Hey Everyone!

So today I’m going to give you a pretty basic rundown of what podcasts I usually listen to with at least some regularity. (Okay so by some regularity I mean when I’m sitting at lunch at work or doing dishes at home.)

There are a few podcasts that I listen too exclusively on I-Tunes because I can’t seem to find them on Spotify.

The Far Meridian: A weird audio drama that takes place on Mars.

Let’s Not Panic: Its a great audio series about a couple who basically say “screw it” and start traveling the world in an SUV. It’s them on the road talking about the overall experience. It’s pretty funny.

A Prairie Home Companion: Come on guys it’s Garrison Keilor! He’s awesome!

Clarksworld Magazine: It’s selected Sci-Fi stories.

Escape Pod: Also selected Sci-Fi stuff.

Helping Writers Become Authors: Helpful info about things that you may not think you need help with writing wise.

Please, Finish Your Book!: Very helpful if you like me sometimes have a hard time balancing your writing with life, work, relationships, and everything else that can distract us from actually sitting down and trying to actually write.

The Drabblecast: Spookie, weird, Muahahahahaha!

The New Yorker: The Writer’s voice: Short stories read usually by the author, a good way to see what is going on in the more mainstream market.

The Undead Wookie: One of my favorites! They discuss horror movies, sci-fi, music, video games. What’s not to love?

Uncanny Country: Weird town, weird things going on.

Wooden Overcoats: A story about a very strange funeral home, and the things that happen there.


Okay these are some of the Podcasts I follow on Spotify.

Kings Falls: Takes place in a radio station where strange things happen all the time.

Lore: Discusses the history and folklore of things like vampires and werewolves.

Levar Burton Reads: Like Reading Rainbow for adults!

The Writers Room: Pro writers of film, TV, and print discuss the industry and how they all got started.

Nocturne: It’s about what goes on in the night and our relationship with the dark, night time, and sleep.

Welcome To Nightvale: Pretty much my favorite! like Kings Fall’s but with a very deep background, and yet still funny as hell. Think Gravity Falls and Twin Peaks.

Okay kids, Until next time!

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Podcasts n stuff!

I listen to a bunch of podcasts now, but this is my current list of regulars when I’m actually able to go and sit for a half hour and try to de-tangle my brain.

Orbital Operations: This is more of an newsletter but I love the writer Warren Ellis.

Welcome to Night Vale. Weird great podcast from the people who do Rabbits also.

Selected Shorts.

The Writers Panel.

Star Talk. C’mon! It’s Neil deGrasse Tyson!

Let’s Not Panic. Nothing to do with writing, but they’re great!

New Yorker Fiction.

Signal Hill Radio.

Okay kids, that’s all for now. Talk to you again in a week or so. Next time we’ll talk music!

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Long Time….

Hey everyone,

Sorry its been so long since I’ve posted. The better part of a year unfortunately. But My hope is to now post at least something quarterly, and as I get going on it monyhly if possible.

So lets see..?

My wife and I just celibrated our first wedding anniverasry which is just crazy. We’ve been together nearly 12 years.

I’m reworking a project that ive been on since at least 2014. So it’s getting there. And I think I know how it’ll end even. Or transition into another story maybe.

Okay, I’m out for now. See you in the next month or so.

If you guys have any ideas for things you’d like to see discussed on The Process please let me know. You can always contact me at wshonchell76@gmail.com or leave a message or comment here.

Thanks guys.

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Really 2016?…..really?

Hey gang,

So yeah it’s been pretty much forever since I posted at all here. No excuses, just life being life. I’m re-working some things that have seemed to morph and made it’s own way because it can and doesn’t give a shit what I think or want.

So that’s something.

Life has changed a lot for me. I got married which was great, my wife and I suffered a loss last October. I still wont talk about that here or on any social media platform, I probably won’t ever.

Anyway, talk to you when I can. Thanks for being here, and reading.


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Hello 2015

I think for me the worst thing as a writer is to not have your work seen. Im not talking about publishing, although lets all pretty much face it if you’re a writer you want to be published. I pretty much send my work to people I know, who give me solid feed back, I also trust them to not rip my guts out.

But aside from those few people and maybe 5 magazines that ive submitted to that’s been it.

So im resolving to send out more of my work. But its really long form. 1,000’s of words, not flash fiction. But short fiction, and flash fiction is getting more traction it seems. So im considering doing some flash stories, just to see if I can condence. But im not sure ill be any good at it.

Lots has been changing with the project I’m on which has been great. Kind of revitalized it.

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Loss and Music


Loss has always been a big part of my writing. Loss comes in every shape and size you can think of. From the death of someone you loved, not being able to find your car keys, loss of your society. My process has always been this: Okay so the character has lost X and Y so now where are they at? Who are they going to be because of that? How is the loss going to affect them? And then effect the story that is playing out?


Music plays a gigantic part in my process. I’m usually listening to something when I’m working. But lately as I’ve been working it’s been a few albums or even songs that have helped me create kind of a creative flow to surf on.

I’m on Pandora.com at http://www.pandora.com/profile/wshonchell

Stadium Arcadium: Red Hot Chilli Peppers

There’s a lot of stuff on this 2 disk album, and I love nearly all of it.

Ten: Pearl Jam

I fell in love with these guys in 1992 when I was a kid and I still follow them today. Terrific music and it still gets me and can take me back to some pretty interesting places in my life. Ten was the rawest thing I’d ever heard from an emotional standpoint, and some songs on there can still tear me up.

I also listen to these little musical podcasts that (One of the best comic writers in history if you ask me) Warren Ellis does every so often. It’s called SPEKTRMODULE, and it’s great ambient music for trying to clear your head while you’re working. You can find it on his website warrenellis.com. Also Warren does a terrific email based bloggy thing called morning.computer. It’s great too.

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Fits and Starts

Fits and Starts

Fits and starts. That’s how I write. I write when its ready, like a pot of coffee. I sit there and I try to conjure something, anything. A sentence, a paragraph, a page, a coherent thought, a rough idea of a direction.

Today I wrote. Today was a good day. Today I wrote with no plan of any sort, I just knew my characters, and a slight idea of where I wanted to take them. I wrote over 15 pages. I’m not trying to brag. I haven’t gotten that much out in a long while. All I did was wake early, did what I needed to do to clear the decks, I opened my notebook to a blank page and it came. Tomorrow I will try the same practice and see if I get the same result. Who knows?

All I know is today was a good day.


Reading, watching movies, following a few blogs, listening to music all the time. Trying to stir the cauldron of whatever is swirling and churning to see what will rise to the surface. Always digging.

P.S: the next day I got 19 pages. Then a four day dry spell, then six more pages. You never know.

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