Thank you for two years of Pocket Fiction

I started Pocket Fiction two years ago for fun, and it has been a lot of fun making episodes. I feel like I've learned a lot about how to present fiction for audio, about how valuable good music can be, and how important it is to read my work out loud as an editing process.

However, after two years of back-to-back Friday releases, I've decided to bring Pocket Fiction to an end. I'm choosing to focus more on my novel, which is in the editing stages, than on this podcast. Rather than drift away from it slowly, or allow it to tail off, I wanted to bring Pocket Fiction to a definitive end, and the two-year anniversary seems like the ideal time to do that.

I'd like to thank a few people. First and foremost, my wife, Susan; she's the fresh pair of ears that listened to every episode before it went online, listening for any mistakes or general problems. Any errors that came out in the final product after that are mine, of course.

Pocket Fiction would be a lot quieter without the work of Kevin MacLeod, whose royalty-free music represents an incredible resource. I often hear other podcasts using pieces of Incompetech music that I've either used or considered using, and it never fails to make me smile.

The guest authors whose work I used: Jacob Trahan, Andrea L Staum, Andrew Knighton, Rie Sheridan Rose, Elle Rutter, and Amy Braun. Thank you to each and every one of them. Those links will take you to the episode they guest-wrote, and from there I highly encourage you to follow links to their own work.

Finally, thanks to you, listener, for hanging in there. Whether you're a long-time listener or someone who's just getting into it, I'd love to hear from you. You can use the email form on my website, or simply click here.

#103 - Shiner

It's late. Too late to still be interviewing this particular suspect. Too late for his sneering voice, his arrogance, his stolid restatement of the facts. Too late for four missing young women. But this suspect is hiding a secret, one hiding in plain sight...

Now that Noctis Point is finished, it's time for some short stories again! If you have a short story you would like to hear on Pocket Fiction, let me know! I would love to get some guest writing on again! If you're an author, or you know an author, and you have a piece of fiction you would like to hear in the weekly podcast, drop me a line!

Each track is also available as a podcast through the iTunes store and on Tumblr.

Thanks for listening! Ideas? Suggestions? Things you would like me to read? Please comment and subscribe!

Music: “The Pyre”, "Lightless Dawn", "Long Note 1", Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0.

Sound effects used in this episode: Metal chain by Mediapaja2009; and chair1 by Lezaarth.

#102 - Noctis Point, Chapter 36 (Finale)

“How is he?” Kingly said.

Ariadne motioned for quiet. “He’s sleeping normally,” she said. “I asked Sera to get some coffee. We should probably stay here today.”

The battle is over, and Noctis Point is a smoking ruin. But the war is still far from over...

Noctis Point is finished! My goodness, what a long run. I hope you've enjoyed listening to it as much as I have bringing it to you. If you've enjoyed it, why not let me know?

Even though I've been serialising Noctis Point, Pocket Fiction is always looking for submissions! If you're an author, or you know an author, and you have a piece of fiction you would like to hear in the weekly podcast, drop me a line!

Each track is also available as a podcast through the iTunes store; on Tumblr; and on YouTube

Thanks for listening! Ideas? Suggestions? Things you would like me to read? Please comment and subscribe!

Music: “The Descent”, "Senbazuru", "Comfortable Mystery 3", "Lightless Dawn", Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0.

Sounds used in this episode: HEART_MONITOR/MACHINE BEEP by dansotak; bpcycle by nofeedbak; de-gauss by edwin_p_manchester

#101 - Noctis Point, Chapter 35

The Spider with the scar turned and saw Alex. It threw its head back and howled, the two mandibles either side of its mouth flaring out, and the nearest Spiders brought their weapons up and opened fire on him...

Aliens and psych clash in the Battle for Noctis Point, as Alex finally accepts the responsibility that his newfound powers bestow upon him.

If you have a few minutes to spare, it'd be great if you could leave a review at the iTunes store! Every review helps! You can leave a review by viewing the podcast in iTunes itself, and clicking on Ratings and Reviews. 

Even though I'm serialising Noctis Point, Pocket Fiction is always looking for submissions! If you're an author, or you know an author, and you have a piece of fiction you would like to hear in the weekly podcast, drop me a line!

Each track is also available as a podcast through the iTunes store; on Tumblr; and on YouTube

Thanks for listening! Ideas? Suggestions? Things you would like me to read? Please comment and subscribe!

Music: “The Descent”, "Feral Chase", "Dangerous", Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0.

Sounds used in this episode: Creature Roar 1 by jacobalcook Mountain Climber or Skydiver Opening Parachute by ALLANZ10D; Big Crash by Northern Monkey; Bundle falling to the ground by pfranzen; Body fall 1 by Adam_N; Heavy impacts by RICHERlandTV; Explosion 1 by fridobeck; and Glass rising build-up by kwahmah-02.

#100 - Noctis Point, Chapter 34

He opened his eyes, and the vibrations stopped. One by one the pieces of clutter fell from the air around him, and then there was silence. Even the sounds from outside had stopped.

“I can psych,” he said...

Alex has always struggled with his psych. But something is different. Something fundamental has changed for him, changed in the world around him. And it feels good...

A hundred episodes! When I started Pocket Fiction, I didn't think I'd be sitting here, nearly two years later (only four more episodes for two years!) and typing this. It's been an amazing opportunity to look back at my own work and evaluate what's good and what isn't.

Pocket Fiction has always been a way for me to review my stuff and use those insights to improve, and I'm fortunate to have the time and the wherewithal to be able to do that. I don't know how many people listen to the podcast (because Apple are stingy with the numbers) but to anyone that does, let me know!

If you have a few minutes to spare, it'd be great if you could leave a review at the iTunes store! Every review helps! You can leave a review by viewing the podcast in iTunes itself, and clicking on Ratings and Reviews. 

Even though I'm serialising Noctis Point, Pocket Fiction is always looking for submissions! If you're an author, or you know an author, and you have a piece of fiction you would like to hear in the weekly podcast, drop me a line!

Each track is also available as a podcast through the iTunes store; on Tumblr; and on YouTube

Thanks for listening! Ideas? Suggestions? Things you would like me to read? Please comment and subscribe!

Music: “The Descent”, "Thunderbird", "Black Vortex", "Killers", Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0.

Sounds used in this episode: Orbiting Planet (Gas Giant) by Prosser; Rocks Falling No Reverb Edition by ALLANZ10D; 01735 Falling Great Wall by RobinHood76; Cinema Boom Impact #1 by beman87; and Distantboom by Henrythetrain.

#99 - Noctis Point, Chapter 33

Alex awoke suddenly to the sound of the apocalypse...

The assault by the Jovian Spiders is under way. Princess Ariadne and Alex, both at the heart of the crisis, are forced to work together to try and find a solution. But as the Spiders deploy a hidden weapon, will it spell the end of the base?

If you have a few minutes to spare, it'd be great if you could leave a review at the iTunes store! Every review helps! You can leave a review by viewing the podcast in iTunes itself, and clicking on Ratings and Reviews. 

Even though I'm serialising Noctis Point, Pocket Fiction is always looking for submissions! If you're an author, or you know an author, and you have a piece of fiction you would like to hear in the weekly podcast, drop me a line!

Each track is also available as a podcast through the iTunes store; on Tumblr; and on YouTube

Thanks for listening! Ideas? Suggestions? Things you would like me to read? Please comment and subscribe!

Music: “The Descent”, "Long Note 1", "Interloper", "Prelude and Action", "Comfortable Mystery 2" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0.

Sound effects used in this episode: 06012 fast missile flyby by RobinHood76 (reversed); and Rumbles by Geography.

#98 - Noctis Point, Chapter 32

“It’s time,” Sera said, checking her softscreen. “The dome should be deactivating… now.”

As Sera spoke, Ariadne looked up. The simulated daytime, clouds and all, flashed twice, then vanished. Martian night flooded in to take its place, the stars bright pinpricks. 

As the alien Spiders make their approach on Noctis Point, Ariadne and Sera face a difficult decision.

If you have a few minutes to spare, it'd be great if you could leave a review at the iTunes store! Every review helps! You can leave a review by viewing the podcast in iTunes itself, and clicking on Ratings and Reviews. 

Even though I'm serialising Noctis Point, Pocket Fiction is always looking for submissions! If you're an author, or you know an author, and you have a piece of fiction you would like to hear in the weekly podcast, drop me a line!

Each track is also available as a podcast through the iTunes store; on Tumblr; and on YouTube

Thanks for listening! Ideas? Suggestions? Things you would like me to read? Please comment and subscribe!

Music: “The Descent”, "Feral Chase", Senbazuru", Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0.

#97 - Noctis Point, Chapter 31

How could they? Wasn’t he part of the student body? Wasn’t his survival hinging on what they were doing as well? Surely there was something he could do? But no. They’d tossed him aside, and he burned with anger and the futile desire to help.

Alex thumped the bed and used the momentum to turn himself over, dropping off onto the floor. With a burst of power, he increased the field around his body and pushed himself up, floating horizontally above the ground.

Alex, frustrated by his exclusion from the group, lashes out psychically. He is powerful, he discovers, and therefore dangerous. But something else, far more dangerous. stalks the corridors of Noctis Point, and Alex finds himself in a head-on collision course...

If you have a few minutes to spare, it'd be great if you could leave a review at the iTunes store! Every review helps! You can leave a review by viewing the podcast in iTunes itself, and clicking on Ratings and Reviews. 

Even though I'm serialising Noctis Point, Pocket Fiction is always looking for submissions! If you're an author, or you know an author, and you have a piece of fiction you would like to hear in the weekly podcast, drop me a line!

Each track is also available as a podcast through the iTunes store; on Tumblr; and on YouTube

Thanks for listening! Ideas? Suggestions? Things you would like me to read? Please comment and subscribe!

Music: “The Descent”, "Comfortable Mystery 1", "Long Note 1", "Long Note 3", "Lightless Dawn", "Feral Chase", Senbazuru", Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0.

Sound effects used in this podcast: Bat hit against wall by Kane53126; Spooky Steel Reverse by ani_music; genickbruch by huluvu42; Rocks by Adamgryu; and Punch 8 by CastIronCarousel.

#96 - Noctis Point, Chapter 30

Ariadne turned the softscreen around to show Reeve. “They’re coming.”

On the screen, a deadly blossom of red dots was bursting away from the moons of Jupiter, hot on the heels of a smaller cloud of blue dots. Those represented the fleeing Terran navy.

Ariadne discusses options with Principal Reeve, and comes across the psych Razz.

If you have a few minutes to spare, it'd be great if you could leave a review at the iTunes store! Every review helps! You can leave a review by viewing the podcast in iTunes itself, and clicking on Ratings and Reviews. 

Even though I'm serialising Noctis Point, Pocket Fiction is always looking for submissions! If you're an author, or you know an author, and you have a piece of fiction you would like to hear in the weekly podcast, drop me a line!

Each track is also available as a podcast through the iTunes store; on Tumblr; and on YouTube

Thanks for listening! Ideas? Suggestions? Things you would like me to read? Please comment and subscribe!

Music: “The Descent”, "Spider Eyes", Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0.