First Cup of Coffee with Jeffe Kennedy

First Cup of Coffee with Jeffe Kennedy
Award-winning and best-selling author of fantasy and romance, Jeffe Kennedy shares her first cup of coffee of the day with listeners, giving a daily insight into the realities of being a career author.

August 20, 2019
Aug 20 • 22 min
A special #FirstCupofWhiskey episode from Bettystown, Ireland. Includes #WorldCon2019 recaps, thoughts on convention ROI, and general updates on the #Ireland adventure.
August 17, 2019
Aug 17 • 24 min
Finally had time to update from Ireland! Thoughts on travel, Dublin, WorldCon, etc.
August 12, 2019
Aug 12 • 23 min
I’m getting ready to leave for #WorldCon2019 in Dublin, and talking about time off from writing and the Restless Stagnation (TM) that begins to rise when I need to write. Also, a bit more about L. Penelope’s podcast and her episode on YA Fantasy here.
August 9, 2019
Aug 9 • 23 min
More musings today on YA vs adult fantasy, with a bit of feedback from Emily Mah and L. Penelope. Also musings on book brain, how to approach a convoluted revision, and why I like on-the-page sex scenes.
August 8, 2019
Aug 8 • 18 min
Talking as I drive in for writer coffee, about social media, Facebook parties, revising The Fiery Crown, the New Shiny, and initial thoughts on how YA fantasy differs from Adult Fantasy.
August 6, 2019
Aug 6 • 21 min
Mulling over how to approach edits today, along with thoughts on the cycle of life and valuing nature for itself. Soliciting some opinions, too, for those who are interested.
August 5, 2019
Aug 5 • 23 min
Talking today about interpreting critique from editors and others, updates on the audio book of THE ORCHID THRONE, and a story about a weirdly p/a encounter with an author at San Diego Comic Con.
August 3, 2019
Aug 3 • 23 min
I’m back from a week at Lake Coeur d’Alene, talking about taking vacations from even the work we love, the RITA Awards at RWA, my tribe there, and about podcasting in general.
July 26, 2019
Jul 26 • 24 min
I chat with my roommate aspiring author Sassy Outwater about writing, the romance community, and a bit about her life as a blind woman.
July 24, 2019
Jul 24 • 22 min
In which we mostly gush about Hamilton.
July 23, 2019
Jul 23 • 25 min
I’ve made it to NYC and have another celebrity guest - SF author Lex Beckett - talking with me today. We talk about social media, exalted coffee, skipping, and her upcoming book, Gamechanger.
July 20, 2019
Jul 21 • 25 min
A special celebrity guest, Grace Draven, talks with me from San Diego Comic Con. We discussed SDCC, what we’d been up to, etc. I also ask Grace to talk about her daily life and challenges as a career author.
July 16, 2019
Jul 16 • 21 min
Thoughts today on the rapid-release mentality in self-publishing, how SFF differs from romance that way, and how writers place value on their own work. I mention how Ed Sheeran’s media blitz has affected me in this context.
July 15, 2019
Jul 15 • 21 min
Revisiting my (surprisingly) long career, with thoughts on art, audience, and “making it.” Oh, and being multi-genre. Also dishing on Big Little Lies and Juliet, Naked.
July 12, 2019
Jul 12 • 21 min
About my lady-who-lunches lifestyle of late, and a bit about The Hate U Give - things I learned and musings on textured stories and nuanced characters.
July 11, 2019
Jul 11 • 19 min
A commuting podcast on my way for writer coffee, wherein I talk to other drivers and fill you all in on my victories in Battles with the Universe. A bit more ranting about the fax obstacle and heads up on my LERA workshop this weekend.
July 9, 2019
Jul 9 • 21 min
Today’s podcast is all about career author Real Life - my wranglings with a dead car battery, health insurance, and Waste Management not caring about recycling service.
July 8, 2019
Jul 8 • 11 min
I’m heading into conference season and nonstop travel, so I’m talking about that a bit and projects I’m winding up before I go.
July 5, 2019
Jul 5 • 22 min
Today is the 1 year anniversary of this podcast! Being very on-brand, I ramble about the last year, how the podcast has focused (and not) on being a career author, and also about Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries, and the new movie Plus One.
July 2, 2019
Jul 2 • 21 min
A bit more today on the difference between marketing and promotion - and good manners in asking for cross-promotion.Info on seeing Grace Draven and me at San Diego Comic Con. Also how a coyote about scared me to death last night.
July 1, 2019
Jul 1 • 19 min
Author dos and don’ts on marketing today, especially as regards asking other authors for cross-promotion. Also: email harvesting and what it means, networking, and giving fair value.
June 28, 2019
Jun 28 • 20 min
I’m talking more today about finding the right place to start a story, how difficult that can be, and why I always listen when someone tells me where they think it should start. Also how an agent can be helpful in these early stages, and why I have…
June 27, 2019
Jun 27 • 15 min
You heard it here first news on THE FIERY CITADEL, including cover hints. Also a bit about transcription, the New Shiny, and bluebird fledglings.
June 26, 2019
Jun 26 • 18 min
Exciting news on the New Shiny, plus treadmill woes asked and answered. Also, how I’m transcribing the podcasts now, and putting a donation button out there.
June 24, 2019
Jun 24 • 21 min
A surprise guest today in the form of a neighbor chat. Also more about Sage Walker and Jim Sorenson, mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, Do You Need a Critique Group – Or Something ELSE? Plus thoughts on science fiction, etc.
June 21, 2019
Jun 21 • 20 min
Why I don’t like lots of POVs, even in fantasy where it’s supposedly okay. A bit on how to choose POV, my feelings on the first 25% of a story (& POV), and then on grounding a reader in a sequel.
June 18, 2019
Jun 18 • 20 min
More today about writer’s retreats and residencies and why that experience was transformative for me. Also how writers live in this timeless space where books come into being in waves, and how our time doesn’t match the rest of the world.
June 17, 2019
Jun 17 • 21 min
Your chance to weigh in on what project I should pick up next! Also a rant about “writer’s retreats” that are just ways to take your money, and how SFWA’s credo that money should flow to the writer is more important than ever. Also a round up on revision…
June 14, 2019
Jun 14 • 21 min
Another chapter in the Disappointing Saga of the Contact Lenses. Good news is I should finish my revision of THE FIERY CITADEL today. I might be a little cranky - a bit of a social media rant on the unfollow/follow trick.
June 13, 2019
Jun 13 • 16 min
General conversation on my drive into town for writer coffee, plus exciting news about THE ORCHID THRONE and San Diego Comic Con. Also, for those who listened yesterday, some stories about my mom and I having the same voice.
June 12, 2019
Jun 12 • 20 min
A special celebrity guest today: my mom! She tells stories about me and we reminisce about old Denver spots. Also features discussions science fiction vs. fantasy and cat wrangling.
June 11, 2019
Jun 11 • 21 min
A bit of excitement today as Jackson catches a gopher during the podcast. Otherwise I’m talking about Tanith Lee, The Silver Metal Lover and others of her fantastic books, and ye olden times of mail order book clubs.
June 10, 2019
Jun 10 • 21 min
Talking today about the Rule of Three and how that factors into success of any kind. Also about my revision process and updates on THE FIERY CITADEL.
June 7, 2019
Jun 7 • 22 min
If you’ve been waiting for the second Sorcerous Moons compendium, books 4-6, it’s out! Also talking about reviews and why authors shouldn’t try to improve craft by reading them. And updates on my broken contact lens.
June 6, 2019
Jun 6 • 19 min
Started my day by breaking a contact lens, alas. Otherwise things are going well, and The Fiery Citadel is coming along faster now. Includes reminiscing on old Denver landmarks.
June 4, 2019
Jun 4 • 17 min
THE ARROWS OF THE HEART won an award! I’m also telling a story today about how men and women talk differently about their pain. Also the continuing saga of THE FIERY CITADEL revision, and how being an auditory learner affects how my brain recalls words.
June 3, 2019
Jun 3 • 16 min
Updates on my weekend (low key), The Fiery Citadel revision (coming along), and our perceptions of the writers life vs. the reality. Plus cat wrangling.
May 31, 2019
May 31 • 21 min
A bunch of ideas today - thoughts on dealing with this revision (yes, still), why people hate Nickelback (yes, really) and how bikeshedding fits into this (yes, it does. well… kinda).
May 30, 2019
May 30 • 17 min
Wherein I develop a new analogy for what revision feels like to me, plus general musing on revision vs drafting because I’m deep into revision brain, working on THE FIERY CITADEL. Did I mention revision?
May 28, 2019
May 28 • 21 min
Talking about my towering TBR pile today. I pose a quiz question for my listeners, too. What should I do??? I’m talking about revisions, how I’ve changed my view of them, along with my progress on THE FIERY CITADEL. Also thoughts on Mary Robinette Kowal’s…
May 27, 2019
May 27 • 22 min
I’m talking today about the artist’s relationship with their audience, how crow-sourcing relationships affect that, and also about being edited. Framing this in terms of a concert I recently attended.
May 24, 2019
May 24 • 22 min
Talking a bit about stories today - romance, SFF, mystery and horror - and how they’re structured. This segues into a discussion of the horror structure (new to me and learned at Nebula Conference), Breaking Bad and its series finale, with a final…
May 23, 2019
May 23 • 16 min
Talking a bit about my New Shiny project and how I’m likely going to San Diego Comic Con.
May 21, 2019
May 21 • 23 min
I’m back from Nebula Conference and reporting a bit about that, especially a thought-provoking panel on whether science fiction and fantasy stories have a baked-in structure. Also thoughts (no doubt not my last) on the Game of Thrones finale and why…
May 10, 2019
May 10 • 18 min
Talking today about the perks and pitfalls of having author friends, pseudonyms, and authors I wish I’d met. Also a bit about where to begin a story and how external and internal conflict work in different genres.
May 9, 2019
May 9 • 20 min
Commute podcast today as I went to meet some writer folks for coffee. Updates on The Fate of the Tala, changing where the story starts, and also more thoughts on Game of Thrones and Arya’s character. A bit of a rant on what feminism means.
May 7, 2019
May 7 • 21 min
Thoughts today on giving yourself vacation days, and also how not actually writing can still be working on the book. A bit about water rights in the West, too, which is all part of what we offer here, along with cats and New Mexico weather.
May 3, 2019
May 3 • 18 min
Today I’m telling my own story of having my newbie writer dreams stomped upon by someone thoughtlessly cruel. Also some stuff on process, finding the right POV, and THE FATE OF THE TALA.
May 2, 2019
May 2 • 15 min
I’m a bit muzzy today, using up my brainz to get back into the Twelve Kingdoms world, but I’m musing some on possible serials I might put on the blog.
April 30, 2019
Apr 30 • 18 min
I’m still talking about GoT Season 8, Ep. 3 spoilers, especially in light of Avengers Endgame (no spoilers except that I *loved*) it. And a bit about spoilers in general, stories, and whether it impacts our experience of a story to know details going in.
April 29, 2019
Apr 29 • 17 min
Happy Birthday today to my wonderful agent, Sarah Younger! Today I take a little walk of our property, make a discovery, and talk Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 spoilers - though not until the end on the spoilers
April 26, 2019
Apr 26 • 14 min
Rambling today about our trip out to the lake yesterday and how I wish the trend of cutesy romance titles would go away, but it won’t. And about taking the train to Santa Fe.
April 23, 2019
Apr 23 • 17 min
I’m in well-refilling mode, so mostly chatting about books and movies.
April 22, 2019
Apr 22 • 19 min
I finished THE FIERY CITADEL! So I’m just chatting today about next plans, some about the arc of The Twelve Kingdoms and The Uncharted Realms books and how publishers make us do odd branding stuff.
April 19, 2019
Apr 19 • 18 min
Spring is sprung and I’m finishing this book today! So, I’m mostly burbling about that. There is a bit of cat wrangling, but a surprise! It’s Isabel this time. Go figure.
April 18, 2019
Apr 18 • 17 min
“How My Cat Got Tangled in My Neighbor’s Satellite Dish,” and other fun tales today. Also a little bit about the cool fog waves in the photo.
April 16, 2019
Apr 16 • 20 min
Musings on finishing a book and hitting the nostalgic phase, and I’m thinking about next steps, too.
April 15, 2019
Apr 15 • 17 min
Mulling a bit today about writing battle scenes, finishing The Fiery Citadel, and what I thought about the Game of Thrones Season 8 opening episode. (May contain spoilers.)
April 12, 2019
Apr 12 • 11 min
Another short episode because this book is eating my brain. But I included some updates about The Dragons of Summer standalone and my new website store!
April 11, 2019
Apr 11 • 10 min
I’m muzzy headed from being head-down in THE FIERY CITADEL - which is going well for me, but very badly for my characters - but also reporting on my walking desk outcome.
April 9, 2019
Apr 9 • 16 min
Talking a bit today about the advice in writing “if occurs to you to delete it, you should.” Also updates on progress on The Fiery Citadel, interesting birdsong, and a grumble about people with stupid opinions.
April 8, 2019
Apr 8 • 22 min
Reporting in on my temporary treadmill desk - and talking about process, writing habits, and treating your creativity as the sacred thing it is. I also rave about THE LAST WOLF by Maria Vale.
April 5, 2019
Apr 5 • 14 min
I’m discombobulated today because my under-desk treadmill is being - and making ominous noises - so I’m talking about how my walking desk is integral to writing for me.
April 4, 2019
Apr 4 • 20 min
Hearkening back today to my first fantasy romance trilogy, A Covenant of Thorns, and how I explored the alien whimsy of faerie.
April 2, 2019
Apr 2 • 17 min
I’m talking a bit about my process today - why I don’t like the term “vomit draft” and how I mull the story a lot, then plug that into the flow of words.
April 1, 2019
Apr 1 • 18 min
Happy April! No trickery promise here. General updates here on my weekend (low-key), a funny story about Foster’s Lager, and how I’m going to ramp up word count a bit on THE FIERY CITADEL.
March 29, 2019
Mar 29 • 9 min
An abbreviated episode today, as I accidentally hit the wrong button. And I’d run out of things to say. I’m just head down on The Fiery Citadel. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
March 26, 2019
Mar 26 • 17 min
Had a lovely day at the lake yesterday, daffodils are ready to pop, and I’m deep into cogitating this story. Also a bit about the Motley Crue movie The Dirt.
March 25, 2019
Mar 25 • 19 min
Talking about my weekend, some about my process and being a gardener. Also, how much I like Google Play music and the 2010 Robin Hood!
March 22, 2019
Mar 22 • 18 min
Sitting outside this morning after rain, enjoying birdsong and my RITA® Award final! Reflecting on how I got no words yesterday, but that sometimes it’s good to take time to celebrate.
March 21, 2019
Mar 21 • 20 min
Also a random assortment of news, including the release of LONEN’S REIGN! And this is late going up because OH WOW! I got a phone call and THE
March 19, 2019
Mar 19 • 19 min
Chatting today about my fun dinner with Megan Mulry, how friends support us, and making the decisions we have to. Also I respond to some listener and reader comments - you all are awesome! - and talk about writing cross-genre
March 18, 2019
Mar 18 • 19 min
Some updates and an honest look at my finances, along with an old story about grad school and how older women do - and don’t - help rising ones in their field.
March 15, 2019
Mar 15 • 14 min
My new website should be live soon! So, I’m talking some about that, the news of the world - why it’s better they ground airplanes than crash us in them - and various other thoughts on drafting and getting All The Things done.
March 14, 2019
Mar 14 • 17 min
On brand today, I go from talking about how much I loved The Umbrella Academy to the concept of sacrifice, spiritual growth and character transformation.
March 12, 2019
Mar 12 • 16 min
Bless me, listeners, for I have been away. It’s been one week since my last podcast… We had a great time in Tucson, so today is about our weekend mini-break and other catching up.
March 5, 2019
Mar 5 • 16 min
Happy Mardis Gras! I started out quiet today, then ended up complaining about People Being Wrong on the Internet (and elsewhere), so…
March 4, 2019
Mar 4 • 17 min
A run-down today of how I analyze royalty statements, including the new challenge of figuring out Ingram Spark’s arcane reporting system. And a bit of gushing on a lovely blurb from Grace Draven.
March 1, 2019
Mar 1 • 12 min
Reminiscing about my Brother Correctronic and how that likely shaped the way I write for discovery - and how I shape Act I of any book in general. Also news on the cover of Lonen’s Reign!
February 28, 2019
Feb 28 • 11 min
A short podcast today, as I have a lot going on, with musings on the desire for seclusion from the world warring with the need to participate in society.
February 26, 2019
Feb 26 • 13 min
I got to be outside today! Talking about my initial steps in starting a book and my template document. Also a cool dream I had, thoughts on SFWA elections, and balancing writing with other activities.
February 25, 2019
Feb 25 • 19 min
A new week and a new book! Some thoughts on not “saving” stuff for another book, plus musings on characters and why we love to follow them through series, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and bird song.
February 22, 2019
Feb 22 • 11 min
Quick update on progress on LONEN’S REIGN, and some exciting news on my upcoming Forgotten Empires trilogy. The photo is Jackson finding his way to the top of the high kitchen cabinets where he’s never been before.
February 21, 2019
Feb 21 • 19 min
Discussion today of the movie The Prince and Me, and how movies portray romances compared to novels, and associated ramblings. (Also how hugely the sequel sucked.)
February 19, 2019
Feb 19 • 7 min
A quick check-in today as I’m still circling the end of this book. And news that I’ll be on the SFF Marketing Podcast! (
February 18, 2019
Feb 18 • 17 min
Acknowledging (yet again) that I slow down as I reach the end of writing a book - and planning for that. Also a bit of weekend recap, thoughts on conversational French, Facebook, and spring agues.*
February 15, 2019
Feb 15 • 20 min
A report today on how I got mauled by a wild animal in the night, and also thoughts on pre-plotting vs. “pantsing,” and why I prefer the metaphor of gardener vs. architect - springing from musings on George R.R. Martin’s storytelling in A Song of Ice and…
February 14, 2019
Feb 14 • 15 min
How I handled a slow writing day and picked between three options to move forward. And also a bit on Valentine’s Day, what it does and doesn’t mean, and my plans for the evening. (Spoiler: none.)
February 12, 2019
Feb 12 • 19 min
Being careful not to harsh someone else’s creative process, how emails create a sense of obligation that we have to work against, and why very few things are real emergencies that require immediate attention.
February 11, 2019
Feb 11 • 20 min
Thoughts on how Dread & Procrastination act like ice slowly freezing up creativity, and why this metaphor works better for me than the term “Writer’s Block,” which I find to be damaging and misleading.
February 8, 2019
Feb 8 • 19 min
How I discovered I’m a Trekkie, and other random musings on life, art, Queen, and living with yourself.
February 7, 2019
Feb 7 • 16 min
Reporting on some adjustments I made to my writing schedule yesterday that really made some huge differences in my efficiency and how I felt. Also musings on yoga, being luminous, and thoughts on memoir-writing.
February 5, 2019
Feb 5 • 20 min
Traditional vs. self publishing and how knowing what you want out of being a writer lets you process opinions on how you should be running your career.
February 4, 2019
Feb 4 • 19 min
A bit of a touchback to Friday’s podcast - which blew up more than I expected! - on thanking authors for blurbs.
February 1, 2019
Feb 1 • 18 min
A bit of a rant today on being gracious to other authors and watching what you put on social media. Also an explanation of how blurbs work and why it’s a big ask.
January 31, 2019
Jan 31 • 16 min
Noticing the absentmindedness that intense drafting can bring, and thoughts on whether ALL scenes in a story need to move the plot forward.
January 29, 2019
Jan 29 • 17 min
How to work through those sluggish writing weeks with low wordcount and why having a writing habit is key especially then - and how creativity is more like a complex biological system than math.
January 28, 2019
Jan 28 • 15 min
News on the release of ORIA’S ENCHANTMENT, book #5 in Sorcerous Moons, plus thoughts on writing good endings and meeting reader expectations.
January 25, 2019
Jan 25 • 16 min
Some thoughts today on how to handle those New Shiny ideas when you’re supposed to be working on something else. Also about being social, getting to see Amanda Palmer in concert during SFWA’s Nebula Conference- plus staying home to get the work done.
January 24, 2019
Jan 24 • 15 min
Busy day yesterday with cover reveals for two different Sorcerous Moons books - a new release and a French translation - the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle, chats and giveaways for WARRIOR OF THE WORLD.
January 22, 2019
Jan 22 • 18 min
Exciting news about the cover reveal and release date for ORIA’S ENCHANTMENT, book #5 in the Sorcerous Moons series. (At last!) Also ruminations on dedications and my grandfather.
January 18, 2019
Jan 18 • 12 min
A surprise snowstorm and dealing with business stress. But it’s Friday!
January 17, 2019
Jan 17 • 17 min
Dedications, acknowledgments and faulty memories - oh my! Also some musings on knowing when your juice is there and taking time off between books.
January 15, 2019
Jan 15 • 19 min
I’m happy today because copy edits for THE ORCHID THRONE went swimmingly yesterday, and are done! And talking a bit about a debut fantasy romance coming your way from Maxym M. Martineau.
January 14, 2019
Jan 14 • 16 min
I’m excited to report today that I’ve finished Oria’s Enchantment! I’m also sharing the title of Sorcerous Moons Book #6, telling how Minerva Spencer fought a blizzard in white jeans, and about having drinks with Katie Lane.
January 11, 2019
Jan 11 • 13 min
On the home stretch of finishing Oria’s Enchantment today - also random thoughts on editing, revision, Irish harps and day job stress.
January 10, 2019
Jan 10 • 10 min
Popping in to update on Oria’s Enchantment, Sorcerous Moons Book #5, and assorted ramblings from a book-fogged brain.
January 9, 2019
Jan 9 • 21 min
A cheerful rant today ranging from sports bra inserts to author flame wars - along with suggestions on how to deal with both.
January 8, 2019
Jan 8 • 19 min
A special release day reading! Chapter One of WARRIOR OF THE WORLD, book three in the Chronicles of Dasnaria trilogy.
January 7, 2019
Jan 7 • 18 min
Heading into the second week of 2019 feeling good about ORIA’S ENCHANTMENT, and offering thoughts on working out plot issues and how a story belongs to the reader.
January 4, 2019
Jan 4 • 17 min
Why the advice “if you’re bored, the reader will be bored, too” is really terrible, how being a writer is a job and requires work. Also trusting your gut and deciding what to work on next.
January 3, 2019
Jan 3 • 20 min
Creaking back into the working schedule and talking about more about habit and routine - and how those fit into the creative life, or anything we try to do. I also talk about obsessiveness and why we need that, ponderous prologues, and three strikes that…
January 2, 2019
Jan 2 • 19 min
Welcome to 2019! I’m talking about how time off lets us rebuild - or form - habits with mindfulness. Also some about my preparations for the new year and maybe a bit too much information on how crunching financials on self-published projects works.
December 20, 2018
Dec 20, 2018 • 10 min
Last episode of 2018! On being a career author, self-employment, and being a good boss to yourself, in all areas of life. Talk to you in the new year!
December 18, 2018
Dec 18, 2018 • 20 min
Looking at granularity of tracking word counts especially evaluating writing goals and time management.
December 17, 2018
Dec 17, 2018 • 14 min
How we get through Mondays - and all kinds of work, creative or not. (Why I don’t really believe in writer’s block.)
December 14, 2018
Dec 14, 2018 • 19 min
On working through the rough periods in writing a book, setting stretch goals, and learning to value failures as much as successes.
December 13, 2018
Dec 13, 2018 • 16 min
How to figure the beats and three-act-structure for the overall arc of a series, particularly one set up as more of a serial.
December 11, 2018
Dec 11, 2018 • 16 min
On why powerful endings can make or break a book, thoughts on Burlesque, and why I mix up celebrities.
December 10, 2018
Dec 10, 2018 • 20 min
Recap of a busy weekend, along with musings about organize time as a writer to optimize creativity. Also thoughts on Jacqueline Susann and how our partners in life enable us to do extraordinary things.
December 7, 2018
Dec 7, 2018 • 14 min
Low wordcount day yesterday, so I’m musing on that - and various assorted ideas like language drift, holidays in the Southwest, and the prospect of snow.
December 6, 2018
Dec 6, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about XKCD and watching creator’s work evolve - how it’s akin to a writer producing a million words to refine voice.
December 5, 2018
Dec 5, 2018 • 20 min
A morning conversation with a career-author friend has me thinking and talking about agents, agencies, and how to choose what’s best for you.
December 4, 2018
Dec 4, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about why it’s good to stop writing while the flow is going well - why that honors the subconscious creative self.
December 3, 2018
Dec 3, 2018 • 22 min
Talking today about time management - is it true that “the more you do, the more you can do? - and also why authors might need to let go of that one book and move on to another.
November 30, 2018
Nov 30, 2018 • 20 min
Friday thoughts on owning your writing process and optimizing the conditions for consistent creative flow. Also musings on left brain and right brain, knowing yourself, and why we face the same problems over and over.
November 29, 2018
Nov 29, 2018 • 19 min
Touching back to yesterday’s discussion of dealing with agents, how publishing is a small community - and how your agent might listen to your podcast when you complain about her!
November 28, 2018
Nov 28, 2018 • 22 min
Talking today about dealing with agents and editors, changing agents, querying agents - and how no one will ever love your work as much as you do, or will care about your business as much.
November 27, 2018
Nov 27, 2018 • 20 min
A bit of a departure today as I talk about intermittent fasting and health stuff, but then I talked about the release of WARRIOR OF THE WORLD, some upcoming bonus content and secret, exclusive stuff.
November 26, 2018
Nov 26, 2018 • 17 min
I’m back at it today, musing on vacation, taking time off, and learning to listen to your subconscious voice on whether to work or relax.
November 19, 2018
Nov 19, 2018 • 10 min
Quick update today for honesty in the “writing every day” thing - and musings on being hybrid, traditional vs. self-publishing, and holidays.
November 16, 2018
Nov 16, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about whether authors read and what it means to be part of a conversation in your writing.
November 15, 2018
Nov 15, 2018 • 21 min
Updates on SEASONS OF SORCERY - including that the print versions are now live! - and celebrating our #1 spot. Otherwise I’m discussing my reasons for doing this podcast, how wordcount waxes and wanes, and why I feel learning to write to deadline is…
November 14, 2018
Nov 14, 2018 • 16 min
Excited that Seasons of Sorcery is #1 in Fantasy Anthologies! Otherwise I’m talking about dyslexia, technical trials of self-publishing, and rebuilding writing habits.
November 13, 2018
Nov 13, 2018 • 17 min
Celebrating the release of SEASONS OF SORCERY today with impromptu conga lines, possible pumpkin pie, croissants - and a bit of information on the tech side of self-publishing. Also a bit about life, Parkinson’s Disease, and yoga.
November 12, 2018
Nov 12, 2018 • 22 min
About networking and friendships - what it means to be a friend to someone - and an unexpected bout of weepiness over some old friends lost long ago.
November 8, 2018
Nov 8, 2018 • 16 min
Updates on the upcoming release of SEASONS OF SORCERY, along with some background on how multi-author anthologies work, coming to consensus, and picking nits.
November 7, 2018
Nov 7, 2018 • 19 min
Changing agents - what’s the protocol, some ways to know a good agent from a bad one, and why having no agent is better than having a bad one.
November 6, 2018
Nov 6, 2018 • 20 min
Thoughts today on starting the story in the right place, how to weave in backstory without bogging down the velocity of the opening, and how this is never easy.
November 5, 2018
Nov 5, 2018 • 21 min
Warning: politics. Voting is on my mind, also a funny story about Grace Draven and her story, A WILDERNESS OF GLASS, for our SEASONS OF SORCERY anthology, and what “playing the bone flute” means to me.
November 2, 2018
Nov 2, 2018 • 21 min
Why I don’t do NaNoWriMo - but why I think you should, and some advice on how.
October 31, 2018
Oct 31, 2018 • 17 min
With the veil thin between worlds today, I’m thinking about sending and receiving messages, imagination, and transforming ourselves into something else.
October 30, 2018
Oct 30, 2018 • 20 min
Lots of chatty updates today on THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER, Twinstar, Sorcerous Moons, and release day for BARBAROUS, by Minerva Spencer - plus a request for Also, I ask for some recommendations on Ireland travel and books and movies with cool strategy stuff.
October 29, 2018
Oct 29, 2018 • 21 min
How to recover your schedule - and salvage a working day - when your habits and rituals get blown up.
October 26, 2018
Oct 26, 2018 • 9 min
Disruption abounds today. I tried recording on a walk to the store, and ended up messing up the podcast. This is part one.
October 26, 2018 Pt 2
Oct 26, 2018 • 9 min
The second half of the Podcast from the Land of Confusion.
October 25, 2018
Oct 25, 2018 • 19 min
Ruminations today on writing fight scenes/battle scenes vs. sex scenes and news on THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER.
October 23, 2018
Oct 23, 2018 • 21 min
Big thunderstorm this morning - and thoughts on cats, software updates, the movie Tully, weight loss and gain, and updates on THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER.
October 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018 • 19 min
Waxing artistic today with thoughts on living a creative life, Georgia O’Keeffe, the beauty of autumn in Santa Fe and Taos - and how being a writer, what that involves, changes as your career grows.
October 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018 • 19 min
Musings today on scenes with conflict and building suspense, how that rhythm works and when it’s false suspense.
October 18, 2018
Oct 18, 2018 • 20 min
I’m discussing the structure of fantasy novels, particularly The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay, and whether a story built on human history with token fantasy elements should really be called fantasy.
October 16, 2018
Oct 16, 2018 • 21 min
More musings today on The Princess Diarist, along with how we see men and women differently, including Mary Sues and improbable heroes.
October 15, 2018
Oct 15, 2018 • 21 min
Social media - what you can and can’t learn about it - and a review of Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and what I wish it had done.
October 10, 2018
Oct 10, 2018 • 19 min
My very spoilery review of The Wife - along with thoughts on being a woman and a writer.
October 9, 2018
Oct 9, 2018 • 21 min
Today is the Release Day for THE ARROWS OF THE HEART!
October 8, 2018
Oct 8, 2018 • 21 min
Ruminations today on names and pseudonyms, why and how to choose them.
October 4, 2018
Oct 4, 2018 • 21 min
A bit of cat wrangling due to a jailbreak today, along with thoughts on copyediting, preparing a book for publication, and a bit more on 1st person POV, because I can’t let it go.
October 3, 2018
Oct 3, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about 3rd vs 1st person POV and why asking readers which they prefer won’t work.
October 2, 2018
Oct 2, 2018 • 20 min
Musing today on how the way to prevent jealousy is to avoid comparisons - and put that energy into your own work.
October 1, 2018
Oct 1, 2018 • 17 min
October 1 is a bad luck day in my family, so I’m talking a bit about that.
September 28, 2018
Sep 28, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about 1st person POV and keeping track of which characters knew what and when - and how that’s just as confusing as it sounds.
September 27, 2018
Sep 27, 2018 • 20 min
Mostly ruminating about choosing my winner for LERA’s The Writer contest - with a brief segue into why talking about politics matters.
September 26, 2018
Sep 26, 2018 • 21 min
The weather is turning in Santa Fe, but I sat in the grape arbor anyway, in my new wrap, and waxed on about coffee, pastries, and writing. As one does.
September 25, 2018
Sep 25, 2018 • 21 min
Today is the first day of the #fantasyromancetrifecta, the release day of Grace Draven’s PHOENIX UNBOUND!
September 19, 2018
Sep 19, 2018 • 20 min
Telling you all about the upcoming Fantasy Romance Trifecta coming your way.
September 18, 2018
Sep 18, 2018 • 21 min
Talking today about how “networking” is truly making friendships and supporting each other.
September 17, 2018
Sep 17, 2018 • 14 min
I’m back at work today - and talking a bit about my days off, including separating irises AND how to give them away to your friends.
September 14, 2018
Sep 14, 2018 • 21 min
I’ve finished THE ORCHID THRONE revisions and have been refilling the well - talking about downtime after work, reading, editor brain, and how annoying it is when movie monsters won’t die.
September 11, 2018
Sep 11, 2018 • 19 min
Taking a walk today with Jackson, a preemptive strike against his autumn restlessness, and talking about the domestication of cats and dogs (as one does), along with worldbuilding and perfectionism.
September 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018 • 22 min
Talking today about knowing where a story starts and how that can be difficult, along with taking critique in general.
September 6, 2018
Sep 6, 2018 • 21 min
Talking today about revisions for developmental edits on THE ORCHID THRONE, and revisions in general - what to cut, how to know, the importance of post-production.
September 4, 2018
Sep 4, 2018 • 20 min
Today is the release of EXILE OF THE SEAS, so I’m mostly talking about that, release days in general and why they’re on Tuesdays, finishing THE ARROWS OF THE HEART and a bit about Georgia O’Keeffe
September 3, 2018
Sep 3, 2018 • 23 min
Final day of completing THE ARROWS OF THE HEART, so I’m talking about my process, finishing books, and the importance of observing our own creative process.
August 31, 2018
Aug 31, 2018 • 19 min
Hummingbird sightings, musings on happiness and updates on The Arrows of the Heart
August 30, 2018
Aug 30, 2018 • 20 min
I muse about how beauty - the concept of paradise - uplifts us and is an antidote to the aspects of life that can be crushing, about marketing and advertising, and how those influence the subconscious, too.
August 29, 2018
Aug 29, 2018 • 21 min
Cuing the reader on when the characters are safe enough to have sex, and other updates including cover discussions regarding THE ORCHID THRONE.
August 24, 2018
Aug 24, 2018 • 22 min
I wax philosophical today, talking about how to work with the creative self and how it’s like training a puppy - and plans for Bubonicon tomorrow.
August 23, 2018
Aug 23, 2018 • 21 min
Reporting on Mary Robinette Kowal and John Scalzi at George RR Martin’s Jean Cocteau theater, on my lovely birthday, and the new cover of SHOOTING STAR.
August 21, 2018
Aug 21, 2018 • 19 min
Musing about the finite nature of creativity, and also agents - good and bad.
August 20, 2018
Aug 20, 2018 • 23 min
WorldCon gossip and so forth
August 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018 • 19 min
Coffee with Canadian SFF author Kelly Robson at WorldCon76 in San Jose.
August 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018 • 20 min
Netflix, Extinction, WorldCon, SFWA, and thoughts on books and movies.
August 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018 • 20 min
Asking for blurbs and rising through skill levels as a professional author.
August 10, 2018
Aug 10, 2018 • 19 min
Secret project reveal and musings on sensitivity issues.
August 9, 2018
Aug 9, 2018 • 19 min
External and internal conflict in writing, plus cat wrangling and pack rat wars.
August 8, 2018
Aug 8, 2018 • 20 min
Waxing philosophical today on cycle of life, head space, and building the skills to write a novel.
August 3, 2018
Aug 3, 2018 • 20 min
Mostly cat wrangling and rhapsodizing on Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins
August 1, 2018
Aug 1, 2018 • 15 min
Musings on going back on the keto diet, birthdays and book covers.
July 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018 • 20 min
In which I *don’t* talk about an annoying situation, but instead muse on days off, the work week, habits, and THE ARROWS OF THE HEART.
July 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018 • 23 min
Ruminations on ending series, lightning rods, coyotes and crow fountains.
July 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018 • 22 min
Getting back into my at-home routine, so I discuss writing habits, creativity, the RWA conference, Suzanne Brockman’s Lifetime Achievement Award speech - and what being quietly civil really means.
July 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018 • 12 min
Short update from the Aqua Lodge at Navajo Lake.
July 19, 2018
Jul 19, 2018 • 21 min
Taking a long walk on noisy 16th Street Mall, Thursday morning of #RWA2018.
July 16, 2018
Jul 16, 2018 • 21 min
Talking with #RWA2018 roomie Darynda Jones about writing, life and scruffy Chris Pratt
July 15, 2018
Jul 15, 2018 • 19 min
At Starbucks at 16th and Court, Denver, Colorado. In town for #RWA18
July 13, 2018
Jul 13, 2018 • 19 min
General blathering on writing, finishing THE ORCHID THRONE, and plans for RWA National.
July 10, 2018
Jul 10, 2018 • 22 min
In which I talk about alternate fantasy worlds and levels of technology, and progress on THE ORCHID THRONE
July 9, 2018
Jul 9, 2018 • 22 min
Sharing my first cup of coffee with Minerva Spencer, debut author of DANGEROUS.
July 6, 2018
Jul 6, 2018 • 21 min
Updates on THE ORCHID THRONE and musings on writing for discovery and how that process works for me.
July 5, 2018
Jul 5, 2018 • 20 min
Inaugural episode in which I don’t quite have the sound right (I forgot to turn on my earbuds and recorded from the phone that I kept walking away from - lol), but which is kind of amusing anyway.