Personal Essay: Brian Lieberman
I’m not sure there’s one other person who’s been exposed to Pseudopod Towers as long as I have. Certainly not during such formative years. As such, they monitor and regularly test me to check for any errant curses or budding evils.
I joined the Pseudopod crew way back in the misty days of my youth, at a time where I was grasping to really do something, to make an impact on something I cared about. It was early 2007—yeah, it’s been almost ten years for me as well—and I had recently discovered the world of podcasts.
So when Serah Eley called for volunteers, I was beside myself with the opportunity to help out my favorite podcasts. For a child of the internet, being a forum moderator was really cool. I had done it before on some old guild forums here and there, so by seventeen I thought I would do a pretty alright job of moderating. I wasn’t entirely wrong, but I had a lot to learn. I’ve learned a ton over the years, and expanded my responsibilities in Pseudopod Towers as well—from hosting the Flash Fiction contests to submissions editing, to even hosting an episode (talk about a dream come true!).
Meanwhile, listening to all the fiction we’ve put out over the years has been invaluable. One of the keys to becoming a good writer is reading, and the same can be said for listening. The more audio fiction you consume, the better you get at teasing out themes and enjoying good pacing. I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without Pseudopod and the rest of Escape Artists (I get paid to write! Like . . . what?!) Not just professionally, but personally and emotionally as well.
I’m really proud of everything we’ve accomplished, of the 500+ episodes we’ve produced, and of the tireless efforts of our staff members. I haven’t done any other thing for as long as I’ve volunteered at Pseudopod, and I can’t wait to see what the next ten years has in store for us all.
Finally, a huge thank-you to all our listeners, donors, staff and moderators past and present, narrators, and of course, our authors. None of this would have happened without every single one of you.
Brian is an associate editor of Pseudopod. By day, he’s a froody copywriter who always remembers his towel. By night, he practices foodcraft and slays demons with his friends. He lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, a roommate, and a cat with no patience for his tomfoolery.