6 Songs in 6 Day #2

Here is the second song for 6 Songs in 6 Days. This one is called Days Away, and it was written by the multi-talented Kim Collins, who now designs and makes her own jewellery! So if you are looking for something special, check out her site.

This song has some of my favourite bass playing. Not that I was great at it or anything, but I had a lot of fun with what I did here. Some nice melodic touches, I think. I hope you enjoy it.

6 Songs in 6 Days #1

Hey people,

So some of you might know that once upon a time I was in a band. I played bass for a rock and roll combo called Swimmin’, and while we never had the same sort of success that say, U2 had, it was still a great experience.

When my brother-in-law Sean was making the podiobook of White Trash Land for me, he used one of the songs as the bed music.  Recently I had a request from a fan (I have some of those, really!) who wanted to know where he could get it.

Well, here it is.

The track was recorded live at the Cameraon House, one sweaty September day almost 8 years ago now. Time has passed, and the recording was not perfect, but if you are interested you can listen to a track a day over the next 6 days. I hope you enjoy.

Community has a new Address

I have written previously on this blog about the exciting fate of my first novel, White Trash Land. Although I was reasonably pleased with completing the story, I did little with it. I threw it up on the Internet, and left it alone and unpromoted to wither and die. I never even actually edited the thing properly, I finished the rough draft, went Phew! and continued on my way.

My brother-in-law, the Duct Tape Guy had other ideas. He thought it was a respectable, if imperfect piece, and felt it deserved a bigger audience. He took it upon himself to record the whole damn thing, and arranged to have it released at Podiobooks.com. While it didn’t exactly burn the house down in terms of listenership, it has attracted a wider audience there than it would have otherwise, and the reviews clock in at 4 out of 5 stars, which is gratifying.

I still did not do very much to promote it, but it put me into a community of authors, something I had never experienced before. Over the past few weeks, that community has really caught fire. Many authors use Twitter, the delightful micro-blogging service that not only allows you to answer the question “What are you doing right now?”, but it also gives you an audience for your fears, frustrations, triumphs, and a sounding board for questions. Evo Terra has created a Podiobooks Community over at Ning.com, and authors and listeners alike have been signing up and getting involved in discussions. Authors are helping to spread the word about new works, posting links on blogs, Digging news, and generally helping out in any way possible.

It’s exciting and humbling to take part in all of this. Watching all of these talented authors reaching out, creating a community of people from all over the world has been amazing. I can only imagine where we will be in five or ten years, when all of this social media stuff becomes standard in everyone’s life.

Me and My Sadness

So, some of you might know me from my novel “White Trash Land” which is available at Podiobooks.com. I won’t get into great detail about it, but I only bring it up because I have another blog over at WordPress devoted to it. It was my main blog before I started using this one, long since abandoned. Over a month, which is forever in Internet terms.  I checked the stats recently, just out of curiosity, to see if people are still checking it out. Turns out, they are.

Are they going there to read/listen to my novel? No.  Perhaps to read some of my opinion pieces on pop culture? Nope. The number one search driving traffic to my old web site? The phrase “white trash women”.  Ewww.  Why are so many people interested in that phrase? It’s just weird. And it makes me a little sad, thinking about the number of people who spend their time on the internets searching for that. There are better things out there, people! Art, history, science, music! Enlightenment is yours, all for the cost of a connection. Use it wisely!

A Special Story from the Failed Cities!

In addition to offering its listeners their regular story for the month of
December, Variant Frequencies has prepared a special holiday surprise for
fans of the two-time Parsec-nominated FAILED CITIES MONOLOGUES, as well as
all those who’ve supported the podcast in the past year. We are proud to
present THE FAILED CITIES: HATH A DARKNESS, an exclusive 10,000-word
eChapbook written by Matt Wallace and produced by Variant Frequencies.

For the first time since concluding his groundbreaking podcast fiction saga,
Matt Wallace returns to the warped twin worlds he created with an all-new
Failed Cities story. Featuring the characters that drove the original audio
epic, and told, as always, in their own voices, THE FAILED CITIES: HATH A
DARKNESS brings this unique storytelling style to the page for the first
time, enhanced with original illustrations by Rick Stringer.

About THE FAILED CITIES: HATH A DARKNESS . . .

To some the number 99 represents the many names of God. But as a black
snowfall blankets the Failed Cities on Christmas Eve, the arrival of 99
mysterious steel chambers is the catalyst that sets a series of far from
blessed events in motion. From bullets and bata sticks to a life-and-death
hostage situation to high-speed battles up switchback mountain roads, eight
people become links in a deadly chain that will either tether innocent lives
to safety or strangle any hope for their future. And as each part of the
story unfolds, we learn that above all things, Christmas in the Failed
Cities is a feverishly struck balance between the constant threat of
violence and the briefest, most bittersweet moments of joy.

THE FAILED CITIES: HATH A DARKNESS by Matt Wallace is a freely distributed
.PDF produced and illustrated by Rick Stringer, and available exclusively
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And don’t forget to revisit THE FAILED CITIES MONOLOGUES, collected in its
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Happy Holidays from the entire crew of Variant Frequencies!

White Trash Land Chapter 23

Here is White Trash Land Chapter 23.

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In which the battle is fought, and someone prevails. Tricks are employed, and some visitors arrive at the park.

This is the end of White Trash Land. I hope you enjoyed listening to it.

Andrew Beatty

White Trash Land Chapter 22

Here is White Trash Land Chapter 22.

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In which Animal collects cancer causing speakers, Robert makes a confession, and plans are put into place.

White Trash Land Chapter 21

Here is White Trash Land Chapter 21.

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In which Chuck and Emma tour a university, and Will makes a sudden decision.

White Trash Land Chapter 20

Here is White Trash Land Chapter 18.

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In which a promise is made between Chuck and Emma, an inspection is ordered, and the police drop by the trailer park office. Questions are asked, questions are answered.

White Trash Land Chapter 19

Here is White Trash Land Chapter 19.

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In which Chuck takes out the trash. Or delivers it, in fact. Something odd is discovered behind the trailer park.