Outlining for NaNoWriMo, Part 1/3

On November 18, 2013, in Guest Post, by James Holder

As I write this, November draws nigh! Aspiring writers everywhere stock up on Starbucks gift cards, replacement keyboards, and that most renewable of resources, their own unrelenting anxiety about what to write for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. For the last few years, I’ve taken on the annual challenge of writing 50,000 words of […]

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Episode 133 – When To Turn Your Hobby Into Your Career – With Carrie Cuinn

On January 22, 2013, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 133rd episode of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick, John & Carrie discuss all sorts of things, including:   Kindle daily deal Patrick’s email List / Free Fiction ‘Consumption’ Weightless Books – DRM free ebooks Peter Hollens – Misty Mountains track Str8Voices – Misty Mountains track Apple Patent – Remote Disable/Shut Off Camera/Recording ability […]

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Win the NaNoWriMo Marathon: Writing for Miles Instead of Meters

On June 14, 2012, in Guest Post, by James Holder

Would you believe that I won NaNoWriMo 2011 with five days to spare? I mention this in hopes of inspiring you to not just cross the 50,000 word finish line but to have the words “The End” typed out as your last two.  The accomplishment continues to surprise me, too, since I never went far […]

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Guest Post: Tools For Worldbuilding by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

On May 30, 2012, in Guest Post, by Patrick Hester

Worldbuilding lies at the core of good fiction writing, particularly for those of us writing in genres like Science Fiction and Fantasy. We’re fortunate to live at an age where the Internet makes research much easier and faster. There are plenty of resources. Of course, verifying their reliability with more than on source (i.e. offline […]

Episode 088 – Andrew Mayne and Justin Robert Young

On January 31, 2012, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 88 of the Functional Nerds podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio welcome Andrew Mayne and Justin Robert Young. About Andrew Mayne: Recognized as one of the most creative innovators in magic, Andrew has produced over 30 books and videos on the art of magic. His website can be found at ShockMagic.com About Justin […]

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Episode 063 – Sandra Wickham

On June 28, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 63 of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester and John Anealio sit down to chat with Author and Fitness Nerd Sandra Wickham. With Sandra, we discuss: fitness, water, carbs, discipline, working out, writing, word count, staying fit, exercise, calories, tracking your goals with apps, the InkPunks, being the Fitness Nerd, competition and transitioning into […]

Episode 056 – Peter Orullian

On May 3, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 56th episode of the Parsec nominated (SQUEEEE!) Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester and John Anealio sit down to chat with TOR author and musician Peter Orullian.  Peter also has a pretty nifty dayjob working for the folks over at XBOX, so we had a lot of fun chatting with about such diverse topics as: […]

Episode 053 – Paul S. Kemp

On April 12, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 53rd episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & Lisa Paitz Spindler sit down to chat with Paul S. Kemp, author of the new Star Wars novel: Deceived. We also chat about: Star Wars, Forgotten Realms, Scrivener, outlining, the writing process, the heroes journey, law school, Erevis Cale, Wizards of the Coast, role […]

Episode 052 – Steve & Andy Scearce

On April 5, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 52nd episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & John Anealio sit down to chat with Steve & Andy Scearce, authors of Unknown Transmission and Station 151. We also chat about: World Fantasy, Farscape, Rigor Amortis, serialized fiction, collaboration, writing, dystopian future, being brothers, podiobooks, Cthulhurotica an Dagan Books. © 2011 Patrick Hester […]

Episode 044 Cherie Priest

On February 8, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In the 44th episode of the Functional Nerds, Patrick Hester & John Anealio sit down to chat with Cherie Priest, author of ‘Bloodshot’, now available from Spectra.  With Cherie, we discuss: urban fantasy, horror, southern gothic, TOR, Bantam, Spectra, writing, daily wordcount, Subterranean Press, humor in writing, social media, LiveJournal, blogging, Chattanooga TN, the Internet, […]

Episode 035 James Enge & Blake Charlton

On November 29, 2010, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

035 The Functional Nerds In the 35th episode of the Functional Nerds, we welcome back Blake Charlton & James Enge to talk dyslexia, Latin, Greek & why other languages have fewer folks suffering from dyslexia versus English, then break out into a fantastic chat on music, instruments and how language plays a huge part in […]

Nerd News Roundup for June 16 2010

On June 16, 2010, in News, by Patrick Hester

Nerd Worthy News Scifi & Fantasy USAToday: ‘True Blood’ sinks its teeth into premiere ratings AirlockAlpha: Eccleston: I Didn’t Enjoy Being The Doctor Lou Anders: Swords & Dark Magic – Reviews Round Up Lou Anders: Michael Moorcock’s Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles Grasping for the Wind: Book Review: Stuff of Legends by Ian […]

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