Just A Couple Of Quick Bits

Hey guys I just wanted to give a couple of shout outs and mentions.


Firstly is J.R. Murdock. I listened to a story he wrote about intergalactic haulage called V&A Shipping. This is one of the random podcasts that I have downloaded from podiobooks.com via iTunes which was a random download. I had not heard of it or Mr. Murdock but the story got me from the first line and kept me listening keenly until the end of the story. It did also tug at my heartstrings which I think is always a good sign. It’s a good sci-fi setting and the story itself is engaging. Well worth a listen. Here is the authors website (best web address ever by the way).



One quick other shout out is one that I have done before but it has been a while since they have had a mention and they are the good people over at Adventures In Sci-Fi Publishing.


Their website still looks amazing and is full of great content. Even if you do not write science fiction this podcast is a great listen and the website is great, I really need to get there more often than I do.


With my WIP, it is progressing slowly as I am expanding on some of the pieces that I have written. Next time I do NaNoWriMo hopefully I’ll be able to put this detail in when I write the first draft. It is getting there though 🙂

Mur Lafferty Shout Out

‘Mighty’ Mur Lafferty is I think easily considered the Godmother of the podcasting world. She was one of the first and is still going strong. I’ve listened to a lot of her work and enjoyed it for the most part but it never struck in the way that Scott Sigler or J.C. Hutchins do but her podcast for writers I should Be Writing is essential listening. I Should Be Writing is very helpful to the new writer and Mur Lafferty does not hold anything back. If she is feeling depressed, she talks about it. She is very easy to listen to and does some great interviews.


Lets get to Marco And The Red Granny though.


Think; Aliens with seven senses, artists, writers and death matches on the moon. You need more? Really? It is worth a listen to the first episode at least. Lafferty is a very strong writer and she creates some amazing characters here.

I listened to this today and absolutely fell in love with it, this is my favourite story by Mur Lafferty and I would love to see more in this universe.


The link to Mur Lafferty’s website is below and you can find everything that she produces there. This is an amazing person as well as a writer, please go by and check her out.

You can also find her work on iTunes and at Podiobooks.com



Shouting Out

Hey everybody. I just want to give a couple of quick mentions to podcasts that have impressed me in the last week.


I found this Episode of The Dead Robots Society about dialogue really useful. It gave me a lot to think about when I write dialogue.



I also wanted to give a big shout out to Jeremy Robinson. I listened to Beneath on Podcast about a year ago and was impressed with it and I downloaded Kronos last week and listened to it as I was at work. Both are captivating books which I could quite happily listen to again and again.

You can find both at iTunes



A Quick Shout Out: We’re Alive

Hey guys I just wanted to give a really quick shout out to a really good podcast that I have been listening to over the last few working days. We’re Alive is a Zombie survival story that is presented in a full cast reading like a radio drama, not like it is a radio drama.

The characters are varied and interesting and make human decisions. The voice cast is brilliant and make the characters come to life really well, Especially Burt, played by Scott Marvin 😀

Here’s the Website: http://www.zombiepodcast.com/

You can also find them on iTunes if you search We’re Alive.

I have really enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to season four later this year. It’s rare that I like a full cast and sound effect show but this hooked me quickly and I like the way the producers have set up the format of the show.

Shouting Out: Sanctuary: Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse by Joshua Jared Scott

Hey guys and gals, I just wanted to give a shout out to a book that I have absolutely fallen in love with.  Sanctuary: Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse by Joshua Jared Scott.




Here’s the link to its Podiobooks site.  This is where I found it via iTunes and I was really swept away with the story.  Its, well about survivors after zombies have swept across the planet.  The lead character Jacob tells his story of how his surviving and all the little things along the way. At first I thought this may be a watered down story, and there would not be anything extreme in it, but there are times when it does get beyond dark.  So if you are a little screamish, this may not be for you.  It has a slow and steady pace with good points of tension throughout the story and it never holds back from addressing the realities of societies downfall.

On a personal note I love the voice Joshua Jared Scott has and it’s one that I found especially easy to listen too.  This has shot to the top of my ‘To-buy’ list once I have some free cashflow.

It’s well Worth Checking Out

Back To Work

I was going to wait till next week to make a start on the fiction stuff again but I’ve kind of got to the point where my head is quite clear and I needed to get back and cracking again. I have not rested quite as much as I would have liked but I think it was time well spent as Its allowed my mind to work. As I’ve mentioned this time last year (2012) I was in quite a dark place and that has kind of been playing on my mind. Choices I made, and were they right? In reflection, yes. Very much so, but I think I needed to remind myself of that time and the effect it has on me. But now it’s not playing on my mind and I NEED to get back into the writing again.

So tonight I’ve began to edit/re-write my NaNoWriMo project from 2011. It’s not by any means a total re-write but I want to add a lot to it as I’m going through on the edit. I’m thinking I’ll add about another 10,000 words to it before its finished. the original draft did finish out at 30,000 words but I cut out about 9,000 words which was just hideously rubbish. Ideally I’ll bring it back up to the 30,000 words mark. THe biggest issue I have with this is I have no idea how I am going to end it at the moment. I have a couple of ideas but nothing that I am especially excited about so I’m hoping an ending will come as I write.

I just want to give another podcast Novel a shout out Public Enemy Zero is a book by Andrew Mayne about A radio DJ called Mitchell Roberts. He’s life is turned upside down and inside out when total strangers and people he knows begin to randomly attack him in the most savage way you could fear and becomes the centre of a manhunt after not having done anything wrong.
The link for Andrew Mayne’s site is below and if you enter the title of the story or the author into iTunes it’ll come up as a free podcast
I really enjoyed this story. It has a different take on the outbreak/zombie stories that most of us know from Hollywood.

A Little Target

I’m not going to reveal my writing goals this year like I did last year, because I missed each one of them, but I am going to let you all know that I am aiming to read twelve to fifteen books this year. So that’s about one a month, I’m currently about a hundred pages off finishing The Hunger Games (yes I started reading it last year, but im still counting it 😛 )  I would also like to knock out as many audiobooks as I can too. This is going to be a little more difficult as I do not really have the money to buy the audiobooks at the moment.  Paper books are different because I have about forty on my book shelve waiting to be read.  Audiobooks are great for me because I can listen to them while I’m at work.  So to save myself a little money I’m going to raid the books on Podiobooks.  If you love listening to fiction in audio form then I’d recommend checking their site out http://podiobooks.com/ You can also find them on iTunes.  Podiobooks basically allows writers to release thier stories in podcasts for free.  Personally I’ll only download a completed story as I like to hear it all in one go. It is a great idea and I have listen to many great writers works from there.  Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, Mur Lafferty and a fair few others.  The most recent is Jeff Lane.  I listened to his story, Crush Depth, today and I really enjoyed it.  Here’s the link to his site http://jefflaneaudiobooks.com/

A few of the books I’m aiming to read this year are; The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, Dauntless by Jack Campbell.  That’s part of his The Lost Fleet series. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.  Haywire by Justin R. Macumber, Dunne by Frank Herbert and The Man In The High Castle and Do Androids Dream Of Electronic Sheep, both by Phillip K.Dick