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Author: Alex Simmons

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Where we'll talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.
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Alex and Chris take a break from the  Deadly Ink Mystery Conference interviews this week to delve deep into that treacherous path that takes us from being a creative to a business person. They discuss the self-knowledge one needs to deal with editors and producers and publishers who say they "get it" and but may not and explore the importance knowing the difference between being editorially flexible so you can sell the work and committing the sin of selling out the work.  Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
Alex and Chris talk about how creatives' personality and early influences shaped them into writers you might not expect from hearing them, like the gentle-voiced Vicki Weisfeld who has seen her inventive, precise mysteries published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, among other places. Our interview with Vicki is the highlight of this episode, and she offers great insight into her process and tips for aspiring writers. Enjoy!  Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
Alex and Chris offer a little of their good buddy banter before they present another interview Chris recorded at the Deadly Ink Conference.  This time it's with Eileen Watkins & Peggy Earhart, two authors of a special genre known as Cozy Mysteries.  And though it may sound tame, it does beg the title question, how cozy can murder be? Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
Alex and Chris introduce another interview from the Deadly Ink Mystery Writers Conference. Today we hear from not one but two local presidents of the national Sisters in Crime mystery writers organization, New Jersey President Linda Rawlins and Delaware Valley President Jane Kelly, discussing the resources and benefits and support SinC offers members (open to sisters and brothers) and their own writing challenges and goals. We're all facing similar struggles and having the support of an organization really helps. Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com
No one said it couldn't be done ... So we did it anyway!!!Alex and Chris (a few listeners) review, revere, recount and revisit their journey of interviews, doubts, tips, issues, and revelations on the way to 100 episodes of TTDS! Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
For the first half hour, Alex and Chris spend some quality time talking about bringing their work to the next level and Chris discusses the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, he attended two weeks ago, in all it's glory.   From cat cozies to pulp to the traditional mystery, there's a little something for everybody, Including Dimesleuth, a creative Instagram and Twitter page celebrating the noir crime genre.  And in the second half of the show, we meet share Chris' interview with the man behind, DimeSleuth, who comes at the topic of story-telling from a slightly different angle. Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
Chris is on a solo mission at the DEADLY INK WRITERS' CONFERENCE meeting and learning from writers of many genres.  And of course Chris is also interviewing as many of these creatives as he can. So in this episode Chris sits with Carol Gyzander (sci-fi, mystery, etc.), Joe Kennedy (fiction author), Teel James Glenn (writer of pulp, adventures, etc.), as they discuss the pros and cons of finding and being part of a writers' group.Please leave your questions or comments in our Comments Section below. Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
Chris is back from the wilds of creative career contemplation, and Alex has returned from panels and presentations at the San Diego Comic Con!  They're here to share some insight on the challenges of pursuing your goals and dreams. and they're not alone. They've brought with them Michael Uslan, the executive producer of every Batman movie since 1989.  Actually, it's a recording of his presentation to a packed auditorium at Comic Con International. Micheal's pursuit of his goals and dreams will resonate with anyone who has ever imagined achieving what seemed to be impossible. (*Because the recording was on a small handheld device, the sound is not at the quality we would prefer. But the message is well worth the occasional bleeps, or peaks.)Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
With Alex attending the the biggest comic con on the west coast, and Chris watching social media report and respond to it from the east coast, the boys offer their own insight into the verbiage and views of commentators, comics and crowds.Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com [*Sorry we were late with this one. Sometimes globe-hopping and tech can be a serious challenge.]
Many, many students ask the same question, sometimes with subtle variations.  How can I come up with a new idea?  Why bother, mine won't be as good? Will anybody even read my story? How can I make mine better? And so it goes on.In this episode, Alex Simmons explores 5 ways to address these questions and the process.Click here for a Story Pool List Guide.Click here to get a list of 20 Character Bio Questions to help you create yours.Have comments or questions for us?  Leave them in our comments section. Or write: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com 
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