Caution: Slight Delays Ahead

Due to a number of extenuating factors (not the least of which being that I’m currently combating some sort of neo-Black Plague), this week’s episode will likely have to go up tomorrow, rather than today. Apologies, but I promise — this one’s well worth the wait!

Episode #6 Bonus: A Q&A with N.K. Jemisin

LC Brown sits down with SFF author N.K. Jemisin to pick her brain about writing and world-building, including:

  • How late night tweeting led to a world of polyamorous diplomat fashion-conscious Vikings
  • The gendering of genres, and why too many authors prioritize the “mechanics” of worldbuilding over character
  • A sneak peek at Jemisin’s new book series, The Broken Earth, and why she admits that it’s “the most difficult worldbuilding I’ve ever done”.

You catch more of N.K. Jemisin at her blog, or on Facebook and Twitter, where she hangs out when she’s not furiously writing her next novel.

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

Episode #6: Fable III

This week, LC Brown and Jay reminisce about Fable III, the 2010 fantasy RPG from Lionhead Studios, including:

  • How Fable forces you to make moral decisions that actually hurt
  • Paige and the invisibility of the female revolutionary
  • Our favorite scene in the game (don’t play it in the dark)
  • The one spoiler that everyone needs to know before playing Fable III (and, for that matter, Fable II)

Plus: Lilo and Stitch, Sex Criminals, Orphan Black, the 20th anniversary of Chrono Trigger, dwarves gone wild, what LC has against the Qunari, the Metroid series, the bird’s guide to parenting, and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 24:52
Emails start at: 46:49

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

No episode today :(

No bonus content today, sadly. Life just got in the way this week. Also, I’m getting perilously close to my size quota, so I need to save every byte I can for the actual episodes. Oops.

In the meantime, however, I wanted to thank everyone for checking out the show. Somehow in its first month of life, The Heroine’s Journey has already amassed thousands of listeners, and almost ten thousand downloads. (!!!) I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed. I couldn’t have done it without you.

We’ve got some exciting guest hosts lined up over the next few weeks, as well as some great Q&As. Also, more radio ‘essays’ – your feedback was loud and resoundingly positive, and don’t worry, there are definitely more in the works!

So thank you again, humble listeners, for tuning in and sharing the show with your friends. You’ve made this one journey I’m glad I took. See you back next week!

Episode #5: The Alien Films

This week, LC Brown and Nadia dig into the Alien franchise (all four movies, back to back), including:

  • Why the first rule of Prometheus is that you don’t talk about Prometheus
  • Reproduction, birth, and why is Alien so freaking scary?
  • Aliens: A story about motherhood, Princess Ripley, and turgid masculinity
  • How Alien 3 is like Terminator 2, and Alien: Resurrection is like that bad acid trip you had in college but with more Ron Perlman
  • What we know about Blomkamp’s upcoming Alien flick

Plus: The 100, nuclear holocaust makes a comeback, Misty Copeland’s Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, a Very Important Message About Swearing, Elizabeth Moon revisited, the problem with PAX and Polanski, Aveline Vallen’s biceps and Cassandra’s party dress problem and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 20:41
Emails start at: 1:14:53

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

Episode #4 Bonus: A Q&A with #INDG’s Tanya DePass

LC Brown is once again joined by guest host Tanya DePass to discuss #INeedDiverseGames, including:

  • The origins of the #INDG social movement
  • Navigating anon hate and the GamerGate cesspool
  • What comes next for INDG

INDG has a home on several social media platforms, including Twitter (original vintage!), Tumblr, and Facebook. If you’d like to show your financial support for INDG, check out their Patreon or their Teespring, now in its second round due to popular demand.

You catch more of Tanya’s personal musings at her blog, cypheroftyr.

A brief housekeeping note: We’re on iTunes now, as well as Stitcher. So if you like what you hear, please go rate and review! Your support will help us reach a wider audience.

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

Episode #4: The Works of N.K. Jemisin

The Heroine’s Journey is a weekly podcast by women, for women, about women. Each week,  LC Brown and a rotating cast of guest hosts shine a spotlight on the lady-driven stories they love.

“Episode #4: The Works of N.K. Jemisin”

This week, LC Brown is joined by Tanya DePass of #I Need Diverse Games to dig into the books of sci fi/fantasy author N.K. Jemisin, including:

  • Women of color as the heroes and drivers of their own stories
  • Everyone wants to be Tolkien, and why that’s a bad thing
  • Why we compare Jemisin to the best fanfic you’ve ever read
  • Mixed heritage as a major element of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Plus: Tanya’s Inquisitor problem, Dragon Age: The Last Flight, Adrienne Shaw’s Gaming at the Edge, female knights, Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness, Game of Thrones and your emails!

ETA: Links!

Main topic starts at: 12:42
Emails start at: 36:25

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

Cohost info: Tanya DePass, I Need Diverse Games on Tumblr and Twitter, #INeedDiverseGames

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

Episode #3 Bonus: “Comic Book Movies: A Love Affair”

The Heroine’s Journey is a weekly podcast by women, for women, about women. Each week, LC Brown and a rotating cast of guest hosts shine a spotlight on the lady-driven stories they love.

“Episode #3 Bonus: “Comic Book Movies: A Love Affair”

This week, guest host Nadia returns with an essay on the long-standing love affair film has had with comics, including:

  • the sometimes unfortunate history of comic book movies (Clooney’s Bat-nips, anyone?)
  • how MCU has brought “more squirrels to the feeder”
  • with more diversity in readership, will we see more diversity in heroes to match?

Also note: We’re on iTunes now, as well as Stitcher. If you like what you hear, please go rate and review!

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

dls

Three weeks in and already we’ve crossed 1,000 downloads. Holy cow!

Thanks for listening, everyone! If you’d like to leave feedback on the episodes thus far, or suggest topics/questions for future episodes, please feel free to drop me a line. Or help THJ gain a wider audience by rating/reviewing us on iTunes and Stitcher!

And be sure to check back Friday — we have a special surprise in store.

Episode #3: Saga

The Heroine’s Journey is a weekly podcast by women, for women, about women. Each week,  LC Brown and a rotating cast of guest hosts shine a spotlight on the lady-driven stories they love.

“Episode #3: Saga”

This week, we record a saga of an episode about Saga, the comic by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. LC Brown and guest host Nadia dive into why they just can’t stop reading it, including:

  • Why we love a story for good sex, not good death
  • Saga vs. Firefly, and the unbearable whiteness of modern spec fic
  • Which single panel in Volume Four turned LC into a sobbing mess
  • How a marriage implodes, and pieces itself back together

Plus: The Fall, the importance of power hair, The X-Files, corpses vs. bakeries, Carmilla and webseries remakes, Tomb Raider 2: Reboot Boogaloo, Pretty Woman, Beauty and the Beast, and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 40:26 (wow!)
Emails start at: 1:12:06 (whew!)

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.