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February 26 2014


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February 08 2014


Birds and people - Saturday Extra - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Environmentalist and author Mark Cocker argues that humans have a lot to thank birds for. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/birds-and-people/5028304

February 03 2014


Longform Podcast #43: Margalit Fox

Margalit Fox is a senior obituary writer for The New York Times. "You do get emotionally involved with people, even though as a journalist you're not supposed to. But as a human being, how can you not? Particularly people who had difficult, tragic, poignant lives. But there are also people that you just wish you had known. And, of course, the painful irony is that you're only getting to know them by virtue of the fact that it's too late." http://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-43-margalit-fox

January 22 2014


Teju Cole: A “Seething Intelligence” on a Long Journey

December 05 2013


Pat Grant / Make it then tell everybody

Pat Grant and Dan Berry talk about academic writing, Pat’s creative process, his background and about comics storytelling that leaves the page. http://makeitthentelleverybody.com/2013/12/pat-grant/

November 26 2013


The Homeschool Leadercast Episode 10: Rachel Coker a Homeschool Graduate, on Writing, Getting Published and Her Books

Listen as Rachel Coker, an eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate , talks with Jeremy Jesenovec on the Homeschool Leadercast about: Her start in writing and how her writing skills were developed How her love of reading has made her a good writer Rachel's advice to inspiring writers The most exciting and rewarding part about writing Which author she could be if she could have What she would go back and tell herself at age 10-11 Her advice to homeschool students What her greatest homeschooling experience was To learn more, go to HomeschoolLeadercast.com/hslc0010

November 03 2013


5by5 | The Pen Addict #78: Roll Your Sleeves Up Dowdy

In this episode Myke handles interview duties as Brad Dowdy and Jeffrey Bruckwicki join the show to discuss all things Nock Co. The Kickstarter project is coming to an end and the guys are ready to get down to production. They also talk about the nuts and http://5by5.tv/penaddict/78
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October 31 2013


Hide and Create: Generating Conflict in Writing

This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, and Moses Siregar generate some conflict. Without conflict you don’t have a story. Unless your character is doing something you have no plot. The plot comes from the MC doing everything he or she can to overcome the obstacles standing between them and their goal(s). Conflict is entertaining. Conflict not only drives your story but will drive your audience. Think about what is popular on television now, and the proliferation of reality TV. Why do we watch it? Remove obvious contenders like Survivor or Real Housewives or Jersey Shore where the conflict is in your face. Would you watch a show about cooking food like Ace of Cakes or Iron Chef if there was no conflict? Of course not! Conflict drives tension. It can be a race against time. It can be internal, it can be romantic. It doesn’t have to be a big fight scene, or knock-down drag-out battle. As a bonus this week, we have the full outtake of my conflict-ramble, creating a “live” story out of the three main types of conflict for you: http://www.writingpodcastonline.com/audio/JoshuaExposition.mp3

Hide and Create: Writing First Drafts

This week on Hide and Create Joshua Essoe, Moses Siregar, Jordan Ellinger and Diana Rowland discuss writing first drafts. Here is a shocking admission: after I complete an outline, I edit as I write. It works for me, helps me get in the zone to start a writing session by editing what I last wrote. The trick has been to tame that beast of an inclination and keep my forward progression. Because this tactic is so filled with pitfalls, I find myself never suggesting it to other writers. It is far too easy to get caught up in the eternal opening; tweaking things, rewriting and working it to death to make it as shiny as possible. I’ve been caught there, I have the MSs to prove it. It does not smell like napalm in the morning. Or maybe it does, depending on what side of that napalm you’re on. From inspiration to fin, we’ve all got our own processes. Sharpies, dictation, polishing turds, muscle drafts, butcher paper, discoverers versus outliners — on the battlefield that is the first draft, where do you fall? As promised, Diana has graciously given us a sample of one of her first drafts for all our loyal poddies. Enjoy! http://www.writingpodcastonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Rowland-Wtz2-opener-marianne.doc

Hide and Create: Writing Mary Sues

This week on Hide and Create, Diana Rowland, Moses Siregar, Joshua Essoe and Jordan Ellinger discuss Mary Sues and Marty Stus. Who are these super awesome people? Why, they’re you! They’re the best. We all love them. A little too much. They can do everything! In fact it kind of bugs me how perfect they are. It probably bugs you too. Here are some tips to tone those characters down, and how to use this technique for the forces of good instead of evil.

Writing Methods, Environments, and Promotion! Oh My!

This week on Hide and Create, Moses Siregar, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland and Joshua Essoe continue the discussion with Moses on previous subjects: writing methods, writing environments, and self-promotion. Moses shares some valuable insights on his experience with indie publishing his novel The Black God’s War, and talks about developing the setting for his latest novella “The Children of Wood and Wind”. Diana and Jordan debate how detailed you should make your settings, while Joshua expands on creating the perfect writing environment.

Settings and More Dirty Little Secrets! Oh My!

This week on Hide and Create, Moses Siregar, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland and Joshua Essoe discuss a new take and offer more insight on our previous subjects: writing methods, dirty little writing secrets, writing environments, self-promotion, and settings. If you loved our previous shows, you’ll love this one even more because in part one we talk about a couple previous episode topics, allowing Moses to get his two-cents in. Or three or four cents in.

Hide and Create: Moving Into Full-Time Writing

This week on Hide and Create Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, Joshua Essoe and Moses Siregar discuss how to shift into writing full time. In 2010 when I decided to be a full-time editor, I had studied my market for months. I spoke with professionals in that field, I educated myself, I created a business plan, I set goals for my business and then I jumped in head-first. And you know what? It worked. You have to be in the right head space to make a career in the creative fields work. You must be willing to treat it like a regular job and be able to mind yourself when you tell yourself to get to work. Self-employment is a completely different mindset and takes a lot of self-motivation. Be prepared. Here there be dragons — let us help you keep them all on the page.

Hide and Create: Writing Methods to Our Madness

October 27 2013


1Password and iCloud Keychains: How They Work Together — Shawn Blanc

Design, tech, writing, and other creative matters. http://shawnblanc.net/2013/10/1password-icloud/

October 26 2013


How Churchill went atomic and currents in science writing: The Guardian Books Podcast

Has the gilt rubbed off the golden age of science writing? And why has an award-winning writer turned his focus from scientific biography to political history? Graham Farmelo, who won the Costa biography award with his life of the quantum genius Paul Dirac, joins us to discuss his book about the "hidden" history of Winston Churchill and the nuclear bomb. He explains why Churchill's role in the history of atomic weapons should not be underestimated, introduces us to some of the eccentrics who briefed him, and tells how the term "atomic bomb" was invented by a novelist years before they even existed. We also hear from Uta Frith, one of the panel judging the Royal Society's Winton prize for science writing, about the books on this year's longlist. And Guardian science writer Ian Sample – a former Winton shortlistee – explains why the last thing he wants to do when he's relaxing is read a book about science. http://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2013/sep/20/churchill-atomic-currents-science-writing-podcast

October 02 2013


Longform #62: Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His latest book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. "The categories are in motion. You turn into a Goliath, then you topple because of your bigness. You fall to the bottom again. And Davids, after a while, are no longer Davids. Facebook is no longer an underdog—it's now everything it once despised. I am everything I once despised. When I was 25, I used to write these incredibly snotty, hostile articles attacking big-name, nonfiction journalists. Now I read them and I'm like, 'Oh my God, they're doing a me on me!'"
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