Stories Abound

(C) 2020, JJ Shaun

For years, I listened to audiobooks on my commute to the office to help me catch up on my “reading.” And, honestly, I’ve been struggling to finish the last series I started listening to. It could be that the rip-roaring semi-fantasy story turned into more of a romance than I expected, I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good romance novel, I’m an eclectic reader, but I really wasn’t expecting this series to go in that direction.

After trolling YouTube for vlogs and v-casts about writing, I thought I’d look through Audible for a podcast or two. I didn’t find much, but an Internet search netted millions of hits for podcasts. I tuned into Spotify to see what was available and managed to find a few story-related ‘casts that sound fun. I started with a fantasy story called “Hello from the Magic Tavern.” I’ll listen to a few episodes to see if it sticks.

I get bored quickly, so I picked a few different types of podcasts and platforms to see what appeals to me. So far, I’ve selected a few that tickle the sage in me, not to mention the storyteller. I like history and science, mysteries, and horror stories. I followed a handful of various podcasts to listen to when I’m working in the yard or driving into town. Who knows what inspiration I’ll glean from listening to someone else’s thought processes, or a historical perspective on a seemingly new problem.

A couple of other places I perused were iHeartRadio, and Audiobooks.com. Both sites had a good selection of podcasts to subscribe to, so finding a topic wasn’t too hard. I’d already found Writing Excuses, hosted by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mahtab Narsimhan, Margaret Dunlap, and Mary Robinette Kowal. I’ve listened to a few of the Season 10 episodes where they began to structure the seasons and found the information helpful.

My mind doesn’t stop, and I don’t always know in advance what I’ll want or need to keep me entertained. Of course, now that I’ve found all this cool information to stream, I might have to change my Internet service plan—I’m gonna need more data. I wish I could get a faster plan.

Now that I’ve found all this cool stuff, I need more time to listen to it all. I know what I’ll be doing for the next year or two.

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