We are delighted that the talented Raven Belasco is back with us, talking about the latest anthology that was just released: Adventures in Bodily Autonomy. Raven edited fourteen amazing stories from some of our favorite authors that flow through multiple universes, space, and time, offering new perspectives on the issue of reproductive justice. And besides paying the writers, all profits will go to non-profit Reproductive Freedom for All. She also got the rights to her Blood and Ancient Scrolls series back from her publisher, and talks about how and when a writer may need to do that. … Continue…Episode 190 – Welcome Back Raven Belasco
William is a new novelist, with his first novel ever self-published on Amazon. It’s about a man’s immortal journey through history from the Black Death to the present (give or take). Magglio Cervantes is an interesting sort of protagonist, who goes from being a leaf on time’s river that drifts from eddy to whirlpool into coming to terms with his endless existence and learns how to reconnect with humanity. … Continue…Episode 188 – Interview with William Klem
There are so many ways to earn a living as a good writer, and if what you love is writing there are more “expertise” or “value-add” monetization models out there. Ever wonder about the fiscal model for Quora and Medium? Sean Kernan went from years of working in a giant finance company to working from home, earning his living by being paid to be an essayist. He’s a top writer on Medium, telling interesting stories about interesting people. … Continue…Episode 187 – Interview with Sean Kernan
Brenda Clough is a prolific Asian-American Sci-Fi writer, returning to visit with us after another book and novella have hit the stands – Cleo’s Scroll (Dante Sci-Fi!) and then A Door in His Head – which won an award! We chat about historical Sci-Fi, lament over the lack of shark-based deities in the world, and she reports about the latest Marian Halcombe book. … Continue…Episode 185 – Welcome Back Brenda Clough
Kari Sperring, amazing author and medieval historian, has written a splendid new Arthurian novel called The Book of Gaheris. Join us as she talks about developing a new version of an Arthurian legend through historic research, reading the classics, and re-imagining the status quo as it very well may have been touched by magic. … Continue…Episode 184 – Interview with Kari Sperring
We welcome back Sharon Lee and Steve Miller to talk about their 25th Liadon book – Salvage Right, from Baen Books. They tell us about the space station that straddles two realities, as we debate where the cats might come in and own the place. There’s also an in-depth discussion of the dinkus and the telling detail, so you can learn something new! … Continue…Episode 183 – Journey Back to Liadon
Your WDC crew welcomes back Alma Alexander, who has won a great struggle with publishing rights to re-release her trilogy “WorldWeavers” with a bonus new fourth book coming out this November! WorldWeavers has all the magical youth and schooling of Certain Bestselling Books and Movies – but we like them even better! WorldWeavers posits a world where everyone knows about magic – it’s even regulated. Alma seamlessly blends American Spiritualism and gods, with fae-like creatures, magic, computers, and a scrappy bunch of young students you’ll adore. Thea is a splendid young heroine, and we think you’ll like her as much as we do. … Continue…Episode 180 – Alma Alexander re-releases WorldWeavers
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are the authors of 25 Liaden Universe novels as of this coming July, and many short stories. These two prolific writers met in college and took classes together – and they just celebrated their 100th collaboration together, and talk about how they work together with different specialties in the creative process. If you love Space Opera, the Liaden Universe and its timelines may be for you! … Continue…Episode 173 – Interview with Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
In which we discuss how to write – and run – good role-playing games with Norman Lutes (He/him). GMing and game writing have a lot in common with good story writing. For example: Reading is to writing as playing is to GMing.
And: “What do you start with? A story? A setting?” …smacks of Plotting vs Pantsing or Game-mastering is a combination of critical path project management and storytelling in the fireside tradition or Writing a game is like writing software – spend the majority of your time planning for exceptions and errors.
And: Spoon-feeding vs. player involvement: it’s a balance or You can lead players back to the path if they go astray. But you need to have done some world-building, or at least world-stealing. Don’t forget to file off the serial numbers or If you ask your players for their characters’ backstories, don’t be surprised if they’re not interested when you fold it into the story.
Bonus: Role-playing via email: The story, backstory, player’s interests, and world-building all come together. AND it’s self-documenting! … Continue…Episode 172 – Make the Adventure you want to play in: GM talk with Norman Lutes
Tami is an enby/aro/ace author of queer fiction, and we all admire their stunning productivity during the pandemic! Tami also writes as S.T. Lynn, London Kemaker, and Anna Morgan – and offers clarity for new writers on how to establish a brand with a particular name to make it easy for readers to find more of what they love. Their storylines feature queer characters, found families, and the happily ever afters we all could use more of in today’s zeitgeist. … Continue…Episode 171 – Interview with Tami Veldura