Podcasts have been around for a long time, but I’ve only recently discovered how awesome they are. For those who don’t know, podcasts are online radio shows that you can download or stream from your computer or mobile device. Lately, I’ve been devouring podcasts as they entertain me while I do boring chores such as unloading the dishwasher or folding laundry (I loathe folding laundry).
Some of my favorite podcasts are:
A family member turned me onto Mystery Show starring Starlee Kine in which Ms. Kine solves little innocuous mysteries such as how Britney Spears got a hold of a book by an unknown author, or the story behind an odd vanity plate. They’re short, utterly engaging, and addicting. I like to listen to them in the car.
In an effort to improve my Spanish, I’ve been listening to Spanish Obsessed (intermediate level), a podcast by Rob and Liz, a real-life couple, who speak only in Spanish. Topics range from coffee to cultural etiquette to money. Rob and Liz are charming and I understand them well, which makes me feel better about all those years of Spanish study.
Sometimes I listen to StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. I adore Tyson and he’s the only one who manages to make astronomy and astrophysics both relatable and comprehensible. Also, he’s a funny dude.
Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts about self-publishing. My favorite is Rocking Self-publishing. There’s something about Simon, the British host (the accent!), I find endearing. He interviews someone new each week. Last podcast, he interviewed Chris Fox, a successful indie author, who just recently quit his job to write full-time. Chris talked about writing to market, which I found very enlightening. A few weeks ago I listened to a successful Clean Romance writer discuss her genre, and a male romance writer spoke about being a man in a female-dominated field.
Podcasts can be entertaining, but for a writer, they can be invaluable. They’re another form of research. Whenever I’m listening to a podcast, I never think ‘this is a waste of time’ because I’m always learning something new. And they help get my chores done.
Do you listen to podcasts? Can you recommend any? What are your favorites. Sound off in the comments.