Lone Author vs Coronavirus Chaos

The challenge is mighty. 105,000 words. 110 unique voices. Rats. Secret agent spy pigeons. A lisping panther. A singing circus elephant. All this and more packed into 56 podcast episodes crafted to delight and distract families whose lifestyles have been upended by a global pandemic. Can I, a lone children’s author pull it off?

As a freelance writer, I know all about crazy challenges crammed into tiny time frames.  Often publishers will commission an entire book series with a tight deadline. For example, in November 2019, I had six weeks to research and write six nonfiction books for young readers.

BaM-podcast-logoThe challenge to produce the “Blister and Muck” story time podcast was, however, self-inflicted. I previously posted about my original inspiration to produce a podcast, even though I had zero knowledge or experience doing so.

Consider this an update.

Episode 5 of “Blister and Muck” is now out. That’s just over a quarter of the way through Season One. But it’s less than a tenth of the way to this project’s completion. My ultra runner friend once told me that it’s not physical fitness but mental toughness that makes running 100-mile distances possible. That’s not to say ultra runners put in paltry physical training. More so, he means that the runners who finish the ultras have the mindset needed to do the impossible.

“If you think running 100 miles is impossible,” he said, “then it is.”

So the real question is: do I think producing this project is impossible?

Need a laugh? A delightful distraction? Need someone else to read tonight’s bedtime story? Know someone who needs such treats? Check out the podcast at www.blisterandmuck.com or on Libsyn, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Deezer, and just about anywhere else you get your podcasts. 


Featured image “Alone” by Roan Fourie, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.

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