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054: Fear, Contentment, and the Third Shift

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
054: Fear, Contentment, and the Third Shift

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick 054 finds me acknowledging fear, confessing a rare moment of creative contentment, and I ask you a question about your creative life I hope you’ll answer in the comments. I also reveal a revelation about my current work in progress.

Links and Topics Mentioned in This Episode

  • I spent quality time on my Shaper’s World storyworld, the setting of my last two works of fiction, the novel Light of the Outsider and the novelette “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay,” and my current work in progress Shadow of the Outsider.
  • Want to learn more about worldbuilding? Check out this previous episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick.
  • How did the Shaper’s World come about? I wrote about it in this article about the creation of Light of the Outsider.
  • Get Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started,” my freely offered fiction serial, and enjoy well over a year and a half of weekly free fiction, when you subscribe.  For free!
  • I use Scrivener for many of my writing projects, including Shadow of the Outsider. It’s a kind of “everything but the kitchen sink no haha we’re kidding the kitchen sink is included” software program for writers of fiction and non-fiction. It’s available for Windows and Mac.
  • After testing everything, I’ve settled on Mindomo for visual brainstorming / mind-mapping. Give it a shot when you need a different take on the ideas, beats, and scenes you’re wrestling with.
  • I mentioned I was loathe to look up the last time I sold any copies of Light of the Outsider or “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay.”  Well, in the interest of transparency and radical vulnerability, here you go: I last sold a copy of Light of the Outsider in June of 2022.  I haven’t sold a single copy of “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay” since the month it came out, April 2021. Ouch. I mean, seriously, ouch. My heart hurts.
  • Hey, are you a listener who is also making a full-time living from revenue from your own creative endeavors (work you create for you, not work you create for clients)? Sound off in the comments!
  • I suspect most of you listeners are actually creators who also have a day job. If that’s you, how do you break up your time between your creative work, your day job, personal obligations / responsibilities, and infrastructure / supporting tasks related to your creative endeavors? Are you working a “third shift?” Tell me about it in the comments!
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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.”

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