Galley Table

#FlashbackFriday is upon us again! This week The Wayback Machine is taking us back to May 19th, 2011 and episode 37 of Galley Table. It is very appropriate that we’re looking back two years ago as the Galley Table crew gathers to talk about our plans for Balticon, just as we’re preparing for Balticon again this year. This is an all crew episode, so no guests this time, but we are name dropping like crazy! Hopefully this will help whet your appetite for this year’s Balticon.

Show notes below the cut. 

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Once again, it is #FlashbackFriday, and time for another journey with the Wayback Machine. Today we’ve got audio from May 15th, 2011. To wit, episode 35 of Galley Table, featuring guests JR Murdock and Michell Plested. You see, writers are a superstitious and cowardly lot, and they construct various rituals and superstitions to fend off bad writing mojo, or to get themselves into the mood for writing. In this episode, we ask the panel what their rituals are, and how they feel these traditions have effected their writing.

Show notes below the cut. 

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Time once again for something from the Wayback Machine. I’m actually going to try to make this a regular #FlashbackFriday event. We’ll just have to see how successful I am at keeping things scheduled.

Anywho, This Friday we are turning the clock back to May 5, 2011 to revisit an all crew episode of The Galley Table. In episode thirty-five, we’re talking about gods and their place in your story. We talk about some of our favorite deific figures in stories and how they are effectively, and non-effectively used. No matter your personal faith, we still feel that there is a place for god-like figures in literature.

More notes below the cut. Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the show notes!

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I haven’t fired up the Wayback Machine in a while, and the backlog of episodes just keeps building up. Time to do something about that. So here we have another episode from podcasting’s past. Today’s trip takes up to May 2nd, 2001, and Episode 34 of  Galley Table. This episode didn’t have a guest, but was just the regular Galley Table crew talking about pushing beyond your boundaries and how that can affect your writing.

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January is a time to look forward to the rest of the year. One of the things we look forward to each year, is Balticon! For those of you who aren’t familiar, Balticon is the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention put on each year by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, or BSFS. Balticon is held each year on Memorial Day weekend in Hunt Valley, Maryland. So, in January, we start making plans…

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Hey, folks.

Remember back when I would pretend that I had this time machine, and every so often, I’d post on here about cranking it up and going back to visiting some point in the past and I’d play the audio from a podcast I did online and pull out a bunch of really funny lines from the show?

Remember that? Let’s do that again!

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Oh, wait, I think that is supposed to be “What I’m doing at Balticon 46!”

No, on second thought, I think I may have gotten it right the first time.

Bit by bit, my schedule for Balticon 46 has come together, and now I am finally ready to share it in all of its titanic glory! And this year really is titanic. Somehow, when I said that I was willing to do up to 3 panels a day, it got interpreted as 3 panels for each day. Yes, I’m doing twelve panels this year! Plus a reading! The worst part? When I looked over the panels to see what I could back out of… I couldn’t find anything. All of my panels are either things I’d already agreed to do, cool subjects, or a chance to branch out into new areas and break out of the “comfort zone”.  So, if you want to see where I’ll be at this year’s Balticon, just click the link and get ready to make some notes. There’s a LOT!

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Once again the Wayback Machine has sputtered to life, taking us on a trip into podcasting past. Today’s adventure down memory lane takes us to April 16, 2011, where we will bear witness to the release of Episode 32 of Galley Table! In this episode we’re talking with Paulette Jaxton about her book The Empress Sword, and the place that various fantasy tropes take in the book.

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And, in what seems like a blink of an eye, another week is gone.

But it has been productive. Northern Mist went through editing in what seems like a blink of an eye. I must admit that the editing process was vaguely disappointing. I was expecting more feedback. For once I’m experiencing the desire to continue hammering at a story to polish it further. It has been a new experience. That nagging feeling that says, “I can do better.”

But production schedules will not wait for me. So I have to move forward.

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An interesting thing happened yesterday.

Last week, I got together with the Galley Table crew and we recorded an episode of the Galley Table talking about PayPal’s latest shenanigans in trying to censor online content by threatening to withdraw their services to online booksellers like Smashwords. PayPal’s take on things was that a) they didn’t want their service to be associated with morally questionable content, and b) they were being pressured into it by the credit card companies that they do business with. We called bullshit. The products that PayPal wanted to censor (and worse!) are sold every day in brick and mortar stores using those credit cards. Nobody bats an eye. For that matter, much worse things are sold on e-Bay, PayPal’s parent company, and paid for via PayPal. If PayPal wants to censor content, why not start with e-Bay?

So last week we recorded, and Episode 61 of Galley Table went live yesterday. And do you know what happened?

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