Fiendmaster Minutes 2022-05-23

Howdy, folks. I have a few announcements regarding the podcast, The Black, and my professional narration career.

TLDR Summary

  • Station 3 is now available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook
  • The Black audiobooks will be re-produced by Fireside Audio
  • All public versions of The Black (podcasts/YouTube episodes, etc) will be removed by June 15th
  • The new versions of The Black audiobooks will be podcasted again in the future
  • Station 3 podcast begins June 1st, 2022
  • I am retiring from professional voice narration

New novel Station 3 Released

My new standalone novel, Station 3, is now available in audiobook (directly from me), as well as ebook and paperback from Amazon.com. Go to the links for a description of the book.

The Black Rights and Re-release

First off, the good news–I have my rights back for the series.

Secondly, I’ll be re-releasing all the books in the series, including releasing Evolution,(2023), Oceania (2024) (in serialized progress), as well as the final book, Extinction (2024), which have never before been published in any retail locations.

Thirdly, new artwork is being designed by none other than Scott Pond and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Fireside Audio will produce the new audiobooks

Audiobook production house Fireside Audio will be producing new versions of the books, narrated by Joe Hempel. This is the first time in many years I’ve outsourced one of my properties, especially something as popular as this series, and I’m quite excited to hear how the series turns out when voiced by a real professional.

Series Podcasts and Youtube Videos Removed

In the coming weeks, I’ll be removing the entire The Black series from both my podcast feeds, itunes channels, and YouTube. If you’re still burning through the publicly available episodes, I suggest you download and archive them because once they’re gone, you’ll never see them again.

Is the podcast dead?

No. In fact, the current plan is that once The Black audiobooks end their Audible exclusivity, I’ll be able to podcast them an episode at a time, in order, as one, long, complete, story. The entire series. The entire f’ing series!

But before we jump down that hole, let’s talk about what’s coming up in the too near future: Station 3.

Station 3 Podcast Schedule

Station 3 will begin its podcast run on June 1st, 2022. It’ll run for roughly thirty weeks. I’ll post the links for to the podcast when it comes time.

End of the road for my voice…sort of

I’ll be honest with you–my health has been declining for some time. I have COPD, suffer from severe allergies, and my hearing is diminishing by the year. These bad days suck all the life out of me and about the only productive thing I can do is write, nap, and write some more.

These attacks, which usually leave me wheezy for days, make it next to impossible to record. For someone whose livelihood has mostly lived and died via his mediocre audio production skills and narration, it’s a terrifying reality. Since we’re being honest, I’ve heard I needed to stop a long time ago. Why? So I can write. And write. And write.

In addition to the breathing issues, I can no longer hear in certain ranges. This makes audio editing a stressful, fucking nightmare. I just can’t do it anymore. Not for a professional product that I want to stick my name on. It’s time to move on.

For as long as I’m able, I plan to continue narrating for my Patreon Patrons, Ko-Fi subscribers, and Buymeacoffee members. They’ll continue to get more or less the final draft narration of new works as well as the serialized version of the unpublished The Black novels (Oceania and Extinction).

I’ll continue to voice the intro/outros for the podcasts, as well as the occasional essay, and review, but expect more blogging from me than those podcasts. I’ll do my best to continue as long as I can.

Talk to you June 1st!

As I mentioned earlier, Station 3, begins its podcast run on June 1st. On that day, you’ll get all the obnoxious details. Also, I might have a surprise for you. We’ll see.

Cheers.

ps: Please leave comments here on the site rather than social media.

The Starving Buffet

All you can eat? Where do I sign up!

Every content junky

I’m an audiophile. I collect bands that I like, I collect their music, throw them in playlists, and use them as background noise and inspiration while I write, while I code, hell, while I walk. Music is something I’ve always loved and always stokes my spirit. Unless it’s Country and Western or Polka. In those cases, I’ll stick with the tinnitus constantly ringing in my ears.

At one time, I probably had over a thousand CDs, hundreds of audio cassettes, had nearly 500GB of music back when the best mp3s you could get and efficiently store were 128kb. Friends and I traded cds, we burned them, we exchanged music, introduced one another to new bands, and, in turn, we’d go purchase the CD of the band if we enjoyed the music enough.

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Writing with Wavemaker

Writers are like developers–we get attached to certain tools and it’s difficult to convince us to try anything new. The more you write, the more you get comfortable with whatever application you use and it furthers the difficulty in moving to something new. Sometimes even considering something new.

I started writing when I was 12 (way back in 1982, folks) and like many writers my age, I’ve gone through a long number of different input devices and software to compose everything from short stories, novels, essays, term papers, research papers, and etc. You name it, I’ve probably written it. Input devices you ask? Let’s consider that for a moment.

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Become We Now – Whispers – Episode 4 – Finale

The Derelict: Trident ebook and paperback are now available! Purchase a copy and help support the podcast.

If you’re suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, or have suicidal thoughts, please check out these resources and get help.

To stalk the author on social media:

Email: paul@shadowpublications.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/paul_e_cooley

Newsletter: http://mailinglist.shadowpublications.com

This podcast presentation of “Whispers” is copyright 2022 by Paul E Cooley and is protected by a creative commons, attribution, non-commercial, no-derivatives license.

Music by Kevin MacLeod. You can find his work at incompetech.com.

This has been a presentation of Shadowpublications.com
where some mysteries shouldn’t be solved.

The Whispers – Whispers – Episode 3

The Derelict: Trident ebook and paperback are now available! Purchase a copy and help support the podcast.

If you’re suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, or have suicidal thoughts, please check out these resources and get help.

To stalk the author on social media:

Email: paul@shadowpublications.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/paul_e_cooley

Newsletter: http://mailinglist.shadowpublications.com

This podcast presentation of “Whispers” is copyright 2022 by Paul E Cooley and is protected by a creative commons, attribution, non-commercial, no-derivatives license.

Music by Kevin MacLeod. You can find his work at incompetech.com.

This has been a presentation of Shadowpublications.com
where some mysteries shouldn’t be solved.

The Glow – Whispers – Episode 2

The Derelict: Trident ebook and paperback are now available! Purchase a copy and help support the podcast.

If you’re suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, or have suicidal thoughts, please check out these resources and get help.

To stalk the author on social media:

Email: paul@shadowpublications.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/paul_e_cooley

Newsletter: http://mailinglist.shadowpublications.com

This podcast presentation of “Whispers” is copyright 2022 by Paul E Cooley and is protected by a creative commons, attribution, non-commercial, no-derivatives license.

Music by Kevin MacLeod. You can find his work at incompetech.com.

This has been a presentation of Shadowpublications.com
where some mysteries shouldn’t be solved.

Vaughn and Suit – Whispers – Episode 1

The Derelict: Trident ebook and paperback are now available! Purchase a copy and help support the podcast.

If you’re suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, or have suicidal thoughts, please check out these resources and get help.

To stalk the author on social media:

Email: paul@shadowpublications.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/paul_e_cooley

Newsletter: http://mailinglist.shadowpublications.com

This podcast presentation of Derelict: Destruction is copyright 2020 by Paul E Cooley and is protected by a creative commons, attribution, non-commercial, no-derivatives license.

Music by Kevin MacLeod. You can find his work at incompetech.com.

This has been a presentation of Shadowpublications.com
where some mysteries shouldn’t be solved.