Updates and Podcasts

Hi everyone,

A little bit has gone on since I last posted here.  A writing group has started at the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, and I have begun to go.  We are just working on prompts right now, but I’m hoping for a critique circle time soon.  I also listen to podcasts, some of which are writing based, like “I Should be Writing”, and others such as Clarkesworld Magazine.  Both are wonderful for their own reasons, and I’ll tell you about them a little later.

I have been working on some stories from my characters’ lives before they went on their journeys to Hardtra, the city of Love.  I hope to send these to various magazines to gain publishing credits, which is important in the publishing world if you’re going to go the traditional route for a novel. I haven’t decided for sure, which I’m going to do, traditional or self published, but I have to plan for whatever needs to happen.

Secondly, I have been working on Sword of Earth.  I’m still on chapter eight, but the fleshing out is going well.  Bow of Fire is doing well too.  A recent idea has made the book pregnant with possibilities, and I won’t go further than that.  🙂

In the last post, I mentioned that I was going to create a blog called Boosounds.  Boosounds is going to be an extension of an audio blog I have on Audioboo.fm.    Boosounds on WordPress will be a place where you can hear the boo and learn more from me about the place, or about the event.  There may be more photos, a video, etc.  I hope you’ll join me there.  My cooking and gardening will go there as well, so this means that the Food Tunnel will no longer be active.  I hope you enjoy it.

I have been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, as I said earlier.  The first is Clarkesworld Magazine,  Clarkesworld Magazine is a magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy which is well edited, and Kate Baker does an excellent job of narrating each story.  There is a good balance of news and story, which makes the podcast easy to get into. You can donate to keep their magazine and become a “citizen” and recently, they have made subscriptions available through Amazon and Weightless Books.  To find where else you can subscribe, click here.  

The second podcast is Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing podcast.  Her podcast is about navigating the writing field, and she has a great balance between news from her writing life, interviews, feedback, (answering the questions she gets through twitter or email, etc.), and what’s going on in the publishing world.  It’s through her, I have learned to give myself permission to write “crap” in my first drafts.  I feel encouraged and challenged when I listen to her shows.

I hope there has been balance here as well.  Keep on writing, and if you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please feel free to do so.  I will try my best to answer comments promptly.  Enjoy your day.  Take care, and God bless.

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