Story In Mind

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Let's take a break from writing and go for a walk! On route, we'll talk shop: story structure, publishing, and literature. We'll also talk about psychology, mental health, and addiction in story.

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Sarah Windsor

August 25th, 2019

47:55

Writing the Fantastic in Pittsburgh!

Narrative Reality

August 21st, 2019

1:02:31

Is the tale also the teller?

David Ranshaw

August 19th, 2019

30:00

A writer on literature, wine, and chocolate.

Nadine Little

August 19th, 2019

22:29

Writing speculative scfi fantasy in Scotland.

Who & Kat

August 17th, 2019

1:02:19

Two scifi fans and their convention.

Story Voyage

August 17th, 2019

1:04:31

Leaving to find oneself.

Eric Malikyte

August 14th, 2019

33:39

An author of cosmic horror answers questions.

Detectives

August 14th, 2019

1:01:12

Talking about sleuthing.

Novella

August 12th, 2019

1:01:26

Child of a novel and a short story?

Theme In Scene

August 7th, 2019

1:00:36

Do your scenes argue the point?

Tricksters

August 6th, 2019

1:01:39

A coyote joins us on the morning walk.

Legacy

August 1st, 2019

1:00:59

What story are we leaving?

Maps

July 29th, 2019

1:05:11

What are the side effects of maps in fiction?

Charlie Allison

July 28th, 2019

53:15

An author with wonderfully bizarre answers.

Portal Skeletons

July 27th, 2019

1:01:34

What our Fantasy stories say about us.

Lost & Found

July 25th, 2019

1:01:26

The experience of being off the grid.

Pen Identities

July 20th, 2019

1:02:05

Writing under an assumed name.

Erin Grey

July 19th, 2019

12:20

A South African writer talks about the craft!

Content

July 19th, 2019

1:02:35

Promoting your work with media.

Don't Think

July 18th, 2019

1:01:50

The reminder above Ray Bradbury's typewriter.

The Anti Novel

July 14th, 2019

1:01:55

I talk non structure and get attacked by a crow.

Character Economy

July 11th, 2019

1:03:47

Merging a number of characters together.

Dewey Conway

July 10th, 2019

55:20

The story-weaver of Shimmerworld answers a few questions.

Pacing

July 9th, 2019

1:00:58

Taking the story's pulse.

Giants

July 7th, 2019

1:02:01

Big monsters of the mind.

Patrick Bollivar

July 5th, 2019

1:00:55

Talking writing, Vancouver, and VCON.

City Of Spirits

July 2nd, 2019

1:02:50

A place I'm worldbuilding.

Promotion

July 1st, 2019

1:03:36

Beachside meditation on marketing.

Gillian Kendall

June 29th, 2019

46:02

Interviewing the author of The Garden Of Darkness and The Book Of Forbidden Wisdom.

In Context

June 29th, 2019

1:02:31

Aiding the reader with clarity.

Jenn Thor

June 27th, 2019

37:54

On writing the paranormal in Nebraska.

Writing LGBTQ+

June 27th, 2019

1:00:59

Straight talk on the arcs.

Ewa Miendlarzewska

June 26th, 2019

41:29

Interview with the author of Project Unison.

What To Write About

June 24th, 2019

1:03:34

What topics make a book worth writing and reading?

City on the Moon

June 23rd, 2019

1:01:51

A lunar setting in my Fantasy world.

Bookends

June 22nd, 2019

1:00:26

Shaping beginnings and endings.

Marcell Áron Erdei

June 20th, 2019

53:35

Indie game developer of Twelf Kingdoms talks writing.

Writing With Joy

June 20th, 2019

1:01:48

Why write stories we don't like?

City Of Lightning

June 19th, 2019

1:01:00

The city in Gray Hawk Of Terrapin.

Jorge Luis Borges

June 18th, 2019

1:03:01

Reading the Argentine writer.

Christina Hawthorne

June 17th, 2019

1:19:59

Interview with the fantastic author of Ontyre Passages.

Susan & Michael Walsh

June 16th, 2019

1:02:56

Two fantastic members of the local science fiction convention.

Cole Thornsberry

June 14th, 2019

59:53

Hero of Midgard's author talks about inspirations.

The Next World

June 11th, 2019

1:02:12

Can we live in the imagination?

Reviews

June 10th, 2019

1:01:59

Should we read reviews?

Author Identity

June 8th, 2019

1:01:35

How much of oneself to reveal to a book buyer.

Jean Lee

June 7th, 2019

1:03:08

The author of Fallen Princeborn: Stolen talking about a life of words.

Claire Buss

June 6th, 2019

1:03:22

Interviewing the author of The Rose Thief and the Gaia Effect series.

Scott David Betson

June 6th, 2019

1:01:30

Interviewing Scott about comic books, movies, and fandom.

City of the Cats

June 5th, 2019

1:02:31

Tour of the Terrapin city of Wednesday.

Mythical Vancouver

May 31st, 2019

1:01:10

Visiting some settings for some scenes.

A Tour Of Terrapin

May 30th, 2019

1:02:55

My Fantasy world as travel destination.

The Ring Operas

May 29th, 2019

1:02:29

Can we separate the art from the artist?

Types, Stocks, & Tropes

May 27th, 2019

1:03:32

Mixing and matching characters.

The Villain

May 26th, 2019

1:02:39

Antagonist as person, reflection, and antithesis.

Dialogue

May 25th, 2019

1:02:19

Talking on different levels.

Selling Tolkien

May 23rd, 2019

1:02:17

Marketing the biographical movie.

Afterglow

May 22nd, 2019

1:03:49

After some successful rewriting.

Rewriting

May 21st, 2019

1:01:55

Versus editing and revisioning.

The Hook

May 20th, 2019

1:01:25

Grabbing hold and not letting go.

Kishotenketsu

May 17th, 2019

1:00:57

An Asian narrative style.

A Good Book

May 16th, 2019

1:01:57

What is a "good" read? Can we agree on a definition?

Steve Forty

May 14th, 2019

1:06:30

Talking with BSFA and VCON Ambassador for Life.

Robots

May 14th, 2019

1:01:47

Fictional? Or are we them?

Starship

May 13th, 2019

1:03:39

A sci-fi ship of state.

Second Draft

May 12th, 2019

1:02:54

The difficulty of multiple drafts.

Lingua Franca

May 11th, 2019

1:03:37

Writing cultural genocide.

Selling In

May 9th, 2019

1:01:48

Rather than selling out...

Why SFF Conventions?

May 8th, 2019

1:03:08

Celebrating wonder locally.

Writing A Series

May 7th, 2019

1:04:00

A series of interconnected standalone novels.

Viva La Resistance

May 6th, 2019

1:01:44

Listening to the inner critique.

Titles

May 5th, 2019

1:02:03

Finding a book's all encompassing name.

Split Narrative

May 2nd, 2019

1:02:08

Is dual or multiple narratives for you?

JM Landels

May 2nd, 2019

58:39

Interviewing the author of Allaigna’s Song: Overture.

Sequels

May 1st, 2019

1:00:21

Should one write a book two?

Corby Cuff

April 30th, 2019

1:03:48

Mental health episode about my childhood friend.

You're The Reader

April 29th, 2019

1:05:03

Writing for our future self.

Unique Writing

April 28th, 2019

1:01:40

Instead of writing for the mass market.

Eternity

April 27th, 2019

1:00:31

The heart of spirituality or the centre of psychology?

Screenplay

April 25th, 2019

1:05:34

The pros and cons of writing for the screen.

Revealing Character

April 23rd, 2019

1:00:11

Showing who someone is through their choice of decoration.

Audience

April 22nd, 2019

1:02:43

More consideration of who it is we are writing for.

TG Shepherd

April 20th, 2019

1:04:51

Interviewing the author of As A God about VCON, fighting, and comic books.

The Reader

April 19th, 2019

1:04:50

More thought on who one's reader is. What do they want?

Magic Island

April 18th, 2019

1:01:22

Playing around with a magic system.

Connection

April 17th, 2019

1:02:41

A mental health episode.

Don DeBrandt

April 16th, 2019

1:03:35

Interview with author Don DeBrant about SFF, writing, and VCON.

Diction

April 14th, 2019

1:06:49

Word choice shapes perception.

Undermind

April 13th, 2019

1:03:18

Riffing off of Spider Robinson's first novel Telempath.

Pneumatic Submarine

April 12th, 2019

1:00:25

Some worldbuilding and exploring ideas for a WIP.

Synesthesia

April 11th, 2019

1:04:49

Confusing one sense for another.

Napoleon Complex

April 10th, 2019

1:01:44

Stanley Kubrick's interest in a French emperor.

Stream of Consciousness

April 8th, 2019

1:01:11

An organic way of showing character thoughts.

Suspense

April 7th, 2019

1:06:52

From cliffhangers to dramatic tension.

Josette Part 2

April 5th, 2019

1:02:57

Interviewing J. Kernaghan about VCON, SciFi, and fandom.

Josette Part 1

April 5th, 2019

1:07:17

Interviewing J. Kernaghan about VCON, SciFi, and fandom.

Missing Scene

April 4th, 2019

1:03:03

I figure out what's missing in my WIP.

Stakes

April 3rd, 2019

1:01:12

What motivates a character?

Nonlinear Narrative

April 2nd, 2019

1:01:58

Do stories have to be straight lines?

Effective Beginnings

April 1st, 2019

1:03:55

Starting with dreams, memories, and prologues.

Synecdoche

March 31st, 2019

1:03:48

A part that represents the whole.

When To Tell

March 30th, 2019

1:00:46

Showing is essential, but Telling has its uses too.

Author Intrusion

March 29th, 2019

1:01:30

When is narrator commentary a good thing?

Sarcasm And Subtext

March 27th, 2019

1:02:11

Starting with irony versus sarcasm, we dive beneath the text.

Snufkin And Puddleglum

March 26th, 2019

1:01:38

Mashing up inspiring characters.

Dark Lords

March 25th, 2019

1:04:51

Should we save the trope?

Bildungsroman

March 24th, 2019

1:01:46

Education or indoctrination?

Doppelgänger

March 23rd, 2019

1:03:45

From evil spirit to divided self.

Litotes

March 22nd, 2019

1:01:21

Can we use the word unsad?

Anagnorisis

March 21st, 2019

1:02:59

Shock of realization in a story.

Character Archetypes

March 19th, 2019

1:02:41

Templates of the subconscious.

Mind Slave

March 18th, 2019

1:01:55

The illusion of the outside.

Anti Hero

March 17th, 2019

1:03:06

The villain as protagonist.

Hubris

March 16th, 2019

1:02:57

The tragic flaw of pride or overconfidence.

The Foil

March 15th, 2019

1:03:05

A character that contradicts and challenges a protagonist.

Kenning

March 14th, 2019

1:00:27

A Nordic literary device for Fantasy and beyond.

Satire

March 13th, 2019

1:01:36

Exaggeration to expose abuse.

Hot Seat

March 12th, 2019

1:02:15

Technique from playwriting of interviewing a character.

Deus Ex Machina

March 11th, 2019

58:29

Taking agency from a protagonist.

Foreshadowing

March 10th, 2019

1:07:32

The start of a series of episodes on literary devices.

Blacksmith Riddle

March 9th, 2019

1:05:42

A convergence of inspiration.

Toxic Roles

March 8th, 2019

58:37

Past ills as story fodder.

Why Critique

March 7th, 2019

1:10:05

Before and after a meet with critique partner.

Writing Is Magic

March 6th, 2019

1:06:39

Is there a trick that must not be revealed?

Post Panel

March 4th, 2019

1:01:26

Aftermath of solo presentation.

Time Ladies Presentation

March 4th, 2019

46:03

A good half an hour, and 15 minutes of so-so, about the women in Doctor Who.

Fan Expo 2

March 4th, 2019

1:00:28

Convention, Captain Marvel, and someone tries to sell me a book.

Fan Expo 1

March 3rd, 2019

59:39

I arrive, nervous as heck, and explore the convention.

Soft Magic

February 28th, 2019

1:04:03

The opposite of hard magic.

Hard Magic

February 27th, 2019

1:02:08

A highly structured magic system.

Setting & Mindset

February 26th, 2019

1:02:51

Starting with Expressionism and asking how setting can reveal character.

Speak Your Truth

February 26th, 2019

1:04:04

First draft of a literary fiction project.

Klingons And Gender

February 25th, 2019

1:03:10

Problems with Star Trek and pronouns.

Perception

February 24th, 2019

1:02:37

Wondering why we want antediluvian aliens to be real.

Time Ladies

February 24th, 2019

1:03:56

Preparing to moderate at the local Fan Expo.

Genre

February 21st, 2019

1:02:20

Specifically steampunk, cyberpunk as genesis, and what punk is.

Meeting Up

February 21st, 2019

1:01:57

Thoughts after meeting writers at a local pub.

Constructed Language

February 20th, 2019

56:50

Using pre-existing languages to make new ones.

Writing Sprints

February 19th, 2019

1:02:52

A social first draft, Fukushima, and racoons.

Violence

February 16th, 2019

1:00:52

Rambling through whether to stop writing a violent plot.

Worldbuilding Vs Story

February 14th, 2019

1:07:50

Language construction and the limits of comprehension.

Writing The Unsaid

February 13th, 2019

52:42

Banned books, dictatorships, and subconscious expression.

Wight Lady

February 12th, 2019

1:03:20

Inspiration and editing of an elderly character.

Doing The Work

February 11th, 2019

1:01:00

Training the mind to write.

Altar Or Desk

February 10th, 2019

1:02:09

Is a creative space a sacred space?

Tracks Vs Train

February 8th, 2019

1:03:24

The plot tug of war vs the story tug of war.

Mystery Box

February 7th, 2019

53:54

Is there something in nothingness?

Success Now

February 6th, 2019

1:01:46

Is it possible to avoid a creative failure?

Character Arcs

February 5th, 2019

1:00:45

People change. Slavery to conformity. Roles.

Propaganda

February 4th, 2019

59:18

Book covers as ideological expression.

LOTR As Rewrite

February 3rd, 2019

1:05:36

Is The Lord of the Rings a rewrite of The Hobbit?

Metaverse

February 2nd, 2019

1:06:42

Is this the real life or is this a fantasy?

Medusa

February 1st, 2019

1:05:42

Interpretation of the Medusa myth, murder boards, and spoon sales.

Cowboys

January 30th, 2019

1:01:16

Comparing knights and samurai with the cowboy myth.

A Celestial Sea

January 29th, 2019

59:08

Using constellations to create a Fantasy world.

Building A Dragon

January 28th, 2019

1:04:27

Examining a character I'm editing.

Book Design

January 28th, 2019

1:04:53

Talking about effective cover art.

Lay Of The Green Gun

January 26th, 2019

1:08:35

Beautiful beta readers, starting a serial, and story.

Life In Troy

January 23rd, 2019

1:04:46

Book birthday leads to (eventually) talking about Troy.

Theme

January 22nd, 2019

1:02:06

An argument for Conan The Barbarian.

Writing With Purpose

January 20th, 2019

58:49

In possession of and alongside purpose.

The Cause Part Three

January 20th, 2019

1:03:04

The role of education in mental illness.

The Cause Part Two

January 20th, 2019

1:02:33

The role of population in mental illness.

The Cause Part One

January 20th, 2019

1:06:19

The role of sovereignty in mental illness.

Saturn In Narnia

January 20th, 2019

1:06:17

Bad fathers, The Last Battle, and I.

Venus In Narnia

January 19th, 2019

1:01:54

Golden bough, The Magician's Nephew, and I.

Mercury In Narnia

January 19th, 2019

1:05:56

The messenger, The Horse & His Boy, and I.

Sun In Narnia

January 18th, 2019

1:05:15

Radiation, the Dawn Treader, and I.

Moon In Narnia

January 17th, 2019

1:06:06

La Lune, The Silver Chair, and I.

Mars In Narnia

January 17th, 2019

1:06:27

Symbolism and stories of the red planet.

Cosmopolis

January 15th, 2019

1:05:13

After a walk, we reach the perfect city.

The Little Prince

January 14th, 2019

1:06:22

Is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic a bad kids book?

Tarot

January 11th, 2019

1:03:49

The recent invention of an old tradition.

Build A Fourth Wall

January 10th, 2019

1:06:16

How to suspend disbelief in a reader.

Mindbuilding

January 9th, 2019

1:04:46

Worldbuilding as a chance to look at one's mind.

You Have A Choice

January 8th, 2019

1:01:54

Writing updates and Vancouver's First Nations choices.

Branding

January 7th, 2019

1:04:26

Identity and Image in author / novel marketing.

Personification Of Time

January 5th, 2019

1:03:56

"Time is an illusion. Lunch time doubly so."

Personification Of Nature

January 5th, 2019

1:05:01

Is it human nature to be unnatural?

Personification Of Fate

January 5th, 2019

1:03:10

Wondering why the Wyrd Sisters aren't rich and famous.

Personification Of Death

January 5th, 2019

1:06:52

Looking at expressions of mortality such as Mort from Discworld.

Juxtaposition, Collage, And Synthesis

January 5th, 2019

1:03:41

Creating design aesthetics for characters, settings, and situations.

Getting Inspired

January 4th, 2019

1:03:14

Looking at stories that have inspired another story.

Personification

January 3rd, 2019

1:01:08

Abstract quality in human form or giving objects human qualities.

Allegory

January 3rd, 2019

1:03:37

A story, poem, or picture that reveals a hidden meaning,

No Place Like Home

January 2nd, 2019

1:04:50

Surviving abuse, a golden opportunity, and passing judgement

Final Episode Part Two

December 28th, 2018

1:03:45

Second half of the episode roundup and farewell.

Final Episode Part One

December 28th, 2018

59:25

First half of a seventy-three episode retrospective.

Creativity

December 27th, 2018

1:06:06

Not just being open to inspiration but shaping it.

Only One Story

December 26th, 2018

57:34

Can every story be boiled down into one uber narrative?

The Art Of Drafting

December 25th, 2018

58:07

What's beyond the first draft? What is a rewrite vs a revision? Why draft at all?

Jupiter In Narnia

December 24th, 2018

1:03:34

Unpacking a Jovian children's tale.

Mary Poppins

December 24th, 2018

57:35

Perusing the books, movies, and musical via P.L. Travers.

King Of The Castle

December 23rd, 2018

1:00:20

Looking at the symbolism and history of a military base.

Guardian Or Mentor

December 22nd, 2018

54:48

The archetypes that guard thresholds, treasure, or knowledge.

Winter Solstice

December 21st, 2018

55:55

It's the darkest time of the year but the moon is full and the stars are bright.

Happy Accident

December 20th, 2018

1:00:18

Creativity and commerce in writing.

A Mental Utopia

December 19th, 2018

1:00:56

Rambling into a talk about mental health in the future.

Adaptation

December 19th, 2018

56:42

Turning a book into a movie.

Island Of The Self

December 18th, 2018

1:02:29

Looking at islands in fiction and what they mean.

Reading And Salon

December 18th, 2018

59:06

Attending a local reading and demonstration of sword fighting.

Voice

December 17th, 2018

1:01:03

Starting with Noir, we delve into how genre effects tone, dialogue, and description.

The Undiscovered Mind

December 16th, 2018

1:01:34

Exploring your mind as if it were a another world.

Technology Is Story

December 15th, 2018

59:12

A look at Marshall McLuhan's "The medium is the message."

Underworld Adventure

December 14th, 2018

55:30

Journeys down under, what's up with them?

To Prologue Or Not

December 13th, 2018

1:00:47

Sometimes the beginning deserves something special.

Trees

December 12th, 2018

50:28

From world trees to ents,..

The Climax

December 11th, 2018

56:25

A story's final confrontation.

The Crossroads

December 10th, 2018

56:44

The protagonist reaches the end of Act One.

The Center

December 9th, 2018

57:07

The protagonist reaches the point of no return.

The Catalyst

December 8th, 2018

58:15

The shock at the beginning of the story that upsets the ordinary world.

The Crisis

December 7th, 2018

53:59

Before the final confrontation we have the false failure, the tragedy, that transforms the protagonist.

The Image

December 6th, 2018

52:05

A difficult look at description.

Fresh Writing

December 5th, 2018

55:28

How often is it okay to use tired and cliche sayings and phrases like "the grass is always greener"?

Science Fiction

December 3rd, 2018

1:05:52

From ancient origins to future interpretations, what's the purpose of Sci-fi?

Follow Your Bliss

December 2nd, 2018

55:31

Is writing your bliss? What is bliss?

Narrative Frames

December 1st, 2018

55:00

Talking about stories within stories.

Balance

November 29th, 2018

50:50

Thinking about not thinking. Is it possible to unplug thoughts?

The Griffin Who Lived Upstairs

November 29th, 2018

59:19

Inspirations like archaeology and cartography that have gone into planning a new story.

Dungeons And Dragons

November 28th, 2018

56:24

Memories and arguments about the original RPG.

Magic In Fantasy

November 28th, 2018

57:05

From high fantasy to the paranormal, I take a look at differences in magical fiction.

Freedom Of Speech

November 27th, 2018

56:13

A walk and talk about responding to the silence of denial.

Writing Space

November 26th, 2018

1:06:58

Desks I have known and loved, writing instruments, and surfaces written upon.

Writing The Mind

November 25th, 2018

59:47

Is it possible, via writing, to reprogram oneself?

Non Structure & Inventive Place

November 23rd, 2018

50:46

Looking for meaning outside of imposed perspective.

Meet & Critique

November 23rd, 2018

49:43

Returning from a first chapter swap and feedback session with Patrick Bolivar.

Story Structure

November 22nd, 2018

1:02:58

After feedback from E.J. Allen, I go for a circuitous walk that imitates a three act structure.

Whedon's Worlds

November 21st, 2018

59:10

Thinking about the Buffy, Whedon's fall from grace, and the golden opportunity of The Nevers.

Publishing Retrospective

November 21st, 2018

58:56

My book's birthday is in two months, so I'm revisiting the long process, journey, thing that is publishing.

Seven Stories Part Four

November 20th, 2018

1:02:02

Finishing up with the sixth and seventh story types: Comedy and Tragedy.

Seven Stories Part Three

November 20th, 2018

57:18

Finishing up with the Journey And Return type of story and looking at the Rebirth.

Seven Stories Part Two

November 19th, 2018

55:58

Talking about two more story types: Rags to Riches, and The Quest.

Seven Stories Part One

November 19th, 2018

52:50

Are there only seven basic types of stories? We take a look at the first type called Overcoming The Monster.

Metaphor

November 17th, 2018

1:02:59

The literary device of metaphor as used in poetry, art, and advertising.

Sublimation

November 16th, 2018

54:20

Creativity as a healthy response to tragedies large and small.

Dune Explored

November 15th, 2018

1:02:21

Looking back over the soft scifi epic by Frank Herbert, its sequels, prequels, and screen adaptations.

Chilling Adventures?

November 15th, 2018

59:04

Is the new Sabrina series doing a disservice to neopagans and women? Are witches the villains we need right now?

Three Act Structure

November 15th, 2018

58:19

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

November 14th, 2018

1:01:32

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

November 13th, 2018

1:05:56

Talking about the mythology of weaving and the rich tapestry of storylines / threads in a tale.

The Perfect Sentence

November 12th, 2018

1:05:50

Looking at the construction of an invisible, grammatical, clear sentence that supports a story.

Swapping Critiques

November 10th, 2018

1:02:50

The pros and cons of sharing your writing with others.

Professionalism

November 9th, 2018

1:06:11

Is it okay to swear a blue streak in publishing, or is it all about personal persona?

Heroes

November 8th, 2018

58:48

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

November 7th, 2018

1:01:34

Talking about developing an editing process, discipline, but also the organic / chaotic component of inspiration.

Story Edit In Action

November 6th, 2018

59:31

I discuss the process of editing the first chapter of a scifi novel's second draft.

Learning Story

November 6th, 2018

1:05:20

In order to write well, do you need to take Creative Writing classes?

The Joy Of Writing

November 5th, 2018

56:30

Why do we lose our interest in a story along the way! Is it possible to reignite the passion?

Government In Fiction

November 4th, 2018

59:45

Starting with Thomas More's Utopia, we look at different forms of government both in the real world and the fantastical.

Language

November 3rd, 2018

1:05:08

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

November 1st, 2018

1:10:16

Looking at image in writing. Forays into dream analysis, Troy, and self image.

The Monster

October 31st, 2018

59:51

Halloween episode! We look at popular monsters, why we have them, and what monsters we are creating.

What Is Fantasy?

October 30th, 2018

57:08

From cave paintings, to Plato's cave of shadows, to caves on alien worlds...

Building Character

October 29th, 2018

1:06:07

Whether plotting or pantsing, at some point you have to sit back and ask yourself who your main character is.

How To Twitter

October 28th, 2018

59:18

Is advertising enough? Is there a better way to sell a product? Why engage?

Constructive Criticism

October 27th, 2018

1:02:51

Reminiscing about my time in the feedback trenches. How to give writing criticism and why.

Civilisation

October 26th, 2018

53:58

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?

October 25th, 2018

1:00:40

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

October 24th, 2018

1:03:16

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

October 24th, 2018

58:26

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?

October 24th, 2018

57:20

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

October 24th, 2018

1:00:20

Going out for a walk and talk while ruminating about being a panelist at VCon 42.

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