Welcome to episode 205 of Erk Pod. This episode was recorded in two stages.
The episode starts in San Antonio, Texas. Erk is chatting with Jennifer (@epodcaster on Twitter) who founded NaPodPoMo (National Podcasting Post Month) that Erk, Drue, Orange Tim and Squeak took part in last year. She also is currently co-hosting Tech In Twenty. During the chat, we talk Texas, podcasting and a lot more as we walk and talk our way through San Antonio.
The episode then moves across to southern California and the last interviewee of Erk’s American trip, Megan aka Podcast Junky (not surprisingly, @podcastjunky on Twitter). We find out what’s on Megan’s iPod, visiting Disneyland, what Erk didn’t get to see in SoCal and more. Apart from being a Podcast Junky, Megan also produces her own podcast where she tells us what is on her iPod.
Balticon 43 was a massive weekend for both Erk & Tee Morris. Tee was a great guy to hang out with over the weekend. Apart from being his usual self, he also arranged many of the interviews on “The Balticon Special That Never Ends.”
This interview was recorded late on Sunday night and you’ll hear a very different side to Tee than you ever have on Erk Pod. But that is the way that the weekend was.
Straight after this conference, Tee was off to New Zealand for a 2 week visit talking about podcasting, social media and more. So what would Tee do on a plane for 18 hours?
Depending on your point of view, you have Evo Terra to partly blame or partly thank for Erk continuing to be a podcaster. It was the “Podcasting For Dummies” book at Evo co-wrote with Tee Morris that really helped Erk learn more about podcasting and getting motivated in 2007.
Sunday turned out to be book launch day at Balticon 43. Author R Allen Leider (pictured) was launching his new book Wicca Girl. Wicca Girl might be a new book but it was a long time coming as you will hear in this interview. This interview is part of the “Balticon Special That Never Ends.”
Sunday seemed to be book launch day at Balticon 43. Bright and earlyish on Sunday morning, my first interviewee of the day was Christiana Ellis. Later that night, she would launch her new book Nina Kimberly the Merciless.
Erk now has a signed copy of the book to read on the plane (or when he gets home) which promises to be enjoyable. So what is it like to see your name on the front cover of your own book for the first time? You’ll have to listen to Christiana’s answer – I think that would make her a “glass is half full” type of person rather than a “glass is half empty”.
Apart from the book and related podcast, you can hear Christiana’s voice on her other podcasts as well as on other podiobooks.
Like many people in the podosphere, I found Mur Lafferty after hearing about her name mentioned, usually with a title like “The Grand Dame of Podcasting” or similar. Again, I heard Mur first via another podcast, quite possibly Tee Morris’ Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy.
I found her writing podcast “I Should Be Writing” and even though I’m not writing a novel, I am writing blog posts, right? And even if I’m not writing blog posts, a lot of Mur’s subject matter crosses over well into podcasting. Hell, even if Mur read out of a phone book for an episode of ISBW, I’d be there!
On this US trip, I completed her “Playing For Keeps” podiobook which I enjoyed. It was a lot different for a super hero book (or in my case, podiobook) but also compelling. And at the time of writing (no pun intended), I have just finished season 1 of the Heaven series as well. I’m a bit behind – Mur is currently working on season 5!
Enjoy the chat and you can listen to the rest of the Balticon content on “The Balticon Special That Never Ends”, Erk Pod episodes 203 & 204.
Like many of the podiobook authors I had heard of, I heard about JC Hutchins through other podcasters.
The first full interview which really sticks inside my head was one between JC and Stephen from the Tea & Chat podcast (come back soon, man!). I then went out and listened to JC’s UltraCreatives interview series and followed him on Twitter.
But it wasn’t until the current American trip that I devoted a lot of time listening to podiobooks. I listened to all 3 seasons of 7th Son and really enjoyed that. Then at Balticon 43, I got to meet and chat with the man himself after his book launch for Personal Effects: Dark Art.
Here is the section of Erk’s “Balticon Special That Never Ends” featuring Erk chatting with JC recorded soon after the book launch.