Stuff I Like

What you’ll find here is a list of things that I have discovered, which I think should be discovered by as many other people as possible. Most of these will be things I have found all by myself. However, if you are the creator of a thing, and you think I should discover it, this can be arranged. Simply swear allegiance to me, and, through legally binding means, promise to do anything I ever command you to. Oh and also, please send me £8,000,000 in cash. For, you know, shipping and handling or something.

Useful Resources

  • www.onlinewritingtips.com -This site is brilliant. If it were to print its name on a tin, then it could make a valid claim about following those words exactly. There are loads of videos about writing style, and it really has helped my own technique a bunch. They’ve also started running a writing competition, so go check it out!
  • www.livewritethrive.com – Author and writing coach C. S. Lakin covers pretty much every aspect of planning and writing novels on her site. Finding this site has done amazing things for my writing.

Podcasts

All of these are podcasts that are prime examples of amazing audio fiction. If you need something to listen to while travelling, then all of these are brilliant choices.

  • Welcome To Night Vale -Announcements from the fictional town of Night Vale. News, Traffic, Weather. Hooded figures, lights in the sky, dragons, a vague yet menacing government agency. Conspiracy theories are common place, normal and completely true in Night Vale.
  • Alice Isn’t Dead -A trucker goes in search of her missing wife, who she believed was dead. From one of the Night Vale writers, this one’s just as gripping and a fair amount darker.
  • The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air)– A fictional radio show broadcast live from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Next to impossible to explain, but some of the best storytelling I’ve ever come across.
  • SAYER– If you like dark science fiction, this one’s for you. SAYER is the A.I. personality in charge of the ‘wellbeing’ of residents of Typhon, an articifial second moon of Earth. Starting at episode one is good, but the most gripping standalone episode is episode 6.
  • Kakos Industries– The mission statement of Kakos Industries is to help you to do evil better. The podcast is a series of announcements to company shareholders. Dark, hilarious, and rich on plays on words.
  • Myths and Legends– A podcast telling the original stories behind tales that have shaped cultures across the world. In the words of the creator, ‘Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen.’

Books

These are some books I’ve read recently, which I have been extremely impressed by. I won’t be listing things like Harry Potter, Mistborn etc, but books you may not have heard of. Books are listed in no particular order, so you should immediately get them all and lament that you can’t read them all at once.

  • Paternus. The debut book of author Dyrk Ashton. I explain why this book’s brilliant here.
  • Senlin Ascends. The first in The Books of Babel series by Josiah Bancroft. I’m currently reading the sequel, The Arm of the Sphinx, and I’m already sad for the future me that’s finished it and has to wait for more from the author.
  • From Under the Mountain by C.M. Spivey. A great fantasy book in its own right, as explained here. I’ve beta read a couple of titles for this author, and I can tell you that more great writing is on its way.
  • Deja Moo by P.J. Benney. Magic, time travel, and a missing cow. Some hilarious moments and great twists in this.
  • The Sister by Louise Jensen. See why I loved it here.
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