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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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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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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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!

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

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Ditch Diggers #16 – Live from Worldcon

Matt and I did a live worldcon Ditch Diggers event with amazing guest stars Fonda Lee, Linda Nagata, Kate Elliott, and Aliette de Bodard, and then we interviewed (somewhat belligerently) Tor.com editor Lee Harris.

For the record, Lee was right about what we were arguing about. I can dragon up and admit this.

Thanks to Sasquan for hosting us!

NEW- Rapper Devo Spice turned in our theme song right before our event, but we had no microphones to play it, but you get to hear it now!

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ISBW #351 – Believing in Yourself – Fran Wilde Interview

What happens when no one believes in you but you? You go to freaking work, that’s what you do.

Then I talked to Fran Wilde back in February about her new book Updraft, which is out right now!

This episode brought to you by ISBW Hall of Famer Elizabeth. Thanks, Elizabeth!

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ISBW #350 – Feedback

You know, I had great plans. GREAT PLANS. I was hitting #350 right around the time that ISBW turned 10 years old. This should have been a milestone episode.

But I have to get ready for WorldCon and I had feedback to get to. So it’s a usual episode.

I hope to record something special at WorldCon for you. Stay tuned!

Don’t forget to support the show via Patreon or by buying my books!

This show brought to you by Hall of Famer Ben Delano. Thanks Ben!

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