All posts by Frank Marcopolos

Frank Marcopolos lives in Austin, Texas. Hiding from the ever-present Texas sun because of a well-founded fear of skin cancer, he writes short stories and novels that have been praised by some readers, while others have been, like, “Meh.”

He also produces free audiobooks of public domain works on his YouTube channel. You can subscribe to that here: http://youtube.com/brooklynfrank

Saturday Show #13.5: A Little Richard Ford Audio

From “Rock Springs” … “Sometime late in the night, after Edna was asleep, I got up and walked outside into the parking lot. It could’ve been anytime because there was still the light from the interstate frosting the low sky...

/ 24 March 2013

Saturday Show #13: Austin Writing Workshop

Saturday Show Podcast #13: Featuring an appearance by the ghost of writing groups past! (In a flow-y dress, no less.) More notes to come, when my brain is fully functioning. For now, please enjoy the audio.

/ 22 March 2013

Saturday Show #12: Raymond Carver, John Barth, John Cheever, John Updike, and Joyce Carol Oates

Listen to a discussion about my writing critique group. Are you in a writing group? Has it been beneficial for you? Why or why not? Points made in the writing group as I discuss in the podcast: – In literary...

/ 15 March 2013

Saturday Show #11: Chapter 1 of ALMOST HOME by Frank Marcopolos

As part of a clever, clever marketing ploy to tease you into wanting to buy ALMOST HOME, I’ve provided an audio version of the first chapter above. I am so dang clever it hurts. It hurts every part of my...

/ 11 March 2013

Hail to the Champ, Rowdy Ronda Rousey!

WMMA champ Ronda Rousey goes to 7-0 with a 1st-round victory over Liz Carmouche. Post-fight interview by @joerogan, http://www.joerogan.net * 2/4/16: Interesting to look back on this post now after Ronda Rousey is one of the biggest superstars in the...

/ 27 February 2013

Saturday Show #10 (“American Scream: The BILL HICKS Story” by Cynthia True and an Excerpt from “A Widow for One Year” by John Irving)

As a tribute to the massive gravity of the loss of the prophet Bill Hicks, I’ve posted an excerpt from “A Widow for One Year” by John Irving in the little audio player above. “American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story”...

/ 26 January 2013

Saturday Show #9: The Moment of Victory by O. Henry

AMBITION. Where does it begin and where does it end? Have you ever had an experience that fueled your ambition for years to come? What was it and how did it end up? These themes and MORE in “The Moment...

/ 21 November 2012

Winter: Notes from Montana by Rick Bass – A (Brief) Review

This meditation on the country life, the hard life, the no electricity, stringing together fences, snow-burial life, took a while to grab me. But eventually, it did. The basic premise is pure hipster-doofus, and that’s probably what threw me at...

/ 14 November 2012

Plentiful Package by Melissa Craig – A (Brief) Review + Author Interview

If you’re looking for smoking-hot erotica, you’d be hard-pressed to find a novel better than this one by Melissa Craig. With quick-clip pacing and well-rounded characters, Ms. Craig has crafted a full-fledged story around her scenes of throbbing eroticism. Very...

/ 8 October 2012

Underground Nest by Kathleen Maher – A BRIEF Review and Author Interview

Kathleen Maher’s style is engaging, but not in an obvious way. And within that subtlety lies the beauty of her work. The result, at least in this novel, is that the resonance of her narrative remains strong and true and...

/ 29 September 2012

Saturday Show #8: How J.D. Salinger Ruined My Dating Life

In episode 8 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses how his love of the stories written by J.D. Salinger can be a hindrance upon his dating life. Especially after a couple of g(G?)lasses of wine. The player above uses Flash....

/ 6 August 2012

Saturday Show #7: The Church with an Overshot Wheel by O. Henry

Who was O. Henry? William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910), known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry’s short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist...

/ 6 August 2012

What I Believe…

I believe THE WIRE is the best television show of all time. I believe J.D. Salinger is an absolute genius, and his works are severely underappreciated, mostly because he chose to be a recluse and NOT publish after 1965. I...

/ 20 July 2012

Saturday Show #6: Texas vs. New York (+ Secret Salinger)

Frank moves to Austin, Texas from South Brooklyn, New York. He takes YOU along for the ride on the road known as America. Listen in to this road trip adventure! (OK, so maybe it’s less of an adventure than a...

/ 30 June 2012

Saturday Show #5: Joseph Conrad, The Informer, and Secret Societies

What can we learn about secret societies from the works of Joseph Conrad? Tune in to Saturday Show #5 to find out! SHOW NOTES: Joseph Conrad Wikipedia Page Freemasons

/ 9 June 2012

Saturday Show #4: Random Thoughts from the American Road

Show Notes: Music: “Waiting Forever” by Bill Hicks. When you purchase The Essential Collection (Amazon Affiliate Link), you get a code which allows you to download this song and 10 others from billhicks.com.

/ 29 May 2012

Saturday Show #3: Is the Indie Publishing Revolution Coming to an End?

SHOW NOTES: The Great Konrath ALMOST HOME THE WHIRLIGIG

/ 19 May 2012

Saturday Show #2: Fifty Shades of Shady? (+ Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad)

On this edition of Saturday Show, I discuss the runaway phenomenon of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, Joseph Conrad (HEART OF DARKNESS), and other moving literary topics. SHOW NOTES/LINKS: http://thesuburbanjungle.com http://dearauthor.com 50 Shades of Grey on Amazon.com Joseph_Conrad

/ 28 April 2012

This Week in Literary Links #10

Don’t Read the Last Rites for Hard Covers Just Yet The Saturday Interview–Professor Mary Beard Hannah Rothschild on Nica Rothschild and Thelonious Monk Author Bill Dicksion on Telling True Stories of the West Sharp Elbow Patches–2 Publishers Fighting DoJ Lawsuit...

/ 27 April 2012

Saturday Show #1: Is Attorney General Eric Holder Now in Charge of E-Book Pricing?

Saturday Show #1 Show Notes: Department of Justice Case vs. Big 5 + Apple New York Times Criticizes the Case

/ 21 April 2012

This Week in Literary Links #9

2012 Prix Aurora Award Nominees Announced SOPA’s Evil Sister — CISPA Nook Steps Ahead of Kindle with GlowLight A Talk with a Barnes & Noble CRM Review: Soldier/Geek WHIRLIGIG Alum Jeff Somers Writes Not a Movie Review The Strange Case...

/ 20 April 2012

This Week in Literary Links #8

Publishers and Libraries Don’t Understand Each Other New York Public Library’s Plan to Take Books from Shelves Worries Scholars Another Publisher Launches E-Book Subscription Site The Secret to Overnight Book Marketing Success Macmillan to Fight DoJ Lawsuit AG Holder on...

/ 13 April 2012

This Week in Literary Links #7

Indie Author Interview: Christine Nolfi Joe Konrath Takes Everything Back Konrath’s Cover Artist Has a Fire Sale April Foolery of the Literary Heavyweights Why Google’s Tablet Will Beat the Kindle Fire Do You Recognize this Literary No-Hoper? New Paltz Oracle...

/ 6 April 2012

This Week in Literary Links #6

Building an Author Website That Works Review of WITCH DANCER by Michael Robb Arguing Over the Agency Pricing Model The Secrets to E-Publishing Success Why Pottermore Could Change Everything Rethingking E-Book Samples Drop in POD Prices Could be a Gamechanger...

/ 30 March 2012

This Week in Literary Links #5

Kindle Fire May Finally Face Threat from NOOK Tablet Review–SALUKI MAROONED WHIRLIGIG Alum Jeff Somers Pens an Essay NoNoEdMo WHIRLIGIG Fan Karl Wenclas Mentions The Standard Authors Turn to Snail Mail to Reach Fans Publishers Should Experiment with E-Book Lending...

/ 23 March 2012

This Week in Literary Links #4

Whirligig Alum Jeff Somers on How NOT To Tell a Story Barry, Joe, and Scott Turow Digital Distro Propels Sales of Erotica from Tiny Press The Ultimate Guide to publishing Your Book for Kindle Barnes & Noble Expands In-Store Penguin...

/ 16 March 2012

This Week in Literary Links #3

Swedish Bestseller Has Last Laugh Seth Godin on Libraries, Literary Agents, and the Future of Publishing Digital Book World Launches Expert Publishing Blog Joe Konrath Believes That Writing Matters (What a Weirdo) Best Female Protagonist? 500 New Fairytales Discovered in...

/ 9 March 2012

This Week in Literary Links #2

Charlotte Bronte’s Lost Short Story to be Published Kindle Owners Lending Library Tops 100,000 Titles E-Books Not Books, Says Brooklyn Bookstore EPUB Gets Straight to the Point In U.K., More E-Books Published Than Hardcovers, for the First Time Happy Birthday,...

/ 2 March 2012

Have You Changed? (A Mini-Rant)

Have you changed? Most people don’t. Most people, if you knew them a decade ago and then left and came back, those people would be exactly the same. It’s weird. I’ve done that, actually, a few times over the past...

/ 1 March 2012

This Week in Literary Links #1

Author Raises $1 Million to Self-Publish Pottermore: What’s Going On? Barnes & Noble 3rd Quarter Results Not Looking Too Hot KDP Select Free Experiment CreateSpace File Uploading Now More Streamlined Kindle for Android, Reading Apps, & Good E-Reader Official Kindle...

/ 24 February 2012