October 2011

Still in the process of getting ready for NaNoWriMo next Tuesday. I know what I’m writing. I pretty much know my characters, at least the main ones. But it occurs to me that I’ve never actually written up a synopsis for my story. Sooooo… here is a first attempt at the synopsis. Let me know what you think.

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Once more into the breach, dear friends! It was the best of times, and then things went to hell in a hand basket. Today’s trip into the past lands us on March 2nd, 2011, and the recounting of one of the toughest weeks of my life. I started off the week with everything going just the way I wanted it… and then it all fell apart due to my wife getting sick and going to the hospital. I think Murphy was working triple overtime this week.

We started with my wife being sick, and being in the hospital with her made me sick, too. Ugh.

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I have mentioned in a few places that I will be doing NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, this year for the very first time. I’m stoked at the idea of doing this, just as much as I am daunted by the demands of the writing schedule I’m going to have to follow to “Win” the event. In the past I’ve been trying to write five days a week, with limited success. Between my blogs and my podcast, I can usually manage to write something significant on five days of the week, but I don’t always manage to get around to writing fiction. Or if I do, it might be just once or twice a week. For NaNoWriMo, I’m putting all the other projects aside and just focusing on my fiction. [click to continue…]

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Today we are heading back to February 26th, 2011 for another Galley Table episode. The guest today is Jonathan Jacobs of Nevermet Press. We talk about RPGs, world building, and when enough is enough and you just need to get on with the story. And we curse Skype. A lot. A whole lot. Oh, and we invade Zach Ricks‘ brain.

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Happy Monday, folks! It is happy for us because the Wayback Machine is still ticking over. It’s all warmed up this morning and for once, we’re not going to visit Galley Table for a change! We’ve finally caught up to where I left off with the Master Feed back in February. Today’s destination is February 21st, 2011 and Episode 10 of The Shrinking Man Project. This episode dealt with the changes I was going through with the impending move of my office to a new location, literally a different state, and how I was expecting it to alter my life. Unlike the Galley Table episodes, this one is just a short thirteen minutes long. This episode also announces my first paid writing sale to Issue 4 of Flying Island Press’s magazine Flagship. For those who are not familiar with Flagship, it is an e-published magazine with short stories and articles on the craft of writing in every issue. The magazine is available in both print and audio format and puts out new issues every two to three months. Anywho, on with the episode!

 

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Hey, folks. We’ve managed to get the Wayback Machine up again and we’re ready for another trip into podcasting’s past. This time we are headed to February 20th, 2011 and the release of Galley Table Episode Twenty-Three. This episode features special guest Dan Sawyer sharing his expertise at story telling for film and audio and some of the lessons he has learned in making his living with writing. Fortunately Dan is an interesting and entertaining conversationalist so it doesn’t come off as a dry lecture. In fact I think this is one of the funnest Galley Table episodes we’ve ever done.

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I know I said that we would be firing up the Wayback Machine again today, but we seem to be encountering some problems. We’ll keep working at it here at Swimming Cat Studios and see if we can get it working for this Friday’s scheduled jaunt into the past. Anyone happen to have a spare flux capacitor?

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Chris Miller, one of the founders of Podiobooks.com, came to me in late August and asked if I would be willing to read a book and write a review for The Secret Lair, his online magazine dedicated to the plight of the grown up geek trying to survive in this modern world long enough to achieve world domination. Because I’m a nice guy, and it represented an opportunity to reach out to new readers and listeners, I agreed. Chris sent me an e-copy of Gary McMahon’s “Dead Bad Things”. I’m not really a fan of horror, but I gave the book a read, and my review went live yesterday over at The Secret Lair. Please check it out, and take a peek at some of the other things that Chris and his partners in crime have to say about the state of geekdom.

And let Chris and I both know if you liked the review and would like to see me do more of them for The Secret Lair.

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The Wayback Machine is powered up again, and this time we’re traveling back to February 11th, 2011. Once again, we’ve got an episode of Galley Table. This week’s episode features guests Willie Freeman and the lovely Veronica Giguerre. In this episode we are talking about voice acting, playing roles, roleplaying games, and discussing the various offerings coming up from Incubator Press, Willie’s company.

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Strap in, folks! This time the Wayback Machine is taking us back to February 4th, 2011 for the 21st episode of The Galley Table! To celebrate the twenty first episode, we set about discussing young adult fiction. Joining us for this discussion is our special guest J.R. Murdock, along with the rest of the Galley Table crew. We disassemble what it means for a story to be YA, and some of the prevailing advice on fitting into that market. [click to continue…]

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