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69 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
Episode 43: Aimee Kuzenski – Tilted
In case you missed the announcement at the start of our last episode, with Neon Yang, my new game, All Our Yesterdays, is available now for pay-what-you-want on my itch! This time around, it’s my absolute pleasure to welcome to the show Aimee Kuzenski (@aimeekuzenski)! Aimee reads to us from her novel, Tilted, which leads us into a great discussion on the interiority of writing, thoughts about reading aloud, and how important a good fight scene is. Things we mention in this episode: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Viable Paradise John Appel Karen Osborne Valerie Valdes Scrivener Third person omniscient The Earthsea Cycle, by Ursula K. Le Guin The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien Jane Austen Karen’s twitch “Fractured,” by Aimee Kuzenski The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells The Locked Tomb series, by Tamsyn Muir The Broken Earth series, by N.K. Jemisin The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie Blade Runner Wow, cool robot Hayao Miyazaki The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien “The Shadow out of Time”, by racist uncle Howard Beneath the Rising series, by Premee Mohamed The Innsmouth Legacy series, by Ruthanna Emrys Ruthanna’s episode Dune, by Frank Herbert “How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love,” by Baker and Dovey No Shit, There I Was, edited by Alex Acks Story Hour Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger, edited by Agner, Appel, and Miles “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe Castle Fix My Fight Scene on Twitch and Youtube K.B. Wagers Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson Kate Winslet Persuasion Clueless What Moves the Dead, by T. Kingfisher The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe Just Like Home, by Sarah Gailey
28 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
Book Tour 20: Neon Yang – The Genesis of Misery
As mentioned at the top of the show, I have a game out, All Our Yesterdays, which you can find on my Itch.io! It’s my absolute pleasure, this time around, to welcome Neon Yang to the show to talk about their brand new book, The Genesis of Misery, out September 27th, 2022, from Tor books! Neon reads to us from the start of the book, which leads us into some great discussion about why doing multiple rewrites can be good, actually. Things we mention in this episode: Neon’s Tensorate series Joan of Arc Gundam Sarah Gailey’s latest book tour Just Like Home, by Sarah Gailey Dongwon Song Friends at the Table PARTIZAN Monster Hunter Rise Devil May Cry Elden Ring Neon’s insta Join us next time, when my guest will be Aimee Kuzenski!
72 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
Episode 42: Rem Wigmore - ”Considine’s Counsel”
This time around, we’re joined once again by Rem Wigmore (@faewriter), who brings us a delicious excerpt from their trunked novella, Considine’s Counsel, which leads us into a great conversation about the study of story forms, actual play podcasts, and an opportunity, as if we needed one, to just be 110% on our bullshit. Things we mention in this episode: Foxhunt and Wolfpack, by Rem Wigmore Lake Taupō The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien Friends at the Table The Tiffany problem Dungeons & Dragons Miri’s episode The Witcher (TV Series) Newgrange Passage tombs CoNZealand Codex writers group C.L. Polk Neon Hemlock Kai Ashante Wilson’s novellas F&SF “Time Bomb Time,” by C.C. Finlay Villanelle (poetry) And What Can We Offer You Tonight By Premee Mohamed Premee’s book tour episode Tor.com publishing River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey The Tensorate series, by Neon Yang Emily Tesh The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells The Blacktongue Thief, by Christopher Buehlman K.J. Charles’ Will Darling Adventures Kurangaituku, by Whiti Hereaka Eat the Rich, by Sarah Gailey Squad, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall The Girl and the Sea, by Molly Knox Ostertag The Witch Boy, by Molly Knox Ostertag Brennan Lee Mulligan Escape from the Blood Keep Critical Role Matt Mercer Ify Nwadiwe Exandria Unlimited Erika Ishii Last Shooting Doctor Who Queen of Swords Press Rem’s previous episode Rem’s website Stick around next month, when my guests will be Neon Yang and Aimee Kuzenski!
58 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
Book Tour 19: Valerie Valdes - Fault Tolerance
This time around, I’m very pleased to welcome back one of my guests from this show’s very first season, Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes), to talk about the conclusion of her Chilling Effect trilogy, Fault Tolerance, which just released this Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022! Val reads to us from the opening chapter, which leads us into a lively discussion of video game tropes, fanfic, screenwriting, and who Val mains in Super Smash Bros. Things we mention in this episode: Val’s first-season episode Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes Garrus Mass Effect Fix-it fic Thane Chekhov’s gun Mario Kart Mad Max: Fury Road Portal Super Smash Bros Pokémon Transformers Assassin’s Orbit, by John Appel The Memory War series, by Karen Osborne Megan E. O’Keefe K.B. Wagers The NeoG series, by K.B. Wagers Annihilation Aria, by Mike Underwood Imperial Radch trilogy, by Ann Leckie The Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee D.J. Older Mike Chen Rebecca Roanhorse Doctor Aphra, by Alyssa Wong Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Rarepair Austin Walker Five plus one fic Harold (improv) Conrad Verner Tekken 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Jigglypuff Link Zelda/Sheik Samus Kirby Shang Tsung Tron Bonne Servbot Roll Jill Marth Mr. Game & Watch Horizon Zero Dawn Hades Val’s twitch Guardians of the Galaxy (2021) Girl by Moonlight Blades in the Dark Magical girl genre Persona series Serial Experiments Lain Brandon O’Brien Mike Underwood Iori Kusano Jeoi Gawain Lin ArvanEleron on twitch Arvan Eleron’s Youtube channel Stone the Crows, by Grant Howitt Friends at the Table Partizan Beam Saber, by Austin Ramsay Scum and Villainy Ms Marvel Our Flag Means Death Moon Knight Knights and Bikes Join us again next time, when Rem Wigmore will be returning to the show!
70 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
Episode 41: Miri Baker - ”DUEL”
This time around, we’re joined by the one and only Miri Baker (@MiriBaker). Miri brings us a trunked story from ye olden days, all the way back in 2011, plus a lot of great conversation about the load-bearing parts of our personalities, cosplay, and how genuinely liking the things we like is good, actually. This episode’s reading carries content warnings for blood, extremely unsafe handling of swords, and extremely incorrect understanding of swords. It is just under 20 minutes long. Things we mention on this episode: Blue at War, the cape Miri made for Amal El-Mohtar for the 2020 Hugos Lillian Boyd Machine of Death and This Is How You Die, edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde Duotrope’s Digest The Submission Grinder Wondermark! By David Malki Steampunk Fence, by C.S. Pacat Sarah Rees Brennan The Demon’s Lexicon, by Sarah Rees Brennan In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan Monstrous Affections, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant Be the Serpent Worldcon 76 Fullmetal Alchemist Himoru Arakawa Neil Gaiman’s Journal Tumblr Arthur, season 14, episode 4, “Falafelosophy” Miss Snark’s Blog Query Shark George Clponey John Scalzi’s Whatever Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit Sarah Gailey’s Stone Soup Writing Excuses Schlock Mercenary, by Howard Tayler LiveJournal Fantasy Rants Gaia Online NaNoWriMo Uncanny Magazine Viable Paradise Sarah Gailey River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey Sarah’s Star Wars tweets Amanda Cook’s episode The Hugo Awards Yaya Han’s ultimate bodysuit pattern SFWA Annalee Flower Horne Anime Weekend Atlanta Friends at the Table Gravity Falls Steven Universe She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Archive of our Own Fanfiction dot net Arcane Riot Games League of Legends RWBY Rooster Teeth Red vs. Blue Halo Persona 5 Royal Steam The Locked Tomb series, by Tamsyn Muir Nona the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir Cybergoth freeway rave Miri’s portfolio Rekka Jay This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone Stick around next month for the return of Valeria Valdes and Rem Wigmore!
30 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
Book Tour 18: Ruthanna Emrys - A Half-Built Garden
This time around, it’s my pleasure to welcome Ruthanna Emrys (@R_Emrys), who joins us to talk about her new novel, A Half-Built Garden, which comes out on July 26th from Tor Dot Com publishing. We talk about ecological sci-fi, the things that got left on the cutting-room floor, and Ruthanna’s current reads. Things we mention in this episode: Winter Tide, by Ruthanna Emrys David Bowie The Innsmouth Legacy series, by Ruthanna Emrys Seanan McGuire Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota, by Amelia Gorman Light From Uncommon Stars, by Ryka Aoki Ruthana’s Patreon Reading the Weird on Tor.com Anne M. Pillsworth The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin Tune in next time, when my guest will be Miri Baker!
68 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
Episode 40: Amanda Cook - ”Snow Day”
This time around, it’s my delight to be the first podcast out there to host up-and-coming author Amanda Cook (@AmandaCook627)! Amanda reads her trunked story, “Snow Day,” which leads us into a delightful conversation about cozy fiction, early-career writing, cosplay, and patience! This episode’s reading carries content notices for some brief mentions of guns and other weapons, along with a mention of nuclear war. Things we mention in this episode: Book Tour 17: Sarah Gailey - Just Like Home Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse,” by Rae Carson John Wiswell Wyngraf Tales & Feathers Magazine Augur 4th Street Fantasy “Ruby’s Delivery,” by Amanda Cook The Submission Grinder Etherea Magazine NaNoWriMo The Golden Orb, by Amanda Cook Tor When We Were Forgotten, by Amanda Cook Moiraine Damodred (from The Wheel of Time, not GoT) Frozen Once Upon a Time Gen Con Crowley David Tennant “Weaving Serenity,” by Amanda Cook “Lily and Ink,” by Amanda Cook Apparition Lit Our Flag Means Death The Kids in the Hall Hell’s Library series, by A.J. Hackwith Sweep of Stars, by Maurice Broaddus Black Panther The Expanse Amanda’s insta, Facebook, and blog Tune in next month, when my guests will be Ruthana Emrys and Miri Baker!
45 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
Book Tour 17: Sarah Gailey - Just Like Home
This episode carries content warnings for mentions of parental death, terminal illness, serial killers, and feelings of powerlessness. Additionally, the reading from this episode contains an overall sense of tension and dread. If you would like to skip the reading, you can skip forward 18 minutes from the beginning of the reading to bypass it. This time around, we’re joined once again by the incomparable Sarah Gailey (@gaileyfrey) to talk about their incredible (and incredibly terrifying) new book, Just Like Home, available July 19th wherever fine books are sold! Sarah tells us about the staggering number of rewrites that this book went through and what was learned along the way. Things we mention this episode: The Luminous Dead, by Caitlin Starling The Southern Reach Trilogy, by Jeff VanderMeer Flowers for the Sea, by Zin E. Rocklyn Queen Amidala Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey And then a skeleton popped out The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling NetGalley Eat the Rich, by Sarah Gailey and Pius Bak The Echo Wife, by Sarah Gailey “The Foundations of Decay,” by My Chemical Romance The Great (TV) Veep (TV) Number One Fan, by Meg Elison Misery Empire of the Wild, by Cherie Dimaline Sarah’s website and Insta Stone Soup newsletter Kompromat Join us in two weeks, when my guest will be Amanda Cook!
86 minutes | May 20, 2022
Episode 39: Michael R. Underwood - The Broken Summit
Update: I've fixed some issues with the audio mixing for this episode that should make it easier to listen to now. This time around, it’s my absolute joy to welcome Michael R. Underwood (@MikeRUnderwood) to the show! Mike reads from his trunked novel, The Broken Summit before (and after) we have a conversation about the intersection of writing and tabletop roleplaying, the life of a content creator, and some excellent advice about shaping your career goals. This episode’s reading is 17 minutes long and carries content warnings for themes of war and imperialism. Things we mention on this episode: Friends at the Table The Adventure Zone The Quiet Year The McElroys Thirsty Sword Lesbians Tom Clancy Angry Robot Books Penguin Random House Hot Wheels boosters Chilling Effect, bu Valeria Vlades Yoon Ha Lee River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey Sarah’s Star Wars tweets Genrenauts series, by Michael R. Underwood Monster of the Week Tortall setting (Tamora Pierce) Blue Rose (RPG) 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons Shadowrun 3rd Edition Sorcerer Dogs in the Vineyard Apocalypse World Blades in the Dark GenCon Indie Press Revolution DriveThruRPG Creative Commons Game Jam Open Game License Powered by the Apocalypse Speculate! Fagin NaNoWriMo Anamnesis Mage: The Ascension White Wolf Publishing The Game Master’s Apprentice ConFusion Friends Journal Quaker Spec-Fic issue Clapcast Clarion West Cassie Alexander Better-Faster Academy Dear Writer, You Need to Quit, by Becca Syme The Nebula Awards George R. R. Martin Twitch Elden Ring TikTok Maya MacGregor’s TikTok The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester, by Maya MacGregor Hank Green Celebromancy series, by Michael R. Underwood Citizen Sleeper Dungeons and Dating series, by Katherine McIntyre Mike’s Twitch Val’s Twitch Hades Karen Osborne’s Twitch Join us again next month, when my guests will be Sarah Gailey and Amanda Cook!
33 minutes | May 6, 2022
Book Tour 16: Marion Deeds - Comeuppance Served Cold
This time around, we're joined by author Marion Deeds (@mariond_d) to talk about her new novella, Comeuppance Served Cold, a wonderful alternate-history fantasy-noir out now from Tor.com publishing. Marion talks about baking versus cooking when working on books, and we muse on the current golden age of SFFH novellas. Things we mention this episode: Story Hour Laura Blackwell Helen Crawford-White Tor Dot Com Queen of Swords Press Neon Hemlock Hugo ballot Premee Mohamed The Poppy War, by R.F. Kuang Victories Greater Than Death and Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, by Charlie Jane Anders Our Opinions Are Correct Be The Serpent Marion’s Facebook and Blog Fantasy Literature dot com Falstaff Press Aluminum Leaves, Copper Road, and Golden Rifts, by Marion Deeds Kat Hooper Kate Lechler Alix E. Harrow
57 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Episode 38: Andi C. Buchanan - Invented Wings
This time around, we're joined by Andi C. Buchanan! Andi reads from their trunked YA steampunk novel, which leads us into a great discussion about steampunk, accessibility, well-intentioned white people (like us), and their brand new book, Sanctuary, which came out earlier this week from Robot Dinosaur Press! Show notes coming soon!
56 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Book Tour 15: Maya MacGregor - The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester
This time around, it's my absolute delight to welcome Maya MacGregor (@Maigheach) to the show to talk about their brand new book, The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester, which releases this May! Things we mention in this episode: Jennifer (Macey) Mace's appearance on this very show Look to the Sun, by Emmie Mears The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Dune, by Frank Herbert Dune (2021 film) The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling Pine, by Francine Toon The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben Pretty Little Liars The Books of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin Charles Vess Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy, by Gabriella Coleman Anonymous This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends, by Nicole Perlroth Nina Niskanen Animal Crossing: New Horizons The Forgetting River, by Doreen Carvajal Conversos Maya's Insta and TikTok And of course, Maya's cats, Tara: And Willow: Stick around next time, when I'll be joined by Andi C. Buchanan!
73 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Episode 37: Lillian Boyd - ”Inside Job”
It's my absolute delight, this time around, to welcome our very own composer, Lillian Boyd (@herelieslill), onto the show. Lillian reads her short-story-that-should-be-a-novella, "Inside Job" (cw: gore, skip forward 10:15 to avoid) before we just go off on an extended tangent about horror movies, noir, pulp, and being as thoroughly on our bullshit as is possible. Things we mention in this episode: Rank and Vile Tetsuo the Iron Man 28 Days Later My appearance on Rank and Vile The Reinvented Detective, edited by Jennifer Brozek and Cat Rambo (2023) Raymond Chandler Guy Noir: Private Eye A Prairie Home Companion Nick Danger The Firesign Theater Clive Barker Nightmare Alley Guillermo del Toro Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey Nick and Nora Humphrey Bogart Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler H. P. Lovecraft (notable racist) Scrip Neuromancer, by William Gibson Blade Runner The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde "Panama," by Van Halen Terry Pratchett Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman The Discworld The Bromeliad Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler Chandler's cat letters Guards, Guards! by Terry Pratchett Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett Neil Gaiman Ichabod Crane Michael Kane Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Sandman, by Neil Gaiman "The Book Job," The Simpsons season 23, episode 6 "Falafelosophy," Arthur season 14, episode 4a "Neil Gaiman! What are you doing in my falafel?" Alanis Morisette Amanda Palmer Tori Amos Fiona Apple "Silent All These Years," by Tori Amos Where's Neil When You Need Him? The Crüxshadows Mirrormask "Mr. Sandman," by The Chordettes "Enter Sandman," by Metallica Hot Topic "Cry Little Sister," by Gerard McMann The Lost Boys Voltaire Ego Likeness The Velocipastor "Toasty" Siouxsie and the Banshees Daybreakers Placebo "Running Up That Hill," by Placebo "Running Up That Hill," by Kate Bush Velvet Goldmine "20th Century Boy," by Placebo "20th Century Boy," by T. Rex Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Queen of the Damned Twilight Failure to Adapt The baseball scene from Twilight Underworld Blade 3: Trinity Triple-H House of Wax Friends at the Table: Sangfielle The VVitch Sarah Gailey's appearance on Episode 1 of this very show Hailey Piper Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, by Hailey Piper Trouble and Her Friends, by Melissa Scott The Mountain Goats Alien Vs. Predator Fireside Quarterly, June-July 2021 The Rank and Vile list Bride of Frankenstein And Now the Screaming Starts! Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh The Crow: Wicked Prayer Brainscan Videodrome Audition Lillian's Twitch Hair Metal "Dream Warriors," by Dokken Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom The Books of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin Charles Vess The Farthest Shore, A Wizard of Earthsea, and The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Le Guin Keebio's Iris keyboard Pictured above: my personal Iris keyboard (rev 2b, Kailh speed copper switches, Matt3o DSA Nerd keycaps) Bán Dénes, mrzealot Ergogen Ghost in the Shell Data Hako Royal True switches Hellraiser Lillian's website, soundcloud, and reedsy Join us next month, when my guests will be Maya MacGregor and Andi C. Buchanan!
37 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Book Tour 14: Hailey Piper - Your Mind is a Terrible Thing
Welcome to season 4! This time around, Hailey Piper (@HaileyPiperSays) is leading the way with an appearance in support of her forthcoming novella, Your Mind is a Terrible Thing, which comes out May 7th, 2022! Hailey brings us some fantastic words to live by as an artist, and I hope we can all hold on to this throughout the coming year and beyond: "be brave: let it be weird." Things we mention in this episode: The 2021 Bram Stoker Award ballot Star Wars NaNoWriMo Off Limits Press Queen of Teeth, by Hailey Piper "Recitation of the First Feeding," by Hailey Piper in Unfortunate Elements of my Anatomy The Shape of Water Tales from the Hood This Appearing House, by Ally Malinenko The Fervor, The Hunger, and The Deep, by Alma Katsu HMHS Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic RMS Lusitania, not the sister ship to the Titanic Wrath Goddess Sing, by Maya Deane Stokercon No Gods for Drowning, by Hailey Piper Other Terrors, edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason Stephen Graham Jones S. A. Cosby The Book of Queer Saints, edited by Mae Murray Eric LaRocca Joe Koch Hailey's website and insta Laura Lockwood Stick around next time, when my guest will be none other than our own composer, Lillian Boyd!
68 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Episode 36: Ivy Noelle Weir - Archival Quality
For the final episode of our third season (wild, right?), I had the absolute delight of having Ivy Noelle Weir (@ivynoelle) on to record one of the most chaotic episodes, energy-wise, possibly ever in the history of this show! Ivy reads from The Archivist, the original title of the novel that became her and Steenz's graphic novel, Archival Quality, which leads us into a great conversation about how the transition from prose to comics came about, as well as Ivy's recently-released and forthcoming graphic adaptations of several works of classic children's literature. Things we mention in this episode: R. K. Duncan Magic: the Gathering The Mütter Museum The Clarion Workshop The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling "The Raven," by Edgar Allen Poe The First Unit Eastern State Penitentiary Gritty The Phillie Phanatic Pennsylvania politicians convicted of crimes Steenz Neil Gaiman The Valkyries Tini Howard Vita Ayala The Eisner Awards Oni Press Eat the Rich, by Sarah Gailey and Pius Bak Bountiful Garden, by Ivy Noelle Weir, Steenz, and Kelly Williams Rumiko Takahashi Junji Ito Hellboy, by Mike Mignola Molly Knox Ostertag The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Ngyuen Tidesong, by Wendy Xu Gotham Academy, by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher Batman: The Animated Series Nintendo Switch Death Cab for Cutie Looks at the camera like I'm on The Office Broadchurch The Fall Maus, by Art Spiegelman Barefoot Gen, by Kaiji Nakazawa Anne of West Philly, by Ivy Noelle Weir and Myisha Haynes Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery The Secret Garden On 81st Street, by Ivy Noelle Weir and Amber Padilla The Secret Garden, by Francis Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden (1993) Anne with an E The Library of the Dead, by T. L. Huchu TikTok My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh Shirley Jackson Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama Bravo The Bachelor Yellowjackets John Waters Ivy's TikTok and website
43 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Shelter in Place 23: R. J. Theodore - Flotsam
This time around, we're joined once again by R. J. Theodore (@bittybittyzap) to talk about the second edition of Flotsam, the first book in their Peridot Shift series! After an exciting excerpt, full of wheeling and dealing, we get into the history of the book, what changed since its first printing, and what's next for the series! Things we mention in this episode: Rekka's first appearance on the show, where they read from book 3, Cast Off NaNoWriMo Robot Dinosaur Press Chipped Cup Collective Latte Literary Merc Fenn Wolfmoor Sarah Loch Self-Publishing Formatting Guidelines, by R. J. Theodore Parvus Press Joss Whedon Firefly The Wayfarers Series, by Becky Chambers The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers "Oversharing," by R. J. Theodore The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling Animal Crossing: New Horizons Super Smash Brothers Encanto Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Encanto (Japanese Soundtrack) Encanto (Spanish Soundtrack) "We Don't Talk About Bruno (Japanese)" Supernatural Rekka's website, insta, and patreon We Make Books Unfettered Hexes We Make Books, Episode 5 at the 2019 Nebulas John Scalzi The Murderboard Episode, with Jennifer Mace both is good dot gif Stick around next time, when Ivy Noelle Weir will be joining me!
60 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Episode 35: Sam J. Miller - Blue Matter
This time around, I'm joined by multi-award-nominated-and-winning author Sam J. Miller (@sentencebender)! Sam reads from his trunked novel, Blue Matter, which leads us into a great conversation about YA, the ways that genre books are in conversation with each other, and why we're ultimately glad that our journeys as creators have been the shapes they are. Things we mention in this episode: The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller Blackfish City, by Sam J. Miller The Blade Between, by Sam J. Miller Michael Pollan Ted Chiang The Clarion Workshop Octavia Butler Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro John Bellairs Joan Aiken The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier The Butter Battle Book, by Dr. Seuss Mutual assured destruction The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss RuPaul's Drag Race Aikido Be the Serpent, Episode 91 Beowulf, translated by Maria Dahvana Headley Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson Iambic pentameter "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe Hudson, NY This Is How You Lose The Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar Max and Gladstone Mexican Gothic, by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia Notes from the Burning Age, by Claire North The Echo Wife, by Sarah Gailey Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir The Unbroken, by C. L. Clark The Death of Jane Lawrence and The Luminous Dead, by Caitlin Starling Boys, Beasts & Men, by Sam J. Miller Sam's website and insta Join us again next month, when I'll be talking to R. J. Theodore and Ivy Noelle Weir!
10 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
2021 Awards Eligibility
Yeah buddy! It's awards season once again! And just like we have every year since the show started, we've got a roundup of eligible works from past guests! This episode's full transcript, with links, is below. Hello, and welcome to Tales from the Trunk: nominating the stories (and other things) that did make it. I’m Hilary B. Bisenieks. Listeners, it’s that time of year again, where we’re all looking back—maybe frantically—on what we did last year and what we consumed as awards nominations open up. To help with that, I’ve once again reached out to all of my past guests to see if there’s anything they’d like me to mention on this show. The full transcript of this show will also be in the show notes, so don’t worry if things go by fast. To start off, I know I’ve tweeted about it, but I want to thank every single one of you who nominated this show for Best Fancast last year. I’m still in a bit of shock that this show made it to the Hugo award long list. This year, Tales from the Trunk is eligible for Best Fancast for the Hugos and, until January 21st, r/Fantasy’s Stabby Award for Best Audio Original - Nonfiction. It would be a huge honor to get your nominating vote for either award. John Appel, who joined us on book tour last summer, is eligible for both Best Novel and Best Debut Novel in the science fiction category, where applicable, for Assassin’s Orbit. Nino Cipri is eligible in the Best Novella category for Defekt, the sequel-ish follow up to 2020’s Finna. R. K. Duncan, who joined us way back in our very first season, has five eligible short stories, which you can find in his awards eligibility post, linked in the show notes. Of those, “Her Black Coal Heart a Diamond in My Hand” is dearest to his heart. Sarah Gailey, one of this show’s staunchest and most long-time supporters, has The Echo Wife, eligible for Best Novel, and their limited series, Eat the Rich, eligible for Best Graphic Story and other comics categories. Sarah Hollowell (you didn’t think you’d get one of these Sarahs without the other, did you?) is eligible for Best Novel, Best Young Adult, and Best Debut Novel for A Dark and Starless Forest! Tyler Hayes (Tyler, please forgive me for putting you slightly out-of-order) has the story “The Devil You Don’t” eligible for Best Short Story. Jordan Kurella has both a story and an essay eligible this year! Their story, “Personal Histories Surrounding La Rive Gauche, Paris: 1995-2015” carries content warnings for mentions of suicide and psychological abuse, and is eligible for Best Short Story. Their essay “Un/Reliable: Reflections in The Drowning Girl,” which carries content warnings for discussion of mental illness and suicide, is eligible for Best Related Work. L. D. Lewis, who joined us this past spring, is eligible in a bevy of categories! Her stories “From Witch to Queen and God” and “Dizzy in the Weeds” are both eligible for Best Short Story. FIYAHCON 2021, like the 2020 version, is eligible for Best Related Work, meanwhile, and the Hugo Award-winning FIYAH Literary Magazine is eligible for Best Semiprozine. Sarah Loch has a number of stories and essays eligible, all of which you can find in her eligibility post. Of those, she’d like to particularly highlight “How Dungeons & Dragons Helped Me Escape a Cult” for Best Related Work. Jennifer Mace, the English One, is eligible for Best Fancast for Be The Serpent—and I should mention that this is their final year of eligibility—along with Freya Marske, the Australian one, and Alex Rowland, the American One. Additionally, Macey’s poem, “letters from the ides” is eligible wherever speculative poetry awards are given, and her poem-story, “Birds Are Trying to Reinvent Your Heart,” which is eligible for Best Short Story. Speaking of the Australian One, Freya Marske, who joined us in the traditional serpent month, October, is eligible for Best Novel and Best Debut for A Marvellous Light. Preeme Mohamed, who joined us again this summer, has had quite the year as far as novellas go! These Lifeless Things, And What Can We Offer You Tonight, and The Annual Migration of Clouds are all eligible for Best Novella. Additionally, A Broken Darkness is eligible for Best Novel. You can find a link to her full eligibility post in the show notes. C. L. Polk has an eligible story, “The Music of Siphorophenes,” and a novel, Soulstar, and, in a first for guests of this show, their Kingston Cycle, consisting of Witchmark, Stormsong, and Soulstar, is eligible for the Best Series Hugo. dave ring has a trio of eligible works this year: The Hidden Ones is eligible for Best Novella, “Top Ten Demons to Kill Before The World Ends” is eligible for Best Short Story, and Unfettered Hexes: Queer Tales of Insatiable Darkness is eligible for Best Anthology! Elsa Sjunneson is eligible for Best Fan Writer for her editorial column at Uncanny Magazine, where she’s just finished her tenure as nonfiction editor (Uncanny is eligible for Best Semiprozine). Additionally, “Ocean’s 6” is eligible for Best Short Story, and Being Seen is eligible for Best Related Work! R. J. Theodore has two stories eligible for Best Short Story, “A Ship With No Parrot” and “The Coven of TAOS-9.” Additionally, Underway is eligible for Best Novella, and Self-Publishing Formatting Guidelines is eligible for Best Related Work. Finally, I would be remiss not to mention that We Make Books, which Rekka hosts with Kaelyn Considine, is eligible for Best Fancast! Rem Wigmore, who joined us for an impromptu Oceana Month is eligible for Best Novel with Foxhunt. Fran Wilde, who joined us way way back at the start of 2021, would like to highlight “Unseelie Brothers, ltd.” which is eligible for Best Novelette. You can find other things she wrote and read last year on her blog, linked in the show notes. Finally, last, but most certainly not least (and who would have thought that we’d have so many W-names?), John Wiswell would love for you to read and consider his novelette “That Story Isn’t The Story.” His other eligible works can be found on his site, linked in the show notes. 2021 was absolutely a wild year, but I hope that this episode helps jog your memory of some of your favorite things, or maybe even introduces you to a brand new favorite that you missed the first time around. I’m deeply grateful for your consideration of this show or any of the works mentioned on this episode, as are all the amazing, talented creators behind those works. As mentioned at the top of the episode, links to all of the works mentioned, along with any eligibility posts, whether specifically called out or not, will be in the show notes. Thank you so much for listening, and thank you to all of the amazing creators who have been a part of this show over the past three seasons! Tales from the Trunk is mixed and produced in beautiful Oakland, California. Our theme music is “Paper Wings,” by Ryan Boyd. You can support the show on patreon at patreon dot com slash trunkcast. All patrons of the show now get a sticker and logo button, along with show outtakes and other content that can't be found anywhere else. You can find the show on Twitter at trunkcast, and I tweet at hbbisenieks. If you like the show, consider taking a moment to rate and review us on your preferred podcast platform. And remember: don't self-reject.
40 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Shelter in Place 22: Jennie Goloboy - Obviously, Aliens
This time around, my guest is author and agent Jennie Goloboy (@JennieGoloboy), whose Obviously, Aliens released in November 2021 from Queen of Swords Press! After hearing the opening chapter of the book, we get into what made it and what didn't in the final draft, along with some great talk about the craft of humor writing and some excellent recommendations! Things we mention in this episode: Queen of Swords Press Foxhunt, by Rem Wigmore Doge (meme) Terry Roy NaNoWriMo Seasteading Peter Thiel Monty Python's Life of Brian Men in Black The War of 1812 P. G. Wodehouse Graceland Denver International Airport (DEN) Ted Lasso The Murderbot Diaries, (Wikipedia) by Martha Wells 2021 Hugo Award results Soldier (1998) Unforgiven The Imperial Radch trilogy, by Ann Leckie The Last Watch, by J. S. Dewes Jennie's website The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, by A. J. Fitzwater
58 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Episode 34: Victor Manibo - ”The Casket”
This time around, I'm joined by the amazing Victor Manibo (@VictorManibo), author of The Sleepless, coming out in June of 2022 from Erewhon Books! Victor reads his trunked Poe retelling before we launch into a discussion of life after NaNoWriMo and how he went from never having heard of the event to getting his book onto store shelves. Things we mention in this episode: NaNoWriMo "The Cask of Amontillado," by Edgar Allan Poe Favelas The Luminous Dead, by Caitlin Starling "There is no there there" Publishers Weekly (PW) Nina Niskanen Mary Robinette Kowal Viable Paradise Rubber ducky debugging Jennifer "Macey" Mace Valerie Valdez Brass Goggles Tor.com Fae's purrs Worldcon Cowboy Bebop (anime and live-action) Firefly Animal Crossing: New Horizons The Expanse Victor's website and insta Obviously, Aliens, by Jennie Goloboy Queen of Swords Press Join us again next month, when my guests will be Jennie Goloboy and Sam J. Miller!
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