Exciting things are on the horizon!
I have mentioned before that I am in a writing group. Well, a few of us from that group (but wholly separate from that group) have been working on a podcast idea. Today, we went into the recording studio and put the first one “in the can.” That’s professional radio parlance.
The show is called Write the Big Idea, and it’s about key concepts that can / do appear in speculative fiction and how to use them in your own writing. The first episode will air sometime in the next couple of months.
We’re really fortunate in that one of our team members – Mark – works for a radio station and has access to a studio. Plus he’s been in the broadcast business for pretty much his entire career, and he is CRAZY good at this stuff. He’s also a walking encyclopedia of all things horror, so he’s our cryptkeeper type.
Joe was a philosophy major and is way knowledgeable about sci-fi. He can talk about the craft from a number of thematic angles, as well as just having read a TON in his genre.
Me? I’m the fantasy girl. I may or may not be on the national (America) and world record boards for Discworld trivia in QuizUp, and I am a Tolkien fanatic. Plus I like to read other stuff too, and I have a BA in English (lit and comp) and an MA in writing popular fiction with an emphasis in spec fic – so…credentials. And stuff.
The team is rounded out by Rambo (his real last name), who is a super comic book nerd, an actual doctor (DVM), and also a brilliant spec-fic / comedy writer.
The four of us had a BLAST today recording the show!
Our first topic is Families Who Kill, with the inspiration coming from local-ish events. We cover that main story and talk about how it relates to history and philosophy and sociology, discuss seminal works in the spec fic genres, and then explain how writers can make use of the concept and its inherent themes. We even provide a writing prompt at the end – and we hope people share their stories with us! SO COOL!
You can check out information about our group for now on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WritetheBigIdea. We’ll have a website up and running soon as well (because FB is just not really a thing anymore – which I keep TRYING to explain to my colleagues!).
You can also follow the team on Twitter:
Watch for updates about this – and other fun things – here!