Archive for October, 2009

Spur of the moment chart rush anyone? $5.00 gets you in

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Spur of the moment chart rush anyone? Since it’s almost lunch time, in fact, I’m heating my lunch right now, and in honor of the King, Rossi, Koontz sandwich earlier, I propose a spur of the moment chart rush. Starting at 12:00 Eastern-buy Crescent Kindle Edition for only $5.00. Let’s see what can happen on the fly, with low pressure.

UPDATE–Crescent is #19 in Horror in the Kindle Store. Top 25, baby!

Follow the link below!

Crescent Flirting with King and Koontz; Aschliman Halloween Special

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Hi all,

Crescent has been doing well on the Amazon Kindle Horror charts lately, consistently remaining in the Top 100.  Today, Crescent has reached as high as #63 and is bed fellows with Stephen King and Dean Koontz!

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In other news, Neil Aschliman was kind enough to give me permission to share his annual Halloween offering, which you can find linked below.

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Coming Soon

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Coming soon, right here, Criticism: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in all of Us.

Guest appearance on Writer Unboxed

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I had the privilege of contributing an article to Writer Unboxed–one of Writer’s Digest Top 101 Best Web Sites for 2007, 08,  and 09.  I talk about how I get things done with my hectic and unrelenting schedule in an article entitled “Gueirlla Writing.”

Support Hutch: Buy 7th Son: Descent Today

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

JC Hutchins, is releasing his record setting podioboook, 7th Son: Descent today, and I highly recommend you pick it up.  Grab the book from your favorite local bookstore or order online. For a limited time you can check out the entire book at Google Books here .   Hutch has shown me nothing but love and support in all my endeavors, so help me return the favor and snag a copy of his book for yourself.

As America reels from the bizarre presidential assassination committed by a child, seven men are abducted from their normal lives and delivered to a secret government facility. Each man has his own career, his own specialty. All are identical in appearance. The seven strangers were grown — unwitting human clones — as part of a project called 7th Son.

The government now wants something from these “John Michael Smiths.” They share the flesh and implanted memories of the psychopath responsible for the president’s murder. The killer has bigger plans, and only these seven have the unique qualifications to track and stop him.

But when their progenitor makes the battle personal, it becomes clear he knows the seven better than they know themselves…

Learn more about 7th Son: Descent.

Keys to a Great Mix Part II

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Dynamics Processing–compression/expansion–can make all the difference in a mix.  Sometimes, that difference can be down right astounding.  Jake Hartsfield tackles Dynamics Processing in the second part of his Keys to a Great Mix article series.   Compression and expansion are steeped in mystery for most basement producers.   One of my earliest experiences with dynamics processing was using a plug-in based compressor in N-Track Studio, a powerful shareware multi-track recording application for Windows (which I believe is still in production).   Essentially, I’d mess with the plugin settings applying little rhyme and even less reason until I thought things sounded good.  Results were just about as variable as the settings.  At this point, I’ve had more hands-on experience and I feel, in general, I have a better handle on things, both with virtual dynamics processors and their hardware equivalent.  Though, there are still times when I feel like I’m twiddling dials and pressing buttons and getting about as much of a response as a fourteen year old boy gets from his first “real” date.   Hartsfield’s article does a good job of breaking things down, explaining them clearly, and providing real-world examples on how to apply some effective techniques.

Check it: Keys to a Great Mix article series.

Harvey is live on

Monday, October 12th, 2009

My fourth title is now live on, and I’ve got to say,  it feels a little bit surreal.  It’s been more than two years since Crescent went live on that fine repository of free,  serialized, audio goodness. In that [fleeting] span of time, I’ve accomplished more than I would have thought possible.  Harvey, as my fourth, is indicative of this [more than a little mad] desire to get my stories out there, no matter what effort it might take.  Supporting  a family and working a 9 to 5 job means that it takes a lot hard work and very little sleep to make these stories happen.  Maybe I’m a bit of a masochist–why? Because I love every second of the work.  I’m grateful because I’m living a dream.  I’m not going to get too sentimental, so put away the tissue box. I do think it bares saying that  it’s a privilege to able to do this and to have the support of a large and incredible fanbase.

Harvey is a particularly meaningful project for me.  I took the soundtrack concept I had employed with Crescent and took it a step further, writing the songs for Harvey as I worked on the book, and recording them in various states during the recording of the novel.   As a standalone entity, the music from Harvey provides a different sort of narrative experience.  The record is very much Calvin Hubbard’s experience in Harvey, intimately communicated. Where words are not relied upon alone,  but instead  raw feel becomes the real voice for expression–inflection, breath, silence, and noise.  The project has expanded my world as a song-writer and a musician and it’s been a lot of fun.

So–go to today and if you haven’t already, check out Harvey.

A Great Article on EQ and Dynamic Processing

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

TuneCore, a digital distribution service, puts out regular blog articles on all things music, and recently ran a great post about “the Keys to a Great Mix.” This article is focused on EQ and Dynamic Processing–good reading for Podcasters and DIY Musicians. My first time checking out “TuneCorner,” I found the information useful and just might swing back there to see what else they have to offer.

So, take a look–you just might learn a thing or two.

Inside EQ at TuneCorner

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