Pendragon Variety – Season 1, Episode 9 – Narrative Mode

The Ladies Pendragon discuss narrative mode (in the form of tense and perspective), what we prefer to read and write, how the popular narrative modes have shifted over time, and the different types of stories we think are suited to each mode.

Also, your twitter questions answered! Thanks to @MelissaDominic and @JeremyMcNabb.

Pendragon Variety – Xtra 14 – The Steampunk Kerfuffle – Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine Interview

If you’ve been paying attention to Steampunk news lately, the whole snafu over a Goodreads/Listopia list getting deleted (and the inelegant blundering that followed) most likely hasn’t escaped your notice.

If you haven’t, boy are you in for an eyebrow-raiser.

In this special Pendragon Xtra, Steampunk authors Tee Morris and Philippa (Pip) Ballentine share what, for them, pushed it over the line from playground pigtail-pulling to a bold career choice, and you can believe…they’re steaming out the ears.


2-25-2012 – Edit – From an anonymous source: “Evelyn isn’t an illustrator, and does not draw. She didn’t draw the steampunk cats… she “collaged” (i.e. Photoshopped…) turn-of-the-century illustrations by Louis Wain.”

Philippa (Pip) Ballantine // –Pip’s books on Amazon Philippa (Pip) Ballentine’s personal website and Amazon page!
Tee Morris // -Tee’s books on Amazon Tee Morris’s personal website and Amazon page.
Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences – It’s like the X-files, only steampunk and smarmy!
Tales from the Archives – For a quick fix of ministry hijinks.
The Shared Desk Podcast – Listen to the first 15 minutes of the interview below. Love it? The Shared Desk is that. For like an hour. Gold.

Pendragon Variety – Season 1, Episode 8 – Interview with David B. Coe

Adryn, Skrybbi, and Scribe interview author and “internet slut” David B. Coe (a.k.a. D.B. Jackson).

David B. Coe

D.B. Jackson

Thieftaker – available July 3rd on and in any good bookstore.

Magical Words Blog

Pendragon Variety – Season 1, Episode 7 – Libraries

Topic: Libraries – how did they shape us as readers, how do they affect the publishing industry, and how can writers utilize them?

Book of the Week: Storm Front, by Jim Butcher

WTF: How to troll a 14-year-old WOW player.

Ladies: Sammy’s having anxiety dreams about her wedding, Adryn went to the Sapporo Snow Festival, Mica’s toddlers are crazy, Skrybbi started a new job, and Scribe finished a short(ish) story.

Also, singing trucks.

What are your experiences with the library? How did it shape you as a reader?

Pendragon Variety – Season 1, Episode 6 – Plotting and POV Logistics

Adryn, Mica, Rosemary, Skrybbi, and Scribe discuss some difficulties with plotting and POV logistics.

Book(s) of the Week:
Mica’s picks:
Enchanted, by Alethia Kontis
Fighting Gravity, by Leah Petersen

Scribe’s pick:
The Iron Druid series, by Kevin Hearne

WTF? – The Japanese school staff party of +3 suspender-nipple-snapping.

Ladies’ Updates:
Skrybbi isn’t Kuppiecaking? (WTF is Kuppiecaking?)

Pendragon Variety – Season 1, Episode 5 – Character Motivation

The Ladies Pendragon discuss character motivation. “Because we don’t tell stories about boring people who sit around and think their life is good.”

Scribe’s post on Specific Motivation for Characters

Wikipedia Motivation:

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

16 Basic Desires


What sorts of problems or discoveries have you had about motivating your characters? What is your main character’s specific motivation? Is their initial course of action successful? What’s their next course of action?

Pendragon Variety – Season 1, Episode 4 – The Truth About Publishing

Scribe and Raven interview Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, and John G. Hartness about what really happens after you publish your first novel. Recorded at StellarCon 2012.

A.J. Hartley
Facebook Fan Page
Twitter: @authorajhartley
Official Website
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact
On the Fifth Day
Macbeth: A Novel
The Mask of Atreus
What Time Devours
Will Power
Act of Will

Misty Massey
Official Website
Mad Kestrel

Also look for Misty and AJ at the Magical Words Blog!

John G. Hartness
Official Website
Twitter: @johnhartness
Seriously, there are over twenty books, so just click anywhere on this to go to his complete books listing.

Daydream Believer” – by The Monkees