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We're going to talk about characterization and GMC. Probably.Recorded on 1-21-2022
We're going to explain the next RT challenge and the concepts that will come into play.Recorded on 1-15-2022
Controlling the narrative pace is one of the most important elements in storytelling and foreshadowing can play a role in that.Recorded on 12/11/2021
How to get a leg over your plot.Recorded on 11-19-2021PS. I said what I said.
Questions & answers from live listeners.Recorded on 11-16-2021
Writing, fandom and why good craft is always important.Recorded on 11-11-2021
Rough Trade Pre-Game

Rough Trade Pre-Game


We chat about Rough Trade prior to the start of the November 2021 Challenge (which is also the start of National Novel Writing Month).Recorded on 10-31-2021
It's gonna be so fluffy we could die.Recorded on 10/29/2021
Thoughts on how to get over yourself, conquer your process, avoid heifers, and nurture the writer you were born to be.Recorded on 10/27/2021
2022 will be the year of the cozy challenge! Tonight we're going to talk about this new challenge and how it will work and why it's been created. Signups for quarter 1 and 2 are closed. But, signups for quarters 3 and 4 will open up on June 1, 2022. on 10/23/2021
Mixing magical realism in difficult fandoms.Recorded on 10/20/2021
Fandom & Junk: Idea Sniping

Fandom & Junk: Idea Sniping


Idea sniping is a dick move. We're going to talk about it.Recorded on 10/15/2021
Rough Trade: 10  Years On

Rough Trade: 10 Years On


What we learned over the years doing the Rough Trade challenges.Recorded on 10/03/2021
Self-editing, recognizing weaknesses, improving your craft and the role of the alpha reader. <P>Editorial Note: About 15 minutes in there is a blip in the recording where we lost several minutes of audio, so the subject change is kind of abrupt due to editing out the unexpected silence. Our apologies. <P>Recorded: 9-22-2021
Time travel plots, ideas, musings, and the role of magical realism in contemporary fandoms. <p>Recorded: 9-14-2021
Let's talk about how to not be an asshole to your beta reader(s). Recorded: 9-11-2021
Plotting & Junk: Wish Babies

Plotting & Junk: Wish Babies


We're going to delve into wish babies - mechanics, plot devices, and ripple management. Recorded:9-10-2021
Magical realism and inserting fantasy elements into contemporary fandoms. Recorded: 9-9-2021
Life & Junk: Bored as Fuck

Life & Junk: Bored as Fuck


We're really fucking bored so we talk about the 9-1-1 fandom, food, and life. Recorded: 8-1-2021
We meander our way through a discussion about bad writing choices, ideas, and ripple management. Note: There is a technical issue around the 2-hour mark that I clean up the best I could. Thanks. Recorded: 4-9-2021
Comments (34)

Peter Ivanof

I realize the overwhelming majority of discorse happens on Discord, but I also wanna say that I'm grateful that the podcasts are published here. I've been in the process of packing for a move and love being able to listen to these discussions as I do physical work.

Oct 4th

Sammy N

The song my husband & I danced to at our wedding was Sweet child of mine!

Aug 27th

Melissa Hamley

I love you ladies. I'm a bit twitterpated by your stories because they are so well written. often, they spark my nerd brain in random directions. Thank you for sharing the stories and the podcasts. I've been inspired to start writing again.

Mar 11th
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Elizabet Bergström

Pronouns "Auror" like Aurora without an A.

Mar 7th

Diana Thomas

Since you mentioned animals loving you again. My Maine Coon Freya keeps trying to share your podcast when I'm listening to it.

Mar 7th
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Dream Howler

This made me laugh so hard.

Mar 2nd

Jaded Havok

"am I not merciful" was that an Illuminae reference?

Dec 1st
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Melanie Cusson

this is amazing! I can now podcast you while working on major projects at work!

Oct 2nd

jean cantor

Love the new avi!!

Sep 25th

Nichole Stewart

I attended school with the RL Matthew S. He was a lovely, kind person.

Aug 25th

Nichole Stewart

Povidone-iodine (PVP-I)

Aug 24th

Cece Rocks

I'm a reader, so I really appreciate knowing how damaging asking for more means to the author. I think this is something everybody needs to hear. I'm a ghost reader too so when I comment its asking i would love to see but i was just trying to show my appreciation. Its good to know that saying that isn't okay for most authors. This is my second podcast I've listen and its awesome. Thanks!

Aug 20th
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Ellen Allen

Re: getting rid of the adults - a large part of that trend in kids and YA books is down to the pervasive influence of Enid Blyton, who was great at it. Also Mary Poppins gaslights the children - what do you mean, having tea on the ceiling? Such imagination!

Aug 15th

C. Dwyn

Someone might've already pointed this out somewhere else but the USMC doesn't have doctors, they borrow from the Navy. Don't know how relevant that is but I've always found it interesting anyway :)

Aug 9th

Alison Keys

Interestingly, in the Dark is Rising sequence, Susan Cooper deals differently with the awkward adults situation. Will is at the centre of a very loving family, but it's huge so his parents are flat out just dealing day to day with work & running the household. That's what allows him to work around them. Plus, you know, stepping outside of time....

Jul 15th

Jessy Nelson

For anyone that has seen Doctor Who, would you consider the "timey whimey, wibbly wobbly" explanation about time travel a lampshade or a handwave? They also did a thing where The Doctor would make a crazy advance device and the explanation of how it worked was "it goes ding when there's stuff".

Jul 6th
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Morgana Lafay

I prefer to write Alternative Universe because it gives me more freedom. But I’m open to trying canon divergence. When I write AU I it’s because I have problems with the canon. And don’t take this in a bad way but isn’t being sent to the corner the enforcement ya use to make sure people follow the rules?

Jun 22nd
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Mia Garrett

There is a lot of skipping around the 30 minute mark.

Jun 19th
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Steve and Tony get lost on an island and have to huddle together for...dehydration. :D Perfect! Great 'cast, thanks.

Jun 17th
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QB is an amazing achievement!! Congrats to everyone!! Carson's retrovirus was what converted John (the girl Wraith stole it from Carson, then she scratched John). Danny would be fun to explore as a leader. Not the least reason he would drive Rodney absolutely bonkers. :D

Jun 16th
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