Yes, it's Planet U&F time again, Listeners. Send in those audio files and I'll put you on the Underwood and Flinch podcast. Watch this video for details, and thanks to Jon Cape for the highly cool opening sequence.
The 7th Annual Podcast Awards just sent me an email saying they exist and would I like to get my audience to vote for me. Well, sure, that sounds like a good idea. However, they don't have a podcast novel category, so I suggest the categories to vote for U&F would be:
"Best Produced" Underwood and Flinch (podcast URL: http://mikebennett.libsyn.com)
"Entertainment" Underwood and Flinch (podcast URL: http://mikebennett.libsyn.com)
Don't be tempted (as I was) to nominate U&F in lots of categories because you're just spoiling your ballot sheet. I should have read the instructions first: Do not nominate the "same show" for People's Choice and Best Produced, nominate 2 different shows in the top two categories. You can then nominate each show in one additional category each.
So by hitting the categories I suggest above, we vote tactically and so stand a better chance of winning something
If U&F wins something here, or even comes close, it could mean a sponsorship deal for U&F (which means I get a bit of money) and a lot more listeners. Wunderbar!!
To get the ballot sheet, click here. You only get one chance, so read the instructions carefully, then VOTE U&F! I thank you.
One week later. The text has now reached a finished version. I thought I was close last week, but it was still ragged around the edges. I worked on it through the week and sat down for a day-long top-to-bottom read and re-edit yesterday (amazing how little things on page six don't tie-up with little things on page two, but this is what happens when you have to chip away at it over a period of time). It now flows smoothly, and reads well. Naturally it could always be improved upon, but to do so would be to delay further. Recording will start ASAP. I can't record it right now because I have to go to work, so I'll either do so tonight when I get home, or tomorrow when I get up. As always, I thank you for your patience :-)
This is the image cover in grayscale. When it goes live, hopefully at the coming weekend, those lips'll glow in full-bodied red
Between working at my day job and friends paying social visits on our days off (not that I'm complaining, we haven't seen some of these folks in years), finding time to work on U&F 37 has been hard. But the good news is, I've finally finished the second draft. The whole chapter grew to be 18 pages long, which is way too long for one episode. So yesterday, during a five-hour re-writing stint, I found a suitable spot about half-way through where I can cut the chapter in half.
#37 is now 8 pages long. It features David and Underwood and begins on the evening after Underwood's long night of origin story telling (as chronicled in Episodes 31-35). I need to do another run-through of the text to make sure there are no snags. Then I'll start recording. I'll be doing it in the evenings after work, a little at a time, and hopefully I should get a finished product out to you next weekend.
My current day job is set to end on September 9th. That means I'll be freed-up again to work full time on U&F. If you want to help support me in my "self-employed writer" status (and so stop me from getting another day job hat takes me away from writing), get your ebook copy of Hall of Mirrors Volume One from Amazon today ;-)