The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life

In this week’s episode, I chat with novelist Blair Hurley about our experiences in NYU's MFA program, how to plot novels, religion, and how to really dress like a writer.

Blair Hurley


The Devoted Cover


Check out Brian Turner's album, featuring recordings by his late wife, Ilyse Kusnetz.

Interplanetary Acoustic Team

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

This week, I interview Dale Lucas, the author of the Fifth Wardand Doc Voodooseries of novels about exploring ethics in long-form narrative, world-building (and when to stop), how to keep writing the novel in maddening isolation, and other stuff, too.


Books Discussed

Fifth Ward Friendly FireFirst-Watch-cover-768x1148Doc Voodoo CrossfireDoc Voodoo Aces and EightsDale Lucas No Surrender


Check out Dale's essayabout having Simon Vance perform the audiobook of his novel, The Fifth Ward: First Watch.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_328.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview Adrian Todd Zuniga, the host of Literary Death Match, about how to plot a novel, and how he plotted his novel, Collision Theory.

Adrian Todd Zuniga


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Check out my previous convo with Adrian back on Episode 190.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_327.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

Pat Greene Sunrail

In this week’s episode, I talk with the Orlando legend, Patrick Greene, about the power of being an autodidact, the importance of curiosity outside of one's area of expertise, and the struggles of trying to live the life of a writer.


To get some idea of Pat Greene's influence, here's a video featuring his 60th birthday celebration at the gallery earlier this year.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_326.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT