Ever Wonder What a Badass Metal Singer Sounds Like When They Talk?

Alfonso Civile of the Lansing-based metal band Heartsick joined me on my podcast, Creative Ops, recently. A few of the things we talked about: the 20 year history of the band (formerly Know Lyfe), how they’re adapting during the stay-at-home order, what they have planned for the future,  the band’s creative process, and more!

Alfonso is super creative, and just a really nice guy. I hope to have him back sometime; I could’ve talked to him way longer. Hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did. 

Find out what else he and the band are up to, how to watch/listen/support them in these odd times:

Facebook @heartsickbandTwitter @heartsickbandInstagram @heartsickbandHeartsick Official YouTube

Now go listen! 

-CT

Updates: Life in Seclusion, Podcast Stuff, Whatever Else…

Hey folks,

It’s been a minute. I hope you’re doing OK with everything that’s going on–staying healthy physically AND mentally. Me? Not much. Trying to adjust to having all 4 kids at home. All. The. Time. As you might imagine, I haven’t had as much time to write, but I squeeze some time in where I can. Mostly I’ve written a few blogs for Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered. One of the co-hosts of that show is the producer for my show, Creative Ops. So I’ve been doing stuff with the podcast, writing blogs for other people, taking care of kids, trophy husbanding, all-around kicking ass.

Photo by Johnson Wang on Unsplash

I’ve also–when time does allow–been on a bit of a streak, writing what’s shaping up to be my next novel! It started as an idea for a short story. The first draft needed to be reworked. I was originally going to submit to LOM Publishing for one of their projects. But, once I started piling up page after page, I realized I had my next novel. So, since I’m “not into the whole brevity thing,” to quote The Dude, I ditched the short story for long form. But, with any luck, you might hear more from the good people at LOM on a future episode of Creative Ops, the podcast that I started just before The Weirdness set it. Talk about timing, eh?

My producer isn’t letting anyone in the studio (rightly so), which leaves us here, slowly figuring out how the podcast is going to work with the guest AND host streaming into the studio remotely. A few parts are on order, I got a (much needed) new laptop, and I’m excited to be more independent, but I miss hanging out at the studio.

During all this, I recently joined Twitter, so if you are also in the Twitterverse, check me out (@TallonWrites) and say hi.

Check out the podcast, too. C’mon, it’s free. You can click the link—Creative Ops—or search “CREATIVE OPS” wherever you get your podcast on.

Yee-haw!

Thanks for reading!

-CT

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Creative Ops | Ep.3 | Ben Kraker and Jason Tieri Teach Me How to Make a Podcast

I’ve got another episode of Creative Ops ready for your listening pleasure. I had my podcasting mentors, Ben Kraker and Jason Tieri (host of 2 podcasts, and host of 2 podcasts and producer of 2 other podcasts, respectively, and collectively, the co-hosts of Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered), on the show. I picked their brains about all things podcasting, and several things not-podcasting.

Source: Creative Ops | Ep.3 | Ben Kraker and Jason Tieri Teach Me How to Make a Podcast

Creative Ops | Ep.2 | Jennifer Soucy, author of “Demon in Me”

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9rnmr-d71bba

Hey folks,

I totally nerded out while talking to fellow writer Jennifer Soucy. She’s an amazing talent and a very nice person. She’s got an interesting story, and a lot to say about writing. Her amazing horror debut is titled Demon in Me, and it’s amazing! She’s the real deal. Check her out at www.jenniferlsoucy.com to learn more and find out how to connect with her via social media. Then go order her book on Amazon…NOW!

Enjoy.

Behind "The Process": Writerly Wisdom from an Amazing Author–Jennifer Soucy!

Hey folks,

I did my first podcast interview of the quarantine era. We had to do it all remotely–producer in the studio, me at home, the guest at home, all connecting on a streaming app. Not the ideal way to connect, but, given our present situation, it’s what we’re doing for the foreseeable future.

All that aside, I was incredibly excited to talk to horror novelist Jennifer Soucy. I was a little more than halfway through her book, Demon in Me, when she came on the show. We talked about her book, writing, the expectations and pitfalls of being a female writer who doesn’t sugarcoat the female experience, and all kinds of fun, interesting stuff. I implore you, go buy Demon in Me on Amazon, like, right now. You can do so here. You should also go to her website: https://www.jenniferlsoucy.com.

"Demon in Me" book cover
How cool is that cover, folks?

Writerly Wisdom: Jennifer Soucy

  1. Read all the time.
  2. Writing is like a muscle that needs a regular workout, so do it every day.
    1. Jennifer commits to at least 500 words/day. More when the gettin’s good.
  3. Write your first draft to completion before you start editing.
  4. When it comes to getting published, don’t give up. She said she must’ve queried 100 agents before landing a small press deal. Rejection is just part of it.
  5. Network!
    1. Social media is a great way to meet writers, readers, and in JS’s case, she got her first deal from a Twitter pitch party. (If you don’t know what the eff that means, listen to the podcast.)

Oh, there’s more…

She’s got a ton of stuff in the works, so save her website, follow her on social media, and read her new book, Demon in Me. I swear, you guys–it’s one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. Very strong, powerful writing. You’ll love it.

Thanks for stopping by. Search Creative Ops, where ever you get podcasts. It’ll look like this:

Stay safe and healthy, folks. We’re in it together!

Thanks for reading!

-CT

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