Maggie Gibbs/No Dragons Press is creating a HIGH FANTASY fiction podcast.
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No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Adventure is a bonkers stoner fantasy romp of multidimensional proportions---and it's now available as a weekly podcast!

Each week, a new episode brings you another chapter of action-packed, poignantly heartfelt adventure in a mysterious (yet somehow familiar) world. We follow Addie, Tristan, Duc, and the rest of the gang as they try to find their way back home, and I add my own observations and updates on the story's development.

There are two reasons the HIGH FANTASY Fiction Podcast exists.

First, I knew I had something amazing, witty, heartfelt, and real.

Incidentally, I knew this because I started it as a quick one-off novella, something to clear my head after a particularly frustrating plot issue in what I thought was my main series. Oh, the lies we tell ourselves---I was so captivated with the story that it got away from me pretty much entirely.

(The series now consists of a planned five books, five novellas, and a whole lot of room for expansion. Buckle up!)

The second reason the No Dragons Press podcast exists is, of course, to expand my outreach for the story beyond simply publishing it---but my motives there aren't quite what you might think.

I want to show as many people as possible how normal marijuana is.

(Yep, that's that "high" in "high fantasy.")

The story comes first, of course---but maybe that's precisely the point.

Between the burnouts and the medically prescribed, there's everybody else, and a lot of them are smoking weed: Your neighbor. Your coworkers. The grad students, the grandparents, the servers. Every human outside the jazz club and the rock show, but a lot of them at the library, the grocery story---and the small literary press down the street.

Normalization leads to legalization, and legalization is an important economic, social, global, and human rights issue. Plenty more on that later, I promise, because there's plenty more to say.

But not everyone has access to real live cannabis users in their lives to learn from, and the typical TV "stoner" is about as stereotypical as the "reefer madness" propaganda of the Roosevelt administration. What's an open-minded, law-abiding citizen to do?
  
Meet Addie. She's a bartender, a graphic designer, and, like so many of us, a lot more capable than she thinks.

She has to be, or she'll never make it. 

She may smoke a possibly shocking amount of marijuana, but once you get to know her, you'll think of that as the detail it is, just a part of her, like your friend's penchant for karaoke or your mom's yoga classes---a simple preference, a personality trait. Something that shouldn't concern you.

It may or may not be for you, but it just isn't that big of a deal.

It is increasingly important in today's complex world that we see each other as people, and this is a place where everyone is celebrated.

In No Dragons Press, bonkers shit happens regularly, lumberjacks emerge from closets, terrifying electronic basement experiments are always a good distraction from unsolved literary mysteries and douchey not-quite-ex boyfriends, and there's always someone around to smoke you up.

It's also a place you shouldn't get too comfortable in.
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With hosting, distribution, editing time, and other hidden snags, it turns out it's actually pretty expensive to publish a podcast on a regular basis, both in money and in time. Your considerably helpful donation of one dollar a month helps keep me in business, and I couldn't appreciate it more.
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Forget the operating costs: your three dollars a month buys me a solid local beer after a long day---something local or, if I'm feeling saucy, something funky and sour. I appreciate you.
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Help keep the show running, help keep the host running, and receive a special (and legal!) thank-you gift in the mail each month.
No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Adventure is a bonkers stoner fantasy romp of multidimensional proportions---and it's now available as a weekly podcast!

Each week, a new episode brings you another chapter of action-packed, poignantly heartfelt adventure in a mysterious (yet somehow familiar) world. We follow Addie, Tristan, Duc, and the rest of the gang as they try to find their way back home, and I add my own observations and updates on the story's development.

There are two reasons the HIGH FANTASY Fiction Podcast exists.

First, I knew I had something amazing, witty, heartfelt, and real.

Incidentally, I knew this because I started it as a quick one-off novella, something to clear my head after a particularly frustrating plot issue in what I thought was my main series. Oh, the lies we tell ourselves---I was so captivated with the story that it got away from me pretty much entirely.

(The series now consists of a planned five books, five novellas, and a whole lot of room for expansion. Buckle up!)

The second reason the No Dragons Press podcast exists is, of course, to expand my outreach for the story beyond simply publishing it---but my motives there aren't quite what you might think.

I want to show as many people as possible how normal marijuana is.

(Yep, that's that "high" in "high fantasy.")

The story comes first, of course---but maybe that's precisely the point.

Between the burnouts and the medically prescribed, there's everybody else, and a lot of them are smoking weed: Your neighbor. Your coworkers. The grad students, the grandparents, the servers. Every human outside the jazz club and the rock show, but a lot of them at the library, the grocery story---and the small literary press down the street.

Normalization leads to legalization, and legalization is an important economic, social, global, and human rights issue. Plenty more on that later, I promise, because there's plenty more to say.

But not everyone has access to real live cannabis users in their lives to learn from, and the typical TV "stoner" is about as stereotypical as the "reefer madness" propaganda of the Roosevelt administration. What's an open-minded, law-abiding citizen to do?
  
Meet Addie. She's a bartender, a graphic designer, and, like so many of us, a lot more capable than she thinks.

She has to be, or she'll never make it. 

She may smoke a possibly shocking amount of marijuana, but once you get to know her, you'll think of that as the detail it is, just a part of her, like your friend's penchant for karaoke or your mom's yoga classes---a simple preference, a personality trait. Something that shouldn't concern you.

It may or may not be for you, but it just isn't that big of a deal.

It is increasingly important in today's complex world that we see each other as people, and this is a place where everyone is celebrated.

In No Dragons Press, bonkers shit happens regularly, lumberjacks emerge from closets, terrifying electronic basement experiments are always a good distraction from unsolved literary mysteries and douchey not-quite-ex boyfriends, and there's always someone around to smoke you up.

It's also a place you shouldn't get too comfortable in.

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Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
With hosting, distribution, editing time, and other hidden snags, it turns out it's actually pretty expensive to publish a podcast on a regular basis, both in money and in time. Your considerably helpful donation of one dollar a month helps keep me in business, and I couldn't appreciate it more.
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
Forget the operating costs: your three dollars a month buys me a solid local beer after a long day---something local or, if I'm feeling saucy, something funky and sour. I appreciate you.
Pledge $7 or more per month
0 patrons
Help keep the show running, help keep the host running, and receive a special (and legal!) thank-you gift in the mail each month.