Well, the deed is (mostly) done. Last night I uploaded the first two episodes of the podcast I've been working on in the odd moments of spare time I've had over the past few months. The show has been submitted to all of the big podcast sites - Apple, Google, Stitcher, TuneIn and Overcast, and now it's a waiting game until the show is approved. If you want to listen to the show in your browser, you're welcome to do so by clicking Episodes.
Here's how I described the show and the first two episodes to my newsletter subscribers. You can be among the first to know about new episodes and developments by subscribing here.
What's All This, Then?
Pete Brown Says is a short-run 10-episode podcast releasing this fall and running through the end of 2017.
It is built around a handful of creative nonfiction essays I've been kicking around for the past year or so. While many of these are straight out of my 1970's and 80's childhood, others deal with my foibles and missteps as a reluctant grown-up trying to adult and parent in our very distracted, modern world. I think they're pretty good stories that should make you chuckle.
Each episode is around 20 minutes or so, and in them I hope you'll find a lot to like, or at least laugh at. I'll reach out using this newsletter when new episodes drop.
Sneak Preview: Episodes 000, 001
Right now, the Pete Brown Says podcast is in the odd limbo between the time you submit the show to iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn and other podcatchers and the time when the show is finally approved. At the moment, I'm holding off on external promotions until the show is approved and everything is working in Apple Podcasts. However, newsletter subscribers can listen to the first two episodes right now in your browser by heading to PeteBrownSays.com and clicking on 'Episodes.'
While you're there, check out the prompt on the Submit page, and think about sending in a response. You can click the button and record your response right on the page. It's as anonymous as you wish.
Homecoming: On Memory, plus the View from Under the Bus tells you a bit more about me, how my memory works and my hopes for the podcast; the show wraps up with a bonus story about homecoming that will give you a flavor of the episodes to come. The episode includes marching bands, burning newspapers, flashbulb memories and back row beatdowns.
Made-up Words dives into the world of made-up words, and includes Russian grandmothers, swirlies, an accordion and a bunch of teenagers from around the world.
You can also read the source essays for these episodes, along with a handful of other stuff, over on Medium.
What Comes Next
Episode 002 should drop on 16 October, and hopefully, we'll be up and running in iTunes and Google Play by then.
Finally, I want to tell you that I honestly don't know what kind of reaction, if any, these stories will create, or if I can find and build a small audience for them. I only have a feeling in my gut that tells me that it's time for them to head out into the world. I hope you find something to like in them, and my thanks, once more, for signing up.
As always, good times -
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