ISBW #320 – Just a little bit of depression // Adam Christopher Interview

Depression sucks. Many people talk about it.

But paying it forward is nice, as PJ Schnyder is doing at RT Booklover’s Convention.

The Hugo slate was announced. There are many things to be happy and annoyed about. But the core issue is, read the works, vote as you see fit.

PrintAnd we talk to Adam Christopher, author of the Burning Dark* and long-time listener of the show!

You know, at some point you’d think I would get jealous of people who started writing seriously after starting to listen to me, and then their career took off like gangbusters and outpaced me something terrible, but I still am just absolutely giddy to hear success stories from listeners.

And don’t forget, the Storium Kickstarter is still going strong, and you can always support the podcast via Patreon!

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Captain Spaulding Videos on their way!

Finally we have Captain Spaulding videos! I had a barrel of problems with video, again. Sometime I think Final Cut has it in for me. But we have the first video where Jim and I test two recipes.

Considering the weird legalities with contests, I’m just going to send a signed book to everyone who sent me a recipe. I’ll be emailing people for addresses soon!

Storium Kickstarter Launches Today!

Today marks the beginning of the Kickstarter to support a project that I’m connected with on a number of levels: Storium. I’m extremely excited about this project, as it merges storytelling and online interactivity in a way I’ve never seen before. I’ve been thrilled to work with the brilliant minds behind this. We have a lot of authors ready to start writing worlds for you, provided the campaign gets funded, naturally.

Also, I’ll be returning to the Heaven world to build it for Storium – you will be able to play as your favorite characters in multiple afterlives, perhaps some that I’ve not written about in the existing Heaven worlds! But my world is the first stretch goal, so spread the word and get this thing (over) funded!

One of the best things about this project is that it’s already in a playable stage, and all backers will get a chance to log in and try it out! Immediately. I have to admit, I’ve not seen many KS campaigns that can offer that kind of reward, instantly. Support the game, play the game. It’s that simple.

Storium is also a really interesting way for new writers to try their narrative chops, either in driving the narration or playing along. Not quite roleplaying, not quite interactive fiction, Storium is its own unique experience and I hope you check it out and support it!

ISBW #319 – Feedback

I go through the feedback. Note, I didn’t get to all the feeback because I will soon have an interview with my agent, Jen Udden, and will ask her the remaining questions.

Hey! Did you know I have a Patreon account?* Support me and save puppies from giant hawk attacks! (or just support the show. That works too)

 

*not mentioned in the show because I set it up after I recorded this.

ISBW #318 – Read the fine print // Max Gladstone Interview

I was delighted to interview 2013 Campbell nominee, Max Gladstone, and I only held onto the interview for like 3 months. And then realized we got cut off at the end. BUT IT IS A GOOD INTERVIEW DANGIT.

I also give my opinions of reading the fine print, told in the perspective of the Amtrak Writer’s Residency idea.

Ghost Train to New Orleans- out now!

So I discovered that one of the worst things to happen during a book launch week is a 3 day migraine. which is why you haven’t heard much from me. But! The book is out, and the launch event is tonight is Chapel Hill, and coverage so far about the book has been good. So! Linkage!

  • Ghost Train to New Orleans is available now in many places! Ebook, paperback, and audio.
  • The book launch event details are here: Flyleaf books.
  • USA Today talked to me about podcasting.
  • And my university’s paper, the Daily Tar Heel, also did a story!

ISBW #317 – Feedback

In this show we cover what to do at each milestone of rejections. There is no maximum number of rejections you can get before you should stop writing. But you should mark the milestones regardless:

  • 100 rejections: Go to Google and search for your favorite author and see if you can find how many rejections THEY got before they had a sale. This will also test your Google skills, as the search may be difficult. Learn about JK Rowling’s homelessness, etc.
  • 200 rejections: Send a favorite author an email. Ask for an atta-girl/boy. Or if that scares you, tweet @MykeCole (who may also be your favorite author!) and say you need encouragement. He will deliver. Or heck, tweet at me – @mightymur.
  • 300 rejections: Join a writer’s group. If you can’t find one, create one at your local library.
  • 400 rejections: Go to your vineyard’s* website and order a cheap bottle of wine to feel sorry for yourself, and order the most expensive bottle you can because you are a damn working writer and deserve to be rewarded for it.
  • 500 rejections: start a betting pool to see how many rejections you will gather before you get a sale. [may be illegal in your state]
  • 600 rejections: Start your own podcast.

* I know wine isn’t everyone’s thing. Consider chocolate, or potato chips, or coffee. Whatever decadence you enjoy.




Out March 4!

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