Purgatory Episode #6

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Ellen meets a guy at the party and ends up in a place she didn’t expect. Charles deals with some upsetting news.

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The Dreamer’s Thread

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Loop-o-plane, 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

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Interview on Podioracket

Parsec-nominated author Heather Roulo interviewed me for episode 18 of Podioracket, which went live yesterday. We had a great chat about Acts of Desperation and Purgatory. Take a listen to the interview, and be sure to check out her podiobook Fractured Horizon.

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The Zombie Connection

I went to Dragon*Con (aka “Geekstock”) in Atlanta, Georgia Labor Day weekend. I had a good time at my first one last year, but this year was ten times better. I knew more people, I knew the lay of the land a little better (other than the Marriott, which may be the most confusing hotel on earth when there’s 10,000 people in it), and went to some terrific panels. I also attended the Parsec Awards, which honors the best in speculative fiction podcasting and something I would be thrilled to win someday.

After the awards ceremony, several of us gathered in the room at the Hilton occupied by Chooch and Viv, P.G. Holyfield and Patrick McLean for post-Parsec revelry. At some point, Kim the Comic Book Goddess and Patrick decided to write a song about zombies, set to the tune of The Rainbow Connection, a song made famous by Kermit the Frog in the first Muppet Movie. If you know Kim, you know that she never goes anywhere without her guitar, and she’s let me play it more than once. While she and Patrick ground out new lyrics, I worked out the chords to the song, and after 30 minutes, everyone was ready. Because this was a room full of podcasters, something like 18 Zoom H2s suddenly appeared, lest this moment somehow not get captured for posterity. And so it was, with Kim providing the vocals and yours truly accompanying on her guitar.

Here for your listening enjoyment is the world premiere, live, unplugged, undubbed, unpolished, un… well, you get the idea. The Zombie Connection. Enjoy.

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Purgatory Episode #5

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The story flashes back to 1998. Charles lands a new client with the help of his second-in-command (and mistress) Ellen. Charles makes a decision about his relationship with Ellen, causing her to face some hard facts about her own future.

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Into the Blender

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Loop-o-plane, Kicked in the head by a horse, and Root beer meteor shower by Jeff Wahl

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Purgatory Episode #4

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Charles has a phone conversation with his daughter. The mystery woman finds out that derailing his plans will be harder than she expected.

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FETIDUS

Music

Loop-o-plane, Kicked in the head by a horse, and Root beer meteor shower by Jeff Wahl
Abby’s Theme written, performed and produced by Tim Dodge

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Purgatory Episode #3

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Charles and Poe arrive to find that earth has changed a lot since they left. Charles does an internet search for his daughter. An enemy begins to follow them.

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The Seanachai

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

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Purgatory Episode #2

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Charles searches the mountain and finds the gateway to earth in the home of a fun-lovin’ deadbeat. Poe has second thoughts about going to earth.

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P.G. Holyfield’s Land of Caern: Tales of the Children

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

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Purgatory Episode #1

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Charles Cunningham dies, makes a new friend in the afterlife, receives a mysterious letter, and makes a decision.

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Personal Effects: Sword of Blood

Music

Jeff Wahl

Sound Effects

Dynamicell, courtesy of The Free Sound Project



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Purgatory Promo

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Baseball: Visiting the Home of the Enemy

Sometimes, Democrats pay visits to Republicans. Dog people reach out to cat people. A Hatfield buys a beer for a McCoy. In that same spirit, I on occasion pay a visit to that hive of villainy, the Death Star of the Bronx, home to all that draws the impressionable to the Dark Side.

That’s right, I went to a game at Yankee Stadium this afternoon.

I know what you’re thinking: That I’ll have to go to confession or something before I try to attend another Red Sox game at Fenway. Still, my youngest son has somehow grown up a Yankee fan (I haven’t ruled out DNA testing to confirm paternity.) I blame his mother’s insidious influence for this. In any case, today was the last day of the Yanks’ home stand; they hit the road after today until Aug. 6 (when the Red Sox come to town to administer a proper thrashing.) And so it was that we left Vermont after my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding yesterday and drove for a couple of hours so we would be that much closer to New York this morning, enabling us to make a timely arrival at the new baseball palace on East 161st Street. Hey, it’s a dad thing.

I’ve got to say, it’s a pretty amazing stadium. Modern but still with some of those old-fashioned touches, like the signature facade from the Yankee Stadium of old. The seats were very comfortable and the restrooms clean. The food and drink prices stopped just short of blatant robbery. Our “assigned” seats were in Section 307, in the deck second from the top directly behind the right field foul pole. My youngest and I started the game up there. My wife has issues with sitting very high up at sporting events, so she remained downstairs with my middle son. We had a terrific view, though the intense sun (yes, it does come out on occasion this summer) made me a little sleepy. However, sometime around the third inning, I received a text message summoning us downstairs to Section 125. It seems my wife had fanagled four seats there for us, directly across from third base on the lowest level. This gave an even better view for those of us actually interested in baseball and a fine perspective for the person among us whose primary interest was Derek Jeter’s physique.

The day was far from perfect, in that the Yankees prevailed over the Oakland A’s, 7-5. Worse, the Red Sox’ continuing experiment with John Smoltz suffered a setback as the Orioles beat them, 6-2. This allowed the Yankees to add a game to their lead in the A.L. East. However, my son got to see his pitching role model, Mariano Rivera, come in and save the game for the Yanks, and that’s really what he wanted to see. So, I’m glad for him. That said, I hope the Red Sox slap Rivera silly when they visit the Bronx in August.

On Tuesday we check out the Mets’ new home, CitiField, in Queens. I’ll post an in-depth, quality comparison of the two facilities that will contemplate an analysis of ambiance, quality of views, and customer service. Or it may just depend on the selection and price of beer. Either way, you’ll get my thoughts, such as they may be.

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