Patrick E. McLean : Just what it says on the tin.

The Seanachai Podcast

In 2005 I set a goal. One essay or short story, written, recorded, edited, scored, etc., every week. I was a tremendous amount of work. But, I did it.

It was very dark time in my life. I was frustrated, blocked and couldn’t see a way through. Hope was in short supply. But I made The Seanachai anyway. And it changed my life. I learned, deep in my bones, the wisdom of these words of Ray Bradbury

ACTION IS HOPE. At the end of each day, when you’ve done your work, you lie there and think. Well, I’ll be damned. I did this today. It doesn’t matter how good it is, or how bad — you did it. At the end of the week you’ll have a certain amount of accumulation. At the end of a year, you look back and say, I’ll be damned. It’s been a good year.

Even though the Seanachai is parsed out in 5-7 minute increments, the entire podcast is more than 8 hours of accumulated audio. This tends to make it daunting for new listeners. So to enhance the accessibility, and more effectively suck people in, I’ve compiled a brief introduction. It includes some of my favorite episodes (and some explanation of why) but it’s by no means comprehensive.

So if I’ve left out a favorite, or you think something else should be included, please mention it in the comments.




_In many ways, I feel like I failed the original purpose of the Seanachai by doing series. It was originally supposed to be all short stories. But, as it turns out, short stories are murderously hard. Which is okay, these turned out to be really good.



_Sometimes, you just gotta blow the bugs out of the engine. _


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