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?
Does every hero need a sidekick? When they have one, what roles do they fill in a story? How can a sidekick help you tell your story more effectively? We explore our favorite sidekicks through time and how they effectively advance each story. … Continue…Episode 70 – Dude! – The Hero & Sidekick’s Excellent Journey
In which your hosts wallow in the Deeps with Tentacles and Nick Mamatas, discussing everything from Sherlock Holmes to Kerouac and Lovecraft. Nick talks about writing, editing, teaching, and the latest stuff he’s working on. Write short fiction, Nick says! … Continue…Episode 62 – Tentacles with Nick Mamatas
Television, Movies, episodic podcasts; in storytelling there’s a definite trend for watching or following a series of stories with an over-arching theme or plot presented in episodes. … Continue…Episode 27 – Storytelling by Episodes
We invited a Millennial to come chat on the show to talk about where her peers tend to find content to read, what they like, and how they find more. Alice came and schooled us all on how she and her friends find things to read … Continue…Episode Ten – Instagram, Tumblr and SnapChat – Oh My!
Today we invited in an intellectual privacy lawyer to talk to everyone about copyright, privacy, trademarks, and how to avoid treading on the rules and laws about them. What is fair use argument? How does parody fit in? Is Fan Fic legal? … Continue…Episode Six – Is your story, strictly speaking, legal?