Mythic tales, modern problems

Mythic themes help us make sense of a messy world. Jarnsaxa Rising is here for you.

Seems as though all the summer entertainment takes us back to ancient and mythic themes to understand contemporary society. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame dominated the month of May. The finale of Game of Thrones pitted dragons against mortals to show the difference between dictatorship and democracy. Now, Good Omens uses Biblical themes in a battle between Heaven and Hell to show that friendship is magic.

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I’m not actually 100% sure. I haven’t finished watching it, and I read the book over a decade ago. It’s been a while. The point is, people are trying to make sense out of a flawed world, and they’re turning to ancient myths, legends and stories to cope. They’re also giving a lot of money to huge corporations (Disney, Warner Media, Amazon) to scratch the itch for story. Pro tip: You don’t have to. You have podcasts.

Jarnsaxa Rising gives you Norse mythology, in worlds both imagined and real. Mythic themes sort out justice, climate crisis and wealth disparity. Just like the aforementioned, it’s got the end of the world at stake, rich multifaceted characters, and clever strategies to defeat enemies and surmount obstacles. Plus, the actors are exciting. If you haven’t heard it yet, now’s your chance! You can start with Season 1, Episode 1, on your favorite podcast app. Or, click below for the stand-alone episode, We Who Contain Multitudes, the opening of Season 2.

We Who Contain Multitudes, Season 2, Episode 2

In September of 1944, Jarnsaxa meets mysterious strangers whose plane crashes on her island. She hopes they might release her from her witch bottle, and let her escape. When she finds their agenda is more bellicose and cruel than she could imagine, she takes strides to correct them. 

Content warning: extreme violence, frank discussion of sex, frank discussion of racism, fighting Nazis.

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Why do we keep pulling mythology out to try to cope with what we cannot understand? It’s familiar, it’s adaptive, and it lets us believe that recklessness and flaws have a place in the world. Nature has its own order, humans just try to impose their will on it. Stories let us make sense of our lives. Get yourself more mythic stories, for free!

PodCon2 Contest!

The PodCon2 Hangover Contest is here!

We have returned from PodCon2 in Seattle! It was an enlightening experience. Highlights included:

  • Meeting other podcasters and some of our Patreon supporters
  • Spending time in the Alba Salix community and conversation pit (I always enjoyed listening to that show, and they’re such good people)
  • Multitude Productions‘ generosity of knowledge, with strategies, tips, inside information and understanding of how pre-production, press and sponsorship work
  • The Audio Fiction* panels, with great insights from creators about how sound and story harmonize. I’m still thinking about what Mischa Stanton said about sound texture, and the hinges in the cabinet doors in The Far Meridian.

Needless to say, Vince and Lindsay ate and drank their way across Seattle, and had a wonderful time getting vertigo at The Space Needle.

fullsizeoutput_1dd8If you attended PodCon2, you know that stickers are the coin of the realm. If you met Vince and or Lindsay, you know that they were so mentally consumed with the #federalshutdown and the #TSAworkersplight that they FORGOT TO BRING THEIR STICKERS. But, they can be yours, because we’re having a…

PODCON HANGOVER CONTEST! 

Participation in the contest is easy. Here’s all you have to do.

Send an email to jarnsaxa@jarnsaxarising.com with answers to the following questions.

  1. What kind of food did Eric offer Jarnsaxa in Season 1?
  2. What kind of fruit did Hel offer Eric in Season 2?
  3. What color shirt was Alexander Danner (of Greater Boston and What’s The Frequency) wearing at PodCon2 on Sunday?
  4. What color blouse was Elena Fernandez-Collins wearing at PodCon2 on Saturday?
  5. Who (specifically) helped Jasper get to Yggdrasil in Season 2?

The first 30 people to email us answers to these questions will get one of each sticker above (except not the Stickermule one, I just put that in there because, hey, they sent it, I might as well promote them, right?), mailed to them, via USPS.

ONE person who can answer all of the the above questions correctly will win the Jarnsaxa Rising t-shirt of their choice from TeePublic. And yes, we are adding new designs! In the event of a tie, we will figure something out.

CONTEST DEADLINE:  Thursday, January 31, 2019, 12pm, midnight, Eastern, US (Philly time).

By participating in this contest, you give permission for us to mail the stickers to the address you provide, and to send you email in the future about Jarnsaxa Rising, and news about 6630 Productions’ future projects.

GO, GET ‘EM, TIGER. And thank you to everyone at PodCon2!

 

*You say fiction, I say drama: potayto, potahto, tomayto, tomahto, let’s call the whole thing off.

 

Episode 8: Charged and Grounded

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Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner.

Jarnsaxa’s final battle with Balder and Thor forces her to abandon her usual tactics. Using Nikea’s flash drive, she explodes the witch bottle, attacking the corporation in a sonic storm. Thor takes her to Yggdrasil. Reunited with Eric, she must make hard choices about the future for her own children, and Eric’s.

Listen now!

A transcript of Episode 8 is available here, via Google Drive.

For more information about the cast and crew, visit

https://jarnsaxarising.com/about/creative-team/

Join our community!

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Episode 7: The Flow Of Current

1024px-Dendera03Despite Sif’s new wisdom and Eric’s new insight about his relationships, Thor obstructs their mission. Loki uses his experience as the mother of Slepnir to gain Skuld’s trust. Eric uses 21st-century tools to stop Thor, and Sif invokes Jarnsaxa. The Interviewer remembers who she is. Heimdall is caught between Sif’s determination and Thor’s stubborness, and must carve his own path without the Aesir. Ratatoskr returns with intelligence from another world.

Special thanks to Tom Boutell for his understanding of .png files, and to Mark Edmundson for his understanding of ancient electricity.

Listen Now via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

A transcript for Episode 7 is available here.

For more information about the cast and crew, visit

https://jarnsaxarising.com/about/creative-team/

Join our community!

https://www.patreon.com/6630Productions

Twitter: @JarnsaxaRising

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Episode 3: Take My Hand

Episode 3 of Season 2 is ready for you now!

Transcripts of Episodes 1-3 are available via Google Drive, here.

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Photo by Alfred T. Palmer. Public Domain.

Jarnsaxa escapes the Hei Shui Corporation and finds a world more harsh than she expected. She meets Nikea and Rocola, learns what humans really can be, and is given an unusual weapon. Sif and Eric escape to the unknown, and Heimdall shows Thor how disastrous his mission to find Jarnsaxa could be.

This episode uses binaural audio in some scenes.

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New Reviews!

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Photo supplied by Beverly +Pack, Flickr. “It is believed that A/2C Courtney is the only WAF Bugler in the Air Force. 23 June 1953”

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.

"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.
“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.

 

 

 

Episodes 1 and 2

The first two episodes of Jarnsaxa Rising are available for your listening pleasure!

Episode 1, We Who Contain Multitudes: In September of 1944, Jarnsaxa wakes in her witch bottle on the island of Sottunga. A plane crashes, bringing strangers to her realm. Will they free her? What are their intentions? Are humans worth her loyalty?

Episode 2, Only The Best & Brightest: Jarnsaxa and Loki infiltrate The Hei Shui Corporation, using the bodies of Bachman and Eric. Familiar voices distract them from their mission. Eric wakes in the Land of the Dwarves and meets Sif, only to risk making an enemy of her. Thor prepares for another of Odin’s murderous errands, and Heimdall demands answers.

Click on Creative Team to see our performers and crew!

A transcript of Episode 1 is available now. Episode 2’s transcript is coming soon.

Share with your like-minded comrades, and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Podchaser!