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Somebody Write This

Somebody Write This

By Hannah Keefer
A podcast where we take a randomly-generated plot synopsis and try to turn it into something someone might actually write.

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The Daring Plan of His Father (Episode 29, w/ Emma G. Rose)

Somebody Write This

The Daring Plan of His Father (Episode 29, w/ Emma G. Rose)

Somebody Write This

Victorian London French New Wave (Episode 52, w/ Jake White)
"A small town sheriff fights through grief and trauma to regain her mythical shark." Where is this shark coming from? Is the trauma shark-related? And... what do we even do with the title? Fortunately we have Jake White to help us flesh this out, and he's no stranger to following through on wild ideas. Make sure to check out his fantasy serial A Many Tale at to see how he does it himself, and follow along on Instagram @a_many_tale.
November 25, 2021
The Never-Released Cabinet Minister (Episode 51, w/ Katie Castaldi)
"In order to pursue the Holy Grail, an ecstasy dealer must put aside their differences." Differences with whom? Is this the literal Holy Grail? And who on earth is this cabinet minister who's never been released? Jennie's sister, Katie Castaldi, joins us to figure out what in the world's going on with this story. Check out Katie's nail wraps at!
November 11, 2021
BONUS New Podcast Preview!
Due to tech difficulties, we have no new Somebody Write This podcast this week... but we DO have an exclusive sneak preview of a new podcast by our co-host Hannah: The Bot Canon, in which she gives artificial intelligence the opening of a classic work of literature and lets it complete it. This first episode features a rewrite of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," so give it a listen and subscribe to the official podcast to hear new episodes weekly!
October 28, 2021
The Artistic Work of Their Father (Episode 50, w/ Jack Pierce)
"A London gangster is transformed into a celebrated actor when he makes his way to London with revenge on his mind." Isn't a London gangster already in London? How does he become a celebrity? And whose father's artistic work is at stake here? Thankfully we have horror author/podcaster Jack Pierce with us to work through this plot! You can find him @jackpiercebooks on social media, and be sure to check out his podcast Terror Trax! Note: Hannah's nice mic died before this recording and she didn't notice it -- fortunately her crappy earbud mic picked up all her audio! She'll be back next episode with nice clean audio again :)
October 14, 2021
BONUS: Country Music Extended Interview w/ Connor Adamson
In this week's bonus episode, our last guest Connor talks more about country music as a storytelling platform, adapting those stories to other media, and how country music connects to oral storytelling traditions. Plus, we get a fun follow-up listener note on our "Major Struggling Holiday Traditions" episode -- turns out we may have taken more inspiration from real life than we knew!
October 7, 2021
If Homer Gets Back to New York (Episode 49, w/ Connor Adamson)
"An aging gambler on a losing streak who lives with her longtime boyfriend Francis changes the course of history in 1800s England." Who is this aging female gambler in 1800s England? How is Francis important to this story? And who on earth is Homer? Thank you to Connor Adamson for joining us and working through this wild story! You can check out Connor's writing about film on the Flickchart blog:
September 30, 2021
Quint & Britt (Episode 48, w/ Kit Falbo)
"A painter's muse must survive a wild 24 hours during which a journey quickly turns into a settling of old scores." What old scores need to be settled? Is the painter part of this wild 24 hours too? And is the muse named Quint or Britt? Our author guest Kit Falbo is with us to help pull out the pieces of this story! You can find him at and find his books on Amazon.
September 16, 2021
BONUS Episode 47: Narrative Therapy Extended Interview w/ Jenneh Sheetz
Starting this week, we're releasing bonus episodes on our off Thursdays, giving you FULL interviews with our guests and sharing podcast updates and what listeners have shared with us. This week you get to hear everything we had to edit out of our interview with Jenneh last week for time, so if you were still curious about narrative therapy and the way it works, give this a listen!
September 9, 2021
Olive Arlo: The Minivan (Episode 47, w/ Jenneh Sheetz)
"Equally old teammates become increasingly jealous of a prisoner-of-war's inconsolable grief." Why would somebody be jealous of someone's grief? Why does their equal age matter? And how does the minivan become part of it? Thankfully, our guest Jenneh Sheetz is here to help us make sense of this confusing story!
September 2, 2021
Cocky Human Sacrifices (Episode 46, w/ Nate Adams)
"Lisa is a ventriloquist at a party, and married to a criminal. Things get complicated when she is neither naive nor attractive."  What kind of criminal? Do they do human sacrifices? There's a LOT going on in this plot -- fortunately our guest Nate Adams joins us to pull out the most important pieces and see how they fit together!
August 19, 2021
A Multihued International Dispute (Episode 45, w/ Micki Cottam)
"The U.S. President fights the champ on a rapidly flooding mud island."  Our initial question here is: What? And also... what? Immersive storyteller Micki Cottam joins us to help us make sense out of this very confusing story. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @mickicottam.
August 5, 2021
House of Conflicted Memories (Episode 44, w/ Bonnie Quinn)
"Matt is wrongly implicated in a series of murders actually done by a roofer."  How does Matt prove his innocence? Why is Matt implicated in the first place? And what is the house of conflicted memories? Fortunately we've got our guest, author Bonnie Quinn, to help us untangle it! You can find her on Amazon as the author Bonnie Quinn, or on Twitter @bonnie_quinn.
July 22, 2021
Bart and the Glove Compartment (Episode 43, w/ Cary Kreitzer)
"A rivalry develops between a teen-aged Australian heiress and a spoiled English girl." Who are these rich girls? What causes their rivalry? And is one of them named Bart? Thankfully we have our substitute co-host Kirsten Porter and our special guest Cary Kreitzer to figure out what to do with this! You can find Cary on the web on her website ( or on Twitter and Instagram as @cfkreitzer. Her book "Blood Numbers" is available now!
July 8, 2021
The Major Struggling Holiday Traditions (Episode 42, w/ S. Evan Townsend)
"Feisal is one of the Cambridge Spies. But when their long-lost leader remembers what he did with the painting, poverty and terminal illness overwhelm her." The same Cambridge Spies that existed in reality? What painting? How is Feisal involved now? Is the poverty and terminal illness somehow related to the painting? So many questions! Jennie's on vacation this week, so we're relying on our substitute co-host, Kirsten Porter, and our guest, author S. Evan Townsend, to figure this one out! You can find our guest and his books at and everywhere on social media @sevantownsend.
June 24, 2021
RERUN: Harsh the Young Man's Relationship With His Mother (Episide 3 w/ Josiah Hazel)
Hannah needs a little more time to finish editing this week's podcast, so you get to hear again one of our very favorite older episodes from the early days in 2019. We'll be back in two weeks - enjoy!
June 10, 2021
The Importance of Turning a Swift Profit (Episode 41, w/ Scott Harris)
"In a dystopian future, seven former students lobby for their own execution in order to impersonate the FBI agent." Former students of what? Why is their own execution a good thing? And how does this help any of them turn a profit? Thanks to our guest, Scott Harris, for helping us figure it out! Here is everywhere you can find him and his comics: YouTube: Instagram: @the_crimebusters Website: Podcast: Crimebusters #1-3 is live on IndieGogo: Cthulhu vs. Uncle Sam goes live on Kickstarter on June 28:
May 27, 2021
The Last Ferry in a Portal (Episode 40, w/ J. Trevor Robinson)
"A playwright retaliates against those responsible, but a team of rebels changes the sound and style of country music forever." Those responsible for what? How does country music connect to the playwright? And how is a portal part of any of this? Thank you to our guest, J. Trevor Robinson, for working through this with us! You can find him on social media @jtrevorrobinson and purchase his book "The Mummy of Monte Cristo" on Amazon!
May 13, 2021
K Smiley & the Rescue Mission to a Mysterious Planet (Episode 39, w/ Amy Michelle Carpenter)
"A group of inept amateur superheroes hired to escape a hostile blockade to find allies discover just how dark eternal life is." What makes eternal life so dark? Who hired the amateur superheroes to escape? Was it the mysterious "K Smiley"? Thank you to our guest Amy Michelle Carpenter for helping us sift out the details of this one! You can find her on the web at or on Instagram @authoramymichellecarpenter, and check out her debut novel "Becoming Human."
April 29, 2021
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine (Episode 38, w/ Chase Jacobs)
"A group of grandsons in the outside world must help their community survive the farmers' retaliation." Why are the farmers retaliating? What makes the "outside world" different from the inside one? Well, as the title says, your guess is as good as mine... Thank you to our guest Chase Jacobs for helping us sift out the details of this one!
April 15, 2021
Frankie and the Independence (Episode 37, w/ Simon Elson)
"A sergeant and a professional assassin both discover that his wife has been killed in a car accident." Wait, whose wife got killed? Did the professional assassin have something to do with it? Is one of them Frankie? Thank you to our guest Simon Elson for helping us work through this wild plot! You can find Simon at, on Twitter @simonelson5 and on Instagram @simonelsonauthor. Buy his debut novel Hades Forest on Amazon in May 2021!
April 1, 2021
The Three Cross-Country Women Who Have Been Driven Mad (Episode 36, w/ David Conrad)
"A bourgeois family joins a cattle drive, which leads to her reaching his son." Who is "her" and who is "his"? And why are these women going mad? Thanks to our guest David Cornad for helping us flesh out this story! Follow him on Twitter @DavidAConrad and on his website
March 18, 2021
The Toughest Racing Route (Episode 35, w/ Clay Johnson)
"A young man defends three ghosts accused of entering a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament." Who cares if ghosts are playing dodgeball? Is this related to those basketball vampires 20 episodes ago? Thanks to our guest Clay for helping us work through this! You check out his podcast The Flying Cow wherever you get your podcasts.
March 4, 2021
Return to a Monastery (Episode 34, w/ Julie Hahn)
"The evil wizard and the Prince's bride are unable to cope." Unable to cope with what? Is the Prince's bride also evil? And where does the monastery come in? Thanks to our guest Julie Hahn for helping us figure out this beautiful YA fairy tale! You can find more info about her and her upcoming book "Fly With Me" on social media @authorjuliehahn or at her website
February 18, 2021
Angelo Manzoni: The Practical Problems (Episode 33, w/ Grace Helmcke)
"Chloe, an Ares, falls for Viktor, a Vietnam vet." Between Chloe, Viktor, and the titular Angelo Manzoni, we have a lot of people mentioned here... And is it a typo that Chloe is an "Ares," not an "Aries"? Thanks to Grace Helmcke for helping us tease out this fascinating story! You can find her podcast " here's the thing" on Spotify, Anchor, or wherever you get your podcasts.
February 4, 2021
The Importance of Faces Life After College (Episode 32, w/ Erika Blue)
"Michel's focus on the music scene is interrupted when she finds herself an animal." How does she find herself an animal? What is she focusing on in the music scene? And WHAT to do with that awful story title? Thank goodness we had Erika Blue helping us figure it out! You can follow her on her YouTube channel "Pineapple Plays" here:
January 21, 2021
The 40th Global Threat (Episode 31, w/ Lowell Brillante)
"A ex-fitness instructor discovers a dead CIA operative's skills in 1950s Connecticut." How do you discover somebody's skills? Who killed the CIA operative? Was it the 40th global threat? Thank you to our guest Lowell Brillante for helping us untangle it! Check out his podcast Prodigy at or anywhere you find podcasts.
January 7, 2021
My Drug- and Gambling-Addicted Detective Robert (Episode 30, w/ Kellie Kirkpatrick)
"A hurt reindeer tries to live with her condition but a bellboy may change her plans." What is her condition? How does the bellboy change her plans? And is one of THEM Detective Robert, addicted to drugs and gambling? Thank you to our guest Kellie Kirkpatrick for helping us figure out these answers! You can find her writing on
December 24, 2020
The Daring Plan of His Father (Episode 29, w/ Emma G. Rose)
"A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts becomes torn between stopping a diabolical plot and getting turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good." Why can't he do both? What psychological gifts does he have? And whose father has a daring plan? Thank you to our guest Emma G. Rose for helping us figure out these answers! You can listen to her podcast on her podcast Indie Book Talk and follow her personally on Instagram as @life_imperative, on Facebook as Life Imperative, or check out her website at and her publishing house at
December 10, 2020
The Sinister Conspiracy (Episode 28, w/ Calista Kern-Lyons)
"Perseus works with a a beautiful thief to wins over the college's most popular girl at an auction house." This isn't Greek mythology Perseus, right? How does a thief's beauty help him win someone over? And what is the sinister conspiracy all about? Thank you to Calista Kern-Lyons for helping us figure out these answers! You can find her book channel A Novel Beauty on YouTube, and she's also on Instagram and Facebook as @anovelbeauty.
November 26, 2020
Happy One-Year Anniversary! (Episode 27)
It's been a year since we launched the show, so today we're doing a speedrun through all the plots that didn't make it into the final cut. Having only a minute to brainstorm instead of 20-25 is tricky, but we get some workable choices out of it! You can check out the full list over at our blog: Thank you for listening this year, folks! Here's to another year of creative writing!
November 12, 2020
Cliche-Ridden Leia (Episode 26, w/ Jennifer Anne Gordon)
"Two rebels team up to stop a boy from befriending the cute Mandy." Who are the rebels? Who is cute Mandy, and why doesn't she get to be friends with this boys? And who's Leia - is Star Wars part of this story? Thanks to author Jennifer Anne Gordon for joining us on this journey to unravel it all! Check out her website for info on her books, her writing podcast Vox Vomitus, and more!
October 29, 2020
Escape to Three Decades After the Empire's Defeat (Episode 25, w/ Tim Hodge)
"A New York girl with eternal life attempts to afford medical insurance." The biggest question here is... what does she need with medical insurance? And how does the Empire's defeat play into all of this? Thankfully, we have mutual friend of the podcast Tim Hodge along to help us make sense of this possible futuristic medical drama.
October 15, 2020
Eve (Episode 24, w/ Joelle Shenk)
"In the Australian Alps a group of a dead CIA operatives becomes the victims in one of a series of brutal shark attacks." What are sharks doing in the Australian Alps? How are the CIA operatives victims if they're already dead? And who is Eve? Thanks to our guest Joelle Shenk for joining us to dig into the heroes, villains, and surprising philosophical questions behind this story!
October 1, 2020
Tyler (Episode 23, w/ Fancy Comma)
"A detective must protect a group of a dancers who have become protectors and mentors." There's a lot of protection going on -- why? What do the dancers need protection from? And who is Tyler? Thanks to our guest Sheeva from @fancycomma for helping us answer all these questions! You can find her and her work at
September 17, 2020
The Battlefield Man (Episode 22, w/ Richie Norton)
"Santa's reindeer travel to the Vatican on a business trip to unite." What are reindeer doing at the Vatican? What are they uniting? And who is the titular Battlefield Man? Thanks to our guest Richie for helping us answer all these questions! You can find him and his work at
September 3, 2020
The Different, Scathing Investigative Report of Roy (Episode 21, w/ Elybeatmaker)
"Two friends indicate a willingness to be killed in the north of England with the help of a mean lord and a group of 30-year-olds who have been friends since high school." There is just so much going on in that synopsis. So many characters, a couple locations, two different groups of friends... Thank goodness for our guest Elybeatmaker helping us to make sense of it. You can follow Ely on YouTube at or on Twitter @elybeatmaker.
August 20, 2020
Meet the Crew (Episode 20, w/ Presley Thomas)
"A team of mercenaries is determined to improve themselves while they look for love in a year in which they keep a personal diary." Why are these mercenaries looking for love? Are they all keeping one diary? What is this weird story? Thankfully we have Presley Thomas to help us wrestle some sense into this one. Follow him on Twitter @writerthoughts and check out his writing at!
August 6, 2020
A Mansion Haunted By a Young Demon (Episode 19, w/ Sam Stoddard)
"Chickens frantically search for their missing conspiracy, which is in her South Bronx apartment." So. Many. Questions. How does one lose a conspiracy? Are the chickens sentient, and how are they involved? And who is the mysterious "her"? Sam Stoddard of (where Hannah and Jennie first met!) joins us to work through this completely bizarre plot synopsis.
July 23, 2020
Meet an Unusually Brave Mouse (Episode 18, w/ Bethany Megill)
"A nightmarish hippie cult is on trial for retiring in post-Katrina New Orleans." How is an entire cult on trial? Why did retiring get them in trouble with the law? And how does New Orleans play into all this? Thank you to our guest Bethany for helping us work this all out! Check out her blog online at
July 9, 2020
The Near Death Experience of a Group of Cheerleaders (Episode 17, w/ Tim McMeen)
"His bowling buddies try to find out why her son tries to invade Earth in the Texas bayous." Who is he, who is she, and why IS her son trying to invade Earth? And how do the cheerleaders play into all this? Thank you to our guest, Tim McMeen, for helping us flesh out this story with far too many characters.
June 25, 2020
Ender's Take-No-Prisoners War (Episode 16, w/ Kealohilani)
"An old friend finds himself shooting a big-budget war movie, but he is distracted by shop-lifting." How does somebody just "find himself" shooting a big-budget movie? Who is he an old friend to? And who is doing the shop-lifing? Thank you to our guest Kealohilani for helping us create this story! Check out her Amazon author page here:
June 11, 2020
His Sports (Episode 15, w/ Nat Chan)
"On Christmas, a vampire starts shooting at him, and in doing so somehow knows a lot about angels." Who is the mysterious "him"? Why is the vampire shooting? How on earth does the shooting improve someone's knowledge? So glad we had Nat Chan on board to help us flesh out this bizarre holiday story. (Note that Hannah's audio is pretty rough for the first few minutes of this episode - it does improve about 5 minutes in! Looks like it's time to invest in a new microphone.) Follow Nat on Instagram at @knatkat44 for cat pics and check out for all your literary editing needs!
May 28, 2020
While We're Twins (Episode 14, w/ Rachel Kulik)
"A movie about the shifty and harsh life of the seven friends Rasputin." That synopsis is beyond confusing. What does "the seven friends Rasputin" even mean? Why do they all share one life? Are they the twins mentioned in the title? Thank you to our guest Rachel Kulik for helping us dive into this truly bizarre plot this week! Follow our guest on Goodreads at and listen to her podcast, Checking Out, on any podcast service or here at the podcast website:
May 14, 2020
Horns (Episode 13, w/ Calissa Wall)
"A police psychologist only has an hour to decide to fight back as an outlaw." Who is the psychologist fighting back against? Why do they only have an hour? What laws do they break to become an outlaw? And isn't there already a book called "Horns"? Thank you to our guest Calissa Wall for helping us work through our plot this week!
April 30, 2020
Potential Graham (Episode 12, w/ Kirsten Porter)
"Two vengeful fathers team up to stop seven friends from rebuilding her life." Who is "she"? Why are the fathers so vengeful? And what or who is a potential Graham? Thank you so much to Kirsten Porter for helping us figure this story out. Follow along with Kirsten's work: Twitter: @OhManGhosts Twitch: Podcast:
April 16, 2020
Wrong Raincoats: Sugar, Frisbee (Episode 11, w/ Kate Smith)
"A cute woman and a wealthy woman face life in Hollywood, looking for loyalty and heroin." Who are these women? Do they find the loyalty they're looking for with each other? And what on earth is up with that title?  Thanks to Kate Smith for joining us to unpack this, as well as sharing about her exciting new Chicago show and her mental healthy journey. Subscribe to her newsletter at (For anyone listening with kids, note that there is a little bit of adult language in this episode.)
April 2, 2020
The Marcus Experience (Episode 10, w/ Denise Marquith Jones)
"A chronicle of the life of a film director, who was reviled for her mysterious invitation." What are these mysterious invitations? Why do they make the director reviled? And who is Marcus? We delve into some brainstorming to figure out the answer to this and more. Make sure and check out our guest Denise and her new book, "The September Project," which comes out this spring! Website: Twitter: @jonesmarquith Instagram: @denisemarquithjones
March 19, 2020
The Merlin Stewart Story (Episode 9, w/ Randy Kirkpatrick)
"The college's most popular girl, who is having difficulty in their marriage, has to help a U.S. government agent and realize the importance of a volcano." What's wrong with her marriage? What does the government agent want? And what on earth makes the volcano so important? Thanks to guest Randy Kirkpatrick for unpacking this dramatic plot with us! Follow him on Twitter at @r_w_kirkpatrick.
March 5, 2020
Bloody Harold (Episode 8, w/ Shem Greenwood)
"In the rural South, a bounty hunter struggles to partner with a young woman." What does the bounty hunter want? Who's the young woman? What does their partnership look like? We untangle these questions and more with the help of our guest Shem Greenwood.
February 20, 2020
Double Fear: Well, That- (Episode 7, w/ Jo Cassidy)
40 shady police detectives are asked to contact the daughter. That's our already-messy plot, and, no, you didn't misread that title, it's just that confusing. So we delve right on in to find out, why are there so many shady police detectives, all with the same mission? Who is the daughter? And what on earth can we possibly do with that title? We're determined to find an answer! Follow our guest @authorjocassidy on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and check out her author website at
February 6, 2020
A Night on a Satellite Station on Mars (Episode 6, w/ Elise Svetz)
A low-budget bodyguard is chosen by God to survive a serial killer's attack before a seemingly chance encounter that seems too good to be true. Why does God choose the bodyguard? What seemingly chance encounter? Does the serial killer ever get caught? We attempt to answer these questions and more!
January 23, 2020
An Unbreakable Radio Cypher and John Wilkes Booth's Diary in Liverpool (Episode 5, w/ Doug Van Hollen)
A murder in the aftermath of the Civil War draws together a long-serving MI5 officer and a gentleman rat. So many questions... Which Civil War? Where is this set, where rats can be gentlemen? Why is this murder important? And what do we do with that horrifically long title? We try to find answers for these questions and more! Follow our guest Doug on Twitter @dsubnet0 and check out his latest Flickchart blog, "The Two Christs of Detroit," linked here:
January 9, 2020
Dysfunctional (Episode 4, w/ Ginny Brown)
An American family unwittingly comforts his older brother's wife and children. The biggest question here is: how and why does one unwittingly comfort? That becomes the key to unraveling this holiday story before turning it over to our listeners to write! Follow our guest Ginny on Twitter @lirelyn and subscribe to her newsletter via her bio link!
December 26, 2019
Harsh Young Man's Relationship With His Mother (Episode 3, w/ Josiah Hazel)
A punk from the city faints in a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. When she wakes up, she is on a cruise ship. How did she get there? Is there a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma? What punklike actions does she take on board? We discuss these questions and more before turning it over to you, the listener, to write! Follow our guest Josiah on Instagram @settlinghouses, and find his band Settling Houses on Spotify and other music streaming/download sites.
December 12, 2019
The Computer: The Useless (Episode 2, w/ Rebekah Megill)
Marie is an angel. But when a seasoned cameraman turns sinister, the lorry has an accident. Is Marie a literal angel? Why does the seasoned cameraman turn sinister? What kind of accident is this? And what about the titular useless computer? We discuss our answer, but leave it up to our listeners to write the rest! Featuring our first guest! If you'd like to be a guest on the show, contact us on twitter @writethispod or email at
November 28, 2019
A Taxi (Episode 1)
The story of a lazy, useless brother's youth, set in a prisoner transport plane. Why is he on a transport plane for his youth? What makes him lazy and useless? If he's a brother, who's his sibling? We don't know. Somebody write this! Music from "Glitter Blast" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
November 14, 2019
Episode 00: Trailer!
A little bit of info about our upcoming podcast, Somebody Write This. Music from "Glitter Blast" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
October 31, 2019