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For those who write, or would like to. And an introduction to Podcasting

Science Fiction author Michael Stackpole is doing a writing Podcast.


A couple more Science Fiction related podcast sites...



Wait a minute, a Podcast???!  What in heck is a Podcast?

A podcast is a feed from a site that is downloaded to your computer and stored as an MP3 file.
It's like a radio show, usually on a specific subject and is usually put out once a week or so, or more often sometimes.
You use a program that grabs the feeds and downloads them to your computer, I'm using one called doppler  [ http://www.dopplerradio.net/ ]
I also tried  ipodder  [ http://ipodder.sourceforge.net/index.php ]  which has it's good points too.  If you are REALLY creative, you can leave your MP3 player hooked up and schedule the program to download directly to it.

So why do they call it a Podcast?

Someone thought it would be clever to tie it to Apple's iPod.

I have to have an iPod to listen to these?

NO! Any MP3 player will work. I use my PDA.

Do I have to pay for the programs?

No, most are free, but there's usually a donation button if you want to help out.


"The Secrets" is not free. :P
His PDF newsletter is not free, but the Podcast is. He was promoting it in an interview on another Podcast.

To quote from the site:

"The Secrets Podcasts for Writers is a weekly series hosted and produced by New York Times Best Selling science fiction and fantasy author Michael A. Stackpole.

"The Secrets Podcast for Writers shows are chock full of invaluable tips, tricks and tools for serious writers. The shows address the problems writers face and offer viable, practical solutions as well as inspiration for aspiring and published writers alike. These shows stand alone, but also serve as the audio companion to Mike's popular, subscription newsletter which is also called The Secrets!"

The downside is, he's only got the last three episodes for download, so we have missed the first three (for now). I only heard the interview yesterday, so I added the feed last night. I'll listen to it today and report back.

Keep me in mind if you can get your paws on all the articles. I'd love to listen to the complete set.
The Mike Stackpole pieces are 15 minutes each and he's going through his "Rules for Writers".

The ones I was able to grab are pretty good.