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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.


S1 E7 Fate's Dirty Laundry

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 to to protect those we love, and if fate can tell if you’re committed enough to murdering a guy. Then we answer your questions about how to maintain focus in your writing. (Advice which is not reflected in the meandering content of this podcast episode.)

Digressions include: unreliable narrators, KL!’s dream Batman film, and love (re: hurts, scars, wounds, and marks).

Alli recorded the first half of this episode inside of a tin can, so please excuse the unusual audio quality.

Today’s Prompt System:

The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures by John and Caitlín Matthews

What’s Been Inspiring Us Lately:

External Links:

Jonathan Harker in Frankenstein
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley ( link)
Fight Club (trailer)
Memento (trailer)
Unreliable narrators
"The Ghost of You" by My Chemical Romance
What If…? (trailer)
Batman: Wayne Family Adventures (which is essentially the kind of Batman movie KL! needs in the world)
Guinevere (and Lancelot)
"Blaze of Glory" by Jon Bon Jovi
What is grief if not love persevering? (video)
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce ( link)
Pomodoro Technique

Music: Cherryblossom by Raptorface is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives.

If you want to help support the podcast and receive additional inspiration, check out our Patreon.

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