Speculative.Work: A Science Fiction Author Diary
SW 027 - Goodbye Google

SW 027 - Goodbye Google

May 19, 2020

Admitting to major screw ups makes them less major, right?

Digital hoarding is still hoarding.

I think I actually do want to delete most of my email from 2004. 

Thanks for listening!

James

jamesaaron.net/books

SW 026 - Digital Storage Plan

SW 026 - Digital Storage Plan

May 11, 2020

My Google Drive plan expired this week, and OneDrive is cheaper... so I've been doing a lot of thinking about how I'm backing up my data, how I organize my files, and if I really need to hang onto email from 2006.

Other things mentioned this episode:

Goliath by Matt Stollar

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How Long 'Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin

How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories by [N. K. Jemisin]

Thanks for listening!

James

 

SW 025 - Getting Your head Back in the Game

SW 025 - Getting Your head Back in the Game

May 4, 2020

Jumping between series is hard! I feel like a toddler being forced to eat broccoli.

In order to get the engine running again, I have to find ways to keep pulling the cord, hoping it's going to start.

I discuss some strategies I've been using to get my head back into a series after a long break. 

Journaling might be getting in the way of my fiction.

RPG for Authors: 4theWords.com (Apparently if you use this referral code, I get magic crystals or something: WESBB70639)

 

Secret Powers of the Author Mastermind by J. Thorn

Secret Powers of the Author Mastermind: How to Transform from Struggling Writer to Career Author (The Career Author) by [J. Thorn]

 

Cover Your Book by R. Haskell

Cover Your Book: An Author's Guide to Working with a Designer to Maximize your Sales by [R. Haskell]

 

Goliath by Matt Stollar

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Patreon: patreon.com/jamesaaron

SW 024 - Back in the Saddle

SW 024 - Back in the Saddle

April 27, 2020

This is one of those apology episodes after a long hiatus. 

This one is a little free form. I talk about where I've been and how my life has changed since the last episode. (Things are good.) 

I talk about my new podcast project at ClassicScienceFiction.com

I share a few of the lessons I've learned from working at home and what I needed to do to make that happen, then share my goals for the week.

Thanks for listening!

SW 23 - Co-Writing Pros and Cons

SW 23 - Co-Writing Pros and Cons

September 8, 2019

You may have heard authors talking about co-writing... what is it? Is it right for you? How do you even find co-writing opportunities? 

In this episode I talk about what I've learned from three years of co-writing with Mal Cooper in Aeon 14. Spoiler alert: it's been a great experience that has taught me a lot during this phase of my writing career. 

However, there are pros and cons, like any business relationship.

If there's anything I didn't cover, shoot me an email at james@jamesaaron.net

Thanks for listening!

SW 022 - Author Dinners with Fans and Comparisonitus

SW 022 - Author Dinners with Fans and Comparisonitus

September 2, 2019

In this episode I talk about dinners with fans.

Spoiler alert, they're great.

They can help you build engagement, make your series' world more real, and create priceless experiences for your fans.

If you're like me and your mind goes blank while talking, you might want to take some flash cards so you don't forget the name of your latest book.

I also struggled with a bout of "comparisonitus" this week, where I found myself comparing my career in the last three years with other authors I know, wondering if I've made the right decisions, and choosing to focus on what's right for me... even if I haven't completely figured that out yet.

Also, Google says podcasting is the new blogging, so get on that. Lol.

Thanks for listening!

SW 021 - Refining Plotting and Some Big News

SW 021 - Refining Plotting and Some Big News

August 26, 2019

What do you do when the baby eats your work space? You prop your laptop on the dresser and record anyway.

I'm back with a quick update, some notes on the current book, and some more big changes in my life that should mean positive things for my writing.

I also talk a bit about writing on deadline and how I refine my outlining process as I write to make sure I'm always heading in the right direction and not wasting words.

Thanks for listening!

 

SW 020 - From Russia with Love

SW 020 - From Russia with Love

July 26, 2019

In this episode I talk about the resolution of my old business debt problem, a close reading of From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming and plotting my next book, The Spreading Fire.

Episode 20! Thanks for listening and all your support.

SW 019 - Kicked in the Face

SW 019 - Kicked in the Face

July 16, 2019

In this episode I talk about a major setback I experienced recently, how it affected my writing, and how I am trying to continue to work through it. 

I also talk about lessons learned from reading the slush pile for an SF/F publisher. 

Thanks for listening!

SW 018 - Changes Changes Changes

SW 018 - Changes Changes Changes

June 20, 2019

This is a bit of personal episode but it touches on finding your true audience by expressing your authentic self.

Once you find those true fans, and you're honest and open with them and serve them up the entertainment they love, I think you've got them for life.

We recently went through a major transition in Aeon 14, and me with my writing partner. I was ready for fans to revolt but they've supported us in amazing ways. I can't express how much gratitude I've felt in the last month, and how inspired I've been to create meaningful, honest work.

Also, sorry for the break!