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”

Snow and Taxes

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 theContinue reading “Snow and Taxes”

Episode 100

Twenty-two months since we started in isolation, and here is our 100th episode of the CC and JT Amateur Hour (“where production values go to die”). This episode coincides with the debut of “From Tundra to Tiara,” so honestly, how could we not do this today? Not all is sunshine as real life taught usContinue reading “Episode 100”

One Last Push

Important Edit: I forgot to make “Sheriff” a free book for Sunday, January 8, so I extended the giveaway for all three books to Monday, January 9.Apologies for my error! ———————– One last push for our spiffy new book, “From Tundra to Tiara.” I’m always energized in these last days before the big release. ThousandsContinue reading “One Last Push”

FTTT: Chapter Two

We started 2023 with a power and internet outage from a humungous storm that knocked out services for a hundred-plus square miles in Northern Nevada. We’re finally back on line, so here is the delayed second chapter of your future favorite Netflix/Hallmark cozy romantic movie. The first two chapters of “From Tundra to Tiara” areContinue reading “FTTT: Chapter Two”

A Note from the Rurals

CC and I were chatting this morning about my segue into retirement, and it’s not going well because (as she perfectly described) I was a drone for forty years. I’m so used to being told what to do during the workday, I’m not acclimating well to this new reality of self-determination. I will gain independentContinue reading “A Note from the Rurals”

Who Are We?

“Helping Writers Write” 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 few books between us. We’ve been aContinue reading “Who Are We?”


Our followers know I retired on Friday, September 30, after 40 total years of public service. My last day was filled with heartfelt wishes from long-time associates and poignant memories of a building where I learned so much. The icing on the cake was the goodbye dinner with my team and their partners where weContinue reading “Gratitude”

National Tequila Day and Free Books!

Sunday, July 24th has four great things going for it:Ruth Buzzi’s BirthdayNational Tequila DayMy birthdayFree Books! Yes, all of my books will be free for the taking on Sunday. All of them for one day. It’s my gift to y’all for putting up with podcasts and tweets and everything. Please grab them on Sunday andContinue reading “National Tequila Day and Free Books!”

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