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In case you’ve all been wondering what I’m up to these days, I’ve finished writing my first novel and now you can hear it as a free podcast.
The Empress Sword is a fantasy novel about a young Prince and his quest for a magic sword. It turns out to be an adventure unlike anything the Prince ever imagined. With a dragon, a knight, a sorcerer, a brave huntsmen and a fair young maiden this tale has all the earmarks of epic fantasy, but beware, this isn’t your father’s epic fantasy story. However, it could be your mother’s!
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While this podcast was short lived, I’d hoped to make a little impact with it before my day job, the worsening economy and other obligations forced me to focus on different things. Just how much impact it has made became clear this week when I was informed I’d been nominated for a Parsec Award in the Best Speculative Fiction (Short Form) category!
For those who aren’t familiar with the Parsec, it’s an award presented every year at Dragon*Con to the previous year’s best science fiction and fantasy podcasts in one of sixteen categories. Founded in 2006 by Mur Lafferty, Tracy Hickman and Michael R. Mennenga, the Parsec has quickly become the premier award for genre podcasters. Being nominated is really quite something, especially because all the nominations came from the public, you guys!
I was asked to submit a ten minute sample of the program which I did using the story Thanks for the Memories from episode three. That has now gone to the Parsec Awards Steering Committee. They will judge the submissions and select the finalists. The winners will then be announced at this year’s Dragon*Con on September 5th.
I know it sometimes sounds trite when an artist says they are honored just to be nominated for an award, but now that I’m in that position I can tell you truthfully that I am deeply honored. I know some of the other stories that have been nominated in my category and they’re all quite awesome. Win or lose, I’m in humbling company.
Thank you all for making Form Letter Rejection Theatre what it was and for those who voted to nominate it for the Parsec Award, you rawk!
UPDATE: (July 24th) The finalists for the Parsec Awards were posted today and FLRT did not make the final cut. While I’m disappointed, I remain excited for those nominees who did make the list of finalists. Please go have a look and then visit the nominated podcasts. They’re the best of the best this year!

FLRT 004 Socks Today – There really isn’t much I can say about a two and a half minute story except that reality is often what we make of it. If, every once in a while, we have the need to change our reality, it certainly helps to have permission.

Promo: Erotica a la carte
Socks Today – Paulette Jaxton
Marion – Heather Welliver – The Shillas on Amie Street
Director – Marc Bailey – Grailwolf’s Geek Life
Close to You – Alexander Blu
Song provided by the Podsafe Music Network
Promo: The Babylon Podcast
Bumper: Tee Morris
Feedback from DDog
Tee MorrisThe Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant
Philippa BalantineDigital Magic
Constellation Books in Reisterstown, Maryland.
Interview with Sarah Stallings and Monika Vischer of Gossamer Winds.
Amie Street has innovative progressive pricing for independent music.

FLRT 003 Thanks for the Memories – Just what are memories? Certainly at some level they are little more than electrical impulses generated by a constantly changing network of brain cells. Recorded sights, sounds and smells that we call upon constantly in order to make sense out of the world around us. But are we nothing more than the sum of our collected memories?

Promo: 12 Volt Theater – Down the Road
Thanks for the Memories – Paulette Jaxton
The Narrator – James R. Stilipec
The Lawyer – Paul Fischer – A.D.D. Podcast
The Father – James R. Stilipec
The Publisher – Thomas Reed – Bitstrips
The Doctor – Paulette Jaxton
The Nurse – Chris Lester – Metamor City Podcast
Jenny – Lisa Tobias – Hypersensitive Podcast
Vicky – Heather Welliver – The Shillas on Amie Street
Edward – Marc Bailey – Grailwolf’s Geek Life
Promo: Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts
Bumper: Pip Ballantine
Promo: New World Orders by Edward G. Talbot
There will not be a story in the month of October. I may have a couple of interviews for you in place of our regular episode.
House on the Hudson by DT King
I Have Loved You For a Thousand Lifetimes by Michael Whalen
Songs were provided by the Podsafe Music Network
Some sound effects provided by the Freesound Project

Hello listeners. I just wanted to leave a note and let you know that episode 3, “Thanks for the Memories” will be a few days late. I made a few mistakes in scheduling and now it’s the 15th and it’s not ready. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope that the wait will be worth it.
Thank you all for listening. Have a great day and a bright tomorrow!

Chris Lester of the Metamor City podcast is a biology teacher at the ARISE High School in Oakland, California. ARISE is a small charter school in their second year of a five-year charter. Its mission is to serve children who will be the first members of their family to attend college. It is in an area considered a high-need neighborhood and the overwhelming majority of the students speak a language other than English.
Chris needs funds to equip his biology labs to prepare these young people for college. ARISE is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization and all donations are tax-deductible. You can help Chris in this effort with a donation at ChipIn: 2008-09 Biology Class. Let’s send these kids a message that they have the coolest biology teacher ever!
Thank you!

FLRT 002 Regarding the Barry Fitzpatrick’s Navigator – This month’s story is a work of science fiction. Set several hundred years in our future when mankind is reaching out to the stars. However the same laws of relativity that make wormholes possible also exact a toll on those who would use them. Anyone who ventures out too far is destined to return home like Rip Van Winkle to find everyone older and everything changed.

Promo: Into the Blender
Regarding the Barry Fitzpatrick’s Navigator – Paulette Jaxton
Chris Johnson – James R. Stilipec
Captain Smith – Tee Morris – Morevi Remastered
Dr. Ashman – Christiana Ellis – Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts
Chris’s Mother – Viv Schubert – Into the Blender
Chris’s Father – Chooch Schubert – CoH Podcast
Also appearing:
Martyn Casserly – Movie Mantras
Martha Holloway – Dancing Cat Studios
Paul Fischer – A.D.D. Cast
Marc Bailey – Grailwolf’s Geek Life
Heather Welliver – The Shillas on Amie Street
Jett – The Opinionated Observator
Promo: Playing for Keeps
Bumper: Chris Lester
Promo: Movie Mantras
Fire Night by Black Adam
String Groove by Anthems of a Bygone Era
The First Step by Ghost Of Aries
Dance on the Ceiling by To Touch the Stars
Lounge Pop by AjT
Blackbeans by Francisco Daum
Regression by Green Eyes
The Loon by Aesma Daeva
Coming, Going, Leaving by Karmellas Game
Above songs were provided by the Podsafe Music Network
Some sound effects provided by the Freesound Project

FLRT 001 Divine Fire – This month’s story is a work of fantasy. In it a young woman must choose between the expedient path she has chosen for her own survival and a more dangerous one she has long since left behind.

Voicemail provided by eVoice
Promo: Celtic Myth Podshow
Divine Fire – Paulette Jaxton
Celeste – Viv Schubert – Into the Blender
Claude – Chooch Schubert -  CoH Podcast
Albert – Kimi Alexander – Tale Chasing
Annette – Cat Corley -  SciFi Ranter Girl Blog
Emile – Nathan Lowell – Golden Age of the Solar Clipper
Promo: Double Share by Nathan Lowell
Promo: Guardians by Kimi Alexander
Bumper: JC Hutchins
Hymn to Saint Magnus – Jane Valencia provided by the PodSafe Music Network
Sound effects provided by the Freesound Project

FLRT 000 Introductions – Gives an introduction to the podcast and what to expect in upcoming episodes. Also the complete unedited version of the theme music is performed.

Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, Chris Lester
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Promo: Metamor City
Bumper: Nathan Lowell
Promo: Double Trouble 08/08/08 – The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant & Digital Magic
Theme music performed by the Gossamer Winds
Rondeau from “Symphonies and Fanfares for the King’s Supper” by French composer Jean-Joseph Mouret

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