Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
I didn’t spend too much time on the Internet over the weekend, but when I logged in this morning I was totally overwhelmed by all your well wishes for my birthday on Saturday. Thank you so, so much to everyone who wished me a happy one.
I had a really great day. I got the entire Star Wars saga on Blu-ray and watched Episode IV with my kids for the first time.
Dawn and Luke spent the rest of the day playing with the lightsabers we got on our last Disneyland trip, it was pretty awesome.
So here we are. I’m 29, and life goes on. But while a new year of my life is beginning, it’s a bit of a sad day, because something else is coming to a close.
I began my writing career in December of 2012 after listening straight through the Self-Publishing Podcast over the course of several weeks.
A couple of months later, I’d published several books and seemed to be doing all right with it. So I decided to turn it around and share what I’d learned with the community at large in my own podcast.
That podcast was, of course, the Story Telling Podcast, and it launched on February 22nd, 2013. And now, two years later, it is my sad duty to inform you that we are going to be ending that podcast tomorrow night.
When I first began the show, it was a shared idea between me, and my friend and co-author Z.C. Bolger. We were working together at the time, me being the editor of his first novel, Danny Calloway and the Puzzle House, and we thought it would be a really fun show to do together.
We brought on a third co-host, Cristal Logothetis, and within the show’s first year, Zach and I had written The Ninjabread Man, Midrealm, the first book in the Realm Keepers series, and Wyrmspire.
Cristal eventually left the show to manage her own business, putting her writing career on hold, and we brought on our friend Crissy Moss to be our new co-host. Eventually we brought on Scott Richards as a fourth.
I have really enjoyed doing the show. But things have definitely changed in all of our lives since the show was first created. Zach is now working on starting his own business in Miami, a business that will let him earn what he needs to earn while still having enough time to write.
But while he’s doing that, our readers will have noticed, it is very hard for us to actually collaborate together and, you know, write things. The second Realm Keepers book came out a year ago and we have not yet even completed the outline for the third one.
With Zach’s schedule becoming quite unpredictable, as it always is when you’re starting a new business, he’s had to miss quite a few episodes. And when he started missing episodes, my own enthusiasm dropped considerably, and I started missing episodes, too.
Here’s the truth of the matter: the Story Telling Podcast was always me and Zach. It was our idea to begin with, and we created it together.
I could keep the show going with just me, Crissy and Scott. Some might even say that’s the smart thing to do. But it’s not what I want to do. Without Zach, it’s not the Story Telling Podcast.
That’s not to say that Crissy, Scott and I are done working together. In fact we’re starting a brand-new show of our own. One that the three of us are going to create together. That will be OUR show. It just won’t be the Story Telling Podcast.
But if you want to find out what that show is, or even if you don’t, but just want to help us ring out the STP, I hope you’ll watch our last live show, which is going to be tomorrow, March 10th, at 9:00pm Pacific Time.
We’re all four of us going to get together one last time to say our good-byes to the audience and the show. We really, really have enjoyed our time, and we didn’t want to just vanish into the ether without saying farewell.
We’ll talk about our plans for the future, the new show with Crissy and Scott, and not gonna lie, we will probably be drinking. So, those broadcasts are always fun.
If you are a fan of the show, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Please do tune in tomorrow night and help us say good-bye, and then say hello to what comes next.
Thanks so much for watching, Rebels, and I will see you tomorrow. Maybe. Byyye.