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So I'm Writing a Novel...

Oliver Brackenbury

The show where you join me, Oliver Brackenbury, on the journey of writing my next novel, from first ideas all the way to publication & promotion. In this unique, one-man-reality show I'll share you with you my ever evolving thoughts and feelings on how I write, being a writer, and everything that entails at each stage of the process. I'll also answer listener questions and, sometimes, interview people who write fiction. If you're the kind of person who likes to learn how things are made, and get to know the people making them, then this is the show for you.

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05-06-2021
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Ep40 Founding a Literary Magazine with Nat Webb
Returning champion Nat Webb joins us to discuss his recent founding of a literary magazine, Wyngraf! Their discussion covers alternate titles for the magazine, defining cozy fantasy & backpack fantasy, conflict in stories and other things that can drive story, writing delicious food scenes, the cozy fantasy scene on Reddit and elsewhere, getting into short stories, his first submission and rejection and what he learned from it all, self-publishing a novel, discovering a love for the technical side of publishing, taking submissions in for the first time, putting one of your own stories in your own magazine, being transparent about the numbers behind your business, paying forward all the writing advice you've been given, working with an artist on a cover commission, choosing to pay authors and how much, deciding how often to release new issues, the importance of actually finishing a project, knowing when to stop with a project, Legends and Lattes and other reading recs, refreshing sincerity vs ironic distance, "coffee shop AU" explained, "numbies" explained, how sometimes the thing you bang out quickly resonates with people far more than the thing you slaved over forever, ins and outs of the Kindle Select program, the merits of publishing flash fiction, and more! www.wyngraf.com Wyngraf on Twitter The cover artist for issue #1 of Wyngraf is Sâmara Lígia (her other Instagram). The swashbuckling magazine Nat announced like five days after we recorded is called Rakehell. Nat's Author Site Nat's previous appearance on the show, where Oliver consulted him on a work-in-progress. Some magazines Nat mentions that he likes: Tales from the Magician's Skull, Whetstone Magazine, and Tales and Feathers. That Harry Otto Fischer origin story for Grey Mouser can be found here on page 28. www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
09-05-2022
1 hr
Ep39 Carry Me From KholtumEp38 Flyting FancyEp37 Interview with Chase A. Folmar
Author, and Associate Editor of Witch House magazine, Chase A. Folmar joins Oliver to discuss his upcoming sword & sorcery novella, Frolic on the Amaranthyn. Chase and Oliver discuss his sword & sorcery and creative writing origin story, that sweet spot of horror and action, mood and plot, finding your voice as an author, the importance of reading outside the genre you write most, elevator pitching, writing a story centered on an established romantic couple, finding that right combination of the unique and the familiar, beauty & horror and the uncanny valley, the Decadent Movement, good old civilization vs barbarism, what do morals mean at the absolute end of time, why Frolic is not a novella and not a short story or a full length novel, 500 page fantasy door wedges, the strengths of the novella format, the benefits of constraining your writing, the singular focus and very personal stakes of sword & sorcery, Robert E. Howard's The Hour of the Dragon, the problem with the world always ending, scifi as the literature of ideas and fantasy as the literature of settings, weaving the world of a story into the action of the plot, how audiences are about as genre savvy as they've ever been in human history, how long it took to make the novella a reality, the joy and frustration of editing, beta readers and feedback, use of language and accessibility vs trying to create the sense of entering another world, Branden Sanderson (who I keep calling "Brian"...) and that big ol' Kickstarter of his, heavy metal and sword & sorcery, broad appeal vs niche interest, defining success on your own terms, trends in cover art, literally judging a book by its cover and how that's a pretty fair thing to do when looking at self-published work, Ballantine Fantasy covers, and more. Frolic on the Amaranthyn is available in ebook and softcover from Amazon Sable Star Press Facebook Group Chase's author site Goran Gligovic - cover artist for Frolic Witch House magazine www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
04-04-2022
49 mins
Ep36 Interview with Cora Buhlert
Cora Buhlert is a Hugo-nominated author and genre scholar who Oliver was lucky enough to meet through his research for the novel, and he'd love for you to meet her too! Oliver and Cora discuss her falling in love with the very American body of work known as pulp fiction while she grew up travelling the world, the survival of dime novels in modern Germany, the irresistible pull of forbidden fiction, Thundarr and He-Man, "the best thing that happened in Germany in 1989", European sword and sorcery comics, a book store that "must have been designed by time-lords", mediocre movie tie-in fiction, the potential future of sword & sorcery, how S&S heroes are usually outsides who aren't chosen ones - they choose themselves, marginalized characters and identity, the "token Irishman in space", how people often miss that Grey Mouser isn't white..., the whitening of S&S heroes of color in the cover art, "he's not black, it's solar rays!", a trans sword and sorcery protagonist and other characters we'd like to see, the historical precedent for trans S&S protagonists, how The Witcher has many stories which qualify as sword & sorcery, She-Ra as sword and sorcery, the Lancer Conans and the last time sword & sorcery had a big revival, Grimdark, Brian Sanderson, short & sweet sword & sorcery as an alternative to bloated epic fantasy tales, mosaic and fix-up novels, Lin Carter should get his due as an editor, Cora's intriguing character Richard Blakemore aka The Silencer, The Shadow with Alex Baldwin, writing two novels a month (!), the Lester Dent pulp writing formula, Batman: The Animates Series and The Grey Ghost, how the pulps brought us Batman (and superheroes in general), how Batman (1989) stole its plot from a Spider novel published in 1934, writing a story written by a character you created, keeping your history straight while also having fun when writing a period protagonist, writing a pulp character who falls in love with his own genre, putting more modern storytelling elements in tales framed as having been written long ago, sexual violence and censorship in the old pulps, C.L. Moore writing about sex and drugs as an UNMARRIED woman (!) in the 1930s, weighing creative impulses against what a genre suggests should happen, Galactic Journey, winking at the present when your writing from the perspective of the past, linguistics and writing, THE HORRIBLE TRUTH ABOUT CANADIANS AND THEIR BILINGUALISM, advice on self-publishing, looking outside the Amazon ecosystem, selling literature like ham at a deli, and what makes "a Cora Buhlert story". Cora's Author Page Her self-publishing imprint, Pegasus Pulp Books Cora on Twitter as @corabuhlert The Sword & Sorcery round table discussion Oliver mentions Flame and Crimson: A History of Sword-and-Sorcery by Brian Murphy Galactic Journey Interested in those European sword & sorcery comics Cora mentioned? After the interview she provided me with the following list: - Aria by Michel Weyland from Belgium: Aria is a warrior woman with a very 1970s haircut who fights evil and also winds up adopting a little girl. Started in 1979 and is still going on. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aria_(Belgian_comic) Not to be confused with the Image comic of the same name. - Storm, art by Don Lawrence, writted by Dick Matena, Martn Lodwijk and others including Roy Thomas, from the Netherlands: This is actually sword and planet, but it might as well be sword and sorcery. The titular hero is an astronaut who gets lost in time and winds up in a post-apocalyotic Barbarian future and hooks up with a local warrior woman whom I know as Roodhaar (Redhair), but who's apparently called Ember in English language editions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_(Don_Lawrence) Started in 1977 and is also still ongoing. - Thorgal by Jean Van Hamme and Grzegorz Rosinski, also from Belgium. This is basically the Viking Superman, a humanoid alien raised and found by Vikings. Thorgal is also a family man and has a wife and several children. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorgal Started in 1979 and is still ongoing as well. - Alix by Jacques Martin, also from Belgium: This is more historical than S&S, but the aesthetics are similar. Alix is a young Gaul sold into slavery, who winds up being adopted by a Roman Patrician and is perpetually torn between Rome and Gaul. This is basically a serious version of Asterix. Started way back in 1948 and still has new adventures coming out, though Jacques Martin has passed away by now:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Alix - Ghita of Alizarr by Frank Thorne. This one is actually American, though I first encountered it in Dutch translation. This was Frank Thorne going further than the Comics Code allowed him to do with Red Sonja. Early Franco-Belgian-Dutch comics can be very prudish, but by the late 1970s no one cared about bare breasts and vague sex scene, so it wound up on the same shelf as the others. Started in 1978. https://comicvine.gamespot.com/ghita-of-alizarr/4005-1348/ - Eric de Noorman (Eric the Norseman) by Hans G. Kresse from the Netherlands: Eric is a Viking who has fantastic adventures. He's also a family man and has a wife and a son. I encountered it via reprint collections. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_de_Noorman - De Rode Ridder (The Red Knight) by Willy Vandersteen and others, also from Belgium. Johan is a wandering knight who has adventures, many of which are supernatural. Started in 1946 and is still ongoing as well, though Vandersteen passed away around the time I discovered the series. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Rode_Ridder www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
21-03-2022
59 mins
Ep35 Interview with Ryan North
Oliver has a fun, informative discussion with author Ryan North, whose new book "How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain" is now available for pre-order. They discuss having one footnote for each day of the year, cramming more jokes in the margin to make a comic have more bang for your buck, experimenting with the limits of what a format can do, why they're "choosable-path" adventures that he's written, the benefits of working in a younger medium that isn't fully explored, having unlockable characters in your book, white elephant books, publishing a book that may provide a guide to doing dangerous things, knowing when to stop doing research, when one chapter should be two, the cult of Scrivener (of which Oliver is a member), apps that help you focus when writing, working "in a distracted way", Ryan's method if integrating handwritten notes with his mostly digital process, knowing when a cool fact is usable in your work, the biosphere experiment, Jon Lomberg and the Voyager Golden Record, originality, how novel's are fine THEY'RE FINE, how working in an unpopular medium can be a safety net, things to try for and try to avoid when writing a popular science book, The Core (2003), optimizing workflow as a writer, methods of learning which work best, wasted keystrokes, productivity, work/life balance, trying to separate your sense of self-worth from your work, social media, steak-umms and the bleakest thing Ryan has ever seen in his life, the best time to post about your parent's death so as to increase the viral impact, "content", how the work has to interest you, grindset, trying to appear cool & productive at all times, how Ryan doesn't like to be conscious for more than six hours at a time, task-switching between a variety of projects, Lev Grossman on how forgiving fans can be of plot holes, how the concept of a "real author" is a fake idea, Ryan's life philosophy re: fate and control over one's life, Vonnegut, the core value of most characters in his work, how Ryan definitely isn't DB Cooper, and there's even a wee cameo by Ryan's dog Noam Chompsky. You can also see a couple of babies in an interview from 2008, which Oliver may have still been figuring out his interview style...(Part one, part two). www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
07-03-2022
1 hr 24 mins
Ep34 Interview with Dariel Quiogue
Oliver chats with Philippine author Dariel Quiogue about his sword & silk novel, "Sword of the Four Winds"! Their discussion covers portrayal of war elephants in history and stories, Alexander the Great being a war criminal to some, Carter & De Camp (and Nyburg) Conan tales, Howard Lamb's Khlit the Cossack stories (a huge influence on Robert E Howard), drawing from Asian history for his stories - including an intriguing alternate path for Genghis Khan, wanting to write more fiction based in where you're from, being anxious about a lack of experience to the world limiting your fiction, how late in history Dariel feels you can set a story and still have it feel like sword & sorcery, the "Sword & Sorcery attitude", portrayal of sorcery in fiction and childhood fears, the cynicism of some classic S&S, Shōgun by James Clavell & Frank Herbert's Dune, the Howardian cycle of civilization and barbarism, "can you be better than a monster?", how his work as a photographer influences his writing, playing the Conan soundtrack while writing, gore levels in S&S, Homer, how much detail to put in a fight scene, how Conan is often misrepresented as one who triumphs through strength rather than wits, what makes a grand military battle scene captivating,  Mount & Blade: Warband, staying in the zone when you write, The Age of the Warrior by Hank Reinhardt, playlists to write by, writing on paper vs screen, Scrivener, the fantasy writing scene in the Philippines, Charles Saunders, the Savage Sword of Conan, and more! Dariel's author website. Dariel's Ko-Fi which, as of this blog post, is funding toward the goal of commissioning cover art for his next novel. Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, which Dariel mentions, free on Gutenberg Those comic links we promised in the interview: https://www.wizards-keep.com/index.asp?Page=alfredo-alcala--62810916 https://www.wizards-keep.com/index.asp?Page=nestor-redondo--3242129 www.wizards-keep.com/index.asp?Page=alex-nino--99372500 www.wizards-keep.com/index.asp?Page=rudy-nebres--32795352 The artist who illustrated SOFW for Dariel, Raymund Bermudez: https://www.deviantart.com/mccat www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
14-02-2022
45 mins
Ep33 Interview with Jason Ray Carney of Whetstone Magazine
Oliver speaks with the editor of "Whetstone: Amateur Magazine of Sword & Sorcery", covering a wide variety of subjects germane to running a semi-pro literary magazine, online community, and good old sword & sorcery. Oliver and Jason get to some INTERESTING places in their far-reaching discussion, including subjects like: writing workshops, working class literature, modernist literature, R.A. Salvatore as a literary gateway drug, starting a literary magazine & the origin of Whetstone, why he feels you shouldn't send your best work to Whetstone, "mid-list exposure", submitting for ultra low acceptance rate magazines, elevated language, Clark Ashton Smith, grading English papers by engineers, Jason's role as academic coordinator for the Robert E. Howard foundation, Walter Benjamin, how a genre rooted in our past like sword & sorcery can give people an inspiring vision of something new, Elie Wiesel's The Trial of God, defending fiction, defining your identity by speaking back to power, how sword & sorcery can help you get through a rough patch (or at least how it helped Oliver), how a World of Warcraft guild inadvertently birthed a vibrant Sword & Sorcery online community, what people generally mean when they say "no politics!", what make a Discord server function well as a community, the digital humanities, Gather, advice on starting a writing community online or IRL, best principles for same, self-promo human spambots, the difference between useless negativity and letting someone know when they're stepping into a tar pit, writing conventions, formative experiences with teachers good and bad, tools over dogma, the possibility that the American style of creative fiction workshops homogenizes fiction, when compliments are worse than criticism, Jay's recent opera project, and....MORE. Jason on Twitter (@jrcarney52) Spiral Tower Press Whetstone: Amateur Magazine of Sword & Sorcery The Whetstone Discord Server Witch House: Amateur Magazine of Cosmic Horror How Sword & Sorcery Brings Us to Life by Jason 1932, The Year of Conan: Sword and Sorcery and Historical Pessimism (mentioned in the interview) also by Jason Bride of Cyclops Con - Best of Sword and Sorcery panel (Feat. Jason as a panel member) The Black Gate interview with Jason that I cite in one question - it covers lots of neat stuff that we didn't get to. An essay Jason wrote about the opera he was involved in, The Trial of God That creative writing book, all about rethinking how we teach writing craft, that Oliver mentioned - Craft in the Real World by Mathew Salesses The MUSE Writers Center The Program Era by Mark McGurl   www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
07-02-2022
1 hr 11 mins
Ep32 Interview with Jordan Smith of Dark CrusadeEp 31 Story Consultation with Matt John
In this story consult, featuring a personal sword & sorcery tale by Matt John, we discuss a story which was very polished, then submitted to a magazine and...rejected. Happens to pretty much all stories, but what do you do when it happens to you? Matt sought out an editor, Oliver, and in this episode you can hear them discuss strategies for Matt to consider in the next draft of his story. Hey, did you know Oliver's now offering editing services? In this conversation they discuss working through personal tragedy and difficult emotions in your stories, the "that" test and removing other filler words, good and bad editing/teaching philosophies, being a new writer working with an editor, how there's just so much to remember in terms of writing rules, how nobody on Earth can write perfectly without an editor, Alan Moore's love of tentacles, managing the distance between reader and protagonist, adding specificity to your stories, how it can be better not to name monsters, Stephen King's On Writing, proper nouns as names in genre stories, Encanto and trauma producing magic, spotting when something you wrote works for you but is unlikely to work for a reader, how deeply felt emotions can fuel but also cause lapses in writing, Cormac McCarthy's wife, thematic statements, writing exercises looking beyond your ending, PUBERTY, good old (literary) rejection, back matter and behind-the-scenes info in novels, what writing sex scenes and fight scenes have in common, HOW OLIVER'S NOW OFFERING EDITING SERVICES, learning to be comfortable showing your work to someone for critique, holding onto notes on your stories, and MORE.   Check out Matt on Rogues in the House, the sword & sorcery podcast he co-hosts!   www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
24-01-2022
1 hr 17 mins
Ep 30 Story Consultation with Nathaniel Webb
Trying something new for the show, Oliver is sitting down with author Nathaniel Webb to consult him on his latest work-in-progress, a sword & sorcery short story! After a reading of the story so far, and a little getting-to-know-you, you'll get to listen in on a proper story consult where Oliver will discuss Nat's story, focusing in particular on his main concern - how to best weave fun worldbuilding and character backstory info into the story itself. They also discuss how short stories can turn out to be harder than you'd expect, heist story traditions, considering word counts against prospective literary markets, both Howard's The Tower of the Elephant and Leiber's The Two Best Thieves in Lankhmar, outlining vs seat-of-your-pants writing, the very legit desire to write a story like one you've greatly enjoyed, wanting to show off your worldbuilding, finding nuance in "write to please yourself, not a hypothetical audience", "Progression Lit", placing a character geographically not only with description but with placement of that description, weaving worldbuilding into the action, "the portrait shot", first drafts as essentially very detailed outlines, giving a character's backstory in the scene where they're introduced, a motivational poster from Oliver's grade 10 English class, does a character having a secret create an undesirable distance between them and the reader, "protagonist brain", and MORE.   Nathaniel's author site Nathaniel on Twitter Check out a sword & sorcery short story by Nathaniel in the latest issue of Whetstone magazine - for free! The then-latest issue of Tales From The Magician's Skull that we mention is #6 That The Adventures of Alyx book we chat a bout a bit, with my Goodreads review The writing book Nat mentions: The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers by Matt Bird And then we have that combined list of sword & sorcery markets we mention: That The Adventures of Alyx book we chat a bout a bit, with my Goodreads review The writing book Nat mentions: The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers by Matt Bird And then we have that combined list of sword & sorcery markets we mention: Clarkesworld Unreal Magazine Podcastle Fantasy & Science Fiction Beneath Ceaseless Skies Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Strange Horizons Fantasy Magazine Skelos Common Tongue Magazine Rogue Blades Starward Shadows https://www.literaryrebel.com/savage-submissions/ https://www.swordsandsorcerymagazine.com/submissions.html https://cirsova.wordpress.com/cirsova-magazine/submission-guidelines/ https://goodman-games.com/tftms/2020/10/20/announcing-open-call-for-sword-sorcery-fiction-for-tales-from-the-magicians-skull/ https://farthertrees.wordpress.com/queerblades/ http://thebizarchives.com/content-guidelines/ hthttp://stupefyingstories.com/ http://pulp-modern.blogspot.com/ https://www.ossgames.com/ares-home https://ralan.com/m.pay.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulp_Hero_Press http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html https://www.warhammer-community.com/2021/10/27/write-up-a-storm-in-the-mortal-realms-black-library-submissions-are-open-now/   www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
06-01-2022
59 mins
Ep 29 Sacred Thievery
27-12-2021
1 hr 7 mins
Ep28 Kinship in KholtumEp27 (World)Building a Fantasy CityEp26 Creating a Co-ProtagonistEp25 – Act Two, Part OneEp24 Interview with Michael CurtisEp23 Interview with Julian Bernick
Julian Bernick has written across a wide variety of mediums, so Oliver discusses with him getting burnt out on novels, the Appendix N Reading List, writing for role-playing games, Jack Vance's Dying Earth series, writing lyrics as the lead singer of several bands, and more - but the focus of this interview is poetry, gothic horror, and how Julian combined the two in his most excellent book Castle Bash: A Record of the Most Unfortunate Doings at Castle Bash - As Told by an Unnamed Poet who was Never Seen Again! A narrative poem in the Romantic tradition, Castle Bash is Byronic in character, Gothic in atmosphere, Romantic in outlook and Lovecraftian in scope. When a bastard poet is given safe haven and patronage at the tenebrous Castle Bash, mystery, passion, and the forces of hell converge upon its benighted inhabitants. Spellburn Podcast / iTunes / Twitter Whistling Shade Magazine, where Julian serves as an editor of poetry. Julian's RPGeek page Some of Julian's earliest storytelling can be found in this Dungeons of Yesteryear feature. If you'd like to hear Julian talk more about his game design career... and Here's three contemporary poets Julian recommends: Chelsea Minnis Freddie Seidel Michael Robbins www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
15-11-2021
57 mins
Ep22 Interview with Ngo Vinh-Hoi of the Appendix N Book Club
Oliver and Hoi discuss fantasy book cover art, the origin story of the Appendix N Book Club, the conservative faction of S&S fandom, finding S&S outside the usual Anglo sphere, podcast show notes (do people read them??? ARE YOU READING THIS???), figuring out how to keep the momentum going with longform creative projects, what makes a good podcast guest, thinking critically about genre fiction or "low art", the Thor belly body shaming fiasco, form and substance in genre writing (and emulation), representation in writing S&S, iconic vs dramatic heroes, fantasizing about being an author when it was possible to make a living writing short stories, destroying your influences, writing to pay the rent, the vanished publishing midlist, creative writing MFAs, Game of Thrones having come out George R.R. Martin's rpg sessions, and soooo much more! The Appendix N Book Club / Twitter / Patreon Gary Gygax's original Appendix N Reading List Hoi's Adventures in Fiction Articles on Goodman-Games.com: Andrew J. Offutt, John Bellairs, Lin Carter, Stanley G. Weinbaum, and Jack Williamson. Hoi on Twitter After the interview, Hoi remembered he'd actually written two books back in the 90's! Those were The Martial Arts Almanac (Goodreads) & Martial Arts Masters: The Greatest Teacher, Fighters, and Performers (Goodreads). The episode of The Appendix N Book Club where Oliver was the guest! Some other stuff that comes up in the interview: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff Swords of the Four Winds: Tales of Swords and Sorcery in an Ancient East That Never Was by Dariel Quiogue Harold Lamb 52 short stories in 52 weeks Appendix N Book Club episode covering Micheal Shea's Nifft the Lean Brain Murphy's Flame and Crimson: A History of Sword-and-Sorcery Pulp by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Whetstone Magazine and the new cosmic horror magazine by the same guy, Witch House Imaro by Charles Saunders www.soimwritinganovel.com PATREON: www.patreon.com/soimwritinganovel BUY OLIVER'S BOOKS: https://www.oliverbrackenbury.com/store SO I'M WRITING A NOVEL... TWITTER: https://twitter.com/so_writing OLIVER'S TWITTER: https://twitter.com/obrackenbury Oliver's Link Tree (For everything else): https://linktr.ee/obrackenbury
08-11-2021
1 hr 10 mins
Ep21 Interview with Matt John of Rogues in the House
01-11-2021
1 hr 8 mins