FridayFix • Scott’s outtakes from THE RIDER

Recorded live, at SiglerFest2k16!

If you’ve followed the ‘cast for the past few years, you may have heard ARealGirl or our audio producer Iceberg talk about how I curse up a storm of frustration while in the recording booth. Recording the audiobook is the final stage of editing for us. When you read things out loud, they often sound different from how they read on a printed page. So you think you’ve written one thing, but when you read it out loud, you realize it’s not at all what you meant.

While it’s a fantastic method for streamlining your writing and making sure verbose writer vocabs don’t get in the way of the story, it often makes me mad as hell. This short little FridayFix captures some of that frustration — my pain is your comedy. Thanks to Iceberg for cutting these bits out and assembling them.

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Scotty Doesn’t Know Episode #2

Actual answers below (hit “Continue Reading”): The second installment of this hard-hitting, Pulitzer-worthy show that has lots of newsiness baked right inside. I get asked five questions and give definitive answers, even if I have no idea what the actual answer is.

PS: I shot this awhile ago and don’t currently have that luscious, manly beard, so enjoy the face-lettuce while you can.

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FridayFix • DARKTOWN author Thomas Mullen

Scott interviews Thomas Mullen, author-to-author. Mullen just released the novel DARKTOWN, based on the true story of the first-ever black policemen in Atlanta in 1948. Imagine being a cop and you can’t arrest white people, can’t enter a precinct because the white cops might riot, and can’t even drive a squad car.

The novel involves four major characters, two black, two white. The four must combine to solve the murder of a black woman.

In this interview, we dive into:

  • Mullen’s research into Atlanta and the racism early black cops faced.
  • DARKTOWN being optioned for a TV series by Jamie Foxx.
  • How a white writer approaches the telling of this story.
  • You win major awards … then what? Lessons learned in his first decade as a published novelist.

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FridayFix • Paul & Storm

Here’s another fun interview we did at DragonCon 2015, with Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiConstanzo, a.k.a. the comedy music duo “Paul & Storm.” These talented cats are wading neck-deep in nerd culture, having co-created the w00tstock tour and regularly performing with Jonathan Coulton, Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton and more. Want to hear how a couple of guys built a career as full-time entertainers? Listen in, sirs and/or ma’ams.

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FridayFix • Author Michelle Belanger

The source of Hunter Hunterson & Sons demonology!

At DragonCon 2015, I was on a panel with author Michelle Belanger, the author of DICTIONARY OF DEMONS. Since this book is a central source for future Hunter Hunterson & Sons stories, when I ran into her at DragonCon this year (2016), and discovered she had a new fiction novel out, I had to have her on the FridayFix.

We talk about her books as well as a ton of other fascinating topics, such as:

  • Writing diverse characters, including handicapped characters.
  • The risks of “diversity bingo.”
  • Her time on the TV show PARANORMAL STATE.
  • Moving from non-fiction (she wrote 30 non-fiction books) to fiction.
  • Industry objections of a woman writing action, and to an intersex author in general.
  • Should female writers use initials instead of their real first name?

Michelle Belanger


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Friday Fix • ALIGHT Q&A Part 2

After the ALIGHT Q&A we received so many more questions about ALIGHT and the Siglerverse at large we’re back with a whole new ‘cast.

As with every other Q&A ‘cast on this site, this one is full of spoilers and this is your fair warning. If you haven’t read the Generations Trilogy, or much of the Siglerverse, tread very carefully listening in here. Might be best to go catch up on your Sigler reading and then come back. Enjoy!


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FridayFix • DragonCon One For The Junkies panel

We recorded this live at Dragon*Con 2016 in Atlanta. It’s an annual tradition to pack a room full of Junkies and pander to them. There guns, and chicks, and stories, and chicks, and firetrucks, and drinking, and chicks. For this one, I read the first page of six upcoming stories, and finished with a never-before-heard short story about a man and a cat.

There is one pause in the beginning and then some cheering when ARealGirl came in to deliver me a delicious Bud Light.

FridayFix • One For Tha Junkies

Many thanks to Les Green for the bottle of Chivas that was enjoyed by many Junkies! You rock, sir.

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FridayFix • Bruce & Julie Press

FridayFix-680-PressesGuys, guys, GUYS!

If you listen to the Friday Fix, you understand the idea of being a Junkie. It’s a fandom, and it’s fun, and it’s special.

Today we get to sit down and talk with Bruce and Julie Press, Junkies extraordinaire. They are terrific people, and they haven’t yet missed a SiglerFest. Julie comes for the fun, and Bruce comes to make us all look good. He’s the official photographer of SiglerFest. You can find all his Siglerific pics, and a ton of other beautiful, warm and wonderful photos at Bruce F Press Photography. Go check it out — if you’ve been to a Sigler event in the last few years, I’m willing to bet Bruce captured your best side in one of his lovely pics. Bonus: they’re all available for purchase at this link!

We chat for a bit about fandom, the benefits of virtual friendship, and the art of making something great.


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FridayFix • author Erik Storey

New author treks down from the hills to chat with the FDØ

Erik Storey’s first novel NOTHING SHORT OF DYING drops August 16. The book is getting a big push from his publisher (Simon & Schuster), but Erik is far from the typical novelist.

He came down from the mountains (literally) where he’s living in a tent (yes, a tent) to record this, his first-ever podcast. A fascinating chat with this new author.

Cool stuff we talk about:

  • Erik’s first-ever trip to New York was this year (which he describes as “Crocodile Dundee in NYC”).
  • How growing up in the boonies affected his fiction.
  • Erik used his last $9 to send out the manuscript for this book—something that changed his life forever.

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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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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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FridayFix • ALIVE is a #1 New York Times Bestseller!

This week marks the one year anniversary of ALIVE’s release in hardcover. And on Wednesday we got word that ALIVE hit the New York Times Bestsellers List at number one for Young Adult eBooks!

Do you hear those angels singing?  That’s because that makes Scott an unadulterated NYT #1 Bestseller for all time.  It’s glorious!

Scott Sigler #1 New York Times best-sellerIn all seriousness, it’s a huge accomplishment and I’m so happy for Scott to achieve this lifelong goal. And, as a Junkie, I’m really proud to have been a part of the road to success.

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Friday Fix • 66 Best Movie Taglines

A few weeks back we ran a Friday Fix where Scott quizzed me on the Top 50 worst tag lines. It was fun, but I can’t say I did all that well.

This week we’re back with the Top 66 best tag lines, and I won’t lie — I don’t fare much better.

If you want to play along with us, here’s the link Scott was using.

Scott mentions a sweet Key & Peele skit about Gremlins 2. You can check that out here.

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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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FridayFix • PHXCC Panel
“Trope Talk: Comedic Relief”

A quick fun Friday Fix for your ear holes! Scott was on the panel “Trope Talk: Comedic Relief” at this year’s Phoenix Comic Con a few weeks back.  And you Junkies know that Scott’s work includes some great comedic tropes, include the sublimely sassy sidekick we all know and love, Detective Pookie Chang.

This is a live recording of the panel, so there’s a little room noise, but I think you’ll enjoy it, so take a listen!

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