Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rish Performs "Customer Service Hobgoblin" on Far-Fetched Fables

Once again, Gary Dowell contacted me to do another story reading over on the Far-Fetched Fables podcast.  Every time big-shot podcasters ask me to narrate for them, I pray (to Pan, most often) I get a good one.  This particular fable is "Customer Service Hobgoblin" by Paul Hardy.*

Dang, this is a good one, sirs and madam.  Basically, a snarky minor deity has fallen on hard times and is forced to process prayers in a call center, which is humiliating enough for us mere mortals.  It's clever, it's funny, and it's got an awesome narrator.



Check it out RIGHT HERE.

*A right old Englishman, if I ever sawr one.  And a tale obviously written to be read by an Englishman as well.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Rish Outcast 92: Varcolac (Part One)

So, this was the episode that got postponed from October.  I'm presenting my short story/novella* "Varcolac," which is long enough I felt safe in splitting it in two.  No qualms there.


"Varcolac" is the second Western story I ever wrote, but it differs from "Birth of a Sidekick" in that it's a Weird Western (if that's what a Western combined with another genre is called, in this case, Mystery or Horror).  Give it a listen, y'all.



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*Novelette?  Don't get me started.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

My Story "The Sleeping Princess Wakes" over on Delusions of Grandeur

Two years ago, I wrote my young Luke Skywalker story "Beggar's Canyon," which I shared on both my own show and the "Star Wars: Delusions of Grandeur" podcast I do with Grandpa Latham, right before THE FORCE AWAKEN(ed).  Well, following that tradition, here's a similar story presented on the show, "The Sleeping Princess Wakes," which comes out right before the JEDI LAST(s).


This story, which I talked about in 2015 but wasn't ambitious enough to write, tells a vignette about the teenaged Leia Organa, when she first meets Grand Moff Tarkin, and the seeds of rebellion that are planted within her.   It's fan-fiction, sure, but I hope it's enjoyable, quality fan-fiction.


Anyway, head on over to the DoG podcast, as Marshal and I affectionately call it, and hear my reading of it, as well as our discussion afterward.  If you dig it, there could be more to come.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Rish Outcast 91: Short of Expectations

In another TMI episode, Rish talks about being a disappointment to his parents, and generally falling short of expectations.  Fun stuff.


Warning: Oversharing (again).

Next week, we'll get to that delayed two-part episode.


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Sunday, November 05, 2017

More To Come

I haven't posted much here lately, except for my Outcast episodes (which ain't nothin', I freely boast).

But I have recorded a couple of stories for other podcasts (including a sequel to the story I get the most compliments about, so there's that), Abbie tells me she's almost ready to send me stuff to record, and I'm on the edge of actually publishing another novella (there are some just sitting, farting around on my hard drive, helping nobody).

The blame is twofold: 1) Obviously, my lack of ambition.  To me, actually WRITING something is quite an achievement, and years of amateur storytelling has left me without a burning need to share it with anyone.  I feel good when I finish something (even if it's not very good), and that was the goal.

And 2) the bots-damn cover art once again stymies me.  I have ideas in my head and no way to implement them, and whatever I create always looks like what it is: somebody who doesn't know what he's doing putting out the absolute minimum of effort to get it out there.

I wish I could just create cover art like this:


I wonder what would happen if I just put out eight or ten stories with covers like that and, one day in the future, swapped them out with better art.  At least they would be published, which is a start.

Anyway, I do have several Outcast episodes on the schedule, a finished Dunesteef in the Dropbox, and another That Gets My Goat we just recorded.  So, stay tuned.  Like the man said, there is more to come.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rish Outcast 90: Halloween Night

Wow, check out the calendar.  Looks like I'm getting this right under the wire.*

In honor of my favorite holiday (and yours as well, don't you dare argue), here is my short story "Halloween Night."

This was written fifteen years back, based on the picture down below.

Also, happy birthday, Big Anklevich.




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*And sorry about so many episodes in the month of October.  My math was off.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Rish Outcast 89: Cabin in the Woods

Rish goes to the family cabin by himself for the first time.  And the last?*


Also, Fake Sean and company want it that way.



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Unless the link doesn't work.  Then you can't.

As always, I have a Patreon Page HERE where you can support me with money, instead of just thoughts and prayers.

*Spoiler: No, no it's not.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rish Outcast 88?

If you're interested in the next episode of my solo podcast, I'm performing the uncollected Stephen King short story "The Reploids," about a stranger who comes out from behind the "Tonight Show" curtain when Johnny Carson's name is announced.  It is only available for Patreon supporters, though I'm not charging for that particular show.

You can find my Patreon page HERE.


And be warned: on the same trip, I recorded two more Incentive episodes of the Rish Outcast, which I'll be putting out there in the coming months.

Thanks, and on with the countdown.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rish Outcast 87: Mastercard...I'm Bored

A combination episode of my New Year's show (timely, yes), and one from just the other day, wherein I talk about boredom, upcoming goals, and recount an almost-story about the film industry.




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Note: Because time is fleeting (and madness takes its toll), the next episode will be for Patreon supporters only.  That way, the Halloween episode can drop before Halloween.  Listen, but not for very much longer.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Rish's Voice on "Campfire Radio Theater"

Theatre, is it?

So, I was fortunate enough to lend my voice to another of John Ballentine's impressive audio dramas over at "Campfire Radio Theater."  This one was called "Death and Alchemy," adapted by a short story by the bearded Patrick Moody.

This one be just as delightful as the others I've participated in, which is a zombie plague tale set in Victorian London.  I am always impressed by the soundscape and am often surprised by the emotional resonance these guys wrest from the audio drama format.  Check it out at THIS LINK!

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John asked me if I could play a cranky old Scottish man, and I smiled big, thinking of my omnipresent imaginary friend and podcast partner.  Unfortunately, once I thought of it, it became difficult NOT to sound like Connery, try as I might.

Oh, John told me that I was the only voice actor in this production not from the UK, and that made me smile.  He also told me I was the only voice actor in this production who would die alone and unmourned.  And soon.

Kind of mean, in retrospect, that John Ballentine.