My Podcast Library

I was recently talking with a few of the members of the writing group that I’m in and someone asked what podcasts we all listen too and I listed a couple before I realised that I don’t think I can list all of the ones I listed to in a Facebook comment. So I thought I’d put together a list as a blog post, so here it is in no particular order:

I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers:   I Should Be Writing is Mur Lafferty’s podcast that she has been doing for many years and deals with some of the everyday writer problems and some of the emotional elements to the writing process. Ditch Diggers is Mur Lafferty’s Podcast with Matt Wallace. Here they discuss more the business side of writing. Both of these podcasts also have frequent interviews with other writers.

The Dead Robots Society: This podcast is a roundtable discussion show that deals with pretty much every aspect of the writing process. From outlining and world building to sales numbers. Justin R. Macumber created this podcast and Terry Mixon, Paul E. Cooley and Scott Roche make up the regular team. I came into the show when it was approaching its hundredth episode mark and I went back and listened to all of the previous episodes.

The Roundtable Podcast: This podcast by Dave Robison (who has an amazing voice) is generally a roundtable discussion where Robison and guest hosts brainstorm a story idea by a (brave) writer. There are also episodes where they spend (a loose) twenty minutes with a writer to get to know them. This is a fantastic podcast that I’ve found can really get the creative juices going.

The Newbie Writers Podcast: This podcast by Damien Boath and Catherine Bramkamp. This is an interview show where Boath and Bramkamp interview writers. This show is a lot of fun, and very engaging.

Authorcast: This is primarily a discussion between David Wood and Alan Baxter. They discuss pretty much everything to do with writing. Wood also runs a small press, which gives another insight to the writing and publishing process.

Shipping & Handling Podcast: This podcast is a little different as its two literary agents, Bridget Smith and Jennifer Udden, discussing the publishing world. This is quickly becoming one of my must listen to podcasts. It’s informative and very entertaining. I’m finding it very easy to listen to.

The Creative Penn Podcast: This is quite a new podcast for me and I’m enjoying it and learning from it. It’s general publishing talk and interviews with writers.

Armcast: This podcast by Armand Rosamilia is a writing podcast but one that focusses on the people Rosamilia has met through writing horror. So some episodes with have interviews with writers while others will have interviews with film producers. Rosamilia has just started a new podcast with Mark Tufo but I haven’t listened to that one yet. If it’s anything like Armcast it’ll be a lot of fun.

SF Squeecast: This one is kind of a ringer to a certain degree as it’s not primarily a writing podcast in my opinion. It’s more of a group of friends sitting round talking about what they like who also happen to be writers. This is a pretty good podcast, the content is fantastic and fun and all of the hosts; Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas and Catherynne M. Valente all seem to have a lot of fun doing this podcast.

All of these podcasts can be found on iTunes, that’s where I get them from, and I hope people check them out.

Good Morning, Monday! 

Morning All! I hope you’re all ready for the new week? I am bouncing because I finished the 1st draft of the AVG rewrite yesterday 😀 When I sat down to write yesterday morning I looked through what I’d done the previous paragraphs and decided it was time to wrap this one up. I’m not sure if that decision was gut instinct or that I’ve just had enough of this story now, but either way it is done! 

Then I had a bit of a chill out (which after 1720 words longhand in about three hours I think was deserved) and then began brain storming for a short story I wrote that’s in mine and Owen’s universe. I’m putting a sort of outline together for Owen to look at and weigh in on before turning it from a 2000 word short story to something maybe novelette length, but we’ll see.

I also finished up the blog post I began Saturday night and mentioned in yesterday mornings post. 

So all in all it was a good day yesterday. Now I’m going to put AVG aside for a while before reading through and beginning preperation to type it up. In the meantime I printed off the novelette I wrote a few years ago that I’d like to make longer and be this years NaNoWriMo project to read through. 
Have a good day everybody 😊

Focusing On The Process

I recently wrote a short story in the universe Owen and I have created. It was based on two characters that we have a little history on but we haven’t gone into much detail with and as an exercise I thought I’d write their story. This is the story that I wrote on my phone (I think I mentioned that here) but it didn’t work. I think the core of it is good but it’ll need a lot of attention to bring it up to where it needs to be. I knew how it was going to end, but aside from that I had no real idea of how I was going to get to the ending.

When I printed it out to see what shape it was in I saw just how disjointed it was, so I decided it would be best just to rewrite it (yes, I seem to be mainly focusing on rewrites at the moment). Something I’ve learned of late is that I’m not anywhere near prepared enough before I start writing. So I’ve been working on brainstorming some the stories I want to work on in the near future. Most of them are collaborations with Owen at the moment and I’m hoping this will help us when we get down to the actual writing stage. We can spend time adding the details to a brainstorming file and start to develop the story as we go. Something I’ve noticed about when I’m writing is that my first drafts change quite a bit from start to end. Mainly in tone but I also want to add more detail to earlier segments while I’m many chapters past them.

I’ve also found that I write better when I’m writing longhand and that’s something that I’m going to try to do with first drafts for a while now. My plan is to write out a story, making notes along the way and then read through once I’ve got the draft done, making further notes as I go. So, in theory, when I begin to type it up (which’ll be my second draft) the story will have a direction that I found as I wrote but might not have had at the start of the story.

I’m really hoping that raising my level of preparation will help when I come to write the actual story.

Good Morning, Sunday

I am just gonna have a cup of tea and then I’m going to get my arse into gear and get some work done. I’d like to have a good 1000 words done today and finish off a blog post I started last night, but I’ve set targets like that before and they’ve quickly gone out the window! But I’m feeling good and I think I’ll have a decent days writing ahead of me.

So, have a good one Everybody :) 

Good Morning, Friday

I’m not sure where to start with this post, seeing as it’s been a while since I’ve written a proper post. Even this post is just going to be one giving an update of what I’ve been working on and not something more extensive.

So let’s start. Even though I haven’t been blogging I’ve still been getting a few words down, not many but I’ve been getting between two and six hundred words a day down. I’m at the point where I want to start wrapping up the first draft of this rewrite of AVG. I realised that the other day, and since then I’ve found a little more direction because I was drifting aimlessly a little. There’s a lot of story I want to put into these final parts of the story but I do want to wrap it up soon.

I’ve also been working on brainstorming a few other projects and am getting a good idea of those stories and the direction I want to take them in.

That’s all for now, I’ve got to go and get ready for work. I’m planning to write the odd post that is a little more thought out than most of what I do normally, as well as picking up my writing pace.

Good Morning, Monday

Last week I was getting myself fired up to get back onto the writing horse properly, then real life needed my attention. It stil does but I can afford to put a little attention back to writing. I tried to do that last night but I was too distracted by Orange is the New Black to really get stuck in.

What I did find was that the short story I’ve been working on needs more work than I thought it did. I’m wondering if I need to do a hand written draft or just sit down with it and make the changes on my computer (The first draft done on my phone). Both seem like hard work and I’m not sure whether the story will see the light of day in the near future anyway. So I’m not sure how much time I want to commit to it.

The AVG rewrite is moving along slowly. I’m trying to decide how detailed I want to make this final part of the story as I’m building up to the ending. The lives of the characters is settling down a little and I’m not sure how entertaining their lives are at the moment. It’s quite mundane activities that I think I may write as a little bit of a monologue till the next important part of the story needs addressing.