Thursday, June 25, 2009

Therapy Session

Alternative Therapy

Great Hites episode 58 is ready to view and download now. My story this week is more of a short character study than previous entries have been, dealing with a single woman struggling to come to terms with bereavement despite her familiarity with helping others do so.

Although it is a stand-alone story, it is set in the 'Some Other Scotland' world and features Sarah Fullarton, a minor character we last saw back in episode 2 of SOS. It takes place at her home shortly before the events of SOS.

The latest prompt at Great Hites is "arriving at the airport", probably the most open-ended prompt for several weeks, and will almost certainly end up being related to SOS as well.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Running Shoes


There is a new episode of Great Hites with an impressive seven stories this week, all inspired by the prompt "Running Shoes". Mine takes place in a not-too-distant future where there is a ban on footwear, a seemingly innocuous and silly law to pass, but one which has major implications. The tale provides the viewpoint of one person who's life has been turned upside-down from the day of the announcement.

I must give a big "Thank you!" to everyone who voted for my last two stories at GH, in particular for "Signal", which has been one of my personal favourites since I started submitting to Jeff's site. The three 'winning' stories will be appearing at some point in the future within a special anthology edition of 'Great Hites'.

I have just completed another story for the site, this time based on a minor character from 'Some Other Scotland' - more on that when it surfaces.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Ida the Fossil

Ida Fossil

There's another of my short stories available to read or download and listen to over at Great Hites this week.

This one sets up a tale of lost love, interplanetary travel and homecoming around the recently discovered primate fossil, claimed by many to be the 'missing link'. Does it seem like I have a thing for ancient, advanced civilisations? You might think so.

There is some very subtle sci-fi background music in this latest tale. It comes courtesy of The Lunacy Board, and is called "Japan In A Trashcan". You'll find it on our third album, the entirely instrumental Stockholm, which is available to buy on CD or as a digital download. Follow the link for most information about the album, a couple of samples of other tracks and an order form.

There's also a new episode of 'Some Other Scotland' ready for download. There seems to be a link between Charles' letter and another letter written to William Wallace - interesting, since around 400 years separates them. We also learn a bit more about the object Razer found in the underground tunnel.


The Euro elections may have passed, but there's still plenty to vote for. Both 'Great Hites' and 'Some Other Scotland' feature polls that affect future episodes - if you are enjoying either of these podcasts, please take the time to vote and make your choice count!

Monday, June 08, 2009

The Robot Band

Robot Band

There's another story from me, now ready at Great Hites. This one is musical in nature, after a fashion, and puts a bit of a spin on the question "What kind of band would you hire if money was no object?"

I've been doing quite a lot of behind-the-scenes work on "Some Other Scotland" this week, which should hopefully allow me to forge on with the story with out interruption. I now have a massive chart with all the character details, who they have interacted with, who they will meet in the future (subject to change, of course) and a rough idea of where the next 5 or 6 episodes are heading. Now I just need to get writing.

Finally, I've been giving some thought to promotion of the podcast. It has been reasonably low key to date, partly because I wanted to be sure it could work and that people would actually want to listen to the ongoing story. Now that I know this to be the case, I'm ready to start pushing it out a bit more. I have a few ideas so far, so will probably pick the best of them and plan around doing something in line with the 13th episode (i.e. 1/4 of the way through the story).

Monday, June 01, 2009



Another week - another episode of Great Hites - this one is very short, and you'll either love it or hate it. It's about a little dog that rescues a group of shipwreck survivors.

After this, I have another couple of short stories headed towards Great Hites. I have been intending to put it aside for a while to focus on Some Other Scotland, but Jeff does insist on putting up prompts that keep the stories coming. The one I have just completed is my favourite since 'To The Clouds', but I have yet to finish recording it.