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The Seven Five Nothing - Call to the Mic

Now that Bootleg Film Festival is over, I've found myself freeing up time to work on some other side projects.

Over the past few years, I've been sporadically writing small stories, held together under the banner of The Seven Five Nothing. Some of you may have read a few before, and I've also put a few out in ebook format previously.

Back at the start of this 2013, I decided to goose myself a little and finally get down to reading some of my stories in public. I did a couple of open mics out here in New York, which were half-terrifying, half incredible, and ever since, I've been exploring various ways in which I'd like to get the short tales out. After all, stories like to be told right?

A couple of months back, I decided I'd piece them together into a podcast, each read by a different person and underpinned by music from emerging artists I liked on SoundCloud.

Whilst I was still living in Edinburgh, I asked filmmaker Maria McIndoo to record her favourite story. She chose The Mime - take a listen.

All the music used is covered under a Creative Commons license, and subsequently, all of the recordings are being released in the same way: free for people to download and reuse as they want.

I really like the way this came out, and I want to record more. So, here's the open call to anyone who's interested in recording one of my hyper-short stories.

Basically, before I go ahead and launch the podcast proper, I'd like to have a bunch of recordings to work with, and I'm interested in hearing from anyone who's feeling bold and brave enough to record one for me.

You don't have to be an actor, or a public speaker at all - we'll just strike up a dialogue and then I'll send through a story or two for you to pick from. Then all you have to do is record it and send it over. I'll do the rest (and also share it with you before I do the world).

The one prerequisite is that you're able to produce a good recording. And by that I mean something that is clean (no background noise) and crisp (so no popping audio). I'm happy to discuss this fully of course with those interested, but please bear this in mind before checking in with me.

The plan is to launch the podcast in January/February of 2014, and whilst this is a totally not for profit venture, I hope it'll be a real blast all the same :)

Drop me a line via, making sure you file it in the subject line if you're interested in recording a story for the podcast, or feel free to pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.

And before I sign off here, the featured music from The Mime is Old Long Arms - Horses Be Gone and Christina LiDisappear - acapella - both of which are great tracks that I urge you to check out.

Looking forward to hearing from some of you. Rock n roll.