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.

The Year of Two Novels

February 4, 2016 0

This year is going to be the first year I write two novels. Yes, I say that after a January where about everything that could interrupt me did, but I have decided to make myself write faster this year.

Complete disclosure. One of these novels was a hot mess that I wrote a couple of years ago. That novel is dreadful, but elements of that novel might make a pretty good story. So, I’m going to rip out the bones of the thing and write from just those bones. For more information on how to do that, look at Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer and see his diagram of the rotting story and how new stories arise from it.

Book number one is The Pawn of Isis. It had a pretty bad draft during NaNoWriMo, and now that all the brush is out of my head, we’re writing a solid draft. This book seems to be writing itself in chunks. I’m revising the first quarter because I know what happens up to the first incident. I have four tent pole scenes, and I’m aware of all the big scenes, like the two inciting incidents, the climax and the ending. Getting to all of that, well, that takes some planning, and I’m planning it a chunk at a time. Elizabeth Bear suggests that every book is written a bit differently, and this one is in fact the first book I am writing this way.

Book number two is a YA teen romance book, a love triangle between two troll brothers and their female troll friend bestie. It’s meant to be a one off, but set in a universe that I’ve written in before. It will take place in Decorah, Iowa and while the teens deal with their angst, they must also keep the casket of eternal winters closed. The emotional plot and the action plot are set, but the antagonist in the main story could be a couple of people from the old tale. So, I’m letting my unconscious mull that over. I think the working title will be Stone Hearts, because that’s better than That Troll Novel Set in Decorah.

I will update here or over at my blog from time to time, because I thought it could be fun to see a writer go through the same stages as other writers.

By the way, the writing is going well currently, so I am a writing god. 🙂 No doubt when I see you next time, I will wonder why on earth I thought I should ever write at all.

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!

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