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051: Write Your Ugly Truth

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
051: Write Your Ugly Truth

The fifty-first Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick episode finds your host back in the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media to discuss the connections between flawed (even reprehensible!) protagonists, literary authenticity, and your reader community.

I also say goodbye to reader community member, superfan, and generous soul Dave Alcock, as well as offer up the usual weekly recap of my creative adventure.  And what a week it was.

Links and Topics Mentioned in This Episode

The original Traveller “black box,” plus extras, gifted to me a few years ago from the late Dave Alcock.
  • The day job? I’m a creative services provider helping authors, podcasters, and other creators bring their work to fruition, to market, and to an audience. How can I help you?
  • For the gearheads: I replaced my fiery computer with a Cyberpower GMA4800 BSTV10 with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600x 3.7GHz processor, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB graphics card. I bought it at my local BestBuy, but it was the only one in stock. You might have better luck from NewEgg.
  • Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started” is my freely offered fiction serial and part of my Sovereign Era storyworld, which includes the novels Brave Men Run and Pilgrimage, the collection The Sovereign Era: Year One, the novelette “Canary in a Coal Mine” (by P.G. Holyfield), and the short stories “The World Revolves Around You” and “The News from Bewilder Pond.”  So far.
  • After my September focus on the serial, I’ll get back to my next novel, Shadow of the Outsider, the follow-up to  Light of the Outsider and “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay.”
  • It was likely a Facebook post from the author Adam-Troy Casto that first called my attention to the idea that some folks might be aghast at the character of Decker from the classic science fiction film Blade Runner (based on the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). He might have shared if from a post from the author David Gerrold… do you forgive me for de-prioritizing the fact checking on this one? Where it came from is secondary to the point, after all…
  • So why are they called “blade runners,” anyway..?
  • The Punisher — Frank Castle — was created by  by Gerry Conway, John Romita, Sr., and Ross Andru (in the episode, I mistakenly credit Gil Kane). He first appeared in issue number 129 of The Amazing Spider-Man, which hit the spinner racks in November, 1973.
  • I mention the quote, “Fiction is telling the truth with lies.”  I’m paraphrasing something with a long, storied history of paraphrasing. The origin of this universal statement comes from Pablo Picasso, who was quoted in a 1923 article as saying, “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.” The first person to apply this truism (see what I did, there?) to narrative fiction might have been the screenwriter Stephen Davis: “Drama is the lie that tells us the truth.” Check out Quote Investigator for more…
  • Henry Rollins is quoted as saying, “It’ll destroy you if you try to make it mean anything to anyone but yourself,” At least, I think he did. I can’t find the original source.
  • In this episode, I reference the “Nope to Tropes” episode, which you should check out..!
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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.

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