One week from today I’ll be boarding a plane alongside my luminous fiancée, Nikki, and the pair of us will be flying to Kansas City for The 74th WorldCon, taking place during MidAmeriCon II. I’ll be appearing on and even moderating a few panels, and (naturally) shilling the various books I have out right now.
The big ticket item is, of course, the second annual Ditch Diggers Live! Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., my intrepid co-host Mur Lafferty and I will be recording a live episode of our almost-award-nominated writing-as-a-job podcast with many special guests and surprises. At last year’s WorldCon in Spokane we tore the f’n house down with DD Live! and we plan on doing it again this year, so I hope y’all will come out and fill the room for it.
So, yeah. The rest of the time I’ll be at the bar. You know. The Bar. If you’re coming to Kansas City I’ll see ya there.
SO MUCH AWESOME I DON’T EVEN HAVE TIME TO GREET YOU, FOLKS.
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 Nagata, Aliette de Bodard, Kate 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 Tor.com 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.
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