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The Hot Mic - No Fooling - Issue #14

The Hot Mic - Mur Lafferty's Weekly Newsletter
The Hot Mic - Mur Lafferty's Weekly Newsletter
Happy Friday, folks. I recently was listening to an audiobook while playing “find the smell” in the bathroom. My least favorite game. (Before you worry I’m going to delve into TMI, the smell was mildew, and it has to do with the plumbing.) I’m trying to rush through it so I can read The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi, which my kid is pushing me to finish so we can talk about. (She read it in one sitting while I played Horizon: Forbidden West one night.) Anyway, the book I’m currently listening to is about luck, and it got me thinking. Which got me fretting, because I’m me.
They say luck is talent and work and opportunity meeting in the middle, and it requires you to say yes to the opportunity. Unfortunately, there’s a bunch of advice out there saying that I should say no to stuff for self care. And I get stuck not knowing what to do. See I Should Be Writing Episode 25 for more thinking on that. (Drops tomorrow, April 2.)
I wish I’d planned a joke for the day, but I didn’t. I’m too busy putting my funny into the book right now.

Spring palatte of Hot Mic logo. Yellow and blue and just too much.
Spring palatte of Hot Mic logo. Yellow and blue and just too much.
TOC
  • Consume! Consume!
  • The first rule of Spoilers Club
  • Podcast announcements
  • ICYMI
  • April Twitch Stream Schedule
  • Roll Credits
Consume! Consume!
Or, what I’m reading. I was going to start aforementioned Kaiju book, since John was nice enough to risk Covid on his book tour and come to my town and sign it. But I decided to listen to How Luck Happens instead. It’s really making me think.
In fiction, I’m tackling (hah, like it’s a chore. It’s no chore.) The Annual Migration of Clouds, by Premee Mohamed. Premee is one of those writers who’s funny and cute and her fiction is horrifying and has feral hogs and sentient spores.
Look, folks, this is what happens when you tell little girls they’re cute too much. They grow up and write shit that isn’t cute at all. Literature is better for it, but you might be surprised, when you made this happen.
No, not YOU dear reader, because I doubt those well-meaning mountain men–who called me cute and said i couldn’t carry heavy thing–are reading this.
I’m looking forward to staring the Kaiju book, and The Club, a new thriller that apparently takes the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and throws some murder in. And since a certain super-rich/famous woman suggested that women could make it in business if we were just more willing to work hard, I could use some violent escapism.
Horizon: Forbidden West continues. We’re doing a big Goldilocks thing in this house- my husband is almost done with the game, and I’m about halfway through, and our kid just started it. I find the increased difficulty annoying-everything is harder, including how many arrows it takes to take down a human or machine, and saying they’ve nerfed the pouch space (ie number of arrows you can carry) is putting it mildly.
The first rule of spoilers club...
Spoilers Club logo, blue text on black background, crumpled note that says SECRET in corner.
Spoilers Club logo, blue text on black background, crumpled note that says SECRET in corner.
Finally getting my stuff together to start a book club for I Should Be Writing. It’s called Spoilers Club, and we are going to read, then bring the author on the show to talk about how they crafted the book, and no holds barred re: spoilers. If the twist is that the MC is really two people, we want to know how and why.
So I am giving folks about a month to read the first book, which is One For All by Lillie Lainoff. Lillie is excited to come on the show, and will be sending book plates so we can give away some signed copies! I’ll be giving one away through the livestream and one away through the podcast. But hey, we support authors right? (Independent book store link) (The Big Book Store Link)
The book club will tentatively take place April 30 (I’m still waiting on Lillie’s availability). So get your copy today and get reading!
Ditch Diggers Returns!
Matt and I are bringing back the podcast on April 4, 12pm EDT, on Twitch. We hope you can make the stream! If not, make sure you’re subscribed and it will be in the feed shortly after the stream.
Ditch Diggers announcement, with date, URL, and a bunch of flowers
Ditch Diggers announcement, with date, URL, and a bunch of flowers
ICYMI
A few podcasts from recent days. Be sure to follow, there will be three landing this weekend!
I Should Be Writing - Brain Weasels, do we listen to them too much?
[ISBW] My Novel's Done, Now What? - The Murverse Mothership
Twitch Schedule for April
The shows are more fun if you see them live! Check them out at twitch.tv/mightymur. (All times EDT)
  • MONDAY: 12pm - Ditch Diggers *
  • TUESDAY: 3pm - I Should Be Writing
  • WEDNESDAY: 3pm - Gaming (Inscription)
  • THURSDAY: 3pm - I Should Be Writing
* I usually do AMA and Gaming on Mondays at 3, but with the newly scheduled Ditch Diggers stream, I am not sure if I can handle two streams in one day. So call it tentative.
Roll Credits
You can support me on PatreonJemi, or just buy me a Ko-fi. That helps support my many creative projects.
If you can’t support via financial ways, you can help by telling a friend about my work, or leaving a review of my podcasts or books, or forwarding this newsletter!
Just want to catch the podcasts? For I Should Be Writing, you can subscribe on iTune or take this RSS feed and plug it into your preferred player. Ditch Diggers returns in April and you can find back episodes here: iTunesRSS, and Spreaker.
Or just search I Should Be Writing, Ditch Diggers, or Mur Lafferty on any podcast site.
Podcast credits: ISBW production by Summer Brooks, ISBW theme song by John Anealio, DD theme song by Devo Spice, art by Numbers Ninja, site design by Clockpunk Studio and hosted by Libsyn.
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See you next week time!
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