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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

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in | 2 comments

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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Episode 1.14: Alphas and Betas

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Jay’s writing relies heavily on both alpha and beta readers. In this episode, she explains in detail her method of getting a book from an idea to finished draft. Her approach is very reliant on a communal form of storytelling. While they’re talking, Nina realizes that Jay has been her alpha for a while already. Lots and lots of giggling ensues. Also actual organized comparisons of various methods of using alpha and beta readers, including one by one of our favorite authors, Mary Robinette Kowal.

Notable notes

Recommended reading

Tim's recommendation: Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold

Tim’s recommendation: Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Adventure) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Jay's recommendation: The Daughter Star by Susan Jane Bigelow

Jay’s recommendation: The Daughter Star (Grayline Sisters Book 1) by Susan Jane Bigelow

Nina’s recommendation: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy) by N.K. Jemisin



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Episode 1.13: Flash Fiction

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in | 0 comments

Tim is having problems with his Flash Fiction eating too many doughnuts and expanding into short story territory. The Mad Writers get together and try to figure out how to get his stories to stay within a reasonable range for Flash Fiction. They talk about the shape of a story vs Vignette, control of user perception, arranging implications instead of statements, getting rid of filler words and making words pull their weight. Many of the things they talk about are applicable to other forms of fiction but things that are especially important when writing Flash Fiction. Join them as Tim tries to figure out the magical world of Flash Fiction.

Notable Notes

Recommended Reading

Tim’s recommendation: The Everything Box: A Novel (Another Coop Heist) by Richard Kadrey

Jay’s recommendation: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories by Laird Barron

Nina’s recommendation: Night Watch: A Novel of Discworld by Terry Pratchett



 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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