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”

That Which We Leave Behind

Time for another CC and JT Amateur Hour “where production values go to die.” We like to help writers write. The past is always present, and it grips us all in more ways than one. CC and I discuss how to fold the past into your writing. We talk about the Hume Museum. Peggy theContinue reading “That Which We Leave Behind”

Routines and FanFic

“The podcast where production values go to die” is more discombobulated than usual in this episode. We started talking about the value of developing routines and habits to establish comfort zones for writing. That’s valuable stuff, but we somehow segued into the importance of fan fiction. We have a lot of respect for these artists,Continue reading “Routines and FanFic”

The Disharmony of Love

CC and I meander all over the map in this week’s podcast about Love. We agree, and we agree to disagree, but we’re fairly safe in saying there are no absolutes other than “Love is Love.” We hope you have it all figured out for yourself because listening to this podcast, you can tell weContinue reading “The Disharmony of Love”

Valentine’s Day Book

Hi, All. From Friday, February 10 to Tuesday, February 14, “From Tundra to Tiara” will be reduced in price from $2.99 to 99ยข. Five days of savings for the most romantic day of the year! We would normally make it available for $0, but as we discussed in our 100th podcast episode, free Kindle booksContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Book”

The Doldrums

We discuss “the doldrums,” which we define as a normal interruption in the creative writing process. You have a story, but you don’t what to with it or which direction to take it. We’re going through this phase ourselves. We have some ideas on what got us there and what it will take to getContinue reading “The Doldrums”


We struggled this week with “the big reveal”: the completely out-of-the-blue plot twist. Does the shock take the reader out of the story? Does it improve the plot? Does it change a “routine” experience into a memorable one for all the right reasons? Thoroughly spoiled: “The Crying Game” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” WeContinue reading “Surprise”


CC and I chat about what may be the most important emotional tool for a writer. We need a lot of moxie to go from a random idea floating in the ether to a real live book. We talk about the challenges of believing in yourself, plus we give some ideas in how to keepContinue reading “Confidence”

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