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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 graphic novelist) 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 78: Writing Alternate History (4) - "Beyond the Grey Skies" with Endlessmidnightmoon
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/ro7SyNQQNvE READ "BEYOND THE GREY SKIES" ON TAPAS: https://tapas.io/series/beyond-the-grey-skies/info  ENDLESSMIDNIGHTMOON's WEBSITE: https://www.endlessperiodicals.com/  ENDLESSMIDNIGHTMOON on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/endlessmidnightmoon In this episode, me and @endlessmidnightmoon will be talking about the writing style of her @tapas_app novel, “Beyond the Grey Skies”!   Specifically, we’ll be going through these questions:   1. What writing styles has influenced you in writing Beyond The Grey Skies?   2. How did you use it to write alternate history?   3. What other genres beyond alternative history are in the novel? How do they interact with alternative history?   4. What is the plot structure of the story?
40:43
July 18, 2021
EP 77: "The House on Caple Hill" by Wren (2) - The Stuff Souls Are Made Of
On YouTube: https://youtu.be/eXsWwk7BO4I Wren's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wrenby_m In this episode, I interview @wrenby_m on Instagram about their upcoming graphic novel, "The House on Caple Hill," which can be described as a fantasy or magic realism work about a young woman finding herself and finding bits of her soul. In this episode, we talk about the 9 parts of the soul according to Egyptian mythology and how these parts will be explored in "The House on Caple Hill."   Art on the thumbnail shows Anubis.
52:53
June 27, 2021
EP 76: Writing Alternate History (3) - "Beyond the Grey Skies" with Endlessmidnightmoon
ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/R_2IbLwdxBo READ "BEYOND THE GREY SKIES" ON TAPAS: https://tapas.io/series/beyond-the-grey-skies/info  ENDLESSMIDNIGHTMOON's WEBSITE: https://www.endlessperiodicals.com/  ENDLESSMIDNIGHTMOON on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/endlessmidnightmoon  This podcast episode on @nutsboltswriting.podcast, me and @endlessmidnightmoon (from Instagram) are going to be talking about her @tapas_app novel, “Beyond the Grey Skies,” which is an #alternativehistory novel that takes place primarily in an alternate Southern Europe.   We talk about the main characters of "Beyond the Grey Skies," the De Moreni siblings - Annibale, Aurelia, and Amaranta.
47:29
June 20, 2021
EP 75: A Night at the Theatre - Malka and Tamara Audio RP
An audio roleplay featuring @tete.depunk's Tamara and my character, Malka. Malka and Tamara befriend each other and talk about their friendships and relationships with others on the Lower East Side, including Andrei, Sam, and Joel. Artwork of Joel is by Fortunus Games and artwork of Tamara is by Tete.Depunk (colouring by Fortunus Games). Read Joel's character profile: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/joel-farber Malka's character profile: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/malka-spitzer
59:56
June 14, 2021
EP 74.5: A Tete-a-Tete in the Park - A Tamara and Joel Audio RP
An audio roleplay featuring @tete.depunk's Tamara and my character, Joel.   This is an alternative retelling of Joel's first meeting with Tamara, EP. 69 of this podcast, which you can listen to here: https://youtu.be/Q3VagIo7Z1U Artwork of Joel is by Fortunus Games and artwork of Tamara is by Tete.Depunk (colouring by Fortunus Games).   Read Joel's character profile: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/joel-farber   Malka's character profile: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/malka-spitzer
36:45
June 7, 2021
EP 74: "The House on Caple Hill" by Wren (1)
In this episode, me and Tete interview @wrenby_m on Instagram about their upcoming graphic novel, "The House on Caple Hill," which can be described as a fantasy or magic realism work about a young woman finding herself and finding bits of her soul.   Art on the thumbnail is by @wrenby_m.   Wren's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wrenby_m  We ask the following and more:  Could you summarize what your graphic novel is about?  What’s your inspiration for the work?  When did you start having ideas for it and how has it changed over the years?  What art style will you use and how does it reflect the characters, themes, etc.? What is the genre of your work? Where can we expect to read it in the near future?
35:38
June 6, 2021
EP 73: Writing Alternate History (2) - "Beyond the Grey Skies" with Endlessmidnightmoon
READ "BEYOND THE GREY SKIES" ON TAPAS: https://tapas.io/series/beyond-the-grey-skies/info ENDLESSMIDNIGHTMOON's WEBSITE: https://www.endlessperiodicals.com/  ENDLESSMIDNIGHTMOON on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/endlessmidnightmoon  This podcast episode on @nutsboltswriting.podcast, me and @endlessmidnightmoon (from Instagram) are going to be talking about her @tapas_app novel, “Beyond the Grey Skies,” which is an #alternativehistory novel that takes place primarily in an alternate Southern Europe.  We explore the following questions:   How big is the scope of the world? What other countries are there?  Why is there quite a lot of focus on capitalism?  How far would you say that the current world is industrialized in parallel to our world?  How is the trade and relations within the entire continent like?
39:51
May 31, 2021
EP 72: “The Book of Joel” Illustrations in The Holy Art’s Reflections virtual gallery
ON YOUTUBE (video included, with visuals): https://youtu.be/AGlTb0aYJHU Me and @tete.depunk (from Instagram) talk about three of my art pieces of Joel being featured in The Holy Art's virtual exhibit, Reflections.     Read more about my art being in The Holy Art (with links to the gallery): https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/exhibition-reflections-room-iii-the-holy-art    Read "The Book of Joel" on Tapas: https://www.fortunusgames.com/current-projects
48:06
May 30, 2021
EP 71: Cradle of Filth (2) with Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writingPODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games  Read Helevorn's "Tales From the North" on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Tales-from-the-North1/info  Follow Helevorn on Instagram: @helevorn_bor  Follow me on Instagram: @fortunusgames  My Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/fortunusgames  Artwork in the thumbnail is from the Cradle of Filth.   In this episode, we are going to analyse 3 Cradle of Filth songs: "The Byronic Man”, from the 2006 album Thornography; “Forgive me Father” from the 2011 album Evermore Darkly; and “The Death of Love”, from the 2008 album Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder (a concept album centered on the life and crimes of Gilles de Rais and his love for Joan of Arc).   We cover the following and more:   1. Last time we discussed several themes characteristic of Cradle of Filth’s lyrics. Which of these themes are encountered in these particular 3 songs?  2. You mentioned before the female characters of COF. Do the last 2 songs also portray different types of femininity?
59:44
May 24, 2021
EP 70: Book Reviews (5) - "The Counterlife" by Philip Roth
In this episode, Tete and Fortunus talk about "The Counterlife" by Philip Roth, one of Fortunus' favorite novels that Tete also read a few years ago.  We talk about how our views of this metafictional novel have changed since we first read it back in 2016 and how it explores the following themes: The nature of writing as a writer Using writing as a way of conducting thought experiments Siblings whose lives branch off and contrast one another Characters as amalgamations of ourselves and people in real life
27:39
May 17, 2021
EP 69: A Tree Called Tamara - A Tamara and Joel Audio RP
An audio roleplay featuring @tete.depunk's Tamara and my character, Joel.  This takes place after Tete's Andrei and Joel argue about why Joel is not approaching his potential love interest, Malka, and prefers sulking and hoping his feelings for her will pass, because he thinks there is no point in having a relationship. Andrei decides to introduce Joel to Tamara, a woman whom he hopes will change the stubborn young man's mind.  Artwork of Joel is by Fortunus Games and artwork of Tamara is by Tete.Depunk (colouring by Fortunus Games). Read Joel's character profile: Joel Farber - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com) Malka's character profile: Malka Spitzer - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
53:17
May 10, 2021
EP 68.5: Mother's Day 2021 Special - Tamara Tells Sam and Raisa's Fortunes
Happy Mother's Day! This is an audio roleplay featuring @tete.depunk's Tamara and my characters from my Tapas, Webtoon, and TheNinth.art graphic novel, "Sam in New York," Sam and his mother, Raisa. Get ready to learn more about Tamara in the upcoming weeks. Learn more about her in Episode 68 of this podcast, which is also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ltwkpMagKCw Artwork of Sam and Raisa is by Fortunus Games and artwork of Tamara is by Tete.Depunk (colouring by Fortunus Games). Read Sam's character profile: Samuel Abramov - Character File (fortunusgames.com) Raisa's character profile: Raisa Abramova - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
13:26
May 9, 2021
EP 68: Returning to a Genre/Story (3) - Tamara from Andrei's Story
Tete talks about Tamara, a new character who will have a large impact on Andrei in her story, "70 Fierce Years". She replaces Dasha as Andrei's wife.  We talk about how Tamara is somewhat inspired by an older character of hers, Natalia, and how Natalia has "grown up" since becoming Tamara. Artwork by Andrei is by Tete.Depunk. Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Her DA: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk 
01:17:22
May 3, 2021
EP 67.5: What Comes First Will Follow (7) - At the Hospital, Part 2
Artwork here is by Fortunus Games and the audio was edited with Anchor.fm, where we also got the music transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Andrei Novokshonov, and my character Ardalion Mayakov! This is an alternative universe (AU) role play where Ardalion and Andrei are in 1930s Russia. Ardalion is a character from my graphic novel, "Sam in New York." His canonical setting is 1920s Lower East Side, New York City. Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novel "Sam in New York": Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Ardalion here: Ardalion Ivanovich Mayakov - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
09:51
May 2, 2021
EP 67: Returning to a Genre/Story (2) - Andrei Novokshonov
In this episode, Tete and I discuss her return to Andrei Novokshonov's story. We talk about the changes she's made to his story since 2020 and why she's made these changes. The most major change we discuss here is the addition of new characters such as Tamara and Elena, and the deletion of older characters like Dasha.    Artwork by Andrei is by me, Fortunus Games.  Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters!   Her DA: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk
37:19
April 26, 2021
EP 66.5: What Comes First Will Follow (6) - At the Hospital, Part 1
Artwork here is by Fortunus Games and the audio was edited with Anchor.fm, where we also got the music transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Andrei Novokshonov, and my character Ardalion Mayakov! This is an alternative universe (AU) role play where Ardalion and Andrei are in 1930s Russia. Ardalion is a character from my graphic novel, "Sam in New York." His canonical setting is 1920s Lower East Side, New York City. Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novel "Sam in New York": Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Ardalion here: Ardalion Ivanovich Mayakov - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
06:13
April 25, 2021
EP 66: Andrei and Joel Roleplay between Tete and Fortunus - A Lucky Strike
Artwork featuring Joel is by Fortunus Games and this episode was edited on Anchor.fm, where we also got our transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Andrei Novokshonov, and Joel Farber! Joel is the main character of the upcoming graphic novel by Fortunus Games, "The Book of Joel," and is also a side character in the graphic novel, "Sam in New York." Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novels (preview, in the case of Joel's story) are here: Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Joel here: Joel Farber - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
46:06
April 19, 2021
EP 65.5: What Comes First Will Follow (5) - Interviewed by a Professor
Artwork here is by Fortunus Games and the audio was edited with Anchor.fm, where we also got the music transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Lera (Valeriy) Zimin, and Katya Luneva! This is an alternative universe (AU) role play where Katya and Andrei are in 1930s Russia. Katya is a character from my graphic novel, "Sam in New York." Her canonical setting is 1920s Lower East Side, New York City. Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novel "Sam in New York": Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Katya here: Katya Luneva - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
08:56
April 18, 2021
EP 65: Developing "The Book of Joel" (2) - Joel and Malka's Relationship
READ THE PROLOGUE/TEASER OF "THE BOOK OF JOEL" HERE: https://tapas.io/series/The-Book-of-Joel/info  For more information on the series, check out my site: https://www.fortunusgames.com.  Check out Malka's character profile: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/malka-spitzer  Check out Joel's character profile: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/joel-farber  Follow Tete on Instagram: @tete.depunk  Follow her on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk  PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/  Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games
51:17
April 12, 2021
EP 64.5: What Comes First Will Follow (4) - At the Train Station
Artwork here is by Fortunus Games and the audio was edited with Anchor.fm, where we also got the music transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Andrei Novokshonov, and Katya Luneva! This is an alternative universe (AU) role play where Katya and Andrei are in 1930s Russia. Katya is a character from my graphic novel, "Sam in New York." Her canonical setting is 1920s Lower East Side, New York City. Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novel "Sam in New York": Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Katya here: Katya Luneva - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
10:60
April 11, 2021
EP 64: Writing Alternative History (1) - "Beyond the Grey Skies" with Endlessmidnightmoon
READ "BEYOND THE GREY SKIES" ON TAPAS: https://tapas.io/series/beyond-the-grey-skies/info  ENDLESSMIDNIGHTMOON on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/endlessmidnightmoon  This podcast episode on @nutsboltswriting.podcast, me and @endlessmidnightmoon (from Instagram) are going to be talking about her @tapas_app novel, “Beyond the Grey Skies,” which is an #alternativehistory novel that takes place primarily in an alternate Southern Europe.   We explore the following questions:   Why did @endlessmidnightmoon choose to write this story?  What was the most difficult part of the story?  What do you seek to explore through alternative history?  How do you research for alternate history?
27:04
April 5, 2021
EP 63.5: What Comes First Will Follow (3) - On the Train, Part 2
Artwork here is by Fortunus Games and the audio was edited with Anchor.fm, where we also got the music transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Andrei Novokshonov, and Katya Luneva! This is an alternative universe (AU) role play where Katya and Andrei are in 1930s Russia. Katya is a character from my graphic novel, "Sam in New York." Her canonical setting is 1920s Lower East Side, New York City. Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novel "Sam in New York": Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Katya here: Katya Luneva - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
11:00
April 4, 2021
EP 63.75 - Fortunus Games' First-Ever Exhibition - THE HOLY ART - NOSTALGIA
WATCH THIS ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/rgIH5JyRLK4 Thank you, THE HOLY ART, for this amazing opportunity!  From April 4 to 12, you guys can see the exhibit in which I was featured here: https://www.theholyart.com/nostalgia-room-3  I was very pleasantly shocked I had a corner to myself :) Thanks so much for supporting me all these years, Tete and Helevorn!  Tete's Instagram: @tete.depunk Helevorn's Instagram: @helevorn_bor
34:22
April 4, 2021
EP 63: Malka and Andrei Roleplay Between Tete and Fortunus - A Chance Conversation
Malka is on the left and Andrei is on the right! Artwork is by Fortunus Games and this episode was edited on Anchor.fm, where we also got our transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Andrei Novokshonov, and Malka Spitzer! Malka is a main character of the upcoming graphic novel by Fortunus Games, "The Book of Joel," and is also a side character in the graphic novel, "Sam in New York." Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novels (preview, in the case of Malka's story) are here: Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Malka here: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/malka-spitzer 
32:31
March 29, 2021
EP 62.5: What Comes First Will Follow (2) - On the Train, Part 1
Artwork here is by Fortunus Games and the audio was edited with Anchor.fm, where we also got the music transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Andrei Novokshonov, and Katya Luneva! This is an alternative universe (AU) role play where Katya and Andrei are in 1930s Russia. Katya is a character from my graphic novel, "Sam in New York." Her canonical setting is 1920s Lower East Side, New York City. Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novel "Sam in New York": Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Katya here: Katya Luneva - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
10:48
March 28, 2021
EP 62 : Writing Flawed Characters (7) - The Dean (Ben Cox)
Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games  Today, Fortunus and Helevorn talk about Fortunus' character from "Sam in New York," Benjamin Cox, the moralistic and arrogant Dean of the Faculty of Law of Ambrose College, Sam's university. He has come a long way since the last we talked about him back in 2020 - particularly since that Fortunus is now writing a novelette (around 7000-10,000 words) about the Dean, focusing on his abusive childhood, religious beliefs and incongruencies, and his sexuality.    Artwork of the Dean is done by Fortunus. Read more about him on Fortunus' website: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/benjamin-cox  Read "Sam in New York" on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info    Read all of Fortunus Games' projects: https://www.fortunusgames.com/current-projects  PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/
50:25
March 22, 2021
EP 61.5: What Comes First Will Follow (1) - A Stroke of Good Fortune
Artwork here is by Fortunus Games and the audio was edited with Anchor.fm, where we also got the music transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Andrei Novokshonov, and Katya Luneva! This is an alternative universe (AU) role play where Katya and Andrei are in 1930s Russia. Katya is a character from my graphic novel, "Sam in New York." Her canonical setting is 1920s Lower East Side, New York City. Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novel "Sam in New York": Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Katya here: Katya Luneva - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
09:41
March 21, 2021
EP 61: Cradle of Filth (1) with Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/  Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games  Read Helevorn's "Tales From the North" on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Tales-from-the-North1/info  Follow Helevorn on Instagram: @helevorn_bor  Follow me on Instagram: @fortunusgames  My Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/fortunusgames  Artwork in the thumbnail is from the Cradle of Filth.   We cover the following and more:   1 .When did you discover Cradle of Filth, and extreme metal in general, and how did it fit into your musical and literary preferences at the time?  2. (After hearing the song fragment) What did you think about it?  3. How did it change your perspective on music and literature, and your worldview in general?  4. Transgression and “shock value” play a great part in extreme metal. How does CoF fit into that?  5. Enumerate some prevalent themes and subjects in Cradle of Filth.  6. What are the themes of CoF that influenced you the most?
45:59
March 15, 2021
EP 60: Developing "The Book of Joel" (1) - Joel's Childhood and Family Life
READ THE PROLOGUE/TEASER OF "THE BOOK OF JOEL" HERE: https://tapas.io/series/The-Book-of-Joel/info  For more information on the series, check out my site: https://www.fortunusgames.com and check out Joel's character profile: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/joel-farber  Follow Tete on Instagram: @tete.depunk  Follow her on DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk  PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/  Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games
53:41
March 14, 2021
EP 59.5: Andrei and Joel Roleplay between Tete and Fortunus - Love Problems
Joel is on the left and Andrei is on the right! Artwork is by Fortunus Games and this episode was edited on Anchor.fm, where we also got our transitions and sound effects from. This episode features Tete and Fortunus' live role play featuring Tete's character, Andrei Novokshonov, and Joel Farber! Joel is the main character of the upcoming graphic novel by Fortunus Games, "The Book of Joel," and is also a side character in the graphic novel, "Sam in New York." Follow Tete on deviantArt and Instagram for more stuff about her characters! Links to read the graphic novels (preview, in the case of Joel's story) are here: Read Our Works | Fortunus Games Read more about Joel here: Joel Farber - Character Profile (fortunusgames.com)
45:39
March 14, 2021
EP 59: Writing Flawed Characters (6) - Helevorn's Asvald
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Read Endlessmidnightmoon's "Beyond the Grey Skies" on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/beyond-the-grey-skies/info Her website: https://www.endlessperiodicals.com/beyond-the-grey-skies/dramatis-personae Read Helevorn's "Tales From the North" on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Tales-from-the-North1/info Follow Helevorn on Instagram: @helevorn_bor Follow me on Instagram: @fortunusgames My Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/fortunusgames Artwork in the thumbnail is by Helevorn. We cover the following and more:  ASVALD 1. Asvald is also a character in Sons of Disobedience. How does he appear there? 2. How does he interact with other characters (Rannveig, Aidan, Yngvar, Hakon, Helgi and Lars)? 3. Would you call Asvald psychopathic? 4. Your said you have a quite a few characters who would be seen as having personality disorders in our time. Why is that? And how are you representing this issue?
22:47
February 9, 2021
EP 58: Writing Short Stories (9) - Helevorn's "The Slave and the Trolls"
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Read Helevorn's "Tales From the North" on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Tales-from-the-North1/info Follow Helevorn on Instagram: @helevorn_bor Follow me on Instagram: @fortunusgames Artwork in the thumbnail was done by Helevorn.  We cover the following and more:  THE SLAVE AND THE TROLLS 1. What can you tell us about the style of this story? 2. What are the trolls in medieval Scandinavia? 3. So, by comparison, how are they represented in your story? 4. Apart from medieval literature, what inspired you in the way you created the trolls? 5. Asvald is also a character in your novel Sons of Disobedience. Is this incident with the slave and the trolls referred to there? 6. What was the most difficult thing to write in this story?  7. How did you solve this problem?
23:46
February 8, 2021
EP 57: Preview of Crossover Valentines Comic with Helevorn!
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Follow Helevorn on Instagram: @helevorn_bor Follow me on Instagram: @fortunusgames My Redbubble shop: https://www.redbubble.com/people/FortunusGames/shop?asc=u In the upcoming Valentines' comic, Helevorn and I will be releasing a crossover collaboration comic taking place in Ardalion’s seedy bookstore! Get ready to meet Ardalion, the Mephistophelian, lascivious, trouble-making owner of "Ardalion Books and Gifts," a seedy anarchist bookstore that Sam, Frankie, and Joel frequent as teens and young adults. There, they will meet Eyolf from Helevorn's Tapas novel, "Lucky Wolf," who will be there to introduce his newest book - about love, of course. Frankie will also meet a charming girl, Rannveig, who seems to be interested in him... This will be released on Feb 14, 2021!
35:38
February 1, 2021
EP 56: Writing Short Stories (8) - "Farewell, My Father's Son"
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Follow Helevorn on Instagram: @helevorn_bor Follow me on Instagram: @fortunusgames My Redbubble shop: https://www.redbubble.com/people/FortunusGames/shop?asc=u In this podcast episode, we will talk about my short story, “Farewell, My Father’s Son,” which will be part of the "Sam in New York" anthology which will be released on March 6, 2021. Subscribe to it here: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York-The-Anthology/info This short story covers an alternative timeline in Sam’s life where Sam’s life takes a turn for the worse. He becomes an actor but is not successful, and starts developing a complex about being a bad son to his parents. This is a very #psychological story, and at turns, will be quite dark. This short story was written for Owl Canyon Press' Hackathon contest in 2020, so the first and 20th paragraphs were not written by me, but were provided by Owl Canyon Press. Check out their website here: https://www.owlcanyonpress.com/ We cover the following questions and more: 1. What is the "Sam in New York" anthology? How did it come to be? 2. What is the premise of "Farewell, My Father's Son"? What is the AU it takes place in? It seems similar to Finding Sam (my short story Webtoon from summer 2020) in some ways (in terms of setting and what kind of situation Sam finds himself in).  3. How will the art be like for this illustrated short story? Will there be a difference from the art in your graphic novels, like "Sam in New York"? 4. What does this story explore about Sam? Is Sam less confident than he normally is due to the "bad" things he encounters in this timeline? Is he someone whose confidence level changes depending on what he experiences?  5. What new characters (if any) will we be introduced to in this short story?
25:42
January 26, 2021
EP 55: Writing Historical Characters (1) - Father Elisar
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Follow Helevorn on Instagram: @helevorn_bor Helevorn on deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/helevornart My Redbubble shop: https://www.redbubble.com/people/FortunusGames/shop?asc=u In this episode, me and Helevorn talk about her character, Elisar, who is a priest from 18th century Romania. He is one of the main characters in her upcoming Tapas novel, "Outlaws."  The art of Elisar in the thumbnail is done by Helevorn! We cover the following and more: 1. Can you summarize for us who Elisar is, and what role he will play in Outlaws? 2. Can you share with us some of the influences on Elisar's story (music, art, myths, etc.)?  3. What has inspired you to enter him into OC-training on deviantArt? What is OC-training? 4. Will you be exploring Elisar's relationships with others? For example, Amza and Murgu, amongst others. 5. Elisar is the character in “Outlaws” with the most pronounced character arc. How would you describe the way his character changes throughout the story? 6. What brings about these changes? 7. What role does religion play in Elisar's personality and beliefs? 8. Can you tell us more about how Elisar sees love and romance in his life? 9. How is the OC-training going so far? What other aspects of his life and personality are you planning to refer to in the training? 10. How do you think OC-training will help you to flesh out Elisar more?
48:05
January 25, 2021
EP 54: Writing Fantasy Characters (1) - Gerda of Liekki
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Follow Tete on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk/ DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk Art in the thumbnail is by Tete.Depunk and can be seen in full here on deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk/art/Guess-Who-OC-Training-Round-13-Gerda-of-Liekki-867139940 In this podcast episode, we talk about Gerda of Liekki, who is from Tete.Depunk's series in development, "Gerda and the Frost Lord'!  We cover the following and more: 1. It's been a while since we last talked about Gerda. What has made you want to re-enroll her in OC-training again? How much has she changed since we last saw her in 2018? 2. Can you share with us some of the influences on Gerda's story (music, art, myths, etc.)? What has inspired you to make the changes we've seen since 2018? 3. Will you be exploring more of Gerda and Kai's relationship this time around? Last time, you focused more on her origin story and the time she spent in the human village as a midwife.  4. Can you tell us more about how Gerda ended up in Kai's world? Will this be covered in more detail in OC-training? 5. How do you think OC-training will help you to flesh out Gerda even more? 6. Which OC-training task do you think will be the easiest? The hardest?
40:50
January 18, 2021
EP 53: Book Reviews (3): E.M. Forster's "Maurice"
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games The characters we mention here are from the following works:  -Ardalion, Sam, and Frankie are from "Sam in New York" by Fortunus Games -Yngvar, Aidan, and Eyolf are from "Lucky Wolf" by Helevorn Read Fortunus Games' "Sam in New York" graphic novel here:  https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Also on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 READ Helevorn's Lucky Wolf here on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info 1. What can you tell us about the plot of this book? 2. How does it differ in style from The Picture of Dorian Gray that we discussed last time? 3. The characters.  4. Important moments. Quotes. 5. Themes: love, social norms and morality, Hellenism and homosexuality, social class 6.  How has the book influenced your characters, style and plots? 7. Maurice was written in 1913 was only published in 1971, right after Forster’s death. How does he explain his decision to not publish it during his life? 8. It is quite an underappreciated book, not the one that Forster is most acclaimed for, even now when the subject matter isn’t as controversial. How has the book been received by critics? 9. This is a book that feels very contemporary in the straightforward and honest narrative style and in the happy ending for Maurice’s love life. In what aspects do you think the book differs from popular representations of homosexuality in fiction nowadays? 9.5. How did the author's personal life influence this book? 10. How much is Forster’s sexuality (held a secret from the public) embedded in his writings? 11. From his biographies, what do you think is Forster’s personal attitude towards romantic relationships and sexuality and how does it compare to that of the 3 main characters of Maurice?
01:28:57
January 12, 2021
EP 52: Book Reviews (2): Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint"
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Read Fortunus Games' "Sam in New York" graphic novel here:  https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Also on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 Questions for PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT: Intro: Today, we're talking about Portnoy's Complaint, which was first published in 1969 and is written by the award-winning American author, Philip Roth. It was very controversial in its time and got banned from a number of countries for its candid and vulgar treatment of sexuality.  1. Let's start with the plot - is there a plot? Or is it just a collection of thoughts?  2. Why was the book so controversial? What did Roth seek to accomplish when writing this book? What was he trying to address in society about sexuality? This was written in the 60s, during the Sexual Revolution in the US. 3. What is the role of vulgarity in this work? What does it say about Portnoy as a character? Roth as an author? Attitudes towards women and vulgarity - what is the relationship here? Why was this book accused of being misogynistic? 4. What are the similarities between Portnoy's Complaint and the Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray? Both works feature sexual libertines as protagonists and also attack traditional sexual morality. What are the differences? (talk about tone, perspective, etc.) Talk about Dorian Grey vs. Portnoy - both are libertines, but are so different in some ways.  5. Other themes in Portnoy's - Jewish-American identity (esp in light of Israel, assimilation, esp Portnoy's obsession with "conquering America through fucking"), parent-child relationship (Portnoy seeks to liberate himself from his strict parents' expectations through his libertine lifestyle and vulgarity, since he was always pressured to be a model citizen and perfect son) 6. Influence on Fortunus' Works - Ardalion and Portnoy's similarities, esp their attitudes towards sex and traditional morality, cynicism, and flow of consciousness technique, brutally honest tone - also, Sam's relationship with his parents has some degree of similarity, although they are nowhere as controlling as Portnoy's, and Sam's reaction towards his parents' strictness is different.
01:24:21
January 11, 2021
EP 51: Nuts and Bolts of Writing: Book Reviews (1): Wilde's "The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray"
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games The characters we mention here are from the following works:  Ardalion is from "Sam in New York" by Fortunus Games Yngvar, Aidan, and Eyolf are from "Lucky Wolf" by Helevorn Read Fortunus Games' "Sam in New York" graphic novel here:  https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Also on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 READ Helevorn's Lucky Wolf here on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info Questions for THE UNCENSORED PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY:  1. Intro: Today we’re talking about The Picture of Dorian Gray, the uncensored version published in 2012 for the first time, more than 120 years after Oscar Wilde submitted his controversial novel for publication. The book was considered so outrageous that it was used as evidence in the trial against Oscar Wilde, for which he was sentenced to prison for homosexuality, which was a crime at the time. 2. Let’s start with a short summary of the plot. 3. In order to understand why the book was so controversial, we need first to talk about the context in which it was written back, about the Victorian society of 1890, its morality and laws, which are notoriously strict in certain respects. What can you tell us about Victorian morality? 4. What about laws? How was homosexuality viewed at the time? 5. Let’s talk now about the life of Oscar Wilde (emphasis on his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, which was disastrous for him.) 6. What was the public’s reaction towards the book? Why was it so controversial? 7. What is the difference between the censored and the uncensored versions of The Picture of Dorian Gray?
01:06:21
January 5, 2021
EP 50: Writing about Sexuality (2) - About "Sam in New York" Characters
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Read Fortunus Games' "Sam in New York" graphic novel here:  https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Also on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 Art in thumbnail featuring Sam blushing is by Fortunus Games. We cover the following and more:  1. What are Sam's views on sex? How do they compare with Frankie's views? Joel's? Ardalion's? His parents'? 2. Sam likes to sound "bigger" than he really is, no pun intended. Does this obsession with projecting a confident attitude apply to his sexual life as well? 3. Sam and Eyolf have a lot of similarities - both are "showmen" who can sell anything and are very flashy and confident (at least on the surface). How do their views on sex differ?
01:07:58
January 4, 2021
EP 49: 2020 Wrapup (2) - Fortunus and Tete.Depunk
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Read Fortunus Games' "Sam in New York" graphic novel here:  https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Also on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 Buy Tete's "70 Fierce Years" here on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GZWJR89/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=70+fierce+years&qid=1605999879&sr=8-1 1) Our achievements this year -  Tete: Andrei's story for the Amazon contest ("70 Fierce Years", which is on Amazon Kindle, and you can get it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GZWJR89/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=70+fierce+years&qid=1605999879&sr=8-1) and Senka's story Fortunus: as mentioned in the wrapup episode (EP 48) with Helevorn, "Finding Sam" and "Sam in New York" 2) Crossovers! Sam in NYC/Gerda and Kai crossover, in particular, the new pairing of Senka and Joel 3) Podcast goals - more literary discussions, including Claudia discussing Latino literature, and we can talk more about the books that have inspired us - for example, the Cossack books Tete's read for Andrei's story, and the inspirations for Kai and Gerda  4) Other projects, such as Tete's cards, paper crafting, and Medieval Calligraphy, and also Gleb and how he was reinvented this year 5) What we plan for next year - "Book of Joel" and "Sam's Guide to Cold-Calling" for Fortunus, and for Tete, OC-training and more stuff about Gerda and Kai, and all of the others
51:25
January 1, 2021
EP 48: 2020 Wrapup (1) - Fortunus and Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Read Fortunus Games' "Sam in New York" graphic novel here:  https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Also on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 Read Helevorn's "Lucky Wolf" here: https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info Read Helevorn's "Tales of the North" here: https://tapas.io/series/Tales-from-the-North1/info In this episode, Helevorn and Fortunus talk about the goals they've achieved this year on Tapas with their novels and comics and as well as on this podcast. The following will be discussed: 1) Talk about what we've achieved this year - Helevorn (Lucky Wolf, started Tales of the North, which revisited old stories) Me (Finding Sam in the summer and Sam in NYC starting in late August - which was a huge step forward since I'd never made a series for real before and I had thought making comics was too time consuming) 2) Talk about how Tapas has really helped us to expand our audience - and for me, help create a schedule which has really helped me to get the motivation I need to work on Sam in NYC. Before, I just uploaded whenever I liked, so I had no schedule, hence, I had no motivation to really work on my series. 3) Talk about what we've achieved this year with the podcast - started in August, and the themes we've covered - writing/brainstorming about our main series, various characters, themes (sexuality, romance, introvertedness, etc.) and writing short stories - what themes will we cover next year? Will potentially make short courses - will they be on Patreon? Skillshare? Some free ones on YouTube/Anchor? 4) Talk about what we want to achieve next year with our work - Helevorn - Outlaws, "Trolls" story that is starting next week for Tales of the North, and Valdis' story as well as any others you may want to revisit (Merwyn's story/novella).  For my work - continue with Sam in NYC, and the Ink goals I've just uncovered - Book of Joel and Sam's Guide to Cold-Calling as well as the artbook featuring essays about the themes and setting of Sam in NYC 5) Talk about what we want to achieve with our podcast next year - more interviews with creators, more themes (talking about books we've read and their influence on us, character comparisons, etc.) and maybe more audiobook previews?
01:13:36
December 29, 2020
EP 47: Holiday Special 2020: Nostalgia Rewind - 20+ Years of Anime/Manga Memories
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games in this episode, to close off the year of 2020, me and Tete have decided to talk about anime and manga - we talk about our childhood favorites from the 2000s and 2010s, including but not limited to: -InuYasha -Naruto -Bleach -DragonBall Z -Digimon -Revolutionary Girl Utena -Sailor Moon and many more... Thanks for your support this year! We could've never come this far without you guys supporting our podcast :D
53:50
December 28, 2020
EP 46.5 - EXTRA - Holiday Special 2020 - Fortunus Reads Out Tete.Depunk's Short Story about Senka (1.5 min preview)
Fortunus Games reads out "What Hangs in Between," a short story Tete wrote about the first time Senka met Kai. The artwork of Senka in the thumbnail is done by Fortunus Games. Set to free music from Anchor.fm. 
01:32
December 26, 2020
EP 46: Nuts and Bolts of Writing: Holiday Crossover Episode (2) - "Sam in NYC" + Helevorn's World
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games READ Helevorn's Lucky Wolf here on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info Read Fortunus Games' "Sam in New York" graphic novel here:  https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Also on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 Thumbnail features the Sims 4 versions of (left to right) Sam, medieval AU Ardalion, and Helevorn's Yngvar. In this second holiday special, get ready to learn about: Midwinter celebrations in medieval Scandinavia (Jol) Parties, alcohol, oaths, horses&boars  and the alternative universe (AU) versions of the "Sam in NYC" characters in Helevorn's medieval Scandinavian setting:  ARDALION - merchant from Kievan Rus’. Yngvar met him when he was 20 and they had an affair. He comes to trade in Nordland. SAM - a lawyer; he is always at the marketplace telling people his stories. JOEL - a monk from Aidan’s monastery, also a slave; he ran away from abusive parents and decided to enter the monastery since no other place took him in. the Dean like him a lot because Joel sucks up to him and takes a special interest in apologetics FRANKIE - Sicilian merchant, trading wine THE DEAN -  is an Anglo-Saxon priest. Aedgar’s and Aidan’s former teacher.  Eyolf would try to help him to make him feel less frustrated and try to heal his impotence TOM - Tom and his family would be part Greenlandic Inuit instead of Aleut, whale hunters, a Russian trader in his genealogy
01:14:60
December 22, 2020
EP 45: Nuts and Bolts of Writing: Holiday Crossover Episode (1) - "Sam in NYC" + Tete's Characters
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Read Fortunus Games' "Sam in New York" graphic novel here:  https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Also on Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948 In this holiday special, get ready to learn about: 1) @tete.depunk’s Kai and Gerda celebrating #Yuletide in their universe, with magic! Small cameo of the fantasy AU version of Sam and his friends and family. 2) How my “Sam in New York” characters will celebrate the holiday season, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Years. Cameos of @tete.depunk’s Andrei, Dasha, and other characters from Andrei’s story as well as the AU versions of Kai and Gerda and the others. 3) Finally, a short section about how @tete.depunk’s Andrei will celebrate Christmas and New Years in the USSR. The thumbnail features the Sims 4 version of Sam (left) dressed in a virgin killer sweater with Tete's Gerda next to him.
01:11:01
December 21, 2020
EP 44: Writing about Sexuality (1) - About Helevorn's Characters
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games READ Helevorn's Lucky Wolf here on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info In this episode, Helevorn and I talk about our approaches to writing about sexuality in our works.  In General: 1. What are some main points that a writer should keep in mind when creating a sex scene?  2. How can erotic scenes be used as a part of establishing a character? 3. How do you decide how explicit a scene is going to be? 4. How can you depict an unhealthy sexual relationship? 5. Erotic fiction About Helevorn's characters specifically: 1. How are Eyolf's attitudes towards sex like? Do his attitudes change depend on who he's attracted to at a particular moment? 2. What does the scene between Eyolf and Geirr tell us about Eyolf's views on sex? 3. How does the Midsummer scene between Eyolf and Yngvar contrast and compare with that of Eyolf and Geirr? How does Eyolf's attraction towards these two men differ?
01:12:50
December 15, 2020
EP 43: Writing Flawed Characters (5) - Recent Developments with Joel
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games In this episode, me and Tete talk about my character, Joel, from "Sam in New York." We talk about his desire for self-improvement, his various complexes, and what I want to explore in the future with him.  We also go off topic (as usual) and talk about our favorite childhood shounen manga and anime, such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, InuYasha, and others (and compare some of these characters to Joel and Sam). Thumbnail art of Joel is by me, Fortunus Games. You can read more about him here: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/joel-farber We also discuss the following:  1. What prompted you to revisit Joel and delve deep into his character and background? 2. How do his parents and family life influence Joel's personality, views and social life? Are these influences long-lasting? 3. How does Joel recognize his need for improvement? How does he go about achieving this goal? Does he attain this goal eventually after much trial and error?
01:21:34
December 14, 2020
EP 42: Writing Short Stories (7) - "Family Records" by Fortunus Games
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games In this episode, me and Helevorn talk about my short story, "Family Records," which will appear in the "Sam in New York" anthology you guys helped to unlock during Inksgiving! The anthology is slated to be released some time in 2021. This story is a flashforward to 1985 from the point of view of Sam’s daughter Hannah looking back at her father’s last few years. The thumbnail here was drawn by the awesome Akitku and features an older Sam looking back at an old photo of his favorite Yiddish actor, Boris Thomashefksy. Check out Akitku's Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/akitku/ Akitku is a friend of ours and she also has an amazing Tapas comic, "Brothers' Keepers," which is a medieval fantasy. Check it out here: https://tapas.io/series/Brothers-Keepers/info We cover the following themes in this episode: 1. Plot, style & themes. Which of the paths in the visual novel does this follow? 2. Hannah. Personality, interests, relationship with Sam. 3. Old Sam. How have his youth struggles resolved? What does he miss most from his past? What does he regret/ is most proud of? 4. The Lower East side over time. How are his children and grandchildren adapted to like in America vs. how Sam was? 5. Will you explore other outcomes from the visual novel?
46:16
December 8, 2020
EP 41: Writing Short Stories (6) - "The Călușari" by Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games In this episode, me and Helevorn talk about Helevorn's short story, "The Călușari," which is a historical fantasy short story set in medieval Romania. You can read it on her deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/helevornart/gallery/59192571/the-calusari-illustrated-story We cover the following topics: 1. A. What are the Călușari ?  B. Origins & Symbolism.  C. Costume & Roles 2. Plot, style & themes. 3. Characters: Codrin and Savina 4. Fantasy elements.  5. Historical fantasy. Fantasy inspired from folklore, magical realism
47:05
December 6, 2020
EP 40: Writing Short Stories (5) - "Stillness" by Fortunus Games
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games in this episode, Helevorn and Fortunus Games talk about Fortunus' as-of-yet unpublished short story, "Stillness," about the character of Tom and the difficulties he encounters when he moves to New York City from rural Alaska to go to law school. This story will be part of the "Sam in New York" anthology that will be released next year on Tapas! Thank you for all of your support this Inksgiving on Tapas - without your donations, the anthology would not have been unlocked (it was one of the ink goals - and we surpassed the goal of 10,000 by spades!). We cover the following: 1. Plot, style & themes 2. Tom’s family - Elements of Aleutian culture 3. Tom and New York. How does Tom accommodate in the big city and at a prestigious university? Is he what he has prepared for? 4. Tom and Sam - what kind of relationship do they have?
01:10:58
December 1, 2020
EP 39: Writing Short Stories (4) - "Midsummer" by Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games READ "Midsummer" by Helevorn here on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Midsummer2/info In this episode, Fortunus and Helevorn discuss Helevorn's short story, "Midsummer," which is about her characters Lars and Helgi, two teenaged boys from rural 10th century Norway. It is a slice of life story set in medieval Scandinavia. We discuss the following: 1. Plot, style & themes 2. Homosexuality in Norse times 3. Characters - How do Helgi and Lars fit with this Norse mentality regarding “manliness”? 4. How would their attitude and relationship differ from that of another homosexual couple, Yngvar and Eyolf? 5. In Sons of Disobedience we get to see a different side of Helgi and Lars, where they also appear as raiders. What does this side of them look like? What does it say about their mentalities and personalities?
01:15:41
November 30, 2020
EP 38: Writing Short Stories (3) - "The Shave" by Fortunus Games
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games In this episode, Helevorn and Fortunus talk about Fortunus' unpublished short story, "The Shave," which is a short story told from the point of view of Raisa Abramov, Sam’s mother.  The plot trigger, so to speak, is the fact that: “Levka (her husband Lev, a term of endearment) had decided to obscure his face with a beard of Biblical proportions”. The beard is the symbol that the story revolves around.  We get to hear Raisa’s voice, her views on America and their immigration and her perspective on the conflict/ divergence of opinion between Sam and Lev. We cover the following topics/questions (and more):  How do you recent writings different from your old ones (Basmachi and Blue Star)? How did this story came to be? What can you tell us about the structure? How does it differ from other recent  short-stories of yours? What are Raisa’s views on immigration? The story talks about the beginnings of her relationship with Lev. What did she like about Lev and what does she still like? How do young Lev and Sam compare? How has Lev changed, how did he get from being revolutionary to being someone who pushes on his son a generic middle-class life?  What’s Raisa’s position in Lev and Sam divergence of opinions? Ardalion makes an appearance. Can you tell us more about Ardalion and how he interacts with Raisa? How does Raisa’s voice compare to Sam’s?
53:19
November 24, 2020
EP 37: Writing Short Stories (2) - "Holmgang" by Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Today, Helevorn talks to Fortunus Games about her short story, "Holmgang," which is the first in her anthology of short stories set in medieval Norway, "Tales of the North."  "Tales of the North" can be read on Tapas: Tales from the North | Tapas Topics we cover include: How does the writing process differ when creating a short story vs. a longer piece? Plot and style - Inspiration from saga literature  Characters: In what way is Hakon the typical Viking/ Norse hero? How does Sif differ from my other female characters? Editing done between 2016 and today: How did the characters evolve? How did the writing evolved? What is the format? Why did you choose to turn this into an illustrated story?
50:22
November 23, 2020
EP 36: Writing Short Stories (1) - "Ode to Odessa" by Fortunus Games
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Today, Tete and Fortunus talk about Fortunus' unpublished short story, "Ode to Odessa," where Sam explores what his parents' lives may have been like back in Odessa, before they immigrated to the US. Tete and Fortunus talk about the following themes:  How Tete and Fortunus have chosen to write their short stories; What approaches differ between writing a longer work versus a short story (around 2000 words or so); How "Ode to Odessa" challenges certain tropes present in immigrant fiction and seeks to problematize the often xenophobic/Orientalist assumptions present in such narratives; How "Ode to Odessa" shows Sam's voice as an emerging writer; How "Ode to Odessa" explores Sam's complex feelings about his parents. On one hand, as we know, they have some conflicts due to Sam wanting to be an actor, while they want him to be a lawyer. Nevertheless, despite arguments arising from this, they are very close and love one another. Artwork in thumbnail is by Fortunus Games and features young Lev and Raisa (Sam's parents) in the Odessa Opera Theatre. 
58:14
November 17, 2020
EP 35: Writing Contemporary Fiction (1) with Wanda Walker
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Today, Wanda walker, Helevorn, and Fortunus talk about writing contemporary fiction while exploring Wanda's approach to writing her novel, "Reflections of the Desperate and Dumb"! You can read Wanda's book here on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Reflections-of-the-Desperate-and-Dumb/info Artwork in the thumbnail is by Wanda Walker.
01:38:20
November 15, 2020
EP 34: Returning to a Genre/Story (1) - Senka & Kai
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Fortunus and Tete talk about Tete returning to her old fantasy story, "Gerda and the Frost Lord." We explore why she has chosen to return to her story and how one of her characters, Senka, prompted her to return to writing this story. She is currently writing a short story about the first time Senka met Kai, which we will discuss more about in future sessions.  Apologies for the lags this episode. Zoom was not behaving well.
35:56
November 11, 2020
EP 33: Writing Flawed Characters (4) - Joel Farber
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Today, Fortunus and Tete talk about Fortunus' character from "Sam in New York," Joel Farber, Sam's friend from high school who is not, to put it mildly, the best kind of friend you'd hope for. We also segue into how Joel would interact with Tete's character, Sasha, and what his (largely unsuccessful) love life would be like. Artwork of Joel is done by Fortunus. Read more about him on Fortunus' website: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/joel-farber Read "Sam in New York" on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info  Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948
01:20:20
November 9, 2020
EP 32: Writing Flawed Characters (3) - Benjamin Cox
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Today, Fortunus and Helevorn talk about Fortunus' character from "Sam in New York," Benjamin Cox, the moralistic and arrogant Dean of the Faculty of Law of Ambrose College, Sam's university.  Artwork of the Dean is done by Fortunus. Read more about him on Fortunus' website: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/benjamin-cox Read "Sam in New York" on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info  Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948
01:22:11
November 3, 2020
EP 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Writing Historical Fiction (3) - "Outlaws" by Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! I, Fortunus, am dressed as a random steampunk character that I just created on the spot (out of items found in my closet) and Helevorn is dressed as a character from "Outlaws," Narcisa. The filter on my face is from Snap Camera, which can be connected to Zoom.  Today, Helevorn and Fortunus talk about Helevorn's upcoming short story, "Outlaws," which focuses on a particularly turbulent period in Romanian history. Narrated by four different characters (who hail from very different segments of society - a priest, two Roma siblings, and a boyar who becomes an outlaw), "Outlaws" deconstructs and challenges many tropes found in Romanian literature about these "outlaws" (who are often portrayed as Robin Hood types). The drawing in the thumbnail was done by Helevorn and shows Amza, who is the boyar outlaw in Helevorn's story. Find out more about him once the series is released in 2021!
01:18:16
October 31, 2020
EP 30: Writing Flawed Characters (2) - Ardalion Mayakov
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Today, Fortunus and Tete talk about Fortunus' character, Ardalion Mayakov, an arrogant provocateur of a military officer who describes himself as "belligerently antagonistic, too nihilistic, too exceedingly libidinous and vulgar." The Sims picture of Ardalion is created by Fortunus and you can see more of Fortunus' Sims on her Sims account: https://www.instagram.com/saminsims4/ Ardalion is from "What Comes First Will Follow," an upcoming crossover between Tete and Fortunus play/dialogue that will be released on Tapas and Webtoon. We compare Ardalion to Tete's characters from her novel, "70 Fierce Years", Evseii and Lukyan, who are arguably even more flawed (in different ways) than Ardalion is. 
01:22:36
October 26, 2020
EP 29: Writing Extroverted Characters (1) with Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Listen to our podcast on Anchor (links to Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc.): https://anchor.fm/fortunus-games Today, Fortunus and Helevorn discuss their extroverted characters from Helevorn's "Lucky Wolf" and Fortunus' "Sam in New York." Helevorn discusses Rannveig, Hakon, Halvard, and Eyolf, while Fortunus discusses Sam, Lina, Ardalion, Tom, the Dean and Harvey. Helevorn's characters are from "Lucky Wolf," which you can read on Tapas - https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info Aidan and Merwyn don't appear in "Lucky Wolf," but will appear in its sequel, "Sons of Disobedience."  Fortunus' characters are from her project, "Sam in New York," which is a graphic novel on Tapas and Webtoon. Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948
01:32:56
October 25, 2020
EP 28: Writing Flawed Characters (1) - Ardalion Mayakov
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/  Today, Fortunus and Tete talk about Fortunus' character, Ardalion Mayakov, an arrogant provocateur of a military officer who describes himself as "belligerently antagonistic, too nihilistic, too exceedingly libidinous and vulgar."   The Sims picture of Ardalion is created by Fortunus and you can see more of Fortunus' Sims on her Sims account: https://www.instagram.com/saminsims4/  Ardalion is from "What Comes First Will Follow," an upcoming crossover between Tete and Fortunus play/dialogue that will be released on Tapas and Webtoon.  We compare Ardalion to Tete's character, Andrei, who is also flawed, but in a different way.
01:03:41
October 19, 2020
EP 27: Disability Representation in "Chaotic Idiots" (1)
Today, we talk to Coffee and Comics about the importance of disability representation in their Webtoon, "Chaotic Idiots," which you can read here: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/chaotic-idiots-the-series/list?title_no=448795 Artwork on the thumbnail is by CoffeeandComics! Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chaoticidiotsoffical/ Here are some of the topics we covered (though we branch out to others as well): Can you tell us about the role disability plays in “Chaotic Idiots”? What kind of disabilities do you cover in your work? How do you feel your webtoon adds to how disabilities are usually portrayed in the media? What types of ableist tropes are you challenging in your work? What were some of the challenges you faced in creating your series? What was the easiest about creating your series? What role do different species like Fae, Vampires, humans, etc. play in your world? Your work arguably counts as low fantasy - meaning it takes place in a world very similar to our own but with some differences such as Dragons, Vampires, etc. What is the hardest part about writing low fantasy? The easiest? What type of advice would you have for people who want to write their own fantasy series - some of my friends, for example, have had difficulties with world building? Can you tell us more about the relationship between the Fae and humans in your work? I love the dynamic between Jacob and Leroy, especially how Jacob is so attuned to Leroy’s moods and always wants to make him happy. Can you tell us more about their friendship? What advice do you have for people who want to create their own Webtoon?
49:20
October 18, 2020
EP 26: Writing Fantasy (1) - Helevorn and Wanda Walker
Today, Helevorn interviews Wanda Walker!   Her Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rainbw_mansion  Her Tapas: https://tapas.io/pseudocide335   Wanda Walker is the author of several novels belonging to genres ranging from contemporary fiction  to low fantasy, focused on realistic portrayals of characters and social attitudes. She is also an illustrator, currently publishing a webcomic on Tapas called “Rainbow Mansion”, which you can read here: https://tapas.io/series/Rainbow-Mansion/info   Today, we’re discussing her approach to fantasy applied to her 3-volume novel “The Duke’s Prisoner”, written in 2012, which you can read here: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2995032/1/The-Duke-s-Prisoner   Artwork of Duke Kasha (in thumbnail) is by Wanda Walker herself!   Questions:  1. What is your approach to fantasy? Does it have any supernatural elements involved?  2. Why have you chosen this approach? What are the advantages? What about disadvantages?  3. Could you tell us more about “The Duke’s Prisoner”, in terms of premise and plot?  4. What are the main themes?  5. Duke Kasha of Jentirrya makes for a protagonist that is full of surprises and with an interesting character arc. Can you tell us more about him? What’s his backstory? What drives him?  6. I found Kasha’s relationship with his wife Opheali very interesting - can you tell us more about it?  7. How about the antagonist, Colonel Rodan, the prisoner that Kasha acquires in the beginning of the story?  8. What can you tell us about worldbuilding in your story? How did you elaborate it?   9. What elements of our real world did you want it to have and is anything fundamentally different from our world?  10. The book was finished in 2012. Would you change anything about it now?
56:09
October 12, 2020
EP 25: Writing Introverted Characters (2) with Helevorn and Tete
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Today, Helevorn, Tete and Fortunus build upon what was covered last week in EP 24 (watch here: https://youtu.be/M6GrLgO5-QI), where Helevorn and Fortunus discussed their introverted characters. Now, Tete joins us for an in-depth discussion about her introverted character, Gleb (from "The White Horse Rides a Black Horse") and how he compares to the other kinds of introverted characters we've talked about before. In particular, he is the most like Helevorn's Yngvar . He has less anxiety about romantic interactions, although he is just as cynical and misanthropic as Yngvar...listen to learn more! The image of Gleb in the thumbnail is Fortunus Games' interpretation of him (Tete approved!) in the Sims 4. See more of Fortunus Games' Sims portraits and videos on https://www.instagram.com/saminsims4!  Helevorn's characters are from "Lucky Wolf," which you can read on Tapas - https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info Aidan and Merwyn don't appear in "Lucky Wolf," but will appear in its sequel, "Sons of Disobedience."  Tete's character is from her as of yet unreleased novel, "The White Crow Rides a Black Horse." You can buy her book about Gleb's descendent, Andrei, "70 Fierce Years," here on Kindle: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08GZWJR89/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=70+fierce+years&qid=1598831307&sr=8-1 Fortunus' characters are from her project, "Sam in New York," which is a graphic novel on Tapas and Webtoon. Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948
01:28:15
October 11, 2020
EP 24: Writing Introverted Characters (1) with Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Today, Helevorn and Fortunus talk about how they've written their introverted characters. Helevorn talks about Yngvar, Aidan, Merwyn, and Lars, and Fortunus talks about Joel, Katya, and Frankie.  Helevorn's characters are from "Lucky Wolf," which you can read on Tapas - https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info Aidan and Merwyn don't appear in "Lucky Wolf," but will appear in its sequel, "Sons of Disobedience."  Fortunus' characters are from her project, "Sam in New York," which is a graphic novel on Tapas and Webtoon. Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948
01:17:38
October 5, 2020
EP 23: Writing Romantic Relationships (1) with Helevorn
PODCAST TWITTER: https://twitter.com/nuts_writing PODCAST INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nutsboltswriting.podcast/ Today, Helevorn and Fortunus talk about two of their couples and how they've portrayed their romantic relationship - Helevorn's Vili and Valdis (Yngvar's parents) and Fortunus' Lev and Raisa (Sam's parents).  The work that Helevorn is referring to here is "Lucky Wolf," which you can read on Tapas - https://tapas.io/series/Lucky-Wolf/info Fortunus, as usual, is talking about Sam in New York, which is a graphic novel on Tapas and Webtoon. Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/Sam-in-New-York/info Webtoon: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sam-in-new-york/list?title_no=501948
01:05:42
October 4, 2020
EP 22: 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.
01:05:46
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.
01:09:27
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.
47:47
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
46:55
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!
57:17
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. 
41:46
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.
01:00:34
September 13, 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 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.
43:28
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/
07:53
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.
44:43
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
01:09:31
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.
46:55
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.
11:09
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
01:03:03
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
56:25
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
01:06:54
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
32:06
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!
42:25
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.
01:08:36
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!
56:25
August 9, 2020