Life After X

Episode 134: Twitter/X is implementing new amd onerous terms of service, so CC and I have “that” talk about social media. As very small business owners, we have concerns because we no longer believe in the reach and reliability of Twitter/X. We have an active conversation about social media in general, which gives you aContinue reading “Life After X”

Love Language

After a few “doom and gloom” episodes with the related drop-off in listenership, we announce the end of the podcast because we each discover a hill we will die on (kidding). But seriously, folks, we dive into the Language of Love and the culture of a relationship, and how we as writers bring all ofContinue reading “Love Language”


CC watched TED Talks by author Elizabeth Gilbert of “Eat, Pray, Love” fame as a means to break through her writer’s block, and her videos inspired us to talk about the source of a writer’s inspiration. We knocked down a series of dominos and ended up with the question: Are some writers divinely inspired byContinue reading “Divine”


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”

How We Feel

The endless saga of our flooded basement gives us fodder for this week’s podcast. Long story short: we’re sore. We talk about how the natural process of aging and Life takes a physical toll on our quality of life, and how we as writers can use these experiences to shape our characters. We also discussContinue reading “How We Feel”

They Molded Us

Episode 129 is about the authors who inspired and shaped us as adults and writers, and who happen to be women. How’s this for a murderer’s row:Agatha Christie (left)Louisa May Alcott (right)Jane AustenGeorgette HeyerCarolyn KeeneAnne McCafferyAnn RiceJK RowlingAlice WalkerHarper LeeMargaret MitchellMadeline L’EngleDiana GabaldonAmy TanAudrey Niffenegger So many more we could have mentioned. We spoil “MurderContinue reading “They Molded Us”


Episode 128 is about that great beast called “screenwriting” and how it is a different, yet similar craft to writing a book. There’s the external visual representation versus the internal written word, but there’s also the complex collaboration, visuals, and the outside influences (re: the studios) that change the original product into what you seeContinue reading “Screenwriting”

Lightning in a Bottle

Is George Lucas good or lucky? Episode 127 of our writers podcast is about writers who capture lightning in a bottle. They submit books and screenplays at just the right time which capture the imagination and take the country by storm. There’s lots of examples, starting with Mr. Lucas. Some folks would point to hisContinue reading “Lightning in a Bottle”

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 whatContinue reading “Using an Epiphany”

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 ofContinue reading “Yeah, We Went There, Too”

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