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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

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03:11 min | Last month

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"You of first of all you can find the world shapers online at the world. Shapers dot com. You can find me online. At edward willett dot com to tease. We'll it you can find shadow press online at shadow. Pop press dot com. You can find the world. Shapers on twitter at the world. Shapers me on twitter at e willett to tease again. Shot oppress at shadow. Pa press and you can find the world-shapers on facebook out to the world shapers. You can find me on facebook at Edward don willett and you can find shot. Press at shop press and on instagram me. You won't find the world shapers up but you can find me on instagram. At edward willett author The reason i mitch out press again is because it is through shot oppressed that we'll be publishing on november second november second shapers of world volume two featuring new fiction from kelley armstrong or brendan. Helen dale candidate dorsey. Lisa foil susan forest james. Alan gardner matthew hughes. They kennedy lisa kessler adria. Craft irony mcgarth knicks. Tim pratt edward salvio. Brian thomas schmidt jeremy salt and me and stories by jeffrey carver. Barb hambley nazi crest. David de la vina sem sterling in kerry von. Those are all second year guests of this podcast and as i said off the top. I'm currently contacting my third year guests to see who would like to be on board for a shapers of world's volume three which i'll be trying to kick start in the spring however shapers of roads volume two is out on november seconds. You can get it everywhere Or directly from shadow press dot com. If you like. But you can also founded amazon and barnes and noble and all the places where you'd like to buy books and the other thing i must switch it again at the end of the program. Is that the world shapers. Podcast is part of the.

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

01:52 min | Last month

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"Of the world. Shapers my name is every time your host and this is the podcast right. Talk to other science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process. I myself an author of science fiction and fantasy author of many many novels and short stories and things like that my most recent books include the world shapers series from books The third one. The moonlit world came out about a year ago and my next book for dog will be a humorous space opera called the tangled stars. That'll be out about a year from now and inbetween. I've been publishing some other stuff. Including most recent the uae. A science fiction novel called star song through my own shadow press but one of my major projects. Right now and it's coming up on. November second will be released is a shapers of world volume two. That's an anthology featuring science fiction and fantasy short stories by authors. Who were guests on this podcast during its second year. I kickstarted that successfully earlier this year. It was a follow up to last year's shapers of worlds which featured eighteen stories from first year guests of the podcast which i also started successfully and It's all come together very nice. St twenty four stories there are New stories from kelley armstrong. Marie brennan. Helen deo candice. Jane dorsey lisa foil susan forest. James alan gardner. Matthew hughes healthy kennedy..

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

02:33 min | 3 months ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"Nineteen of the world shapers. Yep i've done nine hundred of them counting this one and not only that. I have completed the third year of this podcast. That's quite amazing to me. I remember when i started. And i had no idea how long it would go yet. Here we are three years in This is the podcast right. Talk to other science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process. I am myself an author of science fiction fantasy again. My name is ed willett. Let's see what's my latest thing. Well i have a young adult novel called star song just came out last month Very near and dear to me because it's a novel that grew out of one of my earliest sold short stories the minstrel which is in my short story collection pass to the stars and i tried to get a novel version of it written in way back in the early part of my career and it was almost published by major publisher in the early nineties but things didn't work out. The publisher died. They decided not to publish science fiction anymore. So i never got it published until now and of course after some thirty years of additional writing. I think i brought some additional skills to the story. So i rewrote it. And it's now out from shadow. Pop press dot com and available everywhere star song. It's called this apart future outer space adventure. Very much in the mode of robert heinlein and andre norton who are huge influences on me as a young reader. So check that out star song. You can find it on any bookstore online bookstore. You can find it also at shoutout pop. Press dot com Then of course the other thing coming up is the second anthology that i've kicked started a featuring authors. Who have been on this podcast. I mentioned that we just finished third year well. The current anthology is shapers of world's volume two which features authors who were guests during the second year of this podcast. All the stories are in the editing is almost done so it's looking good for a fall release and there'll be new fiction from kelley armstrong. Marie brennan helen. Deo candice gene. Dorsey these affoil. Susan forest james alan gardner matthew hughes heli kennedy. Lisa successor adrian. Aicraft renaming. garth. Nix tim pratt. Edward salvio brian. thomas schmidt. Jeremy's all at me and stories by jeffrey a carver. Barbara hambly nancy. Kress david wien. sm sterling and carrie. Vaughn it's looking like it's going to be very close to one hundred and fifty thousand words of fiction A very substantial collection so. I'm very excited to bring that out in the next couple months. I'm thinking october some time. I don't have a precise date yet. But again you can read more.

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

08:00 min | 4 months ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"A of the world shapers. Podcast right talk to other science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process. My name is edward. We'll tie 'em myself. An author of science fiction and fantasy Some twenty novels or thereabouts. My main publisher his books in new york. And my most. Recent novel for die is called the moonlit world it's book three and my world-shapers series and I like to sum it up as empires and wearables and peasants. Oh my in. The world shapers series. There's this vast labyrinth shaped worlds and people from our rolled have been given worlds in this labyrinth that they can shape however they want and my main characters trying to save them all from from somebody who had very much like to close all this down and so she has to travel world and gather the knowledge of the making of these world's in the moonlight world. It's a world shaped by someone who really likes wherever it vampire. So that's what she has to deal with so look for that in the first two books world shaper and master of the world. They're they're available everywhere but my most recent book is actually one kind of excited about. It's called star song and the reason i'm excited about star song is that It is a book that spent a long time coming. It started as a short story when my very earliest short stories that was published called the minstrel in a now defunct teen magazine here in canada called jam so this was in about one nine hundred five i think when that was published i was quite young and i even then thought you know there might be kernel of a novel here so i wrote one one of my very first novels that i attempted to get published and it came very close so see for. Sherman was editing at walker and company. And she liked what i said her. She said i needed to add. Some more in the middle had two biggest too big a time. Skip in the middle of the story. Basically so i feel that in. And i address some of the other issues she had identified and she got back to me and said i'd done exactly what she wanted and she was ready to make an offer but then the publisher walker and company died and son took over and the sun did not want to publish science fiction anymore. And that's where the novel died. I was never able to find a publisher for it. Despite it having come within a half breath almost literally being published by walker and company very respectable publisher that published isaac asimov not fiction for example among other things some of it so i finally decided that i would bring it out myself faggot. The cover art done. I rewrote it from start to finish. Because i writes differently now than i did then and i. I wanted to add a second viewpoint. Character was a single male viewpoint. And i wanted to add the girl. Who's a major character but wasn't a viewpoint character new original book so she now has her own viewpoint sections it's called star song. It's from shadow. Pop press i guess if i read you real quick. What's on the back when the old woman who raised him in a remote village is brutally murdered. Chris finds himself alone on a planet where he'll always be an outsider. His only link to his long dead unknown parents as the touch liar. They bequeathed him. A strange instrument not only plays music but pours innermost feelings into the minds of his listeners. When tavira a girl of the space going nomadic family. Here's chris perform. She was drawn to him against her better judgment. And the rules of her people with her help though mistrusted and even hated by some of her comrades chris seeks to discover the origin of the touch liar the fate of his parents and a place where he truly belongs but the touchline proves to be more than just a musical oddity powerful ruthless men will stop at nothing to get it and kristin tavira are all that stand in their way and i also say at the top that Well not not on the back but in the material i've done that. This is very much. The robert heinlein. Andre norton mode. There's undoubtedly influences from those two authors. Who very influential to me. When i was a young reader and writers that star song you can get it directly from shadow press shadow puppets dot com or. You can get it on amazon or wherever you like to buy books. It's everywhere in both print and e format right now so. I hope you'll check that out. The other upcoming book i would. Mention is the one that grows out of this podcast. It's shapers world's volume to last year. I successfully kick started an anthology called shapers of worlds that featured first year guests of this podcast and had nine original stories in nine reprints in that one this one is going to have twenty four stories. Eighteen of them original six or reprints. And so it's going to be a bigger book. It's got more original fiction and the authors are good it's amazing new fiction from kelley armstrong. Marie brennan helen. Deo candice jane. Dorsey these affoil. Susan forest james alan gardner matthew hughes healthy kennedy lisa kessler adria lay craft. Ira name and garth nix tim. Pratt edward salvio brian. Thomas schmidt jeremy and some guy edward well it and then there will also be stories by jeffrey carver. Barbara hambly nancy. Kress david levine. Sem sterling and kerry von. That's a pretty amazing list of authors. I think and. I can't wait to and i've now got pretty much all the stories so i can't wait to bring this out this fall for everyone to enjoy that says shapers of world's volume two and you can get shapers of roads volume one everywhere now or directly from shadow pop press again at shadow. Pa press dot com okay. I think that covers the introductory material today except reminds you that The world shapers. Podcast is part of the schedule and podcast network. Now let's get onto this episode's guest ryan van loan ryan van. Loan is a fantasy author. Who served six years as a sergeant in the united states army infantry pennsylvania national guard where he served on the frontlines of afghanistan ryan has traveled around the world wandering caribbean island hans exploring the palaces and cathedrals of europe and hiking with elephants in the rainforests of south east asia. All at the same time presumably his work has appeared in numerous places including george dot com and fireside magazine in his debut novel the sin the steal from tour books book one in the fall of the gods series came out in the summer of twenty. Twenty the sequel. The justice revenge just came out as this Goes in the last week and the conclusion to the series. The memory and the blood will be out next summer. So ryan welcome to the world shapers. Thanks for having me. It had to carefully the when it comes out because we're recording it. The day before it comes out tonight thirteenth despite episodes should go live and just a few days so it'll actually worked out pretty well here so yeah i always try to look for connections but I don't think i have any with your background there mike. My my family's military service tends to run to the navy the army. So don't hold that against me and other than that i we've never run into each other but i'm very happy to have you on. I guess we do have in common. The fact that you're next books coming out tomorrow in july thirteenth. And i'm putting out a young adult science fiction novel that i have wanted to put out for time tomorrow as well so we have that in common as well so i'm going to start taking you back into the mix of time looking at your bio. It seems clear that a you got started reading very early that you make a point of that in your bio and your longer bio and got interested in science fiction fatty early on as well so how did how did that. Come about for you. Where were you born. where did you grow up. And how did you get interested in reading and writing. Well great questions. So let's see i was. I was born in northern montana right on the canadian border. That's something whereabouts on the canadian. Border well havre montana. So that's eastern montana state reversed okay. I've actually been there because we took the train. Amtrak runs through however and we actually went. Is that where we picked it up. We picked it up wolf point and we took the train and they stopped in have her and we actually got to get out and walk around so.

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

04:55 min | 5 months ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"Is and they'll also be and of course coming out as well which you can order so that's coming out on july thirteenth in. It's it's a far futures space opera kind of story about this kid who has inherited a mysterious artifact that he thinks musical instrument from his parents whom he never knew and when the guardian who's been raising him on this this out of the way planet is murdered. He sets off to find out the truth about this artifact and he falls in with the wondering Nomadic spacefaring family and they find out the truth about what this thing is. There are people who are after after this thing and therefore after him and after a girl from the family who becomes his friend. So that's Star song check it out. It's available for preorder now the other thing. Of course i want to mention get you up to date on is shapers of world's volume two. That's the second anthology kickstarted featuring authors. Who are guests on this. Podcast and shapers of worlds is out now available everywhere. If you'd like to get that one feature first year guests and shares of volume two is getting very close now. I only have two stories left to come in and one of them is one that i'm writing so i'm pretty sure i'll get that one and i'm sure i'll get the other one too. I've been in touch with the author and it's coming very soon. So that's twenty four new stories in that one Eighteen original stories six reprints and the authors are new fiction from kelley armstrong. Marie brennan helen. Dale candice john. Dorsey lisa foils susan. Forrest james alan gardner matthew hughes heli kennedy lisa kester april craft iranian garth. Nix tim pratt. Edwards salvio brian. Thomas schmidt jeremy shawl and me plus stories by jeffrey carver. Barbara hambly. nancy kress david. D levine sm sterling and kerry von so among those authors are winners and nominees for every major science fiction and fantasy literary award and several international. Bestseller's so i'm really looking forward to bringing that out. It's on track to be out this fall and again that will be from shadow popcrush shadow pop press dot com but it will be available everywhere that fine books are sold the other thing i need to mention off the top here is that This podcast is part of the saskatchewan. podcast network..

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

01:35 min | 6 months ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"That i kick started last year featuring year guests of this podcast. It's called shapers of worlds. You can find it again. Through any bookstore or go directly to shadow pop press dot com and it includes new fiction from ten a huff. Shannon mcguire david weber d. modest junior. John c right. Dj butler christopher rocky. Oh shelley edina and me and there were reprints from john. Skulls joe haldeman. David brin judah issur neda fonda the gareth l powell dr charles gannon derek kukushkin in three a dire. Pretty high powered lineup. If you ask me and because that was successful earlier this year. I ran a starter for shapers of world's volume to That kickstarter succeeded. And so i'm currently collecting stories from authors. And then we'll be editing with the goal of having that book out fall and it will feature even more new fiction it will have new stories from kelley armstrong. Marie brennan helen. Deo candice jane. Dorsey the sofala foils susan forrest. James alan gardner matthew hughes healthy kennedy lisa kester adria lay craft. Irony ayman garth nix. Tim pratt edward salvio brian. Thomas schmidt jeremy shawl and me and stories by jeffrey a carver. Barbara hambly nancy. Kress david wien. Sm sterling and kerry von so another high-powered list of authors for that book which. I'm working on now so again Shapers of world's shapers of world's volume two will be coming out Keep an eye on that through The website shot oppress dot com. Or of course if you keep listening to this podcast..

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

05:24 min | 6 months ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"The gareth l powell doctor charles e gannon derek kukushkin three a dire shape worlds volume to which i have now successfully kick started. That kickstarter ran in march. I guess and succeeded So i'm in the process of gathering stories and editing and all that stuff right now It's going to be a big book. With more original fiction. It will have brand new stories from kelley armstrong. Marie brennan helen. Deo candice chain dorsey. Lisa foil susan forrest james. Alan gardner matthew hughes healthy kennedy. Lisa kessler aid relay craft iranian garth. Nix tim pratt. Edwards obvio- brian thomas schmidt to germany shawl and be and reprints from jeffrey a carver. Barbara hambly nazi crest. David d levine. Sem sterling and carrie vaughn and again as in the first anthology that list of authors includes winners and nominees for every major science fiction fantasy literary award plus several international bestseller's So i'm working on that now. It should be out this fall in e book and print and available everywhere so Keep an eye on. That just wanted the thing. I want to mention before we get to the interview with jane. Ulan i have traditionally done a full transcript on these podcasts and i will still have a full transcript for this one. But it's going to be delayed a little bit and actually you thinking i'm going to have to phase out the full transcripts. I like them but they are an enormous amount of work. Even though i use an automated transcription service and i don't see from my website. Statistic set a lot of people are spending a lot of time reading those transcripts. So i think. I'm going to back off on the transcripts and focus on getting the Recordings out By themselves and and perhaps adding transcripts later. On as i have time so just something that might change if you're used to seeing a full transcript with every episode I think in order to keep the podcast going. And because i have so many other demands on my time i may back off from that but it won't change the the interviews themselves. I hope they're still entertaining and informative as this will be and one more thing before i start the interview with john lennon The world shapers. Podcast is part of the scotsman. Podcast network all right. Let's get onto this episode's guest. Genuine.

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

02:11 min | 8 months ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"To another episode of the world shapers and this one is coming to you in the midst of the kickstarter campaign for shapers of world's volume two. This is an anthology that will feature guests from the second year of this podcast. And it's a follow up to shapers of worlds which was an anthology. I started last year that featured guest from the first year of the podcast. That one's widely available now. If you want to go buy a copy or twelve or you know however many you need for christmas is not that far away. It's only what eight minutes nine months get out there and buy copies shapers shapers volume two when it comes out and have a nice package to give to all of your friends and family of roads volume two will feature original fiction from kelley armstrong. Marie brennan helen. Dale candice jane dorsey. Lisa foils susan forrest. James alan gardner matthews healthy kennedy kessler a aicraft. 'iran garth nix tim pratt. Edward salvio. brian. Thomas schmidt jeremy's all and me and it will have reprints from jeffrey a carver. Barbara hambly chris. David levine. esim sterling and carrie vaughn. I'm looking for fifteen thousand dollars. Canadian to make this happen. And as of today. I am well well over. Seventy six percents Eleven thousand four hundred and something currently Enhance will not at hand but pledged and with still ten days to go. So the podcast. I mean the kickstarter ends i. Guess doesn't end. The kickstarter ends on april. Eight th at eleven. Am my time. I think Central standard time. So get your back. King in before then and the backers rewards are plentiful and quite exciting. There are all kinds of signed books including some limited editions. There's black and white photographs marie. Brennan there's an audio books. There are tucker is ations where your name is used as a character in a story or a novel and i'm even offering a short story critiques and consultations at the five hundred dollar level and at three thousand dollars if you really want to help out and also take advantage of a great opportunity. I'd like to think it's a great opportunity. I've offering.

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

03:25 min | 9 months ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"How did you make the switch from historical to science fiction Oh that was easy by the historical The market for historical fiction in the united states completely collapsed About may of nineteen eighty two. And so what i plan is attend book series became a five book series And so i spent a desperate six months writing proposals for things that didn't sell And it was across the spectrum. I've read proposals for mysteries for historical Spent not for science victory A and everything but category romance. I think and And none of them sold. And then science fiction proposal that i had written some years before so and so i became a science fiction writer and the science fiction proposal had been bouncing around a publisher to publisher without being read I it's kind of a fascinating saga. But i was probably too long for this interview But certainly explains how publishers can screw up repeatedly and landed at tour books and the editor at that point jim bain and there are only three people in the office there was time dougherty who was the publisher jim in the editor and then those misses dorothy who ran the was the accounting department And now tories. The largest science fiction publisher. That doesn't run like that anymore. But jim bane read the proposal i bought it and it and although it had been on the markets or two or three years it actually sold to the first editor who read it. How did it not get rid at the other places that it had been Well there was a lot of mergers going on in publishing as there is now And so you say it. I don't call the exact sequence but you know it was sent to eight and susan. Allison who was the editor at ace left ace to go to berkeley. And until she was replaced they put buying hold so then it came back and then it was sent to berkeley and the decision house at berkeley and and then berkeley acquired as and suddenly they had too many manuscripts sitting in the office. So another buying hold wet. And then it went to david hartwell at times scape and it was lost in the mail room for about six months and by the time that was discovered they had put a buying hold on and and so it just kept bouncing off of these things till it actually went to an editor who still had a publishing schedule to fill up. That must've been satisfying when it finally sold rate really relieved because i was beginning to look in the help wanted section of the paper so that i could make my rent and suddenly although it has to be said that the science fiction sold for a lot less money than the historical fiction here so i was It took me a few years before. I i could reach my former miserable standard of living from from where i was merely tour instead wretched poverty. Yeah i can

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

03:15 min | 9 months ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"Welcome to another episode of the world shapers. The podcast right talked to other science fiction fantasy authors about the creative process. My name is edward willett. I'm your host dia myself and author of science fiction and fantasy. My most recent book from major publisher is the movement world which came out from dob books in september. The paperback will be out mass market. Paperback will be out in august. It's book three in my world. Shaper series and i hope to be writing book for soon Although that won't be published by dob. I still plan to write it and i've also got a couple of books for my own publishing company. Shot oppressor pretty new. There's a epic. Why a fantasy novel cold blue fire. Which i wrote a under my suit an ec- blake or attached my suit into it anyway. There's a space opera do all g paragon rising rate. No and falcons egg which are out now and something. That's kind of fun He might want to check. Out is a time travelling version of myself from nineteen eighty-four when i was in my twenties popped forward and published assignment avalon This was a science fiction adventure. I wrote back. Then when i was better known as eddie well let's so I've published it as he will have given it a bit of a spit and polish. But it's not too different from what i originally wrote back in nineteen eighty-four and it's on amazon exclusively at the moment as an e book. If you wanna check that out simon avalon however my main thing that's going on right now is i am kickstarting an anthology. This'll be the second time i've done this last year. I successfully kick started shapers of worlds which you might guests of from the titled is related to this podcast and indeed. It was short fiction and science fiction fantasy from guests from the first year of the podcast. There were eighteen stories all nine original stories. nine reprints was very successfully get started And all the time. I was doing that. I thought you know if this works. I should do it again and sure enough here. We are The kickstarter for shapers of world's volume two is now live. And it's going to be bigger bigger than last year's anthology because more authors have agreed to take part so if this one funds it is going to feature original fiction from kelley armstrong marie brennan. Helen deo can disdain. Dorsey lisa foils susan forrest. James alan gardner. Matthew hughes heli kennedy successor. Adrian lay craft. Iron ayman garth nix. Tim pratt edwards. Obvio- brian thomas schmidt journeys all and me plus reprints from jeffrey a carver..

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

02:15 min | 2 years ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

10:38 min | 2 years ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"I'm aware of it but that doesn't mean I catch all the time. The other thing is the other thing I you. You probably have this experience to the the best way to find things that you overlooked is to read your workout mild in front of an audience after it's been published. Yeah I Azadliq. Smith has a quote something to the effect of the best time to rewrite. Your stuff is two years after it's been published ten minutes before you read it at a literary festival. Yeah that's about right about ten minutes so I want to get to the the big philosophical questions. Sure I always do that with my voice at this point the big question with multiple parts. But why do you right. Why did you all right this stuff? And why do you think any of us to truly three questions. It's kind of one. Oh well just like almost every the other writer I I write because I can't not right. I- these days. I get the boring and right and I right to understand what's in my head and to because I like writing stories Why do I write something in particular Because something about the idea has Got Its claws in me And the only way to you get free of it is to write it in writing well so this Again the haunted founded how story that I'm thinking of was an idea I had probably two and a half years ago and I had no idea why I wanted to write a haunted house story. And it's taken me two years to crystallize What I want to say in the book? Y I'm writing it. I think Writers as you know Sit alone for hours at a time and What we write today? will not Be Seen in the world for a long long time It's you know it takes me at least a year to write a novel Often more and after it's it's written it'll take at least another year before it gets out for anyone to before it gets published And and So you really have to be obsessed and the moment to write There has to be some sort of reward or compulsion Too right because you don't get the fame and fortune. If ever. I'm still waiting for that. Yeah yeah well. In some sense we all right to impress someone Paul. Simon said When someone asked asked why he wrote songs or songs to impress girls and there is that aspect to kiss girl so so yeah yeah I certainly started writing to you know? Let's impress women But it's a long time before that happens and I mean a long time between sitting adding down to write sentences today and before anyone is impressed by it and I am not a You know in making a gazillion dollars or having a gazillion raiders and I'd love to So you just kind of get the rewards earned every now and then you have a character suddenly come to life light Geico Kim Revealing that She's Queer and and the idea that you every once in in a while you feel as if you were telling a truth that is out there as opposed to stuff that you just pulling out of your head And it's it's really cool when that happens. Well and the podcast is called the world shapers Probably a bit grand talk about shaping the world through fiction. And what do you hope. You're you're writing for the readers pubic because you can certainly influence individuals as Richard Your story well for all those explosions I wanted to make people laugh and good thank you and To have the fun that I find in superheroes I started reading being A Superhero comics when I was just a kid. I I talked about this when words. Collide that My great uncle would buy me one comic book a week What I was seven years old and I bought comic books and I bought Superhero Comic Books and I do do not know anymore any of the people that I knew when I was seven other than my family and I still know Batman I still no spiderman. I still all those characters that I knew back then I keep up with them. I don't I don't know the people anymore but I I know the characters and So to be able to write superheroes not alas marvel in DC superheroes although if anybody marvel DC or listening I'm there I'll hire me but to be able to right superheroes and just have fun with I hope that I could pass on the delight That I get from superheroes I other people to and to share in the joy And for other books. It's almost always the same that I get delight from Various types of stories And and so I want to be part of that conversation. Be Part of the of the Ifan nor the delight toward the the concern or the thrills of the horrors or whatever. It's such a delight to be a writer and to be part of the conversation. That's actually what I always say. Is that that I started writing because I loved the stories that I was experiencing so much I wanted to be able to create stories that other people would enjoy as much as I enjoyed the ones. I've good reading so it's probably a very common thing with. Writers look fantastic affected. I think many people get their starts starts fantastic. If not actual these days you can actually put it in front of public. But even if you don't you a a Rachel stories and show it to your friends and saw and a that's because whatever you're doing fantastic of Touched something in you and you want to be in that world you WanNa have a piece of it too and you mentioned what you're working on but the hottest house muffled anything else that you're working on right now I I'm doing a reimagining actioning of Sleeping Beauty Where nobody is stupid? It's kind of fun to right a fairy tale with sensible people There's a lot of reimagined fairy tales Z. stays Naomi. Novick immediately comes to mind but other people have been doing it too. And it's it's fun to do right Fairy Tales which have that feel of Dat mythological gap folkloric depth but bring on insensibility to them that there are just some strange things that happen in fairy tales. What's that are hard to believe and trying to justify the or not is fun? And where can people find you online I am most of my stuff is on twitter at James. A guard G. A. R. D.. I do twitter every day. I also have James. Alan Gardner Dot Com which I Blog at occasionally those are the best places places. I do have a facebook page which I almost never do anything with well and I think that's about the end of our time. So thanks so much for being a guest on the world shapers. It was great talking to you. Edward thanks for having me. Thanks again to Jamestown and Gardner for that. That was a great conversation. I hope conjoined it as much as I did.

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

18:10 min | 2 years ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"Characters are lost or or or I'm lost because I don't know what happens next. There's going to be some pressure to deal with the situation. But ah I think Doble is about An overt exterior situation. But it also has to be about a character facing some sort of a crisis in their life so constantly When I developed things I'm thinking okay? What is this going to put the character through? What is the next thing? How is how are the screws? Going to tighten on the character. Not just just in terms of the urgency the external situation but the a development of the internal situation too. So how do you find those characters. How do you decide what your characters are going to be? I mean cam is in her own words. I believe a short Queer Asian kid which you know is it's not you so that's right. How did you decide the really So the first time I I the first draft Kim was a Asian But Not Queer and She the situation so For people who have read the book one of the first thing she does is She comes across an old flame of hers someone. She knew In high school really her first serious boyfriend Fred Who has become a dark claim Who is always a rich kid who knew he was going to be dark? Mark Ling As as he was old enough to take the to be transformed and That relationship went bad and basically uh the Kim was a bland character Who didn't have a whole lot of personality and One thing I often do when I'm trying to get a handle on characters especially eh up trying to get a handle on. Personality is sit down and Improv stuff in their tone of voice to sit at the typewriter and Or the computer. Of course these days and a writer diatribe from them as fast as I can and see what just POPs out so this is Mitchell's messy method again just sitting down and blasted out and see what pops out and Kim squareness Came from that I was Blasting away hey Basically a monologue and it just completely took me by surprise when she Started talking about No I'm not as as binary as you think. Sort of thing and There were several days there when Oche am I going to actually write on character. You know. straight middle aged white guy writing a a queer Pay Young University Age Asian Did I have the nerve to do that. And how. How much homework would I have to do? In order to not be That guy a a rating Someone who I had no right to write But that's what was that was the voice that came to me and eventually I said Yeah. Okay I've got to go with this brush. Well she's a she's a very interesting voice. Yeah Yeah and Once I had that handle on the character a whole lot of things a came out and the character came alive and Some of the situations that were dead on the page in the first draft Took on a whole different character. Sure and really much more interesting resonance Than they had been in the first. I draft did you do something similar with your other main characters. Yeah so Nicklaus Had the same A process I did you know Soliloquy from his point of view uh-huh and Not so much with the Other with the other three superheroes Because I knew there were going to be coming along later of when I did. The jewel spoke. which is the The They promised beat the gun wasn't loaded the sequel to all those explosions I did do Soliloquies from her point of view and A for the future books I will be doing the same thing. It's just a really useful way way to unlock What in divisions have been keeping holding me back from a Doing going as far as I need to for character. Once you've developed the character you have an idea for the setup out much of an outline or planning to do a very detailed are you. Are you a plotter. That's the other I'm mostly a passer her but Especially because I'm writing Superhero things. I want there to be some great set. Pieces so I Plan for Interesting places where a Big Superhero action can take place so it had All those explosions there. There are several big Superhero versus Monster Action. Things and I figured out where there we're we're going to take place sort of some context for why they were happening at an overarching At plot for them So in all those explosions Well Waterloo has a number of tourist attractions. And I want over the course of the series to destroy them wall. So in the first book I trashed the Waterloo bark at which the Jacobs market which is a big farmers market market there in the second one Trash a the a popular club the Transylvania club which is a name like that is asking to be associated with monsters and the third one waterloo has a clay and glass gallery. The National Clayton Glasgow. I gotTa have a fight there and claimed glasses right next to the perimeter institute which is a Institute of Theoretical Physics Kind of a worldclass Physics Research Center So trashing both the clear glass and perimeter is Kinda. Give me what I'm GonNa Trash the final book. But we'll see there is some funded up my the last book in my young adult series series shards of Excalibur the final big climatic battle takes place that Provincial Park called canning manner I do a pretty good job on it too two. Yeah if you're going to take place if you're going to have your story take place in a real location. Then let's make use of the location and A especially with you know if you're going to have superheroes there is going to to be a large set of smoking rob. What remember Jim Butcher Book? I don't remember which one it wasn't. The Dresden Files Ellsworth sued the Toronto Source Super Back I just loved that episode. Yeah I don't remember which will it was so You talked a little bit about your actual writing process three hours in the morning and work on other things in the afternoon. I just work at home do you. Are you a go out to coffee shop guide. You don't do it longhand or anything like that. I do some things in Longhand if if a if a particular scene is is not working. Out Well I go longhand and righted out. I'm working right now on haunted house novel and This morning I spent writing Really the first scene of a particular character because I really wanted to get slowdown and and cover the bases at Really get the character's voice Down on the page age so when I want to if Writing fast is useful but writing. Slow is also useful useful so speaking of that. How long are you a fast writer or so average things together? I'm not super fast. I can I usually do about a thousand words. A day So you know some people do a lot more than that Several thousand words today. I've done that but usually a thousand is good And that's for my warning stuff in the afternoon I would do maybe the same amount again. Depending on weather in writing. New stuff or rising steph. When you get to the end you have a draft? Have you done sort of rolling revision. So it's pretty clean at that point or do you go back and do a complete rewrite. Or how does that work for you. I do some rolling revisions but usually I have have to go back and do several more draft so as I say I mostly Pancer For the first draft which means that there's rough around the edges stuff So the haunted house dog which is the one I'm thinking of The rough draft Ending ending was really Yeah Okay I'M GONNA keep writing it but I'm going to keep any of it The second draft craft is pretty good. I like the The action of the ending the Except that the precipitating incident. So there's something that makes all hell break loose And I like the hell breaks loose but I'm not so crazy about what actually kicks things off so I'm going going to At least half to rewrite that again which will probably necessitate a few other changes. So I'm Refining things as I go along and I hope it's no more than three drafts. But that's about typical for what I'm doing. You've been published by various publishers. Which means you worked with a lot of different? Editors what what typically comes back to you from editors to to work on I I don't get a whole lot of of structural stuff. It's this boasts lately 'cause medic or you know I didn't understand this or this chapter slow or something like that so I don't get get a once or twice I've had People a editor say no. This ending just doesn't work but mostly it's I didn't understand their motivation for doing this. Or A to Polish up this section again so I I'm pretty lucky in I want in a story to be as clean as possible before I send it to my agent and she Makes a few comments but not many and and then she sends it off So I like things a pretty good to go before I send them out which means I have to Spend a fair likes of time I I don't send out anything that I don't think is pretty good already now. You do some editing for other people. Do you find that working on other People's manuscript helps you when it comes time to look at your own. Oh sure I ached. It's much easier to see problems on other people. Have them but I know I have the same thing so you know we all have words that we overuse really cry very three all that and as I'm reading somebody else's stuff I have a list of these words that I Overuse and redick somebody else's stuff. I you know Oh yeah. There's one of mine that I should pay attention to to speaking of which the Braille little thing From a Brandon Sanderson and that I recently heard about in their writing excuses. PODCAST is to your list of Words that you overuse or You know suddenly. There's another one that tha is real easy to use too much just to a global. Replace off on the word with brackets around at square brackets and that makes stand out So what you're reading the book Reading the manuscript got you see these things and you could say. Do I really need that. Really draws your attention to the words that you overuse and a makes you think about the again I really love that technique and Use it now. That's that's a good one. I think I'll have to adopt that too. Yeah Yeah it's just Draws your attention to something so sometimes very is a perfectly good word to use a lot of times The pros is stronger. By crossing it out by deleting I find that my characters tend to use animal noises too much dialogue growl and snarl things and quite void dive because his is something that has no simple and senate generally speaking I a I only let myself use Said told replied shouted Whispered whispered maybe muttered or two or asked but I do try to avoid the the the animal noises and so on yeah..

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

15:10 min | 2 years ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"Oh yes the reason I ask is because W O Mitchell is famously from wave Bruins scatcherd which I grew up and I I got to meet him once when he came to doing a reading for his book. Roses are difficult. Here I think was when I was at the newspaper down. He's an interesting guy. So yeah he he's. He's a fine guy and of course great rock on tour or was So he was great having in classes and we all had a I think fifteen minute session with all of the writers in residence. It was a you know in some percents similar to clarify in that Writers were brought in for. I think for five days and each of of the students had a chance to show the writers their stuff and get some feedback on it. The other thing I like to mention about Mitchell is When I did see him in waiver and there was a woman there named Sadie Bauer men? who was the first White baby to be bored in Auburn to and she'd been schoolteacher church and she got after him she must have been an eighty by then she got after him for using bad language so riders can relate to pop up out of your pass. That's right I have a few English teachers who have caught up with me over the ears and you know kind of patted me on the back and again some of them have chided me for using bad language. The thing I would have been wavering. Scotch when is that Guy Gary Okay was born at wavered scheduling. So Wayne is a very important place in the tapestry. Well much more for him than me. I wasn't born there. Grew up literature. Yeah exactly well started with short fiction. You wrote that exclusively for a while or did you immediately try to write novels. Or how did that work crew Well I think I wrote a novel back when I was in high school. I got pneumonia the year after I saw the summer after I graduated and it was basically locked in the house for the entire summer And stead some time writing a novel Lake thing Would call it a novel but it was a long piece of fiction so Jack Forget about doing that. I always think that my writing started uh when I was in university car but no I that in the summer when I I had nothing else to do but that was kind of an amusement more than a a yes. I'm going to be a writer. So Sto Dole part of half a million words. That's never going to rewrite that one. That was self indulgent as only high school. School students can be so. When did your first novel Come along my so I wrote it. I wrote several novels before I actually published something so I was in Clarion. Uh in eighty nine and Was Writing Short stories in the started. A novel Sometime after that And I think there were two novels. That didn't go anywhere. Thank Heavens they never saw the light of day before I wrote Expendable which was published in ninety seven and so now we're up to how many novels ten eleven. I guess it's eleven now. Are you still writing a lot of short fiction take off and on. I can write a novels for two or three hours a day. At least the first early drafts of novels and that is so I write in the morning and in the afternoon I want to write something different. Different so I sometimes writes Short fiction sometimes Right the Gaining material that you You mentioned my biography Sometimes I do freelance editing jobs for various people so afternoons afternoons. I have several hours when I do something. Besides the novel in progress and short stories one one of the things I do then okay. Well that's kind of getting us into the process part of this of the podcast which is going to focus on neck. So let's move on to that so we're going to focus on all those explosions were someone else's fault just as an example of your creative process and see how that ties in with the way you write everything but before Oy do that I have not finished the book Very much enjoying it. It's a lot so perhaps you can give a synopsis for those who have not read it without Giving away anything that I haven't read yet. Okay well the the setup is That in the early nineteen eighties eighties Vampires where we'll demons etc.. Come out of the closet and Basically say why have we been keeping ourselves secret secret. We have a salable asset here you ought to be one of us. Pay Us ten million dollars in will make you a vampire will redeem uh-huh and within twenty years old the movers and shakers or the wealthy the-they influential people are basically Dr claims so and then in the year two thousand isn't suddenly superheroes start appearing. And so you've got this world where the rich one percent are essentially monsters and the ninety nine percent are protected by the people who were stupid enough to touch as the glowing media or or fall into that of weird chemicals. Or we're just you know born as mutants and So the background sat up is the dark one percent versus the super ninety nine percent Or the the super who represent the ninety nine percents will protect them And then the story follows Four for science students at the University of Waterloo who get into a weird lab accident and gained superpowers and Become involved In the shenanigans that Were responsible support for the lab accident and a super villain is part of it. All and a ball of a dark lanes who are up to no good and the whole thing takes place in something like nine hours on the night of the winter solstice and say humorous novel. Yes it is. It's it's done for laughs. A It could the setup that could get very dire with horrible people running the world but I like Playing it for laughs and The four characters Who get superpowers are all funny in their various ways? The first book is about a Kim. Kim Who is JOLLITY student Who queer non binary are- anyway Who has arrived view of the world? The second centers on a Jewel's who is a wonderful in cautious brash person and the plan is four novels. One on each of the superheroes Having them go through their A big life change. I think that a novel should be about a huge moment in a a characters life and Each of the four heroes. I mean hey you've just become super what does that do to you and For each of them it kind of brings to the fore Something something that they haven't dealt with baggage that they have adult with and they're each going to be forced to confront the the stuff that they've been ignoring for a much of their life Their end deal with their issues one way or another. So so what was the seed for this. And how does that tie into the way that stories appear for you in general. I'm trying to avoid saying where do you get your ideas. But that's being I you know I don't the seed was The idea of superheroes versus a dark maclaine type things and the one percent versus the ninety nine percents and which was relevant point? At the time I started writing this you know I. It was The occupy movement had been a AH taking place. I mean that's where I get one percent versus nine nine percent and it was a time when the the politics of the whole thing was Kind of in your face And I had also also done a lot of Role play in a various context so if people are familiar with the White Wolf Games which later became onyx path or were on expense started writing for the same Game Lines you could be vampire or Werewolf or some other type of creature the night and that was one set of roleplaying that I had done but I'd also done a lot of superhero roleplaying putting them together. As far as I know had never been done before But was a really cool idea that I as soon as I had the idea. I Google like mad to see if there was anything like this out. There and there wasn't Urban fantasy was big at that point Superhero fiction was is just starting to become more prevalent One of the things that interests me is that SCIPIO comics have been around for eighty years. But superheroes in prose fiction Really really hadn't been done a lot before say fifty years ago There were few novelization of Superhero movies. But until The Fan Fiction for sure and the Marble Superhero movies. This came out. There hadn't been a lot of superheroes in prose fiction but that kind of open duffin. Now there's a whole ton of there is an interesting juxtaposition. Certainly I've never encountered the two things put together like that. So it's very interesting. I hadn't seen it before I still haven't seen it before so it's kind of fun to be able to play with that without too much competition. Now that's how this came about. Is that fairly early. Typical of your story generation is basically just ideas bubble up and bounce into each other. I think I go back to what I said about Stories being a about some huge pivotal moment in a characters life life so whatever the seed for a story is The next thing I want to know is what character is going to experience The setup and What sort of transition transition are they going to go through So often I think of some dramatic situation Some sort of ticking bomb that is going to cause trouble in some setting but then immediately I say okay. What character is going to face this problem? And what is it going to put them in when I was You you told me ahead of time that we were going to be talking about all those explosions and I went back through my notes. Yeah and on the book as I was developing at ended its constantly What problem is this going to cause the characters at? What sort of transitions are they going to go through? Because of the very next question is what does your planning process. Look like when she had this idea. It sounds. It's like the characters come perhaps even before you have the plot worked-out is absolutely So it's useful to have of some sort of background problem that is going to force the characters to act a ticking bomb so that even if the.

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

15:41 min | 2 years ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"Welcome to the world shapers switch. I can now say as of just a couple of weeks ago. At this year's Cannes Khan is is an Aurora award winning podcast featuring conversations with science fiction and fantasy authors about the creative process I was very pleased that the wheelchairs there's one the Aurora award this year for best fan related work and the Aurora awards which you can check out at Prix Aurora awards DOT CA. That's P. R. I. X. They you are are Awa. RDS Dot ca are the fan Nominated and voted on awards in the science fiction. Fantasy field in in Canada. Bit like the hugos are in the United States. So that's very exciting that this podcast one a very nice very nice trophy at to Cancun this year I should also mention that the world shapers is a member of these scheduling podcast network which is supported by can excess credit union. When I started this podcast because I'm also a writer of science fiction and fantasy and Actually my most recent book is called Master of the world. It's my tenth novel for New York Style. Books just came out. In September it is booked to in a series called the world. shapers about a A woman discovers that she's actually one of these world-shapers that the world she thought was the only world. There was one that she had actually shaped in this vast labyrinth of of shaped worlds. And she is now moving moving from world to world and trying to get the knowledge of the world's and take it to grab the mysterious woman who has placed all the shapers into the labyrinth Because has labyrinth is under attack from the adversary and the only way to protect all these worlds if she can gather their knowledge and and get it to share in the first book world-shapers she was in her world. which as I said is very much like ours with a few differences in the second book? Master of the world it takes place in Jules Verne inspired world so so there are lots of submarines floating islands and and strange firing devices and things like that very steam punky and I had a great deal of fun writing it and and the third book which is called the Moonlit World I'm writing now and it It features well I working title in my head for a long time was werewolves and Vampires in peasants. Oh my so that tells you a little bit of something about What that's all about So I hope you'll check those out and I hope you will also check out a all previous episodes of the world shapers. This is episode thirty eight now. And we're GONNA get started with it talking to James. Alan Gardner James Gardner. Got His bachelor's and master's in math with a thesis on black holes than immediately began writing science fiction instead. He has published ten novels and numerous short stories. Stories including finalists for the Nebula and Hugo and winners for the Aurora the Asimov's Reader's choice award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial award. His most recent novels are all those explosions where someone else's fault. which is the one? We'll focus on today for spokane the dark and spark series and they promised me the gun wasn't loaded which would be the second book both both from tour in his spare time. He plays a lot of tabletop role playing games and has recently begun writing material for onyx pads cy on line in his spare time he teaches Kung Fu six-year-olds. Welcome to the world shapers James. Thanks glad to be here. I guess we've kind of known each other for a long time. But we don't encounter each other very often but we did see each other at when worlds collide which is something when words collided always comes out as when worlds collide. Yeah Yeah Yeah it's a it's a great idea and a great title And it was a great car. This year was the first time you've been yes. It's close to me so I'm there. I'm there most years so it gets. It gets plugged a lot on the world shapers because I've asked a number of writers to be on after I saw them windwards collide. So that's I can make it next year. I certainly will it. I had a great time there and I guess this is a good place to mention to those interested that the website for that is win. Words Clyde Dot Org It does feel up every year. So if you're interested in going to wouldn't hurt to to sign up for next year right now now. Let's talk about that. Let's talk about you. I always start by taking guests back into the mists of time and for you and diets. It's roughly the same amount of mists to find out First of all when you became interested in writing when you became interested in writing science fiction. I've seen from other interviews that that you started writing pretty early. Yes My I still have some of the things that I wrote. When I was like five live? They are hiding in my parents house and I hope they will never see the light of day. The first thing I I can remember writing. What would be called fantastic these days which was in my time of based on man from uncle which she tells how old I was and Me and my friends were spies that standard thing that what rights. Lynn Lynnwood is. I guess I was twelve at the time and Kept writing some of that for a while. I wrote to several plays when nine high school but I really got serious. In my first year of university I was in coop at the university due Waterloo at their coop program so four months in school than four months in work placement and I was working for war. IBM is in Toronto where I knew no one and Didn't have a whole lot of money but writing was cheap so for four months in my on my work term in Toronto. I amused myself by writing science fiction fiction and none of that was salable but bit by bit. I got better well. I think it's come up a few times on here with different. The authors the famous saying I I always attributed it to Stephen King that you had to write half a million words of unpublishable stuff before you wrote anything publishable but then somebody recently who met Array Bradberry said that he is to say eight hundred thousand words a whole bunch of junk before you get down onto the good stuff underneath. That's what it boils down to so you. You got your bachelor's and master's in math but you never actually used that she went straight into writing or what happened after you graduated I. I went for two years after I got my masters I try to Write something significant. I was working on a novel. I still liked the idea for the novel. Might a every now and then I think is it time to write that Maybe probably not yet But talk for two years. I tried to Make living Writing while tutoring calculus that was my income and at the same time I was also writing for a musical comedy revue at the university and and someone who was associated with that show Put me in contact with a group In the computer science department who wanted someone to write computer manuals for them So I got job. Halftime writing computer manuals and that kept me in money for long enough for me to start selling telling stories and things. Well it's It's interesting because when I decided to be a fulltime writer. One of the things that got me going was there was a market could for general computer books at the time and so people ask me what my first book is and I always say well. My first book was actually using Microsoft publisher for Windows Ninety Five and my second book was the sequel using Microsoft publisher for Windows. Ninety seven I I have a few UNIX books books out there that you know there on the shelf but Not Proud of well. I was never that technical. But at the time there was actually market at the level of to open a file. Click file that. I was writing at and I was interested to that she wrote plays plays and This musical right because that's another side of what I do. I'm I'm an actor and singer and performer. I've done I've written in place as well and I'd like to ask the writers who have done that sort of thing. If you find that your theater background helps in the writing of fiction for me it feels that it does. But I'm always interested to see if others have the same experience immensely So I did First of all this on stage musical comedy thing and then a group of us Who helped write for that started in writing a straight up plays and radio dramas and Sometime in there I got into who Improv and took a number of Improv classes. And all those things go together into theater it gives you immediate feedback on whether you're writing works or not by the amount you cringe when you hear how your lies is being said. You learn bid on foolproof dialogue and sickly Improv. Improv gives you a some good practice in structuring scenes and figuring out how I I actions go together to make plot. I often feel that having directed plays and stuff like that. I feel like I have a a very solid image in my head at all times of where characters are in relationship to each other in space in which the scene is happening when I tutor younger or beginning beginning writers and I'm writer in residence at the Saskatoon Public Library right now. I'm thinking about a bit of that and one thing I I often find Is a kind of. It's like a gray fog in which everything is happening in the earliest certain where everybody isn't relationship each other you get an image of them in one place and the next thing you know. They're looking out the window but they never left the fireplace in your head. I think theater helps with that. Yeah I certainly just plain old. Seeing Choreography helps theater contributes to that a lot And as you say who's wear and what's actually there. The the idea of what is in the room besides The characters is hugely useful When and you're trying to figure out what the characters do in response to Some problem there's almost always something in the room that they can use. If you've invasion the room well enough to actually have stuff there. And if you planted in the right place in in the story so it doesn't materialize out of thin air. Yes you know whenever you write a story every has to take place someplace. Every time someone goes into a room you pretty much have to describe the room and you want to describe interesting interesting things in the room and just that description first of all trying to come up with something that is interesting staying in the same old same old We'll give you material to use later on in the scene. What you said about Foolproof dialogue is actually something something that Orson Scott Card said when I interviewed him for world-shapers and he's done a lot of theater night he actually had a role in your breaking in. Didn't he because he was at Clarion West when you were there yes. He was the First teacher in my year at Clarion West He gave me a really good feedback on a story that he liked a great deal and that was actually my first published story. He put in a good word for me with the editor of fantasy science. Fiction and So when I sent that story to the editor It's old and that was my first Pro S. F. Sale before you went to Clarion. Had you taken any other formal in writing training between the a summer of. When I got my bachelor's I went to Banff? The Banff Fas a center for fine arts and took a writing. Course I there w o Mitchell was the grandfather of all but it was Allison Roe. was there So Oh you know hanging out with some pretty impressive. People and Got A lot of good feedback on my writing and how to set set up set about writing stories. Hey ask Science fiction fantasy writers about their formal training clearly at clarion science fiction fantasy is is what people are writing but usually another writing programs. It is not and there's sometimes right sometimes it's not a comfortable fit with with what about the program is about. Did you find out or did it. Did you find it helpful. That it wasn't a science fiction focused. Yeah I I don't think I wrote a great deal of Science fiction fiction Content while I was at Banff It was mostly the method What what w Mitchell called Mitchell's messy method was just sitting down and seeing what spontaneously arose as you are at the typewriter and At that point I was writing a lot of memoir tight things as opposed to actual fiction and Finding what inside of me wanted to be written was very useful for that The real trick after that is figuring out how to shape that material into actual stories and once I you got started with that Kind of marrying My own memories with Science fiction was kind. Thank you find it useful. Was Mitchell there when you were there..

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

01:54 min | 2 years ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"The world shapers is online at the world shapers dot com. That's the website you you can find it on twitter at the world shapers and you can find it on facebook to the world shapers <hes> google the world shapers podcast. You should find it without got any trouble. I am also online of course as you might expect. <hes> you can find me at edward willits dot com. EDW ARD w. I l. l. e. dot com. You can find me on twitter at e willett e. w. I l. l. e. T. t. and you can find me on facebook. At edward. Don willett you can also so find me on instagram but i'm not very active there. I still haven't quite figured out how to make that work for me but <hes> i am on there. If you want to check it out that's another episode of the world shapers eighty percent a mini more great episodes to come lined up quite a few guests that i'll be talking to very short order here. <hes> there's lisa kessler who is a paranormal romance romance writers so that's a little different. She's coming up next after that. We've got people like <hes>. Tim pratt to susan j forest garth nix very excited about that one <hes> james alan gardner candice jane dorsey. I may be forgetting somebody but there's some great guests still to come and i hope view will come back and listen to all of these episodes and also go back and check out on the world shapers dot com website the archives where you can go back and listen to the first i years worth of <hes> interviews because just past the year anniversary at the beginning of august and it's been a great year of talking to riders in there are many more green talks with writers to come. Come back more chance. That's this week <music> uh-huh..

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"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

The Worldshapers

02:06 min | 2 years ago

"james alan gardner" Discussed on The Worldshapers

"We just talked about where you can find cameron online. You can find the world shapers online at the main website. <hes> the world shapers dot com. You can find it on twitter at <hes> at the world shapers you can find it on facebook out the world shapers. If you search for the world shapers podcast. You'll find it without any trouble. If you would like to know more about me your hopefully genial <unk> host. You can find me online at edward willett dot com e._d._w. A._r._d. w. I l. l. e. t. t. two ts dot com. You can find me on twitter at e willett e. w. I l. e. t. T. and you can find me on facebook at edward dot well. I hope you enjoyed this episode of the world tapers. I hope you will come back in the future for some more great interviews. Some of the people coming up soon include john kessel lisa kessler susan nj forest james alan gardner candice. Jane dorsey mary robinson cowl and just <hes> confirmed actually today as i'm recording this. It's a bit of the podcast <hes> garth nix. <hes> has said that he will be. I guess i'm very excited about that. One so lots of tremendous writers coming up we'll be talking to i'll be talking to and of course if you want to go back and listen to some of the previous ones you can find them all listed on the website up to the world dot com. If you click on archive <hes> in the main menu that will take you to a list of everybody that i have talked to so far and again. That's it this time around. It's been great fun talking to cameron hurley. I hope you've enjoyed listening and i hope that you'll come back many more times to listen to migrate interviews with the science fiction and fantasy authors who created aided the fabulous world. We've enjoyed adventures and over the years and wonderful characters who have shared those adventures with that's it for this star <music>..

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