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This week we FINALLY discuss the book Terry asked us to review back about five years ago, David Weber’s OATH OF SWORDS. Along the way we also talk about genre tropes and whether or not they should be avoided. We hope you enjoy!
This week the Robots talk with Glenn Farrington about the Kickstarter campaign for his upcoming computer program to help people write comic books. It was a great discussion! We hope you enjoy.
This week’s promo:
This week the Robots chat with Matthew Wayne Selznick about his novels Brave Men Run and Pilgrimage, as well as what he’ll be working on in the future.
This week’s promo – The Secret World Chronicle Podcast
This week the Robots chat with Marion Jensen to talk about his interesting fan fiction Kickstarter campaign called Massive Fiction. Fan fiction is a great way to learn about writing, and we think this campaign is one all writers should get on board with. Enjoy!
This week’s promo – HAYWIRE by Justin R. Macumber
This week the Robots talk with Scott Roche of Flying Island Press about his upcoming anthology, The Way Of The Gun, which is a mashup of samurai and the old west. We hope you enjoy and support the IndieGoGo campaign!
This week’s promo – Nutty Bites!
As I look at Matt’s Kickstarter page, I see he’s made the inital goal, but I’d like to help him do more. So, from now until the end of his campaign I’m going to offer up some science fiction short stories. They need an editing pass, for me to make covers, and publish them. That might take a few weeks, but it’ll be worth it. Trust me.
So, from now until the end of the campaign, if you make a new contribution of $5 or greater, or increase a previous contribution by at least $5, I’ll send you both of the shorts listed below as soon as they are ready. No later than mid-October I hope. Just send me a copy of your pledge receipt to terry at lynnmixon dot com.
Near-Earth space has been wracked by war. Due to the particularities of subspace, that war is very similar to what the wet navy would have recognized from World War II.
Ray Honeycutt commanded the USS Flasher, a subspace submarine. When a large group of ships interrupted a quiet patrol, he expected a convoy. He got a lot more. Can he carry out his duty without losing his ship?
This story is already available as a podcast with music and sound effects here.
The Man Who Stole History
Cahill used time travel to venture into the distant past and take items that history recorded as lost or destroyed. He thought of it as a way to stick it to the Time Corps. They let his father die.
On what should have been a routine job, he got the chance to undo that wrong. Failure means death. Success means he steals himself from the timeline. Does he have the balls to carry it off?
If Matt reaches Goal + $1,200 and redoes Brave Men Run, I’ll record a podcast of this second short story and release both shorts to all the donors. So go on out and help him make that final push.
I’m always happy to pass along podcasts that I think you — our listeners — might find worthwhile. The wonderful guys over at the Roundtable Podcast are still putting out a great show (and will also happen to be on tonight’s DRS episode to help me brainstorm my next book, but there’s another relatively new podcast I recently found about that you might like as well. It’s called the First Million Words Podcast, the name instantly capturing my heart since it’s based on Stephen King’s ON WRITING, the best book about the craft of writing I’ve ever read. King states in it that every writer should consider their first million words written as practice for the real writing to come. Ben and Guillermo are two guys just like the rest of us, struggling to understand what writing is and how to do it well, and each week they deliver a show that aims to help us all do just that.
Today I started listening to the episodes they did with author and occasional DRS guest Michael Sullivan, and the wisdom he lets flow has really been inspiring. I recommend that all of you head over to their site and give their podcast a listen. And, if you hear something you like, let them know about it and that we sent you.
Well, it’s March 13th, and you know what that means! No, I’m not talking about when St Felix III began his reign as Catholic Pope, or that today is when Mongolia declared their independence from China in 1921. No, I mean that today is the day HAYWIRE becomes available for purchase. I hope that all of you are ready and eager to buy your copy, because I’m more than ready for you to get it. Now, the first question is of course, “How do I get it?” Great question! First, and probably most importantly for a good number of people, it’s available on Amazon via the following links:
It is also available from Barnes & Noble for the Nook. I don’t have a cute picture to serve as a link, but you can click HERE and head straight to it.
If those aren’t to your liking, it’s also available from Smashwords in a wide variety of formats, among them PDF, EPUB, Palm Doc, RTF, and HTML. You can go HERE to see those if you’re interested.
Soon it will also be available in print from Barnes & Noble, as well as in ebook format for iBooks, Sony, and the Kobo. When those come available, I will let you know immediately.
Now, some people have asked me, “What about signed copies of the print book?” That’s another great question! As of right now I don’t have any copies on hand to sign and send out. When I do, I’ll let you know. Until then, though, you are free to mail me your copy with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and I’d be happy to sign it and mail it back to you, or you can order it and send it directly to me, along with an email to let me know to expect it. Either way, reach out to me and I’ll pass an address along to send it to. Or you could make a trip to Balticon, run me down in the hallway or on a panel, and I’d be happy to sign it and have a chat. Your choice.
Let me end this by saying thank you. If you’re reading this, then it means you’re at least somewhat interested in buying my book and reading it. For that, I thank you. Writing is something I’ve wanted to make a career of my entire life, and with your support I get closer to living my dream. I hope that you order the book, love it, order copies for your friends and family, and then you review it on Amazon or where ever you bought it to help bring more people on board. I also hope you pass this post along to everyone you know, and so on, and so on. Thanks for everything, and check back soon for more news.