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This Blog Will Change Your Life is thrilled to announce the launch of a new This Podcast Will Change Your Life production: UPSTATE: The Podcast.

UPSTATE: The Podcast will debut on Thursday, October 6th and run (nearly) every Thursday thereafter, God willing, until completion.

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It started as it always does. Well, always might be a little strong. In 2021 I was pitching my somewhat recently re-released short story collection UPSTATE to a quite excellent producer with the idea that it might be optioned for the creation of a serialized podcast, which might in turn be sold to a platform such as Spotify, which might be further optioned by a streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime and become a television series. Which...didn't happen when the producer passed. Was I discouraged, yes, totally, and was I also inspired, yes, totally. I thought, do I need a producer to serialize UPSTATE, could I not do that myself? I could. I could record myself reading the stories. I could produce a podcast. Post it. Promote it. Make it real. Or...I could do most of that and instead of recording the stories myself, I could reach out to some of the friends, family, writers and publishers I love and interacted with throughout my writing life and ask them to record the stories. Which I did. I reached out, cajoled, flattered, pursued and ultimately gathered recordings of every story in the collection, which I now intend to share with you, one episode per week, starting on Thursday, October 6th, and running every Thursday thereafter, God willing, until completion. The episodes will be posted here on the blog and available wherever podcasts are found. I will also post the link for each new episode as they happen below, in order, and gloriously at that. If you want to discuss this project with me or promote it, which would be warmly embraced, please let me know and we'll do that. Post haste. Otherwise, it's been quite a lot of fun looking to make this happen and's really, actually, happening.

UPSTATE: The Podcast

Repetition Patterns

Chapter One - Repetition Patterns read by Judy Tanzer

Chapter Two - The Babysitter read by Cyn Vargas

Chapter Three - The Gift read by Serena Makofsky

Chapter Four - What We Thought We Knew read by Tom Williams

Chapter Five - Change Of Plans read by Christopher Bowen

Chapter Six - Pac-Man Fever read by Mark R. Brand

Chapter Seven - Life As He Had Known It read by Alice Kaltman

Chapter Eight - Shooting Stick read by Hosho McCreesh

So Different Now

Chapter Nine - So Different Now read by Donald Quist

Chapter Ten - In A Single Bound read by Seth Berg

Chapter Eleven - Stevey read by David Masciotra

Chapter Twelve - Cool, Not Removed read by Patrick Wensink

Chapter Thirteen - Panties read by Debra Pritzker Tanzer

Chapter Fourteen - Just Like That read by Giano Cromley

Chapter Fifteen - Never Said read by Joseph G. Peterson

Chapter Sixteen - Goddess read by Glen Binger

Chapter Seventeen - No Nothing read by Ryan W. Bradley

After the Flood

Chapter Eighteen - How It Works read by Leland Cheuk

Chapter Nineteen - Stabbed In The Back read by Leesa Cross-Smith

Chapter Twenty -Barely Breathing read by Tim Walikis

Chapter Twenty-One - God's Work read by Barry Graham

Chapter Twenty-Two - Untrammeled read by Gerald Brennan

Chapter Twenty-Three - The Runner read by Ray Charbonneau

Chapter Twenty-Four - Watching And Waiting read by Pete Anderson

Chapter Twenty-Five - Freddie's Dead read by Robert James Russell

Chapter Twenty-Six - Vision read by Adam Lawrence

Chapter Twenty-Seven - What We Talk About When We Talk About The Flood read by Christian Winn

Chapter Twenty-Eight - We Were All Here read by Mallory Smart

Chapter Twenty-Nine - A Different Story read by Dr. Mike McClelland

Chapter Thirty - Longing read by Paula Bomer

Chapter Thirty-One - Night Swimming read by Mike Smolarek

Chapter Thirty-Two - Something Like This read by Clayton Smith

Chapter Thirty-Three - Things Start read by Sara Lippmann