Rocket Stack Rank: Finding a Science Fiction/Fantasy Magazine to Subscribe To

People interested in short science fiction and fantasy often ask for help picking an SF/F magazine to subscribe to. After four years of reading and reviewing, Rocket Stack Rank is in a good position to offer some advice, and the start of the year is a good time for it, since people are making (or trying to live up to) their New Year’s resolutions.

Source: Finding a Science-Fiction/Fantasy Magazine to Subscribe To

SW 006 – Should You Join a Writing Group?

January 6, 2019

In this episode I talk about some things I wish I had known when I first joined a critique group. Should I have joined an accountability or mastermind group instead? How do critique groups work and what are some common pitfalls you might need to look out for?

Mentioned in this episode:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Keystroke Medium Podcast

Quick Sips Reviews

If you’d take a second to subscribe to my youtube channel, you’ll help me get to a 100 subs so I can set a custom URL, which would be great.

Thanks for listening! See you next week.


The Speculative.Work Podcast 005 – Goals for 2019 and Atomic Habits

December 31, 2018

Everybody loves a goals show! Let’s throw down the gauntlet for 2019 so I can look back and either be pleased with my progress or shed tears in my beer.

I talk about production, health and financial goals for 2019, as well establishing a strong author brand.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Word Count Tracker (excel doc download)

Thanks for listening!


The Speculative.Work Podcast 004 – 2018 Retrospective

December 23, 2018

(from The Expanse, Season 2)

Episode 004 – I take a look at my writing in 2018, accomplishments and changes. I wrote about 600k words, published five books, became an admin with 20Booksto50k and my daughter arrived. That’s some stuff! 

Books Mentioned in this episode:

This is Marketing by Seth Godin

The Revolt of the Public by Martin Gurri

The Future of Violence by by Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum

The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

They Thought They Were Free by Milton Meyer

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

Numbercaste by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes


Meet Cara Sykes

The very talented Andrew Dobell finished a photo shoot with the cover model for my upcoming series Sentience Wars: Solar War One recently, and I got to check out this still. She’s going to get photoshopped into Space Opera awesomeness, but I’m still amazed.