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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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Tarot Analysis: Five of Cups | Minor Arcana | Disappointment and Pessimism
Read the full transcript here. This week's card from the Fortunus Games tarot deck is the Five of Cups featuring  Zhuel from Tete.Depunk’s fantasy novel, “Scale, Blood, and Bone,” which you can read on Tapas.  “Scale, Blood, and Bone” is an AU fantasy reinterpretation of some of the events of my graphic novel, “The Book of Joel.” The Five of Cups shows Zhuel looking down at three cups that have been knocked over. These cups symbolize his failures and disappointments. There are two upright cups behind him, however, that represent new opportunities. Unfortunately, Zhuel's not paying attention to them because he's so fixated on his failures and his own tortured mental landscape. In other words, this card is Zhuel in a nutshell. Joel, too, since Zhuel's basically an alternative version of Joel, who's the protagonist of my graphic novel on Tapas, "The Book of Joel." Both Zhuel and Joel are fixated on their internal feelings and subjectivity and have difficulty untangling their thoughts. This is one of the reasons why they overthink and stop themselves from bonding with others. Behind Zhuel are a river and a castle, symbolizing the security and peacefulness he could obtain if he left his pessimism behind. If only he crossed the river, he wouldn’t have to dwell on the disappointments in his life!
01:28
June 28, 2022
EP 156: 16Personalities Test: Andrei Novokshonov - Tete's Character
Watch on YouTube. @tete.depunk takes a personality quiz for her character, Andrei Novokshonov, the protagonist of "70 Fierce Years."   Read "70 Fierce Years" (the novel preview) here.
34:08
June 26, 2022
EP 155.5: Tarot Analysis: Four of Cups | Minor Arcana | Friendship and Support
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here. This week's card from the Fortunus Games tarot deck is the Four of Cups featuring  Benjamin Cox from my graphic novel, “Sam in New York”! I chose the Four of Cups to represent Ben because he is someone who struggles with facing reality. He has thrown himself deep into religion and academic study to escape the problems plaguing his life - his loveless marriage, lack of real friends, and his inability to heal from the scars of his abusive childhood. For all of his intelligence and wit (and maybe because of these traits), Ben is unable to escape the constraints that he has erected for himself.
01:33
June 21, 2022
EP 155: 16Personalities Test: Joel Farber!
Watch on YouTube. Joel from my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel," is an INTJ-T (turbulent)!!!!  Read more about this personality type here.  Read "The Book of Joel" here. Read Joel's character profile here.
16:17
June 19, 2022
EP 154.5: Tarot Analysis: Three of Cups | Minor Arcana | Friendship and Support
Watch on YouTube. Read full transcript here. This week's card from the Fortunus Games tarot deck is Three of Cups featuring  (from left to right) Joel Farber, Sam Abramov, and Frankie Amato from my graphic novels, “The Book of Joel” and “Sam in New York”! This card symbolizes the joy of social contact, so Joel, Sam, and Frankie were the perfect pick for this. It's a card of celebration, support, and friendship. Although these three are good friends in high school (Frankie and Sam more than Joel with Sam or Frankie), they do drift somewhat apart as they get older. Sam and Frankie remain close, but Joel drifts quite far from Frankie and Sam. That’s because he feels like he has little in common with them, which was always the case. Even during high school, Joel always felt he was the third wheel, with Sam and Frankie dominating most of the conversations. Sam and Frankie share a lot more in common - although Frankie is more serious and less extroverted than Sam, both young men are extroverted, somewhat mischievous, and like seeing people’s reactions. Frankie drifts away from this after high school, but these sides of him emerge when he talks to Sam. However, Joel never really had these personality traits. He mostly talked to the other two about debate club (since they all enjoyed pissing off certain people at debate club) and the things they didn’t like. As you know, Joel is someone who can spend a long time talking about things he doesn’t like, and that really intrigued Sam and Frankie. So, a bit more about the imagery of this card. The three young men are dancing in a circle and they’re raising their cups high in celebration. They’re looking at each other in appreciation and they’re bound by their friendship. There is a sense of them supporting each other and celebrating each person’s unique contributions to the group. And this is how Sam, Frankie, and Joel interacted in high school. And as we will see, they drift apart, as many young people do, after high school.
02:10
June 14, 2022
EP 154: Writing Prequels (2): Endlessmidnightmoon's "Ignite"
Watch on YouTube. Read "Ignite" here.  Today, me and @endlessmidnightmoon talk about her newest Tapas novel, "Ignite."  We explore the following questions:   1) What is the structure of Ignite? How does it compare to Beyond the Grey Skies?   2) Why did you choose to write Ignite backwards? How did you know the ending first? Did it just suddenly come to you?   3) How do you write Beyond the Grey Skies? Do you go with an outline or do you write it as you go?
15:60
June 12, 2022
EP 153.5: Tarot Analysis: Two of Cups | Minor Arcana | Confluence and Attraction
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here.  Check out all of my finished Fortunus Games tarot deck cards here. This week's card from the Fortunus Games tarot deck is Two of Cups featuring Malka Spitzer and Joel Farber from my graphic novel, “The Book of Joel”! The Two of Cups shows Malka and Joel exchanging cups and vowing to love each other.  Above them is the Caduceus of Hermes, a staff with two snakes around it that symbolizes exchange, trade, and commerce. The staff is topped by a lion's head, which represents the fiery sexual energy between Malka and Joel. In short, the card symbolizes attraction, confluence, harmony, unity, and mutual respect. This is the perfect card for Joel and Malka. Out of all of my couples, Joel and Malka understand each other the most. As my friend Tete describes it, their relationship is instinctual. They just understand each other so well. A lot can be said with the smallest of gestures.
01:02
June 07, 2022
EP 153: Writing Prequels (1): Endlessmidnightmoon's "Ignite"
Watch on YouTube. Read "Ignite" here.  Today, me and @endlessmidnightmoon talk about her newest Tapas novel, "Ignite."  We explore the following questions:   1) When did you get the idea for Ignite, your new series?   2) What time does it take place? Does it take place before or after Beyond the Grey Skies?   3) Who is Lorenzo, the main character of Ignite?   4) How is it like writing Lorenzo compared to the De Moreni siblings, who are the protagonists of Beyond the Grey Skies?   5) One thing that really stands out about Ignite is the theme of duty versus desire. How do Cosimo and Lorenzo navigate the tension between duty and desire?
17:41
June 05, 2022
EP 152.5: Tarot Analysis: Ace of Cups | Minor Arcana | New Beginnings and Inner Peace
Watch on YouTube. It's now time for the Minor Arcana of the Fortunus Games tarot deck! The first suit I'll do is the Suit of Cups, and the Suit of Cups starts with none other than the Ace of Cups! The Ace of Cups signifies new beginnings, inner peace, and hope, happiness, and empathy. In love and relationships, this card signifies the beginning of a new relationship, pregnancy, and fertility. Malka Spitzer from my graphic novel, “The Book of Joel,” was the perfect pick for this because she realizes in a pivotal scene that she loves Joel. She accepts this with grace, happiness, and hope. Contrast this with the cynical and doubtful Joel, who panics, feels uncomfortable, and denies his feelings when faced with the reality that he may be falling in love with Malka. It's not until the kiss on the rooftop (which we saw in Chapter 2) that both of them come to terms with their feelings for one another and realize the future they can build together.
01:06
June 01, 2022
EP 152: "THE BATMAN" Review: How Eyeshadow and Nirvana Made Me Love Batman - With Tete.Depunk
Watch on YouTube. Tete.Depunk reviews "The Batman" movie starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz.  I ask her the following questions to get her opinion:   1) What were your expectations for this movie? Did the movie meet them?   2) What was your favorite part of the movie?   3) Is Pattinson's Batman your favorite Batman? Which was your least favorite Batman?   4) How did you find Batman's relationship with Catwoman in this movie?   5) How does this Batman compare to The Dark Knight from 2008? And the Snyderverse portrayals of Batman?   6) What did you think of the villains in this film?   7) What did you think of the cinematography?   8) How was the score like?   9) What's your rating?
24:59
May 29, 2022
EP 151.5: Tarot Analysis: Judgment | Major Arcana | Success and Good Fortune
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here.  Hi everyone! This week, we’ll look at Judgment, the last card of the Major Arcana in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck.    Check out the Fortunus Games tarot deck here.  For "Judgment," I chose Ben and Doris Cox from my Tapas graphic novel series, Sam in New York, since Judgment features the Christian concept of Judgment Day.  However, there's a little twist - Ben and Doris belong to a sect of Christianity (non-denominational Protestant that's influenced by Pentecostalism and Charismatic Christianity) that believes that there will be a Rapture before Christ's Second Coming (which will then lead to Judgment Day).   So here, Ben and Doris are actually waiting for the Rapture. The Rapture is a theological position held by some Protestant Christians about an end-time event where believers will be taken into Heaven.  Meanwhile, the rest of the world will be plunged into a seven-year tribulation period, which is when the Antichrist comes to power.
02:37
May 25, 2022
EP 151: Getting Rid of Characters (2) - Gerda and Kai In Retrospect - With Tete.Depunk
Watch on YouTube. @tete.depunk and I talk about what she thinks of getting rid of two of her characters, Kai and Gerda.   We explore the following topics:   1) I know we've already trashed Kai, but it's time to trash Gerda too now. Why's that the case? Why have you decided to trash her now?   2) In retrospect, what was the most frustrating thing about working with Gerda and Kai?   3) Does this have to with how they are external characters? That is, their personalities and stories were determined by their reaction to external events, but they themselves had little to no distinguishing personality traits, other than tropes.   4) Which was more frustrating to work with, the medieval fantasy version or the magic realism version in 19th century?   5) Do you think Gerda and Kai were determined too much by their victim status as well? For instance, Gerda was defined by the fact she was a magic user who was discriminated against by non-magic people.    She also went through a bad marriage and had little going for her until she met the Frost Lord. Kai also had similar trappings, since he was a slave and he had lost his first wife.
01:02:11
May 22, 2022
EP 150.5: Tarot Analysis: The Sun | Major Arcana | Success and Good Fortune
Hi everyone! This week, we’ll look at the Sun in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. The Sun features Lina Williams from my graphic novel, Sam in New York. She's a good fit for this card since The Sun portends good fortune, happiness, success, and joy. And this is what she sets out to accomplish in Sam in New York as well as in Finding Sam. In all timelines, she wants to be a designer and create her own path, rather than "just" a rich girl looking for a good marriage match. She wants to define herself and not let her family, family status, and others around her define her. Guess who is behind her, playing the Sun...! It's Sam, of course. He plays a large role in her story (as does she in his), which we got a glimpse of in Finding Sam. The white horse is a sign of strength and purity. In most portrayals of this card, the rider of the horse is a young child, who represents innocence and the being connected with your inner spirit.
01:08
May 17, 2022
EP 150: Writing Short Stories (13): R.N. Roveleh's "The Insufferable Slave"
Listen on YouTube. Today, R.N. Roveleh (Instagram: @helevorn_bor) talk about her short story, "The Insufferable Slave." You can read it here.   We explore how she wrote this story and what it says about two of her characters in particular, Asvald and Aidan. Art in the thumbnail is by R.N. Roveleh.
12:20
May 15, 2022
EP 149.5: Tarot Analysis: The Moon | Major Arcana | Imagination and Self-Knowledge
Read the full transcript here. Watch on YouTube. Hi everyone! This week, we’ll look at the Moon in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. The Moon features Katya Luneva from my graphic novel, Sam in New York. This card represents imagination contrasted with day-to-day life. The dog and wolf represent the tame side of our nature versus the wilder and more instinctual aspects of our humanity. This card also represents intuition and the early stages of consciousness unfolding. The crayfish at the very bottom is actually us at the beginning of our journey. As we move on land and through the mountains and navigate both the tame and wild sides of our human nature, we learn more and more about ourselves and those around us. Katya is a good fit for this card because she is very imaginative, instinctual (@tete.depunk's Andrei can attest to that!), and curious about her surroundings. She spends much of her limited free time daydreaming about possibilities and is very much into mythology and fantasy. She is also one of the most sexually confident female characters, seeing sensuality as a way to express herself as well as to understand others.
01:32
May 11, 2022
EP 149: Writing Short Stories (12): R.N. Roveleh's "The Sellsword From Iceland"
Watch on YouTube. This week, R.N. Roveleh (Instagram: @helevorn_bor) and I talk about her newest short story, "The Sellsword from Iceland." You can read it here.  We explore the characters and themes of this short story, especially what it says about the main character, Yngvar, and how he sees the world. Art in the thumbnail is by R.N. Roveleh.
14:07
May 08, 2022
EP 148.5: Tarot Analysis: The Star | Major Arcana | Inner Strength and Emotional Intelligence
Watch this on YouTube. Read the transcript here. Hi everyone! This week, we’ll look at the Star in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. The Star features Raisa Abramova from my graphic novel, Sam in New York, who is the protagonist Sam’s mother. She's pouring water onto the land and into the pool. The container she's using to pour water onto the land indicates nourishment, which Raisa provides for her family through her emotional intelligence. On the other hand, the other container (that's pouring water into the pool) and her foot in the pool indicates that she has a lot of inner strength. In "Sam in New York," we see how her inner strength and emotional intelligence have supported she and her husband's business, Abramov Printing House, even in the toughest of times. The large star and the seven smaller stars (which represent the seven chakras) represent the will to live and the strength to carry on with her life.
00:59
May 03, 2022
EP 148: Sims 4 Roleplay: Sam Talks to Lex Luthor
Watch on YouTube with visuals. Watch all of me and Tete's DC crossover roleplays here. In this Sims 4 roleplay, me and @tete.depunk roleplay as Sam Abramov from my graphic novel, "Sam in New York" (me) and Lex Luthor from the Snyderverse DC movies (Tete).  Find out what these two are getting up to and what that machine in the thumbnail is for!
16:50
May 01, 2022
EP 147.5: Tarot Analysis: The Tower | Major Arcana | Changes and Realization
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here.  Learn more about the Fortunus Games Tarot Deck.  The Tower features Tom Melbourne from my graphic novel, Sam in New York, falling from a lighthouse. On one side of the card, we see New York City (where he's moved to pursue law school), and on the other side, we see where he grew up in rural Alaska.    In my graphic novel, "Sam in New York," Tom goes through many changes after moving to New York City, discovering more about himself, humanity, and some rather unpleasant truths about both as he goes through law school.  The lightning represents the sudden surge of energy that Tom gets as he has these revelations. The little pieces at the top are tongues of fire in the shape of the Hebrew letter yod, symbolizing the presence of the Divine even during these tough times.
01:14
April 27, 2022
EP 147: Sims 4 Roleplay: Joel Talks to Bruce (Again)
Watch this roleplay on YouTube with visuals! You'll be able to see the Sims moving and talking to each other as me and Tete roleplay. In this Sims 4 roleplay, me and @tete.depunk continue off from where we left off last time here.  Watch all of me and Tete's DC crossover roleplays here. Once again, I roleplay as Joel Farber from my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel" while Tete.Depunk roleplays as Bruce Wayne/Batman from DC Comics.
18:18
April 24, 2022
EP 146.5: Tarot Analysis: The Devil | Major Arcana | Sexuality, Seduction, and the Shadow Self
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here.  Learn more about the Fortunus Games Tarot Deck here. Hi everyone! This week, we’ll look at the Devil in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. Who else other than Ardalion Mayakov, the enigmatic and darkly seductive owner of the adult anarchist bookstore, "Ardalion Books and Gifts," would be the Devil? Ardalion is a character from my graphic novel, "Sam in New York." Like the Devil in the Major Arcana, Ardalion stands for sexuality and the shadow self. As we’ve seen in my short story, “Mephistopheles Tips His Hat,” (which was published in The Victoria Review 2019 Anthology), Ardalion is the ultimate Devil’s advocate. He likes to challenge people’s deep-seated views, especially if doing so makes them uncomfortable. He is obsessed with breaking down barriers (usually discretely) and he wants to challenge all norms, especially sexual ones. Like traditional portrays of the Devil in the Major Arcana, Ardalion is shown as Baphomet or the Horned Goat of Mendes, a creature that is half goat, half man. Although Baphomet originally symbolized the balance between opposites like male and female, human and animal, and good and evil, it’s recently been linked to the occult. As such, it’s become symbolic of all things “evil.”
02:04
April 19, 2022
EP 146: Sims 4 Roleplay: Malka Meets Lois Lane!
Watch this on YouTube! You'll be able to see our Sims move and interact with each other as we roleplay. Watch all of me and Tete's DC crossover roleplays here. In this Sims 4 roleplay, me and @tete.depunk roleplay as Malka Spitzer and Joel Farber from my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel" (me) and Golden Age Lois Lane from DC Comics (Tete).    Note that Tete has modified and added to Lois Lane's character because she's writing an improved version of the Red Son Superman movie.   Find out how they meet and what these three learn about each other!
39:40
April 17, 2022
EP 145.75: Tarot Analysis: Temperance | Major Arcana | Moderation, Purpose, and Balance
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here. This week, we’ll look at Temperance in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck.   This tarot card features Pinchas Farber from my Tapas graphic novel, “The Book of Joel.”  This card symbolizes balance, moderation, and purpose, which Pinchas believes himself to have (especially in contrast to his fiery wife, Rokhl/Rachel).    Growing up, Joel believes that Pinchas is a great representation of these qualities, but as he gets older, he starts seeing Pinchas as being too passive and depressed for his own good. He doesn't like how he often brushes aside things that make him uncomfortable and prefers status quo.    Perhaps this is why Joel takes it upon himself to become an outspoken debater in high school.  Pinchas is pouring water between two cups, symbolizing the alchemy and flow of life.    There’s also a hovering light above the mountains that symbolizes the importance of staying true to oneself throughout the journey of life.
00:60
April 13, 2022
EP 145.5: Warning: Dark Content for "70 Fierce Years" - with Tete.Depunk
Tete.Depunk's Tapas novel preview, "70 Fierce Years," will feature some very dark events soon. Prepare to see Andrei's ethnic identity wiped and a heart-wrenching betrayal...   You can read and sub to "70 Fierce Years" here.
06:18
April 12, 2022
EP 145: Sims 4 Roleplay: Malka Meets Batman/Bruce Wayne!
Watch the video on YouTube! You'll see the Sims moving as me and Tete roleplay the characters' dialogue. Watch all of me and Tete's DC crossover roleplays here. In this Sims 4 roleplay, me and @tete.depunk roleplay as Malka Spitzer and Joel Farber from my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel" (me) and Bruce Wayne/Batman from DC Comics (Tete).  Find out how they meet and what these three learn about each other!
37:13
April 10, 2022
EP 144.5: Tarot Analysis: Death | Major Arcana | Rebirth
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here. Hi everyone! This week, we’ll look at Death in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. I chose to represent Death as Zhuel from Tete’s fantasy series, “Scale, Blood, and Bone,” which you can read on Tapas. “Scale, Blood, and Bone” is an alternative universe (AU) fantasy reinterpretation of some of the events of my “The Book of Joel.” Zhuel is the AU version of my character Joel Farber from my graphic novel, “The Book of Joel.” Self-denying, authoritative, and solemn, Zhuel struggles with many of the same self-inflicted issues as Joel: self-hatred, overthinking, and nihilism.
01:18
April 05, 2022
EP 144: Sims 4 Roleplay: Joel Meets Lois Lane!
Watch this on YouTube! You'll see me playing the Sims while me and Tete do an audio roleplay of their dialogue. Watch all of me and Tete's DC crossover roleplays here. In this Sims 4 roleplay, me and @tete.depunk roleplay as Joel Farber from my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel" (me) and Golden Age Lois Lane from DC Comics (Tete).  Note that Tete has modified and added to Lois Lane's character because she's writing an improved version of the Red Son Superman movie.  Find out how they meet and what these two learn about each other!
26:10
April 03, 2022
EP 143.5: Tarot Analysis: The Hanged Man | Major Arcana | Wisdom and Discernment
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here.  I have chosen to portray the Hanged Man as Joel Farber from my graphic novel, “The Book of Joel.”  This is because the Hanged Man symbolizes the following:  Wisdom, circumspection, discernment, trials, sacrifice, intuition, divination, prophecy.  In reverse, the Hanged Man symbolizes selfishness, the crowd, and the body politic. The halo burning brightly around the hanged man's head can signify higher learning or enlightenment.
01:44
March 29, 2022
EP 143: Sims 4 Roleplay: Joel Meets Batman/Bruce Wayne!
Watch on YouTube. We play the Sims as we speak, so you can see the characters moving as we talk! Watch all of me and Tete's DC crossover roleplays here. In this Sims 4 roleplay, me and @tete.depunk roleplay as Joel Farber from my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel" (me) and Bruce Wayne/Batman from DC Comics (Tete).  Find out how they meet and what these two men learn about each other!
22:14
March 27, 2022
EP 142.5: Tarot Analysis: Strength | Major Arcana | Strength, Decisiveness, and Calmness
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here.  Check out the Fortunus Games Tarot Deck!  Hi everyone! This week, we’ll look at Strength in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. This card is either number Eleven or Eight, depending on the deck. I chose to go with Eleven. I chose to represent Strength as Fahid from Tete’s fantasy series, “Scale, Blood, and Bone,” which you can read on Tapas. “Scale, Blood, and Bone” is an alternative universe (AU) fantasy reinterpretation of some of the events of my “The Book of Joel.”
01:26
March 22, 2022
EP 142: The House on Caple Hill, Book 2 - "The Book of Ka" by Wren
Watch on YouTube. Today, me and Wren are going to be talking about their graphic novel, "The House on Caple Hill."  Last time, on Episode 133, we talked about the first book of the series, "The Book of Khet." The Khet is one of the parts of the soul in Egyptian mythology, namely, the body. Accordingly, it's the beginning of our protagonist Josofin's story.   (You can check out all of the podcasts I've done with Wren on this playlist.)   Art on the thumbnail is by Wren. Specifically, we'll be looking at the second book of the series, "The Book of Ka." Ka is the "spark of life" that distinguishes life from death. It explores more of Josofin's story, especially after a dramatic event in the first book.   1. As previously discussed, each book in your graphic novel series, "The House on Caple Hill," takes place in a different setting. What's the setting of the Book of Ka?  2. Who is the Erlking? What mythological figure from real life was he inspired by?   3. Who is Laurel? What is her relationship to the story and to Josofin?   4. Tell us how Josofin meets the Erlking's family with as few spoilers as possible. What does she learn from them? And they from her?   5. What are the themes of the Book of Ka? How do they compare to the Book of Khet?
29:38
March 20, 2022
EP 141.5: Tarot Analysis: The Wheel of Fortune | Major Arcana | Felicity and Good Fortune
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here. Hi everyone! This week, we’ll look at The Wheel of Fortune in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. I chose Sam Abramov, the protagonist of my Tapas graphic novel, “Sam in New York” for this card. The Wheel of Fortune represents good fortune, luck, and felicity, all things that Sam wants for himself. I can easily imagine Sam having a Wheel of Fortune as a game show host if he ever became one! And who's dressed as a playboy bunny on the side of the wheel? It's Sam! It's a wink at the outfit Sam wore in the Sims 4 for Halloween 2020. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, there are four astrological signs representing the Four Evangelists, but I didn't have space to put them in and I didn't want to make the piece too crowded. So we only have Taurus and Leo, which fit Sam the best. Although Sam's an Aries, Taurus fits him because he likes material comfort. He also has many Leo qualities, such as desiring attention.
01:34
March 15, 2022
EP 141: Reviewing Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" - with R.N. Roveleh
Watch on YouTube. Today, me and Helevorn (IG: @helevorn_bor) talk about one of her favorite plays, "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen.   We cover the following questions:   1. Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, published in 1890, is considered to be one of the masterpieces of realist literature and of drama, in general. The title character, Hedda Gabler, is seen as a female Hamlet through the force and depth of the character. Can you begin by summarizing the plot?   2. What are the themes of the play?   3. What’s Hedda Gabler like?   4. Like other female characters of Ibsen’s, Hedda feels stifled in her life. How is she different from Ellida (from Lady from the Sea) or Nora (from A Doll’s House)?   5. If Hedda is so “morbidly selfish”, as she’s called by critics, what are relationships to her? How does she relate to her husband, George Tesman and to Eilert Løvborg? Does she love anyone?   6. Hedda Gabler often complains about boredom. How do you explain this boredom?   7. Beauty is something Hedda talks about repeatedly. What is beauty for her?   8. Is she a narcissist? Do you see her behaviour as a hint to a pathology?   9. Which of your characters were inspired by Hedda? (Rannveig and Yngvar from "Sons of Disobedience" and "Lucky Wolf")   10. How else did “Hedda Gabler” influence you in your writings?
48:22
March 13, 2022
EP 140.5: Tarot Analysis: The Hermit | Major Arcana | Loneliness and Soul-Searching
Watch on YouTube. Read the transcript here.   This week, we’ll look at The Hermit in my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. I chose teenage Joel Farber from my Tapas graphic novel, “The Book of Joel,” as The Hermit.  The Hermit stands by himself at the top of a mountain. His loneliness and the fact that he’s at a literal peak symbolize his spiritual growth and accomplishment. By choosing to look deep within himself, he’s reached some kind of enlightenment.  Like the Hermit, Joel is on a soul-searching journey. An argumentative know-it-all who talks faster than a machine gun to "make up" (as he sees it) for his shyness and lack of self-esteem, teenaged Joel, like the Hermit in the tarot deck, knows that he needs to look deep within himself.
02:27
March 09, 2022
EP 140: Reviewing Ian Chandler's "The No B.S. Freelance Writing Course" - with Tete.Depunk
Watch on YouTube. Today, me and @tete.depunk talk about a course she's recently taken, Ian Chandler's "The No B.S. Freelance Writing Course."   In this podcast episode, we explore the following and more:  How did you think this course was going to be like?   What were the highlights of this course?  How much of this course did you do? As I understood, you did a one-month trial and the course was 6 weeks in total.  How have you been applying what you've learned from this course to your own writing? I know you mostly do creative writing, rather than freelance, but has it affected the way you see the writing process?  What do you think of freelance writing now that you've taken this course? How does it compare to creative writing? Of course, these can overlap, but in the context of this course, freelance writing refers to creating factual, non-fictional content for websites, ebooks, etc.  Who would you recommend this course to?  Are you interested in taking other courses like this in the future?
24:02
March 01, 2022
EP 139.5: Tarot Analysis: Justice | Major Arcana | Moral Duty and Responsibility
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript of this video here. This week, we'll be taking a look at the Justice card from my tarot deck, the Fortunus Games tarot deck. I chose Lev Abramov from my Tapas graphic novel, “Sam in New York,” as Justice. He is Sam’s father and when we meet him in the first few chapters of “Sam in New York,” he’s shown as a politically-minded man who has strong beliefs about justice. He leans left and before he immigrated to the US, he was involved in various left-wing labour movements in Odessa. I chose to represent Justice quite differently from what we usually see (blind woman with the scales in one hand), since Lev is someone who believes in fighting for social change and smashing the “old system.” This pose is actually based on a Communist poster from the USSR.
01:18
March 01, 2022
EP 139: Reviewing "Ghosts" by Henrik Ibsen - with R.N. Roveleh
Watch on YouTube. This week, me and R.N. Roveleh (Instagram: @helevorn_bor) discuss one of her favorite books/plays, "Ghosts" by Henrik Ibsen.  We discuss the following and more:   1. This play, when published in 1881, was seen as shocking. It was highly criticized both in Norway and abroad, the book sold poorly, Ibsen was attacked by critics and readers and censored. In England, The Daily Telegraph reviewed it as “Positively abominable [...] An open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged; a dirty act done publicly.... Gross, almost putrid indecorum.... Literary carrion.... Crapulous stuff". What was so scandalous about it?   2. What is the plot of the play?   3. What is Mrs. Alving like?   4. What’s her relationship with her son, Oswald?   5. What role does Pastor Manders play?   6. The title, translated in English as GHOSTS, actually means The ones who return. What does it refer to?   7. Ibsen’s Ghosts appears in your novel Equilibrium Point. Ivar and Ulf watch the play at the theatre on their first date. How do the themes of the play tie in with those of Equilibrium Point?
26:01
February 28, 2022
EP 138.5: Tarot Analysis: The Chariot | Major Arcana | Responsibility, Willpower, and Mastery
Watch on YouTube. The full transcript of this video is on my site.    Frankie is The Chariot in my tarot deck (Fortunus Games Tarot)!   The Chariot symbolizes willpower and determination, which Frankie has plenty of since he has to deal with so many things as the co-owner of his family's restaurant.  The Chariot also symbolizes mastery and control, and Frankie has mastered his emotions for the most part. He keeps his secret desires (such as his desire for Sam, which he believes to be unrequited) and frustrations about his life under tight wraps, believing that living like this is easier not only for himself, but for everyone around him.   What happens when a series of events cause him to lose this control...? Find out (if this will happen) in my #graphicnovel on @tapas_app, "Sam in New York" (maybe 3 years from now, since this is very far into the story). 
01:49
February 22, 2022
EP 138: Exploring the Superman Mythos (5): Long AUDIO Flipthrough of Tete's Superman Comics!
Tete got some new Superman comics (Golden Age canon), so we decided to flip through them (this time in detail) and talk about our impressions of some of the artwork and themes covered and how it compares to Silver Age and other things!   Short version of this flipthrough can be seen here: https://youtu.be/FRTfmVRDf0U
44:31
February 21, 2022
EP 137: Reviewing "The Lady From the Sea" by Henrik Ibsen - with R.N. Roveleh
Watch on YouTube! Today, me and R.N. Roveleh (Instagram: @helevorn_bor) talk about Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Lady from the Sea," which subconsciously influenced her character, Merwyn, whom she's written about in the short story, "The Enchanted Isles," as part of her anthology, "Tales from the North."   Read "The Enchanted Isles" here: https://tapas.io/episode/2130584  R.N. Roveleh will also be publishing a novella about Merwyn (of the same name).   We talk about the following and more:   The play is inspired by a Scandinavian folk tale, "Agneta and the Sea King". What's the folk tale about? What are the themes of Ibsen's play?  What's the plot of the play?  What is the main character, Ellida Wangel, like?  What's her husband like and how is their marriage?  What's her relationship with her stepdaughters?  What does the sailor, her former lover, represent?  How does Ellida compare to Merwyn?
43:09
February 20, 2022
EP 136: 70 Fierce Years PREVIEW on Tapas starting Feb 19, 2022!
On Feb 19, 2022, @tete.depunk's "70 Fierce Years," her story about Andrei Novokshonov the Cossack, will be released as a series of preview chapters three times a week on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/70-Fierce-Years/info
07:05
February 16, 2022
EP 135.5: Tarot Analysis: The Lovers | Major Arcana | Love, Sensuality, and Connection
Hi everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day! How fitting - this week’s Tarot card is The Lovers. Read the full transcript of this video here. In my portrayal of The Lovers tarot card of the Major Arcana, we see none other than Malka and Joel from my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel.”  The uncensored version is on my Patreon, by the way, for those who are curious. In its upright position, this card symbolizes honesty, attraction, and overcoming trials. As we’ve seen already, Joel and Malka overcome many trials, mostly internal, in “The Book of Joel.” In particular, they manage to overcome Joel’s self-sabotaging and self-flagellating tendencies. Joel is someone who has always struggled with chasing after things that he knows he will enjoy because he doesn’t want to enjoy things in life. He prefers feeling emotionally flat, as he calls it, because there’s less emotional risk involved.
02:39
February 14, 2022
EP 135: Reconceptualizing Success (2): How To Get Published! With C E Hoffman
This is the second episode about reconceptualizing success and how it's like to get published. Episode 1, which focuses more on reconceptualizing success, can be found here. Read the full transcript of this episode here. In this episode, @tete.depunk and I interview C E Hoffman, the author of "Sluts and Whores." “Sluts and Whores” is C’s debut collection of short stories and poems that challenge negative stereotypes of sex workers via a dark magical landscape. It was published by Thurston Howl Publications in 2021. This powerfully-written collection is nearing its one-year anniversary so we’re going to discuss what it means to be successful.   C covers how they’ve come to define success since publishing their work, while me and Tete touch on how Tapas has helped us define success.   We also explore how it's like to get published and what first-time authors can do to get published. We explore how to get published in the following episode: Check out C's website here: https://cehoffman.net/ Buy "Sluts and Whores" through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other stores! Just Google "Sluts and Whores C E Hoffman" and you should be able to see other places you can buy the book.
35:16
February 14, 2022
EP 134.5: Tarot Analysis: The Hierophant | Major Arcana | Tradition and Spirituality
This week's Tarot card is The Hierophant. This card features Ben Cox from my @tapas_app graphic novel, "Sam in New York."  Read the full transcript of this video here. I chose Ben as this card because The Hierophant represents tradition and convention, which Ben has always sought after. He feels quite empty on the inside, but he feels that by adhering to convention, he can quell a lot of the fears about life and human nature. As such, he chooses to adopt a "sickeningly wholesome" (as @tete.depunk describes it) persona.  The two men in front of him are young Joel (on the left) and old Joel (on the right).  This is a nod to the fact that in @tete.depunk's "Scale, Blood, and Bone," the AU version of Ben, Veniamen, influences Zhuel (SBB's equivalent of Joel) to do some things that will really impact the storyline.  Find out more by subscribing to "Scale, Blood, and Bone" on @tapas_app! Use @tete.depunk's link in bio to check it out!
01:48
February 08, 2022
EP 134: Tete Unboxes Fortunus' Gifts - Books, Books, and More Books!
Watch on YouTube. Tete just received TWO large packages from yours truly containing 18 books and a number of large brochures!   This is essentially a reaction video showing how she's reacting to the books and the other content found within these two boxes!
35:10
February 08, 2022
EP 133.75: Flipthrough of the LAST VOLUME of Oyasumi Punpun!
Watch on YouTube with visuals! Tete reacts to me flipping through her favorite manga of all time, Oyasumi Punpun by Asano Inio!  Oyasumi Punpun, also known as Goodnight Punpun, is a gut-wrenching coming-of-age story about a lonely young man with a lot of complexes. We talk about how it's influenced my work and what I love so much about it and what Tete makes of it based on a few pages I show here!
09:56
February 08, 2022
EP 133.5: Tete's New Bookshelf!
Watch on YouTube (with visuals)! Tete talks about her new bookshelf and what kinds of books are there. We see our friend Helevorn/R.N. Roveleh's "Lucky Wolf," my "Finding Sam" and "The Book of Joel" and a bunch of books about Cossacks and Russia that will help Tete finish Andrei's story, "70 Fierce Years"!
04:51
February 08, 2022
EP 133.25: Exploring the Superman Mythos (4): Flipthrough of Tete's Golden Age Superman Comics!
Watch on YouTube. Tete got some new Superman comics (Golden Age canon), so we decided to flip through them and talk about our impressions of some of the artwork and themes covered and how it compares to Silver Age and other things!
08:20
February 08, 2022
EP 133: The House on Caple Hill, Book 1: The Book of Khet by Wren
Watch on YouTube. Thumbnail art is by @wrenby_m!   @wrenby_m is be coming back to the podcast and talking about the first book of their graphic novel, "The House on Caple Hill" - The Book of Khet.    We'll be covering the following questions and more:   - What are the themes of "The House on Caple Hill"?   - What role does magic play in this series? - Who are Josephine and Claude?  - What role does Egyptian and Welsh mythology play in this series?  - Summarize the major plot points in a few sentences and without major spoilers  - What role does this book play in your story as a whole?  - How was it like to write "The Book of Khet"'s outline? What was the hardest and easiest part about writing this book?
38:11
February 07, 2022
EP 132: Reconceptualizing Success As a Writer (1): With C E Hoffman, Author of "Sluts and Whores"
In this episode, @tete.depunk and I interview C E Hoffman, the author of "Sluts and Whores."   “Sluts and Whores” is C’s debut collection of short stories and poems that challenge negative stereotypes of sex workers via a dark magical landscape. It was published by Thurston Howl Publications in 2021.   This powerfully-written collection is nearing its one-year anniversary so we’re going to discuss what it means to be successful. C covers how they’ve come to define success since publishing their work, while me and Tete touch on how Tapas has helped us define success. We also touch upon the ups and downs of publishing and promotions. We explore how to get published in the following episode: https://youtu.be/pfftFOmG1Tc   Check out C's website here: https://cehoffman.net/  Buy "Sluts and Whores" through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other stores! Just Google "Sluts and Whores C E Hoffman" and you should be able to see other places you can buy the book.
32:35
February 07, 2022
EP 131.5: Tarot Analysis: The Emperor | Major Arcana | Willpower, Authority, and Rigidity
Watch on YouTube! The next Tarot card in my Tarot Analysis series is my portrayal of Joel as The Emperor!  Joel is one of the main characters of my @tapas_app graphic novel, "The Book of Joel," which you can read here: https://tapas.io/series/The-Book-of-Joel/info  Read the transcript of this video here. In its upright form, the Emperor stands for authority, structure, and establishment. It also represents a father figure (which Joel later becomes, as we can see in the fantasy version of his story, "Scale, Blood & Bone" by @tete.depunk on Instagram - which you can read in the link in her bio).   As @tete.depunk and I have discussed, Joel is a man of authority. Although he's not in a position of power, he has a lot of convictions and beliefs that he holds firm to and won't budge from. He takes pride in establishing a structure for himself, although this structure can sometimes become too rigid for his own good... 
02:46
February 03, 2022
EP 131: Fortunus and Dr. Metalhead (R.N. Roveleh) React to Arkona's "Zimushka" Lyrics + Analysis!
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript of this episode here. Watch a shorter, more condensed version of this video where we listen to the music while commenting here. Today, me and R.N. Roveleh (IG: @helevorn_bor), also known as Dr. Metalhead, join forces to review a song by the Russian pagan metal band, "Zimushka"!   Check out Dr. Metalhead's channel for more rock and metal analyses: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdVxf3vpZaj133BdVmHVKSg  Listen to Zimushka here: https://youtu.be/Q9wylzyFcKM  We got the English translation of the lyrics from here: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/zimushka-winter.html
22:25
February 01, 2022
EP 130: Writing Serial Fiction (1): "Beyond the Grey Skies" by 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 In this episode, Endlessmidnightmoon and I cover the following:    1. How is writing serial fiction different from writing a regular novel?   2. What are the approaches that you would go for when writing serial fiction?   3. What sustains the interest in writing a series that lasts over a year?    4. Why was this series format chosen for "Beyond the Grey Skies," since writing is usually completed first then published?
49:01
January 31, 2022
EP 129: Andrei vs Clark Kent/Superman: Similarities and Differences
Watch on YouTube! In this episode, @tete.depunk and I talk about the similarities and differences between her character, Andrei, from her novel project "70 Fierce Years," and Clark Kent/Superman!   They are both pastoral types who are motivated by a sense of duty and want to spread happiness and positivity to the people around them.   To quote Tete, "Andrei's innocence is his real tragedy and horror, very much in the vein like Clark, since both are obstinacy in their innocence and refuse to capitulate to a world that demands conformity of jadedness, apathy, and the surrender to bitterness or corruption."   We also do some comparisons between Joel vs Clark, Sam vs Clark, and Joel vs Batman. Joel is the protagonist of my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel," and he is, in many ways, the complete opposite of Andrei and Clark. He is incredibly cynical and wants to make life uglier and more boring than it actually is because he thinks emotions are unreliable and painful.   Read "The Book of Joel" here: https://tapas.io/series/The-Book-of-Joel/info
59:04
January 29, 2022
EP 128: Mikhail Lermontov's "The Demon" - Similarities with "The Book of Joel"
Watch on YouTube! Watch the full opera clip here - Mikhail Lermontov's "The Demon" Act III: https://youtu.be/3uTgVsaVIUc  Today, me and @tete.depunk talk about Mikhail Lermontov's poem, "The Demon," and how it reminds us of my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel." Tete was the first one who recognized this similarity. In particular, we focus on the similarities between the Demon and Joel and Tamara (from the poem) and Malka (from my work).   Read "The Book of Joel" here: https://tapas.io/series/The-Book-of-Joel/info Painting in the thumbnail is "Tamara and the Demon" by Konstantin Makovsky: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_(poem)#/media/File:Kmakovs_107.jpg
32:03
January 28, 2022
EP 127.5: Tarot Analysis: The Empress | Major Arcana | Abundance, Love, and Fertility
The next Tarot card in my Tarot Analysis series is my portrayal of Malka as The Empress!   Malka is one of the main characters of my @tapas_app graphic novel, "The Book of Joel," which you can read using my link in bio.  Read the full transcript of this video here. The Empress is a very fitting card for her because the Empress symbolizes love, fertility, and abundance in all aspects. She represents the creation of life, romance, art, and creativity itself, all of which match Malka well since Malka is interested in art, likes sketching, and of course, is romantically involved with Joel.  Unlike Joel, who thought that any kind of romantic or sexual attachment was pointless before he got closer to Malka, Malka has never thought of romantic feelings as pointless.   While she knows many couples, including her own parents, who are dysfunctional, she believes that it can be a great thing if the people involved are emotionally mature, responsible, and honest with each other (of course, a bit of luck is needed as well).
02:05
January 26, 2022
EP 127: Aidan and Malka: Similarities and Differences
Watch on YouTube! On today's episode of The Nuts and Bolts of Writing, we are comparing two of our protagonists, Aidan (from @helevorn_bor's "Sons of Disobedience" and "Tales from the North," the latter of which you can read here: https://tapas.io/series/Tales-from-the-North1) and Malka (from @fortunusgames 's "The Book of Joel," which you can read here: https://www.fortunusgames.com/current-projects)   We are analysing these characters in terms of their passion for art, their warm, passionate and empathetic approach to relationships, their attitudes towards romance, and the way in which their dysfunctional families affected them. In spite of their similarities, two differ greatly, and we're also exploring these aspects.
35:39
January 24, 2022
EP 126.5: Tete.Depunk Reacts to Someone Showing His "Guns"
Watch on YouTube! Tete.Depunk reacts to *redacted* showing off his "guns" or biceps on TikTok!
12:24
January 23, 2022
EP 126: Exploring the Superman Mythos (3) - Near Eastern/Yiddish/Hebraic Comparison
Watch on YouTube! Read Tete's blog post about this essay here: https://tetedepunk.wixsite.com/tetedepunk/post/superman-mythos-near-eastern-yiddish-hebraic-comparison  In this episode, me and @tete.depunk talk about an essay she wrote recently, where she explored Superman's Jewish Socialist origins and the connections between the Superman mythos and Near Eastern mythology.
53:16
January 23, 2022
EP 125: Exploring the Superman Mythos (2) - Red Son, Part 2 - MOVIE REVIEW
Watch on YouTube! Part 1 of our Red Son discussion: https://youtu.be/eXB1h6X8g74 Our reaction video to parts of the Red Son movie: https://youtu.be/nK5e7v-W3PM In this video, Tete.Depunk and I review the 2020 movie, "Red Son." We talk about what we didn't like about it, how we would rewrite it, and what we did like about it.    I rated the movie 3/5 stars while Tete rated it 3.5/5.
29:56
January 23, 2022
EP 124: Tete.Depunk Reacts to TORONTO - Fortunus and Tete prepare to meet later this year!
Watch on YouTube! In this episode, @tete.depunk reacts to various places in Toronto that we plan to visit later this year!   We explore:   Billy Bishop Airport Pearson International Airport The University of Toronto The Royal Ontario Museum The Art Gallery of Ontario Casa Loma The suburbs And more!
57:40
January 22, 2022
EP 123: Tete.Depunk Reviews "The Book of Joel" by Fortunus Games
Watch on YouTube. In this episode, @tete.depunk and I talk about my series, "The Book of Joel," which @tete.depunk just adores. We look at a couple of chapters/parts that she really loves.    You can read "The Book of Joel" here: https://tapas.io/series/The-Book-of-Joel/info
20:15
January 22, 2022
EP 122.5: Author Interview - Tete.Depunk!
Watch on YouTube. In this episode (we should've done this a while ago), I interview @tete.depunk and she gives a short summary of what her project, "70 Fierce Years" is about! She also talks about why she loves writing and how she started writing.
12:48
January 22, 2022
EP 122: WRITERS REACT to parts of Superman: Red Son (2020)!
Watch on YouTube. In this episode, @tete.depunk and I react to parts of the animated movie, Superman: Red Son!  We talk about the Russian/Cold War stereotypes we saw in the movie, similarities with our own characters, and more of the Superman mythos!
16:54
January 22, 2022
EP 121.5: Tarot Analysis: The High Priestess | Major Arcana | Mysticism and Motherhood | Fortunus Games Tarot
Watch on YouTube! Read the full transcript of the video here. My High Priestess tarot card features Rukhel from "Scale, Blood, and Bone" by @tete.depunk, which is the AU version of my @tapas_app graphic novel, "The Book of Joel."   Unlike her canon version, Rachel Farber, Rukhel does have more spiritual leanings and more connections to magic.   Subscribe to "Scale, Blood, and Bone" using @tete.depunk's link in bio or using this URL: https://tapas.io/series/Scale-Blood--Bone/info    For full view of this tarot card, check out my Patreon, Artstation, Artrepreneur, Ko-Fi (all linked in bio) or my blog post with all the tarot cards so far: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/sam-in-new-york-tarot-cards
02:52
January 19, 2022
EP 121: Exploring the Superman Mythos (1) - Red Son, Part 1
Watch on YouTube. Today, me and @tete.depunk are joined by our friend @ryzacobalion, a fellow Tapas writer and fan of the DC universe. He talks to us about Red Son, its connections to the Golden Age Superman, and the DC Cinematic Universe.   Check out Ryza's Tapas novel, "The Dark Children of the Night": https://tapas.io/series/The-Dark-Children-of-The-Night/info
47:05
January 18, 2022
EP 120: Historical Research for Writing Fiction (3) - Endlessmidnightmoon's Research Methods
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  Wondrium courses: https://www.wondrium.com/  In this episode, me and @endlessmidnightmoon talk about how she did the historical research for her series, including but not limited to "Beyond the Grey Skies"!
39:35
January 17, 2022
EP 119: Growing Through Tapas (2) - Growth of "Scale, Blood, and Bone"!
Watch on YouTube to see me and Tete cosplaying as Zhuel and Malka from Tete's Tapas novel, "Scale, Blood, and Bone"!  @tete.depunk and I dress as Malka and Zhuel respectively while talking about how she's grown through her Tapas novel, "Scale, Blood, and Bone"! You can read it here: https://tapas.io/series/Scale-Blood--Bone/info
19:31
January 15, 2022
EP 118: Getting Rid of Characters (1): Ousting Kai - With @Tete.Depunk
Watch on YouTube. @tete.depunk from Instagram talks about how she's decided to oust one of her characters, Kai from "Death and the Midwife" and "Union of Wave and Shore."    Working with him was more trouble than it was worth, she says, so getting rid of him has actually been a relief for her. Now she can wholly focus on Andrei from "70 Fierce Years."
25:43
January 14, 2022
EP 117.5: Tarot Analysis: The Magician | Willpower and Determination | Fortunus Games Tarot
Watch on YouTube. Read the full transcript here. Instagram: @fortunusgames   Check out all of my finished Tarot Cards here: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/sam-in-new-york-tarot-cards The third video in my Tarot Explanation series!   Here’s a breakdown of the second card of the Major Arcana, The Magician.  I explain the symbolism behind it and why I chose Sam for my version of it (the Fortunus Games Tarot deck).  Sam is the main character from my @tapascommunity #graphicnovels, “Sam in New York” and “Finding Sam.”    Read “Finding Sam” for more information about how his parents see his desire to become an actor. Although “Finding Sam” isn’t canon, since it takes place in an alternative timeline, it’s a good approximation of how his parents will see his desire to become an actor and filmmaker later down the line.    In “Sam in New York,” we’re still looking at Sam’s childhood and he only starts talking about being a famous actor when he’s in university.
02:53
January 12, 2022
EP 117: "From Ancient Writings to Sacred Texts" by S.A. Nigosian: Myth, Ancient Texts, and Religion
Watch on YouTube. In this episode, @tete.depunk and I (@fortunusgames) talk about a book we've both read, "From Ancient Writings to Sacred Texts" by S.A. Nigosian.    We covered the following:  -How the book fleshed out Biblical texts and other Near Eastern ancient texts and mythos.  -How I first came across the book in university   -How @tete.depunk reacted to the book and how it presented a different worldview of Christianity than the version she had grown up with in a strict Protestant Christian (Charismatic) household.   -How @tete.depunk’s Andrei (protagonist of her novel, “70 Fierce Years”) loves him some Near Eastern mythology, such as The Epic of Gilgamesh.   We were soon joined by our friends, @helevorn_bor and @ryzacobalion, who appeared in the chat section with their awesome comments and questions!   Check out the Google preview of the book here: https://www.google.ca/books/edition/From_Ancient_Writings_to_Sacred_Texts/gpAAKpmMHYoC?hl=en&gbpv=0  Buy @helevorn_bor's "Lucky Wolf" novel here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CRez6x8l9lr/
01:00:43
January 12, 2022
EP 116: Writing Alternative History (6) - "Beyond the Grey Skies" by 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  In this episode, me and @endlessmidnightmoon will be talking about the writing style of her @tapas_app novel, “Beyond the Grey Skies”!  We'll be answering these questions:  1. How do you work on each character?   2. How do you keep them separate in terms of their Identity if they are in a family?   3. Why do professions seem to factor so much in each character?   4. What if they're in a family business?   5. How would you say that your characterization has changed over the years?
47:32
January 10, 2022
EP 115: WRITERS REACT: Soviet Superman Kills Comrade Stalin!
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/SFP7AXOkhkg Soviet Superman Kills Comrade Stalin: https://youtu.be/CajjpdHYneM  Me (IG: @fortunusgames) and @tete.depunk react to "Soviet Superman Kills Comrade Stalin"!   For more discussions about characters (both our own and from franchises), check out our podcast, "The Nuts and Bolts of Writing."   You can follow our podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvd4C7fSOawTalthFUirt-iRNtxKPANfW  As well as on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/19SSgimyWNltGafK88wxQU?si=891d1c01e3114327
18:45
January 04, 2022
EP 114: Writing Romantic Relationships (4) : Superman x Lois Lane - Malka x Joel
To kick off the New Year, we Yet again continue with our podcasting streak! In this podcast, we explore the character of Clark Kent/Superman and his relationship with the striking and iconic character of Lois Lane. We explore comparisons with the iconic Man of Steel with the likes of Captain America, as well as exploring the different aspects of what makes Clark and Lois' relationship so strong, despite all the long years of various and wildly different incarnations. Tonight, we record another Podcast comparing this pair with FortunusGames' pair of Malka and Joel from The Book of Joel and Sam in New York! #Superman #superman #dccomics #comics #dc #loislane #superman75 #dceu #dccinematicuniverse #dccomicuniverse #manofsteel #clois #clarkxlois #shipping #popculture #pop #writing #thebookofjoel #70fierceyears #captainamerica #marvel #steverogers
01:08:13
January 04, 2022
EP 113: Writing Romantic Relationships (3) - Superman x Lois Lane
Watch on YouTube! To kick off the New Year, we Yet again continue with our podcasting streak! In this podcast, we explore the character of Clark Kent/Superman and his relationship with the striking and iconic character of Lois Lane. We explore comparisons with the iconic Man of Steel with the likes of Captain America, as well as exploring the different aspects of what makes Clark and Lois' relationship so strong, despite all the long years of various and wildly different incarnations. Tomorrow we will record yet another Podcast exploring Clark Kent, his character, and his relationship with Lois Lane! #Superman #superman #dccomics #comics #dc #loislane #superman75 #dceu #dccinematicuniverse #dccomicuniverse #manofsteel #clois #clarkxlois #shipping #popculture #pop #writing #thebookofjoel #70fierceyears #captainamerica #marvel #steverogers
01:16:45
January 03, 2022
EP 112: 2021 in Review (3) - with R.N. Roveleh (@helevorn_bor)
On YouTube. On Instagram. Description written by @helevorn_bor:   Happy New Year, everyone!!! 🥂🍾🎊 I hope you've all had a wonderful start of 2022! 😊   I'm talking today to @fortunusgames about what I've accomplished in 2021 - what I've been writing and illustrating, as well as the book that I've published traditionally, "Lucky Wolf"! I'm talking about the publishing process and why I chose to go with a small publishing company.   Find out what else I'm writing and what I'll be publishing in 2022!
13:13
January 01, 2022
EP 111.75: Tarot Analysis: The Fool! | Happy New Year 2022! | Beginning of a New Journey
Watch this on YouTube! Read the full transcript here. From @fortunusgames:   Check out all of my finished Tarot Cards here: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/sam-in-new-york-tarot-cards  Happy New Year, everyone! 🥳   Here’s a breakdown of the first (though it depends!) card of the Major Arcana, The Fool. I explain the symbolism behind it and why I chose Sam for my version of it.  Sam is the main character from my @tapascommunity #graphicnovels, “Sam in New York” and “Finding Sam.”    Read “Finding Sam” for more information about how his parents see his desire to become an actor. Although “Finding Sam” isn’t canon, since it takes place in an alternative timeline, it’s a good approximation of how his parents will see his desire to become an actor and filmmaker later down the line.    In “Sam in New York,” we’re still looking at Sam’s childhood and he only starts talking about being a famous actor when he’s in university.
02:43
January 01, 2022
EP 111.5: Tarot Analysis: The World | End of 2021
Watch this on YouTube! Read the full transcript of this video here. Thank you so much for supporting my work this year! Here’s a breakdown of the last card of the Major Arcana, The World. I explain the symbolism behind it and why I chose Sam and Lina for my version of it. Sam and Lina are characters from my @tapascommunity #graphicnovels, “Sam in New York” and “Finding Sam.” Read “Finding Sam” for more information about them as a couple, since Lina won’t appear in “Sam in New York” until 2023 or 2024. We’re still looking at Sam’s childhood and he only meets her when he’s in university, so… I’ll be making more videos like this in 2022 dissecting my tarot cards! Check all of them out here: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/sam-in-new-york-tarot-cards
02:51
January 01, 2022
EP 111.25: 2021 in Review (2) - with Endlessmidnightmoon
Endlessmidnightmoon's description: A full episode talking about my New Year's Resolution for 2022 and what I learned in 2021.
10:03
January 01, 2022
EP 111: Countdown to 2022! With Tete.Depunk
Description written by Tete.Depunk: Happy New Year 2022! Happy New Year to everyone! Happy New Year to all our awesome friends, our awesome supporters, and everyone else who has helped us journey through this remarkable path of this year! As we venture into the New Year, we intend to explore further and deeper, while realizing many of our ambitions!! We hope that you guys have many wonderful projects this year and that may they all prosper within this year!
11:48
January 01, 2022
EP 110: Writing Tamara (1): Tamara vs Natalia - with @tete.depunk
Art and description by Tete.Depunk: Tonight, we yet again continue our stream of live podcasting!! What better way to celebrate the last of the holidays than withen with a week of podcasting? In this podcast, we explore the differences between my old character Natalia, versus the newer reincarnation, Tamara, from "70 Fierce Years". We discuss not only the differences but the similarities in many aspects of these 2 women's lives, including personality, social perception, and sexuality. Heads up, though! There are a ton of spoilers for Tamara's story! Listen at your own risk if you're all right spoilers!
52:06
December 30, 2021
EP 109: Notes on Worldbuilding (3) - Genshin Impact's Liyue Harbour
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lz7eVzVmnvM @tete.depunk and I, @fortunusgames, explore Liyue Harbour in Genshin Impact while me and Tete talk about worldbuilding for fantasy series, including her fantasy series on Tapas, "Scale, Blood, and Bone."  You can read it here: https://tapas.io/series/Scale-Blood--Bone/info  Shoutout to @endlessmidnightmoon for inspiring us to think more about worldbuilding!
35:49
December 29, 2021
EP 108: Notes on Worldbuilding (2) - Stormterror's Lair in Genshin Impact
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Qqskn4VD_lo @tete.depunk and I, @fortunusgames, try something totally new - podcasting while gaming! Here, I explore Stormterror's Lair in Genshin Impact while me and Tete talk about worldbuilding for fantasy series, including her fantasy series on Tapas, "Scale, Blood, and Bone."  You can read "Scale, Blood, and Bone" here: https://tapas.io/series/Scale-Blood--Bone/info
16:22
December 28, 2021
EP 107: Notes on Worldbuilding (1) - Genshin Impact's Mondstadt
On YouTube: https://youtu.be/L8dleAAjs5c @tete.depunk and I, @fortunusgames, try something totally new - podcasting while gaming! Here, I explore Mondstadt in Genshin Impact while me and Tete talk about worldbuilding for fantasy series, including her fantasy series on Tapas, "Scale, Blood, and Bone."  You can read it here: https://tapas.io/series/Scale-Blood--Bone/info
22:05
December 28, 2021
EP 106: Malka's Sexuality (2): Is She "The Maiden" Archetype?
@tete.depunk and I recorded our third podcast today, and it’s about Malka’s Sexuality! We continue from where we left off last time in “Malka’s Sexuality (1),” and make the following points: -Malka wants to be consumed by Joel’s dark, intense, and mysterious allure. As Tete put it, she is the white swan being swallowed by the storm. She is the maiden seeking the truth about the world. -Malka has always been intrigued by Joel’s mind and how he overthinks everything. She wonders why he does this and this makes her want to understand him more. -There’s this instinctual spark between them that’s hard to explain. They just feel like loving and exploring each other the more they interact with each other. -Malka knows Joel has a lot to give and she wants him to realize that he can overcome his self-imposed barriers of self-denial and hubris. She knows he is hurting and wants to love but his pride and distortions are preventing him from doing this, so she wants to help him break down these barriers. Artwork here is my Queen of Cups illustration featuring Malka!
58:12
December 27, 2021
EP 105: Developing Kai Tomassen (1) - with @tete.depunk
Description written by Tete.Depunk: Our 2nd Podcast of the night, we discuss the origins origins of my character, Kai Tomassen, from my upcoming novel, "Death and the Midwife". Because of this character's elusive nature and sparse communication (and my own stubborn, immature lack of communication with Kai), unfortunately, he became unwittingly attached to an entirely different character, the character of Lord frost, from an entirely different series, "Gerda and the Frost Lord". We discuss the origins of the Frost Lord, and how he's an entirely different character from Kai, and how Kai came into his own- especially in the recent months, when Kai has revealed himself to be a different ethnicity than what I previously assumed him to be. Join us in a frank and open discussion of a creator's struggles of discovering the true identity of one's characters!
55:39
December 27, 2021
EP 104: Reviewing Mikhail Sholokhov's "And Quiet Flows the Don" - with @tete.depunk
In this episode, Fortunus Games and Tete review "And Quiet Flows the Don"! We explore the virtues and shortcomings of this literary masterpiece, including why it is a great political and social epic, but also why it sometimes falls flat concerning full and complete characterization lacking. We also draw comparisons to the development of Tete's novel, "70 Fierce Years", which deals with the same subject as Sholokhov's epic: the life of dawn cossacks during the rise of the Russian Soviet Union. Merry Christmas! 🎄
38:36
December 27, 2021
EP 103: Writing About Sexuality (5): Kai Tomassen - with @tete.depunk
Description written by Tete.Depunk: Merry Christmas to all! As stated on @nutsboltswriting.podcast, and at @Fortunusgames' Instagram, we are gifting you guys with full podcasts on Instagram live that you can watch right here on IG! Our 3rd and final Podcast for Christmas Day deals with writing about my character, Kai Tomassen, and the development of his own sexuality. The artwork of Kai in the thumbnail is by Fortunus Games! We explore how forcing ideals or not listening to your character can really limit your character and character and the complete picture of their own person coma and that includes the aspect of their sexuality and their approach to it. We also engage in a humorous little role play with Kai, Joel, and Andrei, on the side, lol! Merry Christmas! 🎄
01:16:55
December 26, 2021
EP 102: Writing About Sexuality (4): Joel's Evolution
This is the second episode with @tete.depunk for this #christmas night! Listen to the whole podcast here! We will also be posting this to our usual platforms later tonight and tomorrow. In this episode, we talk about how Joel’s sexuality evolved, how he compares to Philip Roth’s characters like Portnoy, Nathan, and Henry, and Tete’s characters, Andrei and Tatusuya. Highlights: -with Joel, I wanted to go against the tendency of some authors to either over-idealize male sexuality or characterize it as overly threatening. -Joel’s an introverted seducer, while Andrei is an extroverted one -Joel’s biggest flaw is his self-isolation and feeling that everything is pointless. He is also extremely proud of how skeptical he is compared to everyone else. -Joel likes slow lead-ups to sexual encounters with Malka and he likes to observe all of her reactions. He is powered by empathy and love towards her and wants to make her feel comfortable. This is why his and Malka’s relationship is so healthy.
01:06:12
December 26, 2021
EP 101: Literary Fiction and Characters - with @tete.depunk
Merry Christmas! 🎄 One of our Christmas gifts to you this year is a series of FULL podcasts we are releasing on Instagram (and on the other usual platforms)! The first podcast is about #literaryfiction and how some of these books can help us determine the voice of a character. We talk about Romantic authors like Herman Melville, Jules Verne, Soren Kierkegaard, and modern authors like Philip Roth and William Faulkner. Works discussed include: - "Moby Dick" by Melville 🐳 - "Around the World in 80 Days" by Verne - "Diary of a Seducer" by Kierkegaard - "Portnoy's Complaint," "Operation Shylock," and "The Counterlife" by Roth - "The Sound and the Fury" by Faulkner We include quotes from some of these works and talk about how we can hear the characters’ voices through these works. We also had a blast talking about why @tete.depunk didn’t like one of my faves, The Counterlife. I’ll admit, it’s an acquired taste!
58:30
December 26, 2021
EP 100: 2021 in Review (1) - with Tete.Depunk
One of the podcasts me and @tete.depunk are recording this Christmas Eve and Christmas!  We talk about our achievements this year, especially how we: -changed our creative habits,  -started using @tapascommunity more, which helped us to “get off our asses and start writing,”  -stopped relying on surges of inspiration, and  -started disciplining ourselves to do more every day.  This is a FULL podcast episode that you can listen to directly on my Instagram! It's also on my YouTube and the other typical locations you can see on our podcast’s Anchor.fm profile. — #podcast #podcaster #fullpodcastepisode #tetedepunk #writingadvice #tapas #tapascommunity
44:49
December 25, 2021
EP 99: Historical Research for Writing (2) - Tete's "70 Fierce Years" and "Union of Wave and Shore"
On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZikAfMVfio In this episode, we'll be talking about how @tete.depunk did her research for "70 Fierce Years" (Andrei's story) and "Union of Wave and Shore" (Kai and Gerda's story).    The questions we'll be covering today:   For "70 Fierce Years":  1. When did you first get the idea for 70 Fierce Years?  2. When did you start gathering research for the series and how has your research method for the series changed over the years?  3. Which was the hardest part of researching for 70 Fierce Years?  4. What is the easiest part?   For "Union of Wave and Shore":  1. How was researching for a story set in 19th century Norway different from researching for pagan lore (which you used to write the fantasy version of Gerda and Kai)? 2. Are there any writers, like Sholokhov for the Cossacks, who you can use as a starting point? How about Henrik Ibsen's works?
34:27
December 20, 2021
EP 98.5: The Nature of Roleplay (1) - "The Well-Dressed Stranger" with Moon and Fortunus
This time, catch us talking about the recent roleplay, "The Well-Dressed Stranger," that we did that will be coming out on the 20th till the 25th as part of Endlessmidnightmoon's "Journal of Extras": https://tapas.io/series/The-Journal-of-Extras/info  Art of Annibale (right) and Frankie (left) is by Fortunus Games!
19:58
December 19, 2021
EP 98: Ivar and Joel: Similarities and Differences
In this episode, @helevorn_bor and I, @fortunusgames, compare two of our characters, Ivar (from "Equilibrium Point") and Joel ("The Book of Joel," which you can read here: https://www.fortunusgames.com/current-projects).   Both of them are cynical and skeptical towards relationships, which they find trivial, distracting, and leading to loss of control. But while Ivar is rather indifferent towards this topic and dismisses it entirely, Joel imposes himself these barriers willingly.   These comparisons are exercises in both character development and psychology, because we get to explore how characters/people can have certain similar traits which stem from different motivations and elicit different behaviours (according to their own temperament and experiences).
34:03
December 13, 2021
EP 97: Historical Research for Writing Fiction (1) - "Lucky Wolf" by Helevorn
On today's episode of @fortunusgames 's The Nuts and Bolts of Writing, @helevorn_bor discuss with @fortunusgames and @wrenby_m the process of doing historical research when you're writing a story.  This applies both to historical fiction, such as Helevorn's "Lucky Wolf" (Old Norse culture), and to fantasy, like Wren's "The House on Caple Hill" (ancient Egyptian and Celtic).   This conversation will feature some of techniques and sources we used, as well as readings from Lucky Wolf of those scenes that were most heavily researched (along with the sources that inspired Helevorn).   --   "Lucky Wolf" is now out in hard copy and you can buy it through Helevorn - check out her Instagram post to find out more: https://www.instagram.com/p/CRez6x8l9lr/  You can also read "Lucky Wolf" on Tapas: https://tapas.io/series/lucky-wolf/info
35:10
December 06, 2021
EP 96.5: NaNoWriMo 2021 Special - Growing Through Tapas.io (1) - Tete.Depunk
Watch on YouTube (we browse through Tete's DeviantArt gallery): https://youtu.be/HSMusOKXyv0 Tete's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk/ Tete's Tapas page: https://tapas.io/TeteDePunk Tete's deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk/ @tete.depunk has joined Tapas this year and become rooted in the fantastic community of Tapas! To both of us, Tapas has proven a far and vastly superior improvement over the limitations of dA. Tapas has provided an ideal and innovative platform to share our writing. For Tete, Tapas has also helped her to grow confident as a writer in terms of efficiency, proficiency, as well as being able to share and interact with like-minded writers.
29:16
December 01, 2021
EP 96.25: NaNoWriMo 2021 - Writing Romantic Relationships (3): How to Stop Using Couples as a Crutch
Watch on YouTube (we browse through Tete's DeviantArt gallery): https://youtu.be/3PHyeXTaJcA Tete's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk/ Tete's Tapas page: https://tapas.io/TeteDePunk Tete's deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk/  Just as the title says, in this episode @tete.depunk and I, @fortunusgames will be exploring, how, despite the temptation of having a fantastic couple and all the shipping feels, sometimes the fixation and hyperfocus on romantic couples can be detrimental to a writer, especially a writer trying to develop full characters and an immersive world.
57:02
November 30, 2021
EP 96: Developing Malka's Sexuality (2): Why She Likes Joel
In this episode, @tete.depunk and I, @fortunusgames, talk about my character, Malka Spitzer, from my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel" (which you can read here: https://www.fortunusgames.com/current-projects).   Artwork in thumbnail is by me. It's the cover page for Chapter 4 of "The Book of Joel."  We discuss the following and more:   What does Malka find attractive about Joel? Has Malka always found Joel sexually alluring? Why or why not? How does Malka perceive Joel's self-contained sexuality? Is Malka frustrated by Joel's self-denial and self-contained-ness? How would she react to some of his thoughts (if she found out about them) about "minimalistic living"? What does Malka find irritating about Joel? What's Malka and Joel's sex life like? How does it compare to the sex in "bodice ripper" novels?
56:25
November 29, 2021
EP 95.5: NaNoWriMo 2021 - Writing About Sexuality (3): A Roleplay Changed Tete's Views on Sexuality
Watch on YouTube (we go through Tete's DeviantArt gallery): https://youtu.be/DaaZbS7RLMg Tete's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tete.depunk/ Tete's Tapas page: https://tapas.io/TeteDePunk Tete's deviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/tete-depunk/  Ardalion's character profile: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/ardalion-mayakov  Thumbnail art is by me, @fortunusgames, and features @tete.depunk's character, Natalia, and my character, Ardalion.   In this episode, @tete.depunk and I, @fortunusgames, explore how a 2016 roleplay between Ardalion and Natalia changed her views on male sexuality.  Needless to say, the role play was a pivotal turning point for her, because it transformed her entire outlook on male sexuality in broad terms and in very specific terms. Prior to the role play, Tete had a lot of misconceptions and misinformed biases which led her to create, in her words, "stilted and soulless characters steeped in idealism, like innocent fairy tales, not actual human souls."  Here, we explore how the role-play came to be!
38:26
November 28, 2021
EP 95: Developing Joel's Sexuality (3): What I've Learned
In this episode, Tete and I, Fortunus Games, talk about my character, Joel Farber, from my graphic novel, "The Book of Joel" (which you can read here: https://www.fortunusgames.com/current-projects).   Artwork in thumbnail is by me. Specifically, this is part 3 of me and @tete.depunk’s episodes about Joel’s sexuality. In this episode, we'll talk about how Joel’s sexuality is self-contained and how others perceive his sexuality, even when he is a self-denier who wants to remain single. We will also, of course, talk about how Malka perceives his sexuality during this time and how her perceptions develop as they get closer.
36:50
November 22, 2021
EP 94.5: Recap of Fortunus Games' Interview with Pure Arts Group
In this podcast episode, me and @helevorn_bor do a recap of the interview I had with Pure Arts Group (site: https://www.pureartsgroup.co.uk)! Last week, I had an amazing interview with Pure Arts Group about how I got started on my creative journey. We talked about the role that deviantArt and Tapas played and also discussed how my personal life affected my decision to throw myself into writing Sam and Joel's stories.   Check out their YouTube channel to watch the full interview: https://youtu.be/U8YtXrFFU88  I also posted about this on my blog: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/pure-art360-edition-3-live-imelda-wei-ding-lo-and-lesley-samms
35:10
November 21, 2021
EP 94: Writing Contemporary Fiction (2): "Equilibrium Point"
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qduZ3SlYCeM On this episode of The Nuts and Bolts of Writing, @fortunusgames and @helevorn_bor will be discussing Helevorn's novel "Equilibrium Point" for the first time!   "Equilibrium Point" began as a challenge, as an Alternative History (AU) version of Helevorn's Viking Age novel "Lucky Wolf", but then developed into a stand-alone novel set in present day Norway. Less dramatic, more realistic, deeper from a psychological standpoint, "Equilibrium Point" is a slice-of-life story that explores new themes and puts the characters in situations we haven't seen them in.   Can an AU be a deep and complex story? What do you think?
25:54
November 15, 2021
EP 93: Writing Alternative History (5) - "Seeking Lull Tides" - An Introduction to the Anthology
In this episode, @fortunusgames and @endlessmidnightmoon talk about @endlessmidnightmoon's newest Tapas series, her anthology, "Seeking Lull Tides." We discuss why she decided to write this anthology and what the short stories will be about. Read/sub to "Seeking Lull Tides" here: https://tapas.io/series/seeking-lull-tides/info  Read/sub to her main series, "Beyond the Grey Skies": https://tapas.io/series/beyond-the-grey-skies/info  ENDLESSMIDNIGHTMOON's WEBSITE: https://www.endlessperiodicals.com/   ENDLESSMIDNIGHTMOON on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/endlessmidnightmoon
36:57
November 08, 2021