For a few years, I recorded and edited the podcast for the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group. I would record our monthly writers’ discussions on a Zoom H4n, then dump the sound file into Sonar, add a voiceover intro/outro (some intros were provided by fellow MNSpec authoress, Abra Staffin-Wiebe) then export to wav, import to Adobe Audition, trim the ends, convert to mp3, tag and upload.
Now even someone who sucks at math could tell you this process was high-maintenance. It took two to three hours of post-production for each hour of finished audio. For all of the TENS of fans who listened to the podcast.
Then I discovered Google’s “Hangouts On Air” (or #HOA ) HOA is a feature that allows you to stream a Google Hangout video chat LIVE on google plus, and auto-post to youtube.com when the chat is completed. So instead of hours of audio post-production, I figured I could switch to HOA, stream the meetup in a video hangout, which not only added the freakin’ video, but also gave our group the ability to remote-in to the writers’ group meetup, plus the presto-uploaded youtube video with all it’s sharing/commenting/analytic-tracking glory, and all with NO post-production.
Relationship Counselor and “Destuckification” Therapist Rebecca Chesin explains what Genograms are, how you can create a Genogram for your characters, and how analyzing your characters family of origin can add depth to your fiction writing.
Join the MNSpec writers’ group in a round-table discussion on writing horror fiction. We talk about what works, what doesn’t, what did work in classic horror stories, and speculations about what might work in the future of horror fiction:
In 2012, Barbara DaCosta broke into mainstream publishing with her first picture book, Nighttime Ninja, including artwork by Ed Young.
Barbara talks with the MNSpec writer’s group about her experience with the publication process of picture books — from original concept, to working with editors and illustrators, to marketing and getting the word out.
This episode is “Killing Off Your Characters: Q & A with the Happy Coroner.” Struggling to kill off your characters in interesting ways? Want to get the bloody details right? Never fear! We bring in the wonderful and charming Dr. Lindsey Thomas, a Minnesota Regional Coroner in a department that serves 8 different counties in the metro area.