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September 12th, 2013 by jdsawyer
This week on the podcast, we unveil The Next Ten Thousand Hours.
Popular memetics would have you believe that it takes ten thousand hours to get really good at something–fortunately, there are all sorts of podcasts and video channels and books to help you through that difficult apprenticeship.
But what about once you get to the vaunted ten-thousand hour mark? What then?
In this show, Kitty NicIaian and I team up to explore (or, to be honest, mock and laugh through) this next phase as it unfolds. Every episode will feature segments where we talk about craft and business issues, a section where I share readings of new stories, and a section where Kitty (who, among other things, is a humorist) shares observations on the absurdities of our local version of the universe.
This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours:
- Introduction to the show and the workings behind-the-scenes at AWP
- Reading: A selection from He Ain’t Heavy, the nearly-released book 5 of The Clarke Lantham Mysteries
- Kitty’s Corner: BART Encounters
We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!
September 5th, 2013 by jdsawyer
At long last, Free Will is back, and back for good.
I proudly present, Episode 1 of Free Will and Other Compulsions.
Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Stephanie Sawyer as Cassy Orinthal
Kim The Comic Book Goddess as Val
Mark Smith as Nineveh Docking Control
September 5th, 2013 by jdsawyer
It’s time. This is the first official episode in the Free Will podcast. A pre-show, with important news, podcasting schedule, and a bit of a recap. First story episode drops Thursday, 15:30GMT.
August 30th, 2013 by jdsawyer
Three years of questions.
Three years of emails.
Three years of all of you asking “When is Free Will coming back?”
The answer is…
Next Thursday. The first episode in the Free Will reboot will drop next Thursday.
It’s been a long road, but we’re finally back. And it’s not just Free Will.
And it’s not just the soon-to-be-five Lantham books, the nonfiction books, and the one-off short novels either. More is coming…
The Big One
For the last eighteen months, I’ve been secretly laying plans for a project that is finally ready for prime time.
Gail Carriger, she of The Parasol Protectorate and The Finshing School, also writes science fiction. Dramatic, high-stakes science fiction adventure, in fact. It took a back seat when her debut Soulless hit it big, but now I’ve got the chance to help bring it into the light of day, and it’s a phenomenal book.
It’s called Crudrat. It is one of the best YA Science Fiction adventure books I have ever read, ranking right up there with the old Heinlein juveniles and treading more exotic and thoughtful ground than The Hunger Games…
…And I’m going to produce the full-cast audiobook for it.
Here’s the deal: this is a for-profit production, not one done among friends for the love of the medium. This means that everyone has to get paid, which ain’t cheap. I’ve teamed up with Alasdair Stuart of SFX Magazine and Pseudopod fame to create a crowdfunding campaign to kickstart this thing in grand style.
- It’s full-cast audio, and we’re looking at top-shelf talent if we fund at our goal ($7000, which covers all the above plus rewards for backers).
- Danny Schade is back to do the original score, and he’s better than ever.
- I’m directing and producing
- And it is a Gail Carriger novel, like nothing you’ve seen her do before.
The website is now live, and you can hear the trailer or sign up for the mailing list and get a sneak-preview read by Veronica Giguere with some fresh music from Schadey thrown in, just because. In the coming weeks we’ll unveil our rewards schedule and start posting original content that will document the process of crowdcfunding and of producing a full-cast audiobook, which will itself become a resource for all of you interested in getting into this as a hobby or a career.
Go check it out. Come on, you know you want to
August 24th, 2013 by jdsawyer
In between working on the website and audio for the new SooperSekrit project today, I followed a link to an article that turned out to articulate one of the greatest (and most easily fixable) systemic problems that a lot of us face.
If you are someone who was tracked as “smart” or “gifted” as a kid, chances are good that, sometime in college or in your early 20s, you went abruptly from great academic success to continual, abject, failure, giving you feelings of directionlessness, depression, futility, and worthlessness.
This is not a coincidence. The following article explains how and why this happens. If you were tracked as “gifted” as a kid, or if you are a parent, you need to read this article. This phenomenon happens both with men and women, but with men it is usually less ubiquitous, whereas with women it frequently touches every aspect of their development.
Not kidding, what you read at this link can make a difference of about ten years in your adult life (in terms of career progress and also in terms of success in relationships and hobbies).
The Trouble With Bright Girls.
Another excellent article in The New Yorker provides more background.
And another article (alas, behind a paywall) from Scientific American covering the issue in a broader and more academic fashion, with good references for further reading: The Secret to Raising Smart Kids
July 25th, 2013 by jdsawyer
This is the final installment of the serialized edition of And Then She Was Gone. If you are not current, you can find the archive of past installments here.
The archive will remain available until September, so that those ofyou who might have missed a post along the way will be able to finish the ride. This story also appears on the podcast feed as a series of epubs for reading on your mobile devices. For those of you without a podcast client, you can download today’s installment in epub format here
The Story So Far
NYA THALES SURVIVED THE plot on her life, thanks in part to Lantham’s efforts. But the rest of the case can hardly be called a rousing success. Now, while Lantham deals with a houseful of corpses, somewhere in the night an assasin is on the lose…
Continue reading ‘And Then She Was Gone, Pt 18 of 18′
July 23rd, 2013 by jdsawyer
This is the seventeenth of eighteen installments of the serialized edition of And Then She Was Gone. If you are not current, you can find the archive of past installments here.
New installments will post every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of this week on this blog and to the podcast feed as an epub for reading on your mobile devices. For those of you without a podcast client, you can download today’s installment in epub format here
The Story So Far
SURVIVING A GUNFIGHT, a stalker on the beach, and a high fall, Clarke Lantham has tracked Nya Thales, Gravity, Phil Thales, and Bridget to a lonely beach house, far from prying eyes. Outside the windows, Lantham hears moans of pleasure and screams of terror. With two armed men inside intent on killing the women they’ve lured, Lantham unholsters his weapon and cautiously opens the back door…
Continue reading ‘And Then She Was Gone, Pt 17 of 18′
July 22nd, 2013 by jdsawyer
Well, ladies and gents and all of you sitting somewhere in between, it gives me ridiculous delight to announce that my pulp adventure novel is finally out in paperback.
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do, a Short Novel of Long Odds.
One Surfboard. Two X-Chromosomes. All Man.
Climbing Olympus Mons put him on the map, winning a gold medal in asteroid jumping got him great press, and children everywhere tune into watch every time he skydives from a space station, but Suave Rob Suarez is just getting started. Together with his childhood hero and his stunt partner, he’s gonna stage the biggest daredevil stunt the universe has ever seen:
Surf a supernova…
Or die trying.
The author of The Antithesis Progression brings you a short novel of long odds.
Alasdair Stuart of SFX says: “Sawyer brings back epic, old-school science fiction, and does so with the elegance, wit, and subversion he’s known for. Essential.”
Find out what the fuss is about. Read a sample now here.
Or get it as an ebook for as an ebook for Kindle
, and all other readers
July 18th, 2013 by jdsawyer
This is the sixteenth of eighteen installments of the serialized edition of And Then She Was Gone. If you are not current, you can find the archive of past installments here.
New installments will post every Tuesday and Thursday for the next two weeks on this blog and to the podcast feed as an epub for reading on your mobile devices. For those of you without a podcast client, you can download today’s installment in epub format here
Continue reading ‘And Then She Was Gone, Pt 16 of 18′
July 16th, 2013 by jdsawyer
This is the fifteenth of eighteen installments of the serialized edition of And Then She Was Gone. If you are not current, you can find the archive of past installments here.
New installments will post every Tuesday and Thursday for the next three weeks on this blog and to the podcast feed as an epub for reading on your mobile devices. For those of you without a podcast client, you can download today’s installment in epub format here
Continue reading ‘And Then She Was Gone, Pt 15 of 18′