March 1, 2019
In this episode I talk about what a sad sack I am because I finished a short story, was feeling good about myself, and then didn't write for a week. . . so the universe sent me a snow storm and a three day power outage so I could think about my sins...
...while not writing.
So I talk about getting back on the horse after a break. I also share some thoughts about what looked like successful author tables at the Portland Wizard Con event, and then some thoughts on the current Nebula Award dust-up and where I'm choosing to focus as an author, while also wishing the best for my friends caught up in all this.
Thanks for listening, and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts or feedback.
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.)
January 28, 2019
In this episode I talk about why you might want to pursue a traditional publishing deal, starting with short stories in magazines, (and SF has many opportunities to get published in magazines) or develop a following as an indie publisher.
I think the main takeaway is that you don't have to choose one or the other. You're going to write more than one book in your career, and each new project is a new decision on the best path forward.
I'm doing my best to understand how these markets are different, how readers consume them, and what the future might hold.
Also, what does all this mean for the "field" of science fiction when established taste-makers don't seem to acknowledge that the indie market exists and is rapidly outpacing the traditional market?
Mentioned in this episode:
Blackfish City by Sam Miller
AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee
Thanks for listening!
January 23, 2019
In this episode I riff off some thoughts Michael Sullivan posted in /r/fantasy on Reddit:
"People are quick to note that traditional publishing doesn’t have a good track record with regards to innovation. But can’t the same be said about the traditionally published AUTHOR who keeps operating as they always have (signing contract after contract even though the pay is less and there are other avenues that produce more income)? This seems like dinosaur behavior to me."
I do my best not to rant here or specifically call people out. I'm talking about behaviors I've seen in writers as they try to navigate a very confusing time of transition in the publishing industry.
One thing I forgot to mention is that having a clear idea of your goals as a writer will help you determine what path you want to take... but being open to all this change will help you recognize opportunities when they arise -- and they will.
December 31, 2018
Everybody loves a goals show! Let's throw down the gauntlet for 2019 so I can look back and either be pleased with my progress or shed tears in my beer.
I talk about production, health and financial goals for 2019, as well establishing a strong author brand.
Mentioned in this podcast:
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Word Count Tracker (excel doc download)
Thanks for listening!
December 24, 2018
Here's a reading from the Proteus Bridge (2018). This is the first chapter in the novel. (Warning, a very frustrated parrot drops an F-bomb.)