I was in a writing group called the Hopefull Monsters for many years, but sadly we disbanded last year. While in the group, I made several pretty good internet friends (I’ve never met any of them in person, but would like to at some point) and had a chance to learn from a lot from some very good writers. With confidence, I can say I wouldn’t have accomplished half of what I have as a writer without their help.
The writing group may be no more, but I’ve managed to stay in touch with several ex-Monsters. Some have gone on to publish short stories and books (more on that in my next post), some appear to have left writing all together (best I can tell, that is), and one went on to edit and produce his own podcast.
Last year, ex-Monster J. S. Arquin started The Overcast as a way to sate his inner performer (he’s also an “outer” performer: actor, musician, stiltwalker) and his love of speculative fiction. Last week, The Overcast celebrated its one year birthday, a big milestone in the tough publishing industry. While I haven’t heard every episode of The Overcast, I’ve heard enough to say that this does not surprised me. J. S. does a wonderful job picking and reading the stories, and he has featured some great writers, both from the U.S. Pacific Northwest (the podcast’s focal area) and elsewhere around the world.
So a big congratulations to J. S. and everyone else who has helped out with The Overcast. The next time I’m in Portland, I owe you a celebratory beer.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to The Overcast, head over and check out the latest episode, featuring Cat Rambo’s story, “Villa Encantada.”