Introducing the Podcast

Image, computer with a microphone attached.  Text: My art and writing studio is starting to feel a bit like a radio studio.

I am starting to create a podcast out of my short stories and poems.

I had the option to just have my posts here automatically converted to podcast episodes, but that had the downside that I had the choice of one of two expressionless computer voices.

I don’t think you can read poetry or short stories without expression.

So I invested in a microphone, and have started learning the wonders of using Garageband.

My art and writing studio now looks a little like a radio studio. I haven’t worked in radio since the early 1990s. Back then I was carrying a small (but very heavy because it used a lot of batteries) reel to reel recorder for interviews in the field. When I returned to the studio, the tape would be put on to one of a pair of giant reel to reel machines, and editing was done by recording to the second machine, using my hands to turn the reel to the exact moment to play from. It was an art form. It was a nuisance when a deadline was looming, and aside from a little nostalgia mostly based around how young I was, I don’t miss it at all.

I like this new system of plugging a microphone into the computer, and editing electronically. It’s going to take me a while to master it, but I never could have imagined this back in the days of being in the soundproof editing suite trying to get that exact start of the word without having a “wow” noise as the tape took up.

It’s going to take a while to catch up, but eventually I will have a podcast published within a day or two of a new story being published.

You will know the podcast version is available by a link at the end of the post.

New in the Podcast This Week


By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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