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Two Hearts and One Braincell: Cassidy Carson & JT Hume Amateur Hour

Two Hearts and One Braincell: Cassidy Carson & JT Hume Amateur Hour

By Cassidy Carson and JT Hume
Cassidy Carson and JT Hume are longtime partners, readers, and independent writers who bring their decades of experience to the podcast world. We start with writing tips, techniques, and challenges, and goes on to explore the interesting world and universe around us.
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Two Hearts and One Braincell: Cassidy Carson & JT Hume Amateur Hour

Settings Part One
This week's podcast has us on the road to Lone Pine, California, home to many movie settings, some of which you've seen. We use a visit to the Museum of Western Film History and the Alabama Hills as background for a chat about Settings. They can be a challenge to writers as we try to strike a balance between adding a colorful dimension versus overwhelming the reader with details and extrapolation. We thoroughly spoil Pleasantville and Blade Runner (1982) as examples. Next week, we talk about how a setting can become the dominant tone of a book.  We update listeners on our manuscript at the editors, our graphic design class, and JT's retirement (also mentioned here). Please visit us at for pictures. TIA! LYL!
October 03, 2022
Road Not Taken
This week we chat about Robert Frost's "Road Not Taken" (apologies to Mr. Frost for mangling the quote in the podcast). With CC and I being of a certain age, we have a better perspective of our interests and skills. What careers would we have picked had we the chance to do things over again? And what were our childhood choices for jobs? We go down this path because we're engaging our imaginations and "what if's," both being essential writers' tools. Are you in your chosen career path? What would you have done different "if you knew then what you know now?" Also discussed is JT's last week with his long-time day job and our in-depth editing sessions we're having over our current work in progress. Have a listen and let us know what you think via our contact page at TIA! LYL!
September 25, 2022
Anxiety Attack
We gave ourselves an on-air (and mutual) anxiety attack in this week's podcast as we talked out our plans for the rest of the year. We didn't know how much we have going on until we turned on the microphone! The big part of the podcast was Content Editing. We got the draft back from our editors on our joint project, and we learned that we did indeed have plot holes that need smoothing over before we can return the draft for their next deep dive. We talk about how we created those holes and how we'll fix them. Another major portion was a deep dive into our Nanowrimo project we'll be doing in November. We have ideas and thoughts, and we'll be hopefully organizing them in a few weeks into a coherent draft. We talked about our ongoing Graphics Art Design class we're taking at the local college. You can see our first line-drawing exercises on our web page. We're beginners, so please be kind. The last project we touch is the Big Move where we'll be making a "partners desk" office in our house after JT retires. Yowza. See why we had an anxiety attack? We barely skimmed over the upcoming holidays if that's a clue. Have a listen and let us know what you think at our website at TIA! LYL!
September 18, 2022
Interesting Times
"May you live in interesting times." JT's awesome aunt says this is an ancient Chinese curse. The world has been living through them here in the 21st Century, but what does that mean for the writer who engages in historical fiction? We discuss the challenges facing authors who use real-life events in their books, including sources of information, writer's biases, and the challenge of seeing into the future. Historical fiction might be the difficult form of fiction to get right. Have a listen. Are we right or wrong? Let us know via our website at TIA! LYL!
September 11, 2022
Imposter Syndrome
We always say we have a jampacked podcast and we're usually right. Today's fun started at Oh-dark-thirty when JT photographed a hot air ballon over Carson City, only to learn later that a friend and colleague was aboard. We ended up taking pictures over each other without knowing we were taking pictures of each other. We dedicated this podcast to that brave, brave soul. We take a dive into "Imposter Syndrome," loosely defined as someone who doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments fearing being exposed as a fraud. We talk at length about how this affects independent writers and people in general, especially with traditional versus independent publishing. We also relate our personal experiences with the phenomenon, and we try to offer possible solutions. Related: what are the three hardest words for a man to say? Also discussed: our personal writing projects, retirement plans, changing our house, our Graphics Design class, Halloween decorating. Have a listen and let us know what you think via our Contacts page at TIA! LYL! References: (photo credit, too)
September 04, 2022
Marketing is Cruel
Episode 81 is all about making a plan to market our book and sticking to it. We say "Marketing is Cruel" because we are not the kind of people to rush out and beg people to read our books. We talk about the baby steps we're taking to get over that hump and why we're taking those steps. We spent the first part of the podcast talking about our experience with the Van Gogh Immersive Experience, from the 3D exhibitions to the moving galleries to the virtual reality walk. We segued into a discussion into the "tortured artist" stereotype, and we agree that it is a complex and difficult subject to talk about. There was a lot of unwrap here. If you think you may need help, here's a webpage to get you started. As always, check us out at our website: Take care of you. TIA! LYL!
August 28, 2022
Comedy is Hard
Welcome to the podcast where we misquote actor Edwin Guinn and others when we say, "Life is easy. Comedy is hard."  We discuss our mutual WIP, and we agree that while we got the "Rom" part right, we misfired on the "Com" part. How did that happen? And what can we do together to improve our future works? We analyze two of our favorite rom-com movies along the way. We also update our individual WIPs and what we're reading this summer. And we signed up for a college class! Read and listen all about us at Leave a note on our comments page, too. TIA! LYL!
August 21, 2022
Busy episode, so let's dive in: - Book covers w @99designs - Editing with @RAPublishing - Lessons learned from writing together - The status of our individual WIPs - Pixar Storytelling rules via @lawnrocket - Karma. Be kind. Always. The source of the Pixar storytelling rules: Take a wander through our website at and let us know what you think! TIA! LYL!
August 14, 2022
Chapter One
What hooks a reader into buying and reading a book? Heck if we know, but we try to examine that "hook" that pulls readers into our books. I read the first chapter of my latest book as an example. (Adult content warning) We also talk about finishing the first draft of our latest book, and we go into the fun and challenges of writing a joint book. Lots of lessons learned! We say this a lot, but this podcast is packed! If you're a writer or a reader, there's good things here for you! Check us out at and TIA! LYL!
August 07, 2022
Plot Prompts
Two weeks ago, CC gave me random prompts and had me make up a story on the fly, testing me as a pantser. CC took her turn as a plotter with these three prompts: Dropped into an alien world High school romance Teenage girl superhero (Giving credit, the prompts came from We had an interesting conversation about the strengths and weaknesses of being a plotter, and we narrow it down to one four-letter word. We give you an update on the book we're writing together and, oy vey, this thing has taken on a life of its own. Check us out at and leave some comments. TIA! LYL!
July 31, 2022
Team Editing
CC and I are writing a book together, and today we talk about the intense editing session we're doing this weekend. We're learning a lot about collaboration, writing styles, sentence structures, and editing in general. Happy Birthday to Ruth Buzzi, Lynda Carter, and to all July 24 babies! As always, you can learn more about us at our website: TIA! LYL!
July 24, 2022
Pantsing (also known as winging it) is the term Wrimos use refer to writing without a fixed outline (an outline that the writer will force themselves to follow). A Wrimo who adopts the pantsing approach to writing is called a pantser. (source) Today was a fun podcast on Pantsing with CC challenging me with surprise writer's prompts: Dropped into an alien world High school romance Teenage girl superhero Next week, CC is going to do the same prompts, but from a plotter's point of view. (Giving credit, the prompts came from We also discuss on how we draw on the classics when we write our own books, and we touch on our two current works in progress and the big free book giveaway next week. Check us out at  TIA! LYL!
July 17, 2022
We chat about our current WIP and whether we should do a "Happily Ever After" versus "Happy For Now" kind of ending.  Readers want both, often at the same time, which can lead to "interesting" sequels. Spoilers: Star Wars, The Godfather, The Matrix, and The Mummy (Brenden Frasier version, obv). We also announce a big deal happening on July 24th. More details soon on our website at Have a listen and let us know what you think! TIA! LYL! PS: Thank you for the hugely successful book giveaway and the release of "Starting Over in Las Vegas." If you grabbed any of my books, please leave a written review (even if it's four or five words). Much appreciated!
July 10, 2022
Summer Reading
We chat about our summer reading experiences from younger days, plus we talk about our current projects and our thoughts about "assigned reading." You can find links to our books at Have a listen and leave comments. TIA! LYL!
July 03, 2022
Ghosts and Books
In a very special Saturday episode of the Amateur Hour, CC and I chat about the real-life ghosts in our lives, the people we see in random places who look like loved ones and friends who've passed away. For that millisecond before we remember they're gone, we can be hit with a ton of strong feelings, including the echoes of the love and affection for someone we don't get to see anymore. A difficult and very personal subject for a podcast, but as writers, we talk about how we can use these important moments and emotions in our books. Before that, we talk about our mutual rom-com that CC and I are drafting up together, which is a lot of fun.  We hope to release it later this year. Also, this week is the July 1 release of my new book, "Starting Over in Las Vegas." Before that, three of my books will be free for the taking. Have a listen and let know what you think! Take care of you. TIA! LYL!
June 25, 2022
Writers Retreat
CC and I chat about our personal writer's retreat this week and about writers retreats in general. CC talks about her good and bad experiences at big-time retreats. We also give updates on our three books in the pipeline. You can learn all about us at TIA! LYL!
June 19, 2022
We take a dive into the shallow end of the pool to discuss famous and no-so-famous literary couples. Writing is a tough chore to begin with, so lots of respect for these (and any) couples who write together. We used this article as a foundation: You can hear our podcasts and read our blogposts at TIA! LYL!
June 12, 2022
40th Anniversary
Please join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary with memories, laughs, and a few tears. CC and I chat about the good old days and what's kept us together so far. There's a little bit of writing stuff, too. Check out our web site at TIA! LYL!
June 05, 2022
We attack the multiverse in this week's podcast to answer the question: "Are we truly writing fiction?" Covered w Spoilers: The MCU Batman Star Trek Pleasantville Back to the Future Quantum Leap Sliding Doors Stranger Than Fiction Carol Burnett Have a listen and send feedback through our website at  TIA! LYL!
May 29, 2022
Purple Porkchops
Couples Therapy this week with incorporating our experiences and minefields into our writing, plus the most and least important parts of a relationship and how to use them to create tension. Many more podcasts and blog posts on our website at Let us know what you think via our Contacts page or leave a comment. TIA! LYL!
May 22, 2022
This week's writers' podcast is a deep dive into "Romance is a Bonus Book," and how this excellent series got us thinking about the choices we've made. We chat about the power you have over your life and the key question: "Who am I?". We may have shotgunned a gallon of coffee before recording. Not kidding. Big-time spoilers. Lots of good stuff on our website at TIA! LYL!
May 15, 2022
Mother's Day Therapy
CC and I do online therapy in talking about our mothers and our upbringing, and we discuss how writers can use their parental relationships in their writing. Possible triggers in this one. Check out our website for more podcasts and blog posts: TIA! LYL!
May 08, 2022
This week is our fav subject: editing. (#sarcasm) We discuss the strengths and weakness of self-editing vs. hiring professionals, using beta readers, and being responsible for your book. Big shout-out to my professional editors at Red Adept Editing! This and many more writers podcasts at Have a listen and let us know what you think. TIA! LYL!
May 01, 2022
This week's writers podcast is a deep dive into the brick wall called "grammar." Ugh, we get it: everyone hates the rules. We talk about why writers should learn and follow the rules, anyway. The deep dive: The history of English grammar. Moby Dick versus The Old Man of the Sea. What did I do 450 times? Ideas on improving your writing grammar. Turn on the closed captioning! Grammarly may not be your friend. Have a listen and let us know what you think. Over on my Patreon, I finished the the Tucci books elements series (free to  all). This blog post has the links. Take care of you. TIA and LYL!
April 24, 2022
Implied Bias and Stupid Romance
This week focuses on two important writers subjects: -The challenges and benefits of implicit bias in fiction. -CC's and my favorite formula in fiction: stupid romance. We pull in Love Actually, Star Wars, the weather, and coming of age stories. You can find links to our other podcasts at TIA! LYL!
April 17, 2022
Hell Week
We return from our podcast hiatus to talk about our emotional roller-coaster Hell Week, and the associated life changes happening in and around The Worldwide Headquarters: Our daughter's surgery. Saying goodbye to Mia. Verbal Tics. Retirement. My next book (good news!). Book sale success. Patreon. Spring in Nevada. "Our Flag Means Death". The Beatles and "Get Back". Recurring themes in Korean dramas and rom-coms. Common traits in the human experience. Putting together my second and third draft manuscripts. Stay-at-home parenting and day care. Send Feedback, please. Wander through our website at for more interesting stuff. All quiet on the Patreon front this week, too. I'll get back to my series on creating my book soon. The previous podcasts on creating my book are free at TIA and LYL!
April 10, 2022
We take on passion and energy of Fan Fiction this week: -The history of fan fiction with a nod to the Bard, Dickens, and the modern age.  -The challenges and minefields about writing in the Internet Age. -And the strengths and weaknesses of being a FanFic writer. We recognize this is a sensitive subject for many people, and we look forward to your feedback at TIA! LYL!
March 27, 2022
Happy Spring! CC and I discuss how Seasons can form themes in your books: Spring = Rebirth Summer = Lust & Love Fall = The Best Season? Winter = Family and Coming of Age (Bonus: Hear me forget our anniversary!) You can find links to our other podcasts at TIA! LYL!
March 20, 2022
Irish Themes
Last week, we sent you a verbal postcard of Ireland. This week, we watched six productions from The Auld County of Ireland, and we discuss the use of common themes through these films: Darby O'Gill and the Little People The Quiet Man Derry Girls Brooklyn Dancing at Lughnasa The Boxer Have a listen and feel free to push back on our thoughts and assumptions at our website: TIA! LYL!
March 13, 2022
Postcard from Ireland
Writers draw pictures with words, but what if your protagonist is Irish and you've never been to Ireland? You're in luck! Here's a verbal postcard from Dublin, Cork, & Killarney with castles, pubs, museums, and much more. And we snuck in Scotland, too! Have a listen and let us know what you think: TIA! LYL!
March 06, 2022
Why Don't People Write?
No two ways to slice this bread: writing is hard for many reasons. People may have trouble put words to paper (or screen) because they feel they have a weak grasp on language skills, or they're nervous about revealing themselves. After all, writing in a private endeavor in the public spotlight. Criticism could be a good reason not to write, even though criticism can be both positive or negative. Some people have trouble simply finding the time to write, and other may worry about originality. CC and I discuss these reasons and more in this week's podcast. We get it. We really do because the struggle is real. But we also give potential writers some reasons to sit down and pound away on the keyboard. Have a listen. You can find links to our other podcasts at  TIA! LYL!
February 27, 2022
This week's writers' podcast is about spending money to be a writer (or as I call it, "death by thousand cuts"). All professions require out-of-pocket expenses because the cliché is we have to spend money to earn money. But as independent writers, we may not ever see a full return on our investment. We talk about those challenges. You can learn more about us at our website at If you're interested in learning how a book is created, then check out Thank you and take care. LYL!
February 20, 2022
Production Values
A bonus podcast where we talk about upgrading our podcast equipment, our works in progress, and going out on Patreon. This one is short and sweet. Our main website: Patreon: Thanks for listening!
February 18, 2022
Today was a "stream of unconsciousness" podcast from CC and me. Most of it is "Romance is What You Make of It," and "The Elements of Romance in Writing." Also: -Podcasting Equipment -Galentine's & Valentine's Day -Hallmark Holidays & Greeting Cards -SB LVI -Masks Spoilers: Romancing the Stone and Pride and Prejudice CC's Instagram is @authorcassidycarson You can hear this and other podcasts at our wonderous website at TIA! LYL!
February 13, 2022
Trigger Words
We talk about the challenges and dangers of using “power words” and “trigger words” in this week’s writer’s podcast. Our definitions: “Power Words” can be used to develop an emotional connection between the reader and writer, where “Trigger Words” exist to illicit an emotional response, often a knee-jerk negative emotional response. Candidly, we struggle to draw the line between the two. We talk about both in general communication, and we use the vaccination argument as an example. For writing, we use the romantic genre in how power words can shape a writer’s manuscript. Trigger warning (ironically): we use personal examples from our upbringing and, yes, we get wound up. Spoilers: “Arrow” and “A Very Brady Sequel.” There is also singing (sorry). Have a listen and let us know what you think. TIA! LYL! (Also: “Impactful” is not a real word.”)
February 06, 2022
Banning Books
The one where we chat about banning books in school districts: the reasons, the possible motivations, and the downstream dangers. We start with Art Spiegelman's Maus and other classics in American literature including To Kill A Mockingbird, Lolita, and 1984. We have passionate opinions and that energy comes through. Links to this and our other podcasts can be found on our website at  Let us know what you think. TIA! LYL!
January 30, 2022
Play Ball!
The one where we discuss baseball writing, and how the enclosed universe of the game lends itself to writing. We start with the golden age of baseball and end in the modern era. We use these writers and their works: Jim Bouton W. P. Kinsella Ron Luciano Ernest Thayer Spoilers: Field of Dreams You can learn more about us at Have a listen and let us know what you think. LYL! TIA!
January 23, 2022
Elmore Leonard's Rules
The one where CC and I chat about Elmore Leonard's "10 Rules for Good Writing:" 1. Never open a book with weather. 2. Avoid prologues. 3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue. 4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said"…he admonished gravely. 5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. 6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose." 7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. 8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters. 9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things. 10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. My most important rule is one that sums up the 10: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. (src: Also: Food ingredients Continuous Glucose Monitor "The Old Man and the Sea" George R.R. Martin and Stephen King Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings You can find all of our good stuff at Here you go! Let us know what you think. TIA! LYL!
January 16, 2022
Creativity and Writer's Block
The one where we talk about the ebbs and flow of creative energy with ideas on working through writer's block. Also: -Coffee -Diabetes -CGM -Cyclothymia -Wheel of Time dresses -Texas Turtle! Links to this and other podcasts can be found at LYL TIA!
January 09, 2022
Writers and Routines
The one where we talk about the positives and negatives of having routines and habits. We focus on writers and writing, and we start small by explaining our Sunday patterns, and we go big with the national economy and labor workforce.  No spoilers. Check us out on TIA! LYL!
January 02, 2022
New Year's Eve 2021
The one where we wrap up our year in Podcasting by discussing our most listened to podcasts, plus: -Betty White, of course -Pandemic & Diabetes (fun stuff!) -WIPs and writing -Tool Time! -40 years ago today -A great burrito Podcasts discussed: Our first podcast Writers and Reality The Flawed Protagonist In Media Res Have a listen and let us know what you think through LYL! TIA!  
January 01, 2022
The Christmas Episode
The one where we discuss the most important parts of Christmas while adding three movies to our holiday list. We absolutely eviscerate "Love Actually." (spoilers, duh) Please check us out at  Merry Christmas, everyone!
December 25, 2021
The Christmas Movie Episode
The one where we talk about our Top Ten Christmas movies and shows and: (Spoilers Galore!) December Holidays Science Fiction Star Trek Friends My WIP & Amazon Vella Free Books! Is our Top Ten is full of crap? Have a listen and let us know! TIA! LYL!
December 19, 2021
Underneath Big and Harry Potter
#writers #podcast The one where we critique the intentional & unintentional undertones of these entertainment classics. (SPOILERS!) Big (@TomHanks) Harry Potter (@jk_rowling) Hunger Games (@HungerGames) Let us know what you think! TIA! LYL!
December 11, 2021
Laundry List
The one where we unloaded a laundry list!  -Our Podcast with a Professional Editor -Thanksgiving -The Crocker Museum and the Museum of Science and Curiosity -Monet and Rodin -Eppie's, Carol's, and Taqueria Ay Jalisco -Cochlear Implant -Invading Personal Space -Booster shots -WIP, Fan Fiction, and Serialized Writing -Sir Patrick Stewart -Upcoming December Holidays And Charley! Check out our podcasts at Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
December 05, 2021
A Real Editor
#writers #podcast The one where we welcome a retired production editor for one of *the* big-time publishing houses. She talks about her editorial experiences and gives advice to all writers. Really good stuff! No spoilers. Check us out on and let us know what you think! TIA! LYL! 
November 28, 2021
Thanksgiving Day Memories
The one where CC and I talk about our favorite and sad Thanksgiving Day childhood memories. Possibly a downer for most folks, but there's could be fodder here for some writers. No spoilers. You can find more podcasts on our website at Enjoy!
November 26, 2021
Stephen King Films and Creative Control
We chat about @stephenking movies and the complex problem of creative control. Also said: -Dan Brown, JK Rowling, and Alan Moore -Kubrick & Nicholson -Stand by Me, Shawshank, Carrie -What is a movie? -Orson Wells -Furbabies -Thanksgiving Major spoilers for Kubrick's "The Shining." Check us out at and let us know what you think. TIA! LYL!
November 21, 2021
Stephen King Books
The one where we talk about Stephen King's books at length. We discuss our favorites and how Mr. King influences us as writers. Major King book spoilers.  Feedback appreciated at TIA! LYL!
November 14, 2021
We should have skipped the podcast this week. Why? We were all over the place: -Nanowrimo -The Shining -Surgery -Time Change -Veterans Day -"Read" & "Write" -Indiana Jones Yeah, it was that kind of podcast. If you're brave, have a listen and let us know what you think at TIA! LYL!
November 06, 2021
Happy Nevada Day!
On the real NV Day, we blabbed about: - Our 6:30 #writers project - Lots about @Nanowrimo - Halloween & #NevadaDay in #carsoncity #nevada - My #cochlearimplant Surgery  All this and more! Feedback always welcome on our website at Enjoy!
October 31, 2021
The one where we talk how random acts of kindness can change lives, and kindness can make your characters richer and three-dimensional. We pull out a couple of examples from our own lives. No spoilers. Have a listen and let us know what you think Take care of you. LYL!
October 23, 2021
Context & Perspective
We chatted about maintaining perspective & providing context in our #writing and real life. We also talked about the value of taking risks in writing. And we did some serious couples counseling. Spoilers: Muppets Haunted Mansion. As always, we'd love to hear from you! TY! LYL!
October 17, 2021
The one where we discuss Success's more common sibling: Disappointment. We offer our experiences and some ideas that may help #writers manage their response to rejection. No spoilers. Please let us know what you think at our website: Thank you! LYL!
October 10, 2021
Comfort Zones and Singing
The one where we sing and laugh and drink coffee, and we do an actual podcast! We chat about our comfort zones before before, during, and after the pandemic. We also talk about our current works in progress. We hope we put a smile on your face. Leave feedback at and thank you! LYL! ("Happy Birthday" is in the public domain.)
October 03, 2021
Little Women
The one where CC explains how Little Women by Louisa May Alcott helped shape her as a person and writer. JT gives his impression of the book through viewing the 1994 version of the book. We thoroughly spoil the novel from cover to cover, but considering it was released in 1868, we're okay with that. We hope you enjoy our thirtieth episode. Let us know what you think at Thank you!
September 26, 2021
A Writer's Journey
The one where we talk "A Hero's journey" as outlined by Joseph Campbell, but has been used in literature for hundreds of years. A lot of serious spoilers in this podcast: Star Wars, Treasure Island, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Spaceballs, King Arthur, Hunger Games, The 300, Harry Potter, Flash Gordon. And the one I couldn't remember: Divergent. As always, we'd love to hear from you. TIA! LYL!
September 19, 2021
A Writer's Trauma
The one where we remember. We all carry trauma in some way, whether it's 9-11, the sudden death of a loved one, or growing up in a difficult home. We talk what writers should consider when using traumatic event in their books, or even if writers should use those event. Triggers: 9-11 Pearl Harbor Death Love COVID Trauma Please be thoughtful before listening. Thank you and LYL.
September 11, 2021
14,339 Days of Marriage
The one where we go way off script and talk about the successes and challenges of our 39-year marriage.  Triggers: Toothpaste Caps Domestic Abuse Death Money Children We'd love to hear your feedback at TY! LYL!
September 06, 2021
Writer's Magic
The one where we talk about using my "Four S's" tools to fill and enhance a book: Sounds, Sights, Smell, Sex.  Writers will hears the pros and cons of each. Mentioned: The Grapes of Wrath, The Old Man and The Sea, Cannery Row, Emperor's New Groove, Dune, Moonlighting  All this and more on  Let us know what you think! Thank you! LYL!
September 05, 2021
Mind the Gap
We recorded this episode on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Fort Bragg, California. So what did we talk about? Perhaps the most iconic, romantic form of transportation: the train! Send feedback to and take care of yourself! LYL!
August 29, 2021
A Writer's Ear
The one where we talk about JT's cochlear implant and how deafness affected his writing. We discuss how CC was JT's beard during his deaf years, and we talk about the deaf culture. We update our respective WIP's (spoiler: they're crap) and give the weekly smoke report. Send feedback to us via TIA and LYL!
August 22, 2021
A Writer's Voice
The one where we discuss writer engagement in social media debates. Does the writer have the responsibility and duty to engage. CC and I are at opposite ends of this discussion, and we explain why we do and do not get involved in social media conversations. Related: what are the risks and benefits? Shorter: any podcast that mentions Shrek is a good podcast. Let us know what you think at Thank you and love you all!
August 15, 2021
Totally Unprepared
The one where we were totally unprepared to do a podcast and it showed. Discussed: Our current #WIP after two weeks of writing thirty minutes every day. Memorable concerts: @duranduran @shaunpcassidy @hudsonbros @JanetJackson and her family @onedirection And we talked about the challenges of balancing how we enjoy an artist's work versus their politics. We'll talk about that more next week. One correction: I said "Alan Dean Moore" when I meant "Alan Moore."  Have a listen and send feedback via Thank you much. Love you all!
August 08, 2021
Writer's Tears
The one where two diehard fans discuss their love for the Chicago Cubs. We also talk about our current works in progress, and we take the famous quiz from "Inside the Actors Studio." No spoilers. Listen up, and send your feedback via Thank you! Love you all!
August 01, 2021
Proust Speed Round
Episode 20 already!  The one where we take the Proust Questionnaire found on the Vanity Fair website. If you're nosy and want to learn more about us, this podcast is for you! As always, we crave your feedback at
July 25, 2021
Speaking Steinbeck
The one where we record near the shores of Monterey Bay, invoking John Steinbeck and the history of Cannery Row. We spend some time discussing how writers can use words to illustrate scenes and characters to their full richness. No real spoilers. Send us feedback at Thank you!
July 24, 2021
Writer's Myths
The one where we talk about the legends and misconceptions of being a writer, especially an independent writer. CC and I picked three specific myths that we felt affected us as writers. No real spoilers, though we chat about one of my favorite TV shows: "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." As always, send feedback through our website at Take care!
July 18, 2021
In Media Res
The one where we talk about jumping in media res ("in the middle") of the action in your favorite books and movies. Prime examples discussed include Georgette Heyer's Friday's Child, Dumas' The Three Musketeers, and basically every James Bond movie. No real spoilers in this one. Feedback welcome at Enjoy!
July 11, 2021
We're Only Human
The one where we talk about the three real-life philosophies we apply to our writing. CC: Love Conquers All, Nobody's Perfect, We're Only Human. JT: Perception Forms Reality, Be Honest, Be Kind. No spoilers this week.
July 04, 2021
Podcast: Jacobellis v. Ohio
The one where we discussed hardcore sex in writing and popular media. Like so many people, we struggled between "porn for porn's sake" and "porn for art's sake." Jacobellis v. Ohio comes up. And, hey, FREE BOOK! Midnight Cowboy, Clockwork Orange, Pretty Woman, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Doom Patrol, American Gigolo, Jacobellis v. Ohio.
June 27, 2021
From Rhett to Ahnold
The one where we venture into the middle ground of sexual relations in writing (PG, PG-13, R), and how writers can express tension and climax. Spoilers: True Lies, Aliens, Gone with the Wind, Moonlighting, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, 10 Things I think About You
June 20, 2021
The Elephant in the Room
The one where we delve into sex in the G-rated literature and media environment. We discuss the history of sex in books, the use innuendoes, cultural shifts, growing up on Harlequin romances, and gender roles. Triggers: Sex, Domestic Violence No spoilers
June 13, 2021
All You Need Is Love
The one where we talk about the most dangerous thing: True Love. We discuss the many challenges and rewards of bringing personal romantic experiences to our novels and other works. We quote Thomas Mann and we sing for a few seconds (sorry about that). Triggers: Relationship Violence, Death, Divorce, Love Spoiler: Lucifer (Netflix), Empire Strikes Back, Ghost
June 06, 2021
Thy Dying of the Light
The one where we get personal about Death, along with the challenges of presenting this great equalizer in fiction. This episode is our most intimate podcast to date. Triggers: Death. Spoilers: Harry Potter, Twilight, Supernatural, Avengers, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula.
May 30, 2021
The Seinfeld Episode
The one where we don't talk about much at all, other than old casinos, being kind, and developing characters through watching people. No spoilers in this one, folks.
May 23, 2021
The one where CC and I talk about our personal writing inspirations as we grew up and matured into professional writers. We go from childhood to the Air Force to our college professors. Lots of stories and lots of fun for the two of us. Our tenth episode already! 
May 16, 2021
Erin go Bragh!
The one where we talk about Ireland's literary and historical heritage. CC goes in depth on how Frank McCourt's life and his most famous book, "Angela's Ashes," parallels her own mother's upbringing, and how they influence CC's life and writing.
May 09, 2021
Fantastic Formula Fiction
The one where we talk about gaining possible writing success by traveling the tried and true path of formula fiction. Special shout-out to Ronald B. Tobias, writer of "20 Master Plots," for guiding our discussion. *this week's spoilers* When Harry Met Sally. Star Wars, and Harry Potter
May 01, 2021
The one where CC and I visit beautiful Lake Tahoe, and talk about our separate and mutual connections to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We even talk about Mark Twain and Mario Puzo.
April 27, 2021
Darth, Batman, Superman and...Tucci?
The world literally moved while we were discussing my favorite book and its flawed protagonist, Tucci. A 4.0 earthquake couldn't stop this podcast!
April 25, 2021
Sunshine of the Matrix
The one where CC and I discuss Reality and writing about Reality through "The Matrix" and "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." 
April 18, 2021
For The Birds
We chat about the local wildlife, fur-babies, bedtimes, and we salute two icons from the 1970s Soft Rock Era.
April 16, 2021
Tower of Doom!
The one where we chat about... - Writing spaces.  - Public service.  - NV Outdoors.  - 50% Vaccinated. And we shout out to coffee, Carson City Parks and Rec, and the University of Nevada Cross Country Track Team!
April 04, 2021
The Road To Lovelock
CC and JT chat about our new website and the lessons learned, photography and artistic expression, our trip to Lovelock, and our thoughts and impressions about Nevada overall. 
March 28, 2021
Welcome to the CC and JT Amateur Hour
The one where we introduce ourselves, talk about inspirations, and blather about plans.
March 21, 2021