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Ditch Diggers #19 – Humor

  • Mur and Matt come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s scooter garage and compare Morgan’s European scooter collection to his American Segways.
  • Why Germans are so polite.
  • Obligatory NaNoWriMo coverage.
  • Writing and selling on proposal vs. writing and selling spec novels (Mur admits Matt’s better at metaphors than her).
  • Obligatory NaNoWriMo coverage throwback (Matt used to be a chronic parade urinator)
  • Further proposal vs. spec discussion.
  • Comedy writing. Nothing is harder or more terrifying.
  • Why the key to writing comedy is characters who never give up.
  • Dude, Where’s My Car? as an unappreciated classic.
  • Matt and Mur reveal the winners of the Ditch Diggers ENVY OF ANGELS book giveaway.
  • Theme music by Devo Spice

“Spring Break Anthem” by The Lonely Island: https://youtu.be/jUw4Qh9uFK8

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Mothership Zeta launches!

This past weekend, the project I’ve been working on for a year finally got off the ground! The Escape Artist’s ezine, Mothership Zeta, launched on Halloween. It features fiction, nonfiction, and an original cover by Hugo-award-winning artist Frank Wu. My team (Karen Bovenmyer, Sunil Patel, Mat Weller, and a hoard of slushers) has worked very hard on this for a while, and we’re so happy to have it launch.

ISBW #354: NaNoWriMo Primer 2

PrintIt’s NaNoWriMo day! Here’s a special episode for you: if the haters make you hesitate on whether you should do this or not, then listen to this episode. Also, there’s some feedback at the end!

I recorded it a little over a week ago, before my vacation, hence the time lag.

In case you don’t know, I am doing a daily show for my Patreon supporters. All you have to do is support at $1 a month and you can get a daily audio or video note from me! If you’re not up for a dollar, then you can look into the past episodes about NaNoWriMo where I discuss advice, tools, and more. Note – one of my favorite tracking tools has been updated! Check out Susanna’s Pacemaker! Here’s a link to my daily goals, with consideration to write less on the weekends.

Today’s podcast brought to you by ISBW Hall of Famer Ben Seims! This month’s theme song is by John Anealio!

My progress compared with my friend Andrea Phillips:

And then my favorite tracker, from Writertopia

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Updated ISBW Interview Guidelines

On the podcasts page I’ve updated the interview info, but I thought I’d put it here.

Want to be interviewed on ISBW? Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Science fiction/fantasy/horror authors.
  • Traditionally published.
  • You have a new book out.
  • You are comfortable talking via skype.
  • You have things to say about both your book AND writing in general.

These are not absolutes, but it’s generally what I’m looking for. I’ve had nonfic/lit fic authors on. I’ve even had song writers. I’ve had self published people on. BUT overall I focus on speculative fiction and traditional publishing.

Email mightymur AT gmail.com.

As for Ditch Diggers, currently we’re interviewing on an invite-only basis.

Ditch Diggers #18 – Kelly Sue DeConnick Joins Us

HEY GUYS MATT’S BOOK IS OUT TODAY! GET IT NOW: Envy of Angels: A Sin du Jour Affair

Ahem. Sorry.

Amazing comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick joins us to talk project juggling, the satire of difficult topics, and more.

  • Mur hints at why Matt is no longer allowed in Morgan Freeman’s musical theater.
  • Matt and Mur welcome guest host, acclaimed comics writer and entrepreneur Kelly Sue DeConnick!
  • Kelly Sue’s creator-owned comic BITCH PLANET and why Mur and Matt both love it.
  • Kelly Sue talks about balancing multiple projects and takes us through a typical day in her working life.
  • When, why, and how Kelly Sue and her husband, writer Matt Fraction, founded their own company, Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc..
  • Branding very different projects under the same banner, audience engagement, and just plain being yourself.
  • The importance of owning your own content and learning from the history of comic book creators who didn’t own their IP.
  • Matt, Mur, and Kelly Sue take questions from Twitter on pseudonyms and soliciting recommendations for MFA programs.

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ISBW #353: NaNoWriMo Primer 1

As we look forward two weeks to NaNoWriMo, I have to talk about something very unpopular. This year I challenge you to kill your darlings.

if you support this show via Patreon, even at $1 a month, you will get a daily NaNoWriMo email and sound or video show from me?

My other projects include contributing to Bookburners, a serial novelette series that is six episodes in, and an ezine launching this month called Mothership Zeta? NOW YOU DO.

This is episode one, by Max Gladstone! You’ll remember him from the tiara club of 2013. —>
My first episode is number four, linked below the line.

This show brought to you by Hall of Famer Scott Bennett. Thanks Scott!

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Ditch Diggers #17 – Blisters

Blisters come whether you hate digging ditches or love it.

  • Mur and Matt establish it is very early in the morning.
  • Moat Building 101
  • Being overwhelmed with multiple projects, multiple deadlines, and how to (and how not to) prioritize your time.
  • Mur talks about her involvement in Bookburners, and how much time non-writing tasks take up when you’re writing.
  • Matt makes a bunch of fancy announcements and talks about having a novel to finish while simultaneously having to write the third book in his Sin du Jour series in a month.
  • Composing a plan to deal with your multiple deadlines and balancing it with the rest of your life.
  • Writing, deadlines, and significant others.
  • Mur talks about her experience with renting office space to write and removing herself from social media.
  • Mur and Matt take email questions and questions from Twitter on story structure, the hardest parts of writing for a living, and MFA programs.
  • Serial Box presents Bookburners.
  • Tor.com Publishing announces Matt’s new book deal.
  • Oh, and we’re sorry, Kate Elliott. Check out her book, Black Wolves, coming out next month from Orbit!

Books on story structure recommended by Mur in this episode…

ENVY OF ANGELS giveaway: Email mightymur AT gmail and answer the question, “What are you doing besides writing to advance your writing career?” Best, most proactive answers win free copies of Matt’s new book dropping October 20th! Keep answers brief. No essays.

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The latest bushel of news

Apple Harvest photo by Mike McKay via Creative Commons

Do you measure news by the bushel? I do, now. Here is the news from the harvest. Or something.

I took a good chunk of September off to finish my book, tentatively titled Six Wakes. I left social media, blogging, and did minimal podcasting. And I kinda forgot to announce this. Sorry about that.

But the book, at least draft 1, is done. I’m happy with it. It went some places I didn’t expect, which is always exciting. I know there are some things I need to fix on rewrite, and only hope that my editor and I agree on which areas need fixing. It was a hard slog. I was behind, and had really built up a lot of angst about how to write this book. But when the deadline began to loom, I got to work.

I may do NaNoWriMo this year, but on the other hand, September was my NaNoWriMo. I won’t tell you how many words I wrote, but it was a lot.

I’ve taken some days to recover. There was the mental strain, but also on the last day of writing I did so much that my right shoulder and neck muscles locked up big time. After five days of menthol patches, painkillers, massages, heat, and a massage pillow, I am finally feeling no pain when I sit at a desk. Now that I’m back, I have major work to do for the launch of Mothership Zeta this month, and some other work on some outstanding Bookburners work, and I have to think about the next thing I’m writing.

Well I’ve already thought about that last thing. I want to do a Christmas story, as I haven’t done one in a while. It will be set in the Shambling Guides universe, and have Zoe taking an unexpected trip to London during the holidays. I started it last night.

Other things upcoming for me: this month at Ditch Diggers, Matt and I are interviewing the amazing comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. For ISBW I will be doing the debriefing on my novel. And for the Patreon supporters, I will be doing yet another NaNoWriMo note for every day of November. May be audio. May be video. Who knows? And to get these little nuggets of support, all you have to do is pledge a dollar. Yup. EVERYONE who supports via Patreon will get this special series of audio and video. *

For the rest of the year, I will also be showing the Softer Side of Mur when the holidays come around, as I’ll be reviewing Christmas movies and books. Many of them will be romcoms.** Unsubscribe as you like, haters. I like what I like. There is a place for SF and romantic comedy in my little heart. But I won’t be holding back. I will warn you off the bad ones. And lordy, there are some bad ones.

SPEAKING of Bookburners, episode 5 comes out this week, which starts the second chunk of stories. If you’re not aware of how we divvied it up, four of us split the season into four episodes each, and we’re more or less evenly spaced, having one story in each set of four. (meaning I could have written episodes 4, 8, 10, and 13 instead of, say, 5 6, 7, and 8. I think I wrote those four. Numbers are hard, I just remember plots.) Regardless, my first story, Episode 4: A Sorcerer’s Apprentice, is out now! Here is a peek:

Browsing Asanti’s library by herself was Sal’s new favorite hobby. She had never seen a place like this, though it reminded her most of a moldy old library relatives had shown her in Savannah, Georgia, with humidity-damaged first editions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Gone With the Wind and A Christmas Carol.

Her team kept suggesting she should relax between missions. She really didn’t need to be at headquarters sitting around, they said, why didn’t she enjoy Rome when she had the chance? But in a city where she didn’t speak the language and had few—all right, the number was closer to zero—friends, Sal had nothing to do. There was only so long she could read, listen to music, and lie over Skype to friends in America about her life in Rome. At least here in the library she could learn something, or maybe run into a team member and have a real conversation.

That’s it for me. How are you? ***

* No I’m not calling it a podcast. I am an old school angry podcast veteran who knows that podcasts are something (ANY file – video, audio, even PDF) you subscribe to via RSS. There is no RSS feed for this content. It is emailed directly to you, and you will LIKE IT. *shakes cane at clouds*
** I’ve already started reading. Because to review a lot of content, you have to start early. This is brilliant. I have finally found a way to enjoy Xmas stuff early and no one can fault me for it.
*** Yeah, I know I don’t allow comments here. Tell me on Twitter. Or email. Just know I’m thinking fond thoughts about you, OK?

ISBW #352: Book Burnout // Peter Orullian Interview

I’m still working on my book. I’m kind of focused, podcasting is hard. BUT we have a Peter Orullian interview!

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