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, DE, and back). For those scoring at home, JT drove over 5,500 miles. Also:Visiting theContinue reading “Going Cross Country”

Finding Time

Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate and should be celebrated! This week, we spent most of the podcast bragging about our kids, but we also debated a fair amount trying to crack the tough nut of Time. Question: how do you find the time to write? Even as empty nesters, CC and I struggleContinue reading “Finding Time”


Bonjour! Today’s writer’s podcast is all about the City of Lights: Paris, France. We were lucky to spend more than a week discovering the wonders of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and a thousand places in between. From the Paris Metro to a famous graveyard. We walked along the Seine and took aContinue reading “Paris”

Writers’ Workshop

For Carson City’s Mark Twain Days, we went to a writers’ workshop on Nevada and came away with interesting perspectives and ideas. CC might even have a new story to tell. Our thanks to the Nevada Arts Council for sponsoring the workshop. We discuss our own works in progress and our upcoming trip to Europe.Continue reading “Writers’ Workshop”

Messages to Us

Episode 114 of the “helping writers write” podcast touches on messages to our younger selves. What we have learned and what would we say to ourselves if we could go back in time. “Never give up” is the obvious advice, but the rest is not so obvious. Also discussed:-Paris (France)-Mark Twain-Our Basement-Retirement-Significant Birthdays-Going to College-OurContinue reading “Messages to Us”

Words are Hard

Been a low and slow day at the CC and JT Amateur Hour where “we help writers write” because Spring has finally sprung. Woo! We talked about the craft of writing last week, which is the technical aspect of grammar, editing, and publishing. These are universal to all books. What is not universal is theContinue reading “Words are Hard”

Spring Cleaning

Episode 112 of our writer’s podcast tackles Spring Cleaning, the ritual of opening the windows, letting in the fresh air, and getting your house organized. For writers, it’s about the craft of writing: organizing your manuscripts, filing documents in their proper folders, and reorganizing your brain for the next manuscript. Also discussed: our basement (sigh),Continue reading “Spring Cleaning”

Reality vs. Memory

For those of us at certain age, we recall when Rod Serling spoke of the dimension of mind. Episode 111 of our “writer’s podcast for writers” dives into the mind as we discuss “reality vs. memory.” They’re often not the same thing. We use a fender bender that CC and I saw firsthand this week.Continue reading “Reality vs. Memory”

Dialogue and SM

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 myContinue reading “Dialogue and SM”

Flooded Basement

Another podcast, another joint therapy session. 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.-WordContinue reading “Flooded Basement”

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