Ditch Diggers #4: Far too late

Matt and I talk SFWA’s new concept of pro, covers, and your questions. And dammit, I also forgot to post this one, so it’s old, and you can hear Matt mock me for it in DD5, coming very soon!


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Ghost Train to New Orleans Ep. 18

Ghost Train to New OrleansEpisode 18 of Ghost Train to New Orleans, is here via FREE podcast!

You can subscribe to this podcast with this feed:  http://www.murverse.com/tag/GTNOLA/feed

If you’re enjoying the story, consider supporting me by purchasing the book either in book stores, in online retail stores, ebook stores, or via Audible.com. If you purchase the book, then it will increase the chances for a book 3!

This will only be live until 31 July, 2015. Subscribe now!


The book: Chapel Hill Comics (signed!) ~ B&N ~Powell’s ~ Amazon (aff. link) ~ Indiebound ~ Waterstones
The audiobook! Ambling Books ~ Audible

Don’t have book 1, The Shambling Guide to New York City yet?
The book: B&N ~ Indie ~ Waterstones Chapel Hill Comics (signed!) ~ Powell’s ~ Amazon (aff. link)
The audiobook: (Ambling) (Audible)

ISBW #343: Resistance : Michael Underwood Interview

I talk about resistance and the book The War of Art, and then interview author Michael Underwood.

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Coming in August: Escape Artists’ MOTHERSHIP

This was announced via podcast recently, but I haven’t mentioned anything. Come this fall* I will be launching a new ezine with Escape Artists called MOTHERSHIP, a magazine that will encompass fiction, nonfiction, and some of my favorite stories from the Escape Artists podcasts. We’ll have columns and reviews and short fiction and a bit of long fiction. We are still early in the game here (no logo, no submission call yet), but I wanted to announce because I am really excited!

* Of course, this won’t happen if Escape Artists doesn’t make its Kickstarter goals. So watch for our campaign in March, and contribute if you can!

Imaginary Faceless Time Traveling Haters

I’ve been afraid-a lot-in my life and career. It comes and goes, there are peaks and valleys. I’m sitting here now, grumpy and afraid. And I realized that I’m afraid that people will Find Out.

Imposter syndrome is not just you thinking that you’re not good enough to have achieved what you have. It’s not just feeling that your success is a fluke. It’s worrying that those things are true and everyone is going to find out. You’re only able to fool people for so long, and then it will be on the front pages. And by you, I mean me.

MUR LAFFERTY: LYING IMPOSTOR WHO LIES. COMPLETE SHIT WRITER. LIKE, SERIOUSLY, YOU GUYS. YOU HAVE ALL BEEN FOOLED. 

And the people who reveal this, the ones who break the story and blow the whistle, they are going to be outraged and furious and come and take away your awards and erase your good reviews and go to the house of everyone who has purchased anything from you and tell them to demand their money back because you’re just not worth it. You’re giving these faceless people power over you, power to cancel your achievements, power to erase the fucking past. 

That’s a whole lot of power. And if someone had that kind of power, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t go back in time to fuck up your (my) career. Come on, we have Hitlers to kill and stocks to short and famous people to hang out with before they become famous and we can say we Knew Them When.

So I want to remove that power from the imaginary faceless time traveling haters. And I’ll do so by the simple matter of confessing, removing the ammunition from their time travel hater gun.

  • I don’t know what I’m doing. I write silly or weird shit. People sometimes like it.
  • Sometimes when good things happen to me, I’m so confused about it-how did THAT happen?-that I don’t immediately have what most people consider the proper response. And if something good happens, but not what I expect/want, it’s even harder to process.
  • I have an ambitious indie project I want to do this year. It is scaring the shit out of me. It scares me because I’m afraid that I will get shell shocked by attention, depressed by lack of attention, or delayed because of other projects, and quit in the middle. (it’s serial fiction, can’t write it all and then release it because of reasons and baseball.)
  • Sometimes when I actually think about the fact that people are actually listening to my podcast, I get panicky and my mind goes blank and I can think of absolutely nothing to say. This causes podcast delays.
  • I have written fanfic about a video game. This makes me feel delicious that I have gotten away with something, and worried I am unoriginal.
  • I secretly feel like the vehicle that is my career is a stuttering, choking, rusty jalopy while every one of my peers is driving a sports car. Logically, I know this is untrue. We all struggle. Emotionally, I’m a pig in the mud and everyone else is a soaring hawk.

I’m sure there are more, but I have things to do. I have a 2015 writing schedule to make up and a freelance project to finish. I have fears to get over and time machines to break.

Home from the snowy wilds of Boston

The blizzard in Boston kept me (and many other people, as I understand it) stuck in Boston far past Boskone’s last hurrah. Thanks to the kindness of Max Gladstone, I didn’t have to add *too much* extra money onto my credit card for the extended stay, but it still put a kink in my work this week, especially stuff I was already behind on, namely recording. I got home Tuesday night, with much stress wearing me out on Wednesday.

So after I play with the kiddo because she didn’t understand that HER having a snow day didn’t mean the *I* got to have one, I will park myself in front of the mic and bring you an interview and show.

I had a great time at Boskone, despite all the people who ran away from the snow on Saturday. It’s becoming one of my favorite cons.

Ghost Train to New Orleans Ep. 17

Ghost Train to New Orleans

Episode 17 of Ghost Train to New Orleans, is here via FREE podcast!

You can subscribe to this podcast with this feed:  http://www.murverse.com/tag/GTNOLA/feed

If you’re enjoying the story, consider supporting me by purchasing the book either in book stores, in online retail stores, ebook stores, or via Audible.com. If you purchase the book, then it will increase the chances for a book 3!

This will only be live until 31 July, 2015. Subscribe now!


The book: Chapel Hill Comics (signed!) ~ B&N ~Powell’s ~ Amazon (aff. link) ~ Indiebound ~ Waterstones
The audiobook! Ambling Books ~ Audible

Don’t have book 1, The Shambling Guide to New York City yet?
The book: B&N ~ Indie ~ Waterstones Chapel Hill Comics (signed!) ~ Powell’s ~ Amazon (aff. link)
The audiobook: (Ambling) (Audible)

Ghost Train to New Orleans Ep. 16

Ghost Train to New Orleans

Episode 16 of Ghost Train to New Orleans, is here via FREE podcast!

You can subscribe to this podcast with this feed:  http://www.murverse.com/tag/GTNOLA/feed

If you’re enjoying the story, consider supporting me by purchasing the book either in book stores, in online retail stores, ebook stores, or via Audible.com. If you purchase the book, then it will increase the chances for a book 3!

This will only be live until 31 July, 2015. Subscribe now!


The book: Chapel Hill Comics (signed!) ~ B&N ~Powell’s ~ Amazon (aff. link) ~ Indiebound ~ Waterstones
The audiobook! Ambling Books ~ Audible

Don’t have book 1, The Shambling Guide to New York City yet?
The book: B&N ~ Indie ~ Waterstones Chapel Hill Comics (signed!) ~ Powell’s ~ Amazon (aff. link)
The audiobook: (Ambling) (Audible)