This afternoon (in about an hour) I’m going to be interviewed as a guest on the Writing Excuses podcast. The podcast is run by Dan Wells (my brother), Brandon Sanderson, and Howard Tayler, and they talk about all things writing-related. There are an awful lot of places on the web where you can get writing advice (including here on this very website) but these three guys are really SMRT. They’re educated, they’re experienced, they’re funny, and they’re even kinda humble, sometimes, relatively.
A few other podcasts that I’m a fan of:
This American Life: From a writing perspective, this show is amazing in the way that they can play with your mind and emotions (but in a good way). It’s not uncommon for the show to lead you down one path only to pull a quick u-turn and tear down everything they’ve been building and create something entirely different. From a non-writing perspective, it’s just darn entertaining.
Stuff You Should Know: This podcast is run by the people at How Stuff Works, a website that I occassionally will use in researching stuff for books. The podcasts are not as authoritative as you’d hope–the guys occassionally spread an urban legend or two–but it’s still entertaining and informative (as long as you listen with a grain of salt).
Skeptoid: Speaking of urban legends, this podcast debunks them, everything from alternative medicines to ghost stories to cryptozoology. I enjoy this podcast for several reasons: first, it’s just entertaining to listen to crazy ideas get debunked. Second, I’m a sucker for conspiracy theories, ever since writing The Counterfeit, and I enjoy hearing about the theories, even though I know they’re baloney. Third, I love logic and the science of argument, and one of my favorite parts of this show is when they analyze a claim and explain the various logical fallacies. Good stuff.
Intelligence Squared: Another NPR show, this one takes big, current topics and then gathers together the best, most-relevant minds to debate them. And it’s not just a point/counterpoint style talk show, but a real Oxford-style debate with rules and time limits and rebuttals and, best of all, winners!
I’m running out of time to get over to the convention for Writing Excuses, so I’ll have to get to more later. But look these up on iTunes; they’re all free and you’ll have plenty in the archives to entertain you.