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  1. The End of Capitalism? - Home | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio

    As a reporter, Paul Mason visited many conflict zones. "In each case," he writes in Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, "the struggle for justice collided with the real power that runs the world." In conversation with host Paul Kennedy, one of Britain’s most outspoken critics of neoliberalism explains why he is optimistic that technology and our changing relationship with the state may create societies that are healthier and more just.

    http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-end-of-capitalism-1.3334355

    —Huffduffed by mattwiebe

  2. The Re-Draft: 12/21/16

    Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun look at mid-season awards, re-draft the 2015 and 2016 drafts and more. Plus, Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere and Kings D Drew Doughty join.

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  3. Writing Excuses 6.30: Help! I Can’t End My Book! | Writing Excuses

    I’m struggling with this right now. I’m re-writing a book from a first draft on my blog right now. I originally wrote up to the end but not the end itself. While I had something in mind, by the time I got there it just didn’t feel right, so it’s still dangling there, taunting me. I still don’t know how I’m going to end it, but this ‘cast gives me some helpful ideas. In particular, I think I may just go ahead and write it anyway as suggested and see how it falls out and go from there. Once again, thanks for the timely advice!

    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/12/25/writing-excuses-6-30-help-i-cant-end-my-book/

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  4. Writing Excuses 6.29: Character Foils | Writing Excuses

    Let’s talk about character foils, and how to use them. We begin with a definition of character foils, expertly read by Mary. Then we talk about some archetypes, like the straight-man and the funny-guy, the hero and the sidekick, and offer some examples.

    And then it’s nuts-and-bolts time: we talk about how and why to do this. Howard offers the example of Reverend Theo and Kevyn in the Schlock Mercenary books. Mary explains how she used a foil to strengthen her short story “For Want of a Nail,” (which went on to win a Hugo award.) Brandon tells us how adding a foil character was critical to The Way of Kings. Finally, Dan reveals to us (spoiler alert!) how John Cleaver and Mr. Crowley are foils for one another in I Am Not a Serial Killer.

     

    Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Late Eclipses: an October Daye Novel, by Seanan McGuire, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal.

    Writing Prompt: Generate a list of five character pairs. Pick the most interesting of the set, and write about them.

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    Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 15:39 — 10.7MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/12/18/writing-excuses-6-29-character-foils/

    —Huffduffed by mattwiebe

  5. Writing Excuses 6.28: Interstitial Art | Writing Excuses

    Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman from the Interstitial Arts Foundation join Mary and Dan at World Fantasy to discuss things that fall into the gaps between the genres.

    How do publishers, agents, and booksellers deal with titles that are speculative, but that cannot be easily categorized as science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal romance, steampunk, or one of the other readily shelvable genres? And how should authors approach writing such titles?

    (We apologize for Dan’s low volume — neither Producer Jordo nor Howard were present to play engineer and catch the fact that Dan’s track wasn’t capturing any actual audio. Jordo did what he could to bump Dan’s volume up after the fact.)

    Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint, narrated by the author along with a full voice cast and with additional cool soundscapes, is one of the Neil Gaiman Presents titles on Audible.

    Writing Prompt: Try to write something that doesn’t fit neatly into the genres you’re familiar with.

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    Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:55 — 13.7MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/12/11/writing-excuses-6-28-interstitial-art/

    —Huffduffed by mattwiebe

  6. Writing Excuses 6.27: Fantasy Setting Yard Sale | Writing Excuses

    It’s the Writing Excuses Fantasy Setting Yard Sale!

    In this experimental (at least for us) ‘cast, Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard build a couple of fantasy settings for you, and they’re free. Seriously. TAKE THEM.

    We start our world-building with an unusual way for someone to obtain magical powers. We ended up with space-dust. We then head into what these powers do, and again we look for something unusual. We picked mutation. Then we start applying limitations: astrological, alchemical, and geological.

    Our second pass (we’re giving away more than one of these!) began with cultural elements. We toy with how political power is granted, and end up with some neat linguistic bits, puerile humor, dance steps, ambidexterity, and a callback to the earlier puerility.

    Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel, by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Michael Kramer

    Writing Prompt: This whole episode is one big writing prompt, and you need one because NaNoWriMo is over, but that’s no excuse to not write. You’re out of excuses, as we’ve told you on more than one occasion. Write!

    Puerility: “Fart joke.”

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    Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 17:21 — 11.9MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/12/04/writing-excuses-6-27-fantasy-setting-yard-sale/

    —Huffduffed by mattwiebe

  7. Writing Excuses 6.26: Mystery Plotting | Writing Excuses

    Let’s talk mystery! Specifically, how do you plot a good mystery? We’re not focusing on the mystery genre but many of these principles will apply there. For fantasy and science-fiction work this usually means creating plots or sub-plots in which the main experience for the reader is one of discovery or revelation, rather than anticipation.

    Tools we discuss include the presentation of clues, unreliable character (and narrator) viewpoints, and how to offer the reader multiple plausible explanations prior to the big reveal. Howard talks about the plotting of the next Schlock Mercenary book, Random Access Memorabilia, and Dan tells us a little about his next book, Partials. Both titles have a mystery and a reveal, while neither is a whodunit.

    Special Audible Sponsor: Neil Gaiman has teamed up with Audible and the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), personally selecting several of his favorite books and producing them with some of his favorite narrators. Check out “Neil Gaiman Presents” at Audible for a list of titles and the reasons why Neil selected these books.

    Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Snuff, by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs.

    Writing Prompt: Write your way backwards into a puzzle-box mystery. The answer is that someone’s soul is in the box — now reverse-engineer the plot so that the presence of a soul in the box is surprising yet inevitable.

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    Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 17:03 — 11.7MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/11/27/writing-excuses-6-26-mystery-plotting/

    —Huffduffed by mattwiebe

  8. Writing Excuses 6.25: When Characters do Dumb Things | Writing Excuses

    Let’s face it. The characters in your book will do some dumb things. We’re here to help you make sure they do those dumb things for the right reasons.

    Brandon, Dan, Mary, and Howard talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of dumb, and how you as an author can write dumb smart. Or smartly write dumb. Something like that.

     

    Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Variant, by Robison Wells, narrated by Michael Goldstrom.

    Writing Prompt: Create a solid romance in which the characters cannot be together because of good, intelligent, character-driven reasons.

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    Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 16:21 — 11.2MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/11/20/writing-excuses-6-25-when-characters-do-dumb-things/

    —Huffduffed by mattwiebe

  9. NaNoWriMo Pep-Talk from Mary | Writing Excuses

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  10. Writing Excuses 6.24: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime | Writing Excuses

    Andrew P. Mayer joins Howard, Mary, and Dan at Dragon*Con 2011. Andrew’s has one book out, The Falling Machine, and the second book in this “Society of Steam” series, Hearts of Smoke, comes out on November 22nd. Andrew describes them as “steampunk superhero” novels, which nicely takes us into our topic, which centers around taking a ridiculous, over-the-top concept and using it to create brilliant and realistic literature.

    We discuss a number of concepts which seem, at least on the surface, to be completely ridiculous, and which have been turned into wonderful stories, books, and series of books. We also talk about how to pull this off, and what writing skills we need to bring to bear.

    Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Mainspring, by Jay Lake, narrated by William Dufris

    Writing Prompt: Give us a story about a character who discovers that there exists a pill to grant you the powers of a god.

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    Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:38 — 12.8MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

    http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/11/13/writing-excuses-6-24-from-the-ridiculous-to-the-sublime/

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