Season two starts off with guest Jordan Kurella (@jskurella) reading an excerpt of their very dark and murdery story, "Awake, Arise, and Be Forever Fallen." Following that is a great discussion of problematic storytelling, the pitfalls, and how we can write and act with empathy when representing marginalized groups in our stories. We also talk sensitivity reading and the fine art of apologizing online.
Things mentioned in this episode:
"The Air Gap," by Hilary B. Bisenieks, in LampLight Magazine
Mary Robinette Kowal's explanation of the MICE Quotient
"A Promise of Dying Embers," by Jordan Kurella, forthcoming at Diabolical Plots
Join us again on April 17th, when our guest will be me, Hilary B. Bisenieks, and Sharon Hsu will be joining us as guest host.
On this episode, K. B. Wagers (@kbwagers/@midwaybrawler) joins us to read an excerpt from their novel, Reluctant Heroes and talk competence porn, how Twilight-bashing is shitty and counterproductive, social media, and tattoos.
This episode marks the end of season 1 of Tales from the Trunk! Thank you all so much for joining us on this ride!
Things we mentioned on this episode:
SFWA Grand Master, Lois McMaster Bujold
Schlock Mercenary, by Howard Tayler
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyers
The Merlin Mystery, by Jonathan Gunson and Marten Coombe
Behind the Throne, by K. B. Wagers
Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente
Out Past the Stars, by K. B. Wagers
Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
"The Hades Business," by Terry Pratchett (his first published story), which appears in A Blink of the Screen
A Pale Light in the Black, by K. B. Wagers
Join us again next month, on March 20th, when we'll kick off season 2 with guest Jordan Kurella!
With awards season firmly upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to put together an eligibility-post-as-audio, not just for the show, but also for all the amazing guests I've had on this past year.
What I mentioned this episode:
Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey
"Away with the Wolves," by Sarah Gailey
Here's The Thing, Sarah's newsletter
"The Sweetest Fruit of Summer," by R. K. Duncan
Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes
The Imaginary Corpse, by Tyler Hayes
The Library of the Unwritten, by A. J. Hackwith
A Choir of Lies, by Alexandra Rowland
"Fanfiction: The Infinite Free Buffet," by Alexandra Rowland
"The Moving Stars," by Premee Mohamed
"Us and Ours," by Premee Mohamed, in A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods
"paper, incense, need," by Sharon Hsu
The transcript for this show is available here.
On this episode, World Fantasy Award winner C. L. Polk (@clpolk) joins us to talk being an early-career writer, losing at NaNoWriMo, her early strategies for submitting stories, and why stories don't land. Cee reads to us from a trunked first draft, "Memory and a Monkey," which is a very fun sci-fi detective story. The sequel to Witchmark, Stormsong, comes out February 11th, 2020 from books.
On this episode, we mentioned:
Witchmark, by C. L. Polk
The His Dark Materials series, by Philip Pullman
"Writing Begins With Forgiveness," by Daniel Jose Older
"Bullet in the Brain," by Tobias Wolff
Diggers (my dad actually got me Truckers), The Bromeliad Trilogy, by Terry Pratchett
Stormsong, by C. L. Polk
The Midnight Bargain, by C. L. Polk
"The Air Gap," by Hilary B. Bisenieks, LampLight Magazine
Join us again next month, when I'm excited to announce that our guest will be novelist K. B. Wagers.

This month, friend and neighbor of the show, Sharon Hsu (@pensyf) joins us live in studio (dining room). Sharon reads her story, "Grown-Up Business," and we talk about academia, art, and how terrible capitalism is. Sharon's latest story, "paper, incense, need," is out now in issue 2.3 of Augur Magazine. You can get much more of Sharon, along with co-host Charis Ellison, on their podcast, As My Wimsey Takes Me.

Join us again on January 17th, 2020, when we'll be joined by World Fantasy Award-winning author C. L. Polk!

This month, we're joined by Premee Mohamed (@premeesaurus). Premee reads an excerpt of her story, "The Broken Astrolabe of Tychon Silvertongue," and we talk about Moby Dick jokes and the beneficial effects of shitposting on a writer's psyche. Premee's debut novel, Beneath the Rising, comes out March 3rd, 2020, from Solaris Books.


Things mentioned in this episode:

"More Tomorrow," by Premee Mohamed

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

Beneath the Rising, by Premee Mohamed


Brandon Sanderson doorstopper epic fantasies 

River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey

All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells

Railsea, by China Miéville 

Neuromancer, by William Gibson

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle

The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber

C. J. Cherryh 

Month of Letters 

No Shit, There I Was 

Escape Pod podcast


Mary Robinette Kowal's Patreon 

John Wiswel 


Join us again on December 20th, when we'll have Sharon Hsu on the show!

This month, we're joined by podcaster and author Alexandra Rowland. Alex reads an excerpt from their trunked novel, Windfall, and we talk NaNoWriMo, community, and the issues with college creative writing programs.

This month's guest is another friend and debut novelist, A. J. Hackwith (@ajhackwith), whose debut, The Library of the Unwritten, comes out October 1st. Amanda and I talk anthologies, voice, and dinosaurs!

Things we mention in this episode:

The Library of the Unwritten, by A. J. Hackwith

"Tank!" by John Wiswell

Robot Dinosaurs! edited by Merc Rustad

"Lips of Red, Lips of Black," by A. J. Hackwith, in Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger 

Uncanny Magazine, Issue 23 (the dinosaur issue)

The Underwater Ballroom Society, edited by Tiffany Trent and Stephanie Burgis

Destroy anthologies

Uncanny Magazine, Issue 24, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction

The Imaginary Corpse, by Tyler Hayes

Jasper Fforde

"Hell's Librarian," by A. J. Hackwith

The Library of the Unwritten, reviewed in The Library Journal (starred)

A Conspiracy of Whispers and A Treason of Truths, by Ada Harper

Excerpt of The Library of the Unwritten,


Join us next month, on October 18th, when Alexandra Rowland will be on the show!

This month, I've got another friend of mine, Tyler Hayes (@the_real_tyler). Tyler and I share a table of contents in Skies of Wonder, but that's not the (only) reason that I wanted to have him on the show. Tyler reads an excerpt of his story, "Ferryland," which leads into a great conversation about how we grow as writers.

Tyler's debut, The Imaginary Corpse, comes out September 10th, 2019, in ebook and physical formats.

Things we mention in this episode:

Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger

No Shit, There I Was

R. K. Duncan's episode of this show

Writing the Other

Angry Robot Books submissions (there is not currently an open submissions call)


Writing Excuses podcast

Writer Beware

Jasper Fforde, specifically his Nursery Crimes books

Narrative Dare, Fforde's interview in Locus Magazine

George H. Scithers (Wikipedia)

Alexandra Rowland's "hopepunk" post

Be the Serpent (a Hugo finalist podcast of extremely, extremely deep literary merit)

Not Our Kind: Tales of (Not) Belonging


Join us next month, on September 20th, when A. J. Hackwith will be joining us!

This month, I'm talking with a debut novelist and friend, Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes). Valerie reads the first chapter of a NaNoWriMo novel with a fun urban fantasy premise, "Handyman," and we talk about empathy, non-harming in writing, Twitter Discourse™️, and Cuban slang. Which means some bilingual strong language.

Valerie's debut, Chilling Effect, comes out September 17, 2019, in paperback, audio, and ebook formats, and is worth your preorder dollars.


Things we mention in this episode:

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

"Red Light Properties," by Dan Goldman 

The Dresden Files (series), by Jim Butcher

Carl Hiaasen

Dave Barry

Alex Segura

Kat Howard's editing services

CSI: Miami (TV series)

Burn Notice (TV series)

Clockwork Boys, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)

Tobias S. Buckell

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Robin McKinley

Patricia McKillip

Anne McCaffrey

Mercedes Lackey

Lois McMaster Bujold

Ursula K. Le Guin

Diana Wynne Jones

Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes

Katamari Damacy (video game)

Julie Dillon's art

NATO Phonetic Alphabet


Join us next month, on August 16th, when we'll have Tyler Hayes on the show!

Load more