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Latest Episodes

2019 Awards Eligibility Mini-sode

With awards season firmly upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to put together an eligibility-post-as-audio, not just for the show, but also for all the amazing guests I've had on this past year. What I mentioned this episode: Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey "Away with the Wolves," by Sarah Gailey Here's The Thing, Sarah's newsletter "The Neverending Story at 40: A Children's Book Grappling with the Legacy of War," by Sarah Gailey "The Sweetest Fruit of Summer," by R. K. Duncan R. K. Duncan's awards eligibility post Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes The Imaginary Corpse, by Tyler Hayes The Library of the Unwritten, by A. J. Hackwith "Through Doorways: Portal Fantasies as a Means of Queer Escape and Queer Hope," by A. J. Hackwith A Choir of Lies, by Alexandra Rowland Be the Serpent: A Podcast of Extremely Deep Literary Merit Worldbuilding for Masochists "Fanfiction: The Infinite Free Buffet," by Alexandra Rowland "The Moving Stars," by Premee Mohamed "Us and Ours," by Premee Mohamed, in A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods "paper, incense, need," by Sharon Hsu The transcript for this show is available here.

3 MIN6 d ago
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2019 Awards Eligibility Mini-sode

Episode 11: C. L. Polk - "Memory and a Monkey"

EOn this episode, World Fantasy Award winner C. L. Polk (@clpolk) joins us to talk being an early-career writer, losing at NaNoWriMo, her early strategies for submitting stories, and why stories don't land. Cee reads to us from a trunked first draft, "Memory and a Monkey," which is a very fun sci-fi detective story. The sequel to Witchmark, Stormsong, comes out February 11th, 2020 from Tor.com books. On this episode, we mentioned: Witchmark, by C. L. Polk The His Dark Materials series, by Philip Pullman "Writing Begins With Forgiveness," by Daniel Jose Older nanowrimo SFWA qualifying market list Shimmer Magazine on spec magazine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Ideomancer "Bullet in the Brain," by Tobias Wolff Tor.com Uncanny Magazine FIYAH Literary Magazine Diggers (my dad actually got me Truckers), The Bromeliad Trilogy, by Terry Pratchett Stormsong, by C. L. Polk The Midnight Bargain, by C. L. Polk Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger "The Air Gap," by Hilary B. Bisenieks, LampLight Magazine Join us again next month, when I'm excited to announce that our guest will be novelist K. B. Wagers.

56 MINJAN 17
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Episode 11: C. L. Polk - "Memory and a Monkey"

Episode 10: Sharon Hsu - "Grown-Up Business"

EThis month, friend and neighbor of the show, Sharon Hsu (@pensyf) joins us live in studio (dining room). Sharon reads her story, "Grown-Up Business," and we talk about academia, art, and how terrible capitalism is. Sharon's latest story, "paper, incense, need," is out now in issue 2.3 ofAugur Magazine. You can get much more of Sharon, along with co-host Charis Ellison, on their podcast,As My Wimsey Takes Me. Join us again on January 17th, 2020, when we'll be joined by World Fantasy Award-winning author C. L. Polk!

61 MIN2019 DEC 20
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Episode 10: Sharon Hsu - "Grown-Up Business"

Episode 9: Premee Mohamed - "The Broken Astrolabe of Tychon Silkentongue"

EThis month, we're joined by Premee Mohamed (@premeesaurus). Premee reads an excerpt of her story, "The Broken Astrolabe of Tychon Silvertongue," and we talk about Moby Dick jokes and the beneficial effects of shitposting on a writer's psyche. Premee's debut novel, Beneath the Rising, comes out March 3rd, 2020, from Solaris Books. Things mentioned in this episode: "More Tomorrow," by Premee Mohamed Moby Dick, by Herman Melville Beneath the Rising, by Premee Mohamed NaNoWriMo Brandon Sanderson doorstopper epic fantasies River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells Railsea, by China Miéville Neuromancer, by William Gibson A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber C. J. Cherryh Month of Letters No Shit, There I Was Escape Pod podcast Shimmer Mary Robinette Kowal's Patreon John Wiswel Join us again on December 20th, when we'll have Sharon Hsu on the show!

55 MIN2019 NOV 15
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Episode 9: Premee Mohamed - "The Broken Astrolabe of Tychon Silkentongue"

Episode 8: Alexandra Rowland - "Windfall"

EThis month, we're joined by podcaster and author Alexandra Rowland. Alex reads an excerpt from their trunked novel,Windfall, and we talk NaNoWriMo, community, and the issues with college creative writing programs.

54 MIN2019 OCT 18
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Episode 8: Alexandra Rowland - "Windfall"

Episode 7: Amanda Hackwith, "A Gift of Claw and Hunt"

This month's guest is another friend and debut novelist, A. J. Hackwith (@ajhackwith), whose debut, The Library of the Unwritten, comes out October 1st. Amanda and I talk anthologies, voice, and dinosaurs! Things we mention in this episode: The Library of the Unwritten, by A. J. Hackwith "Tank!" by John Wiswell Robot Dinosaurs! edited by Merc Rustad "Lips of Red, Lips of Black," by A. J. Hackwith, in Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger Uncanny Magazine, Issue 23 (the dinosaur issue) The Underwater Ballroom Society, edited by Tiffany Trent and Stephanie Burgis Destroy anthologies Uncanny Magazine, Issue 24, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction The Imaginary Corpse, by Tyler Hayes Jasper Fforde "Hell's Librarian," by A. J. Hackwith The Library of the Unwritten, reviewed in The Library Journal (starred) A Conspiracy of Whispers and A Treason of Truths, by Ada Harper Excerpt of The Library of the Unwritten, Tor.com Join us next month, on October 18th, when Alexandra Rowland will be on the show!

50 MIN2019 SEP 20
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Episode 7: Amanda Hackwith, "A Gift of Claw and Hunt"

Episode 6: Tyler Hayes - "Ferryland"

EThis month, I've got another friend of mine, Tyler Hayes (@the_real_tyler). Tyler and I share a table of contents in Skies of Wonder, but that's not the (only) reason that I wanted to have him on the show. Tyler reads an excerpt of his story, "Ferryland," which leads into a great conversation about how we grow as writers. Tyler's debut,The Imaginary Corpse, comes out September 10th, 2019, in ebook and physical formats. Things we mention in this episode: Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger No Shit, There I Was R. K. Duncan's episode of this show Writing the Other Angry Robot Books submissions (there is not currently an open submissions call) QueryTracker Writing Excuses podcast Writer Beware Jasper Fforde, specifically his Nursery Crimes books Narrative Dare, Fforde's interview in Locus Magazine George H. Scithers (Wikipedia) Alexandra Rowland's "hopepunk" post Be the Serpent (aHugo finalist podcast of extremely,extremely deep literary merit) Not Our Kind: Tales of (Not) Belonging Join ...

57 MIN2019 AUG 16
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Episode 6: Tyler Hayes - "Ferryland"

Episode 5: Valerie Valdes - "Handyman"

EThis month, I'm talking with a debut novelist and friend, Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes). Valerie reads the first chapter of a NaNoWriMo novel with a fun urban fantasy premise, "Handyman," and we talk about empathy, non-harming in writing, Twitter Discourse️, and Cuban slang. Which means some bilingual strong language. Valerie's debut, Chilling Effect, comes out September 17, 2019, in paperback, audio, and ebook formats, and is worth your preorder dollars. Things we mention in this episode: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) "Red Light Properties," by Dan Goldman The Dresden Files (series), by Jim Butcher Carl Hiaasen Dave Barry Alex Segura Kat Howard's editing services CSI: Miami (TV series) Burn Notice (TV series) Clockwork Boys, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) Tobias S. Buckell Silvia Moreno-Garcia Robin McKinley Patricia McKillip Anne McCaffrey Mercedes Lackey Lois McMaster Bujold Ursula K. Le Guin Diana Wynne Jones Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes Katamari Damacy (video game) Julie Dillon's art NATO Phonetic Alphabet Join us next month, on August 16th, when we'll have Tyler Hayes on the show!

60 MIN2019 JUL 19
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Episode 5: Valerie Valdes - "Handyman"

Episode 4: Kate Lechler - "4PM at the Three-Eyed Dog"

EOn this month's episode, I'm excited to finally be talking voice-to-voice with longtime inter-friend and fantastic writer, Kate Lechler (@KateLechler). Kate reads her story, "4PM at the Three-Eyed Dog," a super-fun noir mood-piece, and we talk about how we take care of our mental health when one of our greatest sources of online community, Twitter, is also a terrible cesspit of human misery. Things mentioned in this episode: Mary Robinette Kowal and Cat Rambo's online writing classes "Throw Yourself Like Seed" – Miguel de Unamuno Kate's editing service,Cephalopod Editing Join us here next month, when we'll have Valerie Valdez!

55 MIN2019 JUN 21
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Episode 4: Kate Lechler - "4PM at the Three-Eyed Dog"

Episode 3: R. K. Duncan - "The Night School"

EFor this episode, our shortest episode to date, I have the great pleasure of having on one of my oldest friends, Robin (R. K.) Duncan (@rkduncanauthor). He reads an excerpt of his story, "The Night School," which is a very atmospheric piece out of his back catalog, and we talk about discovering our personal processes and doing real, honest-to-god postal subs as baby-writers. The Fisher of Bones, by Sarah Gailey Fireside Quarterly "STET", by Sarah Gailey A Punk Rock Future (Amazon preorder) "Farewell Concert at the World's End"(audio), by R. K. Duncan "The Best Busker in the World"(audio/text), by R. K. Duncan "How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love" (audio/text), by Baker & Dovey (reprinted fromNo Shit, There I Was) Join us again on June 21st, with guest Kate Lechler!

31 MIN2019 MAY 17
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Episode 3: R. K. Duncan - "The Night School"

Latest Episodes

2019 Awards Eligibility Mini-sode

With awards season firmly upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to put together an eligibility-post-as-audio, not just for the show, but also for all the amazing guests I've had on this past year. What I mentioned this episode: Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey "Away with the Wolves," by Sarah Gailey Here's The Thing, Sarah's newsletter "The Neverending Story at 40: A Children's Book Grappling with the Legacy of War," by Sarah Gailey "The Sweetest Fruit of Summer," by R. K. Duncan R. K. Duncan's awards eligibility post Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes The Imaginary Corpse, by Tyler Hayes The Library of the Unwritten, by A. J. Hackwith "Through Doorways: Portal Fantasies as a Means of Queer Escape and Queer Hope," by A. J. Hackwith A Choir of Lies, by Alexandra Rowland Be the Serpent: A Podcast of Extremely Deep Literary Merit Worldbuilding for Masochists "Fanfiction: The Infinite Free Buffet," by Alexandra Rowland "The Moving Stars," by Premee Mohamed "Us and Ours," by Premee Mohamed, in A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods "paper, incense, need," by Sharon Hsu The transcript for this show is available here.

3 MIN6 d ago
Comments
2019 Awards Eligibility Mini-sode

Episode 11: C. L. Polk - "Memory and a Monkey"

EOn this episode, World Fantasy Award winner C. L. Polk (@clpolk) joins us to talk being an early-career writer, losing at NaNoWriMo, her early strategies for submitting stories, and why stories don't land. Cee reads to us from a trunked first draft, "Memory and a Monkey," which is a very fun sci-fi detective story. The sequel to Witchmark, Stormsong, comes out February 11th, 2020 from Tor.com books. On this episode, we mentioned: Witchmark, by C. L. Polk The His Dark Materials series, by Philip Pullman "Writing Begins With Forgiveness," by Daniel Jose Older nanowrimo SFWA qualifying market list Shimmer Magazine on spec magazine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Ideomancer "Bullet in the Brain," by Tobias Wolff Tor.com Uncanny Magazine FIYAH Literary Magazine Diggers (my dad actually got me Truckers), The Bromeliad Trilogy, by Terry Pratchett Stormsong, by C. L. Polk The Midnight Bargain, by C. L. Polk Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger "The Air Gap," by Hilary B. Bisenieks, LampLight Magazine Join us again next month, when I'm excited to announce that our guest will be novelist K. B. Wagers.

56 MINJAN 17
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Episode 11: C. L. Polk - "Memory and a Monkey"

Episode 10: Sharon Hsu - "Grown-Up Business"

EThis month, friend and neighbor of the show, Sharon Hsu (@pensyf) joins us live in studio (dining room). Sharon reads her story, "Grown-Up Business," and we talk about academia, art, and how terrible capitalism is. Sharon's latest story, "paper, incense, need," is out now in issue 2.3 ofAugur Magazine. You can get much more of Sharon, along with co-host Charis Ellison, on their podcast,As My Wimsey Takes Me. Join us again on January 17th, 2020, when we'll be joined by World Fantasy Award-winning author C. L. Polk!

61 MIN2019 DEC 20
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Episode 10: Sharon Hsu - "Grown-Up Business"

Episode 9: Premee Mohamed - "The Broken Astrolabe of Tychon Silkentongue"

EThis month, we're joined by Premee Mohamed (@premeesaurus). Premee reads an excerpt of her story, "The Broken Astrolabe of Tychon Silvertongue," and we talk about Moby Dick jokes and the beneficial effects of shitposting on a writer's psyche. Premee's debut novel, Beneath the Rising, comes out March 3rd, 2020, from Solaris Books. Things mentioned in this episode: "More Tomorrow," by Premee Mohamed Moby Dick, by Herman Melville Beneath the Rising, by Premee Mohamed NaNoWriMo Brandon Sanderson doorstopper epic fantasies River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells Railsea, by China Miéville Neuromancer, by William Gibson A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber C. J. Cherryh Month of Letters No Shit, There I Was Escape Pod podcast Shimmer Mary Robinette Kowal's Patreon John Wiswel Join us again on December 20th, when we'll have Sharon Hsu on the show!

55 MIN2019 NOV 15
Comments
Episode 9: Premee Mohamed - "The Broken Astrolabe of Tychon Silkentongue"

Episode 8: Alexandra Rowland - "Windfall"

EThis month, we're joined by podcaster and author Alexandra Rowland. Alex reads an excerpt from their trunked novel,Windfall, and we talk NaNoWriMo, community, and the issues with college creative writing programs.

54 MIN2019 OCT 18
Comments
Episode 8: Alexandra Rowland - "Windfall"

Episode 7: Amanda Hackwith, "A Gift of Claw and Hunt"

This month's guest is another friend and debut novelist, A. J. Hackwith (@ajhackwith), whose debut, The Library of the Unwritten, comes out October 1st. Amanda and I talk anthologies, voice, and dinosaurs! Things we mention in this episode: The Library of the Unwritten, by A. J. Hackwith "Tank!" by John Wiswell Robot Dinosaurs! edited by Merc Rustad "Lips of Red, Lips of Black," by A. J. Hackwith, in Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger Uncanny Magazine, Issue 23 (the dinosaur issue) The Underwater Ballroom Society, edited by Tiffany Trent and Stephanie Burgis Destroy anthologies Uncanny Magazine, Issue 24, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction The Imaginary Corpse, by Tyler Hayes Jasper Fforde "Hell's Librarian," by A. J. Hackwith The Library of the Unwritten, reviewed in The Library Journal (starred) A Conspiracy of Whispers and A Treason of Truths, by Ada Harper Excerpt of The Library of the Unwritten, Tor.com Join us next month, on October 18th, when Alexandra Rowland will be on the show!

50 MIN2019 SEP 20
Comments
Episode 7: Amanda Hackwith, "A Gift of Claw and Hunt"

Episode 6: Tyler Hayes - "Ferryland"

EThis month, I've got another friend of mine, Tyler Hayes (@the_real_tyler). Tyler and I share a table of contents in Skies of Wonder, but that's not the (only) reason that I wanted to have him on the show. Tyler reads an excerpt of his story, "Ferryland," which leads into a great conversation about how we grow as writers. Tyler's debut,The Imaginary Corpse, comes out September 10th, 2019, in ebook and physical formats. Things we mention in this episode: Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger No Shit, There I Was R. K. Duncan's episode of this show Writing the Other Angry Robot Books submissions (there is not currently an open submissions call) QueryTracker Writing Excuses podcast Writer Beware Jasper Fforde, specifically his Nursery Crimes books Narrative Dare, Fforde's interview in Locus Magazine George H. Scithers (Wikipedia) Alexandra Rowland's "hopepunk" post Be the Serpent (aHugo finalist podcast of extremely,extremely deep literary merit) Not Our Kind: Tales of (Not) Belonging Join ...

57 MIN2019 AUG 16
Comments
Episode 6: Tyler Hayes - "Ferryland"

Episode 5: Valerie Valdes - "Handyman"

EThis month, I'm talking with a debut novelist and friend, Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes). Valerie reads the first chapter of a NaNoWriMo novel with a fun urban fantasy premise, "Handyman," and we talk about empathy, non-harming in writing, Twitter Discourse️, and Cuban slang. Which means some bilingual strong language. Valerie's debut, Chilling Effect, comes out September 17, 2019, in paperback, audio, and ebook formats, and is worth your preorder dollars. Things we mention in this episode: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) "Red Light Properties," by Dan Goldman The Dresden Files (series), by Jim Butcher Carl Hiaasen Dave Barry Alex Segura Kat Howard's editing services CSI: Miami (TV series) Burn Notice (TV series) Clockwork Boys, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) Tobias S. Buckell Silvia Moreno-Garcia Robin McKinley Patricia McKillip Anne McCaffrey Mercedes Lackey Lois McMaster Bujold Ursula K. Le Guin Diana Wynne Jones Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes Katamari Damacy (video game) Julie Dillon's art NATO Phonetic Alphabet Join us next month, on August 16th, when we'll have Tyler Hayes on the show!

60 MIN2019 JUL 19
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Episode 5: Valerie Valdes - "Handyman"

Episode 4: Kate Lechler - "4PM at the Three-Eyed Dog"

EOn this month's episode, I'm excited to finally be talking voice-to-voice with longtime inter-friend and fantastic writer, Kate Lechler (@KateLechler). Kate reads her story, "4PM at the Three-Eyed Dog," a super-fun noir mood-piece, and we talk about how we take care of our mental health when one of our greatest sources of online community, Twitter, is also a terrible cesspit of human misery. Things mentioned in this episode: Mary Robinette Kowal and Cat Rambo's online writing classes "Throw Yourself Like Seed" – Miguel de Unamuno Kate's editing service,Cephalopod Editing Join us here next month, when we'll have Valerie Valdez!

55 MIN2019 JUN 21
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Episode 4: Kate Lechler - "4PM at the Three-Eyed Dog"

Episode 3: R. K. Duncan - "The Night School"

EFor this episode, our shortest episode to date, I have the great pleasure of having on one of my oldest friends, Robin (R. K.) Duncan (@rkduncanauthor). He reads an excerpt of his story, "The Night School," which is a very atmospheric piece out of his back catalog, and we talk about discovering our personal processes and doing real, honest-to-god postal subs as baby-writers. The Fisher of Bones, by Sarah Gailey Fireside Quarterly "STET", by Sarah Gailey A Punk Rock Future (Amazon preorder) "Farewell Concert at the World's End"(audio), by R. K. Duncan "The Best Busker in the World"(audio/text), by R. K. Duncan "How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love" (audio/text), by Baker & Dovey (reprinted fromNo Shit, There I Was) Join us again on June 21st, with guest Kate Lechler!

31 MIN2019 MAY 17
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Episode 3: R. K. Duncan - "The Night School"
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