Those of you following the Balticon and Contracts series on the blog have probably been wondering where the hell I’ve been – and those of you following the podcasts are really wondering.

Well, I’ve been writing and producing an album. Wish there was a sexier answer, but there it is. And it is fun ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m going on pod later today to record some special episodes – one will contain Down From Ten bloopers!

The other one is the occasion for the post. I’m going to be recording a special episode about guns. Particularly, about how to deal with guns in fiction, geared for people who don’t have extensive first-hand experience with them. I’m going to be covering vocabulary, safety, different types of firearms, popular myths that come from movies, and other stuff that can shoot your credibility in the foot. To this end, if you have questions, please post them to the comments here, so I can be sure to answer them.

See you on pod soon! And fear not. The Balticon Adventure and Principles of Contracts both return next week.


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  2. Everything I know about guns, I’ve learned from video games (mostly survival horror, like Resident Evil) and Max Brooks, so I’m very much looking forward to this. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Noble Bear
  3. As a self avowed “Gun Nut”(yes, the capitals are necessary), hack gunsmith and atrocious writer, I’m looking forward to this. Largely in hopes of it containing stuff dealing with how to handle guns in fiction, both to help improve my own writing and to hopefully bust some of the bullshit out there that keeps getting recirculated. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Although I’m terribly late in getting to this, I wish I’d found this blog post sooner so I could have posed a few questions of my own. Speaking of which, I can’t seem to find the link to the actual podcast, is it up yet(as of July 8), and if so, what category would it be under?

    Thank you so much for what you do,


    Paul Strealer
  4. Often in movies and tv, a character will obtain a gun, and lacking a holster, tucks it into his pants with the gun POINTING at the FAMILY JEWELS! This does not make sense to me.

    Katie June
  5. Paul —

    Post your questions. I’m writing the whole podcast first before recording it (notice how I’m learning from previous mistakes).

    Sterling —
    Will do. There will be an entire episode just on ammo, another just on shotguns, and the first episode concentrates specifically on the weight issue. Keep the great ideas coming.

    Katie June —
    Oooh, that’s a good one. I shall work it into the show, definitely.

    Thanks all for your comments — keep the questions coming!

  6. Thanks for the reply, Dan.

    Also, I would like to add a request for a little bit of time to be spent differentiating between a semi-automatic rifle and an “assault rifle” and why the phrase “assault weapon” is totally bullshit in fiction and reality. That one really tweaks my family jewels.

    Paul Strealer

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