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The Nuts and Bolts of Writing

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing

By Fortunus Games
Fortunus Games (game dev, writer and webtoon developer) interviews a wide variety of writers who dabble in many genres, including but not limited to historical fiction, modernism, and fantasy. We talk about what we aim to achieve in our novels/comics/games and share our experiences regarding our writing journeys!
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EP 22: Nuts and Bolts of Writing: Developing Sam in New York (10) - Yiddish Theatre
Art_of_Yan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art_of_yan/ Fortunus Games' Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/fortunusgames PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Today, we talk about the Yiddish Theatre and the role it plays in Fortunus Games' graphic novel (on Webtoon, Tapas and Patreon), "Sam in New York." We go through a brief history of Yiddish Theatre - how it first developed in Europe and how it went to America, and how it influenced Hollywood, Broadway, and much more. Finally, we explore how Sam in "Sam in New York" is affected by the Yiddish Theatre and what draws him specifically to it.
1:05:46
September 29, 2020
EP 21: Nuts and Bolts of Writing: Writing Andrei's Story (8) - Different (Romantic) Dynamics
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Today, Tete and I discuss her character Andrei (from her Kindle novel, "70 Fierce Years") and his views on romance, both in canon with his wife Dasha and in the alternative timeline (the crossover series, "What Comes First Will Follow" that's coming soon to Tapas) with my character, Katya.
1:09:27
September 28, 2020
EP 20: Developing Sam in New York (9) - Who is Raisa Rifkina (Abramova)?
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ SAM IN NEW YORK ON WEBTOON: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 TAPAS: https://tapas.io/episode/1873517 In this episode, we learn more about Raisa Rifkina (later Abramova), Sam's mother. We learn about when and where she was born, the kind of life she led in Odessa, Ukraine, how she met her husband Lev, what kind of mother she is towards Sam, and how immigration changed her personality and her relationship with her husband. We also talk about what kind of role Raisa played in Sam's burgeoning interest in Yiddish theatre.
47:46
September 21, 2020
EP 19: What Comes First Will Follow - Intro (1)
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ In this episode, Tete and Fortunus Games talk about their upcoming project, "What Comes First Will Follow," which is a crossover work in the form of a play/dialogue they will eventually post on Tapas (later this year or early 2021).  "What Comes First Will Follow" takes place in an alternative reality where Andrei from Tete's novel, "70 Fierce Years" (now on Kindle!) lives on after his betrothed, Dasha, dies due to the Russian Civil War. He later meets Katya (from Fortunus' work, "Sam in New York", but a version of her who stayed in Russia and didn't immigrate to the US) and the two find themselves falling for each other as they struggle to survive in a rapidly changing society. Meanwhile, Evseii, the vengeful brother of a man Andrei thought he had long left behind for good in his past, starts making his presence known to Katya and Andrei... You can find out more about "70 Fierce Years" and Evseii's brother, Lukyan, in this previous episode: https://youtu.be/Nv4QSKAwyvA Find out more about Katya (from the "Sam in New York" continuity) here: https://youtu.be/M-B0tFHrx_M
46:54
September 20, 2020
EP 18: Developing Sam in New York (8) - Lev Abramov
SAM IN NEW YORK ON WEBTOON: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 TAPAS: https://tapas.io/episode/1873517 PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ In this episode, we learn more about Lev Abramov, Sam's strict and demanding "tiger father." We learn about what kind of community he grew up in and how and when he went to Odessa, and what pushed him to go to America. We also talk about the political movements he was involved in while in Odessa, and how they've shaped his strong sense of justice.  We also introduce a new project that we're working on, about Andrei and Katya, and discuss the return of older characters (by Fortunus) like Ardalion. Learn more about these characters in future episodes!
57:16
September 15, 2020
EP 17: Unpacking the Immigrant Experience with Claudia C.
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Today, we have a guest speaker on our show - Claudia C, who, like the host is an immigrant, and has faced similar issues as those unpacked and explored in my graphic novel and soon-to-be-visual novel, "Sam in New York."  Claudia immigrated from Honduras to the US in 1991. As a long-time fan of "Sam in New York," she identifies with many of the themes covered in the work. She shares with us many of the struggles she had to face in America - not only language struggles, but also having to get used to a different communication style and dealing with isolation, racism, xenophobia and other issues. She also talks about how she always felt pressured to assimilate in America and how the media is always pushing immigrants and minorities in general to "be white" and be ashamed of themselves. 
41:45
September 14, 2020
EP 16: Writing Andrei's Story (7) - Andrei Losing His Culture
In this episode, Tete.Depunk (https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk on Instagram and https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talks about her experiences writing her novel, "70 Fierce Years," a part of which has just been released as a Kindle E-Book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08GZWJR89/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=70+fierce+years&qid=1598831307&sr=8-1 Her novel is about Andrei, who hails from the early 20th century. In this episode, we talk about how the Soviet policies of De-Cossackification affected Andrei and his family and how Andrei was forced to hide his own culture from his children to protect them. How would this kind of forced cultural assimilation affect their family in the long run? SAM IN NEW YORK ON WEBTOON: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 TAPAS: https://tapas.io/episode/1873517 PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ We also compare and contrast Sam (from my work, "Sam in New York")'s experiences with assimilation in America with Andrei's experiences with assimilation in Russia.
1:00:33
September 13, 2020
EP 14: Developing Andrei's Story (6) - Writing Dysfunctional Characters!
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ In this episode, Tete.Depunk (https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk on Instagram and https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talks about her experiences writing her novel, "70 Fierce Years," a part of which has just been released on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08GZWJR89/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=70+fierce+years&qid=1598831307&sr=8-1 Her novel is about Andrei, who hails from the early 20th century.  We talk about Lukyan, Andrei's wife's father, who was abusive to Dasha and her mother. We talk in the later part of the video about how writers can approach controversial topics such as domestic abuse, violence against women, etc., particularly in historical fiction. Thumbnail features Fortunus Games' quick sketch of Lukyan.  Tete.Depunk's Main Sources Used: O'Rourke, Shane. The Cossacks. Manchester University Press, 2007. Sholokhov, Mikhail. And Quiet Flows the Don. Reissue, Vintage, 1989. Mawdsley, Evan. The Russian Civil War. Pegasus Books, 2009.
43:27
September 7, 2020
EP 15: Developing Sam in New York (7) - Tom Melbourne
SAM IN NEW YORK ON WEBTOON: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 TAPAS: https://tapas.io/episode/1873517 PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ This episode, we learn about one of Sam's love interests, Tom Melbourne, who is a small town boy from Alaska, captain of the football team at Ambrose Law School, and one of the first people to befriend Sam at law school!
31:12
September 7, 2020
EP 13.5: The Nuts and Bolts of Writing: Sam in New York has been RELEASED!
SAM IN NEW YORK ON WEBTOON: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948  TAPAS: https://tapas.io/episode/1873517   Twitter/Instagram: @fortunusgames   Podcast's Twitter: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing  Podcast's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/
07:52
September 1, 2020
EP 13: Developing Andrei's Story (5) with Tete.Depunk
In this episode, Tete.Depunk (https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk on Instagram and https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talks about her experiences writing about Andrei, who hails from the early 20th century.  We talk about Dasha, Andrei's wife, and the role that she plays in his life.  Thumbnail features Dasha as Tete and I created her in Sims 4. Tete.Depunk's Main Sources Used: O'Rourke, Shane. The Cossacks. Manchester University Press, 2007. Sholokhov, Mikhail. And Quiet Flows the Don. Reissue, Vintage, 1989. Mawdsley, Evan. The Russian Civil War. Pegasus Books, 2009.
44:42
August 30, 2020
EP 12: Writing Historical Fiction with Helevorn (2) - Sons of Disobedience
Today, we discuss Helevorn's experiences in writing her historical novel, "Sons of Disobedience," to which "Lucky Wolf" is a sequel. We talk about her experiences in wanting to rewrite parts of "Sons of Disobedience" and introduce the characters and themes of the novel.  READ "LUCKY WOLF" HERE: https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf Artwork in Thumbnail is by @helevorn_bor - her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helevorn_bor Her deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/helevornart
1:09:30
August 27, 2020
EP 11: Writing Andrei's Story (4) with Tete.Depunk
In this episode, Tete.Depunk (https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk on Instagram and https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talks about her experiences writing about Andrei, who hails from the early 20th century. We talk about the impact of De-Cossackification on Andrei and his Cossack culture and how he has to learn to deal with modernity as he lives through the 20th century and all its turbulent changes.  Artwork of Andrei on the thumbnail is done by Tete.Depunk! Tete.Depunk's Main Sources Used: O'Rourke, Shane. The Cossacks. Manchester University Press, 2007. Sholokhov, Mikhail. And Quiet Flows the Don. Reissue, Vintage, 1989. Mawdsley, Evan. The Russian Civil War. Pegasus Books, 2009.
46:54
August 25, 2020
EP 10: Sam in New York (5): WHO is FRANKIE AMATO? with Tete.Depunk
Featuring me and @tete.depunk (Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk and DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talking about my current multimedia (Webtoon and Visual Novel) project, "Sam in New York"! We talk about the character Frankie Amato, who is one of the pursuable love interests in "Sam in New York."  Artwork in thumbnail of Frankie from "Sam in New York" is by me! Find out more about "Sam in New York" on my Instagram @fortunusgames and on my website: https://www.fortunusgames.com Read "Finding Sam" in its entirety on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Finding-Sam Read "Finding Sam" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-h/list?title_no=435678 Read "Finding Sam: Epilogue" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-epilogue/list?title_no=491760
50:08
August 24, 2020
EP 9.5: WHO IS TOM MELBOURNE? Sims 4 Brainstorming Session
In this video, I create Tom Melbourne and his family from my Webtoon and Visual Novel project, "Sam in New York" in Sims 4.  Learn more about Sam in New York by subscribing to my YouTube channel, checking out my Instagram and Twitter @fortunusgames, and checking out my website: https://www.fortunusgames.com !  I stream my art and Sims 4 stuff on Twitch too: https://www.twitch.tv/fortunusgames  The protagonist, Sam, meets Tom at Ambrose Law School. Tom is a potential love interest for Sam and acts as his foil in many different ways: while Sam is talkative, over the top, obsessed with the theatre, and isn't sure what he really wants to do with his life despite being in law school, Tom is calm, collected, and focused on academics as well as athletics.   Tom and his brother Herman are of mixed Aleut, Russian, and English descent. His father, Fred, is 3/4 Aleut, and 1/4 Russian, while his mother, Charlotte, is of English descent. They are all Americans and hail from a small town in Alaska, Unalaska, the biggest city in the Aleutian Islands.    Hope you enjoy me sharing my ideas about Tom and his family in this video! Stay tuned for more Sims brainstorming sessions related to the "Sam in New York" project.
11:08
August 22, 2020
EP 9: STEREOTYPES and STRONG WOMEN: Writing Historical Fiction
Today, we’ll be having Tete.Depunk and Helevorn on this show!  They will be having a conversation about worldbuilding, whether that’s in historical fiction or in fantasy works. Tete and Helevorn will also be talking about how to avoid stereotypes in works, for example, how to avoid stereotypical portrayals of Vikings, Cossacks, and other “types,” since it can be easy to fall into literary shorthand when writing about these kinds of characters.    Tete.Depunk is the author of a fantasy work, “Gerda and the Frost Lord” as well as two historical works about Cossacks, “The White Crow Rides a Black Horse” (which is about Gleb, the 17-18th century Cossack) and “70 Fierce Years” (which is about Andrei, Gleb’s descendent from early 20th century Soviet Union).   Tete's Instagram: @tete.depunk  Her deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk   Helevorn is the author of a series of historical works set in the Viking Age, such as the short novel “Lucky Wolf”, her larger project, “Sons of Disobedience”, as well as a series of short stories, all linked together through common themes and characters. In recent times, Vikings have entered the mainstream in films or video games. In building the world of her stories, Helevorn has come across several stereotypes related to this topic, which she will talk about today.   Helevorn's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helevorn_bor  Her deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/helevornart   READ Helevorn's "LUCKY WOLF" novella HERE: https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf
1:03:02
August 21, 2020
EP 8: The "Melting Pot" and Katya in Sam in New York (4) with Tete.Depunk
Featuring me and @tete.depunk (Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk and DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talking about my current multimedia (Webtoon and Visual Novel) project, "Sam in New York"!   We talk about the concept of the Melting Pot in American society and the role of the Melting Pot in "Sam in New York." We also discuss the character of Katya Luneva in "Sam in New York." Katya is one of Sam's potential love interests and unlike Sam (who was born in America to immigrant parents), she is an immigrant herself. We learn more about her personality in this episode and about how and why she and Sam become interested in one another. Artwork in thumbnail of Katya from "Sam in New York" is by me!   Find out more about "Sam in New York" on my Instagram @fortunusgames and on my website: https://www.fortunusgames.com   Read "Finding Sam" in its entirety on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Finding-Sam  Read "Finding Sam" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-h/list?title_no=435678  Read "Finding Sam: Epilogue" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-epilogue/list?title_no=491760
56:24
August 17, 2020
EP 7: Writing Gleb and Andrei's Stories (3) with Tete.Depunk
In this episode, Tete.Depunk (https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk on Instagram and https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talks about her experiences re-creating an old character of hers - Gleb (formerly Andrei), who starts out as a serf in 18th century Imperial Russia and eventually finds his calling as a Cossack! She also talks about her experiences going back to Gleb's descendent Andrei's story, and how and why she has begun to move away from fantasy.    Artwork of Andrei on the thumbnail is done by Tete.Depunk!
55:38
August 16, 2020
EP 6: Secondary Characters in Sam in New York (3) with Helevorn
Featuring me and @helevorn_bor (Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helevorn_bor and DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/helevornart) talking about the role of secondary characters, especially and including Sam's parents, in my current multimedia (Webtoon and Visual Novel) project, "Sam in New York"!   Artwork in thumbnail of Sam's parents, Lev and Raisa, is by me, and will appear in the the "Sam in New York" webtoon coming out in late August and September!   Find out more about "Sam in New York" on my Instagram @fortunusgames and on my website: https://www.fortunusgames.com   Read "Finding Sam" in its entirety on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Finding-Sam  Read "Finding Sam" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-h/list?title_no=435678  Read "Finding Sam: Epilogue" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-epilogue/list?title_no=491760
1:06:54
August 15, 2020
EP 5: Sam in New York (2) with Tete.Depunk
Featuring me and @tete.depunk (Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk and DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talking about my current multimedia (Webtoon and Visual Novel) project, "Sam in New York"! Artwork in thumbnail of Sam is by me - this character sprite has appeared in some comics already and will be used in the visual novel.  We segue into how I've balanced historical elements and research with a character-driven narrative and how I did my historical research for my project (academic journals, oral histories found on YouTube and other sites, etc.). Find out more about "Sam in New York" on my Instagram @fortunusgames and on my website: https://www.fortunusgames.com Read "Finding Sam" in its entirety on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Finding-Sam Read "Finding Sam" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-h/list?title_no=435678 Read "Finding Sam: Epilogue" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-epilogue/list?title_no=491760
32:05
August 10, 2020
EP 4: Writing Gleb's Story (2) with Tete.Depunk
In this episode, Tete.Depunk (https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk on Instagram and https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talks about her experiences re-creating an old character of hers - Gleb (formerly Andrei), who starts out as a serf in 18th century Imperial Russia and eventually finds his calling as a Cossack! She talks about how she did the historical research for her story and shares the ideas she's developed for Petya (Gleb's half-brother) and Nikolai (Petya and Gleb's father). Artwork of Gleb on the thumbnail is done by Tete.Depunk!
42:24
August 9, 2020
EP 3: Writing Historical Fiction with Helevorn (1) - Lucky Wolf
READ "LUCKY WOLF" HERE: https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf Artwork in Thumbnail is by @helevorn_bor - her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helevorn_bor Her deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/helevornart Today, we discuss Helevorn's experiences in writing her historical novel, "Lucky Wolf." We talk about what first drew her to the historical genre, how to balance characters and setting, how to do research for historical novels, and how "Lucky Wolf" add to the genre of historical fiction.
1:08:36
August 9, 2020
EP 2: Sam in New York (1) with Tete.Depunk: Assimilation and Modernism
Featuring me and @tete.depunk (Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk and DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talking about my current project, "Sam in New York"!   Artwork in thumbnail of Sam is by me and is from "Finding Sam: Epilogue", which you can read here: https://tapas.io/series/Finding-Sam   We segue into how "Sam in New York" ties in with Philip Roth, modernism, being a Third Culture kid, and the role of "assimilation" in Anglophone countries like the USA, Australia, Canada, etc.   Find out more about "Sam in New York" on my Instagram @fortunusgames and on my website: https://www.fortunusgames.com   Read "Finding Sam" in its entirety on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Finding-Sam  Read "Finding Sam" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-h/list?title_no=435678  Read "Finding Sam: Epilogue" on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/finding-sam-epilogue/list?title_no=491760   Punch Deck's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PunchDeck
57:04
August 9, 2020
EP 1: Writing Gleb's Story (1) with Tete.Depunk
In this episode, Tete.Depunk (https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk on Instagram and https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk) talks about her experiences re-creating an old character of hers - Gleb (formerly Andrei), who starts out as a serf in 18th century Imperial Russia and eventually finds his calling as a Cossack!  We also talk about diversity, ethnic representation, and character/plot development!
56:24
August 9, 2020