054 – The Hillman – A Sleepy Bedtime Reading

A mysterious young woman and her maid and chauffeur are stranded in the countryside as their car breaks down. A man comes to their rescue, but he and his brother have a strange family history.

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Holiday season episodes

Sleeping bay in a christmas hat.
Even holidays can cause sleepless nights.

Hi friends,

Jut a quick note to everyone regarding my holiday season episodes and some other changes.

First up, as I mentioned on a couple of episodes I work in the hospitality industry in a tourist town in South Africa. So this time of the year is very busy for me. I work long hours and I’m usually exhausted afterwards.

Not to fret though, I should be able to maintain my release schedule. However to make sure I’ve got something fresh for you to fall asleep to every week I need to take a bit of a shortcut.

For this reason I’m going to dial back on the original stories. Those take a lot of prep work. I will instead to some reading of various books, so for a few weeks the tone and content of the show will be a bit different.

Stories of Mutewallow and the residents of Southcliffe will be back in the new year, but for now I will be sharing the words and stories of others.

I’m curious how you listeners like the format though, so let me know on social media or pop me a mail at contact@sleepytimetales.net

Stay rested


Relaunch of the podcast

Hi all. So it’s been an interesting few months since the first episode back in March. I’ve been happy to hear from a number of listeners that the show has helped people get a good night’s sleep and the download numbers are very solid. So there are even more just quietly benefiting from what I’m doing.

It’s a good feeling to think that I’m helping people out there, I have to say.

But I definitely made few mistakes with the show early on. The Twin Peaks stuff was probably a mistake. A bit too dark for what I was trying to do. Especially being every second episode.

And my other big mistake was trying to do two episodes a week initially.

By putting myself under that kind of pressure early I put myself into a position that was difficult to recover from. And while overall I think I’ve done a decent job with the show I’ve sometimes been a bit short of time and it’s compromised the quality.

So I’m doing a soft relaunch of the show. I’m spending the next few weeks preparing stories and scripts and getting ahead of my recording schedule so that I have more time to polish. So that I can do a better job for you, the listener.

Never fear though. There will still be the usual episodes every week, including the Cat Naps, but I am doing some episode formats that don’t need too much preparation.

I will still be there to drone you to sleep every week. πŸ™‚ So keep an eye out for Season 2, coming 7th October. There won’t be huge changes, but the stories should be a bit more consistent in their tone and better prepared.

Stay rested, see you then.