As if writing a novel in thirty days wasn’t hard enough, this year I set myself a challenge to create a writing podcast for each day of NaNoWriMo.
Well, it was touch-and-go a few times there, but I did it. Most of the episodes center around the writing process–how to find that perfect combination of music, location, and tools to get you into a state of flow.
Here are all thirty podcasts from the last thirty days. Enjoy!
Warp Drives Shortcuts #1: Front-Load Your Work
Warp Drives Shortcuts #2: Pick Your Playlist
Warp Drives Shortcuts #3: Capture Your Ideas
Warp Drives Shortcuts #4: A Dedicated Writing Space
Warp Drives Shortcuts #5: Stop the Interruptions
Warp Drives Shortcuts #6: Where to Put This Thing
Warp Drives Shortcuts #7: Enter the Matrix
Warp Drives Shortcuts #8: Caveats and Considerations
Warp Drives Shortcuts #9: Wishes, Goals, and Success Conditions
Warp Drives Shortcuts #10: Falling Behind
Warp Drives Shortcuts #11: Revision Wants to Kill You
Warp Drives Shortcuts #12: Why I Hate NaNoWriMo
Warp Drives Shortcuts #13: Stop F*cking Around
Warp Drives Shortcuts #14: Celebrations & Motivations
Warp Drives Shortcuts #15: Finding a Critique Group
Warp Drives Shortcuts #16: Social Media is the Dream Killer
Warp Drives Shortcuts #17: Who Are You Writing For?
Warp Drives Shortcuts #18: Getting Unstuck
Warp Drives Shortcuts #19: Land the Plane
Warp Drives Shortcuts #20: The Spinning Plates Theory of Writing
Warp Drives Shortcuts #21: What’s In My Signing Kit?
Warp Drives Shortcuts #22: How to Talk
Warp Drives Shortcuts #23: Know Your Genre
Warp Drives Shortcuts #24: Sensitivity Readers
Warp Drives Shortcuts #25: Self-Care for Writers
Warp Drives Shortcuts #26: The Myth of the Suffering Artist
Warp Drives Shortcuts #27: How to Read
Warp Drives Shortcuts #28: Play to Your Strengths
Warp Drives Shortcuts #29: Writing Advice is Useless
Warp Drives Shortcuts #30: You’re a Winner
I had a great time on the Writing Excuses Podcast–which was taped during the Writing Excuses retreat… on a cruise ship. If you’ve never sat on the deck of the ship overlooking the teal blue waters of Honduras while editing your novel, I highly recommend it.
If you haven’t checked out Space Unicorn Blues–it’s the story of a disabled disaster gay in space who has to enlist the help of a part-unicorn to deliver a cargo that might save humanity.
You can also preorder the sequel, Five Unicorn Flush, which follows our lovable foul-mouthed disaster gay as she saves yet another planet from destruction!
We’re back on our bullshit again as TJ and Dave talk about the MCU. We definitely get into a minor fight about whiteness and Iron Fist, which… isn’t that ultimately the source of all marital strife?
Warp Drives #46: The Devil’s Pro Bono Advocate
The sauciness factor is turned up to eleven in this not-so-safe-for-work Warp Drives episode. TJ gets a little heated about cake manhandling. We talk about the Writing Excuses Retreat and how not to plan for your deadlines by booking a cruise that coincides with the day your manuscript is due.
Warp Drives #45: Don’t touch my f’ing cake
Season Two of Warp Drives kicks off with a look back at TJ’s book launch and announcement of the sequel, Five Unicorn Flush, from Angry Robot Books.
Warp Drives #44: We’re back!
Warp Drives is on summer hiatus!
After forty-three episodes of laughter and sauciness, we’re going on summer break. Look for us in the fall with a spectacular Season Two of Warp Drives!
We start this episode of Warp Drives talking about how we got into our jobs in technology and the horrific mistakes we made along the way. We discuss the film SOLO, and yes, we do end up chatting about clothing shaped pasta.
Warp Drives #41: Clothing Shaped Pasta
Infinity War arrived this weekend to both fanfare and tears. We saw it twice with yet another viewing scheduled in the future. In this episode, we’ll talk about the big reveals, the story structure, and what we think might happen in Avengers 4, out next year. This episode is full of both Infinity War spoilers as well as fan theories about Avengers 4, so beware!
Warp Drives #40: SPOILING Infinity War
Would a virtual world really look like the Oasis? This week, we delve into Ready Player One and take a look at the plot differences between the book and film. We also talk about how assuming the real world is intrinsically better than a virtual world can be an ableist trap.
Warp Drives #39: Ready Player One
We attended both Emerald City Comic Con and Norwescon this month and Dave and TJ talk about barconning while sober, as well as how to barcon when you’re too shy to approach people. We discuss whether the Retro Hugos are really necessary or just an exercise in romanticizing the history of sci-fi.
Warp Drives #38: Prose & Cons