What 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!
Our 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!
We 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.
It’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.
It’s time to discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens! But first we share our fun picks for this week. They happen to be: Moebius Models, Hellboy Library Edition Vol. 4, Plotted: a Literary Atlas and the Merrily Watkins series.)
Then turn down the volume, non-moviegoers, for it’s *SPOILER ALERT* time! We discuss the new Star Wars movie from every angle (ring composition or rehash?) and reach our own conclusions. May the Force be with y’all!
Another year bites the dust! We reveal the New Years resolutions we plan to keep (and those we probably won’t). Then we share the stories we’re most looking forward to in 2016. (Spoiler alert: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal, the new Black Panther series by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie)
From there we move on to the year in writing, and finally what we’re reading right now. (More spoilers: Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin (see George’s review here), Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, Vermilion: The Adventures of Lou Merriwether, Psychopomp by Molly Tanzer, and Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal)
Also, R.I.P. Lemmy Kilmister.
As an added bonus, we also discuss Dark Age, Lego Dimensions Wonder Woman, and My Amityville Horror. So many links, so little time.
Happy New Year! Unless you’re listening after the fact, in which case we hope 2016 is treating (or has treated) you with favor.