This Saturday, I took part in the Women's March on Washington: MN. Between 90,000 and 100,000 people who believe in equality marched to the capitol building in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in a historic show of dissent for the troublesome policies put forth by this administration. On behalf of all women, not just white ones, and all minorities, not just able-bodied heterosexual ones, we march for justice, equality, and peace.
I talk about that experience and what the Womens March means to me, and I post a few pictures on the blog. I also thank a new Patreon supporter.
In the story, we pick up after last time, where Addie learns she didn't actually know her boyfriend Bradley quite as well as she thought she did...
Please enjoy chapter 29 of bonkers stoner fantasy adventure No Dragons Press: "Addie Is Wrong...Again."
In today's episode, Addie finally discovers what Nate and Xenia have been hiding from her. And everything she ever thought she knew has changed.
(I also totally fuck up at one point and say "Zena," which is kind of funny. Wait for it...)
Thanks for listening, sorry this one was so late in the week, and make sure to visit me at www.nodragonspress.com!
Happy New Year!
And a big hello to the new listeners who found me during the holidays. Whatever you celebrate or don’t celebrate, it seems like a handful of you took advantage of the winter break to listen to a bunch of episodes in a row, which is really awesome. If you’ve made it this far, I really want to say thank you for your support, it means so much to me.
Well, not a whole lot to talk about, so I will crack on with it - this is episode 27, "Plan of Attack." I'm also getting some fun stuff in the mail that I'm really excited about, so more on that next week!
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.)
Also, make sure to check out http://www.ruftimes.bigcartel.com and http://www.citystonestudio for last-minute Christmas gift ideas, and support two of my local artist friends from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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!
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"!
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.
Addie McCallister is the quintessential twenty-something: she wants nothing more than to smoke in peace, avoid her loser boyfriend until he goes away, and maybe even have a little excitement in her life.
Then she applies for a position a small literary press. And between the secret basement lair, the coded messages from one anonymous author's submissions, the baffling in-house design aesthetic, and the lumberjacks hidden in closets, she finds herself with much more than just a new job.
Because there's something wonderful and terrifying about what's going on at No Dragons Press--and whether Addie is ready for them or not, the events set in motion by the simple act of getting a job will change everything, forever.