Audio for Authors—An Easy and Informative Read

A week of depression hit, followed by finals week, so I’m still not done with my new fiction book, but I’m getting close. I did finish my non-fiction book, Audio for Authors by Joanna Penn. Highly recommended for anyone of the writerly persuasion curious about doing audiobooks—how to do it, why to do it, etc—podcasting—why to do it, types of podcasts, etc—or using voice technology—AI, voice assistants, dictation, etc. I loved this book and I’ll be rereading it. (Also, if you want more of this kind of information, check out intro and futurist segments of Joanna’s podcast, The Creative Penn.)

Podcasts on the Business of Writing

I’m still working my way through my new book, so here’s a collection of podcasts that focus more on the business side of being a writer—important for both indies and traditionally published authors to know, since either way, being a published author means being a small business owner. Also, I’ve posted about most these podcasts somewhere before, but not in in a collection with this focus, so I’m doing it anyway.

1—The Creative Penn

The Creative Penn is hosted by Joanna Penn, a veteran of indie publishing. Her podcasts interview other authors, both fiction and non-fiction, and they discuss everything. Continue reading “Podcasts on the Business of Writing”

A New Podcast for Authors

Ask the Bards is a podcast for writers by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson, both New York Times bestselling authors. I’ve read and loved their jointly authored Tales of Pell series, so I decided to check out the podcast. It’s only two episodes in, as of this writing, but I’m enjoying it. They cover both the writing and business sides of being an author, with the advice—at least so far—being geared for beginning authors. If you want to ask them a question, you can hit them up on Twitter with the hashtag #askthebards .

UPDATE: Ask the Bards has stopped at 14 episodes, but if you want to hear authors plot a book live, in real time, they do that for three episodes and those especially are worth the listen.

Comfort Food Books Series

I’ve done a post on my favorite “comfort food” tv shows , so here’s one on my favorite comfort food books series—even if the latter might only be comforting to me. I’ve been battling with my anxiety—the power outages aren’t helping—and again having trouble reading or watching anything. So after I finish my current book—hoping to have the post up in a week or two—I’m diving into Fan Service, a compilation of two of Gail Carriger’s novellas and a short story. After that I’m going to re-binge-read the Finishing School series. Once I’m back into the habit of reading, I hope it’ll come easier. On with the comfort reads!

1—Anything by Gail Carriger

As well as the aforementioned Finishing School Series, Ms. Carriger has penned in the same world several other series (which you can find reviewed on this site), and numerous novellas (which I need to pick up, minus the aforementioned Fan Service ones). I’ve also read and reviewed her SF/Cozy Mystery/Romance book, The 5th Gender. All these book series end happily, as do the individual books (minus a romantic subplot cliffhanger in the second book of the Parasol Protectorate). What’s more, they feature supportive friendships, healthy romances, and downright interesting worlds. Much recommended, especially with a cup of your favorite tea. Continue reading “Comfort Food Books Series”

More Podcasts for Writers

I’m about a quarter of the way through Dracula (the original book by Bram Stoker)—it’s longer than I remembered—and hope to review that next week or the week after. So in the meantime, here’s some more podcasts for writers.

1—I Should Be Writing

I Should Be Writing, a podcast by Mur Lafferty for beginning writers. It consists of Mur’s observations, interviews with other authors, and her own journey as a writer. It’s a clean podcast—no swearing—and only the backlist from episode 264 onward (at time of this writing) is available for free. If you want to go further back than that, you need to subscribe to Mur’s Patreon. But it’s a long running podcast, up to 414 episodes (again, as of this writing), so there’s a lot to sink your teeth into. Continue reading “More Podcasts for Writers”

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited!—The Adventures Continue

The Adventure Zone-Murder on the Rockport Limited! by Clint McElroy, Griffen McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch book cover
The Adventure Zone-Murder on the Rockport Limited! by Clint McElroy, Griffen McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Carey Pietsch

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! is a graphic novel by Clint McElroy, Griffen McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and artist Carey Pietsch, based on the Dungeons and Dragons podcast The Adventure Zone by the McElroy boys. It continues the adventures of Magnus, Merle, and Taako from the first graphic novel adaptation, Here There Be Gerblins.

1—The Continuing Plot

In this outing, we find out the mission of the Bureau of Balance. But before the boys can settle into their new life, they’re called on for a new mission, to the city of Rockport where a BoB agent had found an artifact but was killed before he could return it to the Bureau. So Magnus, Merle, and Taako are tasked with getting to the train the dead BoB agent had hidden the artifact on and getting it before anyone else discovers its existence. Of course, things don’t go as planned, and the boys end up on the train, with a small cast of suspects and (later) some monsters to deal with. Continue reading “The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited!—The Adventures Continue”

No Country for Old Gnomes—Unexpected Friends

No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne book cover
No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

No Country for Old Gnomes, by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne, is continuing the Tales of Pell from the first book, Kill the Farmboy. In this book, we follow another group of not-exactly adventurers, this time on a quest to save the Skyr and the gnomes that are being blown up.

1—A New Set of Heroes

It takes a while to gather our heroes and set up the story, but between the puns, the umlauts, and the firebombs, it’s never dull. We begin with Onni and Offi, twin gnome brothers who couldn’t be more different, as their home comes under attack by smelly halflings. We shortly thereafter meet Kirsi, a young gnome woman who’s spent her life hiding the fact that she’s a bristle witch who can only curse people—not very gnomeric. They start out just wanting to get to a refugee shelter alive. Continue reading “No Country for Old Gnomes—Unexpected Friends”

Podcasts for Writers

I know I’ve linked to these podcasts previously separately, but I figured I should put them all in one place. That, and they’re really good and all deserve another shout out.

1—The Creative Penn

Hosted by Joanna Penn, an indie author and entrepreneur. In the first part of the podcast, she disseminates the latest developments in technology etc that impacts indie authors. Then the second part is an interview with an author. Continue reading “Podcasts for Writers”

Stuff For Writers

I’ve been into more non-fiction than fiction lately, so for those of you who are or who’d like to become writers, here are some resources.

1—Write Through the Roof

Write Through the Roof is a podcast where Australian author Madeleine D’Este interviews authors of all sorts and asks them questions, with the primary question being: what one thing took your writing to the next level? Continue reading “Stuff For Writers”

Tangential Links

It’s been a very busy week and I haven’t finished my book yet, so here are some sites you might enjoy.

1—Tea and Jeopardy

A podcast hosted by Emma Newman who, with her politely evil butler Latimer, interviews authors, illustrators, agents, and all kinds of people over tea and cake. After which, the guests find themselves in some form of peril they must creatively escape.

Each week finds Emma and Latimer in a tea lair as well, and since acquiring their time machine, this can be anywhen as well as anywhere.

2—Lit Brick

“Sequential Comedies of Literature” as it says in the subtitle. John S. Troutman reads classics from the Norton Anthology and draws comics about whatever comes into his head. Hilarious, amusing, pick your adjective.

3—Writing Excuses

Another podcast, this one by a set of authors. Brandon Sanderson, Howard Taylor (who writes and illustrates the webcomic Schlock Mercenary), Dan Wells, and Mary Robinette Kowal (who also narrates audiobooks) talk about writing and everything to do with it. A must listen for writers, especially their series of podcasts on elemental genres.

4—XKCD

Stick figures and diagrams have never been so entertaining. Written and drawn by Randall Munroe, who manages to explain complex things with simple words in a way that I actually understand what he’s talking about but don’t feel talked down to. Some comics are just silliness. Either way, read the hover text, it’s always funny.