7.0 – Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Bear

February 4, 2016 2

bearAuthor extraordinaire Elizabeth Bear joins us for a fun, candid and wide-ranging conversation about writing, researching and “zombie-ass cherries.” Her most recent novel, Karen Memory, made Chia’s best-of list for 2015. And she’s collecting quite a shelf of Hugos and other genre awards. If you’re unfamiliar with her work, Tor.com has you covered on where to begin.

Also join us next week when we discuss her key role in Viable Paradise, as we focus on writing workshops.

Short fiction from Cath and Chia

February 2, 2016 0

Cath’s story, Crystal Vision, has been added to the Fiction section of the site. It joins Chia’s story, A Golden Treasure, which she read on our Holidays 2015 show. Both stories now have audio narration by the author available from the story page; whether that narration is unreliable, I’ll leave up to you. More fiction releases are planned, so check back in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: Our podcast hosting service appears to be glitching on us, and the posted narration files keep vanishing off the server. We are in the process of determining wtf. In the meantime, enjoy the text versions!

UP-UPDATE: Everything appears to be working. Enjoy!

6.2 – Research and Writing

January 29, 2016 0

Unreliable NarratorsWhat role does research play in writing genre fiction? You never know where research will lead, and this time it leads to amateur wrestling, heroin addicts in the ’40s, correct pronunciation at Satanic rituals, and man-eating griffons in Constantinople. And that’s just for starters! Bonus tangents include ’80s Geraldo specials and the appalling lack of verisimilitude in Rumble in the Bronx. Research is fun!

5.3 – Wattpad 101 with Debbie Goelz

January 20, 2016 1

un_02Our series of interviews on Alternative Publishing kicks off with Debbie Goelz, an award-winning author on Wattpad (writing as Brittanie Charmintine). What the heck is Wattpad, anyway, and how does it work? How can it help a writer develop a following? Debbie fills in the blanks for us.

More interviews coming soon!

5.2 – Alternatives to Traditional Publishing, Part 2

January 18, 2016 0

un_02We continue our discussion of alt-publishing with a spirited debate! What’s in store for publishing in the future? Are traditional publishers on the way out or here to stay? E-books or wood pulp? It’s all up in the air.

We conclude with a reading from our Guest Narrator, Shannon Ryan, from his magnum opus, Fangs Again, the forthcoming sequel to Fangs for Nothing.

(Stay tuned for new interviews to find out more about two publishing alternatives, Wattpad and Gumroad.)

5.1 – Alternatives to Traditional Publishing, Part 1

January 15, 2016 1

un_02It’s time to consider our options! We discuss the merits and faults of self-pubbing, indies and online services. And we share a mic with guest Narrator Shannon Ryan, author of several indie books of his own and published through Broken Typewriter Press. We offer brief tributes to David Bowie and Alan Rickman before diving in, and finally get to our indie picks for the week! (Wattpad, Mad Norwegian, Thrillbent, Word Horde, Gunnerkrig Court, The Private Eye, Digger by Ursula Vernon (omnibus or online). Whew!) We end (for now) with a discussion of print vs. e-books, but have no fear! Part 2 is coming soon.

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