As I write this, we’ve got less than 24 hours to go before Season 2 is launched, and the familiar buzz of anticipation and anxiety is building. It’s hard not to compare it to the day before we released our first episode, not knowing whether people would enjoy it, hate it, or worse - ignore it completely. I don’t think any of us really thought that we’d get much of an audience beyond our immediate social circles, or that we’d have been welcomed with such warmth and kindness into the established audiodrama and podcasting community. In a way, with Season 1, we had very little to lose - it was our first try at audio storytelling, and if it failed, then no harm done.

Now, six months later, the first season and accompanying minisodes under our belt, the game has changed. We’re an established audiodrama (we have fans we’ve never even met!) and we’ve tried to build on what we learned from our first few episodes to make a more complex, more nuanced, just-plain-better show- and we think we’ve managed. And correspondingly, the stakes feel that much higher than they did first time round.

Writing and performing is all about ego - and as we’ve said before, you need a fairly big one to think that people will want to listen to what you have to say - but a creator’s ego is a fragile thing. Feedback is a vital part of growing and learning as a creator, the prouder you are of what you’ve achieved the harder it is to face incoming criticism, no matter how constructively it might be delivered. Putting your best work out there and inviting people to experience it is difficult. But then, if we don’t think what we make is worth sharing, why do we bother making it in the first place?

So, here it is - Tales From The Aletheian Society, Season Two - A Parcel of Rogues - the result of six months hard work from Chris, Stoo and me, and our wonderful cast and crew. Individual thanks will come later, but as always we couldn’t do this without absolutely everyone who’s given their time and talents to the show. It’s not perfect, and with the benefit of the retrospectoscope we’re learning from yet another round of mistakes - but it’s done, and we can’t wait to share it with you and hear what you all think, and overall we're feeling pretty damn proud, and excited... 

And maybe just a little bit nervous...