. Holyfield

Here we are once again. While I did meet my 9/09/09 start date for Tales of the Children (a live reading of this same story on Stickam), it did take me until now to finish the audio production of that same episode. At least you know what you get with me. Late, but hopefully worth it.

0:00 – Intro Chatter

  • Our first story is “Swimming Lessons” by Gabrielle Harbowy
  • Every other Wednesday we’ll be doing a Live Video Reading of a new Tales story over at
  • Welcome to the first episode of Tales of the Children!

Tales of the Children

5:30 – Swimming Lessons – Gabrielle Harbowy

Joren, a craftsman jailed for the suspected use of non-clerical magic, learns what The River of Magic is all about.

24:50 – Outro Chatter

A few updates, and then an addendum because I finished editing two weeks after recording the original outro.

Music in this episode:

Special thanks to Scott Roche for his audio editing help with this episode!

Tales of the Children – Audio Ep. #2 – The Old God and the Sea – Patrick E. McLean

Tales of the Children – A Land of Caern short story podcast anthology presented by P.G. Holyfield

Yes, I was finally able to finish the audio version of “The Old God and The Sea,” by Patrick E. McLean. Contrary to initial plans for this podcast, I’m giving each episode the star treatment it deserves. Which of course means the episodes will be released when they get released.

0:00 – Intro Chatter

  • We are still having a lot of fun doing Live Video Readings of new TotC stories over at – Tonight we have a story by Philippa Ballantine.
  • The audio versions of the episodes will be released after the video episodes, so if you want to get them first, come on over to the live show (every other Wednesday evening at 9:30 pm Eastern).

4:40 – The Old God and the Sea – Patrick E. McLean

Rygar is the hedge knight everyone fears. Jarl is the fisherman no one could ever fear. What happens when these two men finally meet? It’s all in a day’s work (or a lifetime in this case) for a Child of Az.

23:00 – Outro Chatter

Check out the cross promotion I’m doing with Tabitha Grace Smith. A story I’ve written, “Exit Strategy,” will be released Monday, November 16th on the Angel Between the Lines podcast. Next Wednesday evening at 9:30 pm Eastern I will be reading Tabitha’s Tales of the Children short story, “Love’s Sacrificial Song” on my next live show.

Music in this episode:

Tales of the Children – Audio Ep. #3 – First Blood – Alex Briggs

Tales of the Children – A Land of Caern short story podcast anthology presented by P.G. Holyfield

Before I go any further, it must be said/written. I’m not happy with this episode. The story is top notch; the reading is solid; good use of music and effects. The issue is with the audio quality of the reading. I made a rookie mistake (which I won’t detail here) that affected the final output file. Whew… I feel better. Let’s get back to the show.

0:00 – Intro Chatter

  • Lots of news… will update this with a bullet list later.

7:00 – First Blood – Alex Briggs

A nearly lifelong relationship between a particular human and an orc is played out before our eyes… or ears, rather.

25:00 – Promo

Jake Bible – Dead Mech

26:00 – Outro Chatter

Please visit The Boom Effect to learn more about the charity that has sprung up to support Tee Morris and his daughter. I will be donating stuff to the auction.

Music in this episode:

The Murder at Avedon Hill Package at The Boom Effect Auction

On Saturday, Feb. 27 (in two days!) Rich Sigfrit will be hosting an online auction on behalf of Tee’s daughter, affectionately known as “Sonic Boom.” I made a contribution to the auction:

  • a signed copy of Murder at Avedon Hill (when it is released in May)
  • a custom t-shirt with one of the Children of Az on the front, and whatever text you’d like (approved by me, of course :-) ) on the back.
  • a one of a kind DVD with two of the live episodes of Tales of the Children, pop up video and text, audio commentary, and a special video message just for the buyer.

Please visit The Boom Effect for more information on this ‘lot.’ ( )

If you cannot attend the live show, you can make a proxy bid.

And if you are not blown away by this package (I am), then look over the other awesome contributions that will be auctioned off during the show.

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