Minisode 1: Goals update

May 18th, 2017

One of the Mad Writers has a little bit of news to share relating to their goals for the year. They discuss it all in this first ever minisode.

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Episode 2.5: Oxygen Deprivation

April 1st, 2017

On this very special episode of Mad Writers Union, the Mad Writers finally get serious. They delve deep into their psyches and come through on the other side as changed writers. Follow along on their journey to where no man, woman or non-binary person has ever been before. Welcome to the Mad Writers Union.

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Episode 2.4: Persistence with Cat Rambo

March 17th, 2017

Most working writers agree that there is one quality above all needed to make it in the business: persistence. The Mad Writers invited the legendary Cat Rambo over to talk persistence and writing. From her days at Johns Hopkins through to keeping up writing a short story a week after Clarion West and all the way to her days working in SFWA. Cat Rambo is a writer, teacher, SFWA president and previously secretary. Generous in her encouragement of new writers and brilliant in her turn of prose, she can be found at catrambo.com

Recommended reading:

Cat's recommendation: Lovecraft Country: A Novel by Matt Ruff

Tim's recommendation: Definitely Maybe (Neversink) by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Jay's recommendation: The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J Peterson

Nina's recommendation: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

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Episode 2.3: Characters and Space Opera with Kameron Hurley

February 19th, 2017

On this action-packed episode, the Mad Writers talk to Kameron Hurley. Their path wanders through non-fiction, characters, plotting or, rather, the lack thereof. Especially writers finding their own way in terms of the way they approach their methodology. Kameron shares her wisdom gained over more than a half-dozen books as well as several funny anecdotes from along the way.  The big takeaway from this interview being, of course, that you need to figure out the best way for you to write, however you can.

Kameron Hurley is a writer of books and relentless mover and shaker. She is responsible for badass female bounty hunters and bug magic in the Bel Dame Apocrypha -series, sentient, carnivorous trees in the Worldbreaker Saga and a balls-to-the-wall call to action of an essay collection, The Geek Feminist Revolution. She can be found online at KameronHurley.com and on various social media sites as Kameron Hurley. Her latest novel, The Stars Are Legion, is out now.

Recommended reading

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=076 Kameron's recommendation: River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

'q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=159 Tim's recommendation: Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire (Novels of the Roman Empire) by Ruth Downie

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=076 Jay's recommendation: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=141 Nina's recommendation: Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler and John Jennings (illustrator) and Damian Duffy (adapter)

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Episode 2.2: Viable Paradise

February 8th, 2017

Viable Paradise, without hyperbole, changed the lives of all the Mad Writers. 16 months ago our intrepid hosts arrived on Martha's Vineyard and together with 21 other hopefuls went through a grueling week. In this episode, they go through their journey to the island as well as some of the things that have them thinking about their time there frequently. They share some reasons why they applied and what they did to get there. They also touch on the community of Viable Paradise teachers and alumni, all of whom are anxiously awaiting for next year's students, VP XXI. You can apply today!

Recommended Reading

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=110 Tim’s recommendation: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=031 Jay’s recommendation: Behind the Throne (The Indranan War) by K.B.Wagers

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=006 Nina’s recommendation: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Episode 2.1: 2017 Goals

January 6th, 2017

It's 2017! All the Mad Writers survived 2016 which at times seemed somewhat unlikely! They are now hesitantly ready to tackle not only the second season of the podcast but also a number of writing goals. Tune in to our Mad Writers planning novel drafts, workshop applications and querying, they do it all! Or at least plan to. It might even be that they are finally learning their own, human limitations and are starting to consider them in their goals. Although their podcasting may be a little rusty this time.

Recommended reading

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=B01 Tim's recommendation: Nine Princes in Amber: Book One (The Chronicles of Amber 1) by Roger Zelazny
q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=031 Jay's recommendation: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don't Have with People You Don't Like Doing Things You Don't Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight
q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=148 Nina's recommendation: The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales edited by Dominic Parisien and Navah Wolfe

 

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Episode 1.22: Final Goals Checkin

December 27th, 2016

The time has come for all mad writers to check in on their 2016 goals one last time! Spoiler warning; we had two failures and an epic win! As the year turns, so do the minds of our Mad Writers, returning to see what happened there.

Recommended reading

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=160 Tim's recommendation: Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere) by Lisa Cron

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=163 Jay's recommendation: Monstress Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=161 Nina's recommendation: Letters to the Pumpkin King by Seanan McGuire

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Episode 1.21: Characterization

December 2nd, 2016

Characterization, meaning presenting character through non-verbal means. This shows up in the way they choose their words, the way they dress, the way they hold themselves and all kinds of other details. The Mad Writers get flummoxed but then manage to rally and figure out several things about creating characters through showing and not telling. They discuss examples from Daredevil (the Netflix show), Mary Robinette Kowal, their own work as well as the sleazy lounge singer, Lionel Cheese that sprung out of Tim's effort to speak in a lounge singer voice.

Recommended reading

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=B01 Tim's recommendation: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction September/October 2016

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=088 Jay's recommendation: The Dragonbone Chair: Book One of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (Osten Ard) by Tad Williams

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=031 Nina's recommendation: Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant

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Episode 1.20: NaNoWriMo - threat or opportunity?

November 16th, 2016

NaNoWriMo is the bane and simultaneously the hope of many a writer. Every November, millions of people get together to write 50.000 words. Our intrepid Mad Writers have entirely varying experiences with this yearly event.

Jay has broken up with NaNoWriMo because while she always gets the trophy, it usually comes with completely unusable prose that she doesn't even consider worth editing. Nina on the other hand has very positive experiences with NaNoWriMo in that it is largely based on gamifying the writing of thousands of words and Nina is nothing if not a sucker for gamification. Tim, for his part, is somewhere in the middle, preferring the community over the gamification. They discuss what they each get out of NaNoWriMo (or don't, in the case of Jay), how to approach it so that you'll have the greatest chance of winning as well as making sure to emphasize not sending your newly finished NaNoWriMo story out to agents and editors.

Recommended reading

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=148 Tim's recommendation: Borderline (The Arcadia Project) by Mishell Baker

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=075 Jay's recommendation: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=031 Nina's recommendation: Feedback (Newsflesh) by Mira Grant

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Episode 1.19: Serial fiction with Mur Lafferty

October 20th, 2016

There are many ways to serial fiction and Mur Lafferty knows about them all. From serializing her novellas and the book Playing For Keeps to participating in the Serial Box Bookburners serial fiction. The conversation goes from topic to topic, touching on her Star Wars novella as well as her upcoming book, Six Wakes. The Mad Writers really enjoyed talking to Mur and we hope you will enjoy listening to it.

Mur Lafferty is a podcaster, writer, editor, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and all around reneissance creative. She can be found online at Murverse.com and on whichever social media she's on (such as Twitter) as mightymur.

Please Note! There are some audio issues with this episode that we could not get rid of and cannot figure out where they came from. We appreciate your patience.

Recommended reading

q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=031 Mur's recommendation: The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth) by N.K. Jemisinq?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=044 Tim's recommendation: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilmanq?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=194 Jay's recommendation: Viscera by Gabriel Squailiaq?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=076 Nina's recommendation: Cloudbound (Bone Universe) by Fran Wilde

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