Archive for January, 2010

Today’s Sunday Capital features an article by staff writer Theresa Winslow about podcast novels. The article stems from an interview Ms. Winslow conducted with Brand Gamblin and I last weekend about our podcast novels, Tumbler and The Empress Sword. The print version contains a couple of different pictures, but if you want to read the full text of the article you can find at

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The podcast feed for The Empress Sword launched on January 15th, 2010. That was the same day Brand Gamblin and I held a public reading of our novels in Annapolis, Maryland. Brand read from his novel Tumbler and the evening was a great success.
You can find The Empress Sword on iTunes or link directly to the RSS Feed. The first episode dropped on Friday and today I put in a recording of the live reading. Subscribe today so you won’t miss a thing!
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Candles lit for NatIt’s taken me a couple of days to get my thoughts straight on this. It was a huge shock to get an IM on Wednesday morning telling me that fellow podcast author and friend Tee Morris’s wife Natalie had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly the night before. Hearing about the death of a friend is never easy, but somehow this hit me harder even than that. This was like a death in the family.

We’re all born into a family and if we’re lucky we end up liking a few of them, but they always still matter to us. Throughout our lives we also build a second family. Made up from friends who for one reason or another come to mean more to us than mere friends. Tee Morris is such a friend to me. An accomplished author of both fiction and non-fiction, Tee practically invented the podcast novel. If it wasn’t for his encouragement and seemingly endless enthusiasm I wouldn’t be about to launch my own podcast novel.

Through gatherings I came to know Natalie and also Tee’s darling little girl affectionately known as Sonic Boom. They’re three good people, three people I like, three people I care about, three people I love and now they’re only two.

I grew up in a family rooted in southern Virginia and West Virginia. When there’s a death in that part of the country the community rallies around the family. I remember when my grandmother died there was a constant stream of people I’d never seen before bringing unimaginable amounts of food into the house. They would almost never leave without doing the dishes, making the beds or offering to do some chore or other.

These days my chosen family is scattered to the four winds. No one I feel truly close to lives physically closer than an hour’s drive away. Most live in other states or worse on other continents. It’s hard to imagine us all showing up at Tee’s door with dishes of food, but there’s something else we can do.

Philippa Ballantine, an award winning author who lives in New Zealand, has set up a Chip-In fund for Tee and his daughter. It’s amazing how quickly this fund has grown, but Tee’s a popular and respected guy. And his need right now is great. Please consider a contribution to this fund, you can do so by clicking the widget below. The money will go directly to Tee to help cover funeral expenses and help him start a new life as a single father.

Thank you, Tee, and bless you brother.