Methods to Prevent Overload // How to recognize and Solve Problems in Your Fiction Stories

Writing Better, Getting Paid: A Conversation with Genre Fic Icon Alasdair Stuart

My guest in this episode is the owner of the most prolific genre fiction empire, friend to writers of all ilks, game author, frequent contributor to, and fiction writer Alasdair Stuart.

 “If you don’t do it, it won’t happen; if you do it, it might.”
— Alasdair Stuart

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 When people ask what inspired me to write within my answer is often the name Alasdair Stuart.

He’s the owner of Escape Artists Incorporated; host of Pseudopod the weekly horror fiction podcast that’s been providing chills and thrills to listeners for over 10 years. He’s the occasional host of EscapePod, a weekly science fiction podcast featuring over 500 episodes of original science fiction stories narrated by award-winning voice actors. His audio-literary enterprise also includes PodCastle the weekly fantasy podcast, and Cast of Wonders, the weekly Young Adult fiction podcast, and the gorgeous quarterly magazine Mothership Zeta featuring original science fiction from writers all over the globe.

Well-earned street credit… Get it?

Hands down, he’s the most voracious genre fiction reader I know, and always the first to shine a light on fantastic writers, fascinating literature, and under-the-radar literary works that will make your toes curl in delight.

In addition to being the beloved associate of authors Matt Wallace and Mur Lafferty, and a friend to writers of all ilks, he’s also a game author, a frequent contributor to, and a fiction writer himself.



  • What a “Bossployee” relationship is and why we want (at least) one
  • 2 Time Management Methods to Prevent Overload
  • The magic of what happens when you “Learn to love your outline.”
  • Avoiding the pitfall of self-rejection
  • How to recognize a problem in your story
  • 3 Ways to Solve a Problem in Your Story
  • Under the radar genre fiction that will leave you wanting more

Without further ado, I present to you Episode 2 of Maxximillian Presents: THEMATIC—Writing Better, Getting Paid—the first in a series of episodes of professional writers sharing our helpful tips, best practices, failures and what comes next, featuring the man belonging to the iconic voice of Pseudopod, Escapepod, PodCastle and Cast of Wonders fame—the man of words, himself: Alasdair Stuart.

Maxximillian Presents: THEMATIC Episode 2
Writing Better, Getting Paid: A Conversation with Genre Fic Icon Alasdair Stuart

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Listen to me and YA Fantasy novelist Jayme Beddingfield talk zombiepocolypse survival strategies in an upcoming episode of Maxximillian Presents: THEMATIC!

Shaun of the Dead — My favorite zombie flick of all time. In case you’re not sure if you trust my taste in movies, I also love Old Boy, Jules et Jim and The Dreamers. If you’ve seen any of these and liked them, our tastes are likely aligned.

If you’ve never heard of these beloved films I’ve just mentioned, **extending my hand** let me take you on a delightfully entertaining journey! As my favorite voice actress Sarah Golding (of ADPP fame) would say, “Ahhh g’wan! Dooo it. I dare ya!”