Thursday, 23 February 2017

Soci of Metro: US Literary Agencies

Submitting my novel Soci of Metro to UK literary agencies was a long process. Between compiling a list of agencies, determining whether they accepted speculative fiction, and preparing a synopsis and cover letter, I was also working on a "final" fourth draft of the novel.

I sent off my submissions, and had a few requests for the full manuscript, a few queries regarding the novel's content, a few emails offering constructive feedback. But they all led to rejections.

As of writing this post I'm still waiting on seven out of twenty-six agents to respond. I've sent several follow-up emails since submitting in the autumn of 2016, and I'm getting closer to accepting that they might never respond at all.

But that's okay, because I have a Plan B: American agencies.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 25 - Final Episode

The final episode of Chuckle-Bits Radio is here! So what're you waiting for, head over to Stevie's haphazard Podbean account and download that garbage now!

Also, if you want a transcript of this episode's fanfic for easy reading, click on this link right here.

In this final episode we… Well, we basically do what we always do, including News at Ten, Totally Legit Fan Fiction, an extended Mona the Vampire, and much more! I get bored, Stevie nearly chokes to death, and our voices dip in and out of audibility due to the lowest quality recording yet. It's the worst podcast ever!

So thanks to all those who willingly let Stevie and I wriggle down your ear holes over the last few years. It was fun. Sometimes. Most of the time it was a frustrating mess of clashing schedules and a severe lack of enthusiasm. To be honest, I'm glad it's over, and you should be too.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Final Episode Update 3

Jesus Christ, I did it. My first sweep of the edit of the final episode of Chuckle-Bits Radio is done! What I mean by "first sweep" is that I've fixed the audio problems described in a previous blog post. I've also cut chunks of boring dialogue, parts where I breathe into the mic, and pretty much everything Stevie Grant says.

All I have to do now is go through the cleanly edited footage and add all the stupid sounds and jingles. This means, if all goes well, that the episode will be done sooner rather than later. Although don't be surprised if it's still a few weeks before it gets published.

Okay? Okay. Okay!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Final Episode Update 2

I've managed to edit 1 hour and 38 minutes of the 2 hour and 33 minute raw recording of the final episode of Chuckle-Bits Radio. The total run time, as of now, is just over 2 hours, which means I've cut half an hour of garbage and have roughly 22 minutes of content left to plough through.

Sounds simple, yeah?

Well, that 22 minutes will probably take me another editing session to complete and export. Then, as I described in a previous blog post, I'll need to take the edited recording and add all the stupid sound effects and songs Chuckle-Bits Radio is known for and Chuckle-Bits Radio listeners love so much.

Well, at least it'll be done by Christmas.

Friday, 28 October 2016


I made a quilt, completely unaided, with help from Emma. You can see it in the fancy gif above. Maybe you like it, and maybe you don't. Either way, I'll never find out.