Chris Williams, Author Specializing in anthropomorphic speculative fiction

Independent Claws/Fangs and Fonts at Anthrocon 2018

August 14

The audio you’ve been waiting for! Ocean and I hosted a hangout with a whole bunch of authors at Anthrocon 2018 and recorded it!

 

Check out Fangs and Fonts at http://www.fangsandfonts.com or @fangsandfonts on Twitter. Check me out at http://www.chriswilliamsauthor.com or @clawspodcast on Twitter!

 

I’ll be getting back to regular posting soon, so keep your ears sharp and your feeds subscribed for more of me rambling about whatever writing stuff comes into my head.

 

 

Independent Claws Episode 15 – The Sandbox

April 10

Sparf returns to chatter at you a little about writing in other peoples’ universes. A little discussion of fanfic, and a little discussion of a more structured setting.

 

The New Tibet submission call can be found at http://www.sofawolf.com/submissions

 

Awards links:

http://www.coyotlawards.org

 

Opening and closing music by Lee Rosevere and found at the Free Music Archive. Used under Creative Commons Attribution. For more by Lee Rosevere, visit this link:http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Independent Claws Episode 14 – “That Isn’t the Character I Knew…”

January 24

Sparf discusses revisiting a character after a long absence, either a time-skip between stories, or a time gap in writing by the author.

This episode’s book recommendations:

The Tower and the Fox by Tim Susman

and

Kismet by Watts Martin

 

Awards links:

http://www.ursamajorawards.org

https://furrybookreview.wixsite.com/blog/leo-awards

http://www.coyotlawards.org

 

Opening and closing music by Lee Rosevere and found at the Free Music Archive. Used under Creative Commons Attribution. For more by Lee Rosevere, visit this link:http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

RAWR Write-a-Thon Update

November 27

Hi all. In my last podcast I noted that I was doing RAWR Write-a-Thon. I had intended to give weekly updates but I realized that I needed to pair that with real episode content. I didn’t want those releases to turn into “what I’m doing” and not much else.

We’ve only got a few days left on the Write-a-Thon so if you’d like to donate, please feel free to visit http://writeathon.rawr.community or use the Paypal donate button on the right side of this webpage.

In addition, I wanted to share with you a little excerpt of one of the things I’ve been working on. It’s set in my Veils universe, which is a magical dark Victorian setting. I’ve been reading on family history a little recently and in doing so I had come across a lot of anti-Irish bigotry. So fair warning, this incorporates that very strongly, as my main character in this story is an Irish hare. This is also only a first draft, before I’ve really had a chance to find period authentic insults to substitute in. But as a content warning, it contains explicit bigotry and violence, so if those things bother you in the context of a story, then I recommend skipping this excerpt. I’ll try to put something a little friendlier out sometime soon.

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Independent Claws Episode 13 – “Where Did the Time Go?”

October 4

Sparf returns with a little rambling about forcing oneself to write, and advice from other, better authors about how to better tell the story your characters demand (or would demand, if you were the kind of author whose characters actually spoke to them).

RAWR Write-a-Thon is in full swing for October through November, and you can donate via the PayPal link at http://www.chriswilliamsauthor.com.

October is Furry Book Month, so use the hashtag #FurryBookMonth to join the conversation and check out the sales from the awesome folks at our various furry publishers, like FurPlanet https://furplanet.com/shop/category.aspx?catid=260

Or look for the 20% discount on their ebook imprint, http://www.baddogbooks.com

If you are interested in learning more about the RAWR Write-a-Thon, or participating or donating, please visit http://writeathon.rawr.community

Opening and closing music by Lee Rosevere and found at the Free Music Archive. Used under Creative Commons Attribution. For more by Lee Rosevere, visit this link:http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Independent Claws Episode 12 – Anthrocon! “Excrement Writers Articulate”

July 18

Once again, Sparf returns. This time, at the head of a gaggle—Cluster? Pride? OtherNoun?— of furry writers and editors. We discuss…who knows what. Since Ocean Tigrox wasn’t there, we couldn’t do Shit Writers Say, so we got this knockoff.

There’s no opening or closing music this time. Just voices of drunk and/or exhausted congoers.

Independent Claws Episode 11 – Picking Up the Pieces

June 13

This episode, Sparf talks Failure, and offers some thoughts and encouragement as to how to get through it. Anthrocon is coming up, and Sparf will be present, on a couple of writing panels and doing a reading from Bleak Horizons. If you’re on the fence about picking up that anthology, stop in and have a listen! Bleak Horizons is available from http://www.furplanet.com

 

Opening and closing music by Lee Rosevere and found at the Free Music Archive. Used under Creative Commons Attribution. For more by Lee Rosevere, visit this link:http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Independent Claws Episode 10 – Why am I Sitting Behind This Table?!

April 27

A brief episode touching on a few tips and tricks about being on panels at conventions, and a few things to avoid as an audience member.

No book recommendation this week, as it’s Fur the More weekend! Though, if you were so inclined, Bleak Horizons could use some love over at http://www.furplanet.com

 

Opening and closing music by Lee Rosevere and found at the Free Music Archive. Used under Creative Commons Attribution. For more by Lee Rosevere, visit this link:http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Independent Claws Episode 09 – No, It’s Okay. I Know You Hate It…

April 7

Sparf is back with a discussion on beta reading and critique, with some cautionary tales. As always, feel free to e-mail the show or contact us on Twitter @clawspodcast.

This episode’s recommended books:

The Writing and Critique Group Survival Guide

Bleak Horizons, edited by Tarl Hoch

Bad Dog Books

Furplanet.com 

Opening and closing music by Lee Rosevere and found at the Free Music Archive. Used under Creative Commons Attribution. For more by Lee Rosevere, visit this link:http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Independent Claws Episode 08 – Wuv. Twue Wuv

February 23

This episode, Sparf discusses Romance (big R) as a genre, as well as its bleedover into erotica and some tips and thoughts for writing both.

Also, There are fewer than 5 days remaining to nominate works for the Ursa Major Awards http://www.ursamajorawards.org. If you are so inclined, Independent Claws is eligible in the Magazine category, and two of Sparf’s stories—The Torch, from Roar vol. 7 (available in ebook here) and Apostasy, from Fang vol. 7(available in ebook here)— are also eligible. They’re also available in print form from http://www.furplanet.com.

This episode discusses sexual behavior between consenting adults and should not be listened to by anyone under the age of majority in their location.

Book Recommendations and links below the cut

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