Hello, my wonderful and long-suffering Metamorphs!

After three days of reconstruction, MOST of the Metamor City website and feed are up and working. The new feed is http://www.metamorcity.com/feed, or http://www.metamorcity.com/feed/podcast if you just want the posts that have MP3 attachments. You can subscribe to the new feed by clicking the links in the right sidebar.

More details after the jump…

At this point I have restored all of the main podcast episodes in the Archives (now called “Past Episodes”, because calling a page “Archives” in the new WordPress apparently forces it into an automatic format that is contrary to my purposes). The RSS feed has all of the main episodes, most of the feedback shows and interviews, and a few of the special episodes and bonus episodes. I will work on restoring more of these as I get time.

Sadly, the comments people have left in the past seem to be gone. I have an XML file that has them backed up — somewhere — but I haven’t figured out how to restore them to the new RSS feed since I had to change versions of PHP and MySQL and switched from PodPress to PowerPress. Maybe I could have saved everything if I’d approached the rebuild differently from the beginning, but I think this is one of those things where I had to learn by doing, even if it meant making some mistakes along the way. At any rate, please know that I have not removed your comments because I don’t want to hear from you or allow others to see them — this was purely a technical mess, not a case of a temperamental author censoring the fans.

THINGS UNSEEN, the long-awaited second novel of Metamor City, is almost done. Yes, I know I’ve been saying that for at least a year now, but this time “almost done” means “four more chapters and I’m done with the first draft”. I can see the finish line, and I’m ecstatic about it.

Also, Dawn Phynix is holding my feet to the fire to make sure I finish the damned thing this time, so you all should thank her for that.

What’s next after I finish the manuscript? First, editing. This one is a police procedural mystery, and it’s going to need some tightening up and timeline-checking.

Second, prepping the manuscript for e-book release. I want this thing out on Amazon and Smashwords by the time Balticon hits (which is the last weekend of May, for those not in the know). I’m also planning on releasing several of the most popular Metamor City stories as 99-cent e-books, as well as at least one new story (The Cuckoo) that has not yet appeared on the show. More stories will follow in e-book form as I can put them together; my hope is to get MAKING THE CUT edited and released over the summer.

After that, we start production on the podcast for THINGS UNSEEN. If all goes well, look for the first episodes to drop before the end of the year. I want the narration and voice acting done and in the can before we even start releasing this one, so that it can run from beginning to end with no delays.

In the meantime, you can hear my voice acting work on Abigail Hilton‘s Guild of the Cowry Catchers. Book 4: Out of the Ashes is coming soon, so keep an eye on her blog and cowrycatchers.com for announcements about its release. Gwain, my dashing pirate/ninja/writer/resistance fighter, gets to have quite a bit more screen time in this book than in Book 3, which I’m having all kinds of fun with.

I hope the new year is full of promise for you and your loved ones. Metamor City will return — but until then, keep it on the bright side!




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