The Book Stash
By Ash Oldfield and Steve de Niese
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In each episode Ash Oldfield, author of the Rachaya Series, and Steve de Niese talk about what Ash has been reading and the lessons she's learned. Kickstart your own writing with great tips and writing prompts in every episode.
||CleanEpisode 21: The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery||Holy moly - our 21st episode is now live! We fawn over the enchanting story The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. We also have heaps of great tips for writers including how to refine your writing and themes you can borrow from Shakespeare.||14 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery||This time around we're talking about Ash's all-time favorite book, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. We also talk about representation in writing and striking the balance with "show, don't tell".||31 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: The Trip of a Lifetime, Monica McInerney||Ash has been listening to the audio book for The Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney. We talk about creating realistic characters, the lyricism of dialogue in audio books and finding the right pace for your story.||17 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Dragonflight, The first Chronicle of Pern, By Anne McCaffrey||Ash has been reading the classic fantasy book Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, which leads us down a path of tips for crafting believable magic systems. We explore tips from Brandon Sanderson's First Law in how to approach magic when creating your worlds||3 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell||We're spending some time in George Orwell's dystopian vision of the future, Nineteen Eighty-Four. We also talk about reading broadly and Ash takes you through her must-have essentials currently on her writing desk.||20 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami||We return to Murakami with a look at his book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Steve also shares some writing tips from Australian-born, Dublin-based author, Monica McInerney.||5 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi||We look at the debut novel (and New York Times bestseller) from Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone. Discover ten tips for writing compelling dialog and Ash shows off her new map for the Rachaya Series.||22 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel||In this special half hour episode, we take a look at Hilary Mantel's Booker prize-winning novel, Wolf Hall (and its TV series). We also talk about the card game Once Upon A Time and Vladimir Propp's fairy tale functions.||1 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: The Artisan Heart, Dean Mayes||We take a look at Australian author Dean Mayes' heart-warming new book The Artisan Heart. Find out how to be a good beta reader and how to get the best out of your own beta readers. Plus, map out your fantasy world.||18 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman||In the face of sickness, Ash digs out The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, where we discuss context for language, awesome illustration, 6 tips for getting your book written and sticking with it.||4 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab||This week we talk about A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. We also look at the creative process behind designing a book cover, the science behind hand-writing your drafts, and the surprising effects of wisdom teeth extraction on Ash's productivity.||20 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami||In this episode of The Book Stash, Ash talks about the shadows cast by the Haruki Murakami classic, Norwegian Wood. There's also beautiful odd metaphors, integrating religion in your world building and a particularly fun writing prompt.||6 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff||We take a look at Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's compelling sci-fi world in Illuminae. Ash has put together five essential tips for planning your stories, combating misconceptions in your world and Lord of the Rings.||23 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo||Ash has been binging and now we have two books in one episode, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo! We also talk about subverting the hero's journey and tips for researching an idea without getting lost in the details.||9 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks||Ash looks at The Sword of Shannara from Terry Brooks and discuses how fantasy writing has changed in a post-internet age. We chat about rejecting stale language to bring your writing to life and some challenges with writing book 3 of the Rachaya series.||26 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black||Ash has been reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, getting lost in the brutally intoxicating world. We explore the power of subtle details and finding out where your story might have gone off-track. Steve talks abouttips for laying out your book.||11 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes||We discuss Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes and its striking use of language to help tell its story. We also give you some tips to set writing goals that you'll actually stick to, starting your story from the right place and people-watching.||28 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Murder at the Mountain Rush by R.B.R. Verhagen||In this episode Ash has been reading Murder at the Mountain Rush by R.B.R. Verhagen. Learn about keeping track of your characters, how wizards go to the toilet, getting inside your villains' head and playing with perspectives.||14 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The Hollow Crown, William Shakespeare||In this episode Ash breaks the rules a little and forgoes her reading for a mini-series. We talk about The Hollow Crown, William Shakespeare's copiousness, tackling writer's block and figuring out your antagonist.||28 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Strange The Dreamer, Laini Taylor||In this episode we talk about Strange The Dreamer, a fantasy novel from Laini Taylor, and letting your characters have their say.||14 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Frankenstein's Monster, Mary Shelley||In this episode Ash reads Frankenstein's Monster, introduces writing prompts and gives you an update on her own writing.||7 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Inspiring and easy to listen to
A great podcast! Ash’s passion and enthusiasm for writing makes it really easy to listen to and her little lessons from her “book of the week” are things that make a lot of sense but you don’t really think about until someone says it out loud.
The podcast also has great sound quality which can otherwise really turn me off from a podcast. 5/5!