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072: Let’s Make the Perfect Software for Fiction Writers

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick
072: Let's Make the Perfect Software for Fiction Writers

What make the perfect software for fiction writers? What features are missing from all the usual suspects?

In this park cast episode 072 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, I wander around in the sunshine and suggest the specifications for what just might be the perfect software application of writers of all kinds. Listen to see if you agree, and by all means, add your wish list and suggestions in the comments!

This episode was recorded on February 20th, 2023.

Links and Topics Mentioned in This Episode

  • This episode recorded at Central Park in Huntington Beach, California.
  • My day job? I’m a creative services provider helping authors, podcasters and other creators. How can I help you?
  • You can now name your own price (at least a buck; upper limit determined by your generosity and means) on all of my e-books when you purchase them directly from me. Check out what’s available.
  • Why’d I move to a “name your own price” model? Listen to Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick 070 for the details, or you can read this Scribtotum article.
  • No more need to visit that big online retailer to “Look Inside the Book” when it comes to my fiction and nonfiction! Visit any of the dedicated pages for my books and click the “Read a Sample” link for a taste… and then pay what you want for the e-book!
  • Since this is a park cast, I used my lavalier mic, which I recommend.
  • Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started” is a free fiction serial provided free and exclusively to the members of my mailing list community. Get a new installment of eighties-flavored fiction delivered to your inbox every week when you subscribe for free!
  • Shadow of the Outsider is my current major work in progress. While we all wait, you can catch up with its predecessors, the novel Light of the Outsider and the novelette “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay.”  And don’t forget — you can name your own price for the e-books!
  • Some of the writing software applications that come close, but aren’t quite right, include:
  • An outliner I use every days for a variety of tasks and highly recommend — but it’s still lacking as a software application for writers — is Dynalist.
  • Are personal knowledge management software applications as close as we get (for now) to the perfect software applications for writers? Examples include:
  • Why Josephine? It’s my little tribute to the memory of my grandmother on my stepfather’s side, Josephine Bridickas. Cheers, Gram Jos!
  • The SFWA author who recommended a little AI “daemon” on your shoulder as you write — like real time fact checking of your own work — is R. Jean Mathieu.
  • I mention Seafile, the open source, self-hosted replacement for Dropbox and / or Google Drive. It’s pretty neat.
  • Big thanks to my Multiversalists patron community, including Amelia Bowen, Ted Leonhardt, Chuck Anderson, and J. C. Hutchins!
  • The Multiversalists patron member community receives the uncut, unedited version of every episode. Want in on that? Become a patron for at least $5.00 per month (cancel any time) and get a bunch of other perks and special access, too.
    • Every month the member community has at least twenty members, I will donate 10% of net patron revenue to 826 National in support of literacy and creative writing advocacy for children. Let’s go!

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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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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 Zencast.fm; the website is hosted by Dreamhost.

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