Sunday, January 26, 2014

Are You Listening?

by Leann

Did I ever mention what a talented family I have? My son plays multiple instruments, writes songs and has a talent for art. My daughter is an accomplished performance artist with a masters degree in choreography. My sister is an amazing water color and pen and ink artist. It's about time I mentioned my son-in-law. (Well, mention him again, because big things have happened!)

He (Jeffrey Cranor) and his co-writer Joseph Fink developed a podcast called Welcome to Night Vale about a year and a half ago. It's funny, it's mysterious and at times horrifying. Most of all it is completely unique. It went viral months ago and has even topped This American Life on the iTunes podcast top ten at times. It's a twice monthly show narrated like old time radio with the news announcer Cecil even making the weather in Night Vale seem bizarre. I cannot explain what is unexplainable. Just listen and you'll understand. The episodes are downloadable free from iTunes and you can visit the Welcome to Night Vale Facebook page to learn more.

Other fabulous things have happened with "Night Vale." They developed "live shows" to please their ever-growing audience. They started small, appearing in bookstores and small theaters but now they are on a major tour with the live show. Currently they are on the west coast. They will be touring all over the place, though--going to DC, Philly, Atlanta--well just about everywhere. Such fun! Such excitement! Their
shows seem to sell out immediately. This picture is my son-in-law with Molly Quinn, whom you may recognize from Castle, taken backstage in L.A.

And to prove that even more great things can happen if you pursue your dreams, Jeffrey and Joseph recently signed with HarperCollins and there will be a Night Vale novel in 2015. I am so proud of you guys! So very happy for your success!

18 comments:

Aurian said...

Wonderful Leann, they sure deserve their success! But don't forget your self, you write very good cozy mysteries, and you and your husband are designing and building a beautiful house from scratch!

Lynn said...

Truly a talented family! Congratulations to you all.

Dru said...

Congratulations to your talented family.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Aurian. My husband is the one who should be proud of that house. He has worked so hard on a difficult project!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much, Lynn!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Dru!

mary kennedy said...

Wow, this is fantastic, very exciting! I'll watch for Night Vale when it comes to Philly, can't wait.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Fascinating as well as fantastic, Leann. And talented indeed. Must check out Night Vale.

Thanks for sharing.

XO

MJ

Nancy said...

Exciting times! Congratulations to you and your talented family.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ!

Leann Sweeney said...

Indeed! Thanks Nancy!

Mary Ann Schlacks said...

Very impressive for all of you! I think Molly Quinn is very pretty. Love Castle.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks. She is so cute on that show and I think her real suits her perfectly!

lavendersbluegreen said...

Sounds pretty cool. I just went and got all the podcasts on stitcher!

Leann Sweeney said...

Great! My son Shawn said until he went to the live show in Seattle a couple weeks ago, he wasn't sure if he was laughing in the right places--so he felt better when he realized how weird and wonderfully funny the podcasts are because the audience was there to laugh with him! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love the picture and will look forward to 2015 about the book. if your son would like to b write a blog have him send me an emal.
Pam

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Pam! Thought you'd like to see that this picture! :-)