I resisted podcasts for a very long time. I don’t generally like talk radio, and I can’t do audiobooks* so I didn’t think I’d like podcasts either. Turns out, I was wrong. After getting kind of sick of the songs on my iPod, I decided to try “Serial.” Remember when that was a big deal? I came into it really late, but I was hooked. And once it was over, I was desperate to find new podcasts to listen to.

I mostly like entertainment podcasts. I listen to “Pop Culture Happy Hour” most weeks and “Little Gold Men” every week. (I used to listen to PCHH every week, too, but in recent weeks I’ve found the topics less compelling, and the hosts began to get on my nerves a little? I don’t know if that’s just a result of overexposure or ???)

Other podcasts I’ve enjoyed include the now defunct “Mystery Show.” And I listen to occasional episodes of “RadioLab” and “Reply All.” I like the Crack’d podcast, too, and sometimes “Bullseye” or “Fresh Air” or “Stuff You Missed in History Class.”

Still looking for some good author/book marketing podcasts. If you know of any, please comment! (I did guest on “She Wrote a Book!” a couple times, which is a nice one, but there must be more, yes?)

So. Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones? If not, why not? I want to hear!

*I can’t listen to audiobooks because I find I can’t absorb the story in that form. I need to see the words.

I Wrote a Book!

That’s not really news, but today I’m on Lena Anani’s podcast “She Wrote A Book.” This time I talk about my odd-body novel The K-Pro. If you haven’t read it, well . . . It’s a sweet semi-paranormal romance, I guess? I honestly don’t know. But it’s also the only one of my books thus far to exist as a paperback as well as in e-format. Anyway, please give the podcast a listen. It’s short, won’t take you long. Enjoy!

I Wrote a Book!

I’ve written a few, actually, and you can hear about it on the “She Wrote a Book” podcast. It gets off to a somewhat rocky start, but after the first couple questions, the interview starts to flow. Click here to listen.

And apologies to my publisher Tirgearr, whose name I mispronounced during the podcast. It’s “teer gar,” rhymes with “beer bar.” Will get it right next time!

She [I] Wrote a Book!

So I’m going to be featured on the podcast “She Wrote a Book.” Mine is Episode 7, airing 15 December (just before my birthday!). I mostly talk about my Sherlock Holmes stories, but I also drop some info about Peter and Changers. Please do check it out. Lena Anani is a great host.

And don’t forget that Peter is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords with other formats (Apple, Nook, Kobo) coming soon! If you order now, you’ll get the book for 99c/99p versus the 3.99 it will cost you if you wait until release day.


(You can visit other Insecure Writers by clicking on the IWSG link on the sidebar.)

What am I insecure about these days? A lot of things! Peter is due out in a few short months, and so of course I’m worried about reviews and how well it will do. I’m also worried about being able to write a sequel. I’ve dabbled with it a bit, have a couple pages written and a vague notion of the plot, but it’s all still very amorphous, like a cloud with no clear shape.

I’m insecure about finding a place for Changers, and about writing more Sherlock Holmes stories. Can I keep three series going? (The Holmes stories, the Peter Stoller series, and the Changers series?)

And I’m insecure about how I will come off in a recent podcast interview I did. Like, I’m excited for having done it and simultaneously worried I’ll sound like an idiot or a nut job or something. Sigh.

The more I have going on, the more paralyzed I begin to feel. It means I have to be (gasp!) disciplined and have to (double gasp!) prioritize. I never had any trouble with it when I worked in publishing because we had set deadlines. But when you’re working for yourself, unless you have a publisher breathing fire on your neck . . . And if you do, never complain about it—you’re lucky.

I know I’m capable. I can do it. I just need to organize myself. And some encouragement wouldn’t hurt either. I heard from a reader this week, and it was just lovely that she took the time to say she’s been enjoying my Sherlock Holmes stories. Stuff like that makes me want to keep going, even when I’m feeling insecure and stuck.

The Wheel Turns, the Scales Balance

Yesterday (or early this morning, depending on where you are) there was a New Moon in Libra, the sign of the Scales. A New Moon is the beginning of a new cycle; the Full Moon is the culmination of a cycle. That doesn’t necessarily mean things start and end in two weeks, although it might. But it really depends on what project or goal is being started. It might take a month (a whole Moon cycle), or it might take those six months until there is a Full Moon in Libra.

In any case, I definitely got a taste of things. I had both good and bad news and some in-between. Very Libra, very balanced.

The good news: a short fiction piece of mine will be featured on the February 10th episode of No Extra Words.

The bad news: an agent who’d asked to read some of Changers gave me the “just didn’t connect” line yesterday.

The in-between: the small publisher looking at Changers acknowledged receipt and said it might take a few months to get back to me. They asked that I let them know if the status of the manuscript changes.

Also, I made great progress on the Peter edits yesterday and finished them up this morning. The manuscript is back with my editor now.

So, yeah, balance. Better to get good and bad news in a day than just bad. Hopefully there will be more good ahead as well.

My First Podcast

I just participated in a workshopping of a 10-minute play as part of the Ten Minute Play Workshop, and the workshop was audio recorded for podcast. I’ve never been part of a podcast before. (Yes, I realize for many of you it is a routine way of life, but not for me.) As someone who can’t stand to hear or see recording of herself, I doubt I could make myself listen to it, but for friends interested in (a) playwriting, (b) theatre in general, and/or (c) what I sound like here is the link. (There is also a blog write-up if you don’t want to listen.)