Author: Ben

Goodbye 2017. Hello 2018.

The world needs a lot of things, but a summary of 2017 from me probably isn’t one of those things. But here we are anyway, dear reader, and you know where the door is. I won’t hold it against you if you see yourself to […]

The Cap Times – Bright Ideas for 2018

I was asked to contribute a Bright Idea for 2018 by the Cap Times. Here’s the article about it. Bright Idea 2018: Volunteer outside your comfort zone If you’ve got a volunteer opportunity and you’d like somebody to go with you AND it’s feasible from […]

The Future is Bleak (but not like that)

Hello All –

Back in 2007/2008 when I was the Publisher of Bleak House Books, my co-worker Alison and I used to do a regular podcast called The Future is Bleak where we talked about what it’s like to run a publishing company and where we interviewed some of our author and agent friends in the industry. For a long time I’ve thought all of those episodes have been lost to history (and I’ve been bummed out by that).


Last weekend I put out a call on Facebook to see if anybody had any of the old episodes saved to their computer. I figured it was a long shot as the podcast is nearly a decade old and hard drive space used to be at a much more expensive premium. However, when all looked darkest, my most recent hero, Patrick Balester raised his hand and let me know that he had many of the episodes saved and that he would send them to me, my former intern (and now one of my best friends, Stompermonster) had a few of the other missing episodes.

I plan on uploading them to all of the regular podcast outlets as soon as I’ve gone through them (to fix any production issues, check for relevance, etc.). They’re certainly not going to be fascinating or even interesting to everybody, but for a certain audience I think they provide a really cool time capsule snapshot of how I got to here. I’m pretty excited about it.

You can bookmark this spot while you wait for them to migrate to your preferred outlets. 

The Future is Bleak.

Take care of yourselves and those around you (the whole world),