Podcast: Grammar

This week’s writers podcast is a deep dive into the brick wall called “grammar.” Ugh, we get it: everyone hates the rules. We talk about why writers should learn and follow the rules, anyway. The deep dive:The history of English grammar.Moby Dick versus The Old Man of the Sea.What did I do 450 times?Ideas onContinue reading “Podcast: Grammar”

Podcast: Hell Week

We return from our podcast hiatus to talk about our emotional roller-coaster Hell Week, and the associated life changes happening in and around The Worldwide Headquarters: Our daughter’s surgery.Saying goodbye to Mia.Verbal Tics.Retirement.My next book (good news!).Book sale success.Patreon.Spring in Nevada.“Our Flag Means Death”.The Beatles and “Get Back”.Recurring themes in Korean dramas and rom-coms.Common traitsContinue reading “Podcast: Hell Week”

Flashback Episode

No new podcasts this week due to Real Life events, so here’s a rewind on our most popular episodes. Elmore Leonard’s “10 Rules for Good Writing” may be better than Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” Link We talk about jumping In Media Res (“in the middle”) of the action in yourContinue reading “Flashback Episode”

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 PeopleThe Quiet ManDerry GirlsBrooklynDancing at LughnasaThe Boxer Have a listen and feel free to push backContinue reading “Podcast: Irish Themes”


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,Continue reading “Patreon”

Podcast: Play Ball!

The one where we discuss baseball writing, and how the enclosed universe of the game lends itself to writing. We start with the golden age of baseball and end in the modern era. We use these writers and their works: Jim BoutonW. P. KinsellaRon LucianoErnest Thayer Spoilers: Field of Dreams Here you go! Have aContinue reading “Podcast: Play Ball!”

TBT: Password

Television game shows have been popular since TV first began broadcasting. The types of games may range from physical feats to mental challenges and include the ever-popular Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, just to name a few. One of my favorite shows of this genre would have to beContinue reading “TBT: Password”

TBT: New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

One of the more exciting things about childhood and the New Year was being allowed to stay up past my normal bedtime. On New Year’s Eve, most of my family would gather at my grandparents’ house to celebrate. The night would be full of food, fun, games and, sometimes, even a little square dancing. AroundContinue reading “TBT: New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”

Podcast: The Christmas Episode

The one where we discuss the most important parts of Christmas while adding three movies to our holiday list. We absolutely eviscerate “Love Actually.” (spoilers, duh) Here you go! Merry Christmas, everyone! Edit: Christmas Trees, as promised!

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