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

Epic News!

Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner.
Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner. Click to view larger image.

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.

The list includes some very talented artists. We’re excited to be in such good company. Jarnsaxa Rising is nominated in all categories.

Vincent Friel is nominated for the award for Music, for SoloMom and Jarnsaxa’s Theme.

Lindsay Harris-Friel is nominated for Writing.

Katherine Kupiecki is nominated for the Actress award, for her portrayal of Agent Sumner Bachman.

MaryLynn Mennicke is nominated for the Actress award, for her portrayal of Jarnsaxa.

Ethan Bjelland is nominated for the Actor award, for his portrayal of Loki.

John T. Zeiler is nominated for the Actor award, for his portrayal of Dr. Eric Aspinall.

Jarnsaxa Rising is nominated for the award for Best Ongoing, Short Form, Small Cast, Original, Dramatic production.

To celebrate the nominations, Matt Lichtenwalner, a strong supporter of Jarnsaxa Rising, made the beautiful piece of art that accompanies this post. You can see more of Matt’s art at Dragonbones.net.

14425433_10157460339785481_195091194376038543_o-2Voting will happen soon, and the awards ceremony should coincide with World Audio Drama Day, on October 30th, 2016. Click the link on the left to follow this website, and we will send you an update as soon as voting is open.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

All episodes of Season 1 of Jarnsaxa Rising are available for your listening pleasure. Listen now on iTunesPocketCasts, or whatever your preferred purveyor of pod entertainment may be.