Monday, 26 October 2020

Sketching and Painting

Dear Listeners,

I hope you enjoy Episode 46. I hope it makes you want to go wild and create art.

I've been so uplifted to hear from so many listeners who are enjoying the stories in spite of my fragmented publishing schedule. I am trying to get more of a flow going with new material and make good on my promise to keep the stories coming. Thank you all for listening and thank you to all those who got in touch and have supported me with kind words, encouragement, coffees, comments.

Here's your direct link if that's how you like to get the show, and you'll find us on all the podcast platforms although I am not always able to reply to comments on some of them. Come and say 'Hi' on Facebook too.

The soundtrack for this episode is by Hans Christian from his album Undefended Heart on magnatune.com

Thank you for listening and may your dreams be sweet!

Seymour


Friday, 21 August 2020

Brother Savion

 Dear Listeners,

This is a story about a hermit. If you have ever wondered what might happen after taking a vow of solitude and making a life in the community of the wild woods, then maybe this will give you something to ponder.

If you like a direct link to the MP3 to download, then this is for you. Of course, you can also get the podcast with your preferred app.

Thank you for listening, and thank you for waiting patiently between episodes. In the intro to this one, I have gone back to announcing the podcast as "fortnightly" because it is my dear wish that I will be able to keep up with a more regular schedule from here on.

The soundtrack for this episode is by David Gilden, available here on magnatune.com as always.

Please feel free to drop me a line or come and say hi on Facebook.

I hope your summer is going well.

Stay safe and sweet dreams,

Seymour

Friday, 1 May 2020

The Librarian


Dear Listeners

Here's Episode 44 for you.

"You know, all this talk we are talking? It's like the sunshine and the rain. It's present or not, but when it is present it soaks and warms and disappears. Nevertheless, the nourishing effect of it lasts and shows continually."

This is a longer one, but I hope you enjoy the journey nevertheless. "The Librarian" was my working title, and it kind of stuck.

Here is your direct link. 

And you can find Hans Christian (the ambient cello soundtrack) here at Magnatune.

I hope that, in every way, you and your loved ones are thriving and enjoying this precious life. As usual, I have been profoundly blessed and encouraged hearing feedback and connecting with listeners all over the world in the last month.

I wish you peace and safety, and the sweetest dreams.

Seymour

Monday, 30 March 2020

Chippie and Angus


Dear listeners,

Episode 43 for your listening ...

I don't want to give too much away. It's a story about a quiet girl, who nobody thinks a great deal of, apart from one chap who finds an excuse to spend as much time with her as he can.

Here's your direct link, if that's how you like to get it.

My heartfelt thanks for all the support and encouragement I keep getting to make this podcast. With so many of us facing frightening times and unexpected levels of isolation at the moment, I think it's a particular privilege to be able to keep going and to be part of an invisible community that is so positive.

If you'd like to come and lurk or join the conversation on the Facebook page, it would be lovely to see you there. Likewise, drop me a message or email me and I will always reply (eventually).

The soundtrack for this episode is by Dmitri Krasnoukhov, available from Magnatune, here.

Stay safe and dream sweetly,

Seymour

Friday, 6 March 2020

Lady Isabella

Dear Listeners,

Episode 42 for you - and I apologize in advance if I have a little croak in my voice ... it's the time of year. Nevertheless, I hope you will enjoy hearing what Milly and her friendly duck, Lady Isabella, get up to in this story.

As usual, you can use the player in this post, get the direct file link here, or catch the show with your pod app of choice.

The gentle, cinematic soundtrack is by EuchMad, his album "Light Off", You can listen to the whole album for free online here.

I wish you all the best and the sweetest dreams. Thank you for listening.

Seymour

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Horseless Carriage

Dear Listeners,

We bring you Episode 41: a pleasant little jaunt down memory lane wherein we discover some magical properties of a certain bird ... perhaps.

Thank you for your patience and many apologies for another long wait and lots of empty promises to bring you something "soon"!

This story all jumped out at me from an old postcard depicting Henry Ford and his son Edsel. Henry is sitting in the first vehicle they ever built while his son looks out at him through the window of a much more modern model. I know not a lot about vintage vehicles and have done a little research but left the details of makes and models to the imagination because someone out there is way more savvy about it all than I will ever be.

You can hear it by clicking on the media player above, get your direct link to download the MP3 here or listen on iTunes or your favorite app, of course.

I'd love to see you over at our Facebook page if you do Facebook. It's probably the best place to get updates and interact ... or there is twitter, too.

Music in this episode is by Chad Lawson, available from magnatune.com.

I plan to bring you another episode in a couple of weeks ... until then ... sweet dreams and thanks for listening.

Yours dreamily,
Seymour

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Happy New Year 2020 Dear Listeners


Happy New Year, Listeneroos!

Let’s do this 2020 thing! I wish it a sweet and nourishing year for all of you.

I started last year (2019) with beautiful intentions and promises to create and publish new stories consistently. I was full of ideas but unfortunately, life had other plans and my body put me into survival mode and took emergency measures against long-term stress and fatigue, effectively fogging out my creative mojo for months. This treadmill is way too common, as I know from the many listeners who have written to me about how SBS was a comfort in insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

So many people have been in touch, in fact, and said such lovely things to encourage me to keep writing that I have begun to understand more how this is part of why I am here (on planet earth) and blessed with words, a tongue, and vocal cords. I want this year to be different and I want to shape myself more around the creative output of SBS.

It amazes me that even in a dry year the ‘listener stats’ looked so good. I have resisted numerous offers of sponsorship and licensing the work to paid apps because it’s fundamental to me that Stories from the Borders of Sleep is offered freely for all and the flow is not disturbed with advertising. There have to be spaces where we can get away from that hustle, right?

Some people think I’m crazy taking this line, especially since I (and millions of others) would like nothing more in the world than to get up in the morning and just write rather than have a ‘proper job’. Nevertheless, others have asked me about making financial contributions and I don’t have any system, so I am trying a new thing ...

I looked at all the crowdfunding options and tbh most of them scare me. I don’t want to split listeners into tiers based on contributions or put time into developing 'exclusive content' that I could be putting into making stories available for everybody. I’m not here to hustle; I’m here to create and to share. However, there was one I liked called ‘Buy Me A Coffee’. People can make a one-off donation to buy me a coffee and keep fuelling the brain. An option will eventually be available for anyone to make a monthly contribution that would help me to buy myself more writing time and days I could spend creating more regular episodes.

There it is. I don’t want anyone to feel the tiniest bit of ‘should’ or ‘ought’ about it. We are all fighting battles on numerous fronts and SBS is just the thing I have to share that might help to spread some magic and wonder and make it be more liveable for some. I feel downright cheeky even mentioning it after such a dry year, but if you’d like to help with money, thank you SO much and here’s how (use this link or the button below - no sign up is required).

Above all thank you for listening, for waiting, for being here, for the waves and the ‘Hi’s, the likes and the follows. Thank you for reading this far. May your 2020 be auspicious and filled with curiosity, wonder and sweet dreams.

Seymour


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