For the last few months, I’ve been regularly listening to 3 new podcasts:
- Author Stories — Hank Garner
- Wordslinger Podcast — Kevin Tumlinson
- Horror Writers Podcast — J. Thorne & Zach Bohannon
For a short description of each, check out the podcasts tab:
If anyone’s curious, I was on the TBR Podcast last night, talking about “the books we love and the topics that interest us.” Author Kevin Tumlinson was also there, along with regular host Patrick Stemp (at least I think he’s regular…impolite to ask).
It’s been such a long time since I’ve read any fiction from an animal’s perspective, and of those, only Watership Down and Tailchaser’s Song come to mind. So it was with some trepidation that I picked up Tails Of The Apocalypse. After all, it has to be pretty hard to write fiction with animals either central to the plot or the main characters outright. Right? Maybe for me that’d be true, but not for the authors involved in the project. I found myself cheering or even holding my breath as each plot unfolded, though more often I was moved to regions sentimental. Because it is the apocalypse we’re talking about here. Dangerous things, apocalypses… Throw in some faithful animals that never hurt anyone and you’re bound break a few hearts. (I swear, if you’re not crying by the end of Chris Pourteau’s or Stefan Bolz’ stories, you might not have a soul).
One other thing I liked about the collection was how the worlds were often very unique. Perhaps the most unique was Hank Garner’s story of the first apocalyptic story in human history (I’ll let that tease you a little … you gotta read it). From a storytelling perspective, I’d say the authors did a great job, collectively — and for a very good cause. For every copy sold, $1 goes to the charity Pets For Vets. It’s win and more win everywhere you turn. Be a winner and get your copy today (click image below).
Who said Friday the 13th is unlucky? “Kick” was selected for inclusion in the “Nook Free Fridays” promotion. I think I’m gonna go break some mirrors and walk under a few ladders now :)
Two months ago, I went to SFSE in Orlando, where I met Orson Scott Card and got to take a 3 hour writing session with him and some other lucky writers. As awesome as that was, it didn’t stop there. Throwing caution to the wind, I decided to break my healthy diet and pile up my plate with French toast. I’d actually had a dream a week or two before where I was at a buffet filled with everything you can imagine except French toast. That morning, at the conference, it seemed like fate was saying, “Here’s your chance — get it.”
I got it.
This one is by “The Novel Enthusiast.” I remember she was turned off by how dark parts of book 2 were, although she reviewed it favorably. I contacted her because “Hopper House” isn’t quite as dark, and is often more fun and adventurous, if anything. Also, it departs from the ride/ride/ride model I used in book 1 and 2. There are rides, yes, but Dan’s starting to make new friends and break out of the hole he’s been inhabiting for 20 years.
Have a look, and be sure to thumbs-up :)
She’s a novelist and a graphics designer, but did you know she’s also a scientist working at Los Alamos National Laboratory? Here’s her really cool article on epigenetics, published over at Perihelion Online Science Fiction Magazine.
She used all her groovy science to write her award-winning novel “Chimeras,” (listed over on the left side of the blog).