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Capsule 1 — Review of The Death House & Interview with Sarah Pinborough

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Welcome to a new series on Speculate called Speculate Capsules. In our first episode, we’re happy to bring you a review of The Death House (non-spoilery) and an interview with the author, Sarah Pinborough, in which we talk about the genesis of The Death House, about how she tackled such dark material but also leavened it with comedy and uplifting emotions, and about how the book speaks to living in the moment. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @SarahPinborough.

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Episode 140 of Speculate! — Paths to Publication with Speculate hosts Bradley P. Beaulieu and Gregory A. Wilson


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Welcome to Episode 140 of Speculate! the Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode, we once again turn the mic on Brad and Greg. Michael Underwood, friend of the show and another guest who talked in Episode 138 about his own path to publication, now interviews the Speculate hosts to talk about theirs. Brad gives a somewhat traditional, sometimes bumpy path, from writing short stories to landing a deal with Night Shade Books to his eventual sale of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai to DAW Book and Gollancz. Greg talks about his path from academic to published novelist and how his experiences in obtaining his doctorate now helps him in his writing pursuits and beyond. He also talks about how his Twitch TV channel helps him to reach a wider, if slightly different, audience, and how games helps him to scratch the itch of community and storytelling.
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Keep an eye out for Mike Underwood’s upcoming Genrenauts: The Shootout Solution, Part 1 of a new novella series. And be sure to check out Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, available now anywhere fine books are sold.

Lastly, we can’t do this show without you, our listeners. Support us via our Patreon page so we can keep bringing our brand of high-quality podcasts to you.

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Episode 126 of Speculate! — The Mirror Empire Writing Technique Discussion

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Join us for our writing technique show where we use Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire to inspire our discussion. In this episode, Brad and Greg dig into worldbuilding, how rock, scissors, paper can help to differentiate character relationships, how to avoid monolithic cultures, how to approach culture vis a vis political correctness, and the difficulty curve with respect to fantasy and science fiction. We also, for the first time in our writing technique series, talk about the business of writing in terms of how to approach a book release vs. carving out writing time.

Out writing technique shows are limited to our Patreon backers, but becoming a patron is easy. Just head on over to our Patreon page and sign up for for $5 per month level to get access to all of our content.

https://www.patreon.com/speculate

 

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Artwork Reveal for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai

Aidan Moher at A Dribble of Ink has just done a reveal for Brad’s upcoming epic fantasy, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai.

Head on over to A Dribble of Ink to take a look.

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Episode 121 — Writing Technique Discussion Based on Lev Grossman’s The Magicians

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Join us over at Speculate’s Patreon page for a discussion of writing technique, where Greg and Brad use Lev Grossman‘s The Magicians to discuss topics such as pacing vis-à-vis word count, set pieces and how to use them, how and how much to codify magic, the dialogue authors can have with other works, the relatability of your characters to readers, and authorial intent vs. reader response.

This is for backers at our $5 level, but remember, if you DO join us, you’ll get access to all the other extras as well like the Good, Bad, and Ugly segments, and other special episodes.

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Episode 115 of Speculate! — Writing Technique Discussion Based on Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice

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Episode 115 is the last in our triptych of shows based on Ann Leckie’s incredible debut novel, Ancillary Justice. This episode is for our Patreon supporters at the $5 level.

In the episode we discuss building your technique before tackling a major project, how to convey emotion, tension and pacing, the use of parallel timelines, alternatives in choices of protagonists, using historical cultures as a template for your own work, and more.

If you’re already a supporter, we thank you and ask that if there are others you think might enjoy this episode that you please spread the word about our Patreon so that they can access it (and future writing technique shows) as well. We’d love for these episodes to reach as many people as possible.

You can reach all of our Patreon episodes via the following link:

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Jim Butcher is now live at our Patreon!

The latest of Speculate Sf’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is now up on our Patreon, this one with our recent guest, Jim Butcher, who talks about his first time meeting his agent, Jennifer Jackson, and perseverance even in the face of busted knuckles.

Subscribers at the $3 or more level get access to these episodes and more goodies as we move forward. If you’re not already a patron of Speculate, check out our Patreon page. We have room for more, and there’s lots more we hope to do as our patron count rises.

To listen to this segment and more, visit our creations page over at Patreon, which has all of our posts, plus extras for our backers.

http://www.patreon.com/speculate?ty=c

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Margot Atwell and Michael J. Sullivan

The first of Speculate Sf’s new segments—The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly—is now up on our Patreon. Subscribers at the $3 or more level get access to these episodes and more goodies as we move forward. If you’re not already a patron of Speculate, check out our Patreon page. We have room for more, and there’s lots more we hope to do as our patron count rises.

To listen to this segment and more, visit our creations page over at Patreon, which has all of our posts, plus extras for our backers.

http://www.patreon.com/speculate?ty=c

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Marie Bilodeau and Erik Scott de Bie

The latest of Speculate Sf’s new segments—The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly—is now up on our Patreon. Subscribers at the $3 or more level get access to these episodes and more goodies as we move forward. If you’re not already a patron of Speculate, check out our Patreon page. We have room for more, and there’s lots more we hope to do as our patron count rises.

To listen to this segment and more, visit our creations page over at Patreon, which has all of our posts, plus extras for our backers.

http://www.patreon.com/speculate?ty=c

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Speculate! has a Patreon!

But Greg and Brad, you may be asking, what is a Patreon?

Patreon is a great new platform that allows fans to back content creators in a more modest and ongoing basis. All sorts of content creators—from online comics to musicians to artist to podcasts—are using the platform to raise funds to continue their efforts to bring their fans the content they love. We hope to do the same.

We think Patreon is perfect not only for us, but for you too, because it allows you to set a budget you’re comfortable with—in Speculate’s case, as little as $1/month. We think that’s a pretty good value, and we hope you’ll agree.

If you like the shows we deliver, please consider backing us on Speculate’s Patreon page. There’s a video that explains the Patreon, the different backing levels, our milestones, and what we hope to do with the funds. You can also back us there and check out more about Patreon. Remember, you can change or drop your backing level at any time.

As always, thank you for your support, and please spread the word about the new Patreon. It’s amazing how much a post or Tweet can help.

Your hosts,

Greg and Brad.

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