Happy New Year, everyone! This is the last episode of the year, which is pretty cool, and it looks like there's enough chapters left to finish up right around 4:20, 2017 (the national pot-smoker's holiday). Huzzah! I'm hoping to publish a book by then, so if you're a cover designer or great with graphic design, give me a shout, I need some cover art. I'm also releasing a new podcast in 2017! I'll be talking about 70s progressive rock, and I need a logo for that too -- hit me up at nodragonspress (at) gmail.com and let's see what we can work out!
In today's episode, we'll wrap up the cliffhanger from last week. (Spoiler alert: the protagonist in this first-person present-tense story DOESN'T DIE. Surprise...) Addie is reunited with her friends, as well as a few enemies, and amid her wild flailing, a few key facts about Xenia finally settle in...
Have a safe New Years and I'll see you in 2017! Take care of each other and stay engaged, and keep checking your facts. There's a lot of misinformation and outright lies out there, and it's up to all of us to keep each other accountable and help each other out. Don't check out.
In today's episode, chapter 25 picks up where last chapter's cliffhanger left off. Addie and Duc have just shared a joint at the edge of the woods and had a pretty deep conversation about Duc's Vietnamese grandfather and his secretive beliefs, so they're a little high and super relaxed and comfortable. But they've been interrupted by three very large men who are apparently stalking their abandoned campsite: pack hunting, like predators. Did Xenia betray them? Is Nate dead by now? There's no way to know, but Addie and Duc handle it in the best way they know how: by fleeing for their lives and hiding in the forest.
Except it doesn't work.
Thanks for listening, everyone! If you like what you've been hearing, tell a friend, and check back next week for the next chapter of No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Fiction Podcast. The adventure continues!
In today's episode, Addie and Duc are left behind -- but they aren't alone. (Sorry for the late posting. Life is crazy.)
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In today's episode, Addie and Duc have a sweet moment in the woods. This is after Addie goes to town venting her frustration on her mushroom tool about Nate and Xenia's oh-so-friendly departure. I also discuss winter in Minnesota, taking a hiatus from the weekly illustrated fiction series, and future ideas -- but stay tuned for news!
In today's chapter of No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY bonkers stoner fantasy adventure, Addie does the best she can to persuade Nate to exercise basic caution, but he decides to place his blind trust in Xenia anyway. Not that she's jealous. Not at all.
This proves to be the lead-up to what is, of course, not an excellent idea on Nate and Xenia's part, not that anyone wants to know what Addie thinks about it, and it just may be the last time the gang is together before it starts to fracture.
Hope you like! Happy Thanksgiving!
In this week's chapter of everyone's favorite new adult bonkers stoner fantasy series, Xenia explains more about the world the No Dragons Press gang finds themselves stranded in. Addie is more and more impressed with the woman---and so are Duc and Nate, apparently, which she is less impressed with.
But Nate and Xenia's ultimate plan is the least impressive thing at all, and Addie has the funny suspicion that the guys are way, way letting their guard down. Because in an unfriendly, unfamiliar world, the three remaining friends should be sticking together...right?
Today's episode is a short one. It's also late. The world is ending, is my excuse. Sorry.
Anyway, in this week's chapter, Addie learns a little bit more about the glorious woodland creature, whose name turns out to be Xenia, and they debate whether or not to trust her. But do they really have a choice?
In today's episode, I completely lose my mind about the show I attended over the weekend in Chicago: ARW, which is Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman of the band Yes. GUYS, I PRETTY MUCH SAW YES. *dies* Anyway, if you're not familiar, I talk a little bit about the lineup and why this particular one was so special, and I recommend a few albums to get you started.
Then, we proceed to learn just who or what is yelling at Addie, Duc, and Nate from the depths of the forest, and hopefully a little bit about where Tristan and Bradley may have ended up. I hope you enjoy!
In today's chapter, people go missing and shit goes crazy and it turns out nothing Addie thought she knew is stable enough to depend on.
But first, I have an exciting announcement to make: No Dragons Press is now on Patreon!
Here's a quick overview: Patreon is kind of like Kickstarter in that it's a way to crowdfund a project, but it’s geared more toward artists working on long-term, ongoing ideas. The basic idea is that the artist (or author or podcaster) does what she loves, and consumers or listeners who choose to support contribute just a dollar a month to help make the work sustainable.
So, since this is officially the eighteenth episode of No Dragons Press, now seems like a good point to kind of stop and assess the situation. I love the story and I love the feedback I've been getting, and I really want to continue making it available freely to whoever wants to listen to it. I think that’s important. But I do need to start thinking about the podcast as more than just a fun hobby and really look at making it sustainable. I'm really happy to do it, but that's why Patreon is so amazing: it's this way to open up a stream of support for people who are really positive about what I'm doing, and it only costs any individual person a dollar a month.
And it's more than that. You know, it's a way for people to go beyond feeling appreciation really feel ownership and pride. It's a way for people who maybe really enjoy fiction but don't have the time or inclination to develop a novel for themselves to feel like they're helping to put something creative out into the world.
I talk very lightheartedly about marijuana on the show and in this book, and if you haven't gathered by now, I have a bit of an ulterior motive with how casually Addie treats smoking and being high. There's a lot of important policy decisions being discussed right now and a lot of knee-jerk reactions to media headlines, and I think a lot of what’s fueling those reactions and standing in the way of important progress is fear. I think our best way forward through all this shit is through education, and as advocates for the good that cannabis can do in the world, it should be our biggest goal right now to make people open and receptive to the science and the data and the financial experiences of legal states.
I believe a bumbling, sweet, wilderness-savvy young woman like Addie who is way more capable than she realizes can help change peoples’ minds and help break down these knee-jerk, unfounded negative ideas of what marijuana is and who is using it and what it can do, and to do that I need to be able to expand my outreach. With your support of one dollar a month, you will help give me the ability to invest in some of those important distribution opportunities and marketing strategies that are going to help get this project in front of more audiences.
So, if you're not feeling the financial support thing right now, that's totally fine. I WANT you to keep listening keep enjoying the show keep telling your friends—that's plenty of support, and I really appreciate the opportunity to talk to you every week and read you my story.
And if you understand appreciate what I'm trying to do and you want to help make the podcast sustainable, or if you’ve just been enjoying the story and want to show your support, head to Patreon.com/nodragonspress to be one of the very first special group of contributors to help No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Fiction Podcast reach new audiences and really level up in a big way.
Thank you all so much. I will not forget your support.
Welcome to NO DRAGONS PRESS Chapter Seventeen: The Mysterious Nathan Trowbridge! Today, author Maggie Gibbs (that's me!) talks about the long and convoluted steps she took to (successfully!) find her phone at a zombie music festival (true story) in Wisconsin over the weekend. (Since she was basically in Myrick, she really shouldn't have been surprised.) Then, we get into chapter seventeen, which I'm excited to tell you is the last of the tromping-around-aimlessly-in-the-woods routine. Shit is about to get very, very real, so definitely check back next week.
Thanks for listening to No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Podcast, and if you enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend!
After musing about Gentle Giant, lost albums, and progressive rock at large, I read chapter sixteen: "Hunting and Gathering." Addie finally finds herself in comfortable territory--but Nate's reaction leaves her baffled.
Addie finally can't avoid talking to Bradley -- whose demeanor has changed in baffling ways. Meanwhile, Duc need help foraging for dinner, Nate is a traitorous bastard, and Tristan (whose feelings are undoubtedly hurt) is nowhere to be found...
Also, two things: be good role models, and fucking vote.
In today's episode, I wax poetic about family, old-fashioneds, differences, similarities, and good old-fashioned wedding dance party bashes. Hold your loved ones close, you guys, because your time with them is precious.
In this week's chapter (14!) of NO DRAGONS PRESS: A High Fantasy Fiction Podcast, Addie learns a little bit about wilderness helping. She's kind of miserable, but also kind of happy as hell, not that she's about to tell Nate that. Then, they run into the boyfriend she just can't escape, and it looks like The Talk is finally about to happen...or is it?
You know that feeling when you're traveling and you know you're running out of weed, but your nerves are so fried that you forget all about conservation mode and just try to enjoy yourself the best you can?
Yeah, so does Addie. (This episode of NO DRAGONS PRESS: A High Fantasy Fiction Podcast is definitely one for the stoners.)
In today's chapter, Addie takes a quick marijuana break to soothe her scrambled mind and try to find some calm. Which is, of course, immediately broken--but for what turns out to be a very good reason.
Thanks for listening!
This week, absolute chaos ensures with episode twelve of No Dragons Press, A HIGH FANTASY Fiction Podcast. It's the second part of my interview with Emily Ruf, and things get a little silly after a couple beers. In addition to delving more into the art behind our illustrated fiction series, we get real with character sketches, drop some Kevin Costner into the conversation (what can we say, we're suckers for The Postman), and master the art of the awkward goodbye.
We also pick up the story with Tristan trying to make sense of whatever crazy portal he's built...and the fact that the hardware didn't make the trip. Meanwhile, Addie has to deal with her past demons -- and one in particular that she's been trying to escape.
In today's episode, Addie and the rest of the gang find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. But Tristan, whose giant metal contraption had brought them there in the first place, doesn't quite know what to do next...
This episode also includes part 1 of an interview with Maggie Gibbs and Emily Ruf (stay tuned for part 2 of the interview next week), in which the creators discuss important things like beer, Harry Potter, VHS players, and what it's like to collaborate on the Weekly Illustrated Fiction bonkers stoner fantasy adventure that is No Dragons Press.
In today's episode, Addie and the rest of the gang finally see what Tristan's been keeping in his basement. Then, they take an unexpected trip...with an unexpected guest. Please enjoy the tenth episode of No Dragons Press: "Addie Says Goodbye"!
In today's episode of No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Fiction Podcast, Addie gets a peek of Tristan's mysterious basement laboratory. But nothing---not even after driving around for a while---can prepare her for the strange contraption Tristan has built...and the mere idea of what it might be for makes her quite certain she isn't high enough for this.
No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Fiction Podcast continues after a short break for technical difficulties.
In today's episode, Addie learns that Nate and Tristan aren't the only ones with secret abilities. She also makes an important decision (and then immediately disregards it). Shit is about to get real, guys.
Last week, Addie went downstairs into the No Dragons Press offices to grab something---until she heard a noise and ran upstairs to see what was going on, and got a face full of guns.
Today we pick up where we left off, and we not only learn how appropriate the chapter title is; we also learn just how much Addie doesn't know about the people she's closest to. She's really starting to learn that everyone has secrets, especially the people we don't necessarily expect secrets from.
Thank you for listening to today's installment of No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Serial Fiction Podcast!
Addie heads down into the No Dragons Press building to look for a missing box of submissions. What she finds in the empty offices under Nate's apartment is surprising...but what she finds when she heads back up to rejoin the meeting (namely three huge fuck-off guns) shocks her to her very core.
On the bluffs overlooking the town below, smoking a bowl, in her own private sanctuary (her car), listening to classic rock and gathering her nerves, Addie finally makes a choice: she's done with Bradley. She's definitely breaking up with him. Right? But by the time Addie reaches the No Dragons Press offices, her confidence has dwindled along with the elevation, and even Nate's cheerful smile and Tristan's eccentricities can't shake her out of her funk. But Addie's ennui won't last long. Soon, she will learn that a simple thing like leaving the room to retrieve a box of submissions has the potential to change the course of her life forever...
Things are going well for Addie on her first day on the job, but trying to learn the secret codes Tristan can apparently perceive has her looking for a secluded place a pack a one-hitter and relax for a while.
But when Addie runs into her coworker Nate -- doing the exact same thing -- she learns a few things anyway: that Tristan's connection to the Press isn't what she'd thought, that Nate turns out to be an excellent smoking companion, and that the neighborhood is a little more active than she first thought . . . just like her imagination.
Don't miss No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Adventure Episode Three: "Addie Sneaks a Smoke"!
After being briefly thrown off-guard by the bearded lumberjack who suddenly appears at No Dragons Press, dimpling, Addie has her game face on. And when the conversation turns to anonymous submissions, secret messages, and hidden codes, she finds herself riveted by the story of Dardanus and his unsolicited manuscripts.
But why is Tristan acting so weird about the messages? Why isn't he being more forthcoming about the code...and what's he hiding in his high-security basement laboratory?
What started as the strangest job interview of all time only gets stranger as the mysteries pile up in No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Adventure: Book One, Episode One: Addie Meets a Lumberjack.