Another One Question special from Balticon 48, in an epic crossover episode with The Roundtable Podcast we see what it's like on the other side of your first draft. We find out what awesome writers do after they've finished their first draft. We get insight from:
- Jared Axelrod
- J.R. Blackwell
- Peter V. Brett
- Myke Cole
- Paul E. Cooley
- Veronica Giguire
- Starla Huchton
- J. Daniel Sawyer
- Micheal R. Underwood
Listen to part one here.
Ben and Mary Ellen discuss The Three by Sarah Lotz.
Our picks for this month are:
One thing many writers never have a shortage of is ideas. How do you know if an idea is worth exploring and writing though? We discuss this very question with Starla Huchton with answers from Balticon 2014!
How do YOU know an idea is a good idea?
Ben and Mary Ellen discuss their hiatus, Guardians of the Galaxy and their feelings on the Amazon v. Hachette "situation".
Our Audible picks for this month:
It's our 50th episode live from Balticon! We got Dave Robison in a room with a crowd and we heard answers to the One Question "What makes a good supporting character?" We heard pre-recorded answers from Adam Christopher, Mur Lafferty, Justin Landon and Tom Merritt, as well as from Micheal R. Underwood, Hugh J. O'Donnell and Morgen Rich live in the audience!
A huge thanks to Starla Huchton for the brand new cover artwork!
From the programme:
"The Trojan War was fought for the love of one woman. Arthurian legend would be incomplete without the love stories. Quests are often undertaken due to an underlying romance, but our popular understanding of genre and various authors' place within and among them seems to lose sight of this fact. Why is one writer's love story paranormal romance, while another's is a tale of fantasy?"
While we take some time to prepare for Balticon next weekend, here's another panel from ConFusion 2014. Kameron Hurley, Ron Collins, Howard Tayler, Janet Harriett, Catherine Shaffer and Christine Purcell discuss keeping things consistent across a series.
From the Programme:
"You have just discovered, upon reading a previous novel in the universe you are writing, a point that completely nullifies the plot of the book you are trying to write. What do you do? This particular issue comes up often, and the solution may make everything better. Our panel discusses how to proceed from this thorn, once you've calmed down..."
Promo for Space Casey Season 2
From the programme:
"Books, and those who write them, are sometimes elevated to the status of canon. In science fiction as in fantasy, there are works that are considered must reads for any serious student of the genre. Is this always a good thing? Seminal as they could be, older novels also often have structures and language that are far from conventions now, not to mention societal assumptions and prejudices about race and gender that can shock a modern reader. Is there a point where a work is old enough to be safely retired from the conversation?"
Promo for Paul E. Cooley's The Street.
From the programme:
"Many of us love superheroes because as kids we wanted to be like them, but what happens when you don't see any superheroes or creators who look like you?"
Promo for Way of the Buffalo Podcast.
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Our picks for this month:
Ben talks to Matthew Pizzolato from The Western Online about writing westerns.
Ben is on his first convention panel at ConFusion 2014. From the programme:
Catherine Shaffer, Brian Gray, Ben Delano
"Marvel Entertainment recently announced the "Be the next Jane Foster" STEM mentoring program and contest, and even hygiene products are getting in on the act (AXE's "Be an Astronaut" contest). Can speculative media franchises boost interest in the sciences, especially for underrepresented groups?"