Rockin’ Libsyn Podcasts: The Plasma Master

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Q & A with Brian Rushton from The Plasma Master


When did you start podcasting?

I recorded and edited The Plasma Master from about July 2011 – September 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

A friend suggested I make a recording of an e-book I had written, and it sounded like a good idea – not only for exposure, but because I have a few family members who might listen to an audiobook but would never read a book on a digitial device. Plus, reading out loud helped me find a bunch of errors in the text.

I wrote the story itself years ago, just after high school. I was frustrated with how difficult it was to find science ficiton books that were interesting and “appropriate” – most sci-fi writers seem to feel the need to throw goriness and chastity issues into their books.

I also spent a lot of time wondering why characters in Star Trek or Star Wars didn’t respond to their situations in more logical ways. So I set out to throw all these ideas bouncing around inside my head into a cohesive story. Plus I had a lot of weird-sounding character name ideas that needed a home.

What’s your show about?

The Plasma Master is a space adventure story about a guy named Nedward, who discovers a strange crystal – a lost artifact from an alien civilization, which gives him protective powers.

Eventually the aliens themselves arrive and tell him that they are waging a war against others with similar powers to his, so Ned decides to leave Earth and use his abilities to help them.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Pretty low-budget: a Vista-era PC with Windows 7, Audacity, Levelator, and the microphone from my webcam. I did most of the editing on my laptop while riding the bus to work.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Actually, the only thing I’ve done was a quick post to my blog and Facebook when it was finished. I’m always a little surprised to find that people have listened to it 🙂

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I had known about Audacity’s noise removal functionality – I wasted a lot of time early on trying to remove noise that the software could have taken care of for me.


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