The Liars Club Oddcast # 051 | Samuel R. Delany, Nebula Award Winning Author

Grand Master of Science Fiction Samuel R. Delany, the Nebula award-winning author known to his friends as “Chip” joins Oddcast hosts Keith Strunk, Merry Jones, Jon McGoran, and Gregory Frost for a talk about his latest novel The Atheist in the Attic, set during a frightening period in the history of the Netherlands; about one major work of his that was lost many years ago and never recovered; and also how he came to be known as Chip.

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Cabinet of Curiosities — InkStains Ep 51

We all write our first stories for the same reason: we have a story to tell and the means by which to tell it. But none of us know what we’re doing. Not yet. First, we go over motivations, and the kinds of things we learn that are necessary to tell a story. Then we review Guillermo del Toro’s CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, not because he just won an award for Best Director, and tie that into this week’s InkStains challenge. Then it’s notebooks: journals and diaries and sketchpads. Stories include “Dry Seas”, about a boy and a mermaid and the Leviathan; the fairy tale “Snow Sparrow”; and a Midnight story, “Motorcycle Race”.

Host John Urbancik discusses writing, photography, art, and creativity, and also reads stories.

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End of the Year — InkStains Ep 49

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week: favorite books and movies of the year, a call for everyone to participate in a Book Flood, and the end of a yearlong project. Yes, the InkStains stories are almost all written, but the show goes on. Readings include a ghost in a hurricane, a madman roaming the streets of New York City, and an almost entirely true memory of Matchbox cars in the early 1970s.

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From Star Wars to The Last Jedi — InkStains Ep 47

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he talks about one of his earliest foundational influences: STAR WARS. This is not a review, not of the original movie, not of the prequels, and not of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, or The Last Jedi, and there are no spoilers. This is about inspiration, and the fires that spark your creativity. Readings include a story about a tree, a changing tattoo, and a woman who forces her own birth from the heart of a volcano.

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I Came to Casablanca for the Waters — InkStains Ep 47

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses lighting in fiction and answers why he wastes time pursuing other forms of art before delivering a new InkStains challenge. He does not review The Library at Mount Char (by Scott Hawkins) or The Ballad of Black Tom (by Victor LaSalle) or the Nero Wolfe books (by Rex Stout), but claims he’s reviewing the classic film Casablanca. Readings include finding a moment of beauty during the robot uprising, a failed writer picking a new thing, and what lies underneath the skyscraper during an apocalypse.

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The Liars Club Oddcast # 046 | Rick Sordelet, Broadway Fight Director, Actor, and Playwright

From choreographing the fights in Broadway’s The Lion King to playwriting, screenwriting, and publishing, Rich Sordelet brings passion and boundless energy to everything he does. He joins the Liars to share his ideas about writing emotionally connected literary violence, the life changing power of words, and his get-out-and-do-it approach to just about everything.

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Saving the Justice League — InkStains Ep 46

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses persistence, the most important tool in the creator’s arsenal, and he issues his most expansive InkStains Challenge yet. Also, he offers to rescue the Justice League. Readings include a card game of sorts, InkStains instructions, and what happens when the cards come to life.

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Lindsay Buroker on the Evolving Indie Landscape | The Prolific Writer | Ep 050

Lindsay Buroker is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author who burst on the scene in 2011. Some called it the hay-day of indie publishing and Ebook Revolution. Lindsay hasn’t slowed down and has since published 30+ titles. In this episode Ryan and Lindsay discuss her humble beginnings from nonfiction and online marketing to fiction. What are the best forms of marketing for books (you’ll be surprised)? What has changed in the indie writing landscape (what has stayed the same)? Her process for writing so many books, and much, much more. You can find Lindsay Buroker at: http://lindsayburoker.com/

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Write what you’re excited about.
  2. Package book like a pro.
  3. Don’t be too precious about your books.
  4. Writing the next book is your best marketing. 

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The Liars Club Oddcast # 045 | Eric Smith, Author and Literary Agent

Eric Smith is a literary agent, blogger, anthologist, and author of The Geeks Guide to Dating and young adult novels including The Girl & the Grove, due out next spring. Find out how Eric balances all that, plus a baby on his hip, on this week’s Oddcast.

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Thieves and Dragons and Magicians, Oh My — InkStains Ep 44

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week: another handwritten project, his annual Christmas cards. Also, he discusses themes, the conscious and subconscious themes in our work; and he answers a listener question about the existence of dragons. Readings include a Christmas story, a tale of thieves in the opera house, the Japanese art of Kintsugi, and what happens when a man challenges Merlin to a duel.

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The Liars Club Oddcast # 044 | Stephen Fried and Diane Ayres, Award-Winning Journalist and Novelist

Award-winning journalist and non-fiction author Stephen Fried and novelist Diane Ayres have been married for thirty years. Find out how they work together and apart in this perfect relationship, who edits who, and how Stephen came to collaborate with Patrick J. Kennedy, on this week’s Oddcast.

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Necropolis Part V — InkStains Ep 42

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity on InkStains. This week: the conclusion of the reading of the novella NECROPOLIS. Two couples and a woman on her own are in the necropolis when twilight falls. But it’s a long twilight, and a lot can happen, especially as they each realize they’re not as alone as they thought. Also, John Urbancik talks more about novellas, discusses the the difference between first readers, editors and gatekeepers, hints at a future for his DarkWalker series.

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