Story In Mind

Saturn In Narnia

An episode of Story In Mind

By Moss Whelan
Let's take a break from writing and go for a walk! On route, we'll talk shop: story structure, publishing, and literature. We'll also talk about psychology, mental health, and addiction in story.
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Narrative Reality
Is the tale also the teller?
1:02:31
August 21, 2019
David Ranshaw
A writer on literature, wine, and chocolate.
30:00
August 19, 2019
Nadine Little
Writing speculative scfi fantasy in Scotland.
22:29
August 19, 2019
Who & Kat
Two scifi fans and their convention.
1:02:19
August 17, 2019
Story Voyage
Leaving to find oneself.
1:04:31
August 17, 2019
Home Sweet Home
Is it where the heart is?
1:00:57
August 15, 2019
Eric Malikyte
An author of cosmic horror answers questions.
33:39
August 14, 2019
Detectives
Talking about sleuthing.
1:01:12
August 14, 2019
Palimpsest
Layering texts.
1:00:06
August 13, 2019
Novella
Child of a novel and a short story?
1:01:26
August 12, 2019
Multiple Projects
Juggling many stories.
1:02:57
August 9, 2019
Stealing & Borrowing
Plagiarism or Inspiration?
1:01:52
August 8, 2019
Theme In Scene
Do your scenes argue the point?
1:00:36
August 7, 2019
Tricksters
A coyote joins us on the morning walk.
1:01:39
August 6, 2019
Modern Myth
Can we shape our myths?
1:02:44
August 3, 2019
Dragons
East meets west.
1:01:38
August 2, 2019
Legacy
What story are we leaving?
1:00:58
August 1, 2019
Maps
What are the side effects of maps in fiction?
1:05:11
July 29, 2019
Charlie Allison
An author with wonderfully bizarre answers.
53:15
July 28, 2019
Portal Skeletons
What our Fantasy stories say about us.
1:01:34
July 27, 2019
Outlines Are Synopses
Form as summary.
1:01:11
July 26, 2019
Lost & Found
The experience of being off the grid.
1:01:26
July 25, 2019
Pen Identities
Writing under an assumed name.
1:02:05
July 20, 2019
Erin Grey
A South African writer talks about the craft!
12:19
July 19, 2019
Content
Promoting your work with media.
1:02:35
July 19, 2019
Don't Think
The reminder above Ray Bradbury's typewriter.
1:01:50
July 18, 2019
Form Vs Formula
Rain and structure.
1:02:59
July 18, 2019
Atlantis
From Plato to imago.
1:02:59
July 15, 2019
The Anti Novel
I talk non structure and get attacked by a crow.
1:01:55
July 14, 2019
Costumes
Why wear a mask?
1:02:48
July 13, 2019
Setup Development Payoff
Creating storylines.
1:02:22
July 12, 2019
Character Economy
Merging a number of characters together.
1:03:47
July 11, 2019
Dewey Conway
The story-weaver of Shimmerworld answers a few questions.
55:20
July 10, 2019
Pacing
Taking the story's pulse.
1:00:58
July 9, 2019
Jenni Merrifield
Dungeon Master.
1:01:31
July 8, 2019
Giants
Big monsters of the mind.
1:02:01
July 7, 2019
Authenticity
One's own goldmine.
1:02:14
July 6, 2019
Patrick Bollivar
Talking writing, Vancouver, and VCON.
1:00:55
July 5, 2019
Theme In Scene
Exploring an argument.
1:03:36
July 4, 2019
Beta Vs Critique
What copy editing isn't.
1:02:41
July 3, 2019
City Of Spirits
A place I'm worldbuilding.
1:02:50
July 2, 2019
Promotion
Beachside meditation on marketing.
1:03:36
July 1, 2019
Gillian Kendall
Interviewing the author of The Garden Of Darkness and The Book Of Forbidden Wisdom.
46:02
June 29, 2019
In Context
Aiding the reader with clarity.
1:02:31
June 29, 2019
Jenn Thor
On writing the paranormal in Nebraska.
37:53
June 27, 2019
Writing LGBTQ+
Straight talk on the arcs.
1:00:59
June 27, 2019
Ewa Miendlarzewska
Interview with the author of Project Unison.
41:28
June 26, 2019
What To Write About
What topics make a book worth writing and reading?
1:03:34
June 24, 2019
City on the Moon
A lunar setting in my Fantasy world.
1:01:51
June 23, 2019
Bookends
Shaping beginnings and endings.
1:00:26
June 22, 2019
Colour
How do you hew hue?
1:01:03
June 21, 2019
Marcell Áron Erdei
Indie game developer of Twelf Kingdoms talks writing.
53:35
June 20, 2019
Writing With Joy
Why write stories we don't like?
1:01:48
June 20, 2019
City Of Lightning
The city in Gray Hawk Of Terrapin.
1:01:00
June 19, 2019
Jorge Luis Borges
Reading the Argentine writer.
1:03:01
June 18, 2019
Christina Hawthorne
Interview with the fantastic author of Ontyre Passages.
1:19:59
June 17, 2019
Susan & Michael Walsh
Two fantastic members of the local science fiction convention.
1:02:56
June 16, 2019
Cole Thornsberry
Hero of Midgard's author talks about inspirations.
59:52
June 14, 2019
The Worst Book Ever
Three books I love to hate.
1:02:00
June 12, 2019
The Next World
Can we live in the imagination?
1:02:12
June 11, 2019
Reviews
Should we read reviews?
1:01:59
June 10, 2019
Turning A Scene
Is there only one scene?
1:00:32
June 10, 2019
Author Identity
How much of oneself to reveal to a book buyer.
1:01:35
June 8, 2019
Jean Lee
The author of Fallen Princeborn: Stolen talking about a life of words.
1:03:08
June 7, 2019
Claire Buss
Interviewing the author of The Rose Thief and the Gaia Effect series.
1:03:21
June 6, 2019
Scott David Betson
Interviewing Scott about comic books, movies, and fandom.
1:01:30
June 6, 2019
City of the Cats
Tour of the Terrapin city of Wednesday.
1:02:31
June 5, 2019
Lenses
Ways of seeing.
1:02:58
June 4, 2019
Mythical Vancouver
Visiting some settings for some scenes.
1:01:10
May 31, 2019
A Tour Of Terrapin
My Fantasy world as travel destination.
1:02:55
May 30, 2019
The Ring Operas
Can we separate the art from the artist?
1:02:29
May 29, 2019
Dramatica Characters
A way to divvy up roles.
1:01:34
May 28, 2019
Types, Stocks, & Tropes
Mixing and matching characters.
1:03:32
May 27, 2019
The Villain
Antagonist as person, reflection, and antithesis.
1:02:39
May 26, 2019
Dialogue
Talking on different levels.
1:02:19
May 25, 2019
Write Gold
Don't write crap.
1:01:28
May 24, 2019
Selling Tolkien
Marketing the biographical movie.
1:02:17
May 23, 2019
Afterglow
After some successful rewriting.
1:03:49
May 22, 2019
Rewriting
Versus editing and revisioning.
1:01:55
May 21, 2019
The Hook
Grabbing hold and not letting go.
1:01:25
May 20, 2019
Writing From Experience
The value of truth.
1:00:47
May 19, 2019
Believable Writing
Making it immersive.
1:02:18
May 18, 2019
Kishotenketsu
An Asian narrative style.
1:00:57
May 17, 2019
A Good Book
What is a "good" read? Can we agree on a definition?
1:01:57
May 16, 2019
Steve Forty
Talking with BSFA and VCON Ambassador for Life.
1:06:30
May 14, 2019
Robots
Fictional? Or are we them?
1:01:47
May 14, 2019
Starship
A sci-fi ship of state.
1:03:39
May 13, 2019
Second Draft
The difficulty of multiple drafts.
1:02:54
May 12, 2019
Lingua Franca
Writing cultural genocide.
1:03:37
May 11, 2019
Selling In
Rather than selling out...
1:01:48
May 9, 2019
Why SFF Conventions?
Celebrating wonder locally.
1:03:08
May 8, 2019
Writing A Series
A series of interconnected standalone novels.
1:04:00
May 7, 2019
Viva La Resistance
Listening to the inner critique.
1:01:44
May 6, 2019
Titles
Finding a book's all encompassing name.
1:02:03
May 5, 2019
An Outline
Is it a synopsis?
1:02:49
May 3, 2019
Split Narrative
Is dual or multiple narratives for you?
1:02:08
May 2, 2019
JM Landels
Interviewing the author of Allaigna’s Song: Overture.
58:39
May 2, 2019
Sequels
Should one write a book two?
1:00:21
May 1, 2019
Corby Cuff
Mental health episode about my childhood friend.
1:03:48
April 30, 2019
You're The Reader
Writing for our future self.
1:05:03
April 29, 2019
Unique Writing
Instead of writing for the mass market.
1:01:39
April 28, 2019
Eternity
The heart of spirituality or the centre of psychology?
1:00:31
April 27, 2019
Short Stories
The icebergs of fiction.
1:04:18
April 26, 2019
Screenplay
The pros and cons of writing for the screen.
1:05:34
April 25, 2019
Who Is The Writer
What makes a story teller?
1:02:34
April 24, 2019
Revealing Character
Showing who someone is through their choice of decoration.
1:00:11
April 23, 2019
Audience
More consideration of who it is we are writing for.
1:02:43
April 22, 2019
Cost Of Writing
Love of Publishing.
1:01:52
April 21, 2019
TG Shepherd
Interviewing the author of As A God about VCON, fighting, and comic books.
1:04:51
April 20, 2019
The Reader
More thought on who one's reader is. What do they want?
1:04:50
April 19, 2019
Magic Island
Playing around with a magic system.
1:01:22
April 18, 2019
Connection
A mental health episode.
1:02:41
April 17, 2019
Don DeBrandt
Interview with author Don DeBrant about SFF, writing, and VCON.
1:03:35
April 16, 2019
Diction
Word choice shapes perception.
1:06:49
April 14, 2019
Undermind
Riffing off of Spider Robinson's first novel Telempath.
1:03:18
April 13, 2019
Pneumatic Submarine
Some worldbuilding and exploring ideas for a WIP.
1:00:25
April 12, 2019
Synesthesia
Confusing one sense for another.
1:04:49
April 11, 2019
Napoleon Complex
Stanley Kubrick's interest in a French emperor.
1:01:44
April 10, 2019
Stream of Consciousness
An organic way of showing character thoughts.
1:01:11
April 8, 2019
Suspense
From cliffhangers to dramatic tension.
1:06:52
April 7, 2019
Josette Part 2
Interviewing J. Kernaghan about VCON, SciFi, and fandom.
1:02:57
April 5, 2019
Josette Part 1
Interviewing J. Kernaghan about VCON, SciFi, and fandom.
1:07:17
April 5, 2019
Narrative Transportation Theory
How much can a story influence us?
1:01:20
April 5, 2019
Missing Scene
I figure out what's missing in my WIP.
1:03:03
April 4, 2019
Stakes
What motivates a character?
1:01:12
April 3, 2019
Nonlinear Narrative
Do stories have to be straight lines?
1:01:58
April 2, 2019
Effective Beginnings
Starting with dreams, memories, and prologues.
1:03:55
April 1, 2019
Synecdoche
A part that represents the whole.
1:03:48
March 31, 2019
When To Tell
Showing is essential, but Telling has its uses too.
1:00:46
March 30, 2019
Author Intrusion
When is narrator commentary a good thing?
1:01:29
March 29, 2019
Editing Perception
Marketing rewritten art.
1:02:21
March 28, 2019
Sarcasm And Subtext
Starting with irony versus sarcasm, we dive beneath the text.
1:02:11
March 27, 2019
Snufkin And Puddleglum
Mashing up inspiring characters.
1:01:38
March 26, 2019
Dark Lords
Should we save the trope?
1:04:51
March 25, 2019
Bildungsroman
Education or indoctrination?
1:01:46
March 24, 2019
Doppelgänger
From evil spirit to divided self.
1:03:45
March 23, 2019
Litotes
Can we use the word unsad?
1:01:21
March 22, 2019
Anagnorisis
Shock of realization in a story.
1:02:59
March 21, 2019
Setting As Self
Where do we dwell within?
1:01:00
March 20, 2019
Character Archetypes
Templates of the subconscious.
1:02:41
March 19, 2019
Mind Slave
The illusion of the outside.
1:01:55
March 18, 2019
Anti Hero
The villain as protagonist.
1:03:06
March 17, 2019
Hubris
The tragic flaw of pride or overconfidence.
1:02:57
March 16, 2019
The Foil
A character that contradicts and challenges a protagonist.
1:03:05
March 15, 2019
Kenning
A Nordic literary device for Fantasy and beyond.
1:00:27
March 14, 2019
Satire
Exaggeration to expose abuse.
1:01:35
March 13, 2019
Hot Seat
Technique from playwriting of interviewing a character.
1:02:15
March 12, 2019
Deus Ex Machina
Taking agency from a protagonist.
58:29
March 11, 2019
Foreshadowing
The start of a series of episodes on literary devices.
1:07:32
March 10, 2019
Blacksmith Riddle
A convergence of inspiration.
1:05:42
March 9, 2019
Toxic Roles
Past ills as story fodder.
58:37
March 8, 2019
Why Critique
Before and after a meet with critique partner.
1:10:05
March 7, 2019
Writing Is Magic
Is there a trick that must not be revealed?
1:06:39
March 6, 2019
Who Owns Imagination
Are we free to make believe?
1:01:14
March 5, 2019
Post Panel
Aftermath of solo presentation.
1:01:26
March 4, 2019
Time Ladies Presentation
A good half an hour, and 15 minutes of so-so, about the women in Doctor Who.
46:03
March 4, 2019
Fan Expo 2
Convention, Captain Marvel, and someone tries to sell me a book.
1:00:28
March 4, 2019
Fan Expo 1
I arrive, nervous as heck, and explore the convention.
59:39
March 3, 2019
Goldilocks Magic
Just right.
1:01:28
March 1, 2019
Soft Magic
The opposite of hard magic.
1:04:03
February 28, 2019
Hard Magic
A highly structured magic system.
1:02:08
February 27, 2019
Setting & Mindset
Starting with Expressionism and asking how setting can reveal character.
1:02:51
February 26, 2019
Speak Your Truth
First draft of a literary fiction project.
1:04:04
February 26, 2019
Klingons And Gender
Problems with Star Trek and pronouns.
1:03:10
February 25, 2019
Perception
Wondering why we want antediluvian aliens to be real.
1:02:37
February 24, 2019
Time Ladies
Preparing to moderate at the local Fan Expo.
1:03:56
February 24, 2019
Email Newsletters
Updates that work!
1:05:43
February 22, 2019
Genre
Specifically steampunk, cyberpunk as genesis, and what punk is.
1:02:20
February 21, 2019
Meeting Up
Thoughts after meeting writers at a local pub.
1:01:56
February 21, 2019
Constructed Language
Using pre-existing languages to make new ones.
56:50
February 20, 2019
Writing Sprints
A social first draft, Fukushima, and racoons.
1:02:52
February 19, 2019
Violence
Rambling through whether to stop writing a violent plot.
1:00:52
February 16, 2019
Individual Versus
Versus the Collective.
1:00:52
February 15, 2019
Worldbuilding Vs Story
Language construction and the limits of comprehension.
1:07:50
February 14, 2019
The First Story
Sharing narrative.
1:05:15
February 13, 2019
Writing The Unsaid
Banned books, dictatorships, and subconscious expression.
52:42
February 13, 2019
Wight Lady
Inspiration and editing of an elderly character.
1:03:20
February 12, 2019
Doing The Work
Training the mind to write.
1:01:00
February 11, 2019
Altar Or Desk
Is a creative space a sacred space?
1:02:09
February 10, 2019
Reframing Writing
Publishing with patience.
1:03:49
February 9, 2019
Tracks Vs Train
The plot tug of war vs the story tug of war.
1:03:24
February 8, 2019
Mystery Box
Is there something in nothingness?
53:54
February 7, 2019
Success Now
Is it possible to avoid a creative failure?
1:01:46
February 6, 2019
Character Arcs
People change. Slavery to conformity. Roles.
1:00:45
February 5, 2019
Propaganda
Book covers as ideological expression.
59:18
February 4, 2019
LOTR As Rewrite
Is The Lord of the Rings a rewrite of The Hobbit?
1:05:36
February 3, 2019
Metaverse
Is this the real life or is this a fantasy?
1:06:42
February 2, 2019
Medusa
Interpretation of the Medusa myth, murder boards, and spoon sales.
1:05:42
February 1, 2019
Cowboys
Comparing knights and samurai with the cowboy myth.
1:01:16
January 30, 2019
A Celestial Sea
Using constellations to create a Fantasy world.
59:08
January 29, 2019
Building A Dragon
Examining a character I'm editing.
1:04:27
January 28, 2019
Book Design
Talking about effective cover art.
1:04:53
January 28, 2019
Lay Of The Green Gun
Beautiful beta readers, starting a serial, and story.
1:08:35
January 26, 2019
Life In Troy
Book birthday leads to (eventually) talking about Troy.
1:04:46
January 23, 2019
Theme
An argument for Conan The Barbarian.
1:02:06
January 22, 2019
Mandala Part 2
Fixing a broken psyche.
1:07:29
January 20, 2019
Mandala Part 1
Fixing a broken psyche.
1:06:27
January 20, 2019
Writing With Purpose
In possession of and alongside purpose.
58:49
January 20, 2019
The Cause Part Three
The role of education in mental illness.
1:03:04
January 20, 2019
The Cause Part Two
The role of population in mental illness.
1:02:33
January 20, 2019
The Cause Part One
The role of sovereignty in mental illness.
1:06:19
January 20, 2019
Saturn In Narnia
Bad fathers, The Last Battle, and I.
1:06:17
January 20, 2019
Venus In Narnia
Golden bough, The Magician's Nephew, and I.
1:01:54
January 19, 2019
Mercury In Narnia
The messenger, The Horse & His Boy, and I.
1:05:56
January 19, 2019
Sun In Narnia
Radiation, the Dawn Treader, and I.
1:05:15
January 18, 2019
Moon In Narnia
La Lune, The Silver Chair, and I.
1:06:06
January 17, 2019
Mars In Narnia
Symbolism and stories of the red planet.
1:06:27
January 17, 2019
Cosmopolis
After a walk, we reach the perfect city.
1:05:13
January 15, 2019
The Little Prince
Is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic a bad kids book?
1:06:22
January 14, 2019
Tarot
The recent invention of an old tradition.
1:03:49
January 11, 2019
Build A Fourth Wall
How to suspend disbelief in a reader.
1:06:16
January 10, 2019
Mindbuilding
Worldbuilding as a chance to look at one's mind.
1:04:46
January 9, 2019
You Have A Choice
Writing updates and Vancouver's First Nations choices.
1:01:54
January 8, 2019
Branding
Identity and Image in author / novel marketing.
1:04:26
January 7, 2019
Personification Of Peace
Writers without borders?
1:01:00
January 5, 2019
Personification Of War
War--what is it good for?
1:06:27
January 5, 2019
Personification Of Time
"Time is an illusion. Lunch time doubly so."
1:03:56
January 5, 2019
Personification Of Nature
Is it human nature to be unnatural?
1:05:01
January 5, 2019
Personification Of Fate
Wondering why the Wyrd Sisters aren't rich and famous.
1:03:10
January 5, 2019
Personification Of Death
Looking at expressions of mortality such as Mort from Discworld.
1:06:52
January 5, 2019
Juxtaposition, Collage, And Synthesis
Creating design aesthetics for characters, settings, and situations.
1:03:41
January 5, 2019
Getting Inspired
Looking at stories that have inspired another story.
1:03:14
January 4, 2019
Personification
Abstract quality in human form or giving objects human qualities.
1:01:08
January 3, 2019
Allegory
A story, poem, or picture that reveals a hidden meaning,
1:03:37
January 3, 2019
No Place Like Home
Surviving abuse, a golden opportunity, and passing judgement
1:04:50
January 2, 2019
Leftover: Creatures
Our black lagoon.
55:06
January 1, 2019
Leftover: Mummies
More memories of oneself.
55:11
January 1, 2019
Leftover: Vampires
The memory of oneself.
58:49
January 1, 2019
Leftover: Werewolves
The wild side of oneself.
1:11:06
January 1, 2019
Final Episode Part Two
Second half of the episode roundup and farewell.
1:03:45
December 28, 2018
Final Episode Part One
First half of a seventy-three episode retrospective.
59:25
December 28, 2018
Creativity
Not just being open to inspiration but shaping it.
1:06:06
December 27, 2018
Only One Story
Can every story be boiled down into one uber narrative?
57:34
December 26, 2018
The Art Of Drafting
What's beyond the first draft? What is a rewrite vs a revision? Why draft at all?
58:07
December 25, 2018
Jupiter In Narnia
Unpacking a Jovian children's tale.
1:03:34
December 24, 2018
Mary Poppins
Perusing the books, movies, and musical via P.L. Travers.
57:35
December 24, 2018
King Of The Castle
Looking at the symbolism and history of a military base.
1:00:20
December 23, 2018
Guardian Or Mentor
The archetypes that guard thresholds, treasure, or knowledge.
54:48
December 22, 2018
Winter Solstice
It's the darkest time of the year but the moon is full and the stars are bright.
55:55
December 21, 2018
Happy Accident
Creativity and commerce in writing.
1:00:18
December 20, 2018
A Mental Utopia
Rambling into a talk about mental health in the future.
1:00:56
December 19, 2018
Adaptation
Turning a book into a movie.
56:42
December 19, 2018
Island Of The Self
Looking at islands in fiction and what they mean.
1:02:29
December 18, 2018
Reading And Salon
Attending a local reading and demonstration of sword fighting.
59:06
December 18, 2018
Voice
Starting with Noir, we delve into how genre effects tone, dialogue, and description.
1:01:03
December 17, 2018
The Undiscovered Mind
Exploring your mind as if it were a another world.
1:01:34
December 16, 2018
Technology Is Story
A look at Marshall McLuhan's "The medium is the message."
59:12
December 15, 2018
Underworld Adventure
Journeys down under, what's up with them?
55:30
December 14, 2018
To Prologue Or Not
Sometimes the beginning deserves something special.
1:00:47
December 13, 2018
Trees
From world trees to ents,..
50:28
December 12, 2018
The Climax
A story's final confrontation.
56:25
December 11, 2018
The Crossroads
The protagonist reaches the end of Act One.
56:44
December 10, 2018
The Center
The protagonist reaches the point of no return.
57:07
December 9, 2018
The Catalyst
The shock at the beginning of the story that upsets the ordinary world.
58:15
December 8, 2018
The Crisis
Before the final confrontation we have the false failure, the tragedy, that transforms the protagonist.
53:59
December 7, 2018
The Image
A difficult look at description.
52:05
December 6, 2018
Fresh Writing
How often is it okay to use tired and cliche sayings and phrases like "the grass is always greener"?
55:28
December 5, 2018
Science Fiction
From ancient origins to future interpretations, what's the purpose of Sci-fi?
1:05:52
December 3, 2018
Follow Your Bliss
Is writing your bliss? What is bliss?
55:30
December 2, 2018
Narrative Frames
Talking about stories within stories.
55:00
December 1, 2018
Balance
Thinking about not thinking. Is it possible to unplug thoughts?
50:50
November 29, 2018
The Griffin Who Lived Upstairs
Inspirations like archaeology and cartography that have gone into planning a new story.
59:19
November 29, 2018
Dungeons And Dragons
Memories and arguments about the original RPG.
56:24
November 28, 2018
Magic In Fantasy
From high fantasy to the paranormal, I take a look at differences in magical fiction.
57:05
November 28, 2018
Freedom Of Speech
A walk and talk about responding to the silence of denial.
56:13
November 27, 2018
Writing Space
Desks I have known and loved, writing instruments, and surfaces written upon.
1:06:58
November 26, 2018
Writing The Mind
Is it possible, via writing, to reprogram oneself?
59:47
November 25, 2018
Non Structure & Inventive Place
Looking for meaning outside of imposed perspective.
50:46
November 23, 2018
Meet & Critique
Returning from a first chapter swap and feedback session with Patrick Bolivar.
49:42
November 23, 2018
Story Structure
After feedback from E.J. Allen, I go for a circuitous walk that imitates a three act structure.
1:02:58
November 22, 2018
Whedon's Worlds
Thinking about the Buffy, Whedon's fall from grace, and the golden opportunity of The Nevers.
59:10
November 21, 2018
Publishing Retrospective
My book's birthday is in two months, so I'm revisiting the long process, journey, thing that is publishing.
58:56
November 21, 2018
Seven Stories Part Four
Finishing up with the sixth and seventh story types: Comedy and Tragedy.
1:02:02
November 20, 2018
Seven Stories Part Three
Finishing up with the Journey And Return type of story and looking at the Rebirth.
57:18
November 20, 2018
Seven Stories Part Two
Talking about two more story types: Rags to Riches, and The Quest.
55:58
November 19, 2018
Seven Stories Part One
Are there only seven basic types of stories? We take a look at the first type called Overcoming The Monster.
52:50
November 19, 2018
Metaphor
The literary device of metaphor as used in poetry, art, and advertising.
1:02:59
November 17, 2018
Sublimation
Creativity as a healthy response to tragedies large and small.
54:20
November 16, 2018
Dune Explored
Looking back over the soft scifi epic by Frank Herbert, its sequels, prequels, and screen adaptations.
1:02:21
November 15, 2018
Chilling Adventures?
Is the new Sabrina series doing a disservice to neopagans and women? Are witches the villains we need right now?
59:04
November 15, 2018
Three Act Structure
From the grand arc of the novel to the major arcs of the three acts and the minor arcs of scenes, structure can help you outline, draft, and query your work.
58:19
November 15, 2018
Building A World
It's a brave new world, but is it just a mirror? My world, your world, and the fictional worlds in between.
1:01:32
November 14, 2018
Loom Of Words
Talking about the mythology of weaving and the rich tapestry of storylines / threads in a tale.
1:05:56
November 13, 2018
The Perfect Sentence
Looking at the construction of an invisible, grammatical, clear sentence that supports a story.
1:05:50
November 12, 2018
Swapping Critiques
The pros and cons of sharing your writing with others.
1:02:50
November 10, 2018
Professionalism
Is it okay to swear a blue streak in publishing, or is it all about personal persona?
1:06:11
November 9, 2018
Heroes
Starting with LaValle's Destroyer and Stohl's Captain Marvel, we dive into Joseph Campbell's monomyth as used by Dan Harmon et al.
58:47
November 8, 2018
Process
Talking about developing an editing process, discipline, but also the organic / chaotic component of inspiration.
1:01:34
November 7, 2018
Story Edit In Action
I discuss the process of editing the first chapter of a scifi novel's second draft.
59:31
November 6, 2018
Learning Story
In order to write well, do you need to take Creative Writing classes?
1:05:20
November 6, 2018
The Joy Of Writing
Why do we lose our interest in a story along the way! Is it possible to reignite the passion?
56:30
November 5, 2018
Government In Fiction
Starting with Thomas More's Utopia, we look at different forms of government both in the real world and the fantastical.
59:45
November 4, 2018
Language
Starting with foreign language and getting into the origin of language, we dig into conlang, etymology, and end up at using language to show not tell.
1:05:08
November 3, 2018
Description & Detail
Looking at image in writing. Forays into dream analysis, Troy, and self image.
1:10:16
November 1, 2018
The Monster
Halloween episode! We look at popular monsters, why we have them, and what monsters we are creating.
59:51
October 31, 2018
What Is Fantasy?
From cave paintings, to Plato's cave of shadows, to caves on alien worlds...
57:08
October 30, 2018
Building Character
Whether plotting or pantsing, at some point you have to sit back and ask yourself who your main character is.
1:06:07
October 29, 2018
How To Twitter
Is advertising enough? Is there a better way to sell a product? Why engage?
59:18
October 28, 2018
Constructive Criticism
Reminiscing about my time in the feedback trenches. How to give writing criticism and why.
1:02:51
October 27, 2018
Civilisation
Versus Nature. What's the purpose of art? Is it the civilising act; does it tame the wild beast? My city, your city, the last city...
53:58
October 26, 2018
What Is Literature?
Whether we like it or not, writing is divided up into literature and genre fiction. Why? Who says so? What defines literature?
1:00:40
October 25, 2018
Writer's Block
What's this thing in the way of writing? Why is it there? What function does it serve, and can we subvert it?
1:03:16
October 24, 2018
Writing Comic Books
Comics are a union of image and text. Why do we go there for our stories? What is it about comics that is so important?
58:26
October 24, 2018
Who Has The Power?
While editing a scene, the question to ask is, "Who has the power?" How does the power in a scene change? Is the power dynamic necessary?
57:20
October 24, 2018
Being An SFF Panelist
Going out for a walk and talk while ruminating about being a panelist at VCon 42.
1:00:20
October 24, 2018
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