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FridayFix • NYT bestselling author Kevin Hearne

Author Kevin Hearne came to San Diego for ComicCon. We baited him into the Lair of Døøm with tacos and Mexican corn. He couldn’t resist, then we got him on the mic to talk about his Iron Druid series.

Cool stuff we talk about:

  • Eleven characters of first-person present, in one novel? Madness!
  • Pros and cons of Scrivener and MS Word.
  • A 19-year path to stardom.
  • The benefits of age when it comes to writing.
  • The IRON DRUID series as well as Kevin’s next epic fantasy series.
  • Tacos (duh).

HearneGiveawayWe’re giving away the first four books of the Iron Druid series to someone who puts their best taco-related recipe into the comments below.

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Shifting our priorities

I.e., "Striking while the iron is hot."


“Hey, Sig, what’s up with the old white dead dude at the top of this page?”

Well, Pilgrim’, we’re making some changes in these here parts. We’re easing up on something that has served us well for a decade so we can better focus on what we do best.

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ALIGHT Episode #19

In the last episode, tragedy and blood. Several Birthday Children are dead, as are several Springers, all killed at the hands of Matilda and the grownups. O’Malley is missing and might be dead. Barkah is badly hurt, but with Lahfah’s help may have escaped the battle. Em was waiting to ambush Matilda, but was ambushed and knocked out cold.

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FridayFix™ • #1 NY Times bestseller V.E. Schwab

Author Victoria Schwab came to San Diego for ComicCon, and we had her into the Empty Set Studios for a kick-ass interview. We talk about her books, why good fantasy has as many rules as science fiction, how she writes intuitive magic systems, what authors really talk about with each other at cons, and much more.

V.E. Schwab

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ALIGHT Episode #18

The lumpy ship landed in Uchmal, with Bello aboard, but three people sent to examine the shuttle — Coyotl, Beckett and Muller — have gone missing. Bello and Aramovsky banded together to oust Em from leadership, with Aramovsky taking her place. He tricked Em into venturing out into the jungle to try and make contact with the Springers. O’Malley went after her. After discovering a massive Springer army marching toward Uchmal, Em and O’Malley hid in the water-filled basement of the ruined church. Barkah found them there — now Em and O’Malley will find out if he is truly friend or foe.

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Scotty Doesn’t Know Episode #1

We make with the funny and try a new bit — the Director of Doom asks me five random questions and I give answers (whether I know what the hell is going on or not).

Also in this video, please help me pick out my new Warby Parker frames by picking 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 in the comments!

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How to spot a total asshole


Dear Junkies:

You can buy my stories if you so choose. Many of you do, and for that I am grateful. Some of you choose instead to listen to the free podcasts. That’s cool, too. The free podcast is kept free via advertising — you know, like every other form of storytelling entertainment. You may have heard […]

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The death of the Goreline

Death of the Goreline

Back in 2005, a devilishly handsome young podcaster was looking for a way to get more fan involvement on his show. He found this crazy site called, which gave a free 206-area-code number that worked not only as a free fax-to-JPEG service, but also a free call-to-MP3 service. You called the number, left a message, […]

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ALIGHT Episode #15

Em and Spingate were beaten by “Springers” and might have died if not for the attack of a snake-wolf, the dominant predator of Omeyocan. The beast killed two of the Springers and wounded a third. Em and the Springer she knows of only as “Purple” killed the beast. As the jungle rains poured down, Em, Spingate, Purple and the wounded springer took refuge in the ruins of what appears to be an ancient, mostly collapsed church. And now, Episode 15 of, ALIGHT.

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FridayFix • So You Wanna Be A Writer #6

Why writers and creators need a website

Hey, writer-person (and/or any creative person who wants to sell stuff) … you need a website. This video tells you why you need one right now, even if you don’t have your book out yet. Yes, it’s important. Yes, social media alone isn’t enough for your long-term career. Watch! Learn! Act!

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Join EFF’s Day of Action against Rule 41

EFF Rule 41

Click here to email your congressperson on or before June 21, 2016.

I’m a supporter of the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF),  the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. EFF works to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

The Department of Justice is using an obscure procedure to push through a rule change that will greatly increase law enforcement’s ability to hack into computers located around the world. It’s an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. If Congress does nothing, this massive change will automatically go into effect on December 1.

Why you should care about changes to “Rule 41”
It will result in a dramatic increase in government hacking. Here’s an overview of some of the main reasons to be concerned:

  • Government agents hacking into computers more frequently is a recipe for disaster. Law enforcement will increase their exploitation of security vulnerabilities in common software products, meaning vulnerabilities that could affect millions will be left open instead of patched.
  • Law enforcement will forum shop, finding government-friendly magistrate judges to sign off on warrants with a loose connection to the judicial district.
  • Law enforcement will pressure judges to sign off on remote searches of thousands of computers with a single warrant—a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and a pattern we’re already seeing.

This rule change especially impacts people using privacy protective technologies like Tor or VPNs.

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ALIGHT Episode #13

Em, Bishop, Coyotl, Borjigin and Kalle survived the Springer attack, and now find themselves atop three huge “spiders,” mechanical war machines that respond to their commands. They’ve found a possible solution to the problem of the toxic osejawld and need to get it back to the other Birthday Children. Meanwhile, Aramovsky is back at the shuttle, doing his best to undermine Em’s authority. In this episode, he and Em clash yet again.

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Let’s nitpick GAME OF THRONES

Da Khaleesi doh

SPOILER ALERT: This entire post is spoilers.

I enjoyed this episode. By my scoring, it’s a 7/10 and a nice recovery from the episode where the Beloved Character™ dies for apparently no f-ing reason (see below). However, as much as I enjoyed this episode and can’t wait for next week, the Nitpickious the Annoying showed up […]

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The cover of ALIGHT by Scott Sigler

ALIGHT Episode #7

NOTE: The publication date for ALONE, Book III in the Generations Trilogy, has been changed to March 7, 2017 (was October 26, 2016). In this episode, I tell you why!

Episode 7 Synopses:
Aramovsky has woken up the 168 kids who were in hibernation on the shuttle’s lower decks, and now he’s threatened Spingate’s life. As the Birthday Children look down the double-barrel threat of thirst and starvation, O’Malley pulls Em aside for a private meeting in the shuttle’s Pilothouse to figure out what comes next.

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Friday Fix • Separation of Sanity

FDØ featured on four tracks of album "The Crucible"

Separation of Sanity is a Portland, OR metal band that just released a new album called “The Crucible.” Why are we covering them on the FridayFix? Because the FDØ is on four tracks of this face-ripper! Scott’s spoken-word eeee-vil is all over this beast (and here’s the iTunes link for it).

The band Separation of Sanity, brought to you by our GoDaddy Coupon page at

We brought in Jason and Ivar from SoS — two genuine Sigler Junkies — to talk about the record and how Scott’s fiction influenced it (yes, one of the tracks is called “Pandemic,” directly influenced by the book!).

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ALIGHT Episode #5

The Birthday Children fled a giant spider, but now find themselves outside the protective walls of Uchmal. With that monster lurking nearby, they find themselves exploring Omeyocan’s yellow Jungle and the endless ruins therin. They’ve learned that the city-beneath-a-city was obliterated by war —but who destroyed it, and are there any survivors?

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