Tales from the Trunk


Episode 21: John Wiswell - “Tonight at the Palindrome”

This month, we're honored to be joined by John Wiswell (@Wiswell), who reads an excerpt of his story, "Tonight at the Palindrome." After that, we talk about our experiences navigating non-genre bachelors programs as genre writers and why it's so important to be open about our rejections as well as our sales.

Things that we mentioned this episode:

"Tank!" by John Wiswell

Ellen Datlow 

Arkady Martine 

A. T. Greenblatt 

Uncanny Magazine 


Julia Rios 

Fireside Magazine 

Worldcon 76 

Bogi Takács 


Curtis C. Chen 

Mary Robinette Kowal 

Seanan McGuire 

Warren Wilson College 

Louis L'Amour 

Stephen King 

J. R. R. Tolkien 

Ursula K. Le Guin 

Richard Matheson 

"The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson

Bennington College 

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

William Faulkner 


Peter Jackson 

Campbellian monomyth 


Amazing Stories 

TSR (the publisher, as opposed to "TRS," as in the Tandy TRS-80, which was mistakenly name-dropped in the episode)

Lois McMaster Bujold 

Diana Wynne Jones 

Cowboy Bebop 

"Tank!" by Yoko Kanno and Seatbelts

Personal Canons: Dragon Ball by John Wiswell (free to read, despite what was said on the show, but do consider subscribing anyway)

Sarah Gailey's Here's the Thing 

Orson Scott Card 

"The Bottomless Martyr," by John Wiswell

The Bathroom Monologues 


Please join us again next month, on December 18th, when our guest will be Phoebe Barton!


Shelter in Place 8: Fae’s Purrs

It's been a week, y'all, so here's some comforting content.

You can catch me on We Make Books on November 17th.

Join us again on November 20th, when my guest will be John Wiswell.

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