On Serial Box: Episodic Writing: The Golden Era of Podcasts

Writing a podcast is very different from writing a novel or short story, in fact I believe it’s more akin to writing for a TV series, but can’t confidently say since I have yet to be hired on to write the next episode of Game of Thrones. The big difference with this type of writing is that it’s episodic: you’re writing shorter pieces in each episode for a longer overarching story. You might think, well, this is pretty similar to writing a novel with individual chapters each telling a part of the longer story of the book. And yes, there are some similarities, but when you’re working on a novel you usually have a deadline in mind many months or sometimes even a year or more down the road. When it comes to a podcast, especially an ongoing one, the deadlines are a lot more . . . oncoming and perhaps seemingly never ending.

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Join Me in Taking a Stand

Ever since the night of November 4th, I’ve felt sad and somewhat helpless about the future. Lots of changes are going to happen and have already begun to happen, and pretty much all of them are for the worse for this country and is many diverse and wonderful people. I’ve done what I can, donating when I can afford it.

When I heard that a publisher I have respected for decades, Simon & Schuster, plans to publish a book – after a book deal for a quarter of a million dollars – by white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos I was incensed and angered. Simon & Schuster says it is an expression of free speech.

When I learned that an online publication I work for, City Book Review, which includes multiple online publications of book reviews, was boycotting Simon & Schuster, along with others, there was no hesitation. Finally, I could do something. I immediately joined the boycott.

Below is the email I sent to every Simon & Schuster publicist I could find. I understand this punishes the authors as well as the publisher and its imprints, but it also sends a strong message, and the authors may want to think about the publisher that represents them.

I encourage you to join me in boycotting Simon & Schuster.

Dear Publicist,

It was extremely disappointing to discover one of Simon & Schuster’s imprints is publishing white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos’s book. When it seems like daily this country moves one step deeper into the quagmire of racism, bigotry, and hatred, as well as the bullying and harassment of women and minorities, giving this man a lot of money and publishing his voice from a publisher I have respected for years is one more step in completely the wrong direction.

Your publisher claims it is freedom of speech. So were speeches made by Hitler, Stalin, and so many others throughout history.

I will be expressing my freedom of speech, in joining The Chicago Review of Books, San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review, Seattle Book Review, Kid’s Bookbuzz and Booksmith, and Bookbanter will no longer be reviewing a single book published by Simon & Schuster or any of its imprints. I join those in a growing voice hoping Simon & Schuster will make the right choice about this disgusting book deal.


Alex C. Telander.

Listen to the Sound of My Voice


After winning a $100 Apple gift card from the great people at Blaze Entertainment, I faced a weighty decision as to what to do with said gift card. The choices were numerous and intoxicating: I could buy myself music, apps, headphones or earphones, portable speakers . . . but it didn’t take me long to think back on how I won this special gift.

I followed Blaze Entertainment on Twitter as a fellow podcaster and I was interested in their work and supporting them and learning from them. When they Tweeted about their giveaway, I automatically entered figuring it was worth a shot and then was both shocked and surprised when I found out I won.


Therefore it was only logical and correct to use this gift card to help improve my podcast and then I found this awesome Microphone for $99 that was USB compatible, and considering the last Apple device I had was an iPod many, many years ago, this seemed fated in some ways. And now that I am possesion of this mic, the sound quality of my recordings have drastically improved and there are many features to this device that I have yet to learn about.


So today’s lessons are:

  • Listen to and support podcasts
  • Fellow podcasters listen to and support each other
  • Help yourself become better at what you do
  • Follow Blaze Entertainment on Twitter.

Books Read in 2016

I kind of blew the reading list out of the water this year with being able to get a ton of reading done via audiobooks at my work. I read through the entire Hercule Poirot series, as well as the Aubrey-Maturin series. I don’t know how it’s going to be for 2017, but I expect to get a lot of audiobooks read again, but perhaps not to quite the extent as 2016, which ended at a total 202 books read! For previous years, go here.






1 Chimera Mira Grant Horror Audiobook
2 Warriors of the Storm Bernard Cornwell Historical Fiction
3 Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall Aaron Safronoff Fantasy Ebook
4 The Boiling River Andres Ruzo Science
5 The Bands of Mourning Brandon Sanderson Fantasy
6 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #1: A Long, Cold Winter Lindsay Smith Fanasy Audiobook
7 Hostage Rachel Manija Brown Young Adult Ebook
8 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #2: A Voice on the Radio Cassandra Rose Clarke Fantasy Audiobook
9 EI8HT, Vol. 1:Outcast Rafael Albuquerque Graphic Novel
10 The Witch Who Came in Form the Cold #3: Double Blind Max Gladstone Fantasy Audiobook
11 Xenowealth: A Collection Tobias Bucknell Science Fiction Ebook
12 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #4: Stasis Lindsay Smith Fantasy Audiobook
13 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #5: The Golem Ian Tregillis Fantasy Audiobook
14 Welcome to Night Vale Joseph Fink Science Fiction
15 Revisionary Jim C. Hines Fantasy
16 Dr. Tenace Yves Bernas Science Fiction
17 The Passage Justin Cronin Science Fiction Audiobook
18 Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Timbuktu Vasudev Murthy Mystery
19 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #6: A Week Without Magic Michael Swanwick Fantasy Audiobook
20 The Twelve Justin Cronin Science Fiction Audiobook
21 Blood Infernal James Rollins Thriller
22 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #7: Radio Free Transmegistus Ian Tregillis Fantasy Audiobook
23 Rivers of London: Body Work Ben Aaronovich Graphic Novel
24 Quantum Night Robert J. Sawyer Science Fiction
25 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #8: Cover the Silence Cassandra Rose Clarke Fantasy Audiobook
26 All the Birds in the Sky Charlie Jane Anders Science Fiction
27 A Vision of Fire Gillian Anderson Science Fiction
28 Sleeping Giants Syvain Neuvel Science Fiction
29 Chu’s Day at the Beach Neil Gaiman Children’s
30 A Dream of Ice Gillian Anderson Science Fiction
31 Dark Matter Blake Crouch Science Fiction
32 Written in Fire Marcus Sakey Science Fiction
33 Calamity Brandon Sanderson Young Adult
34 Every Heart a Doorway Seanan McGuire Fantasy
35 Arkwright Allen Steele Science Fiction
36 The Deep Peter Benchley Thriller Audiobook
37 Jaws Peter Benchley Thriller Audiobook
38 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #9: Head Case Max Gladstone Fantasy Audiobook
39 Virtually Criminal John Broughton Science Fiction Ebook
40 Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
41 And Then There Were None Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
42 The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
43 Murder on the Links Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
44 The Murder of Rogert Ackroyd Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
45 The Big Four Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
46 The Fireman Joe Hill Science Fiction
47 The Mystery of the Blue Train Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
48 Peril at End House Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
49 Lord Edgware Dies Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
50 Three Act Tragedy Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
51 The Sittaford Mystery Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
52 Dandelion Wine Ray Bradbury Fiction Audiobook
53 Inflection Point Traci Rosow-Medford Biography
54 Whisper of Death Christopher Pike Young Adult Ebook
55 Crooked House Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
56 The Golden Apples of the Sun Ray Bradbury Science Fiction Audiobook
57 Weekend Christopher Pike Young Adult Ebook
58 Why Didn’t They Ask Evans Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
59 A Hole in Science Ted Christopher Science Ebook
60 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #10: Anchises Lindsay Smith Fantasy Audiobook
61 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #11: King’s Gambit Accepted Ian Tregillis Fantasy Audiobook
62 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #12: She’ll Lie Down in the Snow Cassandra Rose Clarke Fantasy Audiobook
63 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #13: Company Time Lindsay Smith Fantasy Audiobook
64 The Pale Horse Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
65 They Came to Baghdad Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
66 Passenger to Frankfurt Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
67 Farewell Summer Ray Bradbury Fiction Audiobook
68 The Darwin Sin L. R. Hughes Science Fiction Ebook
69 Remember Me Christopher Pike Young Adult
70 Remember Me 2: The Return Christopher Pike Young Adult
71 This Year’s Class Picture Dan Simmons Horror
72 The Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury Science Fiction Audiobook
73 The ABC Murders Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
74 Death in the Clouds Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
75 Murder in Mesopotamia Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
76 Children of Earth and Sky Guy Gavriel Kay Fantasy
77 Codex Ocularis Ian Pyper Science Fiction
78 Master of Murder Christopher Pike Young Adult
79 Cards on the Table Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
80 Monster Christopher Pike Young Adult
81 Saga Volume 5 Brian K. Vaughan Graphic Novel
82 Death on the Nile Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
83 Dumb Witness Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
84 Appointment with Death Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
85 Interview with a Vampire Anne Rice Horror Audiobook
86 The Party Christopher Pike Young Adult
87 The Dance Christopher Pike Young Adult
88 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
89 The Return Anthony M. Strong Horror
90 The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice Horror Audiobook
91 The Murder at the Vicarage Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
92 Chain Letter Christopher Pike Young Adult
93 Queen of the Damned Anne Rice Horror Audiobook
94 The Graduation Christopher Pike Young Adult
95 Sparkling Cyanide Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
96 Tale of the Body Thief Anne Rice Horror Audiobook
97 Walking Dead Volume 20 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
98 City of Mirrors Justin Cronin Horror
99 Witching Hour Anne Rice Horror Audibook
100 Sad Cypress Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
101 Walking Dead Volume 21 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
102 Evil Under the Sun Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
103 Walking Dead Volume 22 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
104 Walking Dead Volume 23 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
105 Walking Dead Volume 24 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
106 One Two, Buckle My Shoe Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
107 Five Little Pigs Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
108 Taken at the Flood Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
109 Kronos Rising: Kraken Max Hawthorne Science Fiction
110 The Hollow Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
111 Grunt Mary Roach Science
112 Spook Mary Roach Science Audiobook
113 Outcast Volume 1 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
114 Descender Volume 1 Jeff Lemire Graphic Novel
115 End of Watch Stephen King Horror
116 Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection Mira Grant Horror
117 The Unexpected Guest Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
118 Body in the Library Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
119 Secret of Chimneys Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
120 The BFG Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
121 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke Science Fiction Audiobook
122 Bluescreen Dan Wells Young Adult
123 Blindsided Jeff Carlson Science Fiction ebook
124 Gimme a Kiss Christopher Pike Young Adult
125 Mrs. McGinty’s Dead Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
126 The Labours of Hercules Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
127 Professional Security Manual Charles White Humor ebook
128 Hickory Dickory Dock Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
129 Master and Commander Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
130 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
131 Ancient Evil Christopher Pike Young Adult
132 Walking Dead Volume 25 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
133 Post Captain Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
134 Hard Times Charles Dickens Classic Audiobook
135 Mostly Void, Partially Stars Joseph Fink Science Fiction
136 Road to Nowhere Christopher Pike Graphic Novel
137 The Great Flowing Coils of the Univers Joseph Fink Science Fiction
138 HMS Surprise Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
139 Mauritius Command Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
140 Cat Among the Pigeons Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobok
141 Wayward Pines: The Journey of McCall Mark Len Mayfield Science Fiction ebook
142 The Hatching Ezekiel Boone Horror Audiobook
143 The Colony F. G. Cottam Horror Audiobook
144 Halloween Party Agatha Christie Mystery Audiboook
145 Desolation Island Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
146 Witch Christopher Pike Young Adult
147 Fortune of War Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
148 Amazon Adventure Willard Price Children’s ebook
149 Elephants Can Remember Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
150 Curtain Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
151 Spire Aaron Safronoff Science Fiction
152 The Surgeon’s Mate Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
153 The Terror Dan Simmons Horror Audiobook
154 Apes and Angels Ben Bova Science Fiction
155 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J. K. Rowling Play ebook
156 South Sea Adventure Willard Price Children’s ebook
157 Ionian Mission Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
158 Treason’s Harbour Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
159 Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke Science Fiction Audiobook
160 Saga Volume 6 Brian K. Vaughan Graphic Novel
161 We Stand on Guard Brian K. Vaughan Graphic Novel
162 The Far Side of the World Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
163 The Reverse of the Medal Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
164 Feedback Mira Grant Horror
165 The Halloween Tree Ray Bradbury Children’s
166 Shutter Volume 1 Joe Keatinge Graphic Novel
167 Shutter Volume 2 Joe Keatinge Graphic Novel
168 Of Saints and Shadows Christopher Golden Horror
169 Rama II Arthur C. Clarke Science Fiction Audiobook
170 The Letter of Marque Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
171 Thirteen Gun Salute Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
172 The Nutmeg of Consolation Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
173 The Truelove Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
174 The Wine-Dark Sea Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
175 Coraline Neil Gaiman Children’s ebook
176 The Singing Bones Shaun Tan Graphic Novel
177 Powers of Darkness Bram Stoker Horror
178 The Commodore Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
179 Dracula Bram Stoker Horror Audiobook
180 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
181 The Yellow Admiral Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
182 Esio Trot Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
183 The Hundred Days Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
184 The Enormous Crocodile Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
185 Blue at the Mizzen Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
186 The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
188 Goldenhand Garth Nix Young Adult
189 The Magic Finger Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
190 Ancestor’s Tale Richard Dawkins Science Audiobook
191 Elixir Briand Fagan Science Audiobook
192 George’s Marvelous Medicine Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
193 Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs Lisa Randall Science Audiobook
194 Arcanum Unbounded Brandon Sanderson Fantasy
195 Third Chimpanzee Jared Diamond Science Audiobook
196 Not Dead Yet Phil Collins Autobiography Audiobook
197 Flame Bearer Bernard Cornwell Historical Fiction Audiobook
198 Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Classic ebook
199 Hanging Tree Ben Aaronovich Fantasy Audiobook
200 Drood Dan Simmons Horror Audiobook
201 Ocean of Storms Christopher Mari Science Fiction
202 Fellowship of the Ring J. R. R. Tolkien Fantasy Audibook

Ostium Episode 1: Population Zero

The first episode of season 1 of the Ostium Podcast, “Population Zero,” went up on January 1st. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you may want to check it out. In the episode you get to meet Jake Fisher and join him on his quest to find this secret town of Ostium, and then be at his side as his makes the decision whether to enter through the gates of Ostium or not.

Episode 2 won’t be available until January 15th, which is good news for you, because it means you have over a week to try and decide what exactly is in the town of Ostium and what might possibly be behind all those doors . . .

You can listen to the episode below on SoundCloud, or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and that way you’ll get every new episode automatically downloaded for you.

Ostium: The Final Countdown


We’re closing in on the world premiere of the Ostium podcast, coming January 1, 2017, and Team Ostium is getting pretty excited.

The first teaser is out giving you a little taste of Ostium, but it’s barely 30 seconds long. This has been remedied with the release of a second teaser, which features the first couple minutes of episode 1.

Also be sure to follow Ostium on Soundcloud, or, alternatively, you can subscribe to the Ostium podcast on iTunes, that way you’ll get any further teasers and each episode as it is released downloaded into your iTunes account.