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ISBW #386: NaNo Primer 2 // Grant Faulkner Interview

Grant Faulkner QuoteIt’s time to really prep for NaNoWriMo! We then talk to Grant Faulkner about time hunts, his new book, and how to kill writer’s block.

Remember to send me your NaNo username to add you as a friend and to enter a drawing to win BOTH Pep Talks for Writers AND I Should Be Writing!

ISBW #367: NaNoWriMo Special with Grant Faulkner

I was lucky enough to talk to Grant Faulkner, the grand poobah of NaNoWriMo!

Are you ready for November?

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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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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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Happy December! Happy Advent Calendar Season!

Many updates!

I haven’t talked about it much (Bad Mur!) but I’m the new co-host of the spec fic arm of the Carolina Bookbeat show on WCOM in Carrboro, NC, along with Sam Montgomery-Blinn. We talk every first Monday of the month about speculative fiction books. You can listen live on the radio, online, or download our podcast.

Seeing as how I’m in Carrboro for half the first Monday of the month (this includes driving time and lunch time) it pretty much destroys my day. I’m trying to get Ghost Train to New Orleans episodes up on Monday, but every 4th week (like, say, this one) it will have to be Tuesday. Stay tuned.

Same for I Should Be Writing, incidentally. I have a new computer coming, and that should make recording much easier. Tomorrow or Wednesday there should be new awesomeness. At least on my end. On your end things will sound the same.

NaNoWriMo was a failure, again, but I got around 30k words for the month, which is much better than my usual average. I consider it a win.

Speaking of writing, it’s the holidays and it’s time to buy presents for loved ones. And books make great gifts! Signed books, even!

Lastly, it’s Advent season again, and we are celebrating with a new year of our Advent Calendar podcast, inspired by Grant’s Advent Calendar. This year’s theme is Radio World, and my daughter Fiona will be doing an old timey radio drama, every voice. We have permission from the awesome John Anealio to use his “Batman Smells (A Rebuttal)” as our theme song again! Additional content includes graphics from RexWolf2 and music from Kevin MacLeod, both used under Creative Commons licenses. You can see our first episode below, and subscribe with this feed:


Ghost Train to New Orleans, NaNo, and ISBW update

So many recordings, so little time!

FirstGhost Train to New Orleans episode 8 is here! And did you hear that Amazon and Hachette stopped fussing at one another? Yes, you can get copies of Ghost Train to New Orleans and The Shambling Guide to New York City from Amazon lickety-split now, no “arrives in 2-3 weeks” BS.

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

The Shambling Guide to New York City
The book: B&N ~ Indie ~ Waterstones Chapel Hill Comics (signed!) ~ Powell’s ~ Amazon (aff. link)
The audiobook: Ambling ~ Audible

Second – NaNoWriMo, yeah, it doesn’t look good, but I’m still writing. Still podcasting daily for Patreon supporters, although Patreon is not allowing me to send patrons emails anymore. Links are posted in the Patreon-only updates.

Third– ISBW with interviews is on hiatus until I can get my computer and recording rig setup working again. I don’t know what’s wrong, which is kind of worse because I don’t know what to fix. Apologies.

John Anealio’s NaNoWriMo Music, and more

As I peek up from the hell that is this week, I gasp for air and leave you with the news that John Anealio is offering his NaNoWriMo EP for “pay what you want.” He wrote both the ISBW theme song and the NaNoWriMo song, and you can get both songs (and two remixes) for whatever you like to pay. John has always been a supporter of my work and I like to send people his way for his awesome music.


Speaking of NaNoWriMo, well…

or, more officially with live updates:

Yeah…. But I’m still going. I am not giving up this month.

Greetings from World Fantasy Con

I’m writing this from my hotel room at World Fantasy Con. Last night I did something crazy and walked back to my hotel at an insane hour- 10:30. Kids, a new sign of age is turning in early at a convention and being oh so happy for just flannel pajamas and tea. The Tor party was fun until it reached critical mass, and I was ready for some fresh air and some Netflix.

I’m seeing some awesome people, being surprised by others who I didn’t know would be here, and hope to get some recording done today. It’s a good con so far.

TONIGHT I have a 10pm panel. I have no idea how that happened since I avoid evening panels like the plague, but there it is.

In the spirit of full disclosure, here are the ways to look at my writing in the past week:

  • I am behind pace on NaNo. Booooo. I should be at 10000 now (before today’s writing, even!) and I’m at 7200.
  • I’m ahead pace on NaNo. Yaaaaayyy! According to my plan with Susanna’s Pacemaker,  I should be at around 2200 now, and I’m WAY ahead at 7200.
  • Aside- insert quote about massaging statistics to suit your needs here.
  • I have hit a roadblock because I am writing a fantasy and only yesterday did I come across the problem of needing a map, and I don’t have a map. NaNo rules say plow on ahead, but I do admit it stymied me.

My daily NaNo show for Patreon supporters continues, making my hard work recording and editing on Monday all worth it, because right now all I have to do is post a link. (Apologies, yesterday’s link came late at night.) It’s not too late- if you join the Patreon supporters now, you will get links to all the back episodes of the daily show!

Yesterday I had lunch with Gail Carriger and Howard Tayler. They are amazing, creative people who gave me a lot of confidence in my upcoming creative decisions. Some of which you will see here. Stay tuned.

And that’s it for today. I need a shower and a coffee and a writing sprint. Who’s with me? (Um, for the writing. I’ll shower alone, thanks.)

Special Link: last year’s free daily podcast, Day 7. And get all of last year’s special NaNo shows under the NaNoWriMo tag!

NaNoWriMo Prep!

Participant-2014-Square-ButtonI’m doing a daily ISBW show focused on NaNoWriMo for Patreon supporters – for as little as a buck a month you can get a daily show while you do NaNoWriMo.

If you can’t, or don’t want to support via Patreon, then be sure to check out last year’s posts on the subject!

* I’m doing the “rising to the challenge” system. Day 1’s wordcount is only 108, but Day 30’s wordcount is a whopping 3210.

Good luck!

Afterlife VI: STONES is done!


Cover Prototype, by Pablo Defendini

In 2011 I did a Kickstarter campaign to support the ebook design of The Afterlife Series. Multiple agents had tried to sell it, and it never caught an editor’s eye, despite being the most popular thing I had written at the time (for my listeners, anyway.) I put a high stretch goal on there, promising if someone pledged $1k I would write another novella in the series. I didn’t think it would actually go.

It did.

Life got complicated after that. Never mind that I had no idea what I was going to write. No spoilers, but at the end of Book 5: War, the fate of the characters was pretty well sealed. Then I got a deal to write two books for Orbit, and I got into an MFA program. So I blinked and three years had passed. GAH.

Long story short (shorter, anyway) this year I finally got down to writing the novella, then sent it off to a classmate for editing, then sat on the edits for a while. I just recently got through them all, and sent the book off to my designer. It’s done!

I emailed a PDF of the book to the Kickstarter supporters, and people who had supported me via Patreon (hint, if you support now you can get the free PDF long before it goes to the ebook stores!) So the book is out there to a select group, and it will be available via B&N, Smashwords, and Amazon as soon as the design is done.

But for my part, except for the ebook uploading and all that, The Afterlife Series VI: Stones is done.  And the relief I feel is monumental.


I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo this year, again. I don’t have a good track record, but what the hell, it’s fun. I’m not sure what project I’m working on, but I have a couple of things going on right now so it won’t be hard to settle on one.

And again, if you are a Patreon supporter, you will get a daily NaNoWriMo audio file. NOTE: If you’re a supporter and don’t do NaNo and don’t want the files, you can temporarily change your support level to “no reward” and you won’t get the emails. You will still get your weekly mail from me, and you can change back in December. That said, if you are currently at No Reward and want the files, you need to change to at least the $1 reward.