Who is the first wizard on call when you need to make movie magic? Meg is a that wizard! A storyboard artist introduces us all to the world where the print meets the screen. Come learn about this exciting position working in TV and Movies, where you can tell stories with pictures and words in tandem. … Continue…Episode 88 – Interview with Megan Lloyd: Storyboarding
Juliette’s second book, Transgressions of Power (sequel to Mazes of Power), is coming out in February! Get your tiara and boa together and think about what you’re going to wear to her book release party! Juliette talks about dialect work, plotting, and how world building and pre-construction helps her write faster. … Continue…Episode 85 – Juliette Wade Returns!
Richard Kadrey has been a successful novelist, written for comic books, scripts, and journalistic articles about art, culture, and technology. He creates music under the name Seven Blood-Stained Orchids. We caught up with him to find out the latest gossip on his Sandman Slim series, as there’s rumors of a movie in the offing. … Continue…Episode 84 – Interview with Richard Kadrey
In which our merry hosts contemplate finding the right point of view from which to tell a story. The perspective of looking at a story is fungible, but each point of view will have a different voice. The coffee committee ponders the right point of view for a story about an incident, and how the voice of the view affects the story’s tone and outcome. … Continue…Episode 83 – From a Certain Point of View
This is our first foray into discussing satire, and how to make fun of politics. Whether cartooning, focusing a microscope on an individual trait or issue, or simply drawing attention to an injustice, satire has a place in writing and the arts. … Continue…Episode 82 – Writing Political Satire
We welcome another podcaster – Norman Leonard, the creative mind behind the kids’ podcast, Cobbler’s Gulch. Is it for kids? Or is it a podcast narrative for adults? Who loves goblins and gooslers and trolls and two-headed soil serpents? We do, and we say they’re for everyone, especially orphans. … Continue…Episode 81 – Podcasting from Cobbler’s Gulch
The midwinter holidays have an old tradition of ghost stories and scary tales to whisper around the fire as people huddle close and wait for the light to return. We’ve recreated this for you with new spooky stories written by Chaz and Jeannie, and with a little help from John they’re going to read them to you. … Continue…Episode 80 – Midwinter Ghosts and Scary Stories
Solstices are liminal times. Whether involving death on a tree or blood on the snow, the shortest and longest days of the year are held to be the time when the veil between this world and whatever other worlds are out there is thin. Whether another dimension or beyond the veil, the cold darkness of the Winter Solstice makes it a perfect time to tell ghost stories. The sun goes down early, and everyone huddles around the fire telling stories of hope or death – or both. … Continue…Scary Solstice to All!
People with quirks are called eccentric, unusual, strange, or even bizarre, but the truth is bigger. Quirky people play weird games, wear different clothes, have unusual hobbies, or say what they mean in company. Quirky people have less fear. Jeannie submits the theory that all good protagonists need to be a little quirky. The committee pokes at her theory with examples from books, television, and movies. … Continue…Episode 78 – What’s in a Quirk?
It’s not every day we get to talk to someone who single-handedly launched a genre. Harry Turtledove is the father of alternative history fiction, alongside his many fantasy and science fiction novels and stories. We caught up with him to talk about how to play the “what if” game in historic storytelling. … Continue…Episode 77 – Alternative History with Harry Turtledove