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We're running a little longer than 30 minutes today because in this episode Alex and Chris gets to interview the extremely talented artist, Julie Bell.   "A world renowned, award winning fantasy artist and wildlife painter. Julie has won two Chelsea Awards and was the designer of the popular and award-winning Dragons of Destiny series..."   Artist do not only create cover art for stories, they also create stories within their art. Such has been Julie Bell's career from Heavy Metal magazine to major publishers and corporations.  How she managed that is what we'll discuss that and more this episode. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section or ...   Write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com And follow us on ...  @Tell The Damn Story  www.Facebook.com/Tell The Damn Story --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
This week Alex and Chris gave a concise, detailed "how to" for writers who have short stories they believe are ready to send out, but are not sure where to send them. Chock full of useful information, it's a must for emerging writers of any level.    So, while you're putting together that list of agents, publishers, and online zines, give a listen here!   Some places to go:  In the Facebook Search box type: Open Call and the genre you're interested in, i.e.:  OPEN CALL MYSTERY DuoTrope:  http://www.DuoTrope.com Shot Gun Honey: https://www.shotgunhoney.com/  Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below or ... Write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com And follow us on ... @Tell The Damn Story www.Facebook.com/Tell The Damn Story Youtube.com/ Tell The Damn Story #amwriting, #writerslife, #authortips, #writingtips --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Today, as we prepare to see who are the heroes of this year's Super Bowl, Alex and Chris explore who our heroes are in 2022. Do the older heroes still hold up? Do we prefer anti-heroes? No heroes? Or do we need heroes now more than ever? We'll see on today's episode! Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section or ... Write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com And follow us on ... @Tell The Damn Story www.Facebook.com/Tell The Damn Story Youtube.com/ Tell The Damn Story https://bit.ly/TTDSWebSite
In this episode, Alex and Chris discuss the best methods for writers to do readings of their work, for themselves or an audience.   And they start with Chris' upcoming public reading on Galactic Terrors (YouTube 1/13 at 8 PM). They also review best practices on giving a public reading either live or remotely.  Not to mention explaining how writers can benefit from reading their works out loud to themselves.   Emerging writers and, all writers for that matter, can benefit from these tips and insights.  Plus click on this link and get a list of their Top 10 Tips For Writers Doing Readings.  *For 10 free Tips on doing Public Readings Click Here.   Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below or ...  Write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com And follow us on ...  @Tell The Damn Story  www.Facebook.com/Tell The Damn Story Youtube.com/ Tell The Damn Story  SIDNEY POITIER (1928-2022) Blackboard Jungle The Defiant Ones A Raisin In The Sun Lillies of the Fields Duel At Diablo To Sir With Love In The Heat of the Night Guess Who's Coming To Dinner Plus so many more. And a gentleman to the end.  Thank you, Sir. R.I.P.  #amwriting, #writerslife, #authortips, #writingtips #creatives #writers_den #howtowrite #writercommunity #Hawkeye #shotgunhoney #publicreadings #publicspeaking
Ever wonder why your character scenes fall flat, even though you've nailed down their NAME, AGE, and maybe a few basic RELATIONSHIPS?   It could be the quality of the Dialog. Knowing what your characters say and how they say it is crucial.  And not only to advance the plot. Authentic engaging dialog helps establish the depth of the character, the tone and mood of your story. So listen as co. hosts and writers Alex and Chris discuss how they, and other pros, create genuine dialog for their characters, no matter age or era. Have questions or comments for us?  Post in the comments section below or ... Write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com And follow us on ... @Tell The Damn Story www.Facebook.com/Tell The Damn Story Youtube.com/ Tell The Damn Story #amwriting, #writerslife, #authortips, #writingtips #michaeluslan #batman #theboywholovedbatman #creatives #writers_den #howtowrite #writercommunity #Hawkeye #Marvelcinematicuniverse #wandavision #TeelJamesGlenn #Batman #Blackjack #12AngryMen 
How do you go from average college student to owning film rights to one of the most iconic multi-media fictional characters? How do you strive for success when year after year, after year, your passion project is rejected? How do you go from writing a book about a beloved chapter in your life, to seeing that life and book portrayed on a Broadway stage? Alex and Chris explore those question when they interview executive producer Michael Uslan, the man who owns the film right to BATMAN. Also the author of the semi-autobiography book, The Boy Who Loved Batman (soon to open on Broadway). Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below or ... Write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com And follow us on ... @Tell The Damn Story www.Facebook.com/Tell The Damn Story Youtube.com/ Tell The Damn Story #amwriting, #writerslife, #authortips, #writingtips #michaeluslan #batman #theboywholovedbatman #creatives #writers_den #howtowrite #writercommunity #batmanfilms 
Co-Hosts Chris Ryan & Alex Simmons are on summer hiatus. So in this flashback episode we're going to revisit some Marvel magic. Chris and Alex discuss the creative, risk taking experiment that was WANDA VISION. Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
He's the author of over 45 crime, sci-fi, western and suspense novels, novellas and comics! With a tv show based on one of his series.  How does he do it? Back in 2018 cohost Chris Ryan attended PULPFEST in Pittsburg, PA. Chris managed to interview a number of writers, creators, illustrators, and others and Joe R. Lansdale was one of them. Have questions or comments for us? Post in the comments section below ... Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com #joerlansdale #hapandleonard #crimenovels #pulpfest 
Chris and me are on hiatus so this is the first of their Summer Flashbacks visits of earlier episodes.   This week, Chris and Alex discuss some of the many ways artists learn not only how to create, but also how to deal with some of those negative mindsets.  Just back from a writers' conference with Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan and others, Chris shares some of their thoughts on, "How do you learn to write a good story?"  "Where do  ideas come from?"  And facing those challenges. "How do we continue to do what we do?" Have any comments or questions? Then please leave them in our comments section here, Our Facebook page, (Tell The Damn Story)  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com. Or @TellTheDamnStory
"Previously On..." In this momentous episode, Alex and Chris celebrate the "free writing school" aspects of TTDS. For over 6 years their conversations have included discussions and advice about writing habits, techniques, tropes, genres, and a ton of creative advice.  Not to mention the many locations and countries they've recorded in, conferences they reported from, and the over 100 people they've interviewed, all in the name of telling the damn story!  Come enjoy the fun as the boys look back over where they've been as they gear up for where they're going next. Have any comments or questions? Then please leave them in our comments section here, Our Facebook page, (Tell The Damn Story)  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com. Or @TellTheDamnStory #WandaVision, #TheFalconandTheWinterSoldier, #Loki, #Avengers #Wakanda #BlackPanther #AvengersEndGame, #DavidWalker,  #TheDestinyWar, #AlexSegura #CaseenGaines #DonMcgregor #JerryCraft #FootNotes #OmarHolman #BlackNerdProblems #BlackLightning #TonyIsabella #PulpFest #BlackjackAdventures #writers 
This week Alex and Chris team up with writer/publishers Jim Beard and John C. Bruening of Flinch Books. The four creatives get together for a fantastic, fun, and enlightening discussion about the nature and value of pulp fiction, what it is like to run an independent publishing company, and how to put together an anthology project.  The conversation tackles what is "pulp," writing styles, researching, collaboration and editing challenges. We even go on a quest for the space gods! Monsters who eat earth, crime fighters in a post WW 2 world, and more.  If you like fiction, if you love books, this is an episode you cannot miss! And if you're a pulp fiction fan, you're gonna wanna listen to it twice!  Have any comments or questions? Then please leave them in our comments section here, Our Facebook page, (Tell The Damn Story)  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com. Or @TellTheDamnStory Flinch Books on Facebook #pulp #newpulp #PulpFest #jimbeard #johncbruening #independentpublishing #indie #DIY #amwriting #amediting #ampublishing #ohio
He made it from Miami to New York. From local journalist to VP of Publishing. And he's a family man. In this episode Chris is surrounded by Alexes when the legendary Simmons is joined by Alex Segura, acclaimed, multi award-winning writer of novels, comic books, short stories, and podcasts.  The trio gets to talk about everything from Segura's Pete Fernandez mystery series to his experiences at DC, Archie, and now Oni Press. Their conversation does a deep dive on short story technique, promotion advice, and overall creative thoughts in a fun, funny, and most informative  interview. Have any comments or questions? Then please leave them in our comments section, Our Facebook page, (Tell The Damn Story)  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com. #writers #petefernadez #amlearning #amwriting #journalism #comics #writersblock #alexsegura #ArchieComics #DCComics  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
He started out as a child on a farm in Mississippi, and eventually became one of the few Washington DC journalist with clearance to cover all three main governmental branch sessions. And he didn't stop there. This week Alex and Chris interview the multi talented Jesse J. Holland. Reaching out beyond his carrier with the Associated Press, Jesse also became a university professor. He's written two nonfiction books, "The Invisibles," and "Black Men Built The White House;" a Star Wars novel, as well as, "Who Is The Black Panthers." And finally he edited the recently released "Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda" anthology. And he hasn't stopped yet. Have any comments or questions? Then please leave them in our comments section, Our Facebook page, (Tell The Damn Story)  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com. #writers #theinvisibles #Blackmenbuiltthewhitehouse #blackpanthertalesofwakanda #amlearning #amwriting #journalism #ethics #writersblock #jessejholland 
With Alex in the hospital, and with Chris recovering from a royal butt-kicking courtesy of his second Moderna vaccination, we discuss: how honesty is a key skill for the creative; the blessing of supportive people(and pets); the need to invest in your creativity via hiring editors, and how THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER might be the most important statement the MCU has ever made. Have any comments or questions for this episode topics? Then please leave them in our comments section. Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com. #Marvel #thewritersjourney #amwriting#writingtips #authortips #howtostructurestories #thefalconandthewintersoldier 
Today Alex must heroically persevere through Chris's awful Irish brogue and endless tributes to Roddy Doyle and Tim Fielder to discuss lingering questions about WandaVision and what it's like to write heroic characters.  A hero is usually someone who does “the right thing, at a precarious time.”  Or they face something life threatening for the sake of others. They save lives, invent cures, sacrifice themselves in some outstanding manner in a just cause or selfless act. So how do you write about such characters?  Is it simple and easy, or ... could it have a more complicated side? Have any comments or questions for this episode topics? Then please leave them in our comments section. Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.``` Editor's notes:  1) The word Chris cannot remember this episode is "agency". 2) we apologize that our feature "Alex Simmons' Time Machine" did not appear this episode - Alex was too busy being FREAKING AWESOME! #roddydoyle #love #paddyclarkehahaha #thecommitments #WandaVision #Marvel #TimFielder #Infinitum #afrofuturism #Batman #Superman #Tarzan #Archie #ScoogyDoo #Orpheus #Blackjack #SherlockHolmes #BlackPanthertalesofwakanda #amwriting #heroiccharacters #amwritingfiction #writingtips #authortips
It's a jam-packed episode of TV shows, international animation, and the value of writer's groups. Today Alex and Chris talk about getting vaccinated, WandaVision episode seven and eight and how that show is offering master classes to creatives.  Alex talks about spending the week on panels to promote the upcoming Tales of Wakanda anthology that he is a part of.  He also mentions appearing virtually at the Jamaica Animation Con, while also teaching his usual load of screen writing classes, including a class consisting of students from all across Africa (told you he was a globetrotting adventurer).  During our segment called "Alex Simmons' Time Machine", Alex issues Chris a challenge to watch any four episodes from season one of the old Perry Mason show now on Netflix.  Then Chris is supposed to watch the eight episode Perry Mason reboot on HBO Max for discussion next week. (Challenge accepted. Come join in!)  Finally, we discuss in detail the pros and cons of leaving a writers group, taking a close look at honoring commitments versus getting out of a bad situation. There's a little something for everybody in this episode so dive on in!  Have any comments or questions for this episode topics? Then please leave them in our comments section.   Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com. #pandemic #vaccination #Disney+ #WandaVision #ElizabethOlsen #PaulBettany #KathrynHahn #emmys #screenwriting #acting #production #sets #wardrobe #directing #AlexSimmonsTimeMachine #PerryMason #Netflix #HBOMax #BenjaminPercy #ThrillMe #TimFielder #Infinitum #writersgroups #writerscritiquegroups #honoringcommitment #acceptingfeedback #Blackpanthertalesofwakanda #TalesOfWakanda #Blackjack
TELL THE DAMN STORY podcast inspired by #chadwickboseman and is devoted to telling stories that touch us deeply.  Stories in books, films and TV shows can simply entertain.  But quite often one story can get to us, and stay with us forever. This episode co-host Alex Simmons, guest Omar Holman and I discuss stories that have stayed with us.   We also share a slew of written comments by #WaltSimonson, #MichaelWright, and others, as they add to a celebration of tales.  You are sure to find a favorite and some new things to track down in episode #155.   By the way, Is there a story that for some reason, you've never forgotten? Please write down the name here in the comment section.  You can even add 1 or 2 sentences telling us a little about it. Or leave any writing questions, challenges, or solutions you may have?   Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com #lovercraftcountry #mattruff #hbo #theoutsiders #sehinton#durangostreet #frankbonham #stephenking #thestand #richardbach #illusions #fictionillustrated #chandler #steranko #robertehoward #conanthebarbarian #docsavage #lesterdent #philipjosefarmer #captainamericaandthefalcon #starman #jamesrobinson #black #jamaligle #kwanzaosajyefo #timsmith #avengers #roythomas #johnbuscema #ikillgiants #joekelly #jmkenniimura #nealadams #dennyoneil #greenlanterngreenarrow #thespectre #johnostrander #tommandrake #planethulk #gregpak #johnromitajr #planethulk #aaronlopresti #carlopagulayan #howardtheduck #stevegerber #genecolan #geoffjohns #boostergold #bluebeetle #superman #loneranger #tonto #sherlockholmes #JohnWatson #RaymondChandler #raybradbury #somethingwickedthiswaycomes #donmcgregor #spenser #robertparker #nerowolfe #RexStout
In this episode Alex and Chris talk about loss and gain, and carrying on.  First they they take a moment to eulogize the loss of acting artistry with the passing of Chadwick Boseman (portrayed Black Panther, Jackie Robinson, and more).   Then they answer more questions about about all things dealing with the challenges of creative writing.  It's the power of words, whether performed or written.  It's sadness lifted by the arts once again.  "...Not all human beings are made up of the worst of our traits, habits, and instincts. We are a product of what we believe, what we practice, and what we do..." Got a few questions of your own?  Send them in, or drop them in the comments. Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
And no, we're not PC cursing in the title.   Alex and Chris enjoy a fun and intriguing episode of Tell The Damn Story with special guest pop culture author, Caseen Gaines ( @caseengaines ), speculating about the upcoming season 2 of #twilghtzone. We show and use our respect for @jordanpeele as a springboard to play “what if” about themes, issues and storylines using episode titles as prompts.  Come share some big fun, a wide range of topics, some good laughs, and an occasional deep thought, all aimed at psyching fans up for Season Two of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. (Cue the eerie music.) Have a thought about this episode? Sure you do.  So leave a message in our Comments section. Or send an email to:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com #jordanpeele #rodserling #twilightzone #writers # social issue #humandrama #oldtvshows #newtvshows #getout #caseengaines #whatifwecould #whatifthis
For filmmakers and novelist what's old is new again, and again, and again!  It always has been! First, Alex and Chris remember DC author/editor legend Denny O'Neill, who passed on June 11.  Then they jump back-and-forth through time to explore classic tropes (story themes) that are being updated and renewed in clever and creative ways.  From Kevin Smith to Greta Gerwig to Jordan Peele, creatives are encouraged to look at classic form and ask "What If" as a means to tell the damn story reflecting modern sensibilities.  Listen as Alex and Chris discuss the creative and thought-provoking process behind it. Do you agree or disagree with our POV?  Leave a message in our Comments section.   Or send an email to:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com #TheInvisibleMan1933, #TheInvisibleMan2020, #TheThinMan, #AnimalHouse, #RealityTV, #LittleWoman1933, #LittleWomen2019, #LittleWomen, #IntruderInTheDust,  #JustMercy, #BrooklynTheMovie2015, #TheQuietMan, #SusanSleptHere, #SummerOf42, #BillAndTedFaceTheMusic, #LaurelandHardy, #AbbottandCostello, #JayandSilentBob
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