Farewell, Thanks a Bunch, and Keep on Rocking!

Soooo…this post has been a long time coming!

First off, thanks so much to everyone who’s supported the podcast over the past few years. It’s been a really rewarding, fascinating project, and I’m really happy we’ve been able to help folks out there in listener land AND squeeze in a whole heaping ton of awesome shop talk about freelancing, the writing life, and much more.

A huge shout out to all of our awesome guests, all of our listeners, and a megahugenormous personal thank you to both of my super cooltastic co-hosts, Andrew Hayward and Cassidee Moser. It’s been a great run and I appreciate you both coming along with me for the ride and contributing so much to the show!

So with that, I’m a bit relieved and a bit bummed to announce, that it’s time to move on to other things.

When I originally set out to start this podcast, I was in a very, very different place in my professional writing world. Hell, the industry was a very different place. A lot has changed. Some things for the better, other things…hmmmm…not so much. The Freelance Game Podcast itself is kind of a weird chronicle of the ups and downs we’ve faced — both personally and industry-wide — over the last couple of years.

I still freelance full-time, but increasingly my world is shifting more towards game development and book writing. When you put all three of things together, with each one of them being almost a full-time job’s worth of time and energy in my case, it’s a bit exhausting.

I’m exhausted. And stoked….exhaustoked? I dunno. There’s so much going on these days, that it’s hard to keep up. Which is why it’s a good time to pull the plug on this and move on to other wild and crazy projects rather than try to hobble along with even less time and energy to put into the show than I’ve had in the past season.

I’m prone to rambling (as anyone who’s worked with me or emailed me for freelance advice knows all too well), so I’ll wrap this up…..probably in a few more paragraphs so bear with me.

Podcasting in general, and working with both Andrew and Cassidee in particular, has been an amazing experience. This adventure has forced me out of my comfort zone, and I’ve really had a blast hanging out with my virtual writer peeps, chatting with amazing guests, and speaking rambly writerly words of advice into your earholes a few times a month. The show has helped me through some rough patches and has been a great outlet. I’m going to miss it, but I’m also excited for the adventures ahead.

Anyhoooooo….apologies: RE season 3. We were going to do a season 3, but…it just makes sense to end while the ending is good. Speaking of which, NOW is a great time to catch up on old episodes while you can.

If you want to listen to the show’s first two seasons, I’ll keep pumping some green into it for another month or so to keep the archive live. Best download and listen to those puppies while you can. Mmmmkay? Cool.

Alrighty, thanks again for tuning in and don’t forget to…

Keep the words flowing!*

-Nathan

*Gah, I’m sure you’re sick of hearing me say that.😉

 

 

 

Ep. 37 – Season 2 Finale: Evaluating Your Writing Progress and Planning for the New Year

caspodcastnarwhalOh hey, it’s the Season 2 Finale! We wrap up Season 2 of the podcast with a big motivational chat about taking stock of where you are, where you want to go, and putting a battle plan in motion to level-up in the New Year! Also, don’t forget to fill out our listener survey for Season 3!

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Ep. 36 – Sharpening Your Interviewing Skills w/ Michael Martin

The return of Michael Martin! In this roundtable style chat, we cover a lot of ground on the ins and outs of conducting interviews to write killer articles, from tackling interview anxiety as a new writer to making sure you ask the right questions and get great responses. Lots of tips and personal insights!

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Episode links:

  1. Michael Martin on Twitter
    Michael Martin is also a ninja.

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Ep. 35 – Five Major Freelance Stresses and How to Work Through Them

caspodcastnarwhalThis MUST-LISTEN episode digs into five of the most common stressers you’ll face as a freelancer of any sort. We talk about these challenges, what to look for, how to avoid and work through them, and how they’ve affected us in our careers, too. Don’t miss this one! Seriously.

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Episode links:

  1. This Book Is A Dungeon – Out Now on Steam
  2. Super Jump Radio – Cassidee’s new geek/games/awesome podcast. Check it!
  3. Go To Bed: Survive The Night – OUT NOW on Steam

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EP. 34 – Writing and Working Remotely with Game Informer’s Mike Futter

futterWe chat with Game Informer news editor Michael Futter about the perks and challenges of working remotely full-time as a writer and editor. In this lively episode, Mike shares a lot of interesting tidbits about news writing, his non-journalism background, and how he landed a gig working at one of the biggest gaming print mags still around while living across the country.

Note: Apologies for the audio quality on this one. It’s a little wonky, because we were shooting from the hip both recording and time-wise, (PEW PEW PEW)!

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Show Notes – Interview with Mike Futter

Here’s where you can find Mike online!

Mike’s Links:

  1. His Game Informer profile page
  2. Follow Mike on Twitter here!

Other links:

  1. Super Jump Radio – Cassidee’s new geek/games/awesome podcast. Check it!
  2. Nathan’s FREE BOOK – 23 Ways To Improve Your Pitches
  3. Join our Facebook community to network and find gigs!

-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon to get access to our growing archive of exclusive supporter-only “minisodes”!

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– Follow the show on Twitter: @freelancegame
-Follow Cassidee at @CassideeMoser
-Follow Nathan at @nmeunier

Ep. 33 – Diversifying Your Freelance Income and Creative Entrepreneurship with Lauren Orsini

blog_sidebar_headFreelancer, author, and Otaku enthusiast Lauren Orsini juggles a lot of interesting creative projects that align with her personal interests AND generate income streams that let her make a living doing what she enjoys. In this interview, we talk shop about niche freelancing, diversifying your income, geeky passions, and how to build a living beyond normal word slinging through creative ventures.

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Show Notes – Interview with Lauren Orsini

Check out Lauren’s books, website, writer resources, and other cool projects below!

Lauren’s Links:

  1. Her main site, Otaku Journalist
  2. Her monetized side blog project: Gunpla 101
  3. Grab copies of her books here!
  4. Follow Lauren on Twitter here!

Other links referenced this episode:

  1. Super Jump Radio – Cassidee’s new geek/games/awesome podcast. Check it!
  2. Dictation.io – A free speech-to-text program for “talking” out your rough drafts.
  3. Nathan’s FREE BOOK – 23 Ways To Improve Your Pitches
  4. Join our Facebook community to network and find gigs!

-Don’t forget to support Our Patreon to get access to our growing archive of exclusive supporter-only “minisodes”!

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– Follow the show on Twitter: @freelancegame
-Follow Cassidee at @CassideeMoser
-Follow Nathan at @nmeunier

Ep. 32 – Finding Fresh Freelance Writing Work

caspodcastnarwhalIn this info and tip-packed episode, we talk about how to find new freelance gigs, where to get more work, how to approach prospective gigs, and the value of thoughtful networking. Lots of great tips and useful resources!

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Show Notes

In a rush to get this live today, so I’m going to break it down real quick by links:

  1. This Book Is A Dungeon – Steam Greenlight support! Nathan could use your Yes votes!
  2. Russ Pitts’ Kickstarter – Bring The Human Stories of Video Games to Life. SUPPORT THIS AWESOME PROJECT
  3. Super Jump Radio – Cassidee’s new geek/games/awesome podcast. Check it!
  4. EMAIL USE YOUR Qs about Freelancing/Mental Health! thefreelancegame@gmail.com
  5. MEDIA BISTRO – Avant Guild Membership / How To Pitch access
  6. http://www.freelancewriting.com

Referenced Links!

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-Follow Nathan at @nmeunier

EP. 31 – WRITING NEWS AND FREELANCE JOURNALISM TIPS W/ ZACK STEIN

zacksteinWe chat with former IGN news lead and long-time broadcast journalist and freelancer Zack Stein about all things related to news and shortform writing. In this interview, he shares tips for writing great news posts, talks about his experience in broadcast journalism, and drops some knowledge on the state of the news writing realm. Lots of interesting stories and tips!

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Show Notes

In this episode’s intro update…

Cassidee moved across country to CA, which is a lot of craziness. She talks about a few things she’s working on and prepping for that big change.

Nathan launched another crazy thing. Yes, again. This time it’s a demonic horror game (PC) being sold within a 40,000 word Kindle book that’s a dev diary about the three months he spent pulling this thing together from the dark nether. Or something. No one is buying it but the people who pre-ordered it seem to be really digging it. Check it it out here!

Guest Interview: Zack Stein

Zack has been in the news writing game — both as a freelancer and as an editor and lead — for a LONG time. He’s spearheaded news content for IGN in the games industry, covered breaking hard news events as a radio news director and editor for NBC News Radio in DC (and for numerous other broadcast outlets), and even worked in the trenches in print newspaper roles. He’s seen it all, and in this in-depth interview, he shares a lot of interesting anecdotes and some really useful tips on how to tackle news writing as freelancer.

Referenced Links!

-Follow Zack Stein on Twitter.
-Nathan’s new book and messed up horror game www.thisbookisadungeon.com
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Patreon Exclusive Mini-sode #1: Freelance Horror Stories and How We Survived Them

patreonthingyHave you considering backing The Freelance Game on Patreon? For as little as $1 per core episode, you can help support the show as we push onward while trying to cut down on our ongoing out of pocket expenses.

We’ve got something new and special just for Patreon supporters!

We’ll be doing sporadic “Mini-sodes,” once or twice a month where we talk frankly about different aspects of freelancing, ranging from insider tips and workshops to horror stories and other personal experience tales.

These special goodies will ONLY be available (at no additional charge) to current and future Patreon supporters! In the months to come, we’ll be building a backlog of these cool special episodes, which you’ll be access on the Patreon content page if you’re a subscriber.

This is our way of giving back more to our hardcore supporters, while also offering what we hope is interesting, useful, and entertaining special content to encourage more listeners to help pitch in!

So anyway, please consider checking out the Patreon and throwing in a few bucks a month if you want to get access to these special goodies. Our first one is:

Mini-sode #1 Freelance Horror Stories and How We Survived Them

Where we talk about a handful of freelance horror stories from our own careers and how we dealt with them. Plus we throw in a wacky aside about weird regional accents. Good times!

Ep. 30 – Recapisode #1 – Great Tips and Interview Moments from The Vault

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This month got super crazy, so Cassiddee was kind enough to put together a great hour’s worth of short tip-filled vignettes from interviews with IGN’s Mitch Dyer, GamesRadar’s Susan Arendt, our good old freelance pal Mr. Andrew Hayward, and more! We’ll be back next ep with new guests and more great content! Also, if you’re a Patreon supporter of the show,  stay tuned for our first backer exclusive episode “Freelance Horror Stories” coming to your inbox soon!

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Show Notes

N/A – We’ll be back with new guests and more next episode!

Don’t forget:

-Follow the show on Twitter: @freelancegame
-Follow Cassidee at @CassideeMoser
-Follow Nathan at @nmeunier