The Bradbury Challenge

Two writers attempt to write a short story every week for a year to see how it changes their writing and lives.

Gerald is Back – Bradbury Challenge Ep 23

Gerald is back! He had a lot of new ideas as her traveled, and is considering publishing his short stories as a collection. Crissy talks about her new job and getting 40 thousand words into a new series. They discuss finishing projects and how the Bradbury Challenge is effecting their lives.

Author mentioned:
Melissa Lummis

Freelancing and Releases – The Bradbury Challenge Ep 22

Rated: Clean

Crissy talks about how it felt to write full time. Now that she’ll have to go back to work soon some decisions need to be made. She also finished two short stories and sent them to her mailing list. Meanwhile, Maya began her travels, worked on formatting, and releasing her first short story release. Gerald will be back soon much to our relief, it’s just not the same! FYI, This episode should have been number 20 but in editing the backlog of episodes I got them all mixed up.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

You are in a coffee shop and there is a ceiling fan and it is covered in ice-cream and there is ice-cream all over the walls.

Revision and Literary in Every Genre- Bradbury Challenge Ep 21

Rated: Mild

This week Crissy and Maya discussed revision and Literary Fiction within the Genre’s. Then Crissy reads from her latest project.

Publishing Our Books and Short Stories – Bradbury Challenge Ep 20

Rated: Mild

This week Crissy and I discuss publishing our short stories and books. How do we price our works and how is that different for genre and literary fiction. We touch on some pretty controversial topics but try to figure out how we feel about cheap versus expensive books.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

There’s a knock on the door and there is a package waiting for you. It is an old wooden crate with stickers on it from all over the world.

Traditional and Self-Publishing – Bradbury Challenge Ep 19

Rated: Mild

Today Crissy and Maya discuss their projects and thoughts on traditional vs. self-publishing from very different perspectives. We also talk about the future of short stories and technology.

Becoming More Productive – Bradbury Challenge Ep 18

Rated: PG-13 due to innuendo

Maya empties her nest, all three of us struggled with time. Gerald only wrote ONE story! I know, the horror lol. We discuss practical solutions to being more productive.

Disclaimer: So these episodes are coming out very late and in quick succession. Due to stress and organizational difficulties I had to make a choice. Either be even later, or use subpar audio. The next 4 episodes are not up to our audio standard so please bare with us until we are back to our normal standard.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

A steampunk airship floating through the sky

About Bad Sex Scenes – Bradbury Challenge Ep 17

Rated: Explicit

So these episodes are coming out very late and in quick succession. Due to stress and organizational difficulties I had to make a choice. Either be even more late, or use subpar audio. The next 5 episodes are not up to our audio standard so please bare with us until we are back to our normal standard.

This week Gerald wrote two stories, Crissy has post project depression and Maya realizes that the short story challenge is re-invigorating the poetry part of her brain.
Crissy was challenged by time management and we here how she overcame. Gerald was also challenged by time management as he prepares for his road trip. Maya was challenged by her anxiety and just so much happening all at one as she ditches her belongings and moves to… where.
We also talk writers conferences, fight scenes and sex scenes.

Literary Roadhouse Discussions

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

You’ve just moved house and in a cupboard you find a bloody knife.

Why we write – Bradbury Challenge Ep 16

Rated: Mildly Explicit

This week Gerald finished his archetype series and Maya used the writing prompt from the last episode. Crissy also did well and prepared a story for publication. For much of this slightly off topic episode, we discuss Hue Howey and Stephen King, then Gerald get’s us back on topic and we talk about why we write.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

You are cleaning your files on your computers and you find one that you don’t remember putting there and all it says is, “Remember.”

Backing Up – Bradbury Challenge Ep 15

Rated: Explicit for language

I am really behind in the editing of the Bradbury challenge so please be patient as I roll out several episodes this week. We are trying to remedy the situation and you can help! We started a Patreon campaign to raise funds to hire an audio editor so the shows will be out on time, with hire quality and we’ll be able to launch several new shows. Please read the details of our campaign here.

In this episode, Maya discusses revising the color of color for submission to a literary journal. Gerald talks about the ways he backs up his writing, and Crissy wrote despite being seriously ill and feeling depressed.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

There are two children in the woods looking at the stars.


Literary Roadhouse Discussions with Karan Bajaj

Karan Bajaj

Guest: Karan Bajaj

Rated: Clean

This week we have a treat for you! Literary Roadhouse  Discussions in a new intermittent extra podcast where we discuss literature and writing with authors and other literary figures. Our first guest is Karan Bajaj.

Karan Bajaj is a #1 bestselling Indian novelist with more than 200,000 copies of his novels in print, both optioned into major films. Karan’s first worldwide novel, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, will be published by Random House on May 3rd’ 2016. The book, called “The greatest adventure of our Generation” by The Daily Telegraph was inspired by Karan’s one year sabbatical traveling from Europe to India by road and learning yoga and meditation in the Himalayas.

During our discussion, we dove deep into how travel and adventure affects his writing. His own spiritual hero’s journey and the reflections seen in his novels and the four one plan that Karan lives by; where he works a normal job for 4 years and then takes a 1 year sabbatical to refill his well of spirituality and creativity. This a wonderfully interesting discussion on writing, reading and life, we hope you enjoy it.

The Yoga of Maxs Discontent

THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT will be published worldwide by Random House on May 3, 2016. The book is about a Wall Street investment banker who becomes a yogi in the Himalayas and is both a page turning adventure through the hidden underbelly of India and a contemporary take on man’s classic quest for transcendence.

The book is receiving excellent advance reviews with The Daily Telegraph calling it “The greatest adventure of our generation” and Sharon Gannon saying it’s “A superb meditation on effort and grace, on the level of Herman Hesse and Victor Frankl,”

Karan is also a yoga instructor and you can get a free meditation course, a Quit Sugar in 7 days nutrition guide, a yoga flow video course and other gifts when you order your book today. Details at

Learn more about Karan:

Twitter: @realkaranbajaj
Instagram: realkaranbajaj

Literary Roadhouse DiscussionsIf you enjoyed this extra content, please support our Patreon campaign. We would love to add Literary Discussions to our regular podcast line up but are struggling with the audio editing. Just as the great painters and writers of old relied of Patrons to produce their art, every dollar of support will get us closer to hiring someone to do the audio editing. An audio editor not only would improve the audio quality but would help up launch three planned future shows.