Horror/Sci-Fi/Suspense Writing Contest

I know that many of my followers are writers, so I thought I’d toss this out there.

As some of you know, I’ve been writing and producing a horror radio drama, and we’re looking for entries for a contest!

The entire rules are on the link that follows.  All stories or scripts need to be no longer than 4,000 words, and they must fit the theme of the podcast, which would include horror, science fiction, or general suspense stories.

Pass this along to anyone that might be interested!  The deadline is March 31st!

The Shadowvane Podcast Fiction Contest

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Projects, Planning, and Surviving Burn Out

It’s been quite some time since my last post.  My apologies for neglecting my blog, folks.  As I’m sure all teachers end up saying each year, this year has been even busier than any other year.  Since I have a moment to breathe, I figured I’d talk education and writing for a little bit.

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Creative Progress

Things have been going well here creatively over the last few weeks.  If only I could gather the mental strength to do the same in preparation of my 8th year of teaching high school and second year of college.

I’m currently drafting the third episode of what should hopefully be a 10-12 episode series for my upcoming podcast, Shadowvane.  If you want more information on the project or to be kept up to date, please visit Shadowvane.net and follow @Shadowvanecast on Twitter.

The goal is to have at least four or five episodes completed and edited by the middle of August.  From there, we’ll be starting the process of holding casting for the various roles.  As it stands right now, there are three recurring major characters in this story as well as several smaller parts.  We will be searching for reliable voice actors to send us high quality recordings throughout the next several months.  We cannot offer anything in the way of compensation since the project is free to the public, but if things go well, it can serve as a valuable production to add to any resume.

More information on the upcoming casting will be available later this month.

Aside from that, it’s that time of year when teachers all around the world are gearing up to go back to the profession that they have put their hearts and souls into.  Whether you are a novice or a long-time teacher, I offer nothing but encouragement.  Let’s make this the best year yet for our profession and our students.

And now I leave you all with a bit of wisdom:

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Mahatma Gandhi

The Beginnings of Shadowvane

For those of you who don’t know (or care about wrestling), I’ve been featured as a guest and eventually co-host of The Rundown Wrestling Podcast for the last year.  If you like wrestling, crude humor, and/or talking raccoons, this may be the podcast for you.

My experience as a part of this podcast and my love for the written word and other podcasts like Welcome to Night Vale and Sayer has sparked an interest to create my very own storytelling podcast.  After a lot of writing, reflection, and conversation with others, I have decided to give it a go.

Thus, The Shadowvane Podcast is currently in the works.  Think of it as an episodic radio drama that focuses on creating horror and suspense stories told from the voices of the actual characters.  Unlike Night Vale or Sayer, the stories will be limited to a certain number of episodes.  After each run, there will be a short break, and then we will release a whole new story for your enjoyment.

The first set of episodes are currently being written and edited.  Once they are at a point where we’re ready to begin production, I will be holding an open casting for anyone wishing to be a part of the storytelling.  There will be more on that later.

The logo above was recently created by Ray Williams III, who also provided the artwork for my recent chapbook, Chasing Distant Horizons.

Feel free to bookmark the Podcast’s webpage and check back later as we come closer to bringing it to fruition.  You can also follow the podcast on Twitter (@ShadowvaneCast).

Perhaps a darker quote to close this out:

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” -Edgar Allan Poe

Enjoying Nature & Writing

It’s been a while since I’ve updated.  I’ve been rather busy with the end of my 7th year of teaching coming to an official end and some amazing personal things going on in my life.  I’m officially taking some time to recharge the ol’ battery with a trip out to Rockport, Massachusetts.  I can honestly say that the trip is not only needed physically, but it’s been a great thing mentally.

As part of that mental recharge, I’ve been able to get some creative work done between sitting around on the beach, browsing all the little shops, and having some amazing food.  In just one day, I’ve managed to get a lot accomplished while still having a ton of fun.
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