Tales from the Trunk


Episode 43: Aimee Kuzenski – Tilted

In case you missed the announcement at the start of our last episode, with Neon Yang, my new game, All Our Yesterdays, is available now for pay-what-you-want on my itch

This time around, it’s my absolute pleasure to welcome to the show Aimee Kuzenski (@aimeekuzenski)! Aimee reads to us from her novel, Tilted, which leads us into a great discussion on the interiority of writing, thoughts about reading aloud, and how important a good fight scene is.


Things we mention in this episode:

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Viable Paradise

John Appel

Karen Osborne

Valerie Valdes


Third person omniscient

The Earthsea Cycle, by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Jane Austen

Karen’s twitch

Fractured,” by Aimee Kuzenski

The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells

The Locked Tomb series, by Tamsyn Muir

The Broken Earth series, by N.K. Jemisin

The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie

Blade Runner

Wow, cool robot

Hayao Miyazaki

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Shadow out of Time”, by racist uncle Howard

Beneath the Rising series, by Premee Mohamed

The Innsmouth Legacy series, by Ruthanna Emrys

Ruthanna’s episode

Dune, by Frank Herbert

How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love,” by Baker and Dovey

No Shit, There I Was, edited by Alex Acks

Story Hour

Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger, edited by Agner, Appel, and Miles

The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe


Fix My Fight Scene on Twitch and Youtube

K.B. Wagers

Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson

Kate Winslet



What Moves the Dead, by T. Kingfisher

The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe

Just Like Home, by Sarah Gailey


Book Tour 20: Neon Yang – The Genesis of Misery

As mentioned at the top of the show, I have a game out, All Our Yesterdays, which you can find on my Itch.io!


It’s my absolute pleasure, this time around, to welcome Neon Yang to the show to talk about their brand new book, The Genesis of Misery, out September 27th, 2022, from Tor books! Neon reads to us from the start of the book, which leads us into some great discussion about why doing multiple rewrites can be good, actually.


Things we mention in this episode:


Neon’s Tensorate series

Joan of Arc


Sarah Gailey’s latest book tour

Just Like Home, by Sarah Gailey

Dongwon Song

Friends at the Table PARTIZAN

Monster Hunter Rise

Devil May Cry

Elden Ring

Neon’s insta


Join us next time, when my guest will be Aimee Kuzenski!


Episode 42: Rem Wigmore - ”Considine’s Counsel”

This time around, we’re joined once again by Rem Wigmore (@faewriter), who brings us a delicious excerpt from their trunked novella, Considine’s Counsel, which leads us into a great conversation about the study of story forms, actual play podcasts, and an opportunity, as if we needed one, to just be 110% on our bullshit.


Things we mention in this episode:


Foxhunt and Wolfpack, by Rem Wigmore

Lake Taupō

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Friends at the Table

The Tiffany problem

Dungeons & Dragons

Miri’s episode

The Witcher (TV Series)


Passage tombs


Codex writers group 

C.L. Polk

Neon Hemlock

Kai Ashante Wilson’s novellas


Time Bomb Time,” by C.C. Finlay

Villanelle (poetry)

And What Can We Offer You Tonight By Premee Mohamed

Premee’s book tour episode

Tor.com publishing

River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey

The Tensorate series, by Neon Yang

Emily Tesh

The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells

The Blacktongue Thief, by Christopher Buehlman

K.J. Charles’ Will Darling Adventures

Kurangaituku, by Whiti Hereaka

Eat the Rich, by Sarah Gailey

Squad, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The Girl and the Sea, by Molly Knox Ostertag

The Witch Boy, by Molly Knox Ostertag

Brennan Lee Mulligan

Escape from the Blood Keep

Critical Role

Matt Mercer

Ify Nwadiwe

Exandria Unlimited

Erika Ishii

Last Shooting 

Doctor Who

Queen of Swords Press

Rem’s previous episode

Rem’s website


Stick around next month, when my guests will be Neon Yang and Aimee Kuzenski!


Book Tour 19: Valerie Valdes - Fault Tolerance

This time around, I’m very pleased to welcome back one of my guests from this show’s very first season, Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes), to talk about the conclusion of her Chilling Effect trilogy, Fault Tolerance, which just released this Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022! Val reads to us from the opening chapter, which leads us into a lively discussion of video game tropes, fanfic, screenwriting, and who Val mains in Super Smash Bros.


Things we mention in this episode:


Val’s first-season episode

Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes


Mass Effect

Fix-it fic


Chekhov’s gun

Mario Kart

Mad Max: Fury Road


Super Smash Bros



Assassin’s Orbit, by John Appel

The Memory War series, by Karen Osborne

Megan E. O’Keefe

K.B. Wagers

The NeoG series, by K.B. Wagers

Annihilation Aria, by Mike Underwood

Imperial Radch trilogy, by Ann Leckie

The Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee

D.J. Older

Mike Chen

Rebecca Roanhorse

Doctor Aphra, by Alyssa Wong

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


Austin Walker

Five plus one fic

Harold (improv)

Conrad Verner

Tekken 2

Marvel vs. Capcom 2






Shang Tsung

Tron Bonne





Mr. Game & Watch

Horizon Zero Dawn


Val’s twitch

Guardians of the Galaxy (2021)

Girl by Moonlight

Blades in the Dark

Magical girl genre

Persona series

Serial Experiments Lain

Brandon O’Brien

Mike Underwood

Iori Kusano

Jeoi Gawain Lin

ArvanEleron on twitch

Arvan Eleron’s Youtube channel

Stone the Crows, by Grant Howitt

Friends at the Table Partizan

Beam Saber, by Austin Ramsay

Scum and Villainy

Ms Marvel

Our Flag Means Death

Moon Knight

Knights and Bikes


Join us again next time, when Rem Wigmore will be returning to the show!


Episode 41: Miri Baker - ”DUEL”

This time around, we’re joined by the one and only Miri Baker (@MiriBaker). Miri brings us a trunked story from ye olden days, all the way back in 2011, plus a lot of great conversation about the load-bearing parts of our personalities, cosplay, and how genuinely liking the things we like is good, actually.

This episode’s reading carries content warnings for blood, extremely unsafe handling of swords, and extremely incorrect understanding of swords. It is just under 20 minutes long.


Things we mention on this episode:

Blue at War, the cape Miri made for Amal El-Mohtar for the 2020 Hugos

Lillian Boyd

Machine of Death and This Is How You Die, edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki

The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde

Duotrope’s Digest

The Submission Grinder

Wondermark! By David Malki


Fence, by C.S. Pacat

Sarah Rees Brennan

The Demon’s Lexicon, by Sarah Rees Brennan

In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan

Monstrous Affections, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant

Be the Serpent

Worldcon 76

Fullmetal Alchemist

Himoru Arakawa

Neil Gaiman’s Journal


Arthur, season 14, episode 4, ­“Falafelosophy

Miss Snark’s Blog

Query Shark

George Clponey

John Scalzi’s Whatever

Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds

Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit

Sarah Gailey’s Stone Soup

Writing Excuses

Schlock Mercenary, by Howard Tayler


Fantasy Rants

Gaia Online


Uncanny Magazine

Viable Paradise

Sarah Gailey

River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey

Sarah’s Star Wars tweets

Amanda Cook’s episode

The Hugo Awards

Yaya Han’s ultimate bodysuit pattern


Annalee Flower Horne

Anime Weekend Atlanta

Friends at the Table

Gravity Falls

Steven Universe

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Archive of our Own

Fanfiction dot net


Riot Games

League of Legends


Rooster Teeth

Red vs. Blue


Persona 5 Royal


The Locked Tomb series, by Tamsyn Muir

Nona the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir

Cybergoth freeway rave

Miri’s portfolio

Rekka Jay

This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone


Stick around next month for the return of Valeria Valdes and Rem Wigmore!


Book Tour 18: Ruthanna Emrys - A Half-Built Garden

This time around, it’s my pleasure to welcome Ruthanna Emrys (@R_Emrys), who joins us to talk about her new novel, A Half-Built Garden, which comes out on July 26th from Tor Dot Com publishing. We talk about ecological sci-fi, the things that got left on the cutting-room floor, and Ruthanna’s current reads.


Things we mention in this episode:

Winter Tide, by Ruthanna Emrys

David Bowie

The Innsmouth Legacy series, by Ruthanna Emrys

Seanan McGuire

Field Guide to Invasive Species of Minnesota, by Amelia Gorman

Light From Uncommon Stars, by Ryka Aoki

Ruthana’s Patreon

Reading the Weird on Tor.com

Anne M. Pillsworth

The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin


Tune in next time, when my guest will be Miri Baker!


Episode 40: Amanda Cook - ”Snow Day”

This time around, it’s my delight to be the first podcast out there to host up-and-coming author Amanda Cook (@AmandaCook627)! Amanda reads her trunked story, “Snow Day,” which leads us into a delightful conversation about cozy fiction, early-career writing, cosplay, and patience!
This episode’s reading carries content notices for some brief mentions of guns and other weapons, along with a mention of nuclear war.
Things we mention in this episode:
Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede
Rubys Delivery,” by Amanda Cook
The Golden Orb, by Amanda Cook
When We Were Forgotten, by Amanda Cook
Weaving Serenity,” by Amanda Cook
Lily and Ink,” by Amanda Cook
Hells Library series, by A.J. Hackwith
Sweep of Stars, by Maurice Broaddus
Amanda’s insta, Facebook, and blog
Tune in next month, when my guests will be Ruthana Emrys and Miri Baker!

Book Tour 17: Sarah Gailey - Just Like Home

This episode carries content warnings for mentions of parental death, terminal illness, serial killers, and feelings of powerlessness. Additionally, the reading from this episode contains an overall sense of tension and dread. If you would like to skip the reading, you can skip forward 18 minutes from the beginning of the reading to bypass it.

This time around, we’re joined once again by the incomparable Sarah Gailey (@gaileyfrey) to talk about their incredible (and incredibly terrifying) new book, Just Like Home, available July 19th wherever fine books are sold! Sarah tells us about the staggering number of rewrites that this book went through and what was learned along the way.


Things we mention this episode:

The Luminous Dead, by Caitlin Starling

The Southern Reach Trilogy, by Jeff VanderMeer

Flowers for the Sea, by Zin E. Rocklyn

Queen Amidala

Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey

And then a skeleton popped out

The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling


Eat the Rich, by Sarah Gailey and Pius Bak

The Echo Wife, by Sarah Gailey

The Foundations of Decay,” by My Chemical Romance

The Great (TV)

Veep (TV)

Number One Fan, by Meg Elison


Empire of the Wild, by Cherie Dimaline

Sarah’s website and Insta

Stone Soup newsletter



Join us in two weeks, when my guest will be Amanda Cook!


Episode 39: Michael R. Underwood - The Broken Summit

Update: I've fixed some issues with the audio mixing for this episode that should make it easier to listen to now.

This time around, it’s my absolute joy to welcome Michael R. Underwood (@MikeRUnderwood) to the show! Mike reads from his trunked novel, The Broken Summit before (and after) we have a conversation about the intersection of writing and tabletop roleplaying, the life of a content creator, and some excellent advice about shaping your career goals.


This episode’s reading is 17 minutes long and carries content warnings for themes of war and imperialism.


Things we mention on this episode:

Friends at the Table

The Adventure Zone

The Quiet Year

The McElroys

Thirsty Sword Lesbians

Tom Clancy

Angry Robot Books

Penguin Random House

Hot Wheels boosters

Chilling Effect, bu Valeria Vlades

Yoon Ha Lee

River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey

Sarah’s Star Wars tweets

Genrenauts series, by Michael R. Underwood

Monster of the Week

Tortall setting (Tamora Pierce)

Blue Rose (RPG)

3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons

Shadowrun 3rd Edition


Dogs in the Vineyard

Apocalypse World

Blades in the Dark


Indie Press Revolution


Creative Commons

Game Jam

Open Game License

Powered by the Apocalypse





Mage: The Ascension

White Wolf Publishing

The Game Master’s Apprentice


Friends Journal Quaker Spec-Fic issue


Clarion West

Cassie Alexander

Better-Faster Academy

Dear Writer, You Need to Quit, by Becca Syme

The Nebula Awards

George R. R. Martin


Elden Ring


Maya MacGregor’s TikTok

The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester, by Maya MacGregor

Hank Green

Celebromancy series, by Michael R. Underwood

Citizen Sleeper

Dungeons and Dating series, by Katherine McIntyre

Mike’s Twitch 

Val’s Twitch


Karen Osborne’s Twitch


Join us again next month, when my guests will be Sarah Gailey and Amanda Cook!


Book Tour 16: Marion Deeds - Comeuppance Served Cold

This time around, we're joined by author Marion Deeds (@mariond_d) to talk about her new novella, Comeuppance Served Cold, a wonderful alternate-history fantasy-noir out now from Tor.com publishing. Marion talks about baking versus cooking when working on books, and we muse on the current golden age of SFFH novellas.


Things we mention this episode:

Story Hour

Laura Blackwell


Helen Crawford-White

Tor Dot Com

Queen of Swords Press

Neon Hemlock

Hugo ballot

Premee Mohamed

The Poppy War, by R.F. Kuang

Victories Greater Than Death and Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, by Charlie Jane Anders

Our Opinions Are Correct

Be The Serpent

Marion’s Facebook and Blog

Fantasy Literature dot com

Falstaff Press

Aluminum Leaves, Copper Road, and Golden Rifts, by Marion Deeds

Kat Hooper

Kate Lechler

Alix E. Harrow

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