Episode 131 is more free form than usual since we start with Labor Day, muddle around Burning Man, and end up talking at length about the Indiana Jones franchise. Throughout this podcast was the sense and idea of nostalgia. The movie-going experience has changed much in our lifetimes, though we wouldn’t say it necessarily hasContinue reading “Raiders”

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 athleticismContinue reading “Vegas and Magic Mike”


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 usContinue reading “Dashing”


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 atContinue reading “Locations”

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. Also:Visiting the GettysburgContinue reading “Going Cross Country”

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”

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”

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