Using an Epiphany

What’s going on with Episode 126 of our writers’ podcast? The better question is what isn’t going on with this podcast.

We start off with the premise that an epiphany is part of the writer’s toolchest, but it’s an unreliable tool. Yes, the initial idea of a book can be classified as one, but what happens after you start writing and developing characters and plot? We have ideas on how to create and use epiphanies in your writing.

There’s also a discussion on how long you should take to write a book. Spoiler: CC has been working on hers for over ten years and I started mine in 2022. They might appear in 2024.

Also the usual junk drawer updates:
Killing characters
Free book giveaway

We go from Stephen King to George R.R. Martin in this one, so have a listen and let us know what you think. TIA! LYL!

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Yeah, We Went There, Too

Yeah, we joined mainstream and social media in debating Barbie in our podcast, but we went in a different direction with the history of gender-based books and roles.

We start in the mass market publishing in the beginning of the 20th Century (“dime store novels”) through the “Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew” type books of the Fifties. We work our way into Women’s Lib and ERA, and we talk about how the Barbie movie is portrayed in social media.

-Our WIPs
-Happy Birthday
-Deer Update
-WGA and the SAGAFTA strikes

As a bonus, three of our books will be free on Monday, July 24. Here’s that link. If you miss the giveaway, send me proof that you bought them and we’ll Venmo you the cost. We’d rather you read the books than worry about buying them.

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

Shakespeare, Baby!

Episode 124 is about the writer’s derivative use of other published works in their own works in progress. Where is the gray area of originality when using William Shakespeare’s classic works, for example?

Modern literature is full of examples of those who boldly took it upon themselves to “copy” the Bard’s great works or at least use them as inspiration for their books. Where do we writers draw the line? What is plagiarism?

-Updates on the weather, our basement and the baby deer.
-How sausage, laws, and books are created.
-Using three senses in your writing (Das Boot).

As always, we go to a lot of places in less than an hour. If you’re a writer or thinking about becoming one, this podcast is for you!

Have a listen and TIA! LYL!

Maternity Ward

Episode 123 is all about the our new furry friends. More specifically, we talk at length about how we can’t help but assign human emotions and actions to those in the animal kingdom (the word I can’t say or spell to save my life is “anthropomorphism”).

– Our current WIPs & Boring Characters
– Nanowrimo & Camp Nano
– Setting writing goals and boundaries
– Run the dishwasher twice!
– Our maternity ward

We’re packing a lot of good writing stuff in this one, not to mention a bit of risk. Are we right or wrong?

Have a listen and let us know. TIA! LYL!

Vegas and Magic Mike

Writers are always told to “write what they know,” but what if you don’t know? This week, CC got the opportunity to fill out her life experience by going to Las Vegas’ famous male revue: “⁠Magic Mike Live⁠.”

She takes our listeners through each step of the show: from hair-and-makeup to the dancing and athleticism of the show to the post-show meet-and-greet with some of the dancers. CC then spends some time outlining how she’s going to apply this experience to her current work in progress.

Also discussed:
-Summer time!
Coca Cola Store!
-Southwest Air
-Fourth of July!

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


Episode 121 is started slow, but evolved into something interesting and complex.

We talked about about our minimal efforts on our works in progress. The challenge for CC is finding the time to hit the keyboard. My challenge is I’m making things up as I go along, so I think I created a readable adventure, but not a viable ending. If you’re in a similar situation, we have ideas.

We put together a mailbox yesterday. Gently speaking, it was our usual comedy of errors.

The main gist of the podcast was about the challenge of writing about events we have not experienced first hand, including COVID, Gettysburg, Pearl Harbor, and the 1917 pandemic. One of those things we actually did experience in the last couple of weeks, but for the most part, we writers are challenged when we want to include the feel and taste of times gone by.

We also spent time on how folks in the past got swept up in events through herd mentality, and how sometimes the best books are those who stand in front of the tanks.

Tomorrow is CC’s birthday if you want to buy her a cup of coffee.

Have a listen and TIA LYL!

(Edit: typos fixed. Sorry for the newletter!)


Happy Father’s Day and Juneteenth to all who celebrate!

Episode 120 is all about:
– Our works in progress,
– JT’s new part-time job,
– Visiting places from our youth and feeling the ghosts walking through us,
– Readers’ reading habits, and
– Tighter plots for the shorter attentions spans of the 21st Century.

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


Episode 119 is our examination about setting fiction in places where the writer has never traveled. CC uses a great example of space to illustrate the challenge. We talk about the tools we use to overcome this barrier.

Also discussed is the ⁠Wrath of God hail storm from June 10⁠ and our usual flailing at the keyboards on our current WIPs.

Have a listen and check us out ⁠⁠ TIA LYL!

Going Cross Country

The podcast is back after a two-week hiatus due to JT driving to the East Coast and back to see his sister. Today’s episode is all about that eleven-state tour (NV, UT, WY, NE, IA, IL, IN, OH, PA, MD, and DE). For those scoring at home, JT drove over 5,500 miles.

Visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park
What’s the one color you’ll see from coast to coast?
Happy 41st Anniversary!

Gettysburg is a must-see for the history nerd (guilty). If you can’t get there, Justin Scarred from Randomland does a great job outlining the museum and the battlefields.

We’ll get back to a true writing podcast next week. Have a listen and enjoy!

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