13.0 – Hugo Nominations

March 17, 2016 0

un_hugosI go, you go, we all go to the Hugos. Or at least we vote. We share stories of Worldcons past and share some of our thoughts on nominees for 2016. (Spoiler alert: love for Karen Memory, Silver on the Road, Waters of Versailles, Envy of Angels, Witches of Lychford, This Damned Band, Sorcerer to the Crown, The Fifth Season, The Buried Giant, “The Body Pirate” (in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction July/August 2015), SevenevesWe Stand On Guard, Paper Girls, Private Eye, Ms. Marvel, Saga, The Discommodious Wedding, Ken Liu, The House of Shattered Wings, Updraft, A Head Full of Ghosts, The Fifth Heart, No One Gets Out Alive, Nyctophobia (not actually eligible for this year’s Hugo, but that’s no reason not to read it!), The Ill-Formed Knight (Book 3 of The Once and Future King, “The Itching Hour” by Damon Knight, the Lensman series, Alyssa Wong, Sunil Patel, Carrie Patel, Rachael K. Jones, Andy Weir, and Lauren Teffeau.)

All that, and we’ve barely scratched the surface. Find more lists of Hugo-eligible works at Goodreads, Wikia, and, in spreadsheet format, here.

One of File770’s commenters rounded up a collection of public-domain works eligible for the Retro Hugo.

And Writertopia has a list of Campbell-eligible writers here.

Get those ballots in by the end of the month!

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!

Fan Girl Listens to Method

February 24, 2016 1

Hey listeners! I gotta plug this.

I’ve emerged from the fog of my college’s official cold (no kidding. Everyone’s getting it) to see that Chris Cornell has posted Method in the fiction section. I am excited that this story is up.

Chris read this story at the first Paradise Icon he attended. One of the things Chris does really, really well in his stories is he walks that fine line between genre story and literary story, and he often does it with a lemon twist of humor. This story begins like a Hammer film and teases those tropes out to a compassionate human place. We are very, very lucky to have this story up, and you are lucky to hear the man read it.

So, that’s it. I gotta gush. I gushed. Chris doesn’t know I’m gushing. Won’t he be surprised when he sees this?

Do yourself a favor and listen. Yeah, you.

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.

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