CC and I zoomed pass one hundred podcasts since we started “The Amateur Hour” in 2021, and we should reintroduce ourselves with a list of our popular podcasts.
Cassidy Carson and JT Hume are parents, grandparents, and independent writers who podcast, and we’ve got a fewbooks between us. We’ve been a team for over forty years, and we learned things about writing and living together during our journey. Our advice and $5 will get you a Starbucks.
Writing: On top of our books, we have works in progress (WIPs): CC’s historical romance, and JT’s space epic. We wrote a book together that was so much fun, we’ll do it again after our individual WIPs. Check out our joint book and let us know if you like it.
Podcast: We podcast to share our experiences and ideas, but we really like to do is sit down and take a break with each other. That’s all. Nothing dramatic or lurid. Two people of a certain age with a history of chatting over coffee. Our podcast mission: “Helping Writers Write.”
These adventures are the meat of our podcasts. Here’s a short list of the many related topics for your listening convenience.
Elmore Leonard was a preeminent 20th Century writer, and he created “10 Rules for Good Writing.” We looped in Hemingway and a Marvel movie.
We had an on-the-air earthquake while we discussed the “nature vs. nurture” complexity of the “Flawed Protagonist.”
The Nature of Reality, and we employ the usual podcast tool of using familiar movies: “The Matrix” and “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
Another polyglot of a podcast from the Worldwide Headquarters where “we like to help writers write.”
We discussed writing comfort zones and how writers like to stick to familiar troupes and character because they over a rich source of inspiration. John Grisham and his love for the Deep South is specifically mentioned, as is my books of Nevada.
We push our own buttons (again) of the complex subject of social media and the increasing amount of overhead dedicated to advertise our works, almost to the point where we have to sacrifice writing time in lieu of advertising. A difficult balance.
We wrap things up with a chat about dialogue and context, and we mention how people mostly listen to others to respond versus really listening to each other (it makes more sense in the podcast). We discuss some ideas on how writers can improve their dialogue in their books.
All this and more from the Podcast Where Production Values Go to Die. Literally. Have a listen and let us know what you think. We hope you enjoy. Take care.
Northern Nevada is being pummeled by waves of rain and snow, and some of it overflowed into our basement. CC and I talk it out to get perspective and context, and as a means to reduce our stress.
Also discussed: -Writing as an escape. -Getting yourself into writing mode. -Memories and context. -Word games with kids. -Cochlear implants. -Rain and snow and rain and snow. -How we’d love to hear back from you.
Trigger: I use a naughty word (a naughty Irish word, that is).
We clearly had things on our minds in this week’s writers podcast:
-Snow. -So much snow. -The Northern Nevada Floods of 1997. -Heated sidewalks at the Nevada Legislature. -Our respective works in progress. -Staying focused on the story at hand and not getting sidetracked. -So much respect for veterinarians and their teams.
We wrap it up with a dive into the taxes that writers must consider every year. We’re not experts and do not mean to imply we have the answers, but we do share some thoughts on the subject. (PS: do your research and talk to a CPA.)
We still clock in at thirty minutes, so it’s perfect for your commute from Reno to Carson City!
“The podcast where production values go to die” is more discombobulated than usual in this episode. We started talking about the value of developing routines and habits to establish comfort zones for writing. That’s valuable stuff, but we somehow segued into the importance of fan fiction.
We have a lot of respect for these artists, especially for middle and high schoolers who write and put themselves out there for (sometimes) very harsh criticism.
Not much to reports on our personal works in progress, though Charlie (pictured) plays a key role in my WIP.
Hi, All. From Friday, February 10 to Tuesday, February 14, “From Tundra to Tiara” will be reduced in price from $2.99 to 99¢. Five days of savings for the most romantic day of the year!
We would normally make it available for $0, but as we discussed in our 100th podcast episode, free Kindle books are open to illicit downloads and fraud. If you cannot afford the reduced price, reach out to me via Twitter and let’s see if we can work it out.
We believe in this book, and we would love for you to read it and give us a review.