The Lackadaisical Writer by Anma Natsu

The Lackadaisical Writer by Anma Natsu


  • S2, E37: Extempore 11

    Aug 10, 2014 | 56 min
    I'm back! Kind of a hodge podge episode today, so join me as I share various news, including my Camp NaNo results, then wade into the Amazon vs Hachette debate again. I also talk about the idea of doing a crowdfunding campaign for Aisuru, and the frustrations with the lack of info on what readers think about them and how to really calculate funds needed. Monthly Goals: Finish Aisuru - the only goal, with a new incentive. Every week past August 31st I'm late will cost me $5 in my fun money for six months (I budget $50 a month)
  • S2, E36: Aisuru, Chapter 2

    Jul 22, 2014 | 41 min
    Since I'm way behind and trying to focus primarily on Aisuru this month, for today's episode I'm reading you the second chapter of Aisuru, "Kazuki's Reality"! Hope you enjoy and back to regular episodes in August! Progress Report: Finished Chapter 6/30 and started 7 and 8; at about 28,000 words
  • S2, E35: Aisuru Special Treat

    Jul 6, 2014 | 40 min
    It's getting hotter, but my garden is in bloom! After answering the question of "how to show support" for the show and my writing, I delve into today's very special episode: a reading of the new first chapter of Aisuru!! Progress Report: Finished chapter 2 and 1/3 through chapter 3 Monthly Goals: Finish Aisuru revision (Camp NaNo), update website to be even more mobile friendly
  • S2, E34: Q&A By Proxy, Part 2

    Jun 28, 2014 | 43 min
    Continuing on with some common questions I've seen in writing forums, I talk about whether or not writers should blog, choosing a TLD for your domain name (i.e. .com, .net, etc), the benefits and differences of NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, and I get a little personal as I talk favorite alcohol! Progress Report: Finished scene 2 of chapter 2
  • S2, E33: Q&A By Proxy, Part 1

    Jun 24, 2014 | 60 min
    After a slightly lengthy intro of life updates, including home office changes and my viewing of Shrek: The Musical, I answer a couple of common questions seen in writing forums regular. In particular, whether it is "okay" to use of real persons and existing fictional characters in your own writing, mentioning businesses and brand names in writing, and break down some of the differences between flash fiction, vignettes, short stories, novellas, and novels. Progress Report: Started second scene of chapter 2, started prepping for getting back to the novel adaptation, started read Writer Dad by Sean Platt Randomness: Writer Dad by Sean Platt (novel; Music Clip: Taitoru agai...
  • S2, E32: The More You Know

    Jun 14, 2014 | 49 min
    In this episode, I share a bit on some of the various topics about Japan that I've researched while working on Aisuru, including the process of filing a will, various forms and use of personal seals, the intricacies of gift giving, what a butsudan is, and the basics of the omiai or matchmaking meeting. Progress Report: New chapter 1 of Aisuru done and chapter 2 part way done at 1,000 words Music Clip: Taitoru by me! :)
  • S2, E31: Lifelong Love

    Jun 1, 2014 | 56 min
    With so much going on, of course I have to talk a bit about SPP's Fiction Unboxed getting underway and I finally weigh in on the Amazon/Hachette issue. Then it's all about the awesome Reading Rainbow Kickstarter blow out and my own memories of the show and reading as a child. Progress Report: I've started writing the new first chapter for Aisuru, so yay. Have the first of it's three scenes done. I also got the whole story outline set up in Scrivener as chapters/scenes with the summaries from the outline so I have the "road map" in place. Monthly Goals: Continue revising Aisuru. Start Tome 2 of my novel adaptation project. Get back on pace with TLW episodes! Music Clip: Mozart's "Divertimento...
  • S2, E30: Behind the Scenes

    May 25, 2014 | 46 min
    After sharing a bit about my new glasses and talking about Will Weaton's awesome post on depression, I take you on a "behind the scenes" tour of the various tools and websites I use for my writing, research, making covers, running my website, and, of course, producing this show. Progress Report: Finished reviewing Aisuru's outline and ready to start writing the two new chapters Music Clip: Bach's "Gymnopedie No. 1" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 (
  • S2, E29: Extempore 10

    May 18, 2014 | 33 min
    This week my main focus is Aisuru's new outline and the story changes that will be resulting from it, but I may also mention a bit about my recent reading adventures and my garden! Monthly Goals: (for May AND June) Continue revising Aisuru. Start Tome 2 of my novel adaptation project. Get back on pace with TLW episodes!
  • S2, E28: Extempore 9

    Apr 27, 2014 | 26 min
    After briefly talking about the release of the season two episodes to YouTube and minor updates to the site, I give a shout out to the Self Publishing Podcast fellows ( and their Fiction Unboxed event! Then I talk some more about my continued revision struggles as I begin The 90-Day Rewrite and the idea of outlining Aisuru, as well as sharing a few epiphanies I had while getting ready to talk about the confusions I had.
  • S2, E27: Song, No Dance

    Apr 13, 2014 | 47 min
    For this episode I'm sharing with you some of the many songs that I play as background music while I'm writing various kinds of scenes, such as action/fight scenes, sex scenes, sorrowful scenes, and death scenes. Progress Report: I got back the feedback on Aisuru and we met to discuss our novels. Printed out a fresh copy of Aisuru to use with revising. Monthly Goals: My goal for April is simple - start revising Aisuru again, period. Going through Alan Watt's The 90-Day Rewrite: The Process of Revision as part of this process.
  • S2, E26: By Request - Ideas & Future

    Mar 30, 2014 | 49 min
    My desktop computer is back online, but not for recording. So still using the iPad, I talk about my love/hate relationship with my birthday, Frozen, and the joys of lawn mower shopping. For the main topic of the show, I delve into a listener request and talk about where I get my story ideas, what my sources of inspiration are, and some of my upcoming/future projects! Progress Report: Finished my alpha/beta feedback, and that's about I talk about why using a cat food metaphor!
  • S2, E25: Extempore 8

    Mar 16, 2014 | 41 min
    In this week's episode, I ponder whether I am too picky about editing episodes, the unintentional benefits of my main computer being down, the importance of back ups, and my continued difficulties in staying on task/schedule. I also talk about a little bit of writing news, including great rant on author vs writer from Indies Unlimited, the good and bad of the recently announced Amtrak residency program, and Indie Recon.
  • S2, E24: You, I, and Anne Marie!

    Mar 3, 2014 | 28 min
    This week's episode opens with an update on my slump and a rant about the Little Women musical adaptation before moving into the main topic: narrative points of view. I talk about the general definition and features of each of three main points of view found in fiction, discuss some of the variations found, and give examples of the core three POV types using a snippet from Reconstruction. Progress Report: Alas, nothing to report at all, really. As noted earlier, I was still in a funk most of the week, though did finally get at least marginally started with the Reconstruction revision experiment. Monthly Goals: Write at least 8 chapters in Tome 2 of the novelization project. Finish the prelim...
  • S2, E23: Giving Feedback

    Feb 23, 2014 | 48 min
    In episode 21 I talked about having Alpha, Beta, and Gamma readers give you feedback, so this episode I talk about the flip side - being one of those feedback givers! So let's look at why you should critique others work, reminders on the general principals of being a good critiquer, and I'll give you an overview of my own personal critiqing methology. Progress Report: First tome of the novelization printed and gifted; Tome 2 not started. Aisuru on break for beta feedback whiel I plan to start some work on Reconstruction with a new revision process. Randomness: Adaigo Teas, creators of the amazing IngenuiTEA and sellers of awesome teas (
  • S2, E22: Extempore 7

    Feb 10, 2014 | 29 min
    First extempore episode of 2014! In this episode, I talk about the first fiction work I read in 2014 and ponder why my reading has gone down so much in the last year or so. I also talk about my impressions on Final Fantasy XIII, give you the updates on the novelization project, and a little bit on future plans and ideas.
  • S2, E21: Alpha, Beta, Gamma

    Feb 3, 2014 | 32 min
    Let's talk feedback, as in getting feedback on your work and just what the heck people mean by alpha, beta, and gamma readers! In this episode I go through what each of those means and what you can generally expect for each. I'll also talk a bit about how to find readers and give some general tips on handling the feedback you get. Progress Report: For my monthly goal results, I'm a few days late, but the novel adaptation's first tome is mostly done; just need to add the final few notes from my line edits, the remaining pics, and upload for proofing. With Aisuru, though, it was an abject failure - only 1 or 2 chapters edited instead of 4. I did however meet one of my other 2014 goals! Monthly...
  • S2, E20: Fear Itself

    Jan 26, 2014 | 28 min
    Our emotions can affect our writing, especially fear. Today, I talk about how my own fears of putting my work out there, rejection, failure, taking risks, and of success are affecting my writing efforts and what I'm doing to try to counteract them. Progress Report: Writing for first part of the novelization project done and illustrations prepped. Just need to finish a quick line edit and upload for proofing. Aisuru, minor work done but not nearly as much as I hoped; sent first two chapters out for critiquing/feedback. Randomness: (website - free Federal income tax filing;
  • S2, E19: Never Pay! Well, Except...

    Jan 12, 2014 | 44 min
    After correcting my goals for January from last episode, I talk about the idea that writers "should never pay anything" to publish their works. First we look at the root of the idea - that "money should flow to the writer, not from" - in the context of traditional publishing versus vanity publishing. Then, we look at it from the perspective of the indie/self publisher and how in that context, it isn't so clear or easily split as you must do the editing, cover design, formatting, marketing, and more. Progress Report: 1 chapter done for the novelization project, and about half way through 1 chapter edited for Aisuru (another that I ended up doing a lot of rewriting on) Randomness: CENTS, The M...
  • S2, E18 - It's Goal Time

    Jan 4, 2014 | 22 min
    It's the first episode of 2014, and the first episode of season 2 of the show! After announcing a few minor format changes, this episode is all about goals, starting with how to set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely), then I take a look at how I did on my 2013 writing goals before sharing my goals for 2014. Progress Report: 3 more chapters done in the Novelization project while nothing done on Aisuru. Monthly Goals: Set up new weekly schedule for the year (i.e. day for Aisuru editing, day for Novelization project, etc) by the 6th. Do at least 2 chapters of Novelization project done by the 11th. Edit at least 1 chapter of Aisuru by the 11th. Randomness: Chall...
  • S1, E17 - Too Me Or Not Too Me

    Dec 28, 2013 | 23 min
    Happy holidays! With 2013 coming to an end, I reflect a bit on the show's growth before giving the usual news and updates. For the main topic of the show, I answer the question of "how much of myself is in my writing" as well as discuss the overheard idea that someone should only tell a story from perspectives they know and I wonder about the meaning phrase "write what you know." Progress Report: For the NaNo Project - 3 more chapters done; For Aisuru - the cover reveal Goals: Continuing from last week Randomness: Tasks (Android app;
  • S1, E16 - The Revision Struggle

    Dec 22, 2013 | 35 min
    Happy holidays! I open with a bit on the holidays, the usual news and updates, and do my cover reveal announcement. Then I talk about the revision struggle - the difficulties I experience in trying to revise Aisuru, including not giving it proper time and attention, my realization that I'm a planning editor not a pantster one, and trying to break the never ending cycle. Progress Report: For the NaNo Project - 0, zip, zilch. :-( For Aisuru - reread and got back into the story, finally finished editing that infamous chapter 10. Goals: For my NaNo project: get back to it and do at least 14 chapters by the end of winter break! For Aisuru: Finish shrine scene, edit another chapter. And of course ...
  • S1, E15 - Traditional vs Self-Publishing

    Dec 7, 2013 | 47 min
    In this week's episode, I discuss traditional publishing versus self/indie publishing, including how the two processes differ and the pros/cons of each. I also discuss which I've chosen for myself and why, and issue a reminder to be safe regardless of which method you choose by avoiding scammers! Progress Report: Finished NaNo with 118,000+ words and just over 34% project completion Goal: 30 chapters of my NaNo project by the end of December; get back to Aisuru by rereading what I have so far and seeing if it still draws me - if not, try to figure out what I changed that caused this Random Recommendation: I issued a challenge to those listeners who are also writers to look into writing confe...
  • S1, E14 - Extempore 6

    Nov 29, 2013 | 20 min
    In my final NaNo extempore of the year, I give my usual NaNo update, then talk about about goals, being behind, the point of NaNo, Camp NaNoWriMo, and my own struggles with staying on task, lack of self-discipline, and need for encouragement/prodding.
  • S1, E13 - Extempore 5

    Nov 23, 2013 | 22 min
    This week, after my usual NaNo update, I talk about the cold snap in Texas, the awesomeness of fingerless gloves, a bit about why I love Scrivener, my dislike of crowds, a little bit of Aisuru news and plans, my acquisition of Self Editing for Fiction Writer and trying to focus the revisions, and upcoming episode topics.
  • S1, E12 - Extempore 4

    Nov 16, 2013 | 17 min
    This week's ramblings include my NaNo update and winning, why November is my unhealthy month, swimming, and Thanksgiving. Also random inserts from PussCat and jingles from the girls' tags when they kept shaking their heads.
  • S1, E11 - Extempore 3

    Nov 10, 2013 | 27 min
    After some recording troubles, I ramble on a bit about my NaNoWriMo progress, doing a novel adaptation & how it differs from writing "my own" work, why I'm okay with not doing a new novel this year, and why I'll do a "proper" NaNo next year. I also rant a bit about another instance of the whole "my way is the only way" attitude in forums. Random Recommendation: Madeline Turnipseed's Blog ( ) Edit Minion ( )
  • S1, E10 - Ted Talk

    Oct 30, 2013 | 36 min
    Another mid-week episode and this time I have my very first interview! Fellow writer and NaNo enthusiast Ted Boone, one of our regional MLs, sat down with me to talk writing and NaNo. Progress Report: None, of course, still NaNo Prep! Goal: Stay on track for the first week of NaNo Random Recommendation: Vicious by V. E. Schwab (novel recommendation from Ted; Amazon page
  • S1, E9 - It's Not Just Words

    Oct 22, 2013 | 29 min
    In this rare mid-week episode, I discuss the difficult topic of online bullying and the whole response to GoodReads and other sites attempting to curb such behavior on from their users. Note: this episode does have one or two instances of "strong language". Progress Report ; there is also an abridged movie version available on DVD)
  • S1, E8 - Extempore 2

    Oct 13, 2013 | 18 min
    In this free form episode, I chat a bit about my new PS3, my natural sleeping habits vs what I require of my body, my use of multiple alarms to try to get up, and Les Miserables. I also talk about my struggle with my brain wanting to create because it's October and a bit about some potential roof issues after heavy rains.
  • S1, E7 - It's Coming! It's Almost NaNo!

    Oct 6, 2013 | 28 min
    It's October, meaning it's less than a month until National Novel Writing Month, AKA NaNo! In this episode, I give an intro and overview to NaNo, rant a little about NaNo criticisms, share my NaNo story, and give some tips for first time wrimos. Progress Report: Finished the cover except for the blurb and I did get the podcast stuff into Scrivener, so yay me; wrote a bit of the scene with Kazuki talking to Ito's memorial, but haven't finished yet. Goal: Finish said scene and continue editing; probably not much more until December since I have ton to do for NaNo :-) Random Recommendation: Write or Die (iPad, desktop, and web application; )
  • S1, E6 - The Ten Rules of Writing Or Not

    Sep 22, 2013 | 40 min
    For this episode, I review Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing and give my views on the idea of "writing rules" in general, and these rules specifically. Progress Report: Reorganized my chapters some, splitting up several that were too long or had different focuses; did a timeline to help me keep track of when what happens Goal: Finish the timeline with plot points for myself, finish editing chapter 10, write the scene I've mulled over with Kazuki at the memorial, get the podcast stuff into Scrivener for easier management Random Recommendation: The Book Girl light novel series by Mizuki Nomura ( )
  • S1, E5 - Extempore Episode 1

    Sep 14, 2013 | 20 min
    For my first "extempore" episode, which will be unplanned and more free form, I talk about why my dislike of being confined brought about the need to add these kinds of episodes to the podcast. I also talk a bit about how I got through my struggles with writing a scene with my podcasting set up, whether I should get on Pinterest, and the lack of social presence of some older authors. Random Recommendation: I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty (Podcast; available on iTunes and )
  • S1, E4 - World Setting

    Aug 31, 2013 | 25 min
    For this episode, I discuss how a geographical error in my first draft of Aisuru derailed my editing of chapter 10, and the pros and cons you might find when setting a story in the "real" world vs a made up one. Progress Report: Finished chapter 9 and deleted chapter 10. Goal: Be up to what is now chapter 14 by September 15th Random Recommendation: (website for 100% free high-resolution stock photos; ) Music Clip: Persephone by snowflake is licensed under a Attribution.
  • S1, E3: Not a Real Writer? Bull!

    Aug 17, 2013 | 25 min
    In this episode, I get into a bit of a rant about how some writers, critics, and readers dismiss certain writers as being "not real writers", such as those who write romance, erotic, comics, fan fiction, and novelizations, and why that phrase irks me so much. Progress Report: Finished chapter 8 and half way through 9 Goal: Be up to chapter 10 by August 21st Random Recommendation: The Awakening hidden object adventure game series from Boomzap Games, available on Big Fish Games (
  • S1, E2: The Writing Process

    Aug 3, 2013 | 27 min
    In this episode, I share with you my writing process, i.e. how I get my story concepts and how I go from those to a finished novel. Progress Report: Finished chapters 6 Amazon page:
  • S1, E1: Introduction

    Jul 20, 2013 | 21 min
    In this inaugural episode I talk about why I decided to do a podcast instead of blogging, how it came to be called The Lackadaisical Writer, and introduce myself and my current project. Progress Report: In chapter 6 of editing Aisuru Goal: Be up to chapter 10 by August 20th Random Recommendation: Tiny Wings by Andreas Illiger (iOS game; $0.99;

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