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Podcasts on Bajacaliforniana, esoterica, Maximiliana, works by C.M. Mayo,
and on creative writing

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C.M. Mayo at PEN San Miguel: The President of Mexico's Secret Book
On January 13, 2015, as the first speaker of the 2015 San Miguel PEN reading series in Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, C.M. Mayo reads from and discusses her new book, Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual. (Approx 58 minutes)

C.M. Mayo introduces her new ebook, Podcasting for Writers
"Naples Dave" and others from fiverr.com are the big voices, along with music clips from istockaudio.com uniquetracks.com, plus silly sound effects, and more. C.M. Mayo recorded her portion at ye olde writing desk (any snoring sounds are from the dog) and edited the whole shebang on her laptop using Apple's GarageBand. As Mayo says, "If I can podcast, so can you."

Conversations with Other Writers: Sergio Troncoso
As part of the series of occasional Conversations with Other Writers, C.M. Mayo talks with novelist and essayist Sergio Troncoso, author of This Wicked Patch of Dust and Crossing Borders: Essays.

Conversations with Other Writers: Michael K. Schuessler
As part of the series of occasional Conversations with Other Writers, C.M. Mayo talks with Mexican art and literature expert Michael K. Schuessler, author of the biographies of two major Mexican literary figures, Gualadupe Amor: La undécima musa and Elena Poniatowska: An Intimate Portrait, and editor of Alma Reed's long lost autobiography, Peregrina: Love and Death in Mexico.

Conversations with Other Writers: Edward Swift
As part of the series of occasional Conversations with Other Writers, C.M. Mayo talks with Edward Swift, author of the memoir My Grandfather's Finger and many acclaimed novels, including Splendora and The Daughter of the Doctor and the Saint.
*About one hour and 15 minutes.

C.M. Mayo Discusses Francisco I. Madero's Secret Book of 1911, Spiritist Manual.
Recorded at the PEN / Sol Literary Magazine Reading Series, February 22, 2012, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (in Engish). *About 26 1/2 minutes.

Ten Tips to Help You Get the Most from Your Writing Workshop
C.M. Mayo offers tips based on more years than she would like to admit of taking and teaching writing workshops.

Conversations with Other Writers: Sara Mansfield Taber
As part of the series of occasional Conversations with Other Writers, C.M. Mayo talks with Sara Mansfield Taber, author of the memoir Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter.

How to Break a Writing Block

C.M. Mayo on the power on the five minute writing exercise. The end of this podcast offers an exercise— so get out your pen and paper. (For more exercises, visit "Giant Golden Buddha & 364 More 5 Minute Writing Exercises.)
*About 11 minutes. Please note that on iTunes the timing is only 7 minutes, so if you're doing the writing exercise, best to listen on podomatic (the button to the left).

Techniques of Fiction: The Number One Technique in the Supersonic Overview
From C.M. Mayo's "Techniques of Fiction" workshop: the number one technique. An explanation with examples, plus a nuggest of advice from Chekhov. (For C.M. Mayo's upcoming workshops, and for many other resources for writers, click here.)*About 8 minutes

Like People You See in a Dream:
An excerpt from Miraculous Air about Mission San Ignacio
About 28 minutes

The Arc of Writerly Action

From a panel discussion on writing historical fiction at the American Independent Writers Association Conference, held at the Writer's Center (near Washington DC), June 2011.
About 8 and a half minutes

Hell, I Knew It Was Paradise

C.M. Mayo reads an excerpt from Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico (Milkweed Editions, 2007) from the chapter "The Sea is Cortes," about a visit to the East Cape for an interview with Bob Van Wormer and the story of Baja California's spectacular sportfishing industry.
About 16 1/2 minutes

On Declutterng Your Writing: The Interior Decoration Analogy
C.M. Mayo offers a bit of advice for writers.
About 7 minutes

The Writing Life: A Report from the Field
A panel discussion at the "Artlantic" Festival at the Writer's Center in Bthesda MD May 22, 2010 with C.M. Mayo, David Taylor, Alan Elsner, Kevin Quirk, and moderator Jessie Siegal.
About 1 hour and 15 minutes

Twelve Tips to Help You Hang in There and Finish Your Novel
C.M. Mayo reads from her guestblog post for Work-in-Progress and the Writer's Center's First Person Plural blogs.
About 12 minutes

PEN Writers Aloud Reading Series, San Miguel de Allende
C.M. Mayo reads from and discusses The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, her novel based on the true story. Recorded live January 19, 2011 in the Biblioteca's Sala Quetzal.
About 1 hour and 30 minutes

A Conversation with Solveig Eggerz, author of the novel Seal Woman
C.M. Mayo talks with Solveig Eggerz, author of the fiercely poetic novel Seal Woman. Inspired by the Icelandic fairytale of the seal woman and the true story of some 300 German war widows brought to Iceland to marry and work on the remote farms, Seal Woman has been widely praised and translated into both Hebrew and Icelandic. The conversation ranges from the author's unusual background (from Iceland to England to Germany to Alexandria, Virginia), Iceland's book culture, fairytales, advice for writers, and more. Recorded in November 2011.  
About 1 hour and 7 minutes

Presentación de la novela El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano
La novela basada en la historia real por C.M. Mayo, traducido por Agustín Cadena. 26 de mayo, 2011, Ciudad de México. Con la participación del Dr. Javier Garcíadiego, Carlos González Manterola, Eduardo Turrent, y el novelista Carlos Pascual.
Apróximadamente una hora y 25 minutos

C.M. Mayo at the Library of Congress
A presentation of the novel,
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, and an overview of the author's research in the various archives in the Library of Congress, among them, the papers of the Iturbide family, the Emperor Iturbide, and the circa 1920 copies of a substantial portion of the Kaiser Maximilian von Mexiko archive in Vienna. The lecture was sponsored by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, which is the center for the study of the cultures and societies of Latin America, the Caribbean, the Iberian Peninsula and the Spanish Borderlands, and other areas with Spanish and Portuguese influence.
About one hour


So you have something to say! There are many eager ears out there, in cars, on trains and planes, in waiting rooms, in kitchens, perhaps washing dishes… Audio podcasts, on-line digital files, not only serve as an important promotional tool for writers, but they can be storytelling vehicles in themselves, whether as stand-alone works or complements to text, and as such, a powerful way to reach new audiences.

Based on award-winning writer and avid podcaster C.M. Mayo's one day workshop at the Writer's Center,
this ebook provides an introduction and overview of podcasting for writers, from basic concepts to nuts-and-bolts tips.

In 10 "easy peasy" steps
(along with some "fancy schmancy" alternatives for those so inclined). Mayo shows you
how to generate and publish your unique podcast — and yes, get it onto iTunes.