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Offline Overlord

Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:50:04 PM »
I've been floating the idea of bringing back the Fantasy-Faction Podcast for a while now. The thing is, I've not been too sure about how to do it.

Part of me thought perhaps doing an audio version of Fantasy-Faction - News, Reviews and Interviews with authors - would be pretty cool, but when I thought about it: we already review books in text form, bring you the latest news over Twitter/Facebook and run audio interviews on a regular basis. As much as I liked the idea of putting Fantasy-Faction into another medium I thought it was more gimmicky than anything else. Much of what would feature on a Podcast would just be us repeating news from the site (by this point out-of-date news),  covering articles that you've already read and interviewing authors 'for the podcast' (as opposed to 'for the site'). On reflection, you readers - listeners, I guess - wouldn't actually be getting any extra content.

Another thing I wanted to do - as I try to do with everything we do here at Fantasy-Faction - was come up with a Podcast that was in someway interactive; something that could involve and contribute to the fantasy community in some way. I thought about a book club, but let us be honest, how many people have time to read a novel every single week/fortnight/month? What about if you don't like the novel for that week/fortnight/month? That means you can't be involved and if that happens a couple of weeks in a row you could justifiably get fed up with the whole things. A second idea I had was to do a kind of Fantasy Novel University Workshop. Where we break down what makes a certain novel or writer so enjoyable/successful - characters, world building, plot threads, prose, etc. Again though, doing this would take a huge amount of investment in time and if you have no interest in the author we are looking at for that particular Podcast then you'd likely skip it. Additionally, as much as I love fantasy novels, I thought that a podcast focusing on a novel would likely have to be pretty long and could easily get very boring very quickly.

So, that brings me to what I have come up with: a Podcast that focuses on Fantasy Short Stories.

I've spoken before on how much I enjoy short stories, how I think they are under-marketed and, as a result, don't receive anywhere near the kind of attention they deserve.

Short stories are… short. They can be read - and, usually should be read - in a single sitting. The other thing about short stories is that they tend to be technically very complex and have a meaning that far extends the prose. This lends to much discussion on the piece in terms of the craft, the meaning of the short story, what lies beyond the words on the page - as well as the general 'what did I like and not like about it' type discussions. The short story also lends itself well to the podcast format: we can cover a number of stories per episode which means there will be plenty of variety and, hopefully, this will ensure it is kept snappy and enjoyable.

My idea, in summary, is as follows:

-Each fortnight Fantasy-Faction will publish a Podcast that will reflect upon 3-6 Short Stories.

-A podcasting team will go over what they enjoyed about the stories, what they didn't like and try to break down what the author was trying to achieve and how they did. We will focus on what a reader and a writer can take away from the piece.

-We will announce the three short stories at the end of each Podcast so listeners can join in reading the short stories with us and even apply to be a guest panelist. The Forum will have specific topics for each story.

-The Podcast will be completely free

My hope is twofold. Firstly, I hope that this podcast will encourage more people to read and appreciate short stories. Second, I hope that it will help writers who are interested in working within this medium. By looking at the elements that make a fantasy short story work (or not) I hope we can educate and inspire those who love to write (such as myself!).

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Interested in joining the panel?

The podcasters make the Podcast. I honestly believe that a podcast about paint drying could make compulsive listening with the right team. Thankfully, we have a pretty kick ass topic: fantasy short stories, but that doesn't mean we can afford to have a team of podcasters who lack chemistry. Fantasy-Faction will be looking to put together a rotating team of Podcasters who can really do the authors of these short stories justice. The idea is that we have double the amount of Podcasters we need per show (so if we decide on a panel of three then we will have six) and rotate members depending on their preferences and schedule, etc.

If you think this could be you, please consider the following: you will need time once a month to do the following:

-Read 3-12 short stories - these probably won't be over 20-40 pages each.

-Record either 1 or 2 podcasts (recording can take an hour or two - obviously it will be edited).

-Get involved with the discussions on the forum and engage with listeners.

If you are interested in joining our Podcasting team we would love to hear from you. You can e-mail me on Marc@Fantasy-Faction.com . We are looking to get started in November. Oh, and anyone thinking 'there surely aren't enough fantasy short stories out there to sustain a podcast, are there?', I just checked my shelves and pulled these out:



I hope you are all as excited about this as I am and I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments section. I will release further updates over the coming weeks.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2014, 07:12:05 PM by Overlord »
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2014, 07:48:32 PM »
Podcast of multiple short stories? This actually seems like a brilliant idea. Gives a good enough amount of variety to keep it sustainable.
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2014, 08:17:43 PM »
That seems like an interesting topic. I am spotting Swords & Dark Magic, which I am currently reading, and currently in preparations to give the format a try myself.
I also today bought Sword and Mythos as a $5 ebook, which aims at lovecraftian Sword & Sorcery. Might als be of interest for that show.

As much as I like to talk about them, aside from my funny accent, I am really quite bad at forming a whole sentence without slipping on words at some point, so I have to decline the call for interested contributors. But I am very much interested in the result.
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Offline Jen

Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 12:21:46 PM »
Sounds like a great idea! Don't forget fantasy stories from the online magazines as well - they have the benefit of being free to read and easy to access for both your panellists and interested readers who hear the podcast.  Plus you'll probably get some cross-publicity from it on twitter with the mags posting links to the podcast they've been mentioned in.  :D

And were you going to go even more meta and do podcast reviews of podcast fiction from peeps like Podcastle or Cast of Wonders or Toasted Cake? 

And/or, as a few of the online mags do podcast versions of some of their stories, compare the podcast versions of stories with the written versions to see how the narration changes the flavour of the story or characters?

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Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2014, 07:32:37 AM »
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I also today bought Sword and Mythos as a $5 ebook, which aims at lovecraftian Sword & Sorcery. Might also be of interest for that show.
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I'm one of the authors in Sword & Mythos, and have been collecting reviews about it at http://fiction.grahamjdarling.com/sword-mythos/. If you do decide to post a review of this anthology, please send me the link.


Offline Overlord

Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2014, 10:43:09 AM »
E-mail I've just sent out to all those interested:

Good day,

Firstly, thank you so much for your interest in the Fantasy-Faction Podcast. I thought I would drop you an e-mail as it has been a couple of weeks now and I'm sure you are anxious to hear more about my plans.

Basically, Fantasy Short Stories do not get enough attention. Sometimes this is for good reason: it is hard to build a world and a fantasy story (many of which are 'epic') within just a few thousand words, right?

However, there are some that do a very, very good job. The very best short stories stay with you far longer than a novel ever could. This is probably because a short story is usually a single, relentless experience. Whereas a novel you leave and reflect upon as you read it, a short story grasps you, keeps hold of you and forces you to walk through its world until it has finished. Only then are you allowed to reflect and digest.

Additionally, *I* feel that many people who write try too early to write a novel. A short story is something that is a logical place to begin writing. Why write a huge novel that might not work when you could write a number of short stories, each with a different world, lore, magic system, character set, political landscape and so on.

For this reason I think we need to promote short stories both to readers and writers. However, simply reviewing a short story feels like a missed opportunity: a reader can read a short story fairly quickly and decide themselves whether it is good or not. Rather, I want to analyse short stories in a way that is beneficial for both readers and writers.

The way this will work is that each week/fortnight we will read around three stories and spend about 10 minutes discussing what makes each one work, not work, what the impact was, what it meant, any hidden meanings, what writers could take away from it and so on. All with the aim of helping our readers and writers listening find the ingredients of the perfect short story (should it exist).

So, if you are interested it is quite an undertaking. My current thought it that we should have a team of between 4 and 8 podcasters (as well as myself). We can then rotate the cast, so each person will get 'on the air 'about once or twice a month. This lessens what you have to do somewhat (I am very understanding in that this is a voluntary position and I don't want to put too much pressure on anyone, you see).

I have spoken with a number of VERY high profile authors who are interested in getting involved. So, what I was thinking is something like this:

5 minutes of us discussing upcoming short stories and news, etc.
10 minute breakdown of a story.
10 minute interview with an author.
10 minute breakdown of second story.
2 Minutes closing down.

So each episode will be between 35 and 40 minutes I'd estimate. Again, you'd probably be looking at a commitment of reading a minimum of two-four stories a month (short stories of around 20-30 pages each) and being available for an hour once or twice a week to record the podcast.

If you are still interested could you please

Let me know your experience reading fantasy / fantasy short stories
Note: don't worry, no one will be excluded simply because you are new to short stories or even fantasy! Varying views make a podcast!

Whether you already blog / review / use Twitter

Whether you have any podcasting experience / attended any conventions / have involvement with the fantasy community.

Why you want to be involved in this podcast.

I am looking to begin recording in November. I think we will have 2/3 beta podcasts that may never get released, just so people get some practice and we have chance to iron out any bumps. The actual Podcast I'm looking for a December release for episode one.

Kind Regards,

Marc Aplin
Editor of Fantasy-Faction (and soon to be a Podcast host… I guess!)
« Last Edit: October 15, 2014, 11:06:58 AM by Overlord »
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Offline AshKB

Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2014, 10:59:07 AM »
Would it be possible for a transcript to be made available? Not everyone can listen to podcasts, sadly, and it'd be a shame for us to miss out on the information.
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Offline Overlord

Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2014, 11:04:00 AM »
Would it be possible for a transcript to be made available? Not everyone can listen to podcasts, sadly, and it'd be a shame for us to miss out on the information.

If someone would like to volunteer ^_^
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2014, 12:04:37 AM »
Would it be possible for a transcript to be made available? Not everyone can listen to podcasts, sadly, and it'd be a shame for us to miss out on the information.

If someone would like to volunteer ^_^

I can't, unfortunately, due to auditory processing issues, but hopefully someone will so the information and stories are actually accessible to everyone.
« Last Edit: October 16, 2014, 12:12:09 AM by AshKB »
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Offline Overlord

Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2014, 08:29:10 AM »
Would it be possible for a transcript to be made available? Not everyone can listen to podcasts, sadly, and it'd be a shame for us to miss out on the information.

If someone would like to volunteer ^_^

I can't, unfortunately, due to auditory processing issues, but hopefully someone will so the information and stories are actually accessible to everyone.

I am sure I can convince someone :-)
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2014, 10:29:59 PM »
Is it too late to apply? This sounds like so much fun, although I'm anxious about doing the recording/podcasting correctly. :)

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Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2014, 11:23:24 PM »
Would it be possible for a transcript to be made available? Not everyone can listen to podcasts, sadly, and it'd be a shame for us to miss out on the information.

If someone would like to volunteer ^_^

I can't, unfortunately, due to auditory processing issues, but hopefully someone will so the information and stories are actually accessible to everyone.

I am sure I can convince someone :-)

Thanks :-)
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2014, 05:54:42 PM »
Would it be possible for a transcript to be made available? Not everyone can listen to podcasts, sadly, and it'd be a shame for us to miss out on the information.

If someone would like to volunteer ^_^

I can't, unfortunately, due to auditory processing issues, but hopefully someone will so the information and stories are actually accessible to everyone.

I am sure I can convince someone :-)
Hey Overlord! I can transcribe. I am interested in being part of the podcast somehow, maybe guesting on the panel sometimes? But transcribing...I can do that I think.
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2015, 03:24:04 PM »
***CASTING CALL***

As you can see from the above, Fantasy-Faction is looking to launch a fortnightly Podcast. We are not 100% sure about the direction yet, but essentially this Podcast will look to be an extension of our website - fun, friendly and informative with an emphasis on being FOR the community.

Currently we are looking to assemble a cast and seeing as we've had so many applications we thought the fairest and best way of doing this would be to run some short Google Hangouts this weekend.

Basically we will be teaming groups of 3/4 people up to discuss an SFF related topic. There will be five minutes of 'free time' to say hello and kill any nerves, etc and we will send questions and bullet points before hand, so you should feel at least somewhat prepared. There is no pressure - we are just looking to put some guys and girls together and see who has chemistry.

If you are interested then please reply here or send me a message. You will need to be free either Saturday or Sunday this weekend for about 15-20 minutes.
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Re: Fantasy-Faction Short Story Podcast
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2015, 03:38:56 PM »
Can you make use of the short story competition winners/entries as part of your 3-6 short stories?
As well as stories from the FF anthology. This may provide a wider audience to some of the talent who contribute to the site.