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Sit back, fill up your cup and enjoy as we bring you monthly episodes where we interview makers of all walks of life. Some are fellow marketers, some make food, some make art. No matter what it is they make, there is a story to tell.
 
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The order of creations and naming and how people get creative derivations backward. Also balancing between taking due credit for hard work with fighting being egotistical. The Nebula Awards trailer is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21VKlslZIRo You can register for the online Nebula Conference here (https://events.sfwa.org/). The audiobook of …
 
“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” ~Anatoli Boukreev, Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer What pairs well with adventure? Coffee of course. Meet today’s guest, Shaefer Church who is a barista by day and rock climber by night. At just 26 …
 
Updates on Stuff, including something I'm noodling about The Mark of the Tala and Rayfe's point of view - and some of the other male protagonists, too - and more considerations of how much to change when republishing an older book. You can register for the online Nebula Conference here (https://events.sfwa.org/). The audiobook of GREY MAGIC is here…
 
On pets, best friends, jewelry, and character details. Why some stuff gets forgotten and has to be caught on revision, why writers tend not to give characters pets (though I think they should), and how I forgot Nic's copper bracelet. The SFWA Auction is here (https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/auctionhome.action?vhost=wbi), and you can register…
 
Why we forget things going into another room and, related, why I had melting ice cubes in my pocket. Great news on the GREY MAGIC audiobook, though I'm puzzled why ACX put it under erotica. Jack's podcast DERELICT is here (http://jbartonmitchell.com/derelict-episode-one-premiere/). The SFWA Auction is here (https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/au…
 
What it means to be a fulltime writer and supporting yourself with your writing career, and how that's a continual effort to maintain. Also big news on rights reversion for my TEN Carina Press books! What do I do now??? The Heirs of Magic series is here (https://jeffekennedy.com/series/heirs-of-magic). Preorder THE STORM PRINCESS AND THE RAVEN KING…
 
Clichés, why we reach for them, how they're really just tape-recordings to fill in gaps - even in daily conversation with each other! - and how to counter them. Also how every book is someone's favorite book ever. Because I mention MASTER OF THE OPERA, that's here (https://jeffekennedy.com/series/master-of-the-opera-e-serial). The Heirs of Magic se…
 
A bit of a breakdown of membership requirements of various writer's organizations, along with thoughts on insular knowledge (and lingo) and unwritten rules. And some rhapsodizing about my first Kindle. (Angels wept!) The Sorcerous Moons series - now in KU! - is available here (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09YVVB82N). The form to preorder books for Ap…
 
Using the Scalzi method for planning a new book/series idea, generally good news on the health front - I have beautiful bones! - and some agent thoughts and news. Also, an exception to common wisdom on submitting to trad. The Sorcerous Moons series - now in KU! - is available here (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09YVVB82N). The form to preorder books f…
 
I'm raving about what I loved about Bridgertons Season 2 (with spoilers, so...) and about a magical moment in the delightful Julia. Also some secret author ranting, being a creative, and other champagne problems. The show Julia that I talk about is here (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10975574/). The Sorcerous Moons series - now in KU! - is available…
 
My Act II Climax crisis arriving right on schedule, being emotionally available for writing fiction, the ways feminism manifests, mastery and the show Julia, and thoughts on being kind to one another. The show Julia that I talk about is here (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10975574/). The 30 minutes of Tom Hiddleston reading poetry is here (https://w…
 
An eventful weekend for me - with good and bad - and I'm talking about the value of fiction and even sports in helping us get through tough times in life. Also my discovery on poetry and its amazing effect on refilling the well! The 30 minutes of Tom Hiddleston reading poetry is here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GooJaG0CtaU). The Sorcerous Moon…
 
A Happy Birthday shoutout to Agent Sarah Younger, along with thoughts about what makes an agent truly amazing. Today is also the relaunch of Sorcerous Moons in KU! Thoughts on editing, proofing, and reaching new readers. The Sorcerous Moons series - now in KU! - is available here (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09YVVB82N). The form to preorder books fo…
 
On the rebranding of Sorcerous Moons - out on KU starting tomorrow! - some movie recs, and non-recs (what's with the discordant jazz in Spencer???), and thoughts on disease in Victorian times and how lucky we are. The movies I mention are Gifted (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4481414/), Pam & Tommy (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13659418/), and Spenc…
 
Meeting your heroes and how it can be awesome or devastating. Updates on why I've come to working incrementally and steadily on my novels and current tweaks to my process for Sustainable Creativity. The form to preorder books for Apollycon is here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbs-nwq5cfOpk-5xzhz1mfUMycvaZ-bRdvmF0uN7--Ii9ioQ/viewform?v…
 
Believing in yourself, in your own work, and keeping to your line - and knowing the difference between that and looking for ways to improve and grow. Also plot-breaking with Melinda Snodgrass and not being a clone. The form to preorder books for Apollycon is here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbs-nwq5cfOpk-5xzhz1mfUMycvaZ-bRdvmF0uN7--I…
 
I've gone down a delightful and rewarding rabbit hole of reading, learning all about the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. That's linking into thoughts on the evolution of literary criticism and what makes work "good." The book I mention is Dared & Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning by Julia Markus (https://www.goodreads.com…
 
On having the inside track for how things work - from the mystique of knowing when the best hanging plants are in to navigating various communities, including thoughts on privilege and the volunteer ethic. The audiobook of BRIGHT FAMILIAR is here (https://www.audible.com/pd/Bright-Familiar-Audiobook/B09WSGFLXW?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-…
 
On improving craft and leveling up at any career stage - how do we do it? Thoughts on Fred Astaire, The Beatles, Connie Willis, and how who we are, and what we're going through in our lives, will always influence our work. The audiobook of BRIGHT FAMILIAR is here (https://www.audible.com/pd/Bright-Familiar-Audiobook/B09WSGFLXW?source_code=AUDFPWS02…
 
The BRIGHT FAMILIAR audiobook is now available! Otherwise I'm talking about asking questions of and having conversations with other creatives, why being in person is so stimulating, and shows I'm loving. Severance is here (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11280740/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) and Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is here (https://www.i…
 
All about the Jack Williamson Lectureship, peopleing, how utterly wonderful Connie Willis is, and how meaningful it can be, how we treat those we perceive as lesser than us, careerwise. Also, what I did to my laptop. The FIERCE HEARTS Anthology to benefit Ukraine is here (https://books2read.com/fiercehearts ). The treats for the Pixel Project Fundr…
 
A Very Special Episode: I'm at the home of the fabulous Darynda Jones, chatting with her about her revision process, knowing what critiques to pay attention to, and how we're doing the author life all rong. The FIERCE HEARTS Anthology to benefit Ukraine is here (https://books2read.com/fiercehearts ). The treats for the Pixel Project Fundraising Cam…
 
Thoughts on Generation X (of which I is one) and a recent Twitter thread on our traits. Also my feelings on email expectations, catching up, and all the various business that require an author's attention. The Twitter thread I mention is here (https://twitter.com/girdley/status/1511316479106453511). The FIERCE HEARTS Anthology to benefit Ukraine is…
 
On the recent kerfuffle of readers buying and returning books on Amazon, declaring that it's "an author problem, not a reader problem," why Amazon tolerates this behavior and the lesson authors can take from that. The FIERCE HEARTS Anthology to benefit Ukraine is here (https://books2read.com/fiercehearts ). The treats for the Pixel Project Fundrais…
 
About the honor system, tricking people, whether to answer questions authentically or to entertain, Jack Williamson and having a legacy of words that you created, and my upcoming schedule for the week. The FIERCE HEARTS Anthology to benefit Ukraine is here (https://books2read.com/fiercehearts ). The treats for the Pixel Project Fundraising Campaign…
 
The FIERCE HEARTS Anthology to benefit Ukraine is out today!! I'm talking about my contribute to this wonderful collection - a special sneak peek! which I never do - and why there's a prologue when I don't do those either. The FIERCE HEARTS Anthology to benefit Ukraine is here (https://books2read.com/fiercehearts ). And the Kingdom of Thirst podcas…
 
A surprise kitty visit has me laughing! Beyond that I'm telling about the OTHER time a magazine printed my story without permission or paying me, with advice on how creators can be smart about this sort of thing. The treats for the Pixel Project Fundraising Campaign are here (https://thepixelproject.rallyup.com/read4pixelsiwd2022/Campaign/Details) …
 
My weekend: with thoughts on The Lost City, Bridgerton, how I learned to use a chainsaw and other thoughts on romance, rearranging my office, and long-term landscape-management in the desert southwest. The treats for the Pixel Project Fundraising Campaign are here (https://thepixelproject.rallyup.com/read4pixelsiwd2022/Campaign/Details) GREY MAGIC …
 
I'm celebrating the change in SFWA's membership requirements and discussing my long history of working toward this change - since 2008! - including a tale of how a magazine published my story without telling me. The treats for the Pixel Project Fundraising Campaign are here (https://thepixelproject.rallyup.com/read4pixelsiwd2022/Campaign/Details) G…
 
Eva Chen, Director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, said in an interview, “Build a lifestyle around your brand, and the audience will follow.” What is a personal brand and how do you create one? Have a cup of coffee with Jamie, Addie, and their guest Carey Rose O’Connell to find out. Lisa Gansky, co-founder of the first commercial website (GNN…
 
Being with the Tao and embracing a natural sleep cycle, becoming more productive in healthy ways, upcoming conferences, and why I'm so grateful I don't have to earn a living as a cocktail waitress. The Kingdom of Thirst podcast is here (https://www.kingdomofthirst.com/). The treats for the Pixel Project Fundraising Campaign are here (https://thepix…
 
Celebrating the 700th episode of First Cup of Coffee today! Otherwise I'm talking about a cool thing Lyft is doing, singing the praises of sweet peas (yes, still), and offering hot tips on new fashion trends. The treats for the Pixel Project Fundraising Campaign are here (https://thepixelproject.rallyup.com/read4pixelsiwd2022/Campaign/Details) GREY…
 
Spreading the good word that there is no shortage of sweet-pea seeds! LOL. And used hybrid cars are really expensive right now. In other breaking news, you can bid on some goodies from me to help stop Violence Against Women. The treats for the Pixel Project Fundraising Campaign are here (https://thepixelproject.rallyup.com/read4pixelsiwd2022/Campai…
 
David got rear-ended yesterday. He and his passengers are fine, but our car maybe isn't. Otherwise I'm talking about subjective interpretations of books by readers and what cliffhangers are and aren't. GREY MAGIC is now available! (https://jeffekennedy.com/grey-magic) The audiobook of DARK WIZARD is here (https://www.audible.com/pd/Dark-Wizard-Audi…
 
Author birthdays and doing a bit of show and tell on my very first publications, nearly 25 years ago. Also reflecting on authors letting go of works for readers to make their own - but that readers need to remember that authors, even famous ones, are human beings. GREY MAGIC is now available! (https://jeffekennedy.com/grey-magic) The audiobook of D…
 
Part of finding out what your process is and owning it is knowing what kind of worker you are and whether you can create your own structure or if you need help with that. Also a story about dealing with doctors. GREY MAGIC is now available! (https://jeffekennedy.com/grey-magic) The audiobook of DARK WIZARD is here (https://www.audible.com/pd/Dark-W…
 
Self-care, "forcing ourselves to relax," and the ongoing push/pull of knowing when to be kind to ourselves and back off of pressure and when to apply discipline to get the work done. GREY MAGIC is now available! (https://jeffekennedy.com/grey-magic) The audiobook of DARK WIZARD is here (https://www.audible.com/pd/Dark-Wizard-Audiobook/B09QQRHTYZ?so…
 
I'm unfolding my New Plan for daily wordcount and being honest with myself about my true sustainable productivity. Also about missing stairs and the creep problem in the writing community, and what we do about it. The new article I mention on the creep problem is here (https://hclairetaylor.medium.com/indie-publishing-has-a-creep-problem-df60bfbef7…
 
Journalist and social-political activist Gloria Steinem once said, “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Don’t miss out on the potential of your day, your week, or your year when you meet at a crossroads. We watched Charles Kuralt and Mike Rowe make a living…
 
A surprise bird strike today! (With a happy ending.) Also why finishing a story arc takes so much effort, the analogy of landing a plane, thoughts on exercise physiology and creative output, and being aware of other creators. GREY MAGIC is now available! (https://jeffekennedy.com/grey-magic) The audiobook of DARK WIZARD is here (https://www.audible…
 
A very special episode of First Cup of Coffee, in which I wish my wonderful mother the very happiest of birthdays and many happy returns! GREY MAGIC is now available! (https://jeffekennedy.com/grey-magic) The audiobook of DARK WIZARD is here (https://www.audible.com/pd/Dark-Wizard-Audiobook/B09QQRHTYZ?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-294201&re…
 
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