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Life of Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction Podc

How do you entertain the world with your fiction? That's a question I've been asking myself since I launched WantedHero.com in 2005. These stories were for my kids, but that didn't last long. Kids share with other kids, and sometimes crazy things grow. This podcast is about the creative process, perspectives, stories, and my worldbuilding addictions. It's to show you that nothing is ever as simple or as easy as it seems, and life doesn't usually turn out like we think it will. If you’re looking for ideas, inspiration, instruction, or maybe a glance into the creative process of lying to kids for a living, this may be the podcast for you.

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How do you entertain the world with your fiction? That's a question I've been asking myself since I launched WantedHero.com in 2005. These stories were for my kids, but that didn't last long. Kids share with other kids, and sometimes crazy things grow. This podcast is about the creative process, perspectives, stories, and my worldbuilding addictions. It's to show you that nothing is ever as simple or as easy as it seems, and life doesn't usually turn out like we think it will. If you’re looking for ideas, inspiration, instruction, or maybe a glance into the creative process of lying to kids for a living, this may be the podcast for you.

Language:

English


Episodes

S1E12 Goals for 2022 and Season Two

1/12/2022
We did it--a whole season! Ahhhh, what a challenge to do a podcast when the whole house is ill--AND in the beginning of the recording, my daughter had to be rushed to the emergency room by her mother. That meant me and Simon had Ruby with us (my youngest--only 2 yrs old). Also ill, running nose, but she's been sleeping all day and now had a shiny new microphone sitting in reach. We've learned a lot from this season of Life of Fiction. The format, when and how to record episodes, the story...

Duration:00:26:40

S1E11 7 Things Successful Authors DON'T Do

1/5/2022
Happy New Year! Hope you had a wonderful holiday, because the Buckley's had the whole tribe together, loving each other and rolling in candy and food...(we locked the scales away until the new year). Today I'm without Simon, who is prepping for school, so I wanted to share something I've been thinking about for a while. Something I feel is life altering, and for those of you who are writing--this will be something that can assist you in experiencing success sooner than you might think. So...

Duration:00:30:19

S1E10 WORLDBUILDING: Simon Explains The Dragons Chasm, Part 2

12/29/2021
I'm going to teach Simon how to run this show--I swear I will. No matter how long it takes, he'll get it eventually. Today I've asked my son to take over and continue explaining the Dragon's Chasm--going over the Clodorius, the Cloud Canopy, Nock Shelves, Mid Climb, Debris Shelves, and Canyon Floor. I'm excited to have this conversation, as I know you are. So sit back, enjoy a coffee and make sure to jot down the questions you have. Send all your questions to:...

Duration:01:02:10

S1E9 WORLDBUILDING: Simon Explains The Dragons Chasm

12/22/2021
Today Simon and I delve into worldbuilding again (finally!!). Yes, there's SO much to share about WantedHero, but I asked my son to go over the dynamic creation that he's been creating for over a year... The Dragon's Chasm. I get to say, right here--that Simon is brilliant. He doesn't have access to the metadata of the show, so he can't stop me...neener. Sit back, pop a pop,...and enjoy the complicated explanations Simon gives to feed your imagination and demonstrates how powerful...

Duration:01:12:15

S1E8 Writing and Publishing Tools EVERY Writer Needs

12/15/2021
Its TEN days left to Christmas!! It never fails to amazing me, how many opinions are out there on writing and publishing. Get ten people in a room and you’ll likely walk away with 22 opinions. Crazy. What bugs me though, is people pushing products and platforms like there’s only one way to do things, and I don’t just mean every Tom, Dick, and Buford here, but people with real influence. People trying to get writers to buy ‘stuff’ (cause I don’t think there’s a better word for it). So...

Duration:01:12:25

S1E7 The BEST time to write a book is NOW

12/8/2021
Today’s a rough day. An emotional day. I’m mad, determined, and on fire against the world. Against those who say something can’t be done. Two weeks ago I got my first colonoscopy, and I got back the results. It wasn’t good. What does that mean? It means I’ve been referred to an oncologist, and I am now hyper aware of the choices I make each and every day. It woke up the dragon in my soul who has been asleep for years, in my attempt to be the sweet, patient, kind person I wanted to be...

Duration:00:19:13

S1E6 WORLDBUILDING: A teen conversation with a professional storyteller

12/1/2021
Every fictional work requires some form of worldbuilding. I'd also tell any teen who would listen, that in my opinion, worldbuilding is THE #1 most important core skill to develop if you want to craft a story that will grip a readers attention and keep it. When creating Wanted Hero and Chronicles of a Hero, I was focused on creating a world so vest and detailed that I could spend the rest of my professional career building it and sharing it with readers. Which is amazing, because when I...

Duration:01:37:57

S1E5 When a teen messes up this podcast by being awesome

11/24/2021
Well, my son Simon and I were able to take part in the American Fork Indie Author Day last Saturday. It was very enjoyable and I must say, insightful in many respects. Though the library didn't have as many teens show up as I'd hoped, my true intent was to be there, have a new experience, and mix with 'my people'. Yes, I wanted to meet readers of Chronicles of a Hero, which I did--and thank you for traveling so far to see me, you beautiful people--but I hoped to learn something new. I...

Duration:00:51:34

S1E4 A teen from Russia asks Why Wendell?

11/17/2021
Finally got the popper working so I could communicate with Höbin. Wouldn't you know it--the problem was solved by something as simple as a little blue button? Gnomes. Anyway--we received a questions from one of our new readers from Russia, who was curious about Wendell. Höbin goes to the WantedHero.com database he's been building for the initial part if the answer, and I share the reasoning behind our heroes creation.

Duration:00:20:20

S1E3 The Smartest Gnome You'll Ever Meet

11/10/2021
Due to some medical concerns, I volunteered to take over for Jaime today. I thought it wise for us to have a little time alone--get a few things out in the open, so we have a clear understanding. Oh, don't worry--you're not in trouble, I just want to have a word with you. Clarify anything that may have been befuddled by Jaime in the previous podcasts. - Höbin

Duration:00:13:40

S1E2 What Are Teens Worth Today?

11/3/2021
I'm having to contact tech support for the popper. Much as I try, I just can't figure out how this thing is supposed to be configured--and I'm not a tetchy person. Honestly, I think Ruby (my 2 yr old) got in there and started flicking switches--so it's still going to take some time to connect with Höbin. GOOD news, is that we will cover two questions at the same time today. NEWS: I will be traveling to do a book signing at the American Fork Library in Utah on November 20th, from 10am-2pm...

Duration:00:34:15

S1E1 A Personal Introduction

10/27/2021
This podcast has been so long in the making--and after Mahan messing about with me in the last 72 hours, he's pushed me too far this time. I'm starting the show, ready or not, perfect or not--with the right tools or not, and I'm going to explain why. This is an exciting moment for all of us at WantedHero, and many kind and dear people have assisted us in helping us get to this point, so we're not going to waste another moment! Hope you enjoy the introduction--and if you do, please tell a...

Duration:00:32:51

2021 Trailer

10/23/2021
After pondering on this project for nearly eight years, Life of Fiction is coming to life. Author and creator of Wanted Hero, Jaime Buckley, will be taking you on an adventure into his mind. Oh, don't be afraid--it's all about the fantastical world he's created just for teens. You'll get to meet people like Höbin Luckyfeller, the famous gnome historian, and Finley Greenhopper, the prodigy zoologist, as well as a score of other characters...as soon as Jaime can convince them to come on the...

Duration:00:01:49

Fungal Horror

9/30/2021
This was not what I was expecting for my first interview, but here it is. During my personal tour of H1-C-FIN101 (a.k.a. PINWHEEL), armed with my cheap portable recorder, I was shoved into a decontamination chamber to avoid being assimilated by a walking, human-sized fungal parasite, chasing Finley and I. Under the hum of the air ventilation systems, I try to ask what questions I can think of. I was actually here to talk with Finley about the classifications of dragons he'd discovered--but...

Duration:00:19:43

A commercial with Dr. Deborah Harper

9/17/2021
We used to work with a brilliant gnome scientist, a Dr. Deborah Harper, who wanted to warn parents about how they can help their children avoid some of life's rougher circumstances. This is the studio session we did with Dr. Harper...which saved thousands of gnome lives.

Duration:00:01:40

Doctor's perscription of Wanted Hero

9/14/2021
Howard was suffering from severe anxiety and depression, which nearly killed him. Luckily his loving wife got Howard to the doctor in time.

Duration:00:01:33

POOKIE: Our very first commercial (2005)

9/9/2021
When we sat down with our gnome staff, we wanted to come up with a unique way of telling people about the eComics. ...then someone mentioned they had a pet gator, named Pookie.

Duration:00:01:13

The TEST

9/6/2021
As our comics became more popular, the staff wanted to do a comparison in public, to see what the population in Clockworks City truly thought. So we set up a test, out on a busy street, and asked citizens to participate. We were delighted by the overwhelming results in favor of Wanted Hero.

Duration:00:02:15

The TEST: BLOOPERS

9/1/2021
This is why most gnomes have an office away from home. *sigh*

Duration:00:03:15

Rappin it Up #2: Dax and Evan

8/30/2021
Today I'm bringing you the second show I did with my oldest daughter in 2005 called 'Rappin' it Up' with Ditto and Cosmo, which was based on my original comic book series. Listening to this brought back memories of working at home, doing hundreds of takes to get the show right and also reminded me that working with youth isn't always easy...but always worth it. Today's show has another custom commercial and then at the end of this episode, bloopers were included from the whole process. It...

Duration:00:24:53