Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Big News: Sigler hits the Times (also Story #1 up)

Yes, story #1 of mine, "When They Were Calling You in for Dinner" is live today.
But also, check out this article in the NY Times about Podiobooks and Sigler.
It's pretty awesome.

Monday, February 26, 2007

JP2: This is Life

or This is Life: a Jack Palms novel

How's that sound? Have a ring to it?
There's a lot going on this week with me. Wednesday story #1 of A Long Way from Disney goes live on podcast, making my return after finishing JWU in December. I'm happy to be back to that. More on that later.

The real thing I want to talk about here, the big shebang, the geegaw, the event to kaibosh all other events (even Departed winning best picture) is that this morning I finished the first full draft of the sequel to Jack Wakes Up. Hefty. Fast. The sequel comes in at 235 pages & 66,000 words, not the welterweight that JWU wound up being at close to 85,000 words, but this is just about exactly the same length as the first draft of JWU came out almost 17 months ago today to the exact date. I think I finished that first draft on 9/23/05. Wow. It's got me shaking my head, pinching myself, goo goo-ing and ga ga-ing. Mostly I feel nervous, like it wasn't supposed to happen like that, like I was supposed to sweat it out for ten months or longer. But shit, it went, it worked, I wrote. There's still work to do, without a doubt, and I'm optimistic and excited about my revision process, but revise I will. I feel like I have some better chops for revising this time, like I'll be able to make more decisive cuts and changes and additions this time around. I'm ready to take it head on.

So that process will begin soon. But today, tonight (eventually I'll be done teaching at 9:30) and tomorrow night I will celebrate and consider the taste of the air that I breathe.

Give a what what when you read this.
Subscribe to A Long Way from Disney, if you haven't already.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

On the way

Yeah, it's coming. Get ready for the action and the stories: they're all just around the corner. Pretty soon I'll be here with a new story, and then one on Sunday and an additional one every week.

For now, tide yourself over with "Tattooed People" and Steve McDermott's "Winter of Different Directions" podcast.

Be back soon.

One Week Until "A Long Way from Disney" premiers. Promo out now

Hello Palms-ers and Palms-ettes,
(de Palmas?)

Time is ticking until the premier episode of my next podcast project, A Long Way from Disney. This will be a collection of linked stories about Adam Berkman, a young man growing up and coming of age in Boston in the 1980s. These stories are as far from Disney's American family as Boston is from Orlando. It’s real life, every word of the way.

I should also say ahead of time that they're far from Jack Palms' streets of San Francisco, but you'll find that out soon enough.

The first (premier) episode "When They Were Calling You in for Dinner" will be coming to you in just over a week, on Wednesday, Feb. 28th. After that, I'll be right back with a second story on Sunday March 4 and then on every Sunday thereafter.

The feed information: as soon as you can, go ahead and visit my newly designed site at and subscribe on the podcasts page. This'll get you to a new, long-term designated feed at that you'll be able to stay with from here on out and for all the podcast projects I'll give you. Good news, right? Yes, it is. For now I'll be podcasting A Long Way from Disney for the Spring and then I'll be here in the summer to bring you Jack Palms II, the sequel (official title still undecided). (Though I may have a "name that book" contest coming soon... (don't worry, all the obvious titles have already been suggested)) Yes, JPII is coming along nicely and should be in the revision stages within the next few months. That's right, the first draft is nearing a place where a light can be see distantly at the end of the tunnel. Or maybe it's all just coming into form. We'll see; no promises as to dates, but it's happening people, it's happening.

So don't fear: I'm here and coming back to you soon and quickly with more great content that you know and expect from Stay tuned, keep your eyes open, and keep checking your feed-devices. There's a promo episode of "Long Way" out already, called "Tattooed People." Read it or listen to it on the site today!

Best wishes and stay warm if you're in a place that's cold. Yours,

Seth Harwood

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Jack Palms??

Check out this listener message. I can't believe they've already announced the play version of my sequel before I even finished it!!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Brand Spankin'

Brand new website over on the side of things. All brand new.
Lemme know if anything's not working.

Also, McDermott posted "Tattooed People" on Storyglossia here.

Podcast version coming soon. (Among other things.) Check the new space at