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.

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Episode 114 of Speculate! — Ann Leckie Author Discussion

Welcome to Episode 114 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we continue our triptych of shows on the work of Ann Leckie, focusing on her multiple award winning debut novel Ancillary Justice, as we speak to the author herself.  Ann talks about the genesis of AJ, her love for NaNoWriMo, and how she’s planning the second (and third) act for one of the most celebrated debut novels in the history of science fiction, and even manages to throw in some tidbits of writing advice and wisdom about adjusting to life after the publication of a breakthrough novel; her professionalism and positive outlook are both on display during this chat, and we hope you found it as enjoyable as we did.  If you like what you hear, please check back next week for our final show of the triptych as we look at a few of the writing techniques used in the novel.  As a reminder, both our writing technique shows and our Good, Bad and Ugly segments are only available to our Patreon supporters of $3 and up, so if you’re interested, please head over there so you won’t miss more from and about Ann–and thanks as always for your support!

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Episode 113 of Speculate! — Ann Leckie Novel Review (Ancillary Justice)

Welcome to Episode 113 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we begin a new triptych of shows on the work of Ann Leckie, focusing on her debut novel Ancillary Justice–the first novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula and Clarke awards in a single year.  Ancillary Justice plays with conventions of gender, points of view and mediations on empire, and during the course of our response we talk about the power of a great concept, excellent worldbuilding and engaging character development.  If you enjoy the discussion, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll talk to the author herself about the process of writing this book.  Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!

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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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Episode 112 of Speculate! — Interview with Jim Butcher

Welcome to Episode 112 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we sit down for a chat with Jim Butcher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series.  We talk about what it’s like to put together a long-running series of books (in the case of Dresden, over fourteen books and ten years to date), how to build a long-term career, and why Jim likes games so much…and how his writing has helped him be a better game player.  We also discuss his future work, including an interesting sneak peek at his upcoming Cinder Spires series.  We had a really great time with this discussion, and we hope you enjoyed it too–if so, don’t forget to check back in the next two weeks when we’ll start our triptych of shows on Ann Leckie‘s Ancillary Justice.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

Additional Note: The hits keep coming as we taped our third Good, Bad and Ugly segment as a part of this interview, available to our Patreon backers of $3 or more a month.  If you’re interested in hearing that and/or in supporting the show in general, please head over and become a patron–and thanks!

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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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Episode 111 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with Marie Bilodeau and Erik Scott de Bie

       

Welcome to Episode 111 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we chat with authors Marie Bilodeau and Erik Scott de Bie about working with small presses and the new landscape of publishing, particularly in the speculative fiction field–and find out what publishing in the worlds of Canada and tie-ins is really like.  This was another interesting discussion with two very active professionals, and we hope you enjoy it too.  We wrap up our series of interviews next week as we talk to bestselling author Jim Butcher about his work, then move into our next triptych of shows on Ann Leckie‘s Ancillary Justice.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

Additional Note: We taped our second Good, Bad and Ugly segment as a part of this interview, available to our Patreon backers of $3 or more a month.  If you’re interested in hearing that and/or in supporting the show in general, please head over and become a patron–and thanks!

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Episode 110 of Speculate! — Roundtable Discussion with Margot Atwell and Michael J. Sullivan

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Welcome to Episode 110 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we chat with Kickstarter Publishing Community Manager and publishing veteran (and star of the Wall Street Traitors roller derby team) Margot Atwell and speculative fiction author Michael J. Sullivan about Kickstarter and what the crowdfunding explosion means for authors and publishers in the long term.  We also get some details about what makes a successful publishing Kickstarter–and what can cause one to fail.  This was an interesting discussion with a lot of great insights from Margot and Michael, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  If so, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll have the last of our “month of roundtables” with speculative fiction authors Erik Scott de Bie and Marie Bilodeau, this one focusing on small presses.

Additional Note: As a part of this interview we also recorded our first Good, Bad and Ugly segment, a five minute discussion with insider stories from the publishing world, available to our Patreon backers of $3 or more a month.  We’re really excited to share these extra bits of knowledge and experience with you, and we can if you’re willing to support us at less than $1 per show.  So please head over and become a patron–and thanks!

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Episode 109 of Speculate! — Interview with Bill Willingham

Welcome to Episode 109 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans.  In this episode we come to you live from Gen Con as we chat with comics veteran and graphic novelist Bill Willingham, creator of the runaway hit comic series Fables, about the movement between comics and games, the way a game differs (and has to differ) from its original source, and how he feels about that reality when it comes to The Wolf Among Us, Telltale Games‘ game based on Fables.  We even get to hear his story about how Tim Powers has knowledge he just won’t ever share with Bill, and why Bill’s given up trying to get him to do it!  Bill was a member of the Writers’ Symposium and had panels with both of us this year, and we were really happy with this interesting and enlightening discussion.  If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll have our roundtable discussion with Kickstarter Publishing Community Manager Margot Atwell and speculative fiction author Michael J. Sullivan; then it’s on to our discussion with authors Erik Scott de Bie and Marie Bilodeau, an interview of Jim Butcher and a new triptych of shows on Ann Leckie‘s Ancillary Justice.  Until then, thanks as always for listening to the show, and please continue to spread the word!

Additional Note: Our Patreon is still going strong, but we need your help to keep building it!  We’ve already been able to hire a dedicated audio editor to streamline our editing and posting process, but we’re just getting started; if you’re able to support the show for as little as $1 a month (and get a few cool perks in the process), please head here to pledge to the Patreon, and thanks!

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