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Story Kernels

12 EpisodesProduced by Alli Martin & KL!Website

Welcome to Story Kernels, the podcast that takes the kernel of a story idea, drops it in hot oil, and lets it fluff into a delicious snack. Tune in as two sci-fi/fantasy authors work through writing prompts to develop an idea into a story.

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S1 E10 Editing for the Multiversal Paragon

November 11th, 2022


This week we welcome special guest and friend of the show, Karen Osborne! Karen is the author of The Memory War duology (Architects of Memory &

S1 E9 Mr. Punchable & the Zombie King

October 13th, 2022


Have you ever wondered what to do with a main character you just want to punch in the face? How about one who can't seem to fail? Alli and KL! develop a story with a punchable hero, an unexpected Zombie King, an …

S1 E8 Time Travel Like an Egyptian

September 22nd, 2022


This week's story asks, "what happens when a naive woman in her 30s and a time-traveling woman in her 50s love each other very, very much?" The answer is they try to stop the Victorians from eating mummies. Listen in as …

S1 E7 Fate's Dirty Laundry

August 11th, 2022


This week KL! and Alli get washed away by a romance for the ages and also grapple with whether or not stardust can get blood stains out of our whites. We discuss the myth of the Washer at the Ford, the lengths we’ll go …

S1 E6 Are You Afraid of the Space Dark

July 28th, 2022


This week we welcome (and summarily terrify) special guest and friend of the show, Nanci Schwartz! Nanci is the author of the forthcoming Robber Barrons Trilogy from Aethon Books, which will hit our hot little hands …

S1 E5 The Importance of Being Arboreal

July 14th, 2022


This week, KL! and Alli delve into the most universal parts of the human condition by trying to unravel the motivations of hope, despair, and semi-sentient alien trees who just want to give back to the planet that …

S1 E4 An Ocean of False Starts

June 30th, 2022


This week, Alli and KL! become tangled in the net of narrative as we fish for a coherent story. We use an old photograph as our jumping off point to …

S1 E3 Duck Duck Truce

June 23rd, 2022


Have you ever wondered what it was like to try and recapture a story after it’s become entirely unhinged? Have we got an episode for you! Take a journey with us through the dark underside of the bright lights of …

S1 E2 Eat Dirt

June 16th, 2022


This week we get down to the nitty gritty as we dive into the world of Resurrection Men and tree people! We discuss what it means to be a person, …

S1 E1 Cuttle Buddy

June 9th, 2022


Have you ever wondered what happens when robots gain sentience? Take a dive deep under the ocean with us as we develop a story and discuss giant psychedelic cuttlefish, free will, photosensitive programming, and that …

S1 E0 Let's Get Poppin'

June 2nd, 2022


Welcome to Story Kernels, the podcast that takes a kernel of an idea, drops it in hot oil, and lets it fluff into a delicious snack!

Meet us at the beginning of our story, where two intrepid beings (robot and tree, …

Story Kernels: Coming Soon

May 9th, 2022


Story Kernels is a podcast about writing, ideas, and turning an idea into a story. Join us to talk about inspiration and writing starting on June 2nd.

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