New Reviews!

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Two terrific reviews for Jarnsaxa Rising are making their rounds on the Internet!

Podcast enthusiasts know that not much traditional journalism happens with regard to podcasts, especially independent creations. However, a few dedicated, kind souls write about podcasts, and write very well.

Wil Williams is a tireless advocate of podcast media, particularly when it comes to audio drama. She has a keen ear for detail, working to make the world of listening entertainment better. Since her bar is high, we are particularly grateful for her thoughtful consideration of Jarnsaxa Rising. To read more of her thoughts, subscribe to her blog and follow her on Twitter @wilwrites.

“Jarnsaxa Rising” an Exciting, Intriguing Blend of Mythology and Dystopia

Elena Fernández-Collins is another hardworking podcast advocate. She writes for Bello Collective, and publishes a tinyletter called AudioDramatic, in which she reviews podcasts, and provides thoughtful musings on how podcast communities strengthen us as people, sharing ideas through listening. You can also find her on Twitter as @Shomarq. Subscribe to her newsletters for a comforting cup of audio nurturance.

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Podcasting is sometimes a lonely business. After the recording is finished, the process of editing and promotion means a lot of time spent at your desk in front of a screen. Reviews like this make it all worth while. Thank you, ladies, for making us feel like real, live artists.

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“The black-browed maid stood upon the bank as the red ship sailed away from Novgorod.” Illustration from “The Russian Story Book” by Richard Wilson, illustrated by Frank C. Papé, 1916. Public domain.

YOU TOO can put wind in our sails with a review! Share a thought on Twitter and include @JarnsaxaRising so we’ll be notified when you post it! Write a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser! Leave a comment on our Facebook page! The more you share about us, the stronger our community grows.

Thanks for reading! And if you haven’t had a chance to hear the story yet, why not listen now? 

Transcripts are also available.

 

 

 

Getting ready for the Season 2 launch

You might notice that the Season 1 podcast feed disappears and reappears today. Nothing to worry about (knock wood). We’re doing a little bit of housekeeping, and getting our RSS feed ready for Season 2.

In the meantime, you can subscribe to this blog for updates, and follow us on Twitter or Facebook (just search for Jarnsaxa Rising), so you’l be able to get the story as soon as we launch.

Thanks!

New Review and Dramaturg Love!

Thrym, King of Jotunheim, approves.
Thrym, King of Jotunheim, approves.

Working on the website re-design means double-checking links which means having Google serve you up some delightful review surprise goodness!

Carolyn Ducker did a deep listen and wrote a review about Jarnsaxa Rising Season 1 at Geek Girl Authority. This review is really well-written, going into details of how all elements worked for her. I’ve read a lot of reviews in my time, and Ms. Ducker is very good with structure and prose, pointing out how her listening experience worked. In particular, I’m very excited because she praised our dramaturg, Kit Gordon. Dramaturgs are essential to writers, directors and producers, providing an advocate for the best possible story. They never get enough love.

Thank you, Carolyn!

Wear your heart on your sleeve

…or your favorite Jotun giantess on your chest.

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.

Show your commitment to independent science fiction revenge tragedy audio drama today! 

In the meantime… we’re still working on Season 2. Soon it will be ready for you. Soon. We promise.

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A screenshot of a sound wave of John Zeiler (Dr. Eric Aspinall)’s laughter.

Review from Matt Versus AudioDrama

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.

Let us tell you a story.

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.

Listen and subscribe to Jarnsaxa Rising at iTunes! 

Listen and subscribe to Jarnsaxa Rising at Libsyn!

Listen and subscribe to Jarnsaxa at PocketCasts! 

If you enjoy our story, please leave a review. We’re working on Season 2 now, and want to make sure that you and other folks can find us. Thanks!

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The Aurora Borealis by Frank Olsen, Norway

 

 

 

Vote For Jarnsaxa!

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Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner.

As you well know by now, Jarnsaxa Rising (your favorite science fiction fantasy revenge tragedy of 2015)  is nominated in several categories for The AudioVerse Awards.  This annual awards show celebrates and recognizes the best in free, independent audio drama around the world.  The AudioVerse Awards presents a podcast showcase of episodes from all the nominated podcasts, and Jarnsaxa Rising is one of them.

This process involves voting, from intelligent listeners like you. The organizers of the awards have created an elegant yet accessible FAQ page, intended to field questions about voting.

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

Pulp-Pourri Theatre, adaptations of classic pulp fiction tales that shock and delight.

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.

Audio Drama pairs well with commuting, knitting, cooking, cleaning, yard work, laundry, exercise, quiet time with your loved ones, and quiet time alone. Relax and enjoy a good story, without screen-time brain atrophy! (See: Psychology Today, Feb 27, 2014, “Grey Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages The Brain,” Dr. Victoria L. Dunkley, M.D.)

Please help Jarnsaxa Rising make it to the semi-finals. 

Enjoy! Listen! Vote!

Any questions?

Thank you for your time and consideration in this vital matter.

Sincerely yours,

Lindsay Harris-Friel, Writer and Co-Producer