Welcome to Weekly Finds!

Welcome to the first Weekly Finds! Or perhaps it will be every two weeks… anyhow, in these posts I’ll show some of the cool things (which includes things like articles and blogs) I’ve found on the internet.

Mythgard Academy Podcasts

Ok, I’ve known about them for some time, but somehow I missed that they have a podcast of all the lectures *swoons*. And for me the best part is all the lectures about Tolkien’s work!

You can also get the podcast (or videos, if you prefer) on iTunes and iTunesU. They are about 2 hours long, so get your tea ready and grab your crochet. (Or am I the only one who spends my time like this?)


Helping Writers Become Authors podcast by K.M. Weiland

This podcast aims to help writers with inspiration, crafting characters, outlining and structuring novels. “Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love”.

Also, be sure to check out her book and workbook “Outlining Your Novel”. I can’t tell you how much this is helping me with The Ruon Chronicles.

Creative Writing Career podcast by Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinsom

Whether you’re writing for the screen or the page, be sure to check out this podcast that will help you turn your “writing into more than a hobby”. They also have some cool guests!



Free software! Using WikidPad is like building your very own Wikipedia. At least that’s how I describe it. Their description is much better:

“WikidPad is a real-time wiki – wikidPad is not a web server, or application server, or groupware solution. wikidPad is a standalone notepad like application, albeit notepad on steroids. wikidPad is like an IDE for your thoughts.”

I first heard about it on the Writing Excuses podcast (check out the podcast while you’re at it) when they discussed story bibles and downloaded it immediately. And it’s wonderful. Because you create links

I’ve been using WikidPad for quite a while and then fell behind on updating my story bible about a year ago (horror!). Since then my world (talking about the secondary world, Airtha-Eyrassa, here) has changed so much that I needed to start a new story bible. So I pulled WikidPad closer again. It’s taken a few hours, but the story bible for The Ruon Chronicles is looking gooood.

That’s it from me for the week. What cool stuff did you find online this week? Or what writing podcasts do you listen to?


By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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