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Welcome to another recording from World Science Fiction Convention #70, Chicon 7: “Conquering Writer’s Block.”
Has your story fizzled out or hit a wall before completion? There are common reasons for this, and common solutions which work for most writers. Pros discuss their tips and tricks for getting a story back on track.
Russell Davis, Tom King, Eldon Thompson, Monica Valentinelli, Gene Wolfe
AudioTim 43: Tom King, Author of Superhero Novel, A ONCE CROWDED SKY
AudioTim 42: Chicon 7 Panel, “Write What You Don’t Know”
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Our guest this week, Tom King, a former CIA Counterterrorism operations officer, discusses life fighting on the front lines post 9/11, and his life now as a husband, father, and full-time author. We discuss the strong themes in his novel A ONCE CROWDED SKY about war, avoiding a world full of violence, and the pull between being a hero and being a husband. Tom discusses how he still doesn’t know if he made the right decision to leave the CIA, and how his novel illustrates the lack of cut and dry answers in life that are also the hardest to live with. For the superheroes in his novel who lose their powers, they go from living the dream, to having everything taken away, and having to deal with their new, unglamorous lives. PenUltimate, the only superhero who didn’t give up his powers, is hated, and doesn’t want to leave his wife to help save the day. As the enemy returns, that decision becomes more difficult, and his story really touches the heart.
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Being an aspiring author means I read a lot, and I enjoy the challenge of critiquing books as I read them. Because of this, I”m not the fastest reader, but I put a lot of thought into my evaluation. It also means I don’t have time to read books I don’t like, and only finish about ten percent of the books I start reading. You won’t see many, if any, negative reviews, so most of what you see will be 4 and 5 stars, with very few 5’s.
Check out my first review of Tom King’s A Once Crowded Sky, a superhero adventure with heart, mystery, and immersive action that makes reading about these characters a moving experience.
SF Signal, 2012 Hugo Award winner for Best Fanzine, is a tremendous opportunity to get exposure for books I enjoy, as well as providing me review copies of books to help me afford my reading habit. I will also be restarting my podcast, AudioTim, so hopefully the combination of the two will lead to more publishers sending me books. That’s not the only reason I”m doing it, of course, but I’ll get into my reasons more later. Stay tuned for my post on Monday where I go into my plans for AudioTim Season Two, and why I decided to start podcasting again.
I went to my first major con a few weeks ago, driving up by myself to Chicago on Saturday to visit the World Science Fiction Convention, this year known as ChiCon 7. I wrote a blog post over at New Authors Fellowship, sharing the wonderful and not so wonderful experiences I had. Nothing great comes without sacrifice, so I’m fine, and so thankful that I went. I am sad that I only got to stay for Saturday, and therefore missed the Hugo Awards, so I’m putting together my own Hugo Awards based on people I met or sat as audience for in panels. Big congrats to all the winners of the real awards, and my silly fake ones.
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