Speculative.Work: A Science Fiction Author Diary
SW 017 - Use Your Hobby to Strengthen Your Writing

SW 017 - Use Your Hobby to Strengthen Your Writing

May 11, 2019

I've been working on Eve of Destruction (kickass cover, right?) for six months now, which is like GRRM time in indie publishing. In the midst of grinding through edits, I've been working on several other hobby projects as well. While Steven Pressfield might call this resistance, it got me thinking about the benefits of allowing your mind to wander, absorb and learn from your hobbies, and how you can fold those skills into your writing. I'm a DIY nerd, so my hobbies are building things, but the points I talk about could easily apply to team sports, travel or any other hobby.

Other notes:

Create If Writing with Kirsten Oliphant

Self Publishing Journeys by Paul Teague

Deep Work by Cal Newport

The Awkward Thoughts of Kamau Bell

On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee

AuthorLife by J Thorn

Thanks for listening!

SW 011 - Refurbishing a Short Story for a New Market

SW 011 - Refurbishing a Short Story for a New Market

February 11, 2019

In this episode I talk about how I take an old short story with bones that I like and update it for a new anthology market.

I touch on the lessons I've learned about genre alignment since I wrote the story back in 2016 and how I address the various issues to make it fresh. And if the story doesn't get picked up by the new market? I've got other options as well.

(I also lament the writing time I've lost to Far Cry 5, but I did blow up a lot of virtual stuff.)