Hey, where’s my damn Seanachai episode?

A fine question (even if the tone was a little rude) and I’m glad you asked.
I’ve been travelling, working on a pitch for a thing with a guy at a company (I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s more of a Thing with a Guy at a Company.) and trying to make a little money to feed myself and the poor, suffering, hungry people at the IRS.
I have been working on the next episode(s). I even have a plan for the next 8 or so podcasts – but I just haven’t been able to get to them. Kind of like a dream where you’re trying to run away from a tiger, but it’s like you’re running underwater. And the harder you try, the slower you move. And that tiger wants to eat you so bad, he’s breaking all the laws of physics just to get to you.

A few questions for you

What if the Seanachai was less audio and more text? By making a podcast, I’m adding four hours, minimum to the production process. And I’m adding to the time it takes you to assimilate the story. (Ah, got to use the BorgWord there.)
So how many of you check the ‘blog or read this thing in a newsreader? And how many people would rather have an interesting post or story every couple of days, and audio once a month?
Read or Listen?
It’s the mournful refrain of the Econ tribe, “Tradeoffs. Tradeoffs. Tradeoffs.”

15 replies on “Hey, where’s my damn Seanachai episode?”

  1. I usually read the blog, but it’s not the real Seanachai to me. It’s more of a behind-the-scenes feature. As you say in your next post, you’ve been experimenting with new ways of telling stories through audio, and I love that. That, to me, is the Seanachai. Of course, I’ll take whatever I can get, but whenever I see a new Seanachai episode coming down the pipe I get a excited, because I know there’s a new present waiting for me. And I don’t want that to stop.

    But if you’re starting to burn out, that’s fine. Pull it back if you have to, and don’t spread yourself too thin. I’d hate for you to stop enjoying it. Because if you don’t like it anymore, we probably won’t either. 🙂

  2. Well, for me, I listen via my ipod while I’m on the road. I don’t have enough time to read extra curricular material when I’m at my computer working. I suppose you could cut back on the sound effects a bit and that might save time. Stick with just a very few per episode?

  3. I get to the blog much less frequently than I look for new Seanachai on my MP3 player. So, that’s my preference. OTOH, if you only have the time for the written word, I’ll just have to change my habits.

  4. I usually read the blog, but I have to agree with Peter, it isn’t the same as listening. I think that you have to do what you have to do. If it is too much to put out the Seanachai every week, trust me, we will be waiting when it does come out. We all love the Seanachai, and if you stopped doing it because you burned out, it would be a very horrible thing. If you need to just post more on the blog and put out the audio once a month, that is great, as long as it keeps you happy and enjoying what you are doing. we enjoy it so much because you enjoy doing it.

  5. I like the audio format quite a bit (and I love the sound effects). You could bring in some help on the production front, perhaps? Guest voices, guest editors, etc. Or maybe give yourself regular & planned vacations to prevent burnout? I personally find that if I eliminate the guilt I have about not getting stuff done, I magically have scads of free time. I don’t know where the free time comes from, but it mysteriously appears like clockwork, every time….

  6. I’ve really enjoyed your podcast and would definitely like it to continue. You do a really great job with your audio dramas and essays. Take your time, I’d rather have a quality long running podcast where I have to wait a while for epsodes than one with weekly episodes that eventually goes away. Keep up the good work and make sure to get some time in to rest and relax.

  7. As a blind listener, I am used to listening to the written word as audio. However, what you are doing is actually story telling. It goes far beyond simply reading a story well. The sound effects add a different dimension to the experience. I agree with everyone else, cut back if you have to, especially if it keeps you from quiting. We will be eagerly waiting for the next episode and you may even get more feedback of people wanting to know where the next episode is because they really, really love the show.

  8. This feedback is wonderful. Keep it coming. Kaylea – I couldn’t agree more about less guilt = more time. Don’t worry guys, the show must go on.

  9. Love the audio, and I totally understand. I’ve been wanting to make an audio companion to my blog and just don’t have the time. Whatever you decide, a thousand thanks for making what you have so far. It has been great to listen to at work. I plan on plugging the podcast soon on my site.

  10. I tired to remember to read your site… and failed.

    Recently I have started sorting my internet life out using http://www.netvibes.com. I put all my RSS feeds in an organised and easier to use interface. So I now use a web-based RSS aggregator of feeds.

    I do prefer to listen to your stories. You have a good voice and it makes a break from listening to music when on the PC. Audio stories are a different medium from reading the printed word.

    Nick Luft

  11. I am also in the camp of those that don’t have time to read, but do listen in their car. The production values are one of the great things in addition to the stories. I’d rather see fewer stories with maintained audio production standards than more stories. Please realize that you’re not just a writer, but also a fine storyteller. The presentation of a story can add so much to the enjoyment.

  12. Definitely prefer a podcast to text. Makes the hour long commute much more bearable. Love the sound effects and different voices.


  13. I’m LOVIN’ the discussion about storytelling. It lends itself to reading, though. I’m not sure that new fiction would be as good in written form.

    However, I’d be willing to give it a try.

  14. The audio and the text are totally different things! The recent text has actually amazed me at how articulate you can be about your process: many writers can’t be so conscious (C. S. Forrester and Theodore Sturgeon have both written about actually being afraid to analyze, “remembering how easy it is to get the watch apart, and how hard to put it back together”). Your “thinking about” the craft is as interesting as your actual stories. Keep ’em both up: I’ll consume ’em both as fast as you can produce ’em!

    But, ‘casting less often? You’d break my heart and impoverish my days … but that’s showmanship, right? “Leave ’em wanting more”?

  15. Well, I’d have to say that I hope The Seanachai stays as an audio Podcast: it’s a simple matter of the input devices I’ve got that are required to consume it. When I’m using my ears, I can walk around, cook, draw, knit, exercise and so forth. When I’m reading something, I’m using my eyes and probably my hands, and that means I can’t do any of those things — having to stare at an object is pretty limiting.

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