Lindsay is a playwright, arts advocate, and a candidate in Temple University's MFA program in Playwriting. She lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA, with her husband and a small menagerie. Someday, she hopes to not have to vacuum.
We are testing out the new Jarnsaxa Rising merchandise store! Right now, we have only one design up on the site. That’s going to change: we’re scheming and making plans. In the meantime, from now until Monday, May 28th, 2018, you can get a Jarnsaxa Rising t-shirt for only $14. All of our other merchandise (tote bags, pillows, sweatshirts, etc) is 30% off.
As we’re getting ready for Season 2, Google decided to finally inform us that nine months ago, Matt Durkin of Matt Versus Audio Drama posted a review of Jarnsaxa Rising on his YouTube Channel.
This blows my mind. I only started following Matt a few months ago, but I’m hooked. His YouTube channel is utterly charming, sort of like wandering onto the front porch of the home of a graduate school professor and catching him between cups of strong coffee and scribbling thoughts in a stack of several interconnected notebooks. I had no idea that Jarnsaxa came up on his radar.
In any case, after watching this, I’m definitely subscribing to Mirth Defect. Thank you for putting wind in our sails, Matt! Reviews are for podcasters what any noises an audience makes are for actors.
Work continues on Season 2. We have recorded A Feast in Niflhel, and many surprises are on their way. We can’t wait to get Jarnsaxa’s saga in your ears.
Season 2 of Jarnsaxa Rising is coming. It’s recorded, we’re working on editing, and you should expect to see a lot of new things here soon. We’re planning to re-design the web site, and make some rewards available for our loyal listeners. Right now would be a good time to subscribe to this web site, so that you’ll get all the updates as they happen.
It’s also a good time to catch up on Season 1 and refresh your memory, leave a review and show us how you feel, or recommend Jarnsaxa Rising to a friend.
Need a Winter’s Tale? All ten episodes of Season 1 of Jarnsaxa Rising are available for your listening pleasure. Join her on her journey. Follow these links to listen, or look for Jarnsaxa Rising in the podcatcher of your choice.
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They create and listen to a lot of podcasts, so they have a high bar for quality. To have them pick Jarnsaxa Rising as their Fiction Podcast of The Week makes my heart sing.
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And, of course, if you haven’t heard Jarnsaxa Rising yet, why not click on the article link above, or the permalink in the upper left-hand corner? You know you want to. We’re working on Season 2 now, so you definitely want to be all caught up.
There are so many nominated podcasts that voting starts with a semifinalist round. We have some very experienced company with huge audiences, such as The Black Tapes and We’re Alive, which regularly chart in the Top 20 (if not the Top 10) on iTunes. We are a small (but mighty) fish in a very deep and densely populated pond.
You may ask, “Why don’t you just tell me what to click on, and I’ll click it?” I don’t think you want me to do that, Dave. The way the ballot is set, you can’t let a category go by without voting.
Therefore, in the spirit of getting more people to listen to free, independent audio drama, I invite you to listen to the AudioVerse Showcase, and decide for yourself which nominees should make it to the semifinals.
Jarnsaxa Rising is nominated in several categories. You can vote for one to five nominees in each category. Our nominations are:
Best Original Music Composition In A Short Form Production (Vince Friel, for Jarnsaxa Rising, SoloMom, and Rising)
Best Audio Engineering of an Original, Ongoing, Short Form Production (Vince Friel)
Best Writing for an Original, Short Form, Ongoing Production (Lindsay Harris-Friel)
Best Original, Short Form, Small Cast, Ongoing Production
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for an Original, Short Form, Ongoing Production (Katherine Kupiecki as Agent Bachman and MaryLynn Mennicke as Jarnsaxa)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for an Original, Short Form, Ongoing Production (Ethan Bjelland as Loki and John Zeiler as Dr. Eric Aspinall)
Other shows which are nominated that I personally would recommend include:
Wooden Overcoats, a comedy about competing funeral directors on the tiny island of Piffling
Hadron Gospel Hour, a comedy about a doomed scientist and a plucky IT guy traveling the multi-verse
A Scottish Podcast, a drama about a radio DJ and a struggling musician trying to make a podcast about the catacombs beneath a city, and the monster that lives there (It’s meta as meta can be)
The Bright Sessions, a drama about psychotherapy sessions held by Dr. Bright with young clients with extraordinary abilities
Small Town Horror, a horror story about a guy coping with a series of child abductions in his home town, and his own past escape from the abductor
My taste might be very different from yours, but if you pick through the list of nominees, there has to be something you’ll like. The Showcase podcast is a vast sampler platter of probably any kind of entertainment you can imagine, ranging from G rated to R rated, comedy to horror, contemporary through fantasy to surrealist.
Jarnsaxa Rising is nominated for The AudioVerse Awards! This award celebrates the best in independent audio drama podcasting, and provides a signal boost to introduce new listeners to the world of audio drama podcasts. AudioVerse produces a podcast which showcases work from all the nominees. You can listen and subscribe here: 2016 Showcase.
All episodes of Season 1 of Jarnsaxa Rising are available for your Audio Drama Sunday listening pleasure. Listen now on iTunes, PocketCasts, or whatever your preferred purveyor of pod entertainment may be.
How many people work 9-5, Monday through Friday jobs? How many people see Sunday as the day of last-ditch effort, to get a few things accomplished for themselves, maybe stir their imagination a bit, before returning to the weekly grind?
Audio Drama lets you do both. Pop in your earbuds, or crank up the G-Boom, and you can have as much action, adventure, romance, comedy and joy as you can with hours of Netflix or Hulu, but without the sitting on your butt that can cause sciatica.
Thrym, King of Jotumheim, says that audio drama pairs well with knitting. Whatever you’re up to today, make it dramatic.
If you think you’ve got challenging travel plans this holiday weekend, consider this. In 2007, a crew of sailors re-enacted a Viking sailing route, from Roskilde, Denmark, to Dublin, Ireland. They sailed a replica Viking ship, The Stallion of The Sea, making a nautical journey of 1000 miles.
Bachman must stop Jarnsaxa from setting the wind turbine ablaze, but Dr. Aspinall has plans for the witch bottle. Loki turns them against each other, as Jarnsaxa returns to the mortal world. Will Bachman and Aspinall save the wind farm and recover the witch bottle’s power? Or will Loki and Jarnsaxa destroy the humans to continue their war plan against the Aesir?
Agent Bachman: Katherine Kupiecki
Dr. Aspinall: John Zeiler
Loki: Ethan Bjelland
Jarnsaxa: MaryLynn Mennicke
The Interviewer: Sarah Broude
Mrs. Wallace: Molly Pach Johnson
Credits: Leslie Vincent
Written by Lindsay Harris Friel
Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern
Sound design, engineering and music by Vincent Friel
Dramaturgy by Kit Gordon
This episode of Jarnsaxa Rising was sponsored by The Indiegogo Backers of Jarnsaxa Rising
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