Episode 4


We had a rocky road on this one and almost accidently posted it with two chapters missing.  But here it is, ready for you enjoyment.  Episode 4.

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  1. “No, really, Bob, it says on the package. ‘Microphone Not to be Used as a Lightning Rod.’ ”

    *watches smoke curling up from the preamp*

    Comment by Carolyn Larsen — December 15, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  2. On episode 2, somebody requested a version of these that omits the “Previously, on Death by Cliche…” section. I would like to humbly second that request. Even if it was as simple as just telling us “The recap stops at X seconds in” (and making sure the narrative flow works okay whether or not one’s heard the recap?), it would be sorely appreciated.

    [Slightly less humble, longer version with reasoning follows]

    Is there some story reason for the recaps to be there (involving Dimiko’s or Carl’s memories of how things have gone thusfar, maybe…?) that we just haven’t learned yet, or are the recaps specifically intended for the listener’s benefit? If the latter…

    Your listeners remember the previous episodes pretty well. We aren’t going to forget, in the space of a week, the kinds of things you’ve put in the recaps so far. Thus, the recap only seems useful for people who have, for some reason, never listened to the episodes that came before it — and if you want to accomodate that, it seems kinder to have there be an optional way for those people to get a recap*; rather than inflicting a minute or so of repetition on your returning listeners every single time they choose to listen to your podcast.

    *(Maybe a text recap in the blog post each time? Or a small, seperate file people can choose whether or not to play; if you prefer doing an audio recap?)

    I’m definitely listening to the book till the end, either way, but…as is, the recaps really do grate. As small as it might seem.

    Aside from the above mess — Great story thusfar, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes and exactly what happens.

    Comment by Wirrit — December 16, 2008 @ 5:15 am

  3. …oh, wow, I’m painfully wordy. Sorry about the mini-novel.

    Comment by Wirrit — December 16, 2008 @ 5:16 am

  4. Loving the book as a writer, gamer and fan of fantasy fiction. How many episodes is this going to run? I can’t wait for the next to come out when I finish each file, keep them up!

    Comment by Chris — December 16, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  5. It’s 9 or 10 episodes. I don’t remember the final count.

    I’ll ask Carolyn about putting a timestamp in. I commend your memory, but not everyone’s is that good. I know a lot of people how forget important facts from week to week on TV shows. :) I won’t name names.

    Comment by admin — December 16, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  6. Evidently the ID3 tags leave the file’s Properties blank (this is where you right-click on the file and select “Properties”). If I noted the start time of the episode there, would that work? Or should I just post it here on the site? (2:45)

    Comment by Carolyn Larsen — December 16, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

  7. Honestly, either way — it’ll be easier for me to get at if it’s posted on the site, but thank you so much for the option.

    Comment by Wirrit — December 16, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

  8. I agree with Wirrit, I tend to skip the recap as well and having an actual start time on the website where I download it would be helpful. I think the Properties tab would just be too much of a bother.

    Comment by Chris — December 17, 2008 @ 11:27 am

  9. D’Amico.

    Just sayin’

    Comment by Indiana Jim — December 18, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

  10. I mean, D’Amico is a game designer and he can’t figure out that a new girl plays Latianna every day?

    Comment by Indiana Jim — December 18, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

  11. Ha ha ha… D’Amico can’t figure out it’s Brandon and not Carl. This is really really funny.

    Comment by Indiana Jim — December 18, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

  12. You are my hero, Bob Defendi.

    Comment by Indiana Jim — December 18, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

  13. The bell at the end of Hroldof’s chapter gave me a grin.

    Say, does that mean he’s gotta do it with the mask on? ‘Cause otherwise I’d guess that heads-a-poppin’ kills the mood. It’s the sort of logical gap that Carl might miss, but it’d come into play now that his world exists outside of his creative endeavours (such as they are).

    Comment by Inkthinker — December 21, 2008 @ 2:18 am

  14. And a check of the dictionary tells me that apparently I’ve been mispronouncing “puissant” for years.

    Comment by Inkthinker — December 21, 2008 @ 2:24 am

  15. Is this going to be subscribable in iTunes podcast directory?

    Comment by Chris — December 21, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

  16. Chris,

    This is available now on iTunes. It’s called playtesting.net, since I didn’t want to brand the feed in such a way that it wrecked my ability to put out future novels. :)

    Comment by admin — December 23, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

  17. j6Q0JY Thanks for good post

    Comment by johnny — December 30, 2008 @ 12:19 am

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