Podcasting with One Brain Cell

On a whim, JT and I began podcasting for writers a little over a month ago and have recorded eight episodes so far. We didn’t do any research before starting this adventure. We just decided to try it out and see what would happen. Turns out we’re having a lot of fun with what weContinue reading “Podcasting with One Brain Cell”


The one where we talk traveling the tried and true path of formula fiction. Special shout-out of thanks to Ronald B. Tobias’ book, “20 Master Plots,” for guiding our discussion. This week’s spoilers: When Harry Met Sally. Star Wars, and Harry Potter. Have a listen and let us know what you think! Thank you! Edit:Continue reading “Formulas”


For our subscribers, a quick blog post on this morning’s bonus podcast from the shores of Lake Tahoe. CC and I talked about our mutual memories and, being writers, we go from Mark Twain to the Godfather Part II. We made a couple of boo-boo’s (being amateurs): The elevation of Lake Tahoe is 6,224 feet,Continue reading “Tahoe”


Never a boring podcast. Well, that probably not always true, but this one had a 4.0 earthquake while we were discussing our thoughts on the “Flawed Protagonist.” Can you hear the house shake? If that’s not enough, Darth, Superman, and Batman stop by, so to speak. Seriously, “Love and Death” is my favorite of theContinue reading “Earthquake!”

HW: Lilacs

Lilacs in the trash,Cold tears wet the black plastic.They twist-tie their past. (Here’s the long explainer behind Haiku Wednesday. tl;dr? Just roll with it.) I was crooning along with my favorite Bonnie Raitt song, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” when CC took off her noise-dampening headphones and asked why I like sad songs. Well,Continue reading “HW: Lilacs”

Da Cubs

Character, they say, is something you build when you lose. I’m a Cubs fan. I’ve been building character for over thirty years…with one notable exception. My love/hate relationship with the Windy City Northsiders began when Cassidy and I were first married and living in the far-off land known as Sarpy County. While we had muchContinue reading “Da Cubs”

Podcast: Reality

Quick note to let our subscribers know there is a brand new writers podcast for your listening enjoyment. CC and I chat about how we writers shape the Universe within our books, and we use two of our favorite movies that show the rewards and risks of maybe going too far. Are we right orContinue reading “Podcast: Reality”

Haiku Wednesday: Mickey’s Mouth

Steamboat Willie ateSteve Rogers, Up, Leia, Bart.Merchandised Heroes. March 2020. The pilot light was barely lit under my Coleman creative furnace. My public life was scattered in all directions, from the federal government’s homicidal indifference to COVID to the Governor’s state-wide lockdown to me being drafted (literally) into a new job. My comfort zone wasContinue reading “Haiku Wednesday: Mickey’s Mouth”


Fear is the mind-killer.Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.I will face my fear.I will permit it to pass over me and through me. The mantra is from the Dune books by Frank Herbert. A treatise on the environment, as a teenager I interpreted Dune as the danger of politicians who view themselves asContinue reading “Fear”

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