The Mommy’s Pen Podcast

The Mommy’s Pen Podcast

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By Sue and Nora Campbell
Writer Sue Campbell talks books, stories and story structure with her eleven-year-old daughter, Nora. New episodes every Friday.
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S2, E12: Status Stories
This is our final episode for season 2 and we’re looking at the Status genre. It’s all about characters trying to come up in the world and whether we glory in their success or pity their failure.
19:43
November 9, 2018
S2, E10: Morality Stories
Few kids are going to knowingly sit down to a Morality story, so you better add lots of humor to make it worth while. We look to Spirit Riding Free to show us how to make a morality story lots of fun using episode 3 of season 2: "Lucky's Super Amazing and Fun Cousin Julian." Full show notes at mommyspen.com
22:16
November 2, 2018
S2, E9: The Crime Story
Crime stories for kids are just plain fun. No, really. We take a look at all the elements of a crime story and look at a great example in season 2, episode 2 of Spirit Riding Free. Full show notes at Mommyspen.com
20:48
October 26, 2018
S2, E8: The Love Story
We continue our exploration of genre, this time with the help of Jane Austen. We look at Emma, and really, this novel is even more brilliant than I realized once we start looking at the ways it meets the obligatory scenes and conventions of the Love genre.  Full show notes at MommysPen.com
28:04
October 19, 2018
S2, E7: The Action Genre
This week we explore the Action Genre using the Netflix series "Spirit Riding Free."
17:04
October 12, 2018
S2, E6: Nora Berates Etsy Sellers for Historical Inaccuracies
We're taking a break from our genre series this week with a little slice of life from our house. Listen as Nora surfs Etsy and berates shop owners for historical inaccuracies in their period costumes. No actual shop owners are named (or harmed) in this episode.
08:42
September 27, 2018
S2, E5: The Horror Genre
Nora and Sue dive into what makes something a horror story by taking a look at Neil Gaiman's "Coraline." Horror for kids! What fun!
23:13
September 20, 2018
S2, E4: The Performance Genre
This week we take a look at what makes a Performance story by analyzing another episode of Spirit Riding Free: Lucky and the Price of Freedom. Full show notes at mommyspen.com
15:59
September 13, 2018
S2, E3: The Western Genre
We continue our exploration of genre with the help of the excellent kids series "Spirit Riding Free" from Netflix. The episode "Lucky and the Unbreakable Spirit" (season 1, episode 1) is a great example of the Western genre. Full show notes at MommysPen.com
19:00
September 6, 2018
S2, E2: The Worldview Genre & Spirit Riding Free
Sue and Nora start their exploration of genre with the help of the excellent kids series "Spirit Riding Free" from Netflix. The episode "Lucky and the Treacherous Trail" (season 1, episode 2) is a great example of the Worldview genre with a Maturation subgenre.
18:48
August 30, 2018
Season 2, Episode 1
This season we're exploring genre. In this episode, we give you the big picture before diving into genre examples in future episodes.
20:51
August 23, 2018
S1, E6: Ivy and Bean and the Four-act Structure
This week we take every story element we've learned in the five previous episodes and put them together to analyze "Ivy and Bean" by Annie Barrows. We also get excited for the eleventh book in the series, due out later this month. Nora is on a roll in this one -- thankfully, most of the screaming has been edited out. Full show notes at http://mommyspen.com
20:58
August 9, 2018
S1, E5: Second Plot Point (on Gardam Street)
We review "The Penderwicks on Gardam Street," the second book in the five book Penderwicks series, and use it to illustrate the story structure concept of a second plot point. We also discuss how cool it is to wear slippers to a book signing and the various things that make Sue cry. Full show notes at mommyspen.com.
16:15
August 2, 2018
S1, E4: Midpoint Shift
We review "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke and geek out discussing our favorite characters. This episode's art features Nora as Lady Pole for Halloween 2014 (all seven-year-olds choose to costume themselves as obscure literary characters, right?). Sue explains what the midpoint shift is and why it's her favorite piece of story structure. Nora creates brilliant sound effects to illustrate the character's mindset change at this point in a story. Full show notes at mommyspen.com.
20:16
July 26, 2018
S1, E3: First Pinch Point
We review "The Blackthorn Key," the first book is a fabulous Blackthorn Key Adventure series by Kevin Sands. For this week's story structure lesson, Sue explains what a pinch point is. You also get an entertaining rundown of Britain's Restoration era from amateur historian, Nora. Incidentally, the art featured above for this episode is a Nora original in watercolor pencil. The gentleman William III (a nephew of Charles II). See the full show notes at mommyspen.com
10:54
July 19, 2018
S1, E2: First Plot Point
Nora reviews Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile from the Royals Diaries series. Sue explains the function of a first plot point (FPP) and Nora takes a stab at identifying the FPP in Cleopatra and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Nora also clues us in on how ancient Egyptians handled body odor (hint: it involves snakes) and points to some great places to learn more about history. Full show notes at mommyspen.com
12:01
July 4, 2018
S1, E1: Inciting Incident
A writer and her eleven-year-old daughter discuss the book “My Name is Victoria” by Lucy Worsely and the concept of an inciting incident. We fight about Lucy W.'s eyebrows and whether or not she has the help of a ghostwriter for her novels. We also discuss our plans for the podcast: we're gonna talk about books, stories, and story structure. Specifically, in each episode we'll discuss some aspect of story structure. This time around, it's "inciting incident." This is an event that thrusts a character into a particular situation and sucks a reader into a story. Full show notes at mommyspen.com.
10:12
June 25, 2018
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