Wednesday, June 06, 2007

My people

I've got a musical treat coming to the feed for ya soon. Hold tight. Love Crescent. You know how to roll.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

First of May

This song is dedicated to the memory of podcast pioneer Joe Murphy. It’s only been a month, but we miss him so.

Please visit to find out more about Leiomyosarcoma and to help.

This song is:
Written and originally released by Jonathan Coulton
The brain child of Paul Fischer
Audio mix by Phil Rossi

The P-Cast Allstars are:
Heather Welliver
Phil Rossi
Martha Holloway
Debbie from Mesa
Barb Fischer
Bill Shunn
Rich Sigfrit (impressions)
Jared Axelrod
Tim Callender
Jack Mangan
Mathew Wayne Selznick
Command Line

Monday, April 16, 2007

in the meantime

It appears that this podcast (FTP) has reverted to it's original form -- a blog. YOu see, Crescent is a'hungry and a'needy. I've been pouring 90% of my air time into production as well as marketing and promotion. I'm working my tail off and loving every second.

I'd be lying if I said I haven't been been fantasizing about kicking off the next episode of Filling the Page. There's been night's where I've almost hit record.

Keyword. Almost. Fantasizing is completely normal.

So, in the meantime, this podcast will mostly be a blog. I'm considering a temporary format change for FTP that will enable me to get it going again. It's funny; I feel I'm at a point in life where I've got the most to say about "filling the page," but I'm too busy doing the filling. ;-)

In other news, hats off to Mur Lafferty who is talked about on today!

And that is all for now folks.

Sunday, April 15, 2007


I felt my baby kick tonight for the first time. Pretty awesome. Now if only the house doesn't blow away.



Representin' as the East Coast Wingin' It?

Spent some quality time in Vienna, VA yesterday and took part in a *very* funADDcast.

Check it out :)

In other news...I'm on Twitter now. And I have no idea what I'm doing....

Monday, April 09, 2007

Crescent Trailer

Crescent Trailer 5.3.2007

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Have a podcast? Joe Murphy Memorial Fund bumper

Please take this and put in your feeds.
Set it free.

Take it everywhere.

Joe Murphy Memorial Fund

Music by: George Hrab


Sunday, April 01, 2007

Joe Murphy

We lost Joe Murphy today. Please visit the site dedicated to his memorial fund.

Joe Murphy Memorial Fund

A day late in posting this mp3.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

a super ninja quick quick update

Hey gang,

I wanted to get infront of a microphone last night and say all this...but I spent the time working on the new Crescent Promo and the fifth (extra special) Vignette. It's been a whole lotta Crescent for me lately. It's wild. Last August, when I embarked on Crescent, doesn't seem so far away. Really, it feels like it was just yesterday when I was put down the first few words of what was to be a writing side project.

Quick update:
1. New Crescent Vignette tomorrow with some news about the novel itself
2. I'm playing a solo set at Whitlows in Alrington next week (4.4.07) for all you DC Metro listeners. I'll post details next week.
3. New Bad Habit track next week.
4. Twenty-week ultra sound was awesome. I'll share a picture or two soon.


Thursday, March 15, 2007

help a tee morris out

Man Vs. Child with Tee & Serena

This is more or less word fo word from Mr. Morris' site.

If you weren’t aware of it, The Discovery Channel is holding an open call for fans to poke a little fun at their programming. It’s called YouSpoof Discovery and fans are pulling no punches in what they are submitting…

Neither are Paul Fischer, Martha Holloway, and Tee Morris.

Poking a little fun at Man Vs. Wild (a favorite of ours), Dancing Cat & Imagine That! Studios present Man Vs. Child where Science Fiction/Fantasy author and podcaster, Tee Morris, is left alone in his house with a 2-year-old while his wife runs errands. Armed only with household items and his wits, Tee is followed by a camera crew and gives tips on how to survive.

Their hope is to kick up some hype and get a high resolution-full screen presentation of this on Discovery for their next YouSpoof Special. So to get people talking, here’s what I'm asking of you once you watch this ten-minute video:

  1. post a comment on it at Lulu TV and make it one of your favorites. You need to find the orange on black “make favorite” text on the right. Then, you should get a slider bar above saying “click here to rate”. Clicking as close to the right side as you can will give us the highest possible rating.
  2. Pop this on
  3. Digg this at

The more attention you give these fine peeps, the higher our chances of appearing on Discovery. Enjoy the video, everyone! Stay tuned for more news concerning Man Vs. Child.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

An update for the faithful. It was my intention to do an FTP this week, but I have *a lot* going on. Here's a recap:

a new job (actually, 3 jobs in 1)
a new Crescent Vignette
production of Crescent
getting the Crescent manuscript ready for zee agents
PRBH album (2 new songs done)
Pharmacy Prophets show (big big rocka rocka)
Preggo wife (very cute and awesome)
sleep (uh, seriously?)

So, if you haven't seen me around on the intra-web-net-thingie, it's because any pockets of free time I might've had in the past are now brimming with things to do! That being said, there'll be a delay between now and the release of the next FTP. :) But, it will contain a Tee Morris interview, and that, at least, is worth the wait.

Monday, February 26, 2007

pharmacy prophets: Iota, March 16th

Mark your calendars. The Pharmacy Prophets will be at Iota on March 16th, along with Welbilt.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

sunday night

I'm sitting here, half asleep and thought I'd jot a few lines here. A fun weekend of working around the house and working on Crescent. I wrote the third part of the Vignettes series yesterday and I did the final edits on the first few chapters of Crescent the novel.

Jen can feel our little peanut moving around a lot now. It's totally exciting, but I'm a bit jealous, because I can't feel the wee one just yet.

And that's about it. Look for a new episode of Crescent Vignettes this week. :)

Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

episode 17: we did it in front of the mirror! happy birthday!

Sound issues in this episode not limited to a 60hz hum, clipping, wonky levels, and alcohol abuse.

But herein lies a fun episode, I promise. Birthday parties rock. You know it.

Linky linky:
Dominion Brewery
Tag in the Seam
Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword

Voice mail: 206-203-4556


Friday, February 16, 2007

happy birthday filling the page!

Well--I've been doing this thang for a year now. How awesome-tastic.


That is all for now. Go listen to the first episode of Crescent Vignettes. :)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Crescent Vignettes

The first episode of Crescent Vignettes is live on the Crescent site!

What is Crescent Vignettes? Crescent Vignettes is a collection of short fiction inspired by the Crescent Universe. At least once a month a new Crescent Vignettes episode will appear on the feed.

Get subscribed now :)

Friday, February 09, 2007

We've got ourselves a winner

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everybody for all the support. I've been declared winner of Podcast Pickle's Pickle Tales. I'm totally happy (which I think is needless to say).

I've received a ton of panicked emails from people who had tried to vote in that last hour of the voting period when the pickle site was down. I've gotten back to some of you and for those of you that I haven't written back--no worries! Thanks for trying :) I hope you didn't lose sleep over it ;-)

Thanks for making this competition so worthwhile. Thanks to my competition, Laurence Simon, for making this last round such a great challenge.


Tuesday, February 06, 2007

a plea from phil's wife

Day Two Voting Coming to an End

It has been a neck and neck race, folks. Thank you for everyone who has voted and for everyone who has even just gone and listened to the competition! It has been a long ride since last Novemeber.

Tonight, Tomorrow, and Thursday morning. That's all the time you've got left to vote for your favorite before the champion is crowned.

To listen to the actual show, you'll see the following line in the first post on the forum:

"The Pickle Tales Final Round is now online! Get it on the feed, or download direct: Final Round"

Click "final round" to download the show.

To vote.
1. go to
2. register for the forums.
3. go the podcast discussion group
4. go to the pickle tales finals thread at the top.

"The Pickle Tales Final Round is now online! Get it on the feed, or download direct: Final Round"

Click "final round" to download the show.

5. vote for your favorite here. <--direct link to the voting thread.

Voting is done in that top box with the story titles and authors. Click on the little, white button next to your favorite and you're done!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Pickle Tales Final Round!

Wow -- the Final Round has been posted already so I wanted to get this posting up as quick as possible, being that I say in my entry for credits see this blog, yada yada (it is very importante to give credit where credit is due!).

Go to the PodCast Pickle forums and vote for your favorite.

Here is a listening of the effects obtained from the FreeSound Project. I'll pretty up this post when I get into the office :)

Now go vote for your favorite!

By Dynamicell


By nathanshadow



By inferno


By Hell's Sound Guy


By fonogeno


By genghis attenborough

New Year South Bank9ed.wav

By ross63moose

glasschimes for freesound.wav

By medialint


Friday, February 02, 2007

episode 16: we made a what now?

Magically delicious show notes:

Lots of schtuff this week including but not limited to babies, Pickle Tales, inspiring footwear-type rant, voicemail (!), and podcast novels.

Pickle Tales - Get out and vote next week
Tee Morris' Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword
Voicemail from Leann of Tag in the Seam
Crescent - Coming terrifyingly soon
Laurence Simon
- I must break him


Wednesday, January 31, 2007

shake shake shake!

Well. The first edit/rewrite of the Crescent is done. The next round will include polishing and the hand-over to my first reader.


I finished the final chapter last night and was pleasantly surprised to be able to say - "Gee. I kinda like the way that ended." Well, those might not have been my words *exactly*. I probably said something to the effect of - "I'm so tired. This bed feels so good...and oh yeah, that didn't suck so much."

A reminder: next week is the final round of Pickle Tales (holy toledo!). Its down to me and the mighty, Laurence Simon. I suspect the gloves are off and things should be really, really entertaining.

Current research (milk-shooting-out-the-nostrils goodness):

Monday, January 29, 2007


Happy Monday, peeps.

I appear on the latest Barfly episode - go check it out. :)

Barfly: Stories of Love, Loss and Liquor

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Crescent - Coming this Spring

The feed is live.

Get on over to to subscribe to the Crescent feed. There's going to be a lot of cool stuff in the weeks leading up to the official roll out of my first [audio]book.

Friday, January 26, 2007

I think we're straightened out here, more or less

Well, the sum total of the grief here was switching the act of switching from the old school blogger to the google powered blogger. I think every thing is back on track. Thanks to PG Holyfield and Zach Upton for a. discovering the problem (PG) b. pointing out when it had gotten worse (Zach).

And while I'm in a thankful mood -

Thanks to all you awesome people for voting me through to the final round of Pickle Tales.

That's all for now. If you're feeling unfufilled -- go hug a puppy.

more technical difficulties

Well gang, the feed is all twisted. Episodes are being released to new subscribers out of order - and maybe even 're-released' to you current subscribers in wacky order. Wacky!

I'm working on it. :) Thanks for the patience.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Technical Difficulties

Apparently, none of the FTP episodes are showing up on iTunes and possibly even other podcatchers. I'm lookin' into this and will hopefully have the feed working again.

And if not.

I'll just change providers - blogger be damned!

Monday, January 22, 2007

pickle tales round 5

I can't believe this competition is nearing the end. Go check this latest round out at the PodCast Pickle forums and vote for your favorite.

This round I wanted to take the opportunity to promote some of the great stuff out there that is available under the Creative Commons License.

Music appearing in my entry was found on the PodShow podsafe music network. Which is also really worth checking out. You can find that here.

The artists: Adhesion, Fonkmasters, Colie Brice.

I found most of my sound effects on the Freesound Project which can be found here:

And here is a listing of the effects I used in round 5. Freesound will actually create an html list for the user to make giving credit where credit is due easier: Sound Effects Listing (opens in a new window)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

episode 15.5: i'm still here, but you probably knew that already

My lovely listeners, here is a brief audio update as well as a promo for Captain Tee Morris and his upcoming and anticipated new PodCast novel:

I make an appearance in Billibub Baddings, so be sure to check it out!

As requested, Daylight Come, the Pickle Tales round 4 winner, has been posted on MySpace for download. Sorry it took me so long to get it you.

That's it for now. In addition to the continuing Pickle Tales saga, you'll hear my voice on an upcoming skit on Comedy4Cast. In addition to that, I'll be doing a read for the kick ass podcast Barfly very soon.

For those of you that have sent me promos to play (and voice mails) I have not forgotten about you. You'll be in the next full show. Promise :)

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Monday, January 15, 2007

I have not Pod Faded

I haven't pod-faded, in case you're all wondering. Believe it or not, I actually recorded Episode 16 of Filling the Page last week. It was rushed and just not up to the standards of quality I've come to impose on myself. So, I won't be posting it.

I'm investing my efforts into the Pickles Tales competition at the moment and that, along with a couple of other PodCast projects, is taking up the casting bandwidth. The PodCast will be back in Febuary, full force. I'll continue to work on all my other projects between now and then ,with the plan to have some new, cool stuff to share when I do release Episode 16. You see, for me, it's more important that I produce a good podcast and not just release episodes for the sake of meeting a schedule. It's not for lack of love for you, my audience - if anything, it's the opposite.

I'll be posting my round four winning tune - Daylight Come (Penelope's Song) on the feed tonight.

Below is a shot from Friday night's show courtesy of Zach. Iota is, hands down, one of my favorite places to play. Ever.

And today's APOD is just to cool not to share:

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Pickle Tales Round 4

Voting runs until tomorrow at noon, my little friends. Sorry I haven't posted on this sooner! This was a really challenging round for everyone involved. I talk about that in more detail in the forthcoming episode of FTP. Keep your ears peeled (pealed?) Until then, go check out Round 4!

This Friday night, I'm playing double duty at Iota in Arlington. The Pharmacy Prophets are headlinging and I just discovered I will be doing a solo set (along with Steve) to kick off the night. Hope to see some of you out there!

Thursday, December 28, 2006


Draft one of Crescent is officially complete!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Holidays

A quick holiday well wishing post. I hope you're all not getting too caught up in the insane present gathering, food cooking hub-bub of this wacky season and are gearing up to just simply enjoy spending quality time with those you love.

For me, that's what this time of year is about - taking the time to be thankful for all the great people in your life and enjoying their company :)

The first draft of Crescent is approaching completetion and I couldn't be more psyched. I've side-lined all other projects to meet my goal of finishing this mamma-jamma before the end of the month and it look like that is going to happen. The story is out of my hands now. It's almost as if my fingers are moving of their own accord as I write these last few chapters. It's exciting and terrifying they way things are coming together.

Presently, I'm rewarding myself for the past couple of prolific days with some Arrogant Bastard Ale.

So - happy holidays. Reward yourselves!


Monday, December 18, 2006

It's not that I don't love you

I do love you all, so very deeply. That's why it pains me to make you wait for Episode 16 and all of it's holiday goodness. You can blame Tee Morris and DFH Ale House. That, and the fact that my schedule during this holiday season is balanced on a dime. Getting sick really through things outta wack.

Episode 16 is in the works (along with 9,000 other things).

Thanks to everyone who helped me advance to Round 4 of Pickle Tales. It was a close race. Due to the large gap between the issuing of the round 4 challenge and the submission deadline (large gap due to the holidays), the powers that be have made the latest challenge a whopper. In a nutshell, we've got to take a portion of Homer's the Odysessy and recreate it as a 7 minute audio epic. I'm fearing another buzzer beater is in my future. ;-)

So, that's that. Tonight it's down to the bar in Alrington to meet with Steve and a couple of film guys to discuss the Fantome' project. After, I plan on banging out some more of Crescent.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

pickle tales round 3

Round three of Pickle Tales went live today. It's a fun and light hearted round. Once again, I'm against some serious competition. It's really a talented bunch!

Go listen and vote for your favorite!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

the first illness of the winter season

I've got my first cold of the holiday season and it's a doozy. Benefits: the haze of cold remedies. Not-so-benefits: the desire to do nothing but sleep.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

episode 15: burn out (episode mcshortie)

Episode 15 is here - a week late - but better late than never. I had a lot going on before the Thanksgiving holiday and quite simply ran out of time. (pictured above - scene from the Great Thanksgiving Mustache Caper)

What to expect in episode 15:
Burn out and how to cope
What are they smoking?
New track: Sally

And other goodies.

Links del sauce-a-lito
Alan Light's CIC
New Tee Morris Podiobook - Feb 2007!
Paul Levinson's Light on Light Through

Let's not forget about Pickle Tales. Round two was some tough competition.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A post of worth

I haven't written a decent blog post in almost a month. So, here is a shot at doing just that.

My birthday is coming up on Friday. It's hard to believe another year of my life has gone by. I'm not going to make this a year in review post - maybe I'll do that on Friday. If you haven't already noticed, the PodCast is a week late. There was just too much going on last week (not to mention, I only had a day-and-half at home base to get stuff done before heading to CT). I had to scramble to get my Pickle Tales entry completed and that was all I had time for in the end. I think you should go vote for me (if you like the goods, that is)!

I actually managed to write a bit while in CT with the ol' get up before everyone else routine. My plan is to finish the first draft of Crescent by the end of December. That will mean a pause in the Thread Garden, but those characters aren't going anywhere without me. It's nice to be in control ;-)

Progress on the Phil Rossi and the Bad Habit EP proceeds unhindered. Well, mostly, unhindered. I need to restring my guitars and currently I have no money for strings. The Pharmacy Prophets continue to write cool, different material for our ambitious Fantome' project.

Suffice to say, I'm busy, but a happy camper.

Monday, November 27, 2006

post holiday

I survived the holidays, therefore, episode 15 will be posted this week.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

episode 14: strike your fantasy with caffeine

Quickie show notes:

Bouncing off the walls hepped up on caffeine. I say a lot of words including (but not limited to): focus, music, so, and, writing, November, Ashtray.

Links del sauce-a-lito
7th Son
Pickle Tales
Tee Morris

Correction: I know NanoWrimo is not national writing month, but national novel writing mouth. Call me marble mouth :-p

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

pickle tales

A quick update: my submission for PodCast Pickle's Pickle Tales story telling competition was one of twelve pieces accepted for the battle royale. :)

The Pickle Tales team reviewed the initial batch of entries for creativity, writing and skill of production and my short piece "Vagabond" was chosen to move on. It will be played on the Pickle Tales feed tomorrow. You've got three days to vote for me (if you like the story) and help me move on to round two!

Needless to say, I'm surrounded by good company.

Updated voting info:
Well gang, if you my submission, take five minutes and give me a vote

Go here to register (quick process):

Then go here to vote (and hear my story, along with the other great

Just click the radio button next to the story entitled "Vagabond."

Thanks for the support!

Thursday, November 02, 2006


In honor of NanoWrimo, here's the Phil Rossi battleplan to turn November into a raucous productivity-fest:

- 50,000 words over multiple projects
- Record a new song a week
- PodCast

I've got a cool announcement. You've heard me mention 7th Son on the p-cast. I've mentioned that JC has released Book II. On November 14th, there will be a guest appearance on 7th Son by none other than Firefly's Nathan Fillion. Very kick ass. Congratulations, JC!

All you FTP'rs, go check out JC's stuff. He's the man - he's had great things to say about this PodCast and even played my promo on one of his 7th Son Episodes.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

bad template

I don't like this blog template one bit. Ugly!

Update: Green is gone. I'm going with "blank".

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

happy halloween!

Happy halloween! I can't believe that it's October 31st. Crazy how time can just disappear. To all my NanoWrimo involved listeners - good luck. I'm still deciding on how I will use the NanoWrimo fervor for my own nefarious purposes. As I've stated before, I'm not participating directly. I do feel that November is a good month for crazy goal setting. I may focus the month on cranking out a stack of short fiction, while I continue to work on Crescent and the Thread Garden.

Then again - I might just commit to finishing one of the above mentioned books.

Or a combination. We'll see ;-) In other news, I'll hopefully be finishing up a brand-spankin'-new track this week. Zach is coming over tomorrow to hit things on microphone.

Happy Halloween.

Be safe. Be magnificent.


Saturday, October 28, 2006

episode 13 complete - and I want to set blogger on fire!

There must have been an upload error. Only half of episode 13 made it onto the server. Trying this again from Cape Cod folks before the devestating winds set in. Thanks for the patience!

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

episode 13: trip the light spooktastic - part 2

This show concludes the halloween fun. Thanks go out to my contributors. :)

Karen from Kalifornia - mastermind behind the Bunkcast (and yes Karen, you totally freaked me out).
Tee Morris - we shared ancient beers during his telling. There is a *wee* technical fumble at the start of the segment, but in interest of not sitting around for thirty-minutes of bounce-to-disk, we're gonna roll with it. (Mur said I should "stand strong")
Adam from NYC - his wit is cunning, his voice is of the velvet.

Potbelly concludes.

Wander Radio

Voices: New Media Fiction at Podiobooks

Technology is great when it works

The server that hosts and the earlier episodes of Filling the Page is down - and I can't determine why. I'm waiting to hear back from the keeper of the magical whirring box of sound and light. I knew I should have migrated the old episodes to the new server. So, why didn't I? I was lazy.

Many, many apologies if you're trying to get the old episodes. I'm working on it :)

Update - the blog feed will be going down at 2:00pm PST. The folks at blogga-blogga need to replace some vittles. What the hell is going on in my digital world today? Yowsa. I'm working on moving the feed to but the nice people at's current registrar are making the domain tranfer more-or-less a living nightmare. :) Anyway, the outage will only run 60 to 90 minutes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

cha cha cha

Filling the Page Episode 13 is on its way. I had planned on finishing it up tonight, but the writing fever had been running hot. After cranking out 3,000+ words today (spread between the two projects), I'm inclined to sit on the couch, drink some wine, and watch some Lost.

The show will be posted before tomorrow is out. To hold you over, below find a picture of a little green frog I met last weekend. No, I didn't lick him. I didn't think of it at the time.

Oh. I've named the untitled book. I'm not saying that I won't change the name down the line, but for now, I dig it.


Thursday, October 19, 2006

episode 12: trip the light spooktastic - part 1

We get our ghost on this week. Tales of Dudleytown (entrance road pictured above), one of the most hautned spots on the East Coast. Zach calls into the show and recounts a story of New England small town horror. And bowling.

Also in this episode, the premiere of my new short story, Pot Belly. Part one this week, part two next week (yes, I said next week. Two weeks of FTP - sweet.)

I received a few more audio submissions today. Please allow me to say, you all rock. They'll be in next week's show.


Additional linkage:
the Warrens

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

PubCast on Wingin' It

There' s a new PubCast on Michael and Evo's Wingin' It Episode 81. What's a PubCast? Each month Tee Morris and I venture off to a different pub/bar in search of delicious microbrews. Why? Because beer is good.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

be part of the action

Would you like to be heard in the FTP Halloween two part series of glory and awesomeness? Call into the voicemail line with a scary story (that happened to you). Things went bump in the night? So scared you almost...well, you don't have to share that story in particular - but you get the drift.


Friday, October 13, 2006

I won't say it, but you know what day it is...

I woke up at 4:00 am today. Believe me when I say it was not of my own volition. My brain turned on and that was it. I was thinking novels, podcasts, short stories, breakfast, coffee, commuting to work, the weekend, the drop in temperature.... you get the picture. I gave up on falling back to sleep and got up around quarter-to-five. My fingers haven't been working that well this morning. Goes without saying. So, I mistakenly added an 's' to google and and a few short seconds later I felt like I was tripping. This web site is the last place you should go when on zero sleep. Googltopia. Home of the Googles from Goo. From this point forward, I'll be haunted. (pictured above).

Oh and 'googles' is apparently slang for boobies. (Trust me).

The Phil Rossi Experience web site has had a URL reduction. Its googles were causing undue problems. It can still be reached at it's original URL, but also as .

In other news - I'm slowing beginning to repopulate my link section.

And one last thing - Any artists out there want to do some pro bono work? I'm looking for sketch work on a recurring basis. Darkly sci-fi type stuff. Shoot me a line at if you've got any interest or know anyone that might.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Radiations Kings Reunion Show

Many, many, many years ago I played horn in a band called the Radiations Kings (I'm pictured above being supremely bad ass). There is a little reunion show planned for December 2nd at the Knitting Factory in NYC. I've been listening to the music today and feeling nostalgic. We had some really good and strange times.

In other news - I'm back at the keyboard plugging away on the untitled masterpiece and Crescent. I also feeling like I'm coming down with a cold or some other seasonal change malady. Chalk it up to burning the candle at both ends. I'm cheerful as can be, though.

I'm contemplating a move to WordPress as it seems to be more PodCaster friendly than blogger. We'll see.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Promo Numero Uno

Now you too can spread the love like Smart Balance on a whole wheat english muffin.

Filling the Page Promo

Thursday, October 05, 2006

episode 10: the place is here the time is now

Welcome to Episode 10! I'm dashing off to Roanoke for a wedding in about five minutes, so the show notes are scimpy. I get informative on this episode and broach the subject of writing/being creative with limited time and preparing a press kit to become a human juke box.

I haven't listened to the entire file, so if anything strange happens,I don't want to know about it. ;-) Ignorance is bliss.

7th Son

PodCast 411


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Monday, October 02, 2006

turn on the bright lights

Every time I see this shot, it amazes me (if you click on it, you'll get a bigger shot). We lose a little more of our dark skies with each passing day. Learn how you can help save an often overlooked natural wonder. International Dark Sky Association (IDA).

Friday, September 22, 2006

lines are open!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

episode 9: from little richard to ancient civilizations

Episode 9 is here and she's a beauty. I'm joined in studio by Jen, Doobie, and Tipsy. Show notes are brief this week:

Celebrity Duets

Hot Cyclon

The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy

Toltec Wisdom

Stephen King

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

he could only move his little eyes

Looking back, it's tough to think that Doobie [pictured below] was ever paralyzed. It was a pretty terrible situation that came at an already stressful time. It sucked. At the same time, I think both Jen and I learned something about ourselves, something about our love for each other, and something about our love for the little poo-eater. Looking at him bound around the house, pant, and jump onto Jen's laptop knocking off a quarter of the keysn provides a constant reminder that even when things are crappy it is possible to make it through to brighter shores.

No, I haven't been sitting here waxing philosophical all morning...just now. I found a picture of Perushka taking advantage of the fact that Doobie couldn't move and it got me thinking.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

this made me smile

a crappy piece of legislation

WIPO Broadcast Treaty.

This puppy is evil. I've never been one to get to invested in anything "political". But, this is certainly worth my time *and* your time time to go check out.

So - clicky clicky!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

10,000 words

I hit the 10K marker on the yet-to-be titled masterpiece (note the progress bar to the right). To that end, I shall be rewarding myself Afterall, we are entering that season where it is important to grow the belly a wee bit for that extra snugglization. And far be it from me to come up with a reason to celebrate....anything.

Current research:

Monday, September 11, 2006

From the Pen of Michael A. Stackpole

Subject: Concerning Disney’s 9/11 show


The ABC television network–part of the Walt Disney corporation–unleashed a promotional blitz in the last week for a new “docudrama” called “The Path to 9/11″. ABC has thrown its corporate might behind the two-night production, and bills it as a public service: a TV event, to quote the ABC tagline, “based on the 9/11 Commission Report”. Part of their promotional campaign was to release the film in advance to right wing bloggers and pundits, like Rush Limbaugh, who have immediately hailed it as an unbiased look at the events leading up to 9/11.

You all know me to be a very careful writer who advocates doing a lot of research. In the area of 9/11 I have done just that, reading tons of books and articles about the history of Islamic Fundamentalism, the intelligence community and the various military and political campaigns waged since 9/11. (Yes, someday I’ll do a book…) I’ve actually shied from the partisan political stuff because I find the shrill rantings from either side too anoying to tolerate. And from my reading, there is no doubt that there were significant problems dealing with Islamic fundamentalism that dated from the founding of Saudi Arabia, and were exacerbated by our opposition to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

In short, there is plenty enough blame to go around, both for politicians and bureaucrats. I’d welcome a show that delves into all of this. A show based on the 9/11 commission report actually should do that. This is certainly what ABC has claimed about their show.

That’s a false claim. “The Path to 9/11″ is a bald-faced attempt to revise history. And ust to make things more fun, they even slander Democrats right before Americans vote in a major election. One scene depicts the Clinton administration as refusing to okay a CIA hit on Osama bin Laden–showing CIA agents being outside a house where bin Laden was staying at the time they called for permission. Not only is that scene a complete fabrication, but in the 9/11 report and all of the histories I’ve read, the Clinton Administration repeatedly pushed the CIA for an operation, but CIA Director Tennent never gave his operatives the greenlight. (And for good reason: the closest they ever got to bin Laden was a plan to take out a compound where he was living with cruise missiles strikes, but that strike would have also killed the other people living there–mostly women and children.)

The miniseries, which was scripted by right-wing conservative writers, is the first salvo in the 2006 GOP campaign to terrorism to scare Americans. It irresponsibly misrepresents the facts and completely distorts the truth in an attempt to make you believe that a vote cast for a Democrat is signing a death warrant for your children, your church, you way of life and your nation. This is completely absurd and, as someone who loves the Constitution and hates seeing it being mangled by fear-mongers, I hope you’ll resist the message being pumped out as we approach the election.

But, first things first. Please join me in telling Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger to keep this propaganda off the air. We don’t need the memories and sacrifices of our fellow citizens being morphed into a partisan political event. Don’t let Mr. Iger turn Mickey Mouse into a rat; and don’t let him turn history into a malignant fantasy.


Michael A. Stackpole

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

episode 8: welcome back me

The subtitle to this episode should read "numerous plugs." It's good to be back. I had a lot of fun with Episode 8 and gained a new appreciation for lengthy edit sessions. But, rather than get long winded about the joy that was podcasting episode 8, I'll let the podcast do the talking. Special visits from Jen, Zach, King, and Tipsy. As an aside - I am madly and deeply in love with my Mac.

I call her Vera.

Show notes (and if I missed any, sorry):
Infection by Scott Sigler
Heaven by Mur Lafferty
Magic Hat Brewery
Dogfish Head Brewery
Spherical Tomi by Jack Mangan
Morevi and Legacy of Morevi by Tee Morris (and Lisa Lee [Morevi!])
Eathrcore by Scott sigler
Winterdance by Gary Paulsen
the Deadpan Podcast
the Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy
Farpoint Media
Speaking of Beer

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Thursday, August 31, 2006


My mind has been officially boggled. I wasn't aware that these two perennial favorites of mine had been collaborating. I was bummed out that the rain is preventing me from going for a run - or more specifically, that the threat of rain prevented me from bringing my running stuff to work. It's not raining now. Harrumph. Good thing I discovered this gem to distract me from the crushing guilt that is soon to come. :)

Update: By some bizarre, compulsive, yet entirely absent-minded miracle, the gym bag made it into the car. I now feel complete. Wahoo.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Okay. I lied.

I've started work on Episode 8 of filing the page.

Touch the monkey.

Love the monkey.

Monday, August 28, 2006

state of the union

I was reprimanded on Saturday night. You see, I haven't made a squeak or a peep about the goings on in my special universe in sometime. And now you, my voyeuristic friends and family members, are getting restless. I'm going to give it a shot. I'll try to appease your appetite while at the same time not stuff you so full of magical delights that you don't feel the need to visit me ever again.

Like that would ever happen!

First order of business. Adam had requested I post a few more wedding pictures. I updated an older photo album not too long ago, but of course, neglected to link it anywhere. There are about 5,283 pictures from the month long occasion. I'm going to endeavor to create multiple galleries. At this time, I haven't mustered up the courage or motivation to futz around with the database on my server so that I can install phpGallery (which is super swanky, by the way - especially for massive uploads).

So, here you Adam and the whole lot you: A Bit of the Nuptials

Second order of business. Work on the studio has been completed, with the exception of some minor tweaks. Jen did all the work herself, with minimal assistance. If you ever hear me talk about being feeling under appreciated, go ahead and kick me square in the mommy-daddy box. I've got a few pictures: My Precious

I love it. I've been having a gay ol' time getting acquainted with my new gear.

Okay. Now that I've gotten that bit out of the way, I can let you know what I'm up to. I'm writing a lot of music, focused around putting together a solo EP. You can hear one of the offerings up on the MySpace page (Bright Midnight). The Habit album has stalled out for the moment being, due to various reasons. These things do happen, and it is a bummer for all involved. Ann and Zach have invested some serious effort and Brian is eager to record weird sounds. I'm sure we'll get some of it completed soon.

For right now, my heart is definitely in my new material. I'm writing from a different place than I have in the past and its place I need to be writing from. For whatever that is worth, and whatever that means....

It was 100% bad ass to play at Iota this past Saturday. There were oodles of people there - familiar faces and complete strangers alike. I played a lot of the aforementioned new material and it went over handsomely. Afterwards, I did a little jig and drank beer(s) with my loving friends, allowing them to praise me and my coif. Brad Pugh if you are reading - thanks again for giving me that opportunity.

On to the writing. I can sum this up with a fair degree of ease. I haven't been writing at all. Last month, I started rewriting my first novel. This quickly became a disheartening experience. Now - I didn't find the manuscript to be complete crap. The story is solid. The writing is...bleh. To my defense, it is my first novel and at the time of writing it, I wasn't reading anything and hadn't read a book in years. What did I expect? Did I think I'd be writing with the same glory and panache as Neil Gaiman? Who knows...Regardless, I'm not sure how to proceed with that project. The past couple months have presented themselves with certain stresses, thus making it more difficult to put pen to paper. I need to start writing again for the sheer fact that I enjoy it a great deal. I'm (hopefully) having cocktails with Tee Morris tomorrow, I'm sure he'll have some inspiring words to say.

And finally, the PodCast. That's been the lowest (sorry!) on the priority totem pole. But, with the ground feeling pretty solid beneath my feet, I will likely kick it off again. It may progress in a different direction. I dig the idea do doing some serialized fiction as Mur Lafferty did with her Heaven tale. I'll try and keep this blog updated.


Current Research:

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

sweet release

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present an update. I'm sure there has been much gnashing of teeth brought on by anticipation for the next RossiCast. From my fingertips to your eyes -- it's going to happen. I've got a lot of good things to share - of the variety that stay crispy in milk for *hours*. I have no idea what that is supposed to mean. Maybe some one can tell me. I'm working hard (that is to say I'm working), so I'll have a lot to say when I finally get around to speaking. At least more to say than "I'm working on a lot of projects".

In my downtime, I've been filling my head with lots of fun stuff: