Christmas Memories

Ah, “the horror of the holidays are upon us,” as my grandfather used to say. One common theme, no matter your culture or beliefs, are the strong emotions we feel during these days. CC and I remember two of our strongest Christmas memories, and we use them to illustrate how to transcribe those memories intoContinue reading “Christmas Memories”

Reading Duties

Important edit: Things are coming together. I’ve done three YouTube recordings of “Duties Faithfully Executed,” and am learning the tricks of the trade. Gonna skip listing the first recording in the below list, but it’s on the channel if you want. I’m going to use this blog post for now to list the recordings:The JTContinue reading “Reading Duties”

Writing Your Space Epic

Jam-packed podcast where we talked about my completed space epic and how it differs from three eponymous sci-fi adventures. Lots of talks about techno-babble and characters. If you’re writing an epic, or considering writing one, here are some great ideas. Also: Two free chapters from our latest release, “From Tundra to Tiara,” hitting the shelvesContinue reading “Writing Your Space Epic”

Book Page Update

Transitioning to a “full-time writer” mode means I have time for the overdue housekeeping on our website. There will be a full redesign someday, but for now, the Books page has descriptions, ratings, and trigger warnings. Here you go. It’s not much, but it’s a start. If/when you find a typo or two, let usContinue reading “Book Page Update”

Posture and Mojo

Our single brain cell is on display in this podcast because we wandered all over the writer’s landscape today, starting with writing posture, segueing to mojo and frame of mind, and ending with a chat about writers spending money. We even mention my cochlear implants. We also learned that CC and I had very differentContinue reading “Posture and Mojo”

What Did You Say?

Writing believable dialogue is one of the biggest challenges in prose because “dialogue is character,” and characters are what drive our books. We discuss dialogue at length with examples from famous movies, and we provide ideas on how to improve your own written dialogue (spoiler: “listen”). We bring you up to speed on our ownContinue reading “What Did You Say?”

We Did This To Ourselves

A little bit longer post for this week’s podcast. Tomorrow, Monday, November 21 starts the presale of our new book on Amazon. (Edit: the pre-sale is live.) This week, we discuss kicking off our marketing campaign with all sorts of plans and incentives. We’re doing the title reveal this week and the cover reveal nextContinue reading “We Did This To Ourselves”

Writing for the Holidays

Flickr image made available from Steve McFarland via Creative Commons. We chat about writing about the holidays, why Hollywood keep making holiday movies, and why people keep watching them. Themes include family, winter, and love. Minor spoilers of Love Hard, Die Hard, A Christmas Carol, and other holiday classics. And we don’t make the rules.Continue reading “Writing for the Holidays”

Writing about Politics

Writing about politics can be rewarding and challenging, but it’s easy to get lost in the weeds. CC and I give you ideas about how to focus on the story at hand without going too far off track. We talk about our current works in progress, Nanowrimo, graphic design, and the upcoming holidays. Pretty goodContinue reading “Writing about Politics”

Alien

In space no one can hear you scream. Welcome to the Halloween 2022 Podcast, and we pick what we feel is the iconic horror film of the genre: Alien! We thoroughly spoil this 1979 classic that pushes back on all (well, most) of the clich├ęs, and we explain why we feel this is mandatory viewingContinue reading “Alien”

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