Podcast: Seasons

Happy Spring! CC and I discuss how Seasons can form themes in your books:
Spring = Rebirth
Summer = Lust & Love
Fall = The Best Season?
Winter = Family and Coming of Age

(Bonus: Hear me forget our anniversary!)

Have a listen and let us know what you think.

Also this week: the podcast series on how I assembled my book. Settings may be the most difficult part because I’m never sure what to add or leave out.

The Series:
Character – 3/11/2022
Setting – 3/17/2022

Please subscribe and listen. Enjoy! TIA & LYL!

Podcast: Irish Themes

Last week, we sent you a verbal postcard of Ireland. This week, we watched six productions placed in The Auld Country of Ireland, and we discuss the use of common themes through these films:

Darby O’Gill and the Little People
The Quiet Man
Derry Girls
Dancing at Lughnasa
The Boxer

Have a listen and feel free to push back on our thoughts and assumptions.

Also this week, I started a new podcast series on how I assembled the parts of my book. First: How I created my memorable characters.

The Series:
Character – 3/11/2022

Please give up one Starbucks a month and subscribe. TIA. LYL!

Podcast: Postcard from Ireland!

Writers draw pictures with words, but what if your protagonist is Irish and you’ve never been to Ireland?

You’re in luck! Here’s a verbal postcard from Dublin, Cork, & Killarney with castles, pubs, museums, and much more. And we snuck in Scotland, too!

Have a listen and let us know what you think

Also this week, CC and I discuss pulling the idea from your brain and getting it on paper (so to speak) via being a “plotter” versus a “pantser.” https://patreon.com/posts/63418624


Podcast: Why Don’t People Write?

No two ways to slice this bread: writing is hard for many reasons. People may have trouble put words to paper (or screen) because they feel they have a weak grasp on language skills, or they’re nervous about revealing themselves. After all, writing in a private endeavor in the public spotlight. Criticism could be a good reason not to write, even though criticism can be both positive or negative. Some people have trouble simply finding the time to write, and other may worry about originality.

CC and I discuss these reasons and more in this week’s podcast. We get it. We really do because the struggle is real. But we also give potential writers some reasons to sit down and pound away on the keyboard. Have a listen.

Also this week, I talk about where I get my ideas for books while mentioning some authors you may have heard of:

J. K. Rowling
John Steinbeck
J. R. R. Tolkien
Stephen King
Suzanne Collins
Neil Gaiman

Plug in your headset and have a listen.

As always, let us know what you think. Thanks for listening!

Podcast: Money!

This week’s writers’ podcast is about spending money to be a writer (or as I call it, “death by thousand cuts”). All professions require out-of-pocket expenses because the cliché is we have to spend money to earn money. But as independent writers, we may not ever see a full return on our investment. We talk about those challenges.

This week alone for the site’s Dynamic Duo:

Sunday: Podcast equipment!

Monday: Valentine’s Day. Not writing related but CC and I blew the doors off the barn. And that’s all you’re gonna hear about that.

Tuesday: Launched my Patreon with a public blog post and podcast. Check them out.

Wednesday: Renewed the license to our WordPress website.

Thursday: Sent my latest manuscript to a professional editor.

Saturday: Spent money on the book cover for my latest manuscript. How did I do that? It was tough! Listen here (subscribers only).

You can see how the expenses added up. Here’s the details. Have a listen.

We’re genuinely interested. What are your experiences and feelings on spending money as an independent writer? Let us know through the Contacts page. Take care of you. TIA! LYL!


As we writers do, we make plans to take over the world.

That’s a gentle way of saying we tend to dream big: we will write our Great American Novel, we will sell thousands of copies, and the movie studios will pound a path to our doors with the usual “rich and famous” contract.

Alas, Reality is a ruthless meanie. We struggle and write and edit and network and try to get someone’s attention in the vast and deep ocean called “Publishing.”

We are often disappointed. We send our babies (“books”) out of the nest, only to see them fall to obscurity to the hard, cold ground below.

But foolish people that we are, we dust off another idea and slog through the entire process all over again. Seriously, there are days I feel like Ralph Kramden looking for my next “get rich quick” schemes.

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

In that spirit, I’ve launched a Patreon page for your consideration which I may use for the occasional podcast. More importantly, I will be posting the sequel to “Love and Death on I-80 West” to my Patreon. The title is a secret, but yes, the Adventures of Tucci live on!

I’m gathering everything up, but the Patreon page is now alive, I tell you! Alive!

Have a peek and feel free to shoot me your thoughts.


Pinky and The Brain
The Muppet Movie
The Honeymooners
Galaxy Quest
Star Trek: The Next Generation

Podcast: Romance Mish-Mash

Today was a “stream of unconsciousness” podcast from CC and me. Most of it is “Romance is What You Make of It” and “The Elements of Romance in Writing.”

Focusing on the writing part, CC and I agree that the main elements of romance writing, maybe even the hearts, is conflict, confusion, and the lack of communication between the protagonists. Romance writing is successful because readers want to see the resolution of the eternal and endless “will they or won’t they” scenarios. We try to help our fellow writers in this podcast by breaking romance writing down to some more basic elements.

Also discussed:
-Podcasting Equipment
-Galentine’s & Valentine’s Day
-Hallmark Holidays & Greeting Cards
-SB LVI and Baseball

Spoilers: Romancing the Stone and Pride and Prejudice

CC’s Instagram is @authorcassidycarson

Have a listen and let us know what you think! LYL! TIA!

Podcast: Trigger Words

We talk about the challenges and dangers of using “power words” and “trigger words” in this week’s writer’s podcast.

Our definitions: “Power Words” can be used to develop an emotional connection between the reader and writer, where “Trigger Words” exist to illicit an emotional response, often a knee-jerk negative emotional response. Candidly, we struggle to draw the line between the two.

We talk about both in general communication, and we use the vaccination argument as an example. For writing, we use the romantic genre in how power words can shape a writer’s manuscript.

Trigger warning (ironically): we use personal examples from our upbringing and, yes, we get wound up.

Spoilers: “Arrow” and “A Very Brady Sequel.” There is also singing (sorry).

Have a listen and let us know what you think. TIA! LYL!

(Also: “Impactful” is not a real word.)

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