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GM Intrusions is the podcast devoted to Numenera, The Strange and other games using the Cypher System. This podcast provides insights to players and GMs as well as product reviews for Numenera, The Strange and other Cypher System games.
 
Lex Out Loud is a podcast for writers, readers and all lovers of speculative fiction. I’m writing my third novel, and I’m taking you along for the journey. Whether you’re a writer or game master, or you’re just curious about the creative writing process, this show is for you! I discuss my writing process, and I share the insights I learn, as my experience grows.
 
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Today I’m going to share the ideal word counts for a debut sci-fi or fantasy novel. After that I’ll talk a bit about what I’ve learned as a writer from The Wheel of Time. Links Word Counts for Novels LOL Episode on Points of View and Tense LOL Episode on Manuscript Best Practices On Writing by Stephen King. Call My Voicemail: 951-465-5391 Try Audib…
 
In episode 41 I talked about best practices for formatting your manuscript. This week I discuss best practices for backing up your manuscript and other files relevant to your work in progress. If you follow this advice, it will take a true end-of-civilization cataclysm for you to lose your work, and if that happens, you’ll likely have bigger things…
 
Today I’m going to recommend some best practices when it comes to writing your actual manuscript. These include the best software to use and guidelines on formatting your manuscript. Links To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini On Writing by Stephen King Get a free 30 day trial of Audible with my affiliate link. Differences between Templ…
 
November is national novel writing month, and for many writers that means the NaNoWriMo competition. This week I’m going to go against the grain, play devil’s advocate and discuss why NaNoWriMo might NOT be the way you want to celebrate November. Links Episode 38: Setting the Right Writing Goal for You How Long Should a Book Be? Becoming a Writer, …
 
An essential part of preparing your novel for submission is participating in a writing group. This gives you a chance to get other writers’ eyes on your novel, so they can help you improve it. A very important part of being in a writing group is being able to give good critiques of other writers’ work. Today I’m going to share some best practices f…
 
The best way to make real progress as a writer is to set a daily writing goal and stick to it, writing every day. However, finding the right goal for you can be a bit of a process, and chances are you won’t get it exactly right on the first try. Today I’ll talk about how I recently changed my writing goal to something that works better for me and h…
 
Today I’ll go over some of the options for the point of view of a story. I’ll explain why you generally want to avoid the “weird” ones—they usually get in the way of the reader understanding and enjoying the story. However, occasionally a less common POV will enhance a reader’s immersion in a story, and if you can pull it off flawlessly, it can tak…
 
As writers there’s only so much we can do to perfect our manuscript on our own. Ultimately, we’ll need someone else’s eyes on it to find issues we’ve missed, preferably before sending it off to an agent or publisher. Writing groups, alpha readers and beta readers are way we can get this invaluable feedback. In this first of a series of episodes, we…
 
Today I talk about how writing can be an emotional rollercoaster. Personally, I’ve found I have a lot of emotional highs and lows while writing a novel, and “good writing days” often seem to follow “bad writing days” and vice versa. I also talk about how the difference between good and bad writing is often subjective. Finally, I share how I’ve disc…
 
Today I’m going to talk about the importance of keeping your novel, or other writing project, fresh in your mind. The ideal is writing every day, and this is the simplest, best solution. But if that isn’t possible, the next best thing is keeping it fresh in your mind, so your subconscious continues to work on it in the background, even when you’re …
 
Today I’m going to talk about some of the prewriting I did for these stories. I’ll talk about why I started writing a prequel before I wrote the main story, and why that ended up being the perfect approach for me to take with this project.Lex Starwalker による
 
Today I talk about a brute force writing hack to get you started or get you past a point where you’re stuck—a conversation between two characters. I also talk a bit about my philosophy on the writing and revising process, and I point out some of the pitfalls of having too many point-of-view characters in a story.…
 
Today I’m going to talk a bit about where I think I fall on the spectrum between discovery writing vs. planned writing. I’m starting to feel like I’m somewhere in the middle, so I’ll talk about how I’m approaching this book now and how that’s going. I’m trying to find a blend of the two approaches that works for me.…
 
I thought the perfect way to wrap up our first season on worldbuilding would be to answer the rest of your questions about the setting. Today I’ll talk a bit about the state of the Earth in the setting, jobs in space and how education will differ in the future.Lex Starwalker による
 
This week I share what I’m reading, watching and playing. If you’re looking for a good mundane/hard sci-fi, I recommend Stowaway. I very quickly go over some exciting developments in space exploration and technology lately. I also revisit the topic of novel word counts in different genres.Lex Starwalker による
 
Today I ponder the point at which reading about writing or listening to someone else talk about writing becomes less useful than actually writing. I also consider the length and frequency of this podcast’s episodes and ask for your feedback.Lex Starwalker による
 
This week I talk about brute force writing and how I used it to get started on this project when I felt a little stuck. If you’re stuck, whether at the beginning of a project or in the middle of it, maybe this method will work for you too. I also talk a bit about creating one of my main characters and searching for a good situation to kick off the …
 
I’m finally ready to start writing the first book! This is an exciting, and yes, slightly terrifying, time! Today I’ll talk about my approach and strategy for beginning the book. I’ve received a great deal of inspiration and help from one of the best writers of our time, Stephen King, and his book, On Writing. I’ll share some of these insights and …
 
Today I’ll answer some listener question about how society will be different in my future setting. I also talk a bit about the difficulties of writing during a pandemic and some of the things I really like to see in a story that I hope to do in my own.Lex Starwalker による
 
Today I’m going to do my best to answer some of the questions you’ve submitted about the setting. I share some thoughts about differences between the subgenres of fantasy & sci-fi: sci-fi-fantasy/space fantasy, space opera & mundane sci-fi. Then I talk about how I was surprised in my research to learn that some things are far more plausible and imm…
 
Today I’m going to talk about animals in space. Turns out, there’s a bit of a debate to be had here. Whether you’ve ever thought about this or not, chances are you have assumptions that put you on one side or the other. Let’s examine and challenge some of these assumptions and see if we can answer the question, “Will we really take animals to live …
 
First, I gush about Douglas Adams and share some of his great writing advice. Then I’ll give you an update on where I’m at on this project. I’ll also share some thoughts I’ve been having about what I want to do and say with this project. I’ll also share some insights I’ve had about some big differences between this book and the last book I wrote.…
 
I’ve talked quite a bit about the overall setting for the books. Lately I’ve been working more on zeroing in on the specific setting I’ll use for the first book. Today I’ll talk a bit about some exciting recent events in space exploration. Then I’ll discuss where I’m at in the worldbuilding and my ideas for the cylinder habitat that will be the sta…
 
One of the major features of my setting are rotating cylinder-shaped habitats for living in space. Ultimately these will be located in orbit of Earth, the Moon, Mars and beyond. I’ve done a lot of work fleshing these out, and today I’ll share some details with you. If you’re in the future, and you’re a reader of my books wanting to know more about …
 
Whether you’re a writer or a game master, your job becomes much easier once your setting comes to life in your mind. You’re able to much more easily improvise new setting elements on-the-fly that fit into your overall concept. Lex shares how he’s found visualization to be a key skill to help him develop his setting and know when it’s ready to go.…
 
Lex continues his exploration of the future history of Earth. This week he looks into goals to better utilize cislunar space, using the Roadmap to Space Settlement published by the National Space Society as a guide. Lex focuses in on how space solar power, especially, will change life on Earth for the better and make the rest of what we want to do …
 
Lex discusses some of what he's been working on in the past week. He goes over some of the everyday technology people will be using in the setting. He then goes over some high concepts and ideas he's interested in exploring through the plots and conflicts. He discusses some research questions he'll be tackling in the future and gives an update on w…
 
Lex begins an exploration of the future history of Earth, starting at the present day and moving forward, with a focus on the expansion of humanity into the rest of the solar system. The first foundational step in this journey is fully utilizing low Earth orbit (LEO). Only with the necessary infrastructure in place in LEO will we be able to move to…
 
Lex explores some of his ideas for the cities of his story, which are great rotating cylinders in geostationary orbit around Earth, connected to the Earth by space elevators. To aid in this discussion, Lex explores some real-world designs of orbital habitats, including the O’Neill Cylinder, the McKendree Cylinder and Kalpana One. He also touches on…
 
Lex gives a clarification on his enjoyment of space opera, and then goes on into worldbuilding. He talks about how he’s using a few different sources to aid in his projections of how humanity will settle the solar system. He figures out how far he wants this process to have progressed, and this helps determine the level and types of technology that…
 
Writing most novels is going to require at least some research. How much depends a lot on the genre you’re writing in and the details of your novel. Research is the natural place to start your worldbuilding, and in this episode, Lex discusses the research he’s doing for his current project and his approach to research in general. Finally, Lex share…
 
This week Lex discusses how he approaches starting a novel and takes you through his progress on his current project so far. He also talks a bit about some of the subgenres of science fiction and how and why one should avoid the dreaded “worldbuilder’s disease”. Finally, Lex discusses why the chef would probably be one of the more important people …
 
Lex Out Loud is a podcast for writers, readers and all lovers of speculative fiction. Lex Starwalker is beginning work on his third novel, and he’s taking you along for the journey. Whether you’re wanting to write a novel or screenplay yourself, or you’re a game master wanting to write an adventure or campaign, or you’re just curious about the crea…
 
Join us as we sample Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale and Breakside Liquid Sunshine Pilsner. Patreon RSS iTunes Stitcher Nikki's Beer Elysian Brewing Night Owl Pumpkin Ale Lex's Beer Breakside Brewery Liquid Sunshine Pilsner Please support the podcast and Starwalker Studios If you enjoy our podcasts, please help us out. Become a Patron of the show on …
 
We taste Ken Schmidt Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout and Reuben's Brews Crikey American IPA. Patreon RSS iTunes Stitcher Nikki's Beer Ken Schmidt Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout Lex's Beer Reuben's Brews Crikey American IPA Please support the podcast and Starwalker Studios If you enjoy our podcasts, please help us out. Become a Patron of the show on Pa…
 
Tonight we try Small Town Brewerys Not Your Father's Root Beer and Square Mile Cider Co. Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider. Patreon RSS iTunes Stitcher Lex's Beer Small Town Brewery Not Your Father's Rootbeer Nikki's Beer Square Mile Cider Co. Spur & Vine Hopped Apple Cider Please support the podcast and Starwalker Studios If you enjoy our podcasts, p…
 
In this episode we taste Warsteiner Premium Dunkel and Franziskaner Weissbier. Patreon RSS iTunes Stitcher Lex's Beer Franziskaner Weissbier Natrutrub Nikki's Beer Warsteiner Premium Dunkel Please support the podcast and Starwalker Studios If you enjoy our podcasts, please help us out. Become a Patron of the show on Patreon. Please leave a review o…
 
In this episode we dig into the world of glassware. Which glasses best compliment which styles? How do you know which glassware to use? We also try Crabbie's Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer and Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball Ale. Patreon RSS iTunes Stitcher Nikki’s beer Crabbies Spiced Orange Ginger Beer Lex’s beer Lagunitas The Hairy Eyeball Ale …
 
In this episode we taste Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout and Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. We also discuss the Elysian buy-out and the finale episode of season one. Patreon RSS iTunes Stitcher Nikki's Beer Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout Lex's Beer Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale Please support the podcast and Starwalker St…
 
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