Purgatory Episode #14 Delayed

I know the second Purgatory music episode was supposed to hit the feed yesterday. However, life intervened. If all goes according to plan, I will get it out today. Sorry for the delay.

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Thoughts for Thanksgiving Day

Every year at Thanksgiving Day Mass, my church has the following letter read. I’ve come to associate it with Thanksgiving, every bit as much as I do Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant. So, for your contemplation, I give you a version of a letter supposedly written by Chief Seattle to President Millard Fillmore in 1854. Happy Thanksgiving.

“The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.

The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother.

If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted with talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is to say goodbye to the swift pony and then hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left?

We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you.

One thing we know – there is only one God. No man, be he Red man or White man, can be apart. We ARE all brothers after all.”

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PREVIEW: Books & Braun (Recorded LIVE at World Fantasy 2009)

Here’s a little pre-Thanksgiving treat for your listening enjoyment…

Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine, two of the best podcast novelists you’re likely to hear, have been collaborating on a novel for many moons now. They gave the world a sneak peak at the project, titled Books & Braun, with a reading at the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, California a few weeks ago.

For those who might not be familiar with their work, Tee is the author of the Morevi series of print and podcast novels, the Billibub Baddings Mysteries series, several non-fiction titles, including two Podcasting For Dummies books and two recently-released books about Twitter. His print and podcast novel The Case of the Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery won a Parsec Award in 2008. He has hosted the wildly popular writing podcast The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy for the last four years and is now ending its run with a four-part final episode.

Pip is one of New Zealand’s two great contributions to popular culture (film director Peter Jackson being the other.) She is the author of the print and podcast novels Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, and the award-nominated Digital Magic; she launched the podcast of Digital Magic two weeks ago. Earlier this year, Pip signed a contract with Ace Books; Ace will release her next novel, Geist, in the fall of 2010.

Besides being extremely talented, entertaining, and hard-working, both of these folks are among the most generous people I’ve ever met. Give a listen to this excerpt, and if you feel so inclined, leave comments on their Web sites (here and here.) I know they’d love to hear from you.

To all my U.S. listeners, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. To the rest of you, just enjoy the day!

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Purgatory Episode #13 — The Music of Purgatory, Part 1

No story this week, just a little bit of chatting from me and lots of excellent music from the podcast.

Loop-o-Plane by Jeff Wahl from his CD Guinevere
Prelude No. 22 in C Major
by Jan Hanford from her CD 24 Preludes for Solo Piano
Waltz for the Broken-Hearted
by Jeff Wahl from Guinevere
The Light (Part II) by Justin Bianco from his CD Blackbird
Leaving the Theatre by Ehren Starks from his CD Lines Build Walls
Meant to Be by Rob Costlow from his CD Woods of Chaos
Tristan and Isolde by Jeff Wahl from Guinivere
Abby’s Theme by Tim Dodge
Kicked in the Head by a Horse by Jeff Wahl from Guinivere
Root Beer Meteor Shower by Jeff Wahl from Guivivere

I announce the winner of the Billy’s Purgatory Playlist contest!

Another music episode is coming in two weeks. This one will feature the holiday music of PURGATORY, plus a Christmas essay.

Promo: Digital Magic by Philippa Ballantine

Thanks for listening!

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Check Out the T-Shirts for the Winner of Billy’s Purgatory Playlist!

I’m still accepting entries for the Billy’s Purgatory Playlist Contest. Deadline for entry is the end of the day Sunday, Nov. 15. To quote that great American icon Jeff Probst, “Wanna know whatcher playin’ for?” Here’s a preview of the T-shirt that will go to the winner.

Also available in navy and in both men’s and women’s sizes. Good luck!

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Purgatory Episode #12

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The conclusion. What happens in Vegas…Poe knows how to handle a liquor bottle…The gang gets receives a visitor…Homecoming.


Geek Cred

Sound Effects

Laughter by RobinHood76, courtesy of The Freesound Project


Loop-o-plane, Waltz for the broken hearted, Kicked in the head by a horse, and Root beer meteor shower by Jeff Wahl
The Light (Part II) by Justin Bianco
Leaving the Theatre by Ehren Starks
Prelude No. 22 in C Major by Jan Hanford
Abby’s Theme written, performed and produced by Tim Dodge

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Purgatory Episode #11

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Terry decodes the message; Billy gives Terry his orders; Terry sets up Abby’s murder and Ellen’s double-cross; Poe falters, and things grow tense between Charles and him.


Movie Mantras


Loop-o-plane, Kicked in the head by a horse, Tristan and Isolde, and Root beer meteor shower by Jeff Wahl
Prelude No. 22 in C Major by Jan Hanford

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7th Son: Descent

For those who didn’t hear me talk about this in episodes 9 and 10 of Purgatory, today is the big day that Kilroy 2.0 fans the world over have awaited for three years. 7th Son: Descent, the first book in J.C. Hutchins’s 7th Son trilogy, hits a book store near you today. The story begins with a pre-schooler murdering the president of the United States in broad daylight and soon leads to the kidnapping of seven men off the streets. These seven have a connection that none would have considered remotely possible, and that’s not the worst of it. Whether they want it or not, they have thrust upon them responsibility for saving their country (and really, the world) from the twisted plans of a mad man. Unfortunately, they also have a connection to him. Success, if it comes at all, will carry a stiff price.

Interested yet? It gets better. If you’re not quite ready to plunk down $14.99 for it yet, sample it online. For a limited time, 7th Son: Descent is available as a free PDF from Google Books. Download it and read the first few pages, or listen to the remastered podcast that Hutch started releasing last week. This is a new-and-improved version of the podcast that grabbed the world of podcast fiction in 2006 and hasn’t let go since.

I can only speak for my reaction to this story, but I can tell you this much: If you read it to the last page, the only thing you will say is, “When the hell do I get book two? You can’t leave me hanging like this!”

Help Hutch make this book a success and book two will be on its way to publication. This is a big day for Hutch and all podcast fiction writers. A lot is riding on the success of this book; the fact that it is one gripping story makes the effort to ensure its success worthwhile. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did listening to it, and I hope you’ll consider buying a copy. My local indie bookstore should be holding my pre-ordered copy as I write this.

Congratulations, Hutch!

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Purgatory Episode #10

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Charles spends Christmas with Abby; Terry gets into the Christmas spirits; Billy wins at blackjack and takes Poe’s advice about money.




Loop-o-plane, Kicked in the head by a horse, and Root beer meteor shower by Jeff Wahl
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
by Mano Reza
Lights of Winter by Eddie Biggins
We Three Kings by Derek K. Miller
Auld Lang Syne by Kati Mac

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Purgatory Episode #9

Purgatory cover final smSorry this is a little late. I hope you decide it was worth the wait.


Poe goes Christmas shopping at a mall with Charles and learns some unsettling news. They bump into someone they don’t expect on a Las Vegas street.


Geek Radio Daily


Loop-o-plane, Kicked in the head by a horse, and Root beer meteor shower by Jeff Wahl
Deck The Halls with We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Doug Boldt
Carol of the Bells by Mano Reza

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