10.0 – Against the Publishing Void

February 25, 2016 0

garam_new"And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will only respond if interested in seeing more pages."
--Nietzsche on publishing

Everyone who’s ever attempted a professional writing career knows all about rejection and– worse– the unresponsive submission void. What’s an eager penmonkey to do? We discuss how to write for yourself and remain upbeat in the face of indifference.

Jennifer Garam is our Unreliable Guest this week to talk about her recent blog post, How to Keep Writing When No One Gives a Shit. She’s a journalist, teacher and eternal font of positivity who’s written for Interview magazine, Psychology Today and the Huffington Post to name a few.

Jennifer’s next writing workshop is a Quick Writing Fix on March 3, 2016 in New York City.

Chin up!

8.2 – Writing Workshop: Taos Toolbox

February 14, 2016 0

Taos-LogosmallWorkshop Week continues with our discussion of Taos Toolbox, a two-week Master Class by founder Walter Jon Williams and other pros. And hey, Walter’s here to discuss it with us. Hurry, a few spots remain! Check back soon for Walter’s Author Spotlight. (Bear logo by Rich Baldwin)

8.1 – Writing Workshop: Viable Paradise

February 11, 2016 0

lighthouse_isolatedConsidering a writing workshop to help you take your craft to the next level? One of the best is Viable Paradise, a one-week residential workshop on Martha’s Vineyard. Hey, it’s how we met! We discuss our own experiences at VP and hear from long-time instructor Elizabeth Bear on her role with the workshop. Applications are being accepted for this year’s session in October. What are you waiting for?

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!

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