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The Ditch Diggers are back, folks! A new episode of Mur Lafferty’s and my writing-as-a-job podcast has just released its 17th episode, titled “Blisters!”

But first, if you missed it, you absolutely positively MUST check out our last episode of Ditch Diggers, episode 16, which was recorded live at Worldcon in Spokane and featured authors Kate Elliott, Linda Nagata, Aliette de Bodard, and Fonda Lee teaming up to take on Mur’s and my customized publishing industry version of a D&D-style roleplaying game.

Once you’re all caught-up (you’re welcome), you’re ready to tackle episode 17 which has just dropped! Mur and I are both back home and back to business as usual. We both find ourselves slammed with multiple projects and multiple deadlines, and we talk about how we’re dealing with our schedules and prioritizing to meet all of those obligations while not missing out on our lives for the sake of our jobs (writing).

We also take questions from email and Twitter, Mur recommends some great books on story structure, and we discuss the professional value of an MFA degree.

Finally, Mur and I are having a little contest to win some free copies of my new book ENVY OF ANGELS dropping next week, October 20th. Simply email mightymur AT and answer this question: “What are you doing *besides writing* to advance your writing career?” The most proactive answer we dig the most will win a free copy of the book!

I hope y’all dig the episode. Next time on Ditch Diggers we’ve got none other than epic comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick as our guest host! We recorded with Kelly Sue last week and it’s an amazing episode. We covered so much great professional ground for creators of all stripes. You’re going to learn a lot, and have a damn good time. Kelly Sue is a remarkable, entertaining person.

For now, click here to listen to episode 17, “Blisters!”

As always, don’t forget to subscribe to Ditch Diggers on iTunes, and please do tell a friend or twenty about the show, share us across your social media spaces, all that jazz.

Also, if you like what we do and want to support us creating more and better episodes, please consider becoming a patron of the podcast via Patreon.



No, seriously, the newest episode of the Ditch Diggers podcast is so jam-packed with amazing things I scarcely know where to begin. It was recorded two weeks ago LIVE at Worldcon, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington. Mur and I had a packed, absolutely fucking fabulous theater audience who were overwhelmingly into the show. It was widely tweeted about as one of many, many folks’ favorite things they attended at the con. We are debuting our brand new smashingly good official THEME SONG which was written, performed, and recorded by comedy/nerdcore rap sensation Devo Spice (thank you so much, Tom!).

Probably the best and most memorable Ditch Diggers segment thus far in our short history happened during this episode as we welcomed authors Linda NagataAliette de BodardKate Elliott, and Fonda Lee on stage to roll for initiative and take part in an adventure in the dreaded Forest of Publishing. Mur and I co-GM’ed a very special improvised version of a very popular fantasy roleplaying game, but this one was all about adventures and perils in the publishing industry.

Finally, we had the absolute privilege of welcoming Publishing senior editor Lee Harris on stage to face the firing squad and answer Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Editors But Were Afraid To Ask.

I absolutely love how this episode and the live event turned out. It was everything I want Ditch Diggers to be; entertaining and damn fun while remaining on-topic and bringing you brutally honest information about writing as a job from the pros who do it.

I hope you folks love this one, too.

Our sincere thanks to all of our special guests and especially the fantastic audience who made it out to Ditch Diggers Live, and to Devo Spice for our kick-ass new theme.

To listen to Ditch Diggers Live! click here.

As always, I sincerely request you folks do three things.

Please do subscribe to the Ditch Diggers podcast on iTunes.

Please do consider supporting our Patreon and helping us do more and better episodes featuring bigger and better guests.

Please do talk about Ditch Diggers on all your social media platforms, or just tell your friends. In person. In real-life.

Thanks, folks.