The delightful writer and podcaster KT Bryski and I chatted about her recent release, Six Stories, Told at Night. The audio drama folds traditional French-Canadian folktales into a series of stories about the relationship between two young friends. Those stories are in turn folded into a third overall narrative. It’s excellent stuff and you can hear it FOR FREE! I highly recommend it.
We were attacked a few times by the Skype Demons during the interview and while I’ve done my best to edit around them, there are a couple of points where our voices may warp a bit, so I apologize if the audio quality gets a bit wonky at times.
Six Stories, Told at Night is written, directed and produced by KT Bryski, and performed by Blythe Haynes, who works with KT at Black Creek Pioneer Village. The song “Lovely, Dark and Deep” (which you can also hear some of at the beginning and end of this episode) was composed by Alex White, and the vocals were performed by Ellen McAteer. The cover art for the podcast (pictured in this blog post) was designed by the inimitable Starla Huchton (whom I once interviewed for this very podcast!). Six Stories, Told at Night is funded by the Ontario Arts Council.
Music by Alex White
Howdy! I’ve got a bit of a storytelling experiment to share with you. I’ve put together three short pieces of semi-abstract audio fiction for you to listen to. I’ve linked them down below the audio for this entry’s podcast. Listen to them in any order you like – I’m curious to know if that makes a difference or not – and let me know what you think in the comments or via e-mail (JimRyanMedia at gmail.com).
(Clicking on each of these three icons should bring you to its corresponding MP3 file. If you like, you can download each part by right-clicking the icon of whichever of the three you’d like to listen to and choosing your “Save As…” option.)
or Man’s Crisis of Identity in the Earlier Half of the 21st Century
This one’s a bit different from my normal ramblings, and is much more introspective than usual. I had something of an epiphany the other day after a slip of the tongue at our local Geek Gala that led me to remember something very basic about myself. Something I haven’t thought about for a good, long while, and which gets at what’s pretty much the root of my identity. In this episode, I talk about this realization. I also say “Here’s the thing,” quite a lot.
I go on a reflective kickabout and talk about the increasing pressure to do fewer social activities in favor of getting creative work done. This is something that’s been bothering me a lot lately and I decided to talk about it in the hope of relieving a little bit of the pressure. As a result, this episode is a wee bit more serious and soul-searching than most.
I talk for a while about my recent trip to ConCarolinas and how it smashed my brain about with its many wonders and diversions. Silent movies, alcohol and writing panels galore!
(Recorded earlier this week when I was still a bit punchy.)
Music by Kevin MacLeod
I once again find myself trying to ski ahead of a deadline avalanche, so I didn’t have time to do a regular topic this week. So instead, here’s more audio from the vault! This is a faux commercial I came up with in broadcasting school to advertise a faux car. I hope it is to your liking!
When I try to come up for a name for a fictional person, place or thing, it can sometimes take me quite a while because I don’t want to choose a name that’s already taking up a big chunk of the public’s mental real estate. In this episode I have a bit of a ramble about the way I try to approach people’s headspace as a writer, with the occasional divergence into madness and mimicry.
For anyone not familiar with Brian Blessed… 😉