76.0 – Writing Advice: Yea or Nay?

June 8, 2017 0

un_gameChris, Cath and George compete for fabulous prizes, live from our studio in Burbank! Actually we aren’t live, aren’t in Burbank, and there are no prizes other than shared wisdom. But it’s a fun time, honest!

Write what you know, kill your darlings, don’t use adverbs. We’ve all heard the old chestnuts of writing advice that get passed around like second nature. But can these kernels of wisdom survive a round of Writing Advice: Yea or Nay?

75.0 – Pamela Dean and WishKnish

June 1, 2017 0

un_deanCath fangirls up a storm in the presence of one of her favorite authors, Pamela Dean. The Tam Lin author reflected on her work and influences during a break in the action at MiniCon. BONUS: Cath also sits down with Lisa Gus, co-founder of WishKnish, a new service to connect authors with like-minded readers.

The Year of Living Authorly Post 12: The Future Comes Knocking

May 30, 2017 0

Recently, my agent asked me to send her some pitches for some new projects. This is another thing that is different for me as a publishing author–Strategic Planning.

Right now, I am still working diligently on the Klaereon sequel, and I plan to finish it by the end of the summer. There will be a short interlude for a short story, but then what next? This is the space where strategic planning comes in. By sending my agent, someone who is a marketplace specialist, several proposals for new projects, we can make an educated guess about which one of the projects might be smart to develop next.

The short summary, pitch, and query letter skills all come into play here, so some of the techniques I have already learned had quite a workout last week. I found that I enjoyed the process, as the Venn diagram overlap between creativity and organization is this very sweet spot. The technical writing masters also comes in handy here.

This is a sign post on the road that denotes working with your agent and strategically developing your next project is, in fact, a mark of writing as a career. Crossing into a writing career is a new piece of the overall puzzle, and I have been “careering,” so to speak, with editing, formatting, and planning book support, but this new piece speaks more to the future than any other piece has.

Let’s see what the future holds!

73.0 – Agent Spotlight: Mary C. Moore

May 18, 2017 0

un_mooreLiterary agent Mary C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates joins us for a discussion of all things agenting. What captures her attention in a query or pitch? How does one go about becoming an agent? Has she ever been slipped a manuscript under the bathroom stall? You must tune in to discover the answers, gentle listener.

Review: Samurai Jack Season 5

May 16, 2017 0

We’re just about at the end of Samurai Jack season five. For those of you not in the know, creator Genndy Tartakovsky created the original Samurai Jack, which aired for four seasons, from 2001-2004, without a conclusion. The first show was largely a series of interconnected vignettes, Jack and his arch enemy Aku the glue that tied the show together. A mere 12 years later, Tartakovsky decided to give the show an ending, and we have 10 22-minute episodes with incredibly tight story telling to enjoy.

Samurai Jack has always been on the cutting edge of animation, having one several awards for outstanding animation. Entire episodes have been in black and white, or used outlines. It always takes avant garde risk and pushes the envelope not only in animation, but in music as well. This particular season surprises and compels. It is designed for adults. Adult Swim on Cartoon Network has always aired the show, but this season is the first where Jack has killed–and suffered psychological fall out for it.

You might wonder if you can make sense of Samurai Jack without watching the original. You can. However, knowing the original story helps you appreciate layers, especially in the episode where Ashi searches for a despondent Jack and we see how many people Jack has helped over the years.

Season five is a worthy ending, standing alone, but enhanced by what has gone before. If you do not get Cartoon Network, the show can easily be purchased on Amazon.

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