Magicians, Shamans, Mental Illness, and...Revision?
I just finished a Skype interview about fortunetelling, altered mental states, and the spiritual consequences of OCD in the latest Rugosa Coven novella, And Ria's from Neptune
, for the Broadly Speaking
podcast from Broad Universe
. All my previous experience of being interviewed about my writing consisted of getting an email from the interviewer with a dozen or so stock questions, with my answers to appear on the interviewer's blog. Being interviewed for a podcast was far more different than I anticipated. We had some problems with the recording software--it did not play well with Skype's conference call feature--so we lost our first attempt and had to try several test recordings before we tried again. I'm very happy with the results, though. Thanks to T.W. Fendley
, the interviewer, and to Katherine Lampe
for being part of our delightful, thought-provoking first attempt to record the interview as a round table discussion. I look forward to hearing how Katherine's one-on-one interview turned out--whereas some of my characters have occasional shamanic experiences, she's done the research to write a main character who has extensive shamanic training in an indigenous tradition. When the podcast becomes available, I'll post a link to it here.
Meanwhile, I've got a new post
up at Black Gate, this time about how I learned to revise when my first batch of composition students surprised me by actually following directions I gave them--directions I had been given many times but had never followed, myself.