Happy Anniversary

While I count January 12, 2007 as the birthday of Ishmael Wang, February 18th is the anniversary of the first episode I published on Podiobooks.com.

It was the 98th title and Podiobooks had just over 10,000 members. I remember that it took a couple of months or more for me to pick up 100 subscribers and I was being trounced on the charts by Morevi and Earthcore and 7th Son.

In the beginning, I set out to see if I could finish a novel, and have a little fun. I wrote, recorded, and edited Quarter Share in secret so I could present it as an anniversary present to my wife, Kay, who suffered through so many false starts and rough writings that it’s a miracle she’ll read anything of mine any more.

Because of a tagging error on the files, I missed the date by a day so the first episode didn’t drop on our anniversary, but actually the day after.

Today, four years later (almost) with eight books, almost 20,000 fans, 162 episodes of my own work, and two books in print, this little writing project is bearing a lot more fruit than I ever thought it would.

She’s put up with it, even when it made her uncomfortable to have all you strangers in our life. She’s been a supporter and a fan and a friend for over thirty years. Today marks our 26th wedding anniversary.

To quote the Grateful Dead: “What a long strange trip it’s been.”

Personally, I’m hoping for longer and stranger.

About The Captain

The Captain is Nathan Lowell -- Author and narrator of these Tales from the Golden Age. You can find out more about him at his main website.
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30 Responses to Happy Anniversary

  1. Shellie says:

    Than-you for all the wonderful podiobooks. Ish was one of my first podiobooks and he’s definitely my most loved. I listen over and over again! Please keep the trip going. 🙂

  2. Jack H says:

    Congrats to you and the ever patient Mrs Lowell. Here’s to many more years of marriage.

  3. Please pass along our congrats and thanks to you lovely bride. Your gift to her has been a pleasure to so many 🙂

  4. Jamey says:

    Happy Anniversary, and here’s to so many many more to come!

  5. Charlie aka Quonundrum says:

    Happy Anniversary, to you and your lady-wife. Thank you both for sharing that gift with us all. Godspeed.

  6. Charlie aka Quonundrum says:

    Happy Anniversary, to you and your lady-wife. Godspeed.

  7. Steve Pritchard (aka SKiPinCincy) says:

    Congrats all around! And kudos to your missus for putting up with all us “enthusiastic” fans! Here’s to many more to come! (anniversaries, that is!)

  8. TerminusVox says:


  9. Best wishes to you both.

  10. Robin Hudson says:

    You’re very lucky, sar. 🙂

  11. scott pond says:

    Congratulations on both anniversaries, Sar. Thank you for taking us on this unforgettable journey with you. Best wishes and here’s to another thirty years of both! **Raises a carbonated beverage in your honor**

  12. Jean-Francois says:

    Congratulations to both of you!

  13. Katie says:

    Wow. Congrats.
    Feb 17th is my birthday. (You picked a good day to get married (: )

  14. N A says:

    Congratulations to you both… about to have one more beer as a nightcap and now have something lovely to toast. I just finished Owner’s Share today and still have a little bit of heartache from it. Thanks for everything, Nathan.

  15. Memline says:

    Congrats! It only gets better from here. To many more anniversaries. Tell Kay that we appreciate her letting us in to her home a little bit and sharing your writing with us.

  16. Jimmie D Flanagan says:

    Dear Nate
    Do not forget the higher the number the more she needs to know how much you care, and how much she is worth. In other words the bigger the anniversary the larger the present.
    I give you joy of the day.
    Jimmie F

  17. Ollie says:

    Congrats to your wife and you Sar,
    My wife and I listened to the Trader Tales on our Anniversary Trips:
    1st Anniversary was in Dublin, Ireland. (We lived in England)
    2nd Anniversary was in Taupo, New Zealand. (We moved to New New Zealand)
    3rd Anniversary was in Australia, Driving from Adelaide to Sydney on the Coast road.
    Not sure where our 4th year Anniversary will be yet, but please keep writing and recording so we have a sound track.
    Thanks Sar,
    Ollie & Kelly.

  18. Dennis says:

    Best wishes..

  19. Ghostryda says:

    Congratulation Sar, may you have many more!
    Three cheers for Kay for putting up with all of us!

  20. Andy F says:

    Congratulations Kay and Nathan. I’m so happy for your long run together. I introduced your husband to my wife of 28 years, Kay, and she’s quite taken by him. I don’t mind. Nate’s stories (and Kay’s poise) have given the two of us many hours of shared enjoyment. May you both be granted many more years together.

  21. John H says:

    My wife always reminds me that beside ever good man is a great wife so yours must be really outstanding.

  22. Dave says:

    As I heard someone say Outstanding

  23. delbert says:

    Congratulation Sar,
    Hard A’lee, and smooth sailing.

  24. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, Nathan! (and Kay!)

  25. Stephen Kilbride says:

    Belated congrats and Happy Anniversary 😀

  26. Sandy Crawford says:

    Happy Anniversary to both of you. Thank you both for all that you have done. God’s Blessings on you both. 🙂
    My husband and I are listening to your books again. We are both retired and it helps to fill in the time.

  27. Ignatz says:

    Happy Anniversary! May the coming years bless you with shared moments, good fortune and fine health.

  28. Lauretta Reyes says:

    WOW. Just finished “Owner Share”. Loved it and I will miss the Characters so much. I will also miss your voice as I work, drive, sew and just sit. Thank you so much for the Adventures. I want to cheer you on and bless you with more ideas to write us more tales.

  29. Cass says:

    Completely coincidental, but this was my 30th bday 🙂

    Still working on Owner’s Share – Loving every minute!

  30. JaneAtPlay says:

    A belated Mazel Tov to you and your wife!

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