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044: Your Creative Worth + A Special Offer!

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
044: Your Creative Worth + A Special Offer!

In Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick episode 044, the question is posed: What is your creative worth? Why — and how — is your creative work worthy? What do you think when it comes to your own creative worth? Is your definition of creative worth actually creating anxiety, or lifting you up?

How does the importance of community figure into it?


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  • Every new creative work I create for the duration of your active patronage, including digital and print editions
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  • Books! Science Fiction, Fantasy, Literary, Horror, and Non-Fiction:
    • Brave Men Run — A Novel of the Sovereign Era (e-book editions)
    • “The World Revolves Around You — A Sovereign Era Tale” (e-book and audiobook editions)
    • The Sovereign Era: Year One — A Sovereign Era Anthology (e-book editions)
    • “Canary in a Coal Mine — A Sovereign Era Tale” by P.G. Holyfield (e-book editions)
    • Paramount — A Novel of the Sovereign Era (e-book editions)
    • “The News from Bewilder Pond — A Sovereign Era Tale” (e-book and audiobook editions)
    • Light of the Outsider — The Outsider Trilogy Volume One — A Novel of the Shaper’s World Cycle (e-book and audiobook editions)
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    • Four Stories — A Literary Collection of Stories and Essays (e-book and audiobook editions)
    • Worldbuilding for Writers, Gamers, and Other Creators: Star, Planet, Moon (e-book editions)
    • Reading “The Amazing Spider-Man” — A Fun Critical Review for Writers (e-book editions)
    • Indie Author Marketing Infrastructure — Three Things Every Independent Author Must Have for Self-Publishing Success (e-book editions)
  • Music! Analog and Digital Solo Acoustic and Semi-Acoustic Studio and Live Recordings:
    • Hundred Seller / Background Music — EP and Live Album Collection (MP3 and PDF files)
    • Test Pressing — LP (MP3s and PDF files)
    • Anyman: The John Smith EP (MP3s and PDF files)
    • “Anastasia — Theme from Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick” — single (MP3 file)
    • “Gnatcatcher — Theme from The DIY Endeavors Podcast” — single (MP3 file)
    • “The Ghost in You” — Psychedelic Furs cover — single (MP3 file)


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Other Links and Topics Mentioned in This Episode

  • The Open Source / Free software movement.
  • The free, open-source WordPress content management system.
  • Dreamhost, my web hosting platform of choice for over sixteen years.
  • Dropbox, a premium cloud-based file hosting and sharing service.
  • NextCloud, the open source, self-hosted alternative to Dropbox.
  • Scrivener, a tool for writers.
  • yWriter, a free alternative to Scrivener. Read my overview, too!
  • Dynalist, an excellent, cross-platform freemium (free or paid levels) outliner and note collection app.
  • Trello, a “kanban”-style project management tool.
  • Trilium Notes, an open-source not-quite outliner and note taking app.
  • My home server is powered by the Zima Board.
  • I have joined TikTok! Follow me there for regular short videos, including the #FirstLinesFridays series.
  • Get free weekly serial fiction delivered via email when you subscribe to Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started.”
  • Seth Godin is someone you should probably be reading and listening to.
  • 826 National is a non-profit dedicated to creating and supporting young writers. Become my patron and help me reach my goal of donating 10% of my net patron revenue to 826 National every month!

This episode was made possible in part by the patronage of listeners like you, including J. C.  Hutchins and Ted Leonhardt. Want to support the show and be listed in the credits, plus get lots of other goodies, perks, and exclusive access? Become a patron — and join at the Paramount tier before August 31, 2022 to get $100 worth of digital books, audiobooks, and music!

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The Music!

The opening theme song of Sonitotum is “Anastasia” written, performed, and recorded by yours truly, Matthew Wayne Selznick. You can hear or buy the full song on YouTube, Spotify,, iTunes, or just about anywhere you can buy or stream music online.

The closing and interstitial music is a little ditty I call “Gwinton,” also by yours truly, Matthew Wayne Selznick. It’s super-short and really just a looping thing, so it’s not available outside of the show.

On both songs, I play a 1972 Gibson Ripper bass guitar and a Fender “Bullet” Squire electric guitar. On “Anastasia,” the drums are performed on an Akai Professional MPD218 MIDI drum pad controller. For “Gwinton,” the drums are royalty-free loops found in the excellent Mixcraft Pro Studio software, which was also used to record, mix, and master both “Anastasia” and “Gwinton.”

Podcast Production and Hosting

Sonitotum is usually recorded using an Aurycle a460 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone through a Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD (audio interface for directly connecting microphones and musical instruments to a computer). Outdoor / remote episodes are often recorded using my Audio-Technica ATR-3350IS omnidirectional condenser lavalier mic. The show is edited and mixed in Adobe Audition. The episode files are hosted and delivered by; the website is hosted by Dreamhost.

Interested in starting your own podcast? Need help managing your existing show? I can help you like I help The What Matters Most Podcast and The Possibility Podcast with Mel Schwartz, among others. Reach out!

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