Speculative destruction, one episode at a time.

Episode 1.21: Characterization

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Characterization, meaning presenting character through non-verbal means. This shows up in the way they choose their words, the way they dress, the way they hold themselves and all kinds of other details. The Mad Writers get flummoxed but then manage to rally and figure out several things about creating characters through showing and not telling. They discuss examples from Daredevil (the Netflix show), Mary Robinette Kowal, their own work as well as the sleazy lounge singer, and Lionel Cheese that sprung out of Tim’s effort to speak in a lounge singer voice. They finish off the episode by discussing why exactly a writer needs to work on characterization.

Recommended reading

Nina’s recommendation: Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant

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Episode 1.20: NaNoWriMo – threat or opportunity?

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NaNoWriMo is the bane and simultaneously the hope of many a writer. Every November, millions of people get together to write 50.000 words. Our intrepid Mad Writers have entirely varying experiences with this yearly event.

Jay has broken up with NaNoWriMo because while she always gets the trophy, it usually comes with completely unusable prose that she doesn’t even consider worth editing. Nina on the other hand has very positive experiences with NaNoWriMo in that it is largely based on gamifying the writing of thousands of words and Nina is nothing if not a sucker for gamification. Tim, for his part, is somewhere in the middle, preferring the community over the gamification. They discuss what they each get out of NaNoWriMo (or don’t, in the case of Jay), how to approach it so that you’ll have the greatest chance of winning as well as making sure to emphasize not sending your newly finished NaNoWriMo story out to agents and editors.

Recommended reading

Tim’s recommendation: Borderline (The Arcadia Project) by Mishell Baker

Jay’s recommendation: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Nina’s recommendation: Feedback (Newsflesh) by Mira Grant



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Episode 1.19: Serial fiction with Mur Lafferty

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Episode 1.19: Serial fiction with Mur Lafferty

There are many ways to serial fiction and Mur Lafferty knows about them all. From serializing her novellas and the book Playing For Keeps to participating in the Serial Box Bookburners serial fiction. The conversation goes from topic to topic, touching on her Star Wars novella as well as her upcoming book, Six Wakes. The Mad Writers really enjoyed talking to Mur and we hope you will enjoy listening to it.

Mur Lafferty is a podcaster, writer, editor, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and all around reneissance creative. She can be found online at Murverse.com and on whichever social media she’s on (such as Twitter) as mightymur.

Please Note! There are some audio issues with this episode that we could not get rid of and cannot figure out where they came from. We appreciate your patience.

Recommended reading

Mur’s recommendation: The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth) by N.K. Jemisin

Tim’s recommendation: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jay’s recommendation: Viscera by Gabriel Squailia


Nina’s recommendation: Cloudbound (Bone Universe) by Fran Wilde

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Episode 1.18: Self-editing

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Episode 1.18: Self-editing

The bane of iGor’s existence, self-editing, is none the less an important weapon in the writer’s arsenal. For the continued co-operation of mini- *ahem* beta-readers, it is vital that writers are always respectful others’ time and the best way to do that is to only send out the best thing that you can. This takes the form of various stages from the nitty-gritty sentence level stuff to the full-on story-level high vantage-point view. The Mad Writers weave through the inverse triangle of self-editing in an effort to make sense of things.

Notable notes

Recommended reading

Jay’s recommendation: Swordspoint (Riverside) by Ellen Kushner

Nina’s recommendation: The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

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Episode 1.17: Moderation with Steven H Silver

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Episode 1.17: Moderation with Steven H Silver

There comes in every writer’s path to world domination a time for panel moderation. Our intrepid Mad Writers are fair newbies themselves in the big, bad world of conventions and none of them have ever moderated a panel, so they decided to call in some expert assistance in the form of Steven H Silver. Currently the Events Director at SFWA, Steven has also been an author, editor, Chicon 2000 programs director, and a Jeopardy contestant. The Mad Writers grill Steven on the various aspects of being a good panelist and a good moderator.

Notable notes

  • Use the microphone
  • Sharing is caring
  • Prepare
  • Do not get on a panel to say “I don’t know why I’m on this panel”
  • Seriously, be kind
  • “The Art of the Con”

You can find Steven online at: SF News and his website.

Recommended reading

Steven’s recommendation: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Tim’s recommendation: Player Piano: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay’s recommendation: Downbelow Station (Alliance-Union Universe) by C.J. Cherry

Nina’s recommendation: Once Broken Faith: An October Daye Novel by Seanan McGuire



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 1.16: Networking for writers

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During Worldcon, the mad writers grabbed master networker K.M. Szpara to join them for a little chat. They start with the basics of networking, with Kelly providing the Mad Writers with specific conversation starters. He emphasizes the power of listening. Thanks to their live studio audience they also discuss more fraught topics such as alcohol consumption during events. Receive instruction in how to leave a conversation you’ve been edged out of. Because of the live situation, this episode is Not Safe For Work, as the customary bleeps could not find their way into the temporary Volcano Waterfall lair.

PLEASE NOTE! The sound quality on this episode is, unfortunately, poor. iGor did his best to improve it but he will need to be whipped for his performance.

Recommended Reading

Tim’s recommendation: Making Conversations by Theresa Neilsen Hayden

Jay’s recommendation: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Ghainani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nina’s recommendation: Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Kelly’s recommendation: The Usual Path to Publication: 27 Stories About 27 Ways In edited by Shannon Page


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 1.15: Considering Self-care

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One of the essential parts of a creative life is making sure that you can keep on creating new things. As MidAmericon II is fast approaching, our intrepid introverts talk about self-care. They touch on both acute situations as well as going the long slog that can sometimes get exhausting. This is a resource-heavy episode with a huge list of links to various things the Mad Writers have found helpful.

Notable Notes

Recommended Reading

Tim’s recommendation: Something Rotten (Thursday Next Novels) by Jasper Fforde

Jay’s recommendation: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Nina’s recommendation: Zoe’s Tale (Old Man’s War) by John Scalzi



 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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