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Episode 29 Show Notes

Release Date: 10th of April 2019

SHOW SUMMARY

Topic of the week: Donna Maree Hanson Interview

Buffy Night: Lost in Space

GUEST BIO

Donna Maree Hanson is a traditionally and independently published author of fantasy, science fiction and horror. She also writes paranormal romance under a pseudonym. Her grim dark series, Dragon Wine, was originally published by Momentum Books (Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint).  After Momentum shut its doors, Donna published the whole series. In April 2015, she was awarded the A. Bertram Chandler Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction’ for her work in running science fiction conventions, publishing and broader SF community contribution. In 2016, Donna commenced her PhD researching Feminism in Popular Romance at the University of Canberra. Donna lives in Canberra with her partner and fellow writer Matthew Farrer.

Connect with Donna

Website: http://donnamareehanson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonnaMareeHanson/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DonnaMHanson

NEXT WEEK

World building course Week 3

NOTES

  • Hopes to have PHD completed next year.

  • Quote by Nils of Barr in Donna's book Shatterwing - “One must be humble to enter another’s abode. The smallness of the doorway forces one to remember.”

    • This was a way to make the culture live in the current story line. As the last person from his I wanted to shoe links to his history.

  • First story was a Starwars novel at 19

  • When 40 - while working as an auditor she realised that she wanted to get back to writing.

  • First novel took 6 weeks (Never published) but started the obsession.

  • Don't play comp games because she had to make time for the writing.

  • Matthew understand the writer eccentricities (late nights and obsession).

  • PHD helped learn more about self where obsession comes in.

  • Pantser - but it can take a while to get things moving along. 

    • Uses bread for analogy, put yeast in their and waiting.​

  • Two main series is the Silverlands (First) and then the Dragonwine.

  • Had to spend a lot of time trying to make her story a little different.

    • ie. Silverlands everyone has magic and the main character doesn't.​

    • Real things inspire the story - mirror lake is from seeing a lake from a plane.

  • Silverlands covers unequal distribution of resources.​
  • Shatterwing writing about a planet with multiple moons and what would happen if one crashed into the other. 
  • Worlbuilding Process: Imagining characters and their culture, developing histories for the character and the place. 
    • Will draw a sketch for maps​ to get a visual idea sometimes.
  • Many books planned but there is only so much time! Don't want to stick to one theme'genre.
  • Write something that I enjoy and hoe that someone else does. 
  • Every story is unique and there are things that stand out in each individual piece.
  • It is interesting to join all the different aspect together throughout stories.
  • Real world issues find a way of inspiring the the aspects of the story as you write them. It helps process what is hapening in the world.
  • Mindfulness - 100 day Process
    • Goals within a 100 days period that include balancing work an life. ​
    • Helps with completing mircoactions to complete goal.
    • Learned that you can make too many goals so you have to be realistic.
  • Traveling throughout April/May with family - class it as research.
  • World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin.
  • Writes under alternative name, Danni Christoff.
  • Committed to writing full time while completing PHD instead of going to other part time work.
  • Revising is the hard part, that's where you fit in all the crafting and improvement of the story.
  • Every section is different you need to use logic to repair and change.
  • NaNoWriMo is encouraging gives a focus to get the words down.
  • Advice - If it's your passion, go for it. Find what you are passionate about in your story.
  • If there are things that are important to you, this is a change to think/talk/express ideas.
  • Reading anything will all come in to writing experoence.
  • Research - Don't let it get in the way - but use it as a tool.
  • Write, Write, Write!
  • Observe the world and use those details to help make the story real and better.

BUFFY NIGHT

Lost in Space - Movie v New series on Netflix.

As a avid fan of the lost in space franchise for many years Donna has been interested in watching the presentation of the characters and story lines develop and change throughout different evolution's of the series. The characters stay the same but they are upgraded to modern times. The women in the new series have been overtly modernised.

3 stakes for the movie

4 stakes for the series.

Episode  29 Competition

Donna Maree Hanson is a traditionally and independently published author of fantasy, science fiction and horror. She also writes paranormal romance under a pseudonym. Her grim dark series, Dragon Wine, was originally published by Momentum Books (Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint).  After Momentum shut its doors, Donna published the whole series. In April 2015, she was awarded the A. Bertram Chandler Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction’ for her work in running science fiction conventions, publishing and broader SF community contribution. In 2016, Donna commenced her PhD researching Feminism in Popular Romance at the University of Canberra. Donna lives in Canberra with her partner and fellow writer Matthew Farrer.

Which Would You Choose?

Dragons

Space

Portal

Steampunk

Donna and the team at Finding Elara are teaming up to bring you a chance to win a copy of one of Donna's books.

Listen to the episode 28/29 of the show to learn the keyword. 

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(For episode 28 listen at 26.11mins for the key word)

Competition ends 17th of April 2019

Competition link:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/99cd21086/?

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DIANNA'S UPDATE

  • Working through edits of Maegin

  • Completing tasks on the Worldbuilding course.

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