On this month's episode, I'm excited to finally be talking voice-to-voice with longtime inter-friend and fantastic writer, Kate Lechler (@KateLechler). Kate reads her story, "4PM at the Three-Eyed Dog," a super-fun noir mood-piece, and we talk about how we take care of our mental health when one of our greatest sources of online community, Twitter, is also a terrible cesspit of human misery.

Things mentioned in this episode:

Mary Robinette Kowal and Cat Rambo's online writing classes

"Throw Yourself Like Seed" – Miguel de Unamuno

Kate's editing service, Cephalopod Editing

 

Join us here next month, when we'll have Valerie Valdez!

 

For this episode, our shortest episode to date, I have the great pleasure of having on one of my oldest friends, Robin (R. K.) Duncan (@rkduncanauthor). He reads an excerpt of his story, "The Night School," which is a very atmospheric piece out of his back catalog, and we talk about discovering our personal processes and doing real, honest-to-god postal subs as baby-writers.

The Fisher of Bones, by Sarah Gailey

Fireside Quarterly

"STET", by Sarah Gailey

A Punk Rock Future (Amazon preorder)

"Farewell Concert at the World's End" (audio), by R. K. Duncan

"The Best Busker in the World" (audio/text), by R. K. Duncan

"How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love" (audio/text), by Baker & Dovey (reprinted from No Shit, There I Was)

 

Join us again on June 21st, with guest Kate Lechler!

This episode completes our Sarah-fiction double-feature with guest Sarah Hollowell (@sarahhollowell). Sarah reads her story, "Several Emails Regarding a Ceiling Fan and a New Kitten," and we talk about some of the differences between genre-focused writing workshops and creative writing programs at colleges. Also: rejection. It's a thing that's going to happen to you as a writer.

On this episode, we make a passing reference to pay rates without actually explaining what they are. Accoring to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, SFWA (SIFF-wa), pro rates for short fiction, as of this episode's airing, are $0.06/word or above (although these rates are being raised later in 2019). Anything below that rate but above $0.01/word is considered semi-pro, and anything below that is considered token pay.

 

Things mentioned in this episode:

Duotrope (paid) and The Submissions Grinder (free)

RIP to Shimmer Magazine

"Crow's Eye," by Sarah Hollowell

Alpha, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Workshop for Young Writers

Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

The art of Galen Dara

"Every Fat Person, Healthy or Not, Deserves Respect," by Sarah Hollowell for The Huffington Post

Texts from A on Frolic (as of this airing, this series is now appearing weekly)

"Hello, Wild Things, and Good Luck," by Sarah Hollowell

Michael with a B

 

Join us again on May 17th, with guest R. K. Duncan!

In this, the very first full episode, my guest is the one and only Sarah Gailey (@gaileyfrey), Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula-nominated author and winner of the 2018 Hugo award for Best Fan Writer. They read one of the very first stories they wrote, “Meet Cute,” and we talk about treating people well and reading widely.

 

Works mentioned in this episode:

Monday,” by Hilary B. Bisenieks (my first published story)

STET,” by Sarah Gailey

River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey

The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick, by Mallory O’Meara

Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey

Cover of MAGIC FOR LIARS, by Sarah Gailey. A disembodied hand stands on crossed fingers. There is an open eye on its wrist. 

Tune in for the next episode on April 19th, when it’ll be a Sarah-fiction double-feature, with Sarah Hollowell!

Hello, and welcome to Tales from the Trunk!

Regular episodes will be releasing monthly on the 3rd Friday of the month, beginning 2019-03-15 with a Hugo-winning guest you will not want to miss, so I hope that you tune in then, and thank you for coming along on this journey with me.

Transcript

Hi, and welcome! You may have noticed that this site is a little bare at the moment, but that's changing soon. A very short mini-episode will be coming out on March 1st, 2019, and regular episodes will begin airing on the 3rd Friday of the month beginning on March 15th, 2019, so please subscribe on your podcast platform of choice and look for those episodes to be out very soon.