Maternity Ward

Episode 123 is all about the our new furry friends. More specifically, we talk at length about how we can’t help but assign human emotions and actions to those in the animal kingdom (the word I can’t say or spell to save my life is “anthropomorphism”). Also:– Our current WIPs & Boring Characters– Nanowrimo &Continue reading “Maternity Ward”

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”


Episode 121 is started slow, but evolved into something interesting and complex. We talked about about our minimal efforts on our works in progress. The challenge for CC is finding the time to hit the keyboard. My challenge is I’m making things up as I go along, so I think I created a readable adventure,Continue reading “COVID”


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”

Finding Time

Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate and should be celebrated! This week, we spent most of the podcast bragging about our kids, but we also debated a fair amount trying to crack the tough nut of Time. Question: how do you find the time to write? Even as empty nesters, CC and I struggleContinue reading “Finding Time”


Bonjour! Today’s writer’s podcast is all about the City of Lights: Paris, France. We were lucky to spend more than a week discovering the wonders of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and a thousand places in between. From the Paris Metro to a famous graveyard. We walked along the Seine and took aContinue reading “Paris”

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”

Words are Hard

Been a low and slow day at the CC and JT Amateur Hour where “we help writers write” because Spring has finally sprung. Woo! We talked about the craft of writing last week, which is the technical aspect of grammar, editing, and publishing. These are universal to all books. What is not universal is theContinue reading “Words are Hard”

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