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New Podcast! The Write Gear (Check Out Episode 1)

write gear episode 1

Many years ago at WisCon I was on a panel about the tools writers use to write. It was mainly technology–laptops, tablets, AlphaSmarts, software–but I think at least one person showed off a fancy pen. I enjoyed the panel so much I suggested to my fellow panelists that we do a podcast.

A bunch of stuff happened, there were several false starts, I worried over the non-pristine quality of the audio, life got in the way.

But last year I started being a regular on a little podcast you might have heard of: The JEMcast. Doing that podcast every week and learning some of the backend stuff gave me confidence and I started thinking about doing that podcast about writing tools…

After some advice from other podcasters (in particular the always generous Howard Tayler) and help from Twitter in coming up with a name and help from my friend Emma Onstott in creating a logo and help from Hologram Radio head Alex Knight with everything else, I finally got the first episode of The Write Gear out the door last week. You can listen to me talk about the most interesting laptops announced at CES earlier this month–most interesting for writers, that is.

      The Write Gear: Episode 1

The podcast will come out weekly and is a mix of me talking about gadgets and tech and me interviewing writers and other experts about the gear they use to write. That includes pens and paper alongside screens and keyboards. And yes, there will be an entire episode devoted to fountain pens at some point.

I hope you all like it and subscribe and stuff (iTunes | RSS). And if you want me to cover something on this podcast, drop me a note in the comments.

Tempest Challenge #16: Archangel by Marguerite Reed & Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett

Took a long hiatus, sorry! I wanted to get out the last of the Wisdom from WisCon suggestions. This week’s books feature characters that AREN’T isolated from their families and communities, plus gorgeous writing and awesome covers.

This week’s challengers: Margurite Reed and Gretchen T of A Room of One’s Own bookstore.

And, as always, you can support me making Tempest Challenge vids by clicking the links below when you…

Buy Archangel (The Chronicles of Ubastis) by Marguerite Reed from A Room of One’s OwnPowell’s, or Amazon; or Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett from A Room of One’s OwnPowell’s, or Amazon.

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This Week’s Episodes & Assorted Links – June 13

A new episode of the Tempest Challenge is live. Second ep wherein I turn over challenging duties to the friends I saw at WisCon.

This week’s books feature women in lead roles, queer characters, lushly drawn worlds, women of color wrestling with the future and the past, plus deep questions about the role of religion in human history.

Our guest challengers: Meghan McCarron and Chesya Burke

Between the two of them they recommended three standalone novels and two series. That officially brings the Tempest Challenge reading list up to 37!

If you missed any previous episodes, do not fear. There’s a playlist. Or, you can go through them on the new Tempest Challenge Tumblr.

I quite enjoy having special guests! I’m looking forward to this being a regular thing when I go to cons.

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Episode 9 of the JEMcast is also live now. This week we discuss “The World Hunger Shindig,” one of my favorite episodes. Though I am somewhat irked at the white savior complex issues that pop up in the Holograms videos. The part where they ride off on a rainbow while shooting glittery, magical grain into African soil is a bit over the top.

Also, I continue to hate Rio.

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As always, please watch, listen, and share widely!

Tempest Challenge #15: A Stranger in Olondria, Solitaire, Water Logic, Kindred, and the Parable series

Lots of books on the list of recommendations this week, all courtesy of our guest challengers from WisCon. That dealer’s room is full of must reads. Another reason to go next year :)

This week’s books feature women in lead roles, queer characters, lushly drawn worlds, women of color wrestling with the future and the past, plus deep questions about the role of religion in human history.

This week’s challengers: Meghan McCarron and Chesya Burke.

And, as always, you can support me making Tempest Challenge vids by clicking the links below when you…

Buy A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar from Powell’s or Amazon; or Solitaire: a novel by Kelley Eskridge from Powell’s and Amazon; or The Elemental Logic series by Laurie J. Marks from Powell’s or Amazon; or Kindred by Octavia Butler from Powell’s or Amazon; or Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler from Powell’s or Amazon.

Tempest Challenge #14: Hild: A Novel by Nicola Griffith & Koontown Killing Kaper by Bill Campbell

In this episode, WisCon Challenges You! There were so many amazing books for sale at the WisCon Feminist Science Fiction Convention that I couldn’t decide which ones to challenge you to read. So I got some of the amazing authors who attended the con to pick for me.

This week’s challengers: Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell.

And, as always, you can support me making Tempest Challenge vids by clicking the links below when you…

Buy Hild: A Novel by Nicola Griffith from Powell’s or Amazon; or Koontown Killing Kaper by Bill Campbell from Powell’s or Amazon.

Tempest Challenge #13: The Woodcutter/Arilland Series by Alethea Kontis

Series Month continues on the Tempest Challenge. This week’s books are Enchanted, Hero, & Dearest by Alethea Kontis. And guess who helped me talk about these fabulous books? Alethea Kontis! Always awesome when I can get an author to talk to me about their books.

We didn’t talk about it in this episode since the video was recorded long ago, but the first book in Alethea’s parallel series is also out now! Trixter takes place during books two and three of the Woodcutter Sisters books. Read that, too!

And, as always, you can support me making Tempest Challenge vids by clicking the links below when you…

Buy Enchanted from Powell’s or Amazon; or Hero from Powell’s or Amazon; or Dearest from Powell’s or Amazon; or Trixter from Amazon.