TalkCast 357 – Author Richard Paolinelli




Richard Paolinelli

Richard Paolinelli

On this edition we meet renowned author Richard Paolinelli. We get the chance to talk about how he and the podcast met and the about his many fields of work including sports journalism for many newspapers culminating with his tenure at the San Francisco Examiner which ended in 2010 and how that reignited his interest in fiction and science fiction.

He talks about some of current works including his latest novel. Escaping Infinity, what its all about, where it came from and his amazing success with it as it is now nominated in the category of Best Sci Fi Novel at the Dragon Awards, a fairly new award at DragonCon in Atlanta. Then, he touches on his love of Sherlock Holmes and how that brought him to Belanger Books, who in turn brought him to us to do the podcast and, as it turns out, also become a contributing author to the next edition of My Peculiar Family.

If it all sound a bit convoluted, it’s because it is, so enjoy the conversation. Sit back and enjoy the story of the man who just might possibly be related to Babe Pinelli.

 

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Escaping Infinity

Escaping Infinity

TalkCast 356 – LL Soares from Blue Clay, Massachusetts & Naomi Moore from New Orbit Magazine in NZ




In this episode, 2 guests and no Java.

ll soaresOur first guest is an old friend of the show, author, cinema reviewer, Bram Stoker Award Winner and raconteur LL Soares, here to talk about his newest book, Buried in Blue Clay. BiBC is an all out creepfest, but if you’re in any way aware of LL’s writings, this is no surprise. What is a surprise, however is that the fictional city of Blue Clay, Massachusetts is a recurring theme throughout most of his writing and this book is , in some ways, his attempt to somehow bring it all together whilst taking about ghost trap rooms, alien beings, washed up writers and the occasional creepy ass bug thrown in for good measure. Good unnerving,  skin crawling reading, perfect for a thunderstorm in a deserted mansion right before a power failure, but listen in, because he describes it better. We also talk about his website Cinema Knife Fight and spend a few moments talking about Vallerian (which I surmised is Psudo-Slavic for, “I wish this movie had a plot” but evidently not).

Orbit logo. png            Our second guest is Naomi Moore, creator and force behind the new publication New Orbit, which is due to premiere in October 2017. What is so different about Orbit is their desire to seek new voices from all walks of life, all countries, ages who have a desire to speak about the future. As such, they are accepting submissions from across the globe. Also, all accepted submissions will be paid content, so no more of this “doing it for the exposure” routine. Work deserves payment. Naomi has a herculean task and is planning well for the first edition. If you want more information, click here. If you want to lean about how to submit, click here. Find other ways to support this effort here.

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TalkCast 355 – Introducing Ryanne Strong




Ryanne Strong

Ryanne Strong

 

In this episode we meet new author Ryanne Strong. We talk about her writing career and the many other aspects of it including illustration and crafts. Ryanne is one of the authors on our new upcoming anthology. “My Peculiar Family II. The Holiday Edition ‘(working title). We get the opportunity to speak with her about what its like for a new writer trying to sharpen her craft and her working in various writers groups, some very helpful, others not as much.We also discus her works that were included in ‘Tricks and Treats’. It’s a fun time to learn about our new anthology and our newest author.

 

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TalkCast 354 – The Museum of Classic Sci-Fi




Neil ColeOur guest for this episode is Neil Cole. For the last two years he has been in the process of building a museum in Allendale, England, detailing the history of Science Fiction. He is fulfilling his lifelong dream to create a small, permanent museum to share his collection of original props and costumes, original artwork (some of it his own) and share his passion for the genre. After months and months of work, all planning permits have finally been granted and for the last year and a half, he has become builder, prop restorer, sculptor, curator, researcher, graphic designer, artist and anything else needed to bring his dream to fruition. Over the course of this wide ranging interview we touch on many subjects:

If you ever wondered how Matilda could have a tea party with her My Little Pony’s and the monsters…give a listen.

 

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Matilda

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The Writer’s Block Presents: Get Buried in Blue Clay




blue clayThe latest offering from Bram Stoker Award winner L.L. Soares (Life Rage) is Buried in Blue Clay (2017, Post Mortem Press). We’re immediately on board (both literally and figuratively) with Reddy Soames, a writer who’s not sure he’s still got what it takes, and drinks too much while he ponders this question. He’s heading back to his hometown of Blue Clay to investigate the urban legends of his youth in the hopes of getting a book written based on them. Growing up, he’d heard rumors of jellyfish-like aliens with ties to the azure-sanded beaches of Blue Clay.

Reddy makes contact with another writer in town—Bellows has published his own musings on the rumors of strange beings associated with Blue Clay—and though the two men take an instant dislike to each other, they’re often forced to bear each other’s company while investigating the mysteries of the town. Eventually, Bellows hooks Reddy up with HEK—a charismatic teacher with a bit of a cult following. Reddy’s quickly drawn into a world of unearthly creatures, big, blue secrets, and a weird, ritual-abiding group determined to recruit and redeem Mr. Soames.

Reddy’s a mostly likeable and frankly honest sort, a man careening toward middle age who has long since stopped worrying about fame and fortune, focusing more on getting by with the help of liquor and the occasional lady friend—sometimes gentlemen friends, too. HEK, on the other hand, is a man of secrets, and while you may get frustrated at his refusal to give up answers, don’t worry—Reddy shares your frustration. The novel maintains a strong, suspenseful pace of bizarre mystery, keeping you turning the page.

Nobody is safe in the world Soares has written here, which makes for several surprising twists and turns. He paints a town whose beaches of sapphire clay sound, quite frankly, beautiful, in stark contrast with the weathered, depressed landscape of the struggling working class. Reddy’s navigating middle age and the unremarkability of his own life: a few jellies and giant centipedes might be just the thing to spice it up. Faced again and again with the choice of doing something extraordinary though clearly dangerous, or fading into obscurity, Reddy’s actions make him all the more relatable. You may not get all the answers you seek, but you’ll finish the book knowing one thing for certain: you are not alone. It’ll also leave you wondering: maybe we are not alone.

Buried in Blue Clay is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. L.L. Soares can be found at www.llsoares.com or reviewing movies at Cinema Knife Fight.

TalkCast 353 – The Atlas Animalia Kickstarter




Atlas Animalia

Atlas Animalia

Sarah Dahlinger and Andreas Walters join this episode to talk about Metal Weave Games newest Kickstarter “Atlas Animalia – A book of monster variants”. Andreas is the President of Metal Weave Games and gets everyone up to speed on this latest book from them and what it does. Sarah is ther most amazing artist of these fantastic creatures. After working in travel, video games, and the medical fields, she made the jump to become an independent artist focusing on scientific illustration, video games, and creature design. She also likes hiking, reptiles, soccer, and her greyhound, Dodger. Her work can be seen at www.sarahdahlinger.com

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TalkCast 352 – Peter Vinton, Jr.




Peter Vinton, Jr.

Peter Vinton, Jr.

A few episodes ago, with George O’Connor as guest, George suggested he was a member of the “SFSN’s 5 Timers Club” and get the very first Green Jacket. Alas, upon researching, he only has been on 4 times and was disqualified. Tonight, however, Sci Fi Saturday Night is proud to present our first induction into “The 5 Timers Club”. The inimitable Peter Vinton, Jr. joins us to talk about his work and his book series, “The Monitor’s Guild” and its mirror to current and future society. We then discuss the constantly evolving new England Comic Con and Convention scene with a look at the new conventions springing up all over and what it means to both new and upcoming artists and content creators as well as well known and established creators and the increasing number of “Special Appearance Conventions” that are growing in popularity and size.

Join us for a thought provoking hour, and congratulations to Peter, our first inductee into this hallowed club.

A 5 Timers Club Inductee

A 5 Timers Club Inductee

 

 

 

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The Writer’s Block Presents: Curtis Lawson’s Writing Process




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This month, I asked author Curtis Lawson (It’s a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World) to talk about his writing process. I’m about halfway through his new short story collection, Black Pantheons, and am duly impressed, so I figured the world should hear more from this talented author. Black Pantheons is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Here’s Curtis, in his own words!

Short stories have always been hard for me. They demand, in many ways, storytelling of a much more engaging and clever nature than novels. The telling of short stories is a delicate balancing act of establishing character, atmosphere, and plot within a limited space. If too much is revealed, the pacing can easily fail. Reveal too little, and you risk a disinterested reader.

In short fiction, it’s imperative to capture your audience straight away, enrapture them in the vaguest glimpse of your world, make them sympathize with a passing stranger, and deliver some memorable manner of resolution.

There are three key factors, I believe, in creating a winning short story. The first is economy of language. The second is choice of character. Lastly, the situation and conflict must be able to survive in a vacuum.

I know many authors will argue that short stories should be written by the seat of your pants. I’ve never had success with that method. The discipline of the word count is always at odds with my natural ramblings, so I approach short fiction much like I do scripting comics.

The first decade or so of my writing career was focused on comics and graphic novels. One of the realities of that industry is the firm page count. Comic publishers want books between twenty-two and twenty-four pages per issue. Your creative vision for a thirty-five page story will never warrant you an extra ten pages, unless you’re self-publishing. As such, I grew accustomed to writing in these confines.

When scripting a comic, I would break the story into scenes and budget out a certain number of pages to each scene. Early on, I learned visual shorthand techniques to establish character and mood in the limited confines of the comic page. Dialogue was written with economy of space in mind. Every word spoken would have to perform multiple functions – convey information, forward the plot, and establish tone and character. There was simply no use for a word that served only one of those functions.

These are the lessons regarding economy of language that I brought with me when I started writing short prose. I first determine plot and tone. Next, I set a goal of my word count. After that, I break the story into scenes and budget a rough percentage of my word count as each scene warrants.

When the time comes to actually write, I do my best to make economic use of language. My writing has often been described as cinematic. That is in no small part due to my background in visual storytelling. In prose, I try to use strong imagery and visual short hand to serve multiple functions, very much in the way I would with comics.

The second key to writing good, short fiction, as I stated above, is choice of character. In this regard, I think of the words of Stephen King, that a short story should be a dance with a stranger. Your character in short fiction must have barbs about their person, ready to hook the reader’s mind. This could be something as superficial as a distinct manner of speaking, or as intimate as the troubling inner monologue of a diseased mind. The trick is showing just enough to make the reader say yes to the dance. In a novel, you want your readers to fall in love (or hate) with your characters. In a great short story, you should strive for lust. You want them thinking of the character days later, wondering what might have been if they had had more time together.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, is for your story to be capable of surviving in a vacuum. That vacuum is the unwritten void around your narrative. As a writer, you choose specific, extraordinary events, and decide they are special enough to write about. If the story is to stand as a tiny snippet into imagined lives, it must be strong enough to resist the vicious gravity of the reader’s mind. The here and now must be so deeply intriguing that the reader forgets that there is no before or after. Paradoxically, you need to manipulate the reader into yearning for those non-existent elements outside of the story. To put it simply, resolve the story, but always leave them wanting more.

So there you have it, my personal philosophy and routine for writing short stories. Nearly every piece in my collection, Black Pantheons, was written in this same manner. Down the road, I may experiment in contradiction to this, but to date, this works for me. Hopefully the stories I’ve written work for others.

See? Told you this guy was good. You can learn more about Curtis and his books at his website, https://curtismlawson.wordpress.com/.

TalkCasat 351 – Duane Coffill & The Zombie Moose




Duane CoffillWhat ever happened to zombie moose? Tonight we explore that and more as Duane Coffill joins us to talk about his work, the work of the Horror Writers of Maine and their premiere anthology Northern Frights. Duane is the Founder/President of Horror Writers Of Maine, Horror Authors Alliance and is a proud member of New England Horror Writers. Lets face it, Maine can be one spooky place and Duane talks about a lot of it.

This anthology also includes works by:Northern Frights

 

Dome’s “Cough” switch was overworked tonight so, we missed the news.

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If you google zombie moose, you see this:

Zombie Moose

TalkCast 350 – George O’Connor at the PKD Film Festival




Healed

Healed

When one of our friends has a showing of his short film at The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, Its really time to celebrate. This ‘cast is a celebration with George for the inclusion of his film Healed in the festival. It will be shown Monday May29th. at 2pm in The Courthouse Theater venue. We talk about everything about the film, the festival, his Metal Band and buying tin futures in Sri  Lanka. We are all so happy for his success and also his impending inclusion in the SFSN 5 Timers Club.

George O'Connor

George O’Connor

 

 

 

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Special Treat: After the break click to see the full cast and crew of Healed.

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