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Conferences. Podcasts. Fun.

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One of the fun things I get to do every year is give in-person workshops on Scrivener to writing groups and at conferences. I don’t have many booked yet for 2016 because we're moving from Boston to Sacramento this summer, but this weekend I’ll be at the Liberty States Fiction Writers Create Something Magical Conference in Iselin, NJ to present two Scrivener workshops.

If you’re in the area, the book fair/signing on Saturday from 4-6pm at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin is open to the public. I’ll have copies of Scrivener For Dummies, Blind Fury, and Blind Ambition on hand, and there’ll be lots of other great authors too. I’d love to see you there!

Also, if you’re a fan of podcasts, I was recently a guest on the Writing Renegade podcast hosted by Carl Plumer. I talked. He talked. We both talked at the same time. 😉 It was fun. We discussed Scrivener, writing romance, a bit about self-publishing, and book covers. And it’s not too long. Just shy of 30 minutes. Check it out if you get a chance.

By the way, if your group or conference would like a Scrivener workshop, either live or via video, please contact me.

Have a fun St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow and a fabulous weekend!

Tech Tuesday: Stuff you should know

It's been a while since my last Tech Tuesday post, and today's is a bit different (sorry, Scrivener fans). I want to tell you about my favorite new podcast. It's from the people over at, and it's called Stuff You Should Know. It's part of a collection of podcasts under the How Stuff Works umbrella (part of Discovery), and it's a blast.

The hosts Chuck and Josh are half of the reason I listen. Their easy, humor-filled banter makes for a fun listen, regardless of the subject. Show topics run the gamut from How a Narco State Works to How Organic Farming Works. It's been a great resource for my writing, and is just plain entertaining.

I've learned about mercenaries, high fructose corn syrup, quicksand, food cravings, and pirates. Even the topics that don't sound particularly interesting almost always surprise me. I now try to catch them all.

The best part about a podcast is that I can listen while I'm doing something else. Cleaning house, working out, driving, you name it. Each show is about 20-35 minutes long, and they're released every few days. You can subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed, and if you just can't get enough of Chuck and Josh, you can catch their blog every few days as well.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

What about you? Do you have any must-listen podcasts?

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