Movies! Who doesn’t have favorites? We share some of ours, including Alien, Aliens, The Incredibles, Spirited Away, Troll Hunter, Fury Road, Princess Mononoke, Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, A Chinese Ghost Story, The Sorcerer and the White Snake, Hellboy, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Pan’s Labyrinth, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Back to the Future trilogy, Time Bandits. Then we share some love for older films (Sunrise, The Food of the Gods, Them!, The Thing from Another World, Mary Poppins) and discuss elements that draw us to a particular genre. And, because we can never reference enough films, we end with shout-outs to Dawn of the Dead/Zombi, The Exorcist, Harvey, and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
"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.
Our conversation with author Walter Jon Williams continues as we discuss his career, travel, Star Wars, RPGs, and anything else that pops into our heads.
Considering 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?
Author 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.
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!