Project: Shadow

Project: Shadow

By Charlie Dorsett
We understand the world through stories we tell ourselves, those others tell us, and those that entertain us, seeing ourselves in them even when they don’t contain people like us.

My name is Charlie, and I write Scifi/fantasy as C. E. Dorsett. As a queer writer, I dive into the deep structure of the books, movies, and shows that we love, and would love to take you with me through our fandoms and the works I create. We will dive into these worlds to reveal unseen wonder, discuss theories, and contemplate the elements of good writing. If you have any questions or topics, share them with me.
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Worldbuilding The Steps of the Passage
This is the last major step in the process before we dive into the nitty gritty. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:29
April 3, 2020
Announcing the Real Princess Rescue Squad
Going from Fanfic to a new fantasy world. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:58
April 2, 2020
World Building from The Solution to the Problem to the Marvelous Element
Now, let's work out the positive side of the world. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
24:28
April 1, 2020
World Building The Archetypes of the Creative Unconscious
Remember Archetypes are not Stereotypes. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:00
March 31, 2020
Star Trek Picard Finale Discussion
Well that happened. I cried 1 tear, then I realized it meant nothing. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:50
March 30, 2020
World Building from the State of Misfortune to the Holdfast
Let's continue our World Building 101 seminar. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:59
March 27, 2020
World Building the Value being Pursued, the Scourge, and the Hook
We are continuing our World Building 101 seminar If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:50
March 26, 2020
World Building the Inciting Incident through the Entity being Transformed
Continuing our World Building seminar. Tim Hickson's 8 Steps to Constructing a Fictional World Histery If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:05
March 25, 2020
World Building from Fascination to Subject
Let's start our seminar on World Building with the Fascination, Subject, and Quintessential, the three things we need need to start with to find the heart of our new world. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:21
March 24, 2020
Star Trek Picard Et in Arcadia Ego- Part 1 discussion
What I got right, wrong, and what is left to come.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:27
March 23, 2020
I have a wonderful, unrealistic idea, and I am running with it.
While I am not ready to make an announcement yet, I would like to talk to you about having the courage to dare to dream and reach forward, even in such uncertain times. In some ways, this is as much a pep talk for me as it is for you. Our capacity to dream of a future we want to see is vital for us to actually build that better future for ourselves and others. Will I succeed on my insane quest? Eventually, but if we don’t start, we can never finish.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:52
March 20, 2020
Jojo Rabbit is a brilliant deconstruction of Nationalism
Nothing in that title is a surprise to anyone who has already seen this movie. For me, the real power of this story is how it shows nationalism and all other isms of that type to be little more than cosplay for destructive ideas based on nothing real, important, or true at all. Let’s talk about Jojo Rabbit on today’s Project: Shadow.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:31
March 19, 2020
Creativity is a path through Darkness to the Other Side
It isn’t just writers and artist who have the the creative power to seek a path through the dark times to find safety on the other side. The secret of creativity is learning to cooperate with others to make something that is uniquely ours. Let’s talk about the power of Creativity on today’s Project: Shadow.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:21
March 18, 2020
Star Trek: Picard Broken Pieces answers as many questions as it asks
As has become my customary talking point about this series, there isn’t a lot to say without diving deep into spoilers. Broken Pieces was one of the most powerful episodes of the series so far, focusing on the internal drama not only between the characters, but within them as well. Rios is finally a full character in his own right and Jurati is on here way there. It did this without sacrificing the action of the story. One thing happened that is a big spoiler that will or at least should have a bigger impact on the story than anything that has happened so far. Let’s talk about Star Trek; Picard on today’s episode of Project: Shadow.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:01
March 17, 2020
We need to talk about Living without Fear and Panic
I don’t usually talk about events in the news. I feel like a lot of you listen to this show for information and an escape from your day to day life, but with everything going on with COVID-19, I feel like we need to talk about it. Don’t worry, I am not going to dig into stats and numbers that will surely change by the time you listen to this episode. What I want to talk about is how we live our lives in the midst of the fear and concern that fills our daily life. We can and will get through this, but when have to make it through without loosing who we are along the way. Let’s talk about living with Fear on today’s Project: Shadow.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:05
March 16, 2020
A Writing update or How did I forget to mix in the darkness
The project that I have not nicknamed yet hit a development wall and I couldn’t figure out why… Then I realized that I forgot to add the Gothic elements I love to include in my work… It’s like making a loaf of bread without yeast. So, let’s talk about how we often sabotage our work through sheer forgetfulness. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:31
March 13, 2020
Altered Carbon season 2 and the weight of memory
I could talk a lot about the events of this season 2 of Altered Carbon, and I will if you want, but the most powerful element of this season is the question of who and what we are and what is the place and power of memory in that. From the beginning of the series, the show has posited the world that identity is the sum total of a person’s memories and experiences. This season asks the question of is there an intrinsic quality that makes someone who and what they are and if so what is is. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:51
March 12, 2020
It’s alright to be boring, a social media, work, and life manifesto
We spend too much time worrying about how other people perceive us and what they think about us. Real life is boring and dull the vast majority of the time and we expend way to much effort projecting our lives as interesting and fun. It sell a fantasy, and as a (please forgive the slur) content creator, there is an overwhelming pressure to seem better and more interesting than we really are. None of that is new or novel, and yes, the solution to this is to just be yourself and stop caring about what other people think. That solution doesn’t work for people who make their living growing a community and relying on others to participate in some transaction so they can make a living. The real solution to this is to realize that the pressure isn’t on the creator to perform like a circus animal. Yes, be yourself, but don’t try to sell yourself as something you are not. If you travel a lot, share your travels, but don’t feel the need to do that if it is counter to who you are. We all have thoughts and opinions, cares and concerns. Add to that your goals and ambition, then you will find the persona you want to share with the world and others. The enemy of creativity is conformity. Be boring. Do the things you need to do to chase your dreams, but never give in to the desire to conform to the expectations of others. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:21
March 11, 2020
Why Ghost’s reveal of Papa Emeritus IV captures the Imagination
Ghost, as a band, have a magical ability to not only entertain with their music, but to capture the imagination of their fans who spend hours discussing the iconography of their covers, videos, and the meaning and world of their lyrics.  Recently, the revealed the ascension of Cardinal Copia to the position of Papa Emeritus IV live in concert at the final show on the Prequelle tour. We got to see the death of Papa Emeritus Nihil during the saxophone solo in Miasma and the Sisters of Sin elevating Cardinal Copia his new position. Through their participation in the quasi-structured extended universe beyond the music itself, they have created a playful meta verse for fans to play within. In reality, nothing changed. Tobias Forge was Cardinal Copia and every Papa who came before and will be Papa Emeritus IV, but the context of the new album has changed. Let’s discuss this on the show. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:57
March 10, 2020
Star Trek: Picard Nepenthe and the importance of caring
Finally, a singularly great episode of Star Trek: Picard. For the first time in this series, everything worked together to craft a beautiful episode that forwarded the plot, distilled the theme, and made the characters live as themselves in a way that didn’t reveal the hand of the author to the extent of the previous episodes. Nepenthe was a moment of crystallization that re-contextualized most of the previous series and focused the story toward its eventually climax, but this episode did so much more than just bring life to the story. Star Trek: Picard is tell us a story that we rarely get to see. It is a story about how we deal with regret and learn to reconnect with the world that we cut ourself off from. As someone who’s done that, I see a lot more of myself in this story. What makes this series work is that it is showing a path to healing for those who have taken this dark path, and a warning for those who haven’t. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:46
March 9, 2020
The Designing Principle is the most important concept when developing a series
My concept of the Designing Principle comes from John Truby’s Anatomy of a Story: “The designing principle is what organizes the story as a whole. It is the internal logic of the story, what makes the parts hang together organically so that the story becomes greater than the sum of its parts. It is what makes the story original.” John Truby. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller (p. 25) As I know that the book I am working on is the first book in at least a trilogy, if not a larger series, taking the time to find the designing principle that will not only hold this book together, but the entire series so an unknown quantity of books will all hold together even if it goes beyond the initial concept is hard. What I have learned is that this is the heart of the series that I have talked about so much on the podcast in the past. Let’s explore this idea together. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:01
March 6, 2020
Hunters tries to answer questions of revenge and justice
Hunters on Amazon Prime is not the show it was advertised as. The trailers made it look like a Quentin Tarantino style revenge fantasy focused on Nazis in America. While there is some of that, the show itself is more of a deep meditation on what should happen with people that are willing to devalue human life to the point of genocide, but it also looks at topics of petty revenge from various angles as well. Through the dialogue, it is clear that this show wants to be a conversation of what makes a hero and how do we obtain justice when the system fails us.  All of those are interesting questions, but the show is far more interested in its own cleverness than it is at answering those questions. The two major twists that take place in the story don’t add much of anything and detract from the show overall. One is so obvious that it shouldn’t count as a twist, and the other The other comes out of no where and re-contexts earlier reveals into hollow, heavy handed foreshadowing that guts the heart of the story. The complexity of this series make it worth talking about, but I am not sure it deserves a second season. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:38
March 5, 2020
Dragon Quest Your Story and the meaning of games and fandom
Dragon Quest: Your Story is a 3D animated retelling of the story of Dragon Quest V, but it is so much more than that. Without going into spoilers, which I will in the episode itself, this movie is a mediation on the place that content, particularly video games, have in our lives. I am not sure that the method they use to discuss this theme works, it does a good job not only capturing the feel of fandom, but also the current state of internet fandom itself. This movie is a bold experiment, not only in how to retell a video game story, but in how to have a meta conversation about the topic at hand. In many ways, I think the Lego Movie did a better job addressing some of the same themes and ideas, but it comes at the topic from a very different point of view.  In all, it was a good movie with an interesting message. I wish more people would take risks at this scale with stories that have this much resonance within the target market. With so many films feeling like remakes and formula fare, this film takes a wild swing that may or may not have worked for you, but I have to admire the bravery to try something this different when they could have phoned it in for a more guaranteed success. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:52
March 4, 2020
Star Wars- The High Republic will hopefully be more than a side quest
Project: Luminous has finally been revealed as Star Wars: The High Republic, and I want to be excited about this, but there were two parts of the announcement that concerned me. 1. There are NO High Republic movies planned. 2. It is a connected story that will cover different types of media. I will dig into those things a lot deeper in the show, but I have to say that I am still tentatively excited about this. Jedi Knights of the Round Table? Sign me up. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:16
March 3, 2020
Star Trek Picard The Impossible Box finally raises the stakes, but keeps the mystery box closed
On episode 6 of 10 of Star Trek: Picard, we finally have the band together with the heroes and the villains established until the inevitable twist when we learn that we were all wrong the whole time and Soji is the real villain… I hope it doesn’t go there, but I see the signs that they have set up a “The Romulan were right the whole time” twist in the finale. I am more convinced than ever that this series is going to be about who created V’ger and why they have been in hiding all this time. I am also expecting it to explain where the Borg came from, because that is a story no one asked for. Having said all that, I loved this episode. The most difficult part of this episode is how many choices it made that I don’t like, but the acting and story was so enthralling, I am still willing to go along with it. I am just afraid that at some point the spell will break and the magic will fade. I don’t have faith in the writers have an interesting end game because they keep choosing the most obvious plot point at each step along the way. I want to be wrong. I want to keep loving this show. Please don’t let me down. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:27
March 2, 2020
Be fascinated in development, in love when drafting, and ruthless in revision
When we are working on a project we have to be honest in each stage of the project.  Stage 1: Be fascinated in development. When you are figuring out what the project is, follow your fascinations and test as many possibilities the story could take and trim off everything that doesn’t make you want to know more or find out what happened next. Stage 2: Fall in love in drafting. It is so important for us to turn off the analytical and judgmental aspects of our personality and have fun. Stage 3: Be ruthless in revision. Turn that judgmental, analytical beast back on and beat the work into shape. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:56
February 28, 2020
Why Cis, Straight People should care about Queer Stories
Queer people and characters have had to do something that most cis, heterosexual people haven’t, questioned who they are and why they are who they are. This isn’t a knock against cis, heterosexual people, it is just a fact that when you are the same as the default presentation of people in your society, you don’t have to ask yourself any deep questions about your identity. While not all LGBTQIA+ stories are about this kind of soul searching, this aspect of the character’s background will affect who they are, how they act and interact with others, and the decisions they make. It is also important for people to learn to see themselves in the lives of people different from them. Let’s discuss on today’s Project: Shadow. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:30
February 27, 2020
How to Date your Dragon or How characters matter more than anything else- a book review
I just finished reading How to Date your Dragon by Molly Harper, and I have to say I enjoyed it, but I wanted more than I got. World building is so important for me, and I wish the story would have gone deeper into the setting.If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:03
February 26, 2020
Tropes, Nostalgia, and mythology are placebos for connection, and the magic always wears off
Dragons, unicorns, tropes, and nostalgia are placebos for connection, but they are no substitute for the real thing. They are signposts of the type of story being told and flares to attract attention. Once they have done their job, there has to be something else to retain that attention and connection. Some try to substitute trauma and pain for the various elements that would actually connect people to the work, the characters, and the setting. Let’s talk about hollow fiction on today’s Project: Shadow. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:29
February 25, 2020
Star Trek Picard and the Death of Nostalgia
With the events of Star Trek Picard: Star City Rag, it is clear that the series wants to be as different from the series that preceded it as possible to the point where it no longer looks classic Star Trek, which is obviously a thing of the past. Gene Roddenberry and many others who worked on and guided previous series wrote a lot about how the problems that center in the stories need to be universal. If they were transferred to any other genre, the story should be able to happen with minimal changes. Star Trek Picard has rejected this to the point of parody with its focus on Borg technology and Artificial Intelligence is moving it farther away from relatability as the show could be. I have a lot to say about this episode, but I can’t without spoilers, so join me on today’s Project: Shadow. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:50
February 24, 2020
How to develop a story idea
How to take an idea and turn it into something that can become a novel or other type of story. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:26
February 21, 2020
Dealing with Creative Overload and Overwhelm
My method for dealing with all the content I want to consume and make. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:48
February 20, 2020
On being a Goth Writer or Sharing the Beauty in Darkness
Learning to write the beauty in the darker side of life and how it changes fiction. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:12
February 19, 2020
Locke and Key is fun, empty, and has one possible issue
I enjoyed this show. It was interesting and fun. The cast is awesome, and the cinematography was beautiful, but one of the twist left me empty, and made me feel like this show contains damaging anti-queer tropes. We need to talk about this in spoilers. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:48
February 18, 2020
Star Trek Picard- Absolute Candor and the Theory of Rios
Star Trek Picard gives us a deeper dive into Romulan culture and explains more of JL's life since The Next Generation. I loved this episode, and it made me so convinced of a theory I have about Chris Rios that I have to share it with you. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:17
February 17, 2020
Living in Fear of Being a Romance Writer
I might be a romance writer, and the thought of that terrifies me, but why? Why should I care if I am a secret romance writer? The answer reveals a lot about identity and the creative process. Quotes are read from "About the Romance Genre" by Romance Writers of America If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:56
February 14, 2020
Mythic Quest Raven’s Banquet and the Fight between Creative and Monetization
Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet on Apple TV + is a touching, smart, irreverent, series that made me laugh so hard I had to pause it to keep from missing the jokes. More than that, it is a powerful metaphor for the components of the creative mind at war with itself. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:18
February 13, 2020
What is the Minimum Viable Product for a story
A Minimum Viable Product or MVP is an idea from Lean Startup that they tried to elaborate on in their Lean Content course in 2015. I've spent the last five years developing my understanding of an MVP for fiction, and I have some ideas to share on it. I am running some experiments, and thought you should know about them. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:04
February 12, 2020
When the world is on fire, talking about fictious worlds helps
Learning to see the lies in the world around us. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:31
February 11, 2020
Star Trek Picard’s The End is the Beginning opens up the mystery and may have revealed the end
As a result of the events of this episode, I think I know the twist at the end of the season. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:06
February 10, 2020
Torn between Magic and Space Ships, an update on my writing journey
How to defeat guilt as a writer. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:39
February 7, 2020
What October Faction did wrong and why it should get a second season
This is not how stories should work. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:12
February 6, 2020
Who is a real Author and What does modern fiction look like
Let's talk about the future of stories. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:59
February 5, 2020
The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina is a show about Chosen Family
In the fight between legacy and friendship, who should win? If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:08
February 4, 2020
Star Trek Picard Theory- Why don't the Romulans use AIs
Let's dive into the history of the Romulans as we try to solve the mystery. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:56
February 3, 2020
Rewriting My Dark Fantasy Exploration of Gender
Let's talk about why I have decided to rewrite my book The Chain. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:55
January 31, 2020
Queering Fiction- Going beyond LGBTQ representation to Queer Stories
We need to see more queer stories in the place of basic queer representation. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:21
January 30, 2020
In Star Trek Picard, what could Fractal Neuronic Cloning Mean
How do patterns make us who we are and how does Star Trek Picard see them. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:43
January 29, 2020
What happened to Rock Music to cause it to drop out of the mainstream? It lost the fantasy
Where have all the rock gods gone? If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:42
January 28, 2020
Star Trek Picard Review- Remembrance presents us with with a future that actually has something to say
I get a little obsessed with cards and numbers. They could be important for the future of the series. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:47
January 27, 2020
Creative Mastery is an Illusion, but a goal to strive for
What does it really mean to master the craft? If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:02
January 24, 2020
The Marvelous Mrs Mazel on being a good LGBT Ally and understanding the lives of others
The third season of Amazon Prime's The Marvelous Mrs Mazel contained an interesting story line about Queer allies and the lives of LGBT people in the 60's.  If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:19
January 23, 2020
Cynicism in Star Trek- How Children of Mars threatens to continue the Dark Trek theme into Picard
From JJ Abrams to Discovery, cynicism has invaded Star Trek. Let's talk about the Short Treks Q&A and the prequel to Star Trek Picard: Children of Mars, on today's episode. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:29
January 22, 2020
The Ups and Downs of the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths
The CW's crossover has come and gone, and it did some things right, and other things... well, could have been better. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:26
January 21, 2020
From the end of the Watchmen to Ghost jigsaw puzzles
The news of the week: Watchmen Season 2 is Never Going to Happen- http://bit.ly/3620xaS 6 things to know about Peacock, NBC's new (free) streaming service- http://bit.ly/2RpqgEI How would a Knights of the Old Republic TV show work?- http://bit.ly/2uUIPZL Ghost Album Cover Jigsaw Puzzles Are Coming Soon- http://bit.ly/30uLkOg If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
21:55
January 20, 2020
World Building with Story Planner
Organization is half the battle. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:27
January 17, 2020
Love, Death, and Poetry in Dickinson
How death is an interesting standing in for love and marriage in Dickinson. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:16
January 16, 2020
The Jedi binary can never be balanced
Obi-wan Kenobi told us the secret to balance in the force in A New Hope, but did the writers, directors, and actors realize it? If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:47
January 15, 2020
Narrative Blindness- Look out for the stories you are being told
Learn to see the stories others are trying to ensnare us with. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:15
January 14, 2020
Lost in Space season 2 Review
Let's discuss the second season of the Netflix series. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
23:08
January 13, 2020
Finding a story by the seat of your pants
Learning to trust our voice is the first step to finding our stories. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:18
January 10, 2020
Theme Thursday- Messiah, what is the cost of belief
Everyone has a belief and that changes our use of language. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:51
January 9, 2020
Why we can’t have nice things- The Jedi misunderstand detachment
How detachment rightly and wrongly understood are the backbone of Star Wars stories. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
25:08
January 8, 2020
Watch Dickinson or How Dickinson does magic realism right
This show from Apple TV+ is a masterpiece.  If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:15
January 7, 2020
Messiah Season 1 Review
If you love or interested in a religious/cultural thriller, this is the show for you. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:53
January 6, 2020
Recharging Creativity
Lose yourself to find your creativity. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:03
January 3, 2020
Why we can’t have nice things- The Jedi teach children
Does the Jedi taking children away from their families to train them to be space wizards make them evil? If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:54
January 2, 2020
2020- Welcome to the World of Tomorrow Today
The world is full of fear, brought on by those dystopian masters seeking to control us. There is a way to move past fear. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:03
January 1, 2020
To Boldly Go where Star Trek Needs to Go Again
Star Trek should be about diversity and compassion. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:12
December 31, 2019
Thoughts on the future of this Podcast
Where do we go from here? If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:25
December 30, 2019
My Year of Writing 2019
I learned a lot about creativity and the creative business this year. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:32
December 27, 2019
Top 10 Songs of 2019
These are the ten songs released in 2019 that I listened to most this year. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:25
December 26, 2019
Life Day, or Why the Winter Solstice Matters
Let's talk about the winter solstice and planning for the future. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:11
December 25, 2019
The Expanse Season 4- How History Hurts the Future
Let's start the discussion on the fourth season of The Expanse.  If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:27
December 24, 2019
Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker Review and Discussion
Brian and Charlie discuss the events of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
31:19
December 23, 2019
A Personal Message to JK Rowling
There is no such thing as not being transphobic while supporting their cause.  J.K. Rowling’s Support of Researcher Fired for Being Anti-Trans Sparks Backlash: https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/j-k-rowlings-support-of-researcher-fired-for-being-anti-trans-sparks-backlash-1203448705/ If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:42
December 20, 2019
What's the deal with Space Opera
Why is Space Opera so popular?  If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:07
December 19, 2019
Writing, independence, and the path through
Listen as I struggle with the future of my work. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:23
December 18, 2019
Is Watchmen Season 1 a masterpiece
There is so much to talk about from Watchmen season 1, most notably the quality of the show. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:09
December 17, 2019
Let's guess the plot of Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker
Here are our best guesses for how Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will play out. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
24:04
December 16, 2019
Is it time to edit or the care and feeding of the Muse
Find out what I am working on in this weeks Fiction Friday. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:13
December 13, 2019
How Titans season 2 found its voice
Let's discus how Titan became a good, maybe even great show, in season two. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:02
December 12, 2019
The Writer's Journey and Ruby Dust
How to set goals for the New Year. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:43
December 11, 2019
Baby Yoda, Fandom, and What makes something Star Wars
What draws us to Baby Yoda and why do so many call The Mandalorian, "The Star Wars we wanted." If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:11
December 10, 2019
Daybreak- The One Joke that Distracted Me
Let's talk about the Netflix series Daybreak and the one transphobic at the beginning that took me out of the show.  If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:48
December 9, 2019
Finishing a Book and a Series
In episode 900, I talk about what I learned from writing this book and series. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:12
December 6, 2019
Harley Quinn or why character matters in comedy
Let's talk about the new DC Universe show Harley Quinn and why it is so funny. If you want to support the work that I do, you can join the project on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/cedorsett YouTube Channel= https://www.youtube.com/user/cedorsett/ Site: https://www.projectshadow.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedorsett Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectshadowsite/
22:42
December 5, 2019
His Dark Materials episodes 1-5
What is it that bothers me about HBO's His Dark Materials? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:19
December 4, 2019
Star Wars- The Manalorian Chapter 1-4
The series is amazing, let's talk about why. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:44
December 3, 2019
Catching up on the Crazy
Let's talk a bit about November and where we are going from here. Join the Project on Patreon.
24:06
December 2, 2019
NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 4
Join me on my journey writing Glorify My Name, book 3 in the Mask of the Gods series. Join the Project on Patreon.
16:30
November 29, 2019
Thanksgiving needs a Reboot
Why don't Thanksgiving have a mascot? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:15
November 28, 2019
Chosen Family- A Holiday Survival Guide
What really make someone family? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:13
November 27, 2019
Don’t Make Wishes, Tell Yourself a Story
Stories are life. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:12
November 26, 2019
One More Week- A NaNoWriMo Pep Talk
Let's keep the momentum going. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:19
November 25, 2019
NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 3
Join me on my journey writing Glorify My Name, book 3 in the Mask of the Gods series. Join the Project on Patreon.
15:42
November 22, 2019
Why I am Thankful for D&D
Why RPGs are awesome and everyone should play them. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:11
November 21, 2019
Super Powers and the Dilemma of Talent
With great power... Join the Project on Patreon.
22:15
November 20, 2019
Thank you for Supporting My Work
A guide to supporting the creators you love. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:18
November 19, 2019
We can do it- a NaNoWriMo Pep Talk
Don't listen to the voices telling you to stop. This is not their time. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:24
November 18, 2019
NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 2
Join me on my journey writing Glorify My Name. Join the Project on Patreon.
28:33
November 15, 2019
Why I am Thankful for Anne McCaffrey
I learn so much talking to you all. Wow. This episode was a revelation for me. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:17
November 14, 2019
The Jedi and Sith- Power Dynamics and the Force
How power corrupts. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:11
November 13, 2019
Every Work in a Series is a Remake
Let's talk about how we don't forget the heart of our series. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:23
November 12, 2019
The Making of Me- My Birthday Episode
How I learned to appreciate life. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:22
November 11, 2019
NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 1
This is an audio blog of my experiences the first week of National Novel Writing Month. Be my buddy for NaNoWriMo. Join the Project on Patreon.
18:06
November 8, 2019
The Joy of Fandom
How to have fun in fandom. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:19
November 7, 2019
Fandom is about Community not Canon
Everything is a story. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:19
November 6, 2019
All Fiction is Fan Fiction
Find your fandom, find your voice. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:21
November 5, 2019
What is Fandom
Let's touch the live wire. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:12
November 4, 2019
Ready, Set, NaNoWriMo
Let's prepare for the stages of National Novel Writing Month. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:11
November 1, 2019
Rhythm + Flow or What a Music competition should look like
I love this show so much. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:18
October 31, 2019
Star Wars is free from Benioff and Weiss
Let's speculate wildly about the future of Star Wars. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:33
October 30, 2019
Writing Strange and Queer Stories
A sort of NaNoWriMo pep talk... at least for myself. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:37
October 29, 2019
The Cat stole my glasses and other excuses not to write- A Late Preptober Pep Talk
Last minute prep and pep talk. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:17
October 28, 2019
Fantasy Fiction Looks Within
Charlie rants about the fantasy genre. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:16
October 25, 2019
That Final Star Wars Rise of Skywalker Trailer
How might Palpatine be back. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:12
October 24, 2019
Watching the First Episode of the Watchmen
First impressions and spoiler discussion of the Watchmen, "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice." Join the Project on Patreon.
22:48
October 23, 2019
Creating Covers for Unwritten Novels
What do I make my covers before I write my books? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:13
October 22, 2019
Writing LGBT Characters in Scifi and Fantasy
Let's talk tropes and world building issues. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:18
October 21, 2019
Why no exclusives
Know your goals as a creative and find the path you see as best. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:17
October 18, 2019
How do we know we are ready to create
Beware the demons of procrastination. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:14
October 17, 2019
Revisiting My First Book
Writers need to preserve their power. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:19
October 16, 2019
The Titans Season 2 Apology Tour
Please be excited, we're sorry. We are so sorry. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:14
October 15, 2019
Why I Do NaNoWriMo
Let me tell you a story of National Novel Writing Months past. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:16
October 14, 2019
Exploring the Galactic Underworld of Our Solemn Hour
Let's talk about how I mixed Wuxia with Space opera for my WIP. Urugal Join the Project on Patreon.
22:27
October 11, 2019
What makes your work unique
Let's talk about uniqueness in fiction and what an author's voice actually is. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:32
October 10, 2019
Diversity, Sterotypes, and Writing
Forced diversity isn't a thing, but woke tokenism is. Let's talk about this on today's show. Join the Project on Patreon.
21:05
October 9, 2019
Let's talk about the Batwoman Pilot
The first episode of Batwoman is out, and I have feels. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:26
October 8, 2019
Picard, Discovery, and Lost in Space
New teasers and trailers are out, so let's talk about them. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:41
October 7, 2019
The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance
Let's talk about the Netflix series. Join the Project on Patreon.
20:11
October 4, 2019
What's the T with all the hate
Outrage as marketing. Join the Project on Patreon.
19:56
October 3, 2019
What is the heart of the Story World
Once you figure out the heart of the story, then you have the tools you need to write as many stories in that world as you want. Join the Project on Patreon.
21:18
October 2, 2019
Violence as Metaphor in a Violent World
What is the responcibility of an author? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:32
October 1, 2019
Melding Genres is a contraint not a license
Genres must be melded before we get to the first draft. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:32
September 30, 2019
Prepping for Prep-tober
There is one thing we often forget to prep for: Resistance. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:15
September 27, 2019
Finding Focus in a Scattered Brain
Will a bullet journal organize our fiction? No. Limits, constraints, and focus will. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:23
September 26, 2019
So, you are a writer, tell me more
The fear of sharing who we are. Join the Project on Patreon.
21:56
September 25, 2019
The First Novel I tried to Write
How the freedom to fail mixed with the obligation to write taught me how to me a writer. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:08
September 24, 2019
Scenius, the Genius of the Community
Let's talk about how great art arises from a community, not an individual. Scenius, or Communal Genius What Is The “Scenius”? Further notes on scenius Join the Project on Patreon.
22:08
September 23, 2019
Reinventing our selves and our work
Change for yourself, never for others. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:37
September 20, 2019
Spiderman Far from Home is the Anti-Antman
Let's talk about Spiderman Far from Home, Sony, Disney, and the MCU... Join the Project on Patreon.
22:19
September 19, 2019
Jurasic World The Battle at Big Rock
Let's talk about the Battle at Big Rock, the new Jurassic World Short. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:14
September 18, 2019
World Anvil and Letting Go of Perfectionism
Is it really perfectionism that keeps us from hitting publish or is it something else? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:41
September 17, 2019
Profession and Craft in a Creative Life
Learn to find you own way and don't fall for the promises of others. Join the Project on Patreon.
21:49
September 16, 2019
How to have fun creating
Let's talk about how to get out of our own heads and get some writing done. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:12
September 13, 2019
The Faerish Folk of Carnival Row
The expulsion of the Fauns and the work of Saint Titania, and more about the history of the Faerish Folk. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:15
September 12, 2019
Should everything have a streaming model
Now that every creative industry has an all you can eat model, what is a creative person to do? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:23
September 11, 2019
Money, Fame, and the Quest for Immortality
Three demons are often at the root of writer's block, but they are sneaky and hard to see. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:24
September 10, 2019
Decisions are hard, What's the WIP
What are the real causes of writer's block and its twin, too-many-ideas syndrome. How do we choose what to work on? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:15
September 9, 2019
Nostalgia and our connection to lost worlds
Do you know where your stories come from? Am I selling out? Let's discuss how nostalgia affects writers. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:24
September 6, 2019
Is anything really Paranormal
Metaphors are important, because there are things that go bump in the night. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:44
September 5, 2019
Are Plot Leaks News
It is time for a fandom rant... I am so done with modern fandom and its obsession with leaks. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:20
September 4, 2019
Is Carnival Row the best show on Amazon Prime
Let's talk about Carnival Row. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:13
September 3, 2019
The Passion Project Strikes Back
What is a passion project and why are they important?  Join the Project on Patreon.
22:37
September 2, 2019
Why we couldn't even watch The Boys
Let's talk about why we couldn't get past the first episode of The Boys on Amazon Prime. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:24
August 30, 2019
Should Cis Authors write Trans characters
Yes... fine let's talk about it. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:15
August 29, 2019
Living in A Gendered World
Let's talk about life in the world as an LGBT person. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:20
August 28, 2019
The Star Wars The Mandalorian and Rise of Skywalker Trailers
Let's talk about those new teasers and the announcement of Kenobi. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:20
August 27, 2019
Netflix's Wu Assassins needs more heart
Wu Assassins is a show with a lot of promise and decent action, but it needs to slow down. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:15
August 26, 2019
World Building with Wonderdraft and World Anvil
Let's talk about world building with Wonderdraft and World Anvil. I set up a world for Ash Dancer, Dragons of Night, and the scifi project. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:06
August 23, 2019
Otherness as a Weapon in Speculative Fiction
Let's talk about the problem of simplifying an entire species into a monolithic race. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:38
August 22, 2019
The Difference between Violence and Warfare in Speculative Fiction
Mike Rugnetta defines violence as, "the whole or partial negation of agency through force." Let's apply that the fiction. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:41
August 21, 2019
The Trailer for the Final Season of Star Wars Resistance
Why is this the final season and what will hopefully happen, let's discuss it on today's episode. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:46
August 20, 2019
Another Life Review and Why it needs another season
Let's talk about Netflix new scifi show, Another Life. Join the Project on Patreon.
24:21
August 19, 2019
The Fun of Contemplating Cryptids
Whether or not you believe in any Cryptids doesn't matter to me, it's about the stories and the communities that develop.  Join the Project on Patreon.
22:30
August 16, 2019
The Problem of Perpetual Warfare, Heroism, and Flawed Character in Scifi and Fantasy
Let's talk about how we can make science fiction and fantasy better. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:10
August 15, 2019
Wrestling with Inspiration
Let's talk about the connection between Inspiration and fascination. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:10
August 14, 2019
Why we can't stop watching Naked and Afraid
What does a survival reality show have to teach us about human civilization? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:18
August 13, 2019
Let's talk about the first Addams Family Trailer
It looks interesting, but will it just be a slightly different Hotel Transylvania? Join the Project on Patreon.
22:14
August 12, 2019
The Need for Compassion in the World
After the events of the weekend, I need to talk a bit about compassion, and The Charter for Compassion. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:36
August 5, 2019
Podcasting while Writing plus World Anvil
Let's talk about the future of this podcast and fiction I am working on.
22:22
July 29, 2019
What should be in a Green Lantern movie
Let's talk about JJ Abrams, Green Lantern, and the movies I would make. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:49
July 26, 2019
If at first you don't succeed then something something
Let's talk about the meaning of success. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:17
July 25, 2019
How not to be defeated
What does it really mean to adult. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:11
July 24, 2019
Why The Expanse is the New Star Trek
If you are not watching The Expanse, you should be. Let's talk about why. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:24
July 24, 2019
Marvel has an LGBT character, finally
Yay, it only took 22+ films to get here... Party... Join the Project on Patreon. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:13
July 22, 2019
Is an LGBT Alien really representation
Representation is important to show minority characters to a majority audience, but sometime those characters further the othering of these groups. Let's discuss. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:51
July 19, 2019
Being LGBT in Fandom
Let's talk about life in a community that questions why or whether you exist. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:16
July 18, 2019
How I met Ethan Peck
How my friends made my weekend and I got to meet Ethan Peck, the new Spock. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:49
July 18, 2019
What is Fandom, really
Let's talk about what fandom is and isn't. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:54
July 5, 2019
Let's talk about Shazam
DC did a good movie. Wow. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:22
July 4, 2019
Why Scifi Fantasy Conventions Matter
Charlie discusses why Conventions are important. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:03
July 3, 2019
Writing Confessions- What a Writer should never admit publically
Charlie talks about what writers do or don't know about their work as it enters the world and how to set good goals with all the uncertainty.
23:32
July 2, 2019
Introducing Banned from Argo
Charlie introduces Banned from Argo, a new podcast about Star Trek, and talks about why this one series deserves a podcast of its own.
23:26
July 1, 2019
Coming out over and over again
Charlie talks about coming out and being honest with ourselves. Join the Project on Patreon.
25:31
June 28, 2019
Celebrating Tim Burton's Batman
Charlie talks about the experience of going to see the movie back in the day and how well the movie stands up. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:02
June 27, 2019
Sympathy for the Devil- Let's talk about Netflix's Lucifer
Charlie discusses how Lucifer uses vague world building to make an interesting world. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:52
June 26, 2019
Why Sisterhood of Dune already has me upset
The companies are now trying to leverage our relationships to various intellectual property to make us believe they are serving our interests rather than trying to hoover the money from our pockets in cynical cash grabs. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:14
June 25, 2019
Crawling out of Darkness
How to get work done when you don't feel like doing anything. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:33
June 24, 2019
Making a living and making a life
Finding a balance between making money and creative fulfillment isn't always easy, but it is something we should work hard to do. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:53
June 21, 2019
Viktor's Experimental Update
Let's talk about Slime Rancher, Video Games, and the power of Bizarre narrative to push innovation forward.
24:25
June 20, 2019
Why is gender and reproduction so human in Scifi
With the wonderful diversity found in nature why is the Scifi imagination so stunted when it comes to gender and reproduction?
25:56
June 19, 2019
Willam Gibson's Alien III
Charlie discuses the full cast recording of William Gibson's Alien III and how it could be used to rescue the franchise from the mediocrity Ridley Scott brought into it with Prometheus and Covenant, not to mention the other Alien III and Resurrection. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:34
June 18, 2019
Recreating the Creators- Saving Mr Banks
Charlie discusses the legend making in Saving Mr Banks and why the movie needs a trigger warning. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:43
June 17, 2019
Why rewrite a published book
Charlie discuss why rewriting a published book is not as crazy as it sounds and why it needs to be done. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:02
June 14, 2019
Star Trek Deep Space Nine- Dax and the nature of Interconnection
Charlie discuses the missed chance to explore the concept of gender with the Trill on Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:15
June 13, 2019
World Building our Everyday Lives
Charlie discusses how to give and find context in our lives. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:36
June 12, 2019
Supergirl Season season 4 Discussion and Review
Brian and Charlie discuss Supergirl season 4. Join the Project on Patreon.
24:22
June 11, 2019
Dance Macabre or How a song makes you anticipate people dancing in a rain of blood
Charlie discusses Dance Macabre by Ghost, the imagery of the lyrics, the dark humor of the video, and how it inspired a rewrite of a book. Join the Project on Patreon.
23:33
June 10, 2019
The Power of Pride
Pride is more than a feeling. It is a celebration of for everyone on the spectra from heterosexual to homosexual, from binary cisgender to transgender, including the nonbinary, asexual, aromantic and every other expression under the sun. Let's talk about Pride and how everyone can take part.
22:17
June 7, 2019
Star Trek on writing Star Trek
The writing guide for Star Trek from April 1967 explains how write a believable story for the series. Star Trek has forgotten these rules, so let's talk about it.  Join the Project on Patreon.
22:42
June 6, 2019
Crafting the Dark World of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
How is a dark world full of Satan worshiping witches a kitschy and campy fun fest? Let's talk about the world building in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.  Join the Project on Patreon.
23:24
June 5, 2019
Good Omens Review and Discussion
Brian and Charlie talk about the BBC/Amazon Prime limited series Good Omens. Join the Project on Patreon.
31:42
June 4, 2019
Godzilla King of the Monsters Review and Discussion
Brian and Charlie discuss the good and the bad of Godzilla King of the Monsters. Join the Project on Patreon.
32:50
June 3, 2019
Big Changes on the Way
Thank you all for listening over the years, I have an announcement. Starting Monday, we are starting season 2 which will bring some changes to the format going forward. I can't wait to get your feedback. Join the Project on Patreon.
22:35
May 31, 2019
The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Teaser
Let's talk about the teaser for the new show on Netflix, and the ramifications of the Rise of Disney Plus on the fate of the series.
22:41
May 30, 2019
LGBTQ Visibility in Fiction
Let's celebrate diversity and discuss why it is important.
22:28
May 29, 2019
Why am I not as good as my heroes and peers
Why are we so hard on our own work? Let's discuss the processes involved.
22:59
May 28, 2019
The Problem with the Star Trek Picard teaser
So, a teaser for Star Trek Picard is out, and it sets the bar impossibly high and low at the same time. Let's talk about it.
22:44
May 24, 2019
The First Lesson every writer or creator must learn
Whether it is your first or 500th book or project, let's talk about the most important dual lesson you have to learn to be successful.
24:17
May 23, 2019
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Star Wars the Phantom Menace
Brian joins me for a discussion of The Phantom Menace and everything it has given us.
32:10
May 22, 2019
Writing to Music, from inspiration to editing
Hello music, my old friend. Here we are together again. Let us tell a story that fills our hearts and not one that will tear us apart, so that in the end we shall leave these tales as the best of friends.
23:09
May 21, 2019
So, Game of Thrones is over
Who called Ser Pounce winning the Game of Thrones? Just kidding. Let's talk about the series finale.
22:59
May 20, 2019
Batman vs The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review
How is it that this movie has a better depiction of Batman than the last 9 live action movies? This cross over is great and needs all the attention it can get so they make more.
22:32
May 17, 2019
So, It's just called Star Trek- Picard, huh
Nostalgia makes that money, why should we expect more from the announcement than that.
22:04
May 16, 2019
Creativity and the art of engineering self
While it may sound like I am dipping my toe into self help, I just want to share lessons I've learned from my own life. Learning more about who we are inside and then actively choosing to perform the aspects we desire to bring into the world, we set ourselves up for a more satisfying life. 
22:18
May 15, 2019
Let's talk about Goth, Darkwave, and other Sinister Sounds
Goth isn't just about music or aesthetics, it is the name given to a certain type of dark humor and tastes. That might sound confusing, but it really isn't. Let's talk about it all on this episode.
22:34
May 14, 2019
A personal critique of Horror
Horror is  a genre of controlling and managing emotions in the audience. Since there are lazy cheats to do this, many titles labeled horror rely on formula not horror to induce such emotions. Let's discuss the emotions in question and how they can be manipulated.
22:23
May 13, 2019
How Star Trek The Orginal Series accedentally build a universe
Let's look at how fans constructed a universe out of a bunch of unconnected stories into the Star Trek Universe.
22:01
May 10, 2019
Why do Watchmen HBO
What is the point of using a Trademark only to ignore the stories and characters associated with it? Let's discuss the idea of HBO making a Watchmen series that has little to nothing to do with the original.
22:20
May 9, 2019
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 2 was Awesome
So much happened in Part 2 it is hard to know where to start, but we have to talk about everything that happened and some ideas for part 3.
22:10
May 8, 2019
Let's talk about about the new Spiderman Far from Home trailer
There is so much to talk about in the in new Spiderman trailer. Let's get started.
22:08
May 7, 2019
What is the purpose of a daily podcast
Why spend the time, energy, and effort making a daily podcast when I could probably make a more money doing a weekly interview show. Artistic fulfillment. Let's talk about that.
30:36
May 6, 2019
Let's talk about She-ra and the Princesses of Power season 2
Season 2 of She-ra and the Princesses of Power is short, but there is so much to talk about. 
30:15
May 3, 2019
How to Train your Dragon and watching characters grow up
What a beautiful way to end the series. Let's talk about the beautiful, goofy, tear jerking finale to a wonderful series.
29:49
May 2, 2019
Can Game of Thrones' Dan and Dave be trusted with a Star Wars Trilogy
After a less than stellar half a final season of Game of Thrones, can we trust Dan and Dave with a trilogy when they have demonstrated an ineptness with special effects sequences and large scale CG battles.
31:07
May 1, 2019
So Game of Thrones The Long Night happened
Let's talk about the Second Battle of Winterfell...
31:26
April 30, 2019
What happened at the end of Avengers Endgame
Let's discuss the ramifications of how Endgame ended.
30:25
April 29, 2019
Avengers Endgame no spoiler and spoiler review
Don't worry, I will warn you before we get into spoilers. We have so much to talk about.
45:40
April 27, 2019
Exclusivity, Streaming, and the Harm of IP
There is no competition in the streaming service market. Let's talk about it.
29:51
April 25, 2019
Godzilla King of the Monsters and the Big Budget Kaiju Movie
What differentiates a monster movie from a kaiju movie? I have an idea.
30:00
April 24, 2019
Star Trek Discovery and the clumsy fanservice finale
Why Star Trek needs to stop trying to make people happy and be loved, and just needs to tell good stories.
30:41
April 23, 2019
Kneel before a Knight of the Seven Kingdoms- Game of Thrones Review
Let's talk about the latest episode of Game of Thrones
29:42
April 22, 2019
Is Old Town Road a country song, and why does it matter
How does a good song becomes an existential threat to an entire lifestyle? Years of marketing and branding. Let's talk about it.
31:00
April 19, 2019
Getting a story stuck in our heads
Is it possible to get a story stuck in your head like a song? Can we engineer a story that will? Let's look at Star Wars to find out.
29:10
April 18, 2019
Star Trek Discovery Such Sweet Sorrow Part 1
Let's talk about the melodrama before battle.
30:09
April 17, 2019
Let's all go to Winterfell, Game of Thrones review
Game of Thrones is back and I have a lot of thoughts about it. I also share the one thing that would have fixed the episode.
30:27
April 16, 2019