"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.
"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 (cfkreitzer.com) or on Twitter and Instagram as @cfkreitzer. Her book "Blood Numbers" is available now!
"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 sevantownsend.com and everywhere on social media @sevantownsend.
"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:
Crimebusters #1-3 is live on IndieGogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-crimebusters-1-3/x/26218124#/
Cthulhu vs. Uncle Sam goes live on Kickstarter on June 28: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thecrimebusters/cthulhu-vs-uncle-sam
"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!
"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 amymichellecarpenterwrites.com or on Instagram @authoramymichellecarpenter, and check out her debut novel "Becoming Human."
"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!
"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 simonelsonauthor.com, on Twitter @simonelson5 and on Instagram @simonelsonauthor. Buy his debut novel Hades Forest on Amazon in May 2021!
"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 davidconradauthor.com.
"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.
"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 http://authorjuliehahn.com/.
"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 "...so here's the thing" on Spotify, Anchor, or wherever you get your podcasts.
"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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUrZUf3zu4I6Skx0oeCqCQ/
"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 www.prodigypodcast.com or anywhere you find podcasts.
"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 oklahomacity.momcollective.com.
"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 emmagauthor.com and her publishing house at imperativepressbooks.com.
"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.
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: somebodywritethis.blogspot.com.
Thank you for listening this year, folks! Here's to another year of creative writing!
"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 https://www.jenniferannegordon.com/ for info on her books, her writing podcast Vox Vomitus, and more!
"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.
"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!
"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 https://fancycomma.wordpress.com/
"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 https://richienorton.com/
"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 https://www.youtube.com/user/ElyBeatmaker or on Twitter @elybeatmaker.
"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 https://medium.com/@writerthoughts!
"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 http://rinkworks.com/ (where Hannah and Jennie first met!) joins us to work through this completely bizarre plot synopsis.
"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 bethanymegill.com.
"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.
"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: https://www.amazon.com/Kealohilani/e/B00NAHG84M/
"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 https://www.scribecat.ca/ for all your literary editing needs!
"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 www.goodreads.com/rachelreading14 and listen to her podcast, Checking Out, on any podcast service or here at the podcast website: www.checkingoutpodcast.com
"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!
"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:
"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 http://onewomanhamlet.com/
(For anyone listening with kids, note that there is a little bit of adult language in this episode.)
"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!
"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.
"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.
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 authorjocassidy.com.
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!
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: http://www.flickchart.com/blog/the-two-christs-of-detroit-robocop-and-the-crow/
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 https://filmmusic.io
"Glitter Blast" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
A little bit of info about our upcoming podcast, Somebody Write This.
Music from https://filmmusic.io
"Glitter Blast" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)