‘Things We Say’ on The NoSleep Podcast, ‘Free Will’ on The Other Stories, 2019 Goals, and other news

NoSleep Podcast

Things We Say

In terms of writing, acceptances, and publications, 2019 has started wonderfully. My short story ‘Things We Say’ (originally published in Dark Moon Digest 30) was performed in audio on The NoSleep Podcast S12E10The NoSleep Podcast are probably my favourite audio podcast—the quality of productions, sound design, and voice actors really are at the top of their game. Speaking of which, the actors really did my story justice—it was a delight to hear Ian McQuown and Jordan Cobb play the roles of Jack and Bea so wonderfully. If you get the chance to work with either McQuown or Cobb you absolutely should. Thanks to Jeff Clement who produced the episode and the eerie score from Brandon Boone.

If you want to listen to ‘Things We Say’—and you absolutely should for the wonderful performances, production, and score—then you can pick up episode S12 E10 below for just $1.49. That will get you over two hours of audio stories, including ‘Bolts’ by John F.D. Taff.

But do also consider buying a season pass. The NoSleep Podcast are producing wonderful work and are one of the best audio podcasts out there.

Buy The NoSleep Podcast S12E10 includes ‘Things We Say’ 

Buy The NoSleep Podcast Season Pass 12 

Free Will by Michael David Wilson

Free Will

You may remember at the end of last year my story ‘Last Christmas’ aired on Hawk & Cleaver’s The Other Stories Podcast. Well, I’m delighted to share that ‘Free Will’ is now available on The Other Stories, too. It’s the second in their ‘haunted hotel’ series and was wonderfully narrated by Persephone Rose with music by Myuu and Thom J Robson.

Listen to ‘Free Will’ on The Other Stories 37.2

Other Sales & Miscreations

If you’re interested in my fiction (and if not, why have you got this far in a news piece about my fiction?) then you’ll want to subscribe to Hawk & Cleaver’s The Other Stories Podcast (honestly, you should subscribe to them anyway—they’re great) as my story ‘Off Track’ is part of season 38 ‘Folktales’. You can subscribe via Acast, iTunes, or wherever podcasts are found. Speaking of Acast, I’m off to their studio soon as part of a super secret podcast project. Stay tuned for more soon …

2019 Goals

This year has been a hectic one and I haven’t actually stated my 2019 goals yet, so why not go for it in March as is tradition … or something like that.

  1. To have at least ten stories published
  2. To reach 300 This Is Horror Podcast patrons
  3. To develop a daily meditation practice
  4. To surpass 30,000 This Is Horror Podcast monthly downloads
  5. To have a novel accepted for publication

How about you wonderful people? What are your goals for the year? How many stories have you had published and accepted this year? How are you feeling about 2019? Leave a comment or catch me on Twitter @WilsonTheWriter.

Looking Back at my 2018 Writing Goals

Alan Shearer Goal

Alan Shearer knew a thing or two about goals. (Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

2018 was one hell of a ride. It had its amazing moments and it had its terrible moments. It was an emotional rollercoaster in which I learnt a lot about myself and other people. And here I am, on the other side, a little stronger, a little smarter, and with any luck a little better—still a lot of room to improve but that’s the name of the game, friends.

Of course, the biggest life change in 2018 was becoming a father, which continues to be an incredible, humbling, and surprising journey every single day. The second biggest change was moving back from Japan—bittersweet but the right decision at the time.

But onto those writing goals I made at the start of 2018. Let’s see how I did …

1. To always have a first draft on the go. Splitting my writing time in two: ‘writing a new story’ and ‘editing/redrafting’ other WIPs.

Spirit of the goal: To keep productive and fresh and ensure I’m constantly creating new content rather than just revising older content.

The result: I’m delighted to report that I have completed this goal and will be keeping this up indefinitely. Not only did I always have a first draft on the go during 2018 but sometimes I had two or three. I’m not sure I’d recommend more than one first draft at a time but I dare say it helped with my productivity and creativity. At the time of writing, I have the first draft of a novel I’m concentrating on and a couple of other first draft longer pieces that are waiting as soon as I’m done. If you haven’t tried this, I recommend you take the plunge in 2019 and always have a first draft on the go. This is going to be how I do things going forward.

2. Read one story per day.

Spirit of the goal: To continue to read a large volume of stories, diverse voices, and to challenge my reading habits with new authors and stories.

The result: I stopped keeping count of the number of stories I read so it’s difficult to conclusively know if I achieved this one, but I ticked off the ‘spirit of the goal’ which was to continue to read a large volume of stories, diverse voices, and to challenge my reading habits with new authors and stories. I always have several books on the go including short story collections (which often means reading numerous stories in one day) and audiobooks and am constantly seeking out new authors. We released 65 episodes of the This Is Horror Podcast last year which certainly kept me busy reading, too, and that’s not counting the Story Unboxed and Patreon episodes.

3. Submit 24 stories and 4. To have 12 stories published.

Spirit of the goal: To see more of my work in print with a variety of publications I love and respect. And to expand my readership and get my work out into the world.

The result: I fell short here. I submitted eight stories to publications and had two stories published in 2018—‘Things We Say’ (Dark Moon Digest) and ‘Last Christmas’ (The Other Stories). In addition, my novella, The Girl in the Video will be published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing in 2019, I have a number of stories that I’ve submitted and am waiting to hear back about, and there’s even some interest from publishers on a few longer projects. It wasn’t quite the writing year I’d hoped for, but it was perhaps my most productive yet with a number of promising leads. Not bad given I became a father and was competing with 2017 in which I’d attempted the short story per week challenge.

Other cool writing and podcast-related things in 2018

  • I successfully completed NaNoWriMo proving that I can write 50,000 words in a month should the need or desire call for it.
  • This Is Horror Podcast released 65 episodes.
  • This Is Horror Podcast is now up to over 20,000 monthly downloads (a longstanding achievement).
  • This Is Horror Podcast Patreon gained almost 50 patrons.
  • I was interviewed on the wonderful Ladies of the Fright Podcast.

Join me again soon for my 2019 goals. But in the meantime, I’d love to know how your 2018 was. Hit me up in the comments or over on twitter @wilsonthewriter.