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Help A Friend In Need by J.C. Hutchins

Two days ago, the wife of podcaster and author Tee Morris died unexpectedly. In addition to the devastating loss, Tee now faces the challenge of raising his daughter as a single dad.

I spoke to Tee on the evening of his wife's death. Despite the incalculable loss, the eternal optimism Tee is known for was still there, in his voice. He was deeply moved by the support the community had shown for him, and appreciative.

We cannot change yesterday, but we can help ensure Tee and his daughter have a brighter tomorrow. Please help them by contributing to a fund that will help cover funeral costs, and create a trust for his daughter. Give generously, if you can.

--J.C.

J.C. interviewed for Asimov's Science Fiction magazine by J.C. Hutchins

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In May, I had the great fortune to meet James Patrick Kelly at Balticon 42. Jim is one of the finest science-fiction writers living today. He is a master narrative craftsman; his work transcends the noisy, predictable trappings of most SF, and is fueled by excellent characterizations -- something I pine for in my own writing. His tales also sport a literary vibe that's not usually seen in sci-fi today, which makes them a delight to read.

Perhaps the only Balticon 42 moment more memorable that speaking on a panel with the man (and later chatting with him at the con's hotel bar) was being interviewed by him. Jim writes a monthly column for Asimov's Science Fiction magazine called "On the Net." A podcaster himself, Jim spent more than a half-hour chatting with me and other podcast novelists about this crazy newfangled "New Media" thing we do, and how it's positively impacting our careers.

The most recent issue of Asimov's features the first of Jim's two-part series on podcast fiction, and I'm honored to have been quoted in the column. This month's article does an elegant job of explaining the appeal of New Media for creators like me, and shares some insights from myself, Mur Lafferty and Tee Morris regarding its potential.

During our interview, we discussed what businessfolk like to call "first mover status" -- specifically, early podfiction adopters such as Mur, Tee, I and a few others, and our prominence in the community. Is it possible for newcomers to make a splash and compete with us podcasting oldtimers?

"When I hear the word 'competition,' I immediately think of buying things," I told Jim. "But podcasting isn't a bookstore. I think of it as a library. It's all free; you're just competing for time. That book will always be there on the (digital) shelf, so you can always come back to it. Is this space saturated? Well, it is. Is this space saturated with killer content? No."

Translation: If you produce excellent work -- and there indeed is excellent new work to be found in the podfic space -- you'll rise to the top. According to Jim's column, the second part of his series will explore this, as well as short-form podcast fiction, and other topics.

I can't wait to read it, and I'm honored to have contributed to his story.

--J.C.

"Double Trouble" and "Playing for Keeps" banners for your site! by J.C. Hutchins

I recently created some Web banners to support my friends Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine (for their imminent "Double Trouble" print novel promotion) and Mur Lafferty (to amp up folks for the print release of Playing for Keeps in late August). Since I haven't promoted these much, I thought I'd rattle the cup here and encourage you to help support these authors by posting the banners on your site, blog, Myspace, Facebook pages, etc.

Note: The banners are at the end of this post.

Inserting these little guys into your online home is easy peasy. Simply paste the embed data below into a blog post, sidebar widget, etc. The image (and hotlink) should miraculously appear on your site, for all the world to see.

Of course, I'd be remiss in not imploring you -- politely, of course -- to do more than just advertise these authors' brilliant wares. Help reward their hard work by purchasing copies of The Case of the Pitcher's Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery and Digital Magic on Aug. 8, and Playing for Keeps on Aug. 25. Not only will you be "giving back" to these authors (who work tirelessly to provide fans with free audiofiction), but you'll help make history, and validate their work as professionals.

Trust me: there's no greater thrill for an artist than being monetarily rewarded for his efforts. Enjoy the banners, spread the word, and happy buying in August!

--J.C.


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UltraCreatives Interview #16: Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine by J.C. Hutchins

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We'll soon dive back into 7th Son: OBSIDIAN, but it's time for another killer UltraCreatives interview, this one with novelists Tee Morris and Philippa "Pip" Ballantine. These authors have got a first-ever publishing promotion to talk about, as well as writing in the Fantasy genre, their love of history, and a lot more. In this terrific chat, Tee and Pip discuss their new promotion called "Double Trouble," and how you can help them make an impact at Amazon.com on August 8th. It's a double whammy of awesome.

Find Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine on the World Wide Everywhere:

J.C. serves up a teaser regarding future author announcements (free swag is coming!), and encourages folks to visit JohnAlphaForPresident.com to snag a free "John Alpha '08" bumper sticker...

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Coming up tomorrow in the podcast feed: A fun OBSIDIAN short-short starring the cast of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd!

FREE E-BOOK: "Digital Magic" by J.C. Hutchins

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It's the second day of our E-Book-A-Palooza here at JCHutchins.net! Behold today's freebie: Digital Magic, the cyberpunk-meets-fantasy novel by Philippa Ballantine. This is the sequel to Ballantine's novel, Chasing the Bard. The entire book is here for download, in digital format.

It's all a part of the ambitious "Double Trouble" campaign promoting the release of both Pip's novel and Tee Morris' book, The Case of the Pitcher's Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery. The mission: to storm Amazon.com on 08-08-08, buy both fantasy novels like crazy, and push their titles up the charts! This free PDF of Digital Magic (and the PDF of Pitcher's Pendant, which was released yesterday) gives you a delicious taste of the books before you purchase them on August 8.

Pip and Tee are pulling out the stops to tell the world about "Double Trouble," but they need your help. Show your support by displaying snappy desktop wallpapers, blog banners, or avatars for your Twitter or chat applications! Click here for details!

Enjoy the free PDF ... and help make "Double Trouble" history on 08-08-08!

--J.C.

FREE E-BOOK: "The Case of The Pitcher's Pendant" by J.C. Hutchins

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Taking a page from Scott Sigler and Cory Doctorow -- both of whom have shown that giving away e-versions of novels helps book sales -- author Tee Morris is offering 7th Son fans a free PDF of detective dwarf Billibub Baddding's next case, The Case of The Pitcher's Pendant, here in the feed. Ultra-cool! This the entire book in digital format. According to Tee, you may review it for your blog or book review site, so long as you post the review on the week of August 8.

It's all a part of the ambitious "Double Trouble" campaign promoting the release of both Tee's novel and Philippa Ballantine's sequel to Chasing the Bard, titled Digital Magic. The mission: to storm Amazon.com on 08-08-08, buy both fantasy novels like crazy, and push their titles up the charts! This free PDF of Pitcher's Pendant (and the PDF of Digital Magic, which will drop in this feed tomorrow) gives you a delicious taste of the books before you purchase them on August 8.

Tee and Pip are pulling out the stops to tell the world about "Double Trouble," but they need your help. Show your support by displaying snappy desktop wallpapers, blog banners, or avatars for your Twitter or chat applications! Click here for details!

Enjoy the free PDF ... and help make "Double Trouble" history on 08-08-08!

--J.C.

OBSIDIAN: Episode 2 by J.C. Hutchins

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Welcome to the second episode of 7th Son: OBSIDIAN -- and the second part of Tee Morris' excellent short story, Miles To Go Before I Sleep. In this episode, Miles To Go's hero, Ron, is more desperate than ever to head home ... but what awaits him when he gets there? If you enjoyed Tee's OBSIDIAN story, be sure to check out his work at TeeMorris.com, and send him an appreciative email.

J.C. Hutchins promotes several items of interest in the "talky-talk" intro and outro chatter for this episode, including:

  • An upcoming Ministry of Propaganda mission from Natasha
  • JOHN ALPHA FOR PRESIDENT! Visit JohnAlphaForPresident.com to receive your free bumper sticker, and support 7th Son with this fun viral marketing experiment
  • 7th Son fan Cactusnic's UK bike ride to benefit the Alzheimer's Society
  • Snag the full version of "Birthright" -- and 15 other songs -- for free at FixtOnline.com/FreeDownloads

Coming next on 7th Son: OBSIDIAN: A story by Imperial Stormtrooper TD-0013, from the A Different Point Of View podcast. If only George Lucas could write such compelling 'trooper tales...

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Feedback about OBSIDIAN is welcome and appreciated! Send J.C. an email, leave a comment below, or call the Clone Line at 206-984-2566 (CLONE).

COLLECTIBLE POSTER: 7th Son: OBSIDIAN by J.C. Hutchins

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By Executive Order 12919: Martial Law is in effect for the United States and its territories... Stay in your homes... Your government is in control...

Behold, the first of fourteen collectible 7th Son: OBSIDIAN propaganda posters!

Now you can bring a piece of the nationwide OBSIDIAN blackout into YOUR world with these propaganda posters! These high-resolution printable posters -- which would appear in the 7th Son Universe during the blackout -- reveal the horrifying circumstances in the U.S. during OBSIDIAN. Martial law has been declared. Looting is rampant. Chaos reigns.

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Only one of these posters is available here at JCHutchins.net. The rest roll out exclusively on thirteen other websites today, May 20. Each site will feature one poster design only. To collect them all, you must visit all thirteen other sites.

These thirteen participating sites feature world-class fiction, sci-fi and gaming news, reviews and music. They're the very best sources of online entertainment for 7th Son fans, and J.C. Hutchins endorses them as "must subscribe" content:

Which posters appear on what website? Ahh, that's a secret ... as is what time they're released today. J.C. Hutchins recommends that you subscribe to these sites' RSS/podcast feeds NOW. That way, and you can immediately enjoy the free killer content these sites provide, and know that their posters will automatically appear in your RSS reader or podcatcher when released.

It's part scavenger hunt, part "collect them all" trading card concept, part cross-promotion. So download all fourteen posters, expose yourself to some of the best entertainment on the web ... and of course, print the posters and display them proudly for all your friends and coworkers to see!

Spread the word. OBSIDIAN drops May 31st. When the power fails ... chaos reigns.

Recent interviews in the podosphere by J.C. Hutchins

While I've been fortunate to interview many amazing personalities in the social media scene for my UltraCreatives Interview Series, I also enjoy appearing as the interviewee on other podcasts. This week, two excellent podcasters released episodes featuring me on their programs.

I had a great discussion with Chris Moody for the season opener of his PodioMedia Chat podcast. The interview is filled with 7th Son spoilers (be careful, 7th Son newcomers!), and lots of hints of things I have planned for 2008. Find the episode here.

I also had a great interview with Tee Morris on his Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy podcast. Tee and I discussed the creative challenges a writer faces after concluding a large project like 7th Son, and a lot more. Find the episode here.

Both shows feature high-quality content in every episode. Be sure to check them out!

--J.C.