The WET Podcast: Writing, Education and Technology

hosted by Erik Marshall

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WET057 – Establishing a literary career with Ashley R. Carlson

You may remember my first repeat guest, Ashley R. Carlson, from Episode 9, when we talked about NaNoWrimo, beta readers, writing habits and more. In today’s episode, we revisit Ashley’s career two years later, including her sequel to The Charismatics, her...

WET056 – Podcasting Pet Peeves

Podcasting Pet Peeves In this solocast, I read my Medium article called “Dear Podcasters: 10 Tips to Avoid Annoying Your Listeners.” Don’t talk about the weather. Have good audio quality. Edit Don’t click the mouse when someone else is talking. Post links...

WET055 – Michael Shermer on Skepticism and Rational Thought

Renowned author Michael Shermer took some time out on his birthday to talk to me about, among other things, rationalism, conspiracy theories, religion, critical thinking, and teaching. I’ve tried to link below to all of the ideas and names he mentions in this...

WET054 – Frankie Bow on Campus Mysteries

For episode #54, I talk to Frankie Bow, author of the Professor Molly series of cozy detective novels featuring an untenured professor tracking down clues in Hawaii. We have a lively discussion about writing, teaching, living in Hawaii, podcasting, pseudonyms and many...

WET053 – Pirate Radio and Independence

I reflect on my attempt to build a pirate radio station in my teenage years. The drive for independence and the desire to be heard converged in a rebellion against corporate radio. Decades later, we all have the technology to do what I attempted back then, and...

WET052 – MVP

Minimum Viable Product.  In this solocast, I muse about what it takes to reach a Minimum Viable Product and what that means for writing, as well as education and any other field.     Subscribe to the WET Podcast in iTunes | Main page for The...

WET051 – Erik Mortenson on Shadow Imagery and more

This week I talk to Erik Mortenson, author most recently of Ambiguous Borderlands: Shadow Imagery in Cold War American Culture.  We talk in some depth about his work on shadow imagery in post-war America, including in the Beat poets, film noir and imagery of the...

WET050 – Pivot

Episode #50 http://traffic.libsyn.com/wetpodcast/WET050_-_Pivot.mp3 In this Solocast, I talk about the concept of pivoting, of changing course when something is not working the way you wanted. I talk about my own decision to rewrite/re-imagine my memoir as fiction in...

[Replay] Adjunct Issues with Alan Trevithick

This episode is a replay of Episode #22 with Alan Trevithick. We talk about the current crisis in higher education as it related adjunct labor, the practice of colleges and universities to pay highly qualified teachers as little as possible, keeping them in precarious...

WET049 – Rob Skiff on the Revolution in Online Learning

Today’s interview features Robert Skiff, Ed.D., founder and president of Oplerno, “an online global educational institution dedicated to transforming higher education.” In our conversation, we talk about the state of higher ed, philosophies of...

WET048 – Conquering Resistance

In this solocast, I talk about Steven Pressfield’s notion of Resistance and my journey to overcome it. —————————————————————— Support WET: Patreon | Amazon Affiliates (click before shopping at Amazon and we’ll get a kickback on what you buy!) Subscribe to the...

WET047 – 2016. Memoirs and pen names

Hey, it’s 2016! Here’s a solocast where I talk about my plans for the new year, including publishing the memoir under (gasp!) a pseudonym. LINKS MENTIONED My interview with the inimitable Ashley R. Carlson Ashley’s editing service...

WET046 – From PhD to Life with Jennifer Polk

Today’s guest is Jennifer Polk, of FromPhDtoLife.com. We talk about her journey from PhD to, well, life. We talk about coaching vs consulting, networking, informational interviews, finding the work that’s right for you, and poutine. From her bio: Jennifer...

WET045 – What do you do?

Such a simple question, but I have such trouble answering it. Why do people ask this question? Am I supposed to condense my entire identity down to what I do for work? Is that all I am?    Links mentioned Surviving the Dissertation Defense on Amazon or get...

WET044 – MC LARS on DIY Post-Punk Nerdcore Laptop Rap

I had the great pleasure of interviewing MC LARS after a show in Lansing, MI. We talk about crowd participation, making a living as an independent artist, his punk rock and hip-hop roots, the term “nerdcore,” and the merits of getting a Ph.D, among many...

WET043 – Using Dictation Software

Dictation is all the rage these days, and I’ve been experimenting with it for the last month or so. These are my reflections.  LINKS Dragon Naturally Speaking Dictate Your Book: How To Write Your Book Faster, Better, and Smarter (Growth Hacking For...

WET042 – 1 year reflections

It’s been a year since I started this podcast, and I muse about some of the things I’ve learned, some things I would have done differently, and some changes I might make.  I also solicit your advice on how to grow this podcast, what you would like to...

WET041 – M. Shannon Hernandez on Memoir Writing and Teaching

M. Shannon Hernandez, author of Breaking the Silence: My Final Forty Days as a Public School Teacher, left teaching after 15 years, wrote a memoir and started a business all at the same time. Today, she has a successful business for writers called The Writing...

WET040 – Christopher Kramer on Publishing Literary Fiction

Christopher Kramer (or Christopher of Detroit) publishes unusual works of literature and visual art. From his Amazon page: His work blends the genres of autobiography, fable, spirituality, erotica, and pulp serial. Inside his fantasy worlds, Christopher examines...

WET037 – Bryan Cohen Saves the World – Indie publishing and more

Bryan Cohen, author of Ted Saves the World, visits the WET Podcast this week. We talk about indie publishing, Young Adult literature, audio books, beta readers, podcasting and more. In addition to writing fiction, Bryan also cohosts two podcasts (Sell More Books Show...

WET036 – Other People’s Podcasts

A recent mention on Afterpod got me thinking about the podcasts I listen to and that you also might be interested in, so I list a few from each category: Writing, Education and Technology. Apologies in advance for inevitable oversights. I’ll add to this list as...

WET035 – Nicholas Schlegel on Academic Publishing

  Nicholas Schlegel is a film scholar whose latest book, Sex, Sadism and Spain: The Spanish Horror Film, explores the Spanish horror film during and after the Franco regime. We talk about academic publishing, the academic job market, and writing in general....

WET034 – Five Stages of Academic Grief

I received a few interesting responses to WET033 – What is your side hustle? which made me reflect on my own attitude to the broken system of higher ed.  I walk through the 5 stages of grief as applied to the academic job market. Find the text on Medium.  ...

WET033 – What is your side hustle?

In this Solocast, Erik Marshall talks about side hustles, or diversification of income for academics and writers. In many cases, one income is not enough, and having only one source of income ties you to a the whims of a particular career, which can be a dangerous...

WET032 – Solocast – Reframe

First solocast in awhile. Your host, Erik Marshall, muses on goals, failure and reframing. I have failed at a few goals this year, or am at risk of failure, so I have decided to re-set goals, reestablish habits and move forward. ——————————————————————————————–...

WET031 – Aaron Mort of The Bad Years on Making Music in the Digital Age

Aaron Mort is half of the band The Bad Years. We talk about the music industry, creating music, going to shows, touring, crowdfunding and more. Purchase The Beautiful Liar EP by The Bad Years on iTunes or Amazon Links Mentioned CD Baby Pledge Music Beautiful Liar EP...

WET029 – Write Better, Faster with Monica Leonelle

Monica Leonelle is a fiction writer, but I found her through her book Write Better, Faster: How To Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day. I talk to her here about some of the concepts in the book including tracking your writing, dictation vs writing at a...

WET028 – All About Patreon with Erica Castello

This week all your questions about the patronage site Patreon are answered. In a nutshell, Patreon connects artists with patrons to let people more directly pay for creative work. Erica Castello explains it far better than that, so give this a listen. Erica answers...

WET027 – Technology has caught up

This episode is a little experimental in that I read a little and ad-lib a little, but I didn’t go back and edit, so you get the raw recording, with all the ums and uhs and asides. Tell me if you like it or not.  I talk about the play I was in this Spring...

WET026 – Solocast: Drug Studies for Money

In grad school, I participated in several drug studies to make extra money. In this podcast episode, I read the section of my memoir dedicated to the story of these strange days.   Check out this...

WET024 – Scott Rank on being a Scholarpreneur

Scott Rank has started the Scholarpreneur site and podcast for academics who want to find alternate ways to share their knowledge and expertise and make money outside of academia.  We talk about: Adjunct labor Becoming a superstar Public Intellectuals...

WET020 – Solocast: Academic Self-publishing and Inspiration

Today I talk about whether academics should consider self-publishing, and I read another excuse from the List of Excuses: “But I’m not inspired.” The List of Excuses is a series I am developing for my email list. So far there are about a dozen of...

WET019 – Solocast: Wattpad, Daily Rituals

This week I give you an update on my January writing progress and talk about putting my novel on Wattpad chapter by chapter, which I start today. I also talk about excuses and my plan to debunk many of the excuses we tell ourselves.  LINKS MENTIONED My profile on...

WET018 – PJ Fox on Indie Publishing

PJ Fox is a prolific writer with all kinds of great (and sometimes controversial) ideas about indie publishing. We have a wide-ranging discussion about many topics, including: Giving books away for free Getting reviews PJ’s incredibly fast (to me, anyway)...

WET017 – Christine Frazier on the Better Novel Project

Christine Frazier wanted to write a novel, but she didn’t know where to begin, so she created The Better Novel Project, an immense project where she analyzes the narratives of several young adult novels to create a master outline of what they all have in common....

WET016 – Solocast: Social media fatigue

Happy New Year! In this episode I give an update about my million word goak and talk about social media. My Medium article: Why neither Tsu nor Ello will replace Facebook. Word count update: Goal through 1/9 to be on pace for 1 million: 24, 658.  Actual...

WET015 – Solocast: New Year’s reflections

In this short 20 min episode, I reflect on the year past and the one to come. I talk about writing, publishing, teaching and all the stuff you’ve come to expect. Tell me your New Year’s resolutions in the comments.   Subcsribe to the WET Podcast in...

WET014 – I am going to write 1 million words in 2015

The title says it all. In this 12 minute episode, I announce my intention to write 1 million words in 2015.    Full text here: http://www.erikmarshall.net/blog/going-write-1-million-words-2015/ Check out this...

WET012 – Simon Whistler on Audiobooks, Podcasting and Self-Publishing

  For Episode 12, I had a fascinating chat with Simon Whistler, host of The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast and author of Audiobooks for Indies. We talk about Simon’s career as an audio book narrator, his experience with the podcast (which has 74 episodes...

WET011 – Denise Winters on winning NaNoWriMo 3 times

Today’s guest, Denise Winters, succeeded in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in three consecutive years, and is doing her fourth, all while holding down a full time job. We chat about work habits, writing goals, participating in writing communities and...

WET010 – Solocast – NaNoWriMo and Adjunct/GTA Teaching

This is another solocast. I talk about NaNoWriMo and read a few more sections of the upcoming memoir, this time about entering grad school and teaching at the college level, including at the adjunct level.    Subcsribe to the WET Podcast in...

WET009 – Ashley R. Carlson on NaNoWriMo, Writing Habits and More

Ashley R. Carlson is a fantasy writer who successully completed NaNoWriMo in 2013, and it changed her life. She talks about that life change, as well as her new novel, The Charismatics, writing habits, writing sex scenes, soliciting and handling beta readers, and much...

WET008 – Amy Schmittauer on Social Media

This week I talk to Amy Schmittauer about social media presence. Amy is a social media marketing expert based in Columbus, OH, but her reach is global. She has a veyr active and engaging Youtube presence and has a lot to say not just about marketing but also about...

WET007 – Solocast: Erik Marshall on writing

Episode #7 is a solocast. I read some sections from my memoir, discuss post-ac (pose-academic) and alt-ac (alternate academic) careers, and answer a question about self-publishing.    Check out this...

WET006 – Jim Kukral on Direct Publishing

  Jim Kukral runs the Author Marketing Club, and is an advocate for self-publishers everywhere. He is enthusiastic, energetic and smart. Check out his latest book, Go Direct!   Links mentioned: Go Direct! Patreon Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk —...

WET002 – Paul Levinson on writing, technology, music and productivity

For episode #2 of the WET Podcast, I had the great pleasure of talking to Paul Levinson. Paul is a true Renaissance Man. We talked about his academic work, science fiction writing, and musical career. He also gives a lot of great advice about writing and creating. My...

WET001 – Audrey Watters on Educational Technology

Welcome to the WET podcast’s premiere episode. In episode #1, I talk to Audrey Watters about educational technology, including MOOCs, Learning Managmeent Systems, distance learning, social media and teaching, among other things. Check out her incredibly...

WET Podcast

I haven’t talked about it much, but I am starting a new podcast called WET: Writing, Education and Technology. Each week on Friday (beginning 8/29/14) I will post an interview with someone in one or more of those fields. The interviews will range from educators...