Writing the Fantastic in Pittsburgh!
The spirit of a place.
Is the tale also the teller?
A writer on literature, wine, and chocolate.
Writing speculative scfi fantasy in Scotland.
Two scifi fans and their convention.
Leaving to find oneself.
Is it where the heart is?
An author of cosmic horror answers questions.
Talking about sleuthing.
Child of a novel and a short story?
Juggling many stories.
Plagiarism or Inspiration?
Do your scenes argue the point?
A coyote joins us on the morning walk.
Can we shape our myths?
East meets west.
What story are we leaving?
What are the side effects of maps in fiction?
An author with wonderfully bizarre answers.
What our Fantasy stories say about us.
Form as summary.
The experience of being off the grid.
Writing under an assumed name.
A South African writer talks about the craft!
Promoting your work with media.
The reminder above Ray Bradbury's typewriter.
Rain and structure.
From Plato to imago.
I talk non structure and get attacked by a crow.
Why wear a mask?
Merging a number of characters together.
The story-weaver of Shimmerworld answers a few questions.
Taking the story's pulse.
Big monsters of the mind.
One's own goldmine.
Talking writing, Vancouver, and VCON.
Exploring an argument.
What copy editing isn't.
A place I'm worldbuilding.
Beachside meditation on marketing.
Interviewing the author of The Garden Of Darkness and The Book Of Forbidden Wisdom.
Aiding the reader with clarity.
On writing the paranormal in Nebraska.
Straight talk on the arcs.
Interview with the author of Project Unison.
What topics make a book worth writing and reading?
A lunar setting in my Fantasy world.
Shaping beginnings and endings.
How do you hew hue?
Indie game developer of Twelf Kingdoms talks writing.
Why write stories we don't like?
The city in Gray Hawk Of Terrapin.
Reading the Argentine writer.
Interview with the fantastic author of Ontyre Passages.
Two fantastic members of the local science fiction convention.
Hero of Midgard's author talks about inspirations.
Three books I love to hate.
Can we live in the imagination?
Should we read reviews?
Is there only one scene?
How much of oneself to reveal to a book buyer.
The author of Fallen Princeborn: Stolen talking about a life of words.
Interviewing the author of The Rose Thief and the Gaia Effect series.
Interviewing Scott about comic books, movies, and fandom.
Tour of the Terrapin city of Wednesday.
Ways of seeing.
Visiting some settings for some scenes.
My Fantasy world as travel destination.
Can we separate the art from the artist?
A way to divvy up roles.
Mixing and matching characters.
Antagonist as person, reflection, and antithesis.
Talking on different levels.
Don't write crap.
Marketing the biographical movie.
After some successful rewriting.
Versus editing and revisioning.
Grabbing hold and not letting go.
The value of truth.
Making it immersive.
An Asian narrative style.
What is a "good" read? Can we agree on a definition?
Talking with BSFA and VCON Ambassador for Life.
Fictional? Or are we them?
A sci-fi ship of state.
The difficulty of multiple drafts.
Writing cultural genocide.
Rather than selling out...
Celebrating wonder locally.
A series of interconnected standalone novels.
Listening to the inner critique.
Finding a book's all encompassing name.
Is it a synopsis?
Is dual or multiple narratives for you?
Interviewing the author of Allaigna’s Song: Overture.
Should one write a book two?
Mental health episode about my childhood friend.
Writing for our future self.
Instead of writing for the mass market.
The heart of spirituality or the centre of psychology?
The icebergs of fiction.
The pros and cons of writing for the screen.
What makes a story teller?
Showing who someone is through their choice of decoration.
More consideration of who it is we are writing for.
Love of Publishing.
Interviewing the author of As A God about VCON, fighting, and comic books.
More thought on who one's reader is. What do they want?
Playing around with a magic system.
A mental health episode.
Interview with author Don DeBrant about SFF, writing, and VCON.
Word choice shapes perception.
Riffing off of Spider Robinson's first novel Telempath.
Some worldbuilding and exploring ideas for a WIP.
Confusing one sense for another.
Stanley Kubrick's interest in a French emperor.
An organic way of showing character thoughts.
From cliffhangers to dramatic tension.
Interviewing J. Kernaghan about VCON, SciFi, and fandom.
Interviewing J. Kernaghan about VCON, SciFi, and fandom.
How much can a story influence us?
I figure out what's missing in my WIP.
What motivates a character?
Do stories have to be straight lines?
Starting with dreams, memories, and prologues.
A part that represents the whole.
Showing is essential, but Telling has its uses too.
When is narrator commentary a good thing?
Marketing rewritten art.
Starting with irony versus sarcasm, we dive beneath the text.
Mashing up inspiring characters.
Should we save the trope?
Education or indoctrination?
From evil spirit to divided self.
Can we use the word unsad?
Shock of realization in a story.
Where do we dwell within?
Templates of the subconscious.
The illusion of the outside.
The villain as protagonist.
The tragic flaw of pride or overconfidence.
A character that contradicts and challenges a protagonist.
A Nordic literary device for Fantasy and beyond.
Exaggeration to expose abuse.
Technique from playwriting of interviewing a character.
Taking agency from a protagonist.
The start of a series of episodes on literary devices.
A convergence of inspiration.
Past ills as story fodder.
Before and after a meet with critique partner.
Is there a trick that must not be revealed?
Are we free to make believe?
Aftermath of solo presentation.
A good half an hour, and 15 minutes of so-so, about the women in Doctor Who.
Convention, Captain Marvel, and someone tries to sell me a book.
I arrive, nervous as heck, and explore the convention.
The opposite of hard magic.
A highly structured magic system.
Starting with Expressionism and asking how setting can reveal character.
First draft of a literary fiction project.
Problems with Star Trek and pronouns.
Wondering why we want antediluvian aliens to be real.
Preparing to moderate at the local Fan Expo.
Updates that work!
Specifically steampunk, cyberpunk as genesis, and what punk is.
Thoughts after meeting writers at a local pub.
Using pre-existing languages to make new ones.
A social first draft, Fukushima, and racoons.
Rambling through whether to stop writing a violent plot.
Versus the Collective.
Language construction and the limits of comprehension.
Banned books, dictatorships, and subconscious expression.
Inspiration and editing of an elderly character.
Training the mind to write.
Is a creative space a sacred space?
Publishing with patience.
The plot tug of war vs the story tug of war.
Is there something in nothingness?
Is it possible to avoid a creative failure?
People change. Slavery to conformity. Roles.
Book covers as ideological expression.
Is The Lord of the Rings a rewrite of The Hobbit?
Is this the real life or is this a fantasy?
Interpretation of the Medusa myth, murder boards, and spoon sales.
Comparing knights and samurai with the cowboy myth.
Using constellations to create a Fantasy world.
Examining a character I'm editing.
Talking about effective cover art.
Beautiful beta readers, starting a serial, and story.
Book birthday leads to (eventually) talking about Troy.
An argument for Conan The Barbarian.
Fixing a broken psyche.
Fixing a broken psyche.
In possession of and alongside purpose.
The role of education in mental illness.
The role of population in mental illness.
The role of sovereignty in mental illness.
Bad fathers, The Last Battle, and I.
Golden bough, The Magician's Nephew, and I.
The messenger, The Horse & His Boy, and I.
Radiation, the Dawn Treader, and I.
La Lune, The Silver Chair, and I.
Symbolism and stories of the red planet.
After a walk, we reach the perfect city.
Is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic a bad kids book?
The recent invention of an old tradition.
How to suspend disbelief in a reader.
Worldbuilding as a chance to look at one's mind.
Writing updates and Vancouver's First Nations choices.
Identity and Image in author / novel marketing.
Writers without borders?
War--what is it good for?
"Time is an illusion. Lunch time doubly so."
Is it human nature to be unnatural?
Wondering why the Wyrd Sisters aren't rich and famous.
Looking at expressions of mortality such as Mort from Discworld.
Creating design aesthetics for characters, settings, and situations.
Looking at stories that have inspired another story.
Abstract quality in human form or giving objects human qualities.
A story, poem, or picture that reveals a hidden meaning,
Surviving abuse, a golden opportunity, and passing judgement
Our black lagoon.
More memories of oneself.
The memory of oneself.
The wild side of oneself.
Second half of the episode roundup and farewell.
First half of a seventy-three episode retrospective.
Not just being open to inspiration but shaping it.
Can every story be boiled down into one uber narrative?
What's beyond the first draft? What is a rewrite vs a revision? Why draft at all?
Unpacking a Jovian children's tale.
Perusing the books, movies, and musical via P.L. Travers.
Looking at the symbolism and history of a military base.
The archetypes that guard thresholds, treasure, or knowledge.
It's the darkest time of the year but the moon is full and the stars are bright.
Creativity and commerce in writing.
Rambling into a talk about mental health in the future.
Turning a book into a movie.
Looking at islands in fiction and what they mean.
Attending a local reading and demonstration of sword fighting.
Starting with Noir, we delve into how genre effects tone, dialogue, and description.
Exploring your mind as if it were a another world.
A look at Marshall McLuhan's "The medium is the message."
Journeys down under, what's up with them?
Sometimes the beginning deserves something special.
From world trees to ents,..
A story's final confrontation.
The protagonist reaches the end of Act One.
The protagonist reaches the point of no return.
The shock at the beginning of the story that upsets the ordinary world.
Before the final confrontation we have the false failure, the tragedy, that transforms the protagonist.
A difficult look at description.
How often is it okay to use tired and cliche sayings and phrases like "the grass is always greener"?
From ancient origins to future interpretations, what's the purpose of Sci-fi?
Is writing your bliss? What is bliss?
Talking about stories within stories.
Thinking about not thinking. Is it possible to unplug thoughts?
Inspirations like archaeology and cartography that have gone into planning a new story.
Memories and arguments about the original RPG.
From high fantasy to the paranormal, I take a look at differences in magical fiction.
A walk and talk about responding to the silence of denial.
Desks I have known and loved, writing instruments, and surfaces written upon.
Is it possible, via writing, to reprogram oneself?
Looking for meaning outside of imposed perspective.
Returning from a first chapter swap and feedback session with Patrick Bolivar.
After feedback from E.J. Allen, I go for a circuitous walk that imitates a three act structure.
Thinking about the Buffy, Whedon's fall from grace, and the golden opportunity of The Nevers.
My book's birthday is in two months, so I'm revisiting the long process, journey, thing that is publishing.
Finishing up with the sixth and seventh story types: Comedy and Tragedy.
Finishing up with the Journey And Return type of story and looking at the Rebirth.
Talking about two more story types: Rags to Riches, and The Quest.
Are there only seven basic types of stories? We take a look at the first type called Overcoming The Monster.
The literary device of metaphor as used in poetry, art, and advertising.
Creativity as a healthy response to tragedies large and small.
Looking back over the soft scifi epic by Frank Herbert, its sequels, prequels, and screen adaptations.
Is the new Sabrina series doing a disservice to neopagans and women? Are witches the villains we need right now?
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.
It's a brave new world, but is it just a mirror? My world, your world, and the fictional worlds in between.
Talking about the mythology of weaving and the rich tapestry of storylines / threads in a tale.
Looking at the construction of an invisible, grammatical, clear sentence that supports a story.
The pros and cons of sharing your writing with others.
Is it okay to swear a blue streak in publishing, or is it all about personal persona?
Starting with LaValle's Destroyer and Stohl's Captain Marvel, we dive into Joseph Campbell's monomyth as used by Dan Harmon et al.
Talking about developing an editing process, discipline, but also the organic / chaotic component of inspiration.
I discuss the process of editing the first chapter of a scifi novel's second draft.
In order to write well, do you need to take Creative Writing classes?
Why do we lose our interest in a story along the way! Is it possible to reignite the passion?
Starting with Thomas More's Utopia, we look at different forms of government both in the real world and the fantastical.
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.
Looking at image in writing. Forays into dream analysis, Troy, and self image.
Halloween episode! We look at popular monsters, why we have them, and what monsters we are creating.
From cave paintings, to Plato's cave of shadows, to caves on alien worlds...
Whether plotting or pantsing, at some point you have to sit back and ask yourself who your main character is.
Is advertising enough? Is there a better way to sell a product? Why engage?
Reminiscing about my time in the feedback trenches. How to give writing criticism and why.
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...
Whether we like it or not, writing is divided up into literature and genre fiction. Why? Who says so? What defines literature?
What's this thing in the way of writing? Why is it there? What function does it serve, and can we subvert it?
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?
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?
Going out for a walk and talk while ruminating about being a panelist at VCon 42.
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