John Scalzi’s advice to new writers about money

Author John Scalzi offers some profoundly useful guidance to writers about money, correctly diagnosing most of us having as much financial sense “as chimps on crack.” It’s a long essay, and I recommend you absorb every word of it. Here are his top points: 1. You’re a writer. Prepared to be broke. 2. Don’t quit… Read More »

HellDorado official English rules available

If you listened to the show where I interviewed game editor Eric Franklin and were intrigued by his description of Asmodee’s HellDorado, you’ll be happy to know that the official English rules are now available. Check it out! Man, it looks like Unit A is in a peck of trouble. Run, Unit A! Run!

Writing For Pay Ep. 006 and 007 Show Notes

Joyce Gorsuch is an accomplished media professional who has produced radio programs for the award-winning daily news show “State of Nevada” at Nevada Public Radio. As a freelance writer and editor she has created content on topics ranging from rice research to silent films to commercial real estate development. Joyce’s home page:

Writing For Pay Ep. 007 – Joyce Gorsuch Pt. 2

Wade continues his poolside conversation with freelance writer Joyce Gorsuch in Las Vegas. Joyce discusses returning to America, breaking into the local magazine market, how she finds work, and her advice to young writers. Also: Wade copies his wife’s Art History class notes from 1989 for a writing assignment. Don’t tell the professor or he’ll… Read More »

MP3 download problem fixed

Awesome WFP listener Charles Tan hepped me to the fact that the MP3 download link for the new episode was broken. That’s weird, I thought, I tested it as soon as the show was posted and it worked fine. Well, right after testing the link I’d enabled PodTrac on this site to collect stats on… Read More »

Writing For Pay Ep. 006 – Joyce Gorsuch Pt. 1

Wade goes on vacation in Las Vegas and find himself poolside with Joyce Gorsuch, a freelance writer with heavy NPR connections. In Part One, Joyce talks about the gala event she covered the night before and her work with various international clients. Then Wade’s flight gets delayed, so he records the show’s outro while sitting… Read More »

Episodes and show notes now easier to find

Oh, and also: I tinkered with the categories a little to help make it easier for you to find the individual episodes and show notes on this site. The episodes can be found in the Podcast category. The show notes can be found in Show Notes.

So where’s the new episode, Wade?

I’m workin’ on it, I’m workin’ on it! In fact, right this very second I’m editing my interview with Joyce Gorsuch. I’ve had a lot on my plate lately. Too much for anyone’s good, probably–I suspect that I’m somewhat overcommitted with my work and volunteer obligations. I’m trying to sort things out so that instead… Read More »


“I just woke up and I’m going to lunch with my friend Robert Crumb. Then I will listen to records. It sure beats writing but doesn’t pay as well, unfortunately. You can’t get a health plan listening to old records.” – Terry Zwigoff on the writers’ strike A shout out to our brothers and sisters in… Read More »