Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick 023: Ask Me Anything (Part 2 of 2)
It’s time for the second part (of two) of the “ask me anything” here on Sonitotum! You can find part one here. This time, I finish answering the remaining three questions submitted by Rebecca Burns.
- What is your experience with writing groups? Critique groups? Collaborative projects?
- When you’ve coached other artists, what revelations have you had or advice have you given that surprised you (like, “Why had I never thought of this before?” or “I wish someone had told me this 10 years ago!”
- How much of your creative energy is spent on your own writing vs. your music vs. helping other artists and how much energy do you spend on non-creative activities? Is this the right balance for you? If not, how would you wish to distribute your energy?
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Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
- My notekeeping / outlining / to-do list / offboard brain app of choice is the amazingly flexible, cross-platform Dynalist.
- Looking for an online and local writer’s critique group with a really supportive community online and off? Try the Coffee House Writer’s Group, especially their Facebook Group.
- You can find some fossil evidence of Sovereign Serials at the Internet Archive.
- These days, the Sovereign Era exists as books and short stories.
- The latest Sovereign Era work is the short story “The News From Bewilder Pond.”
- Once upon a time, I was published by Swarm Press. They’re not a thing anymore.
- The Sovereign Era: Year One was my first big collaborative project as a “storyworld runner” and overall editor.
- P. G. Holyfield contributed a novelette to the Sovereign Era universe, “Canary In a Coal Mine.”
- Matt Maxwell, author. Read his comics, novels, short stories, and essay collections!
- Matt and I wrote our teen epic Devastator on his mom’s word processor. Considering she’s Ann Maxwell (aka many-times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell), it’s safe to say that machine was slumming it that day.
- I help writers solve their problems. Find out how I can be Your Story Buddy.
- In fact, helping writers and other creators is how I earn a living. How can I help you?
- Ghetto Rescue Foundation is a dog rescue and adoption non-profit I assist from time to time.
- Sometimes I make music and record myself playing it in front of some bookshelves, and then I throw the result on YouTube.
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- Aurycle a460 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone
- Akai Professional MPD218 (MIDI drum pad controller for performing drum parts of “Anastasia” (the opening theme song of this podcast)
- Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD (audio interface for directly connecting microphones and musical instruments to a computer)
- Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio (digital audio workstation / music creation software — used when recording and producing “Anastasia” and “Gwinton” (the closing theme of this podcast)
- Adobe Audition CC (digital audio workstation for recording, editing, and producing audio — used to mix and produce the podcast)
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