Archive for June, 2012

Up and Down: Chapter 5

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

In Chapter 5, David endures an uncomfortable telephone conversation with Crawford Blake, the head of TK’s Washington office, and the threat of a national postal strike hangs over the Citizen Astronaut contest.

Next week, Chapter 6, as David heads west in search of the Canadian winner of the Citizen Astronaut contest.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

Your comments on the podcast are invited here on the blog, or via email to [email protected]

Up and Down: Chapter 4

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

In Chapter 4, David is swamped at the office and can’t spend as much time as he’d like with his ailing mother. As well, he and his Turner King colleagues organize and execute the Toronto news conference to launch the Citizen Astronaut contest.

Next week, Chapter 5, as David has a strange call from Crawford Blake, the head of the Washington office of Turner King, and a potential postal strike complicates the contest.

The voiceover the opens each podcast episode is provided by my friend, Roger Dey.

Your comments are always welcome here on the blog, or via email to [email protected]

 

 

Up and Down: Chapter 3

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

In Chapter 3, David and his Turner King colleagues make their big pitch to the senior executives of NASA. The presentation doesn’t quite unfold as they had rehearsed it.

Next week, Chapter 4 as Turner King in Toronto throws a news conference to launch the Citizen Astronaut contest.

The voiceover that opens each podcast episode belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

Your comments are always welcome here on the blog or via email to [email protected]

 

Up and Down podcast cracks the top 4 in iTunes

Monday, June 11th, 2012

The iTunes charts have always been a bit of a mystery to me, but I confess I do occasionally check them out. Even though I’ve only posted the first two chapters of the Up and Down podcast, it seems it has already managed to climb into the number four position on the iTunes Literature Podcast charts (yes, there actually is an iTunes Literature Podcast chart!). This is great news. Thanks to all the listeners who have already subscribed. Where will it be tomorrow? Who knows? But it’s nice to be up near the top on the strength of the first two chapters alone. Now, on to Chapter 3…

Up and Down: Chapter 2

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

In Chapter 2, David Stewart spends more time with his ailing mother, tries to build bridges to his colleagues at Turner King, and heads to Washington, DC for the big pitch to NASA.

Thanks for listening. Next week, Chapter 3, as the Turner King team makes their big presentation to the senior leadership at NASA.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

Comments are always welcome here on the blog or via email at [email protected]

Up and Down: Chapter 1

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Welcome to Chapter 1 of the Up and Down podcast. In this chapter, we meet the narrator, David Stewart, who has just joined the Toronto office of the international Public Relations agency, Turner King. The novel opens with his first day on the job. All does not go quite as planned.

Next week, Chapter 2. Thanks for listening and feel free to leave a comment here on the blog or over at iTunes.

The voiceover the opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my friend, Roger Dey.

Up and Down Podcast coming soon…

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012


I’m pleased to announced that the first chapter of the podcast version of my new novel, Up and Down, will be released  in the coming days. As I did for my first two novels, The Best Laid Plans and The High Road, I’ll be uploading one chapter of Up and Down each week until it’s finished. And yes, you’ll be relieved to hear that I’ve decided to upload the podcast chapters in chronological order. With 17 chapters, that should mean that the final episode should be posted sometime in October. The McClelland & Stewart print version will hit bookstores in mid-September. You can find the podcast on iTunes (just search my name in the iTunes store), or here at www.terryfallis.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast, and that it won’t discourage you from buying a copy of the book when it’s released in September. In fact, the idea here is that by the time you’ve listened to the podcast, you’ll be dying to rush right out to your local bookstore to buy a copy. A word of warning, a couple of the characters in the novel are southerners. In the podcast, in case it’s hard to tell, I do my best to put on a southern drawl but I don’t think I’ve actually nailed it yet, so be patient. I’m not great with accents. It took me a long time to figure out how to do a passable Scottish brogue for Angus McLintock in my first two podcast novels (and still, it’s not great!). I may eventually get the southern drawl down pat, but it may not be for a while!

Please feel free to pass along comments, positive or negative, on the podcast here on the blog, or even over on iTunes. I very much welcome listener comments.

You should find Chapter 1 of Up and Down posted in the coming few days. Happy listening!

 

Behind Up and Down

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Between now and the launch of my new novel, Up and Down in September, I thought I might periodically share some thoughts on what led me to write this story. I wrote a piece for the Indigo Fiction blog that traces some of the roots of Up and Down. In particular, it reveals how I became a space nut at the age of nine. But there’s more lurking in the background. When you read Up and Down, and I hope you will, you’ll see that part of the plot turns on the steady decline in public funding to NASA. I understand the view that we should take care of what’s going on down here on earth before we commit tax payers’ dollars to space exploration. I don’t share that view, but I understand it. Here are a couple of videos that explain far more eloquently than I ever could, why exploring space is important, if only because it gives us much-needed perspective on our own planet and the problems we must confront down here.