Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick

Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick is all about creating a healthy, sane, and successful writing life as seen through the personal insights, reflections, and observations of a pioneering indie publisher with the perspective of an experienced perpetual beginner.


June 7, 2023 35 mins
It's time for a solo episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick! In addition to letting you know what I've been up to recently in my creative writing life, I discuss recent developments and revelations in artificial intelligence that have forced me to Take a Stand (capital T, capital S). Also: a little bit on the recent Amazon KDP categories update, and an interesting unintended consequence... This episode was record...
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    This time on Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick: A conversation with the award-nominated, prolific Canadian urban and epic fantasy author Krista Walsh (also find her on Amazon, Facebook, and Instagram. We cover process, fiction as self-analysis, time management and productivity, writing software, community and team building, mental health and, as usual, so much more. It's a conversation full of laughter and, most importantly,...

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    In this 85th episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, I present my thoughts and reflections after attending the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association 2023 58th Nebula Awards conference in Anaheim, California. Rather than a minute-by-minute recap of the conference and the 58th annual Nebula Awards ceremony, this is a more personal recollection of my experience, as well as musing on What It All Means (including,...

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    This 84th episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick is an encore episode re-presenting (with some new content) episode 006, "Your Creative Family." It's from June of 2018, so it's very likely new to you... whether you haven't heard it yet, or simply forgotten it! So, enjoy.

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    For many years, I've referred to Ray Bradbury as my "story father."  I've only recently given dedicated thought to w...
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    This time on Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick: A conversation with the award-nominated Australian author of children's fantasy books and stories, Jeffery E. Doherty  (also find him on Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter!). Jeffery E. Doherty is also an illustrator, speaker, book reviewer, and book cover designer. His books include Paper Magic and his darkly humorous upper middle grade fantasy series The Guardians of St. Giles. ...
  • May 3, 2023 32 mins
    It's the 82nd episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick. Let's talk about what our dreams have to say about our creative writing life and our mental health. My own subconscious has been poking at me -- sometimes with vigor -- for decades, always with the same stick: a recurring dream motif that I have come to call The Lost Apartment. Listen as I go into detail about these recurring dreams, what they seem to symbolize, ...
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    Science fiction and fantasy author Anthony W. Eichenlaub joins me in an in-depth discussion on the writing craft and writing life in Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick episode 081. Anthony W. Eichenlaub is the author of a wide range of science fiction and fantasy. His novels are a hodgepodge of cyberpunk westerns, space opera, and technothrillers. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Daily Scien...
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    April 19, 2023 28 mins
    Episode 080 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, the podcast about making stuff (mostly writing), finding success as we each define it, and staying healthy and sane in the process, is a solo episode in which I share how I've tricked myself into a creative corner... how and why it happened... and what it might take to get out of it. If you find you might be sabotaging your creative writing life with some insidious mental tri...
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    Episode 079 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick features an interview with speculative playwright Monica Cross. Monica Cross (also find her on Facebook and Twitter) is a multiple-award winning playwright residing in northwestern Wisconsin. Her one-act play Cyrano on the Moon has been produced at fringe festivals in Tampa and Minneapolis, as well as several virtual productions. Wonder of Our Stage, Monica's first full-length...
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    April 5, 2023 23 mins
    In episode 078 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, the focus is on the balance between taking things in and acting on what you've absorbed. When is it okay to not be writing / creating? Why is that alleged downtime actually essential to the entire creative process? This episode was recorded on April 3rd, 2023. It took three hours and thirty-five minutes to record, edit, produce and mix down the audio, create and uplo...
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    March 29, 2023 69 mins
    Episode 077 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick features an interview with author Rhiannon (R. Z.) Held. Rhiannon Held is the author of the Silver series of urban fantasy novels published by Tor. As R. Z. Held, she writes the Amsterdam Institute series of space opera novellas. Her short fiction, also under R. Z. Held, appears in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Hybrid Fiction, and a number of other publications and anthologies. ...
  • March 22, 2023 35 mins
    A car-cast edition of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, episode 076 presents another possibly audacious proposal as a... means... to acquire the financial means to have the time and energy to engage in major creative projects in an all-out approach, rather than in bits and pieces as opportunity allows. Also: listener feedback! This episode was recorded on March 20th, 2023.

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  • Episode 075 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick features an interview with author Joyce Reynolds-Ward. Joyce Reynolds-Ward (also find her on Twitter!) creates science fiction and fantasy works featuring themes of high-stakes family and political conflict, digital sentience, personal agency and control, realistic strong women, and (whenever possible) horses, frequently in Pacific Northwest settings. Joyce is a Self-Publis...
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    In episode 074 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick,  I spell out the most important thing authors must consider when conceiving your social media marketing plan... or even if, indeed, you should have one. My advice might be a relief to you, or it might piss you off... because it's not necessarily what most folks are suggesting. This episode was recorded on March 6th, 2023.

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    March 1, 2023 57 mins
    Episode 073 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick features an interview with author P. A. Cornell -- the first interview since episode 10 in 2018! P.A. Cornell is a Chilean-Canadian writer who penned her first speculative-fiction story as a third-grade assignment (a science-fiction piece about shape-shifting aliens). While her early publications were in non-fiction, she has been steadily selling her short fiction since 2016....
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    What make the perfect software for fiction writers? What features are missing from all the usual suspects? In this park cast episode 072 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, I wander around in the sunshine and suggest the specifications for what just might be the perfect software application of writers of all kinds. Listen to see if you agree, and by all means, add your wish list and suggestions in the comments! This epi...
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    The 71st episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick turns the focus to staying healthy and sane as we build our creative writing life. Listen as I describe my own struggles with comparison, validation, and executing on what I know works. You'll hear plenty you can apply to your own creative practice. This episode was recorded on February 14th, 2023.

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    February 8, 2023 29 mins
    Episode 070 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick includes a pretty big announcement: You can now name your own price (minimum $1.00 USD) for all of my e-books when you purchase directly from me. Listen to learn how I did it, what pieces remain to be put in place to make the change as effective as possible, and most importantly, why I've decided to adopt a pay-what-you-want pricing model for my commercially available creative en...
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    February 1, 2023 36 secs
    In episode 069 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick: A big announcement about a new feature coming to the podcast, plus a detailed overview of how I go about creating realistic and meaningful fictional characters. Authors and writers will find something of value there (or at least get some validation!) and consumers of fiction will enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at the creative writing process. This episode was recorded on J...
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    Episode 068 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick is a big one, kids! Listen to hear about interviews with authors I've recorded for future episodes, my (unresolved when recorded; resolved by the time you read this) issues with my podcast media files host, and take in my advice (based on recent experiences) on how to maintain perspective when it comes to all the things that might trouble you in your creative writing life. Als...
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