Story In Mind

Story In Mind

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Let’s go for a walk and talk about writing and psychology.


Captain America
Oct 13 • 64 min
TG Shepherd and I talk Cap.
Plot Rod
Oct 9 • 65 min
Are novels machines?
Clothing
Oct 9 • 63 min
Are our characters what they wear?
Co-op Revisted
Oct 7 • 62 min
Walk and talk around the old neighbourhood.
Robin Shantz
Oct 3 • 61 min
The host of Invaders From Planet Three.
Setting Up
Oct 1 • 63 min
A meaningful backdrop.
Work Vs Writing
Sep 29 • 62 min
Making money to make books.
Copyright Vs Reinvention
Sep 28 • 62 min
Imitation at what price?
Why Theme
Sep 27 • 62 min
What the story surrounds.
Memory Palace
Sep 26 • 61 min
Are stories new memories?
Protagonist Reader
Sep 25 • 68 min
What do we want to experience? (Big pause at one point.)
Adaptation
Sep 24 • 62 min
From comic book to TV spec script.
Branching Out
Sep 23 • 62 min
Dream jobs that might be nightmares.
Letting Go
Sep 21 • 63 min
A writer lets go of what isn’t true.
Brave New
Sep 20 • 62 min
Examining two new characters.
Funny Pages
Sep 19 • 61 min
Finishing comic book project.
Passionate Publishing
Sep 18 • 62 min
What would make us champion our own work?
Desperate Publishing
Sep 17 • 60 min
Why do we put out below-par work?
Paper
Sep 16 • 62 min
Leftover episode about making paper, printing, and binding.
Tree Ship
Sep 15 • 62 min
An old project anew.
Words Of Power
Sep 14 • 62 min
Magical linguistics in Fantasy. Leftover from 2 months back.
Panel Redux
Sep 13 • 60 min
Making plans after the convention’s cancellation.
Con End
Sep 12 • 62 min
My scifi / fantasy convention gets cancelled.
Comic Conundrum
Sep 11 • 62 min
Collaboration weirdness.
Unconventional
Sep 10 • 62 min
I await the fallout of the convention chair stepping down.
Posterity
Sep 8 • 62 min
Final marketing for the scifi convention.
Puppets
Sep 7 • 62 min
The role puppets play.
Panel Preparation
Sep 2 • 62 min
Getting ready for the convention!
Banter
Aug 29 • 61 min
A ramble about dialogue.
The Muse
Aug 28 • 63 min
“O! for a muse of fire,..”
Mazes
Aug 27 • 62 min
A labyrinth inside and out.
Upstaged
Aug 26 • 64 min
When characters take over.
Sarah Windsor
Aug 24 • 47 min
Writing the Fantastic in Pittsburgh!
Genius Loci
Aug 23 • 61 min
The spirit of a place.
Narrative Reality
Aug 21 • 62 min
Is the tale also the teller?
David Ranshaw
Aug 19 • 30 min
A writer on literature, wine, and chocolate.
Nadine Little
Aug 19 • 22 min
Writing speculative scfi fantasy in Scotland.
Who & Kat
Aug 17 • 62 min
Two scifi fans and their convention.
Story Voyage
Aug 16 • 64 min
Leaving to find oneself.
Home Sweet Home
Aug 15 • 60 min
Is it where the heart is?
Eric Malikyte
Aug 14 • 33 min
An author of cosmic horror answers questions.
Detectives
Aug 14 • 61 min
Talking about sleuthing.
Palimpsest
Aug 13 • 60 min
Layering texts.
Novella
Aug 12 • 61 min
Child of a novel and a short story?
Multiple Projects
Aug 9 • 62 min
Juggling many stories.
Stealing & Borrowing
Aug 8 • 61 min
Plagiarism or Inspiration?
Theme In Scene
Aug 7 • 60 min
Do your scenes argue the point?
Tricksters
Aug 6 • 61 min
A coyote joins us on the morning walk.
Modern Myth
Aug 3 • 62 min
Can we shape our myths?
Dragons
Aug 2 • 61 min
East meets west.
Legacy
Aug 1 • 60 min
What story are we leaving?
Maps
Jul 29 • 65 min
What are the side effects of maps in fiction?
Charlie Allison
Jul 28 • 53 min
An author with wonderfully bizarre answers.
Portal Skeletons
Jul 27 • 61 min
What our Fantasy stories say about us.
Outlines Are Synopses
Jul 26 • 61 min
Form as summary.
Lost & Found
Jul 25 • 61 min
The experience of being off the grid.
Pen Identities
Jul 20 • 62 min
Writing under an assumed name.
Erin Grey
Jul 19 • 12 min
A South African writer talks about the craft!
Content
Jul 19 • 62 min
Promoting your work with media.
Don’t Think
Jul 18 • 61 min
The reminder above Ray Bradbury’s typewriter.
Form Vs Formula
Jul 17 • 62 min
Rain and structure.
Atlantis
Jul 15 • 62 min
From Plato to imago.
The Anti Novel
Jul 14 • 61 min
I talk non structure and get attacked by a crow.
Costumes
Jul 13 • 62 min
Why wear a mask?
Setup Development Payoff
Jul 12 • 62 min
Creating storylines.
Character Economy
Jul 11 • 63 min
Merging a number of characters together.
Dewey Conway
Jul 10 • 55 min
The story-weaver of Shimmerworld answers a few questions.
Pacing
Jul 8 • 60 min
Taking the story’s pulse.
Jenni Merrifield
Jul 7 • 61 min
Dungeon Master.
Giants
Jul 7 • 62 min
Big monsters of the mind.
Authenticity
Jul 6 • 62 min
One’s own goldmine.
Patrick Bollivar
Jul 5 • 60 min
Talking writing, Vancouver, and VCON.
Theme In Scene
Jul 4 • 63 min
Exploring an argument.
Beta Vs Critique
Jul 3 • 62 min
What copy editing isn’t.
City Of Spirits
Jul 1 • 62 min
A place I’m worldbuilding.
Promotion
Jul 1 • 63 min
Beachside meditation on marketing.
Gillian Kendall
Jun 29 • 46 min
Interviewing the author of The Garden Of Darkness and The Book Of Forbidden Wisdom.
In Context
Jun 29 • 62 min
Aiding the reader with clarity.
Jenn Thor
Jun 27 • 37 min
On writing the paranormal in Nebraska.
Writing LGBTQ+
Jun 27 • 60 min
Straight talk on the arcs.
Ewa Miendlarzewska
Jun 26 • 41 min
Interview with the author of Project Unison.
What To Write About
Jun 24 • 63 min
What topics make a book worth writing and reading?
City on the Moon
Jun 23 • 61 min
A lunar setting in my Fantasy world.
Bookends
Jun 22 • 60 min
Shaping beginnings and endings.
Colour
Jun 21 • 61 min
How do you hew hue?
Writing With Joy
Jun 20 • 61 min
Why write stories we don’t like?
City Of Lightning
Jun 19 • 61 min
The city in Gray Hawk Of Terrapin.
Jorge Luis Borges
Jun 18 • 63 min
Reading the Argentine writer.
Christina Hawthorne
Jun 17 • 79 min
Interview with the fantastic author of Ontyre Passages.
Susan & Michael Walsh
Jun 16 • 62 min
Two fantastic members of the local science fiction convention.
Cole Thornsberry
Jun 14 • 59 min
Hero of Midgard’s author talks about inspirations.
The Worst Book Ever
Jun 12 • 62 min
Three books I love to hate.
The Next World
Jun 11 • 62 min
Can we live in the imagination?
Reviews
Jun 10 • 61 min
Should we read reviews?
Turning A Scene
Jun 9 • 60 min
Is there only one scene?
Author Identity
Jun 8 • 61 min
How much of oneself to reveal to a book buyer.
Jean Lee
Jun 7 • 63 min
The author of Fallen Princeborn: Stolen talking about a life of words.
Claire Buss
Jun 6 • 63 min
Interviewing the author of The Rose Thief and the Gaia Effect series.
Scott David Betson
Jun 6 • 61 min
Interviewing Scott about comic books, movies, and fandom.
City of the Cats
Jun 5 • 62 min
Tour of the Terrapin city of Wednesday.
Lenses
Jun 4 • 62 min
Ways of seeing.
Mythical Vancouver
May 31 • 61 min
Visiting some settings for some scenes.
A Tour Of Terrapin
May 30 • 62 min
My Fantasy world as travel destination.
The Ring Operas
May 29 • 62 min
Can we separate the art from the artist?
Dramatica Characters
May 28 • 61 min
A way to divvy up roles.
Types, Stocks, & Tropes
May 27 • 63 min
Mixing and matching characters.
The Villain
May 26 • 62 min
Antagonist as person, reflection, and antithesis.
Dialogue
May 25 • 62 min
Talking on different levels.
Write Gold
May 24 • 61 min
Don’t write crap.
Selling Tolkien
May 23 • 62 min
Marketing the biographical movie.
Afterglow
May 22 • 63 min
After some successful rewriting.
Rewriting
May 21 • 61 min
Versus editing and revisioning.
The Hook
May 20 • 61 min
Grabbing hold and not letting go.
Writing From Experience
May 19 • 60 min
The value of truth.
Believable Writing
May 18 • 62 min
Making it immersive.
Kishotenketsu
May 17 • 60 min
An Asian narrative style.
A Good Book
May 16 • 61 min
What is a “good” read? Can we agree on a definition?
Steve Forty
May 14 • 66 min
Talking with BSFA and VCON Ambassador for Life.
Robots
May 14 • 61 min
Fictional? Or are we them?
Starship
May 13 • 63 min
A sci-fi ship of state.
Second Draft
May 12 • 62 min
The difficulty of multiple drafts.
Lingua Franca
May 11 • 63 min
Writing cultural genocide.
Selling In
May 9 • 61 min
Rather than selling out…
Why SFF Conventions?
May 8 • 63 min
Celebrating wonder locally.
Writing A Series
May 7 • 64 min
A series of interconnected standalone novels.
Viva La Resistance
May 6 • 61 min
Listening to the inner critique.
Titles
May 5 • 62 min
Finding a book’s all encompassing name.
An Outline
May 3 • 62 min
Is it a synopsis?
Split Narrative
May 2 • 62 min
Is dual or multiple narratives for you?
JM Landels
May 1 • 58 min
Interviewing the author of Allaigna’s Song: Overture.
Sequels
May 1 • 60 min
Should one write a book two?
Corby Cuff
Apr 30 • 63 min
Mental health episode about my childhood friend.
You’re The Reader
Apr 29 • 65 min
Writing for our future self.
Unique Writing
Apr 28 • 61 min
Instead of writing for the mass market.
Eternity
Apr 27 • 60 min
The heart of spirituality or the centre of psychology?
Short Stories
Apr 26 • 64 min
The icebergs of fiction.
Screenplay
Apr 25 • 65 min
The pros and cons of writing for the screen.
Who Is The Writer
Apr 24 • 62 min
What makes a story teller?
Revealing Character
Apr 23 • 60 min
Showing who someone is through their choice of decoration.
Audience
Apr 22 • 62 min
More consideration of who it is we are writing for.
Cost Of Writing
Apr 21 • 61 min
Love of Publishing.
TG Shepherd
Apr 19 • 64 min
Interviewing the author of As A God about VCON, fighting, and comic books.
The Reader
Apr 19 • 64 min
More thought on who one’s reader is. What do they want?
Magic Island
Apr 18 • 61 min
Playing around with a magic system.
Connection
Apr 17 • 62 min
A mental health episode.
Don DeBrandt
Apr 15 • 63 min
Interview with author Don DeBrant about SFF, writing, and VCON.
Diction
Apr 14 • 66 min
Word choice shapes perception.
Undermind
Apr 13 • 63 min
Riffing off of Spider Robinson’s first novel Telempath.
Pneumatic Submarine
Apr 12 • 60 min
Some worldbuilding and exploring ideas for a WIP.
Synesthesia
Apr 11 • 64 min
Confusing one sense for another.
Napoleon Complex
Apr 9 • 61 min
Stanley Kubrick’s interest in a French emperor.
Stream of Consciousness
Apr 8 • 61 min
An organic way of showing character thoughts.
Suspense
Apr 7 • 66 min
From cliffhangers to dramatic tension.
Josette Part 2
Apr 5 • 62 min
Interviewing J. Kernaghan about VCON, SciFi, and fandom.
Josette Part 1
Apr 5 • 67 min
Interviewing J. Kernaghan about VCON, SciFi, and fandom.
Narrative Transportation Theory
Apr 5 • 61 min
How much can a story influence us?
Missing Scene
Apr 4 • 63 min
I figure out what’s missing in my WIP.
Stakes
Apr 3 • 61 min
What motivates a character?
Nonlinear Narrative
Apr 2 • 61 min
Do stories have to be straight lines?
Effective Beginnings
Apr 1 • 63 min
Starting with dreams, memories, and prologues.
Synecdoche
Mar 31 • 63 min
A part that represents the whole.
When To Tell
Mar 30 • 60 min
Showing is essential, but Telling has its uses too.
Author Intrusion
Mar 29 • 61 min
When is narrator commentary a good thing?
Editing Perception
Mar 28 • 62 min
Marketing rewritten art.
Sarcasm And Subtext
Mar 27 • 62 min
Starting with irony versus sarcasm, we dive beneath the text.
Snufkin And Puddleglum
Mar 26 • 61 min
Mashing up inspiring characters.
Dark Lords
Mar 25 • 64 min
Should we save the trope?
Bildungsroman
Mar 24 • 61 min
Education or indoctrination?
Doppelga╠łnger
Mar 23 • 63 min
From evil spirit to divided self.
Litotes
Mar 22 • 61 min
Can we use the word unsad?
Anagnorisis
Mar 21 • 62 min
Shock of realization in a story.
Setting As Self
Mar 20 • 61 min
Where do we dwell within?
Character Archetypes
Mar 19 • 62 min
Templates of the subconscious.
Mind Slave
Mar 18 • 61 min
The illusion of the outside.
Anti Hero
Mar 17 • 63 min
The villain as protagonist.
Hubris
Mar 16 • 62 min
The tragic flaw of pride or overconfidence.
The Foil
Mar 15 • 63 min
A character that contradicts and challenges a protagonist.
Kenning
Mar 14 • 60 min
A Nordic literary device for Fantasy and beyond.
Satire
Mar 13 • 61 min
Exaggeration to expose abuse.
Hot Seat
Mar 12 • 62 min
Technique from playwriting of interviewing a character.
Deus Ex Machina
Mar 11 • 58 min
Taking agency from a protagonist.
Foreshadowing
Mar 10 • 67 min
The start of a series of episodes on literary devices.
Blacksmith Riddle
Mar 9 • 65 min
A convergence of inspiration.
Toxic Roles
Mar 8 • 58 min
Past ills as story fodder.
Why Critique
Mar 7 • 70 min
Before and after a meet with critique partner.
Writing Is Magic
Mar 6 • 66 min
Is there a trick that must not be revealed?
Who Owns Imagination
Mar 5 • 61 min
Are we free to make believe?
Post Panel
Mar 4 • 61 min
Aftermath of solo presentation.
Time Ladies Presentation
Mar 3 • 46 min
A good half an hour, and 15 minutes of so-so, about the women in Doctor Who.
Fan Expo 2
Mar 3 • 60 min
Convention, Captain Marvel, and someone tries to sell me a book.
Fan Expo 1
Mar 2 • 59 min
I arrive, nervous as heck, and explore the convention.
Goldilocks Magic
Mar 1 • 61 min
Just right.
Soft Magic
Feb 28 • 64 min
The opposite of hard magic.
Hard Magic
Feb 27 • 62 min
A highly structured magic system.
Setting & Mindset
Feb 26 • 62 min
Starting with Expressionism and asking how setting can reveal character.
Speak Your Truth
Feb 25 • 64 min
First draft of a literary fiction project.
Klingons And Gender
Feb 25 • 63 min
Problems with Star Trek and pronouns.
Perception
Feb 24 • 62 min
Wondering why we want antediluvian aliens to be real.
Time Ladies
Feb 23 • 63 min
Preparing to moderate at the local Fan Expo.
Email Newsletters
Feb 22 • 65 min
Updates that work!
Genre
Feb 21 • 62 min
Specifically steampunk, cyberpunk as genesis, and what punk is.
Meeting Up
Feb 20 • 61 min
Thoughts after meeting writers at a local pub.
Constructed Language
Feb 20 • 56 min
Using pre-existing languages to make new ones.
Writing Sprints
Feb 19 • 62 min
A social first draft, Fukushima, and racoons.
Violence
Feb 16 • 60 min
Rambling through whether to stop writing a violent plot.
Individual Versus
Feb 15 • 60 min
Versus the Collective.
Worldbuilding Vs Story
Feb 14 • 67 min
Language construction and the limits of comprehension.
The First Story
Feb 12 • 65 min
Sharing narrative.
Writing The Unsaid
Feb 12 • 52 min
Banned books, dictatorships, and subconscious expression.
Wight Lady
Feb 12 • 63 min
Inspiration and editing of an elderly character.
Doing The Work
Feb 11 • 61 min
Training the mind to write.
Altar Or Desk
Feb 10 • 62 min
Is a creative space a sacred space?
Reframing Writing
Feb 9 • 63 min
Publishing with patience.
Tracks Vs Train
Feb 8 • 63 min
The plot tug of war vs the story tug of war.
Mystery Box
Feb 7 • 53 min
Is there something in nothingness?
Success Now
Feb 6 • 61 min
Is it possible to avoid a creative failure?
Character Arcs
Feb 5 • 60 min
People change. Slavery to conformity. Roles.
Propaganda
Feb 4 • 59 min
Book covers as ideological expression.
LOTR As Rewrite
Feb 3 • 65 min
Is The Lord of the Rings a rewrite of The Hobbit?
Metaverse
Feb 2 • 66 min
Is this the real life or is this a fantasy?
Medusa
Feb 1 • 65 min
Interpretation of the Medusa myth, murder boards, and spoon sales.
Cowboys
Jan 30 • 61 min
Comparing knights and samurai with the cowboy myth.
A Celestial Sea
Jan 29 • 59 min
Using constellations to create a Fantasy world.
Building A Dragon
Jan 28 • 64 min
Examining a character I’m editing.
Book Design
Jan 28 • 64 min
Talking about effective cover art.
Lay Of The Green Gun
Jan 26 • 68 min
Beautiful beta readers, starting a serial, and story.
Life In Troy
Jan 23 • 64 min
Book birthday leads to (eventually) talking about Troy.
Theme
Jan 22 • 62 min
An argument for Conan The Barbarian.
Mandala Part 2
Jan 20 • 67 min
Fixing a broken psyche.
Mandala Part 1
Jan 20 • 66 min
Fixing a broken psyche.
Writing With Purpose
Jan 20 • 58 min
In possession of and alongside purpose.
The Cause Part Three
Jan 20 • 63 min
The role of education in mental illness.
The Cause Part Two
Jan 20 • 62 min
The role of population in mental illness.
The Cause Part One
Jan 20 • 66 min
The role of sovereignty in mental illness.
Saturn In Narnia
Jan 20 • 66 min
Bad fathers, The Last Battle, and I.
Venus In Narnia
Jan 19 • 61 min
Golden bough, The Magician’s Nephew, and I.
Mercury In Narnia
Jan 19 • 65 min
The messenger, The Horse & His Boy, and I.
Sun In Narnia
Jan 18 • 65 min
Radiation, the Dawn Treader, and I.
Moon In Narnia
Jan 17 • 66 min
La Lune, The Silver Chair, and I.
Mars In Narnia
Jan 17 • 66 min
Symbolism and stories of the red planet.
Cosmopolis
Jan 15 • 65 min
After a walk, we reach the perfect city.
The Little Prince
Jan 14 • 66 min
Is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic a bad kids book?
Tarot
Jan 11 • 63 min
The recent invention of an old tradition.
Build A Fourth Wall
Jan 10 • 66 min
How to suspend disbelief in a reader.
Mindbuilding
Jan 9 • 64 min
Worldbuilding as a chance to look at one’s mind.
You Have A Choice
Jan 8 • 61 min
Writing updates and Vancouver’s First Nations choices.
Branding
Jan 7 • 64 min
Identity and Image in author / novel marketing.
Personification Of Peace
Jan 5 • 61 min
Writers without borders?
Personification Of War
Jan 5 • 66 min
War—what is it good for?
Personification Of Time
Jan 5 • 63 min
“Time is an illusion. Lunch time doubly so.”
Personification Of Nature
Jan 5 • 65 min
Is it human nature to be unnatural?
Personification Of Fate
Jan 5 • 63 min
Wondering why the Wyrd Sisters aren’t rich and famous.
Personification Of Death
Jan 5 • 66 min
Looking at expressions of mortality such as Mort from Discworld.
Juxtaposition, Collage, And Synthesis
Jan 4 • 63 min
Creating design aesthetics for characters, settings, and situations.
Getting Inspired
Jan 4 • 63 min
Looking at stories that have inspired another story.
Personification
Jan 3 • 61 min
Abstract quality in human form or giving objects human qualities.
Allegory
Jan 2 • 63 min
A story, poem, or picture that reveals a hidden meaning,
No Place Like Home
Jan 2 • 64 min
Surviving abuse, a golden opportunity, and passing judgement
Leftover: Creatures
Jan 1 • 55 min
Our black lagoon.
Leftover: Mummies
Jan 1 • 55 min
More memories of oneself.
Leftover: Vampires
Jan 1 • 58 min
The memory of oneself.
Leftover: Werewolves
Jan 1 • 71 min
The wild side of oneself.
Final Episode Part Two
Dec 27, 2018 • 63 min
Second half of the episode roundup and farewell.
Final Episode Part One
Dec 27, 2018 • 59 min
First half of a seventy-three episode retrospective.
Creativity
Dec 26, 2018 • 66 min
Not just being open to inspiration but shaping it.
Only One Story
Dec 26, 2018 • 57 min
Can every story be boiled down into one uber narrative?
The Art Of Drafting
Dec 24, 2018 • 58 min
What’s beyond the first draft? What is a rewrite vs a revision? Why draft at all?
Jupiter In Narnia
Dec 23, 2018 • 63 min
Unpacking a Jovian children’s tale.
Mary Poppins
Dec 23, 2018 • 57 min
Perusing the books, movies, and musical via P.L. Travers.
King Of The Castle
Dec 23, 2018 • 60 min
Looking at the symbolism and history of a military base.
Guardian Or Mentor
Dec 22, 2018 • 54 min
The archetypes that guard thresholds, treasure, or knowledge.
Winter Solstice
Dec 21, 2018 • 55 min
It’s the darkest time of the year but the moon is full and the stars are bright.
Happy Accident
Dec 20, 2018 • 60 min
Creativity and commerce in writing.
A Mental Utopia
Dec 19, 2018 • 60 min
Rambling into a talk about mental health in the future.
Adaptation
Dec 19, 2018 • 56 min
Turning a book into a movie.
Island Of The Self
Dec 18, 2018 • 62 min
Looking at islands in fiction and what they mean.
Reading And Salon
Dec 18, 2018 • 59 min
Attending a local reading and demonstration of sword fighting.
Voice
Dec 17, 2018 • 61 min
Starting with Noir, we delve into how genre effects tone, dialogue, and description.
The Undiscovered Mind
Dec 16, 2018 • 61 min
Exploring your mind as if it were a another world.
Technology Is Story
Dec 15, 2018 • 59 min
A look at Marshall McLuhan’s “The medium is the message.”
Underworld Adventure
Dec 14, 2018 • 55 min
Journeys down under, what’s up with them?
To Prologue Or Not
Dec 13, 2018 • 60 min
Sometimes the beginning deserves something special.
Trees
Dec 12, 2018 • 50 min
From world trees to ents,..
The Climax
Dec 11, 2018 • 56 min
A story’s final confrontation.
The Crossroads
Dec 10, 2018 • 56 min
The protagonist reaches the end of Act One.
The Center
Dec 9, 2018 • 57 min
The protagonist reaches the point of no return.
The Catalyst
Dec 8, 2018 • 58 min
The shock at the beginning of the story that upsets the ordinary world.
The Crisis
Dec 7, 2018 • 53 min
Before the final confrontation we have the false failure, the tragedy, that transforms the protagonist.
The Image
Dec 6, 2018 • 52 min
A difficult look at description.
Fresh Writing
Dec 5, 2018 • 55 min
How often is it okay to use tired and cliche sayings and phrases like “the grass is always greener”?
Science Fiction
Dec 3, 2018 • 65 min
From ancient origins to future interpretations, what’s the purpose of Sci-fi?
Follow Your Bliss
Dec 2, 2018 • 55 min
Is writing your bliss? What is bliss?
Narrative Frames
Dec 1, 2018 • 55 min
Talking about stories within stories.
Balance
Nov 29, 2018 • 50 min
Thinking about not thinking. Is it possible to unplug thoughts?
The Griffin Who Lived Upstairs
Nov 28, 2018 • 59 min
Inspirations like archaeology and cartography that have gone into planning a new story.
Dungeons And Dragons
Nov 28, 2018 • 56 min
Memories and arguments about the original RPG.
Magic In Fantasy
Nov 27, 2018 • 57 min
From high fantasy to the paranormal, I take a look at differences in magical fiction.
Freedom Of Speech
Nov 27, 2018 • 56 min
A walk and talk about responding to the silence of denial.
Writing Space
Nov 26, 2018 • 66 min
Desks I have known and loved, writing instruments, and surfaces written upon.
Writing The Mind
Nov 25, 2018 • 59 min
Is it possible, via writing, to reprogram oneself?
Non Structure & Inventive Place
Nov 23, 2018 • 50 min
Looking for meaning outside of imposed perspective.
Meet & Critique
Nov 22, 2018 • 49 min
Returning from a first chapter swap and feedback session with Patrick Bolivar.
Story Structure
Nov 22, 2018 • 62 min
After feedback from E.J. Allen, I go for a circuitous walk that imitates a three act structure.
Whedon’s Worlds
Nov 21, 2018 • 59 min
Thinking about the Buffy, Whedon’s fall from grace, and the golden opportunity of The Nevers.
Publishing Retrospective
Nov 20, 2018 • 58 min
My book’s birthday is in two months, so I’m revisiting the long process, journey, thing that is publishing.
Seven Stories Part Four
Nov 20, 2018 • 62 min
Finishing up with the sixth and seventh story types: Comedy and Tragedy.
Seven Stories Part Three
Nov 19, 2018 • 57 min
Finishing up with the Journey And Return type of story and looking at the Rebirth.
Seven Stories Part Two
Nov 19, 2018 • 55 min
Talking about two more story types: Rags to Riches, and The Quest.
Seven Stories Part One
Nov 19, 2018 • 52 min
Are there only seven basic types of stories? We take a look at the first type called Overcoming The Monster.
Metaphor
Nov 17, 2018 • 62 min
The literary device of metaphor as used in poetry, art, and advertising.
Sublimation
Nov 16, 2018 • 54 min
Creativity as a healthy response to tragedies large and small.
Dune Explored
Nov 15, 2018 • 62 min
Looking back over the soft scifi epic by Frank Herbert, its sequels, prequels, and screen adaptations.
Chilling Adventures?
Nov 15, 2018 • 59 min
Is the new Sabrina series doing a disservice to neopagans and women? Are witches the villains we need right now?
Three Act Structure
Nov 14, 2018 • 58 min
From the grand arc of the novel to the major arcs of the three acts and the minor arcs of scenes, structure can help you outline, draft, and query your work.
Building A World
Nov 14, 2018 • 61 min
It’s a brave new world, but is it just a mirror? My world, your world, and the fictional worlds in between.
Loom Of Words
Nov 13, 2018 • 65 min
Talking about the mythology of weaving and the rich tapestry of storylines / threads in a tale.
The Perfect Sentence
Nov 12, 2018 • 65 min
Looking at the construction of an invisible, grammatical, clear sentence that supports a story.
Swapping Critiques
Nov 10, 2018 • 62 min
The pros and cons of sharing your writing with others.
Professionalism
Nov 9, 2018 • 66 min
Is it okay to swear a blue streak in publishing, or is it all about personal persona?
Heroes
Nov 8, 2018 • 58 min
Starting with LaValle’s Destroyer and Stohl’s Captain Marvel, we dive into Joseph Campbell’s monomyth as used by Dan Harmon et al.
Process
Nov 7, 2018 • 61 min
Talking about developing an editing process, discipline, but also the organic / chaotic component of inspiration.
Story Edit In Action
Nov 6, 2018 • 59 min
I discuss the process of editing the first chapter of a scifi novel’s second draft.
Learning Story
Nov 6, 2018 • 65 min
In order to write well, do you need to take Creative Writing classes?
The Joy Of Writing
Nov 5, 2018 • 56 min
Why do we lose our interest in a story along the way! Is it possible to reignite the passion?
Government In Fiction
Nov 4, 2018 • 59 min
Starting with Thomas More’s Utopia, we look at different forms of government both in the real world and the fantastical.
Language
Nov 3, 2018 • 65 min
Starting with foreign language and getting into the origin of language, we dig into conlang, etymology, and end up at using language to show not tell.
Description & Detail
Nov 1, 2018 • 70 min
Looking at image in writing. Forays into dream analysis, Troy, and self image.
The Monster
Oct 31, 2018 • 59 min
Halloween episode! We look at popular monsters, why we have them, and what monsters we are creating.
What Is Fantasy?
Oct 30, 2018 • 57 min
From cave paintings, to Plato’s cave of shadows, to caves on alien worlds…
Building Character
Oct 29, 2018 • 66 min
Whether plotting or pantsing, at some point you have to sit back and ask yourself who your main character is.
How To Twitter
Oct 28, 2018 • 59 min
Is advertising enough? Is there a better way to sell a product? Why engage?
Constructive Criticism
Oct 27, 2018 • 62 min
Reminiscing about my time in the feedback trenches. How to give writing criticism and why.
Civilisation
Oct 26, 2018 • 53 min
Versus Nature. What’s the purpose of art? Is it the civilising act; does it tame the wild beast? My city, your city, the last city…
What Is Literature?
Oct 25, 2018 • 60 min
Whether we like it or not, writing is divided up into literature and genre fiction. Why? Who says so? What defines literature?
Writer’s Block
Oct 24, 2018 • 63 min
What’s this thing in the way of writing? Why is it there? What function does it serve, and can we subvert it?
Writing Comic Books
Oct 24, 2018 • 58 min
Comics are a union of image and text. Why do we go there for our stories? What is it about comics that is so important?
Who Has The Power?
Oct 24, 2018 • 57 min
While editing a scene, the question to ask is, “Who has the power?” How does the power in a scene change? Is the power dynamic necessary?
Being An SFF Panelist
Oct 24, 2018 • 60 min
Going out for a walk and talk while ruminating about being a panelist at VCon 42.