LDK 36 & 37 – Randy Streu

12814684_1693764484207815_8102787109426640368_nThis week on the show, we have Randy Streu, who is the producer of Beyond the Rim, a sci-fi and horror audio drama/podcast.

13412859_10154165155322435_7284199450524026542_nIn Episode 36

  • Randy discusses how he got into radio drama, with its roots coming from college.
  • We discuss PEG…and how she ties to one of our hosts.
  • Why writing for radio is good for lazy writers!
  • Social commentary in writing.
  • The gruesome research for Shoo, Fly, the first production for Beyond the Rim.

    LDK - Aaron & Randy Streu
    Aaron & Randy Streu

Listen to Episode 1 of Beyond the Rim Here!

In Episode 37

  • Too lazy to plot.
  • Music selections for the horror writer.
  • Ommwriter.
  • Writing flash fiction.
  • Staying fully immersed and how it can be difficult.
  • How to adapt a story for audio.
  • Randy’s unique way of dealing with writer’s block. “Books I Didn’t Write.”
  • The differences and similarities between marketing an audio drama versus a book.
  • The problems of not being able to pick a favorite movie (or book).
  • Write it anyway, even if you think no one wants to hear what you have to say.

Links!

Randy Streu
A Flame in the Dark Productions
The Tick (TV show)
Master & Commander (books  by Patrick O’Brian & movie)
J-Pod (Douglass Coupland)
Ted Dekker
Frank Peretti
Stephen Lawhead
The Audio Drama Podcast
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries (with John Gielgud)
The Thing on the Fourble Board – Episode from “Quiet, Please!”
The Death Robbery (with Boris Karloff) – Episode from “Lights Out”
The Peoria Plague
We’re Alive by Kc Wayland
Campfire Radio Theater
Tales from the Museum ( DarkerProjects.com )

Listen to Episode 36
Listen to Episode 37

LDK 35 – Realm Makers Wrap Up

In this week’s (bonus!) episode of the show, Josh and Liberty pick Aaron’s brain on what happened in Philadelphia at Realm Makers 2016. For anyone who hasn’t been, the camaraderie is amazing, and you immediately feel like you’ve found your tribe.

This year, Aaron got to hear sessions from Thomas Locke, Tosca Lee, and Kathy Tyers, among others. Aaron shares some of his notes from Tosca’s sessions on characterization (these are really good!) Josh and Liberty wished we were in this session alongside him!

We decide that for 2017, we need a cloning machine. There’s too many sessions that we want to go to! (But we’re pretty sure that’s part of the plan since the founders do sell recordings!)

Creativity is one of the rarest gifts. We have our creativity to honor God with, and that’s who we are, no matter what our day job is. Love it and know you’re meant to do that. — Tom Black

Realm Makers 2017 is at the Atlantis Casino & Resort in Reno, NV July 27 – 29. You need to be there! Registration opens in the spring (usually in late March or April 1.)

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LDK 33 & 34 – Mary Ruth Pursselley

This week on the show, we’re lacking Josh, but we have the wonderful Mary Ruth Pursselley on with us! Aaron and Liberty have trouble getting into a good rhythm without Josh, so there’s a bit of back and forth as those two try to get going.Mary Ruth Pursselley

Mary Ruth is the author of epic fantasy novel, Song of the Wren Falcon, and a lover of hot tea.

In Episode 33:

  • Mastering subtext–or at least faking it when your readers pick up on something you didn’t necessarily intend.
  • Rewriting and redrafting multiple times on your first novel.
  • Doing a redemption theme well. (Aaron kinda geeks out about this!)
  • Embarrassing ways to be discovered while figuring out choreography for a sword fight by ones brother.
  • Interesting medical stuff researched.
  • Aaron talks Mary Ruth out of her favorite superhero, then proceeds to tease both the women about Tom Hiddleston.
  • Early childhood crushes.
  • Mary Ruth’s boyfriend had to twist her arm to be in a relationship by watching a particular movie.
  • Mary Ruth shares some bitterness towards the hosts for forcing her to join Facebook.😉

In Episode 34:

  • Confessions of a full-on pantser!
  • Chaotic first drafts and how they inform you in the future when you look back.
  • Binge-watching My Little Pony.
  • Having friends to help with problems in your book.
  • The benefits of having neighbors far away when you’re a fantasy novelist.
  • Useful ideas on how to overcome writer’s block.
  • Mary Ruth’s Earl Grey snobbery.😉
  • The crazy things Mary Ruth has Googled and her new favorite word.
  • Mary Ruth’s profound advice to new authors (not what you’d expect!)you-must-write-it

Links:

Mary Ruth Pursselley
Song of the Wren Falcon
Raphael Sabitini (Captain Blood, The Seahawk, Scar Moonshade)
Patrick W. Carr (listen to his interviews: Part 1 & Part 2)
J.R.R. Tolkien
L.M. Montgomery (Emily of New Moon)
Mary Ruth on Instagram

Mary Ruth on Facebook

While forcing Mary Ruth to join Facebook (Aaron in center, photo taken by Liberty.) Previous guests Kat Heckenbach and Grace Bridges pictured.

LDK 31 & 32 – Kessie Carroll

We’re delighted to have contemporary fantasy author K.M. (aka Kessie) Carroll on our show this week! After we discuss the heat in Arizona (where Kessie lives), and Aaron gives Liberty a really hard time, we actually get down to the business of the day.10635985_758640150860816_7609897098840956548_n

In Episode 31

  • The Spacetime Legacy, Kessie’s urban fantasy series, and her wish to see it in a Manga form.
  • The origins of her series
  • Sacrificial cars
  • Superstition Mountains (super creepy stories!)
  • Arizona Vortexes (No,  not that kind…)
  • Classic Batman show from the 1960s…and her kids’ likely reaction to watching the show. (Hilarity ensues.)
  • Kessie’s Doctor (Who)
  • Writing with 5 kids (great advice for ALL of us parents.)
  • Scrivener for iOS (Which should be out by the time you can hear this! Yay!)
  • Discussing Jim Butcher (some of it got cut…if our listeners could be flies on the walls during our intermissions!)

5128npogaulIn Episode 32

  • Overly suggestive book titles for outlining (Take Off Your Pants)
  • Dealing with writer’s block, and why it may be happening.
  • Kessie’s ideal Chai latte, as well as hot chocolate
  • How a city might respond to a zombie apocalypse.
  • E-Reader News Today & Pixel of Ink going belly up.😦
  • A very unusual answer to our fandom question.:)
  • When readers read into your books deeper than you intended. Lots of funnies.
  • You’re allowed to write crap, just keep writing.

 

Links:

Episodes 29 & 30 – Patrick Carr

On this episode we spoke with Patrick Carr, author of the Staff and Sword Series, about his venture into the Darkwater Saga and the Shock of Night.

A trilogy of trilogies awaits!

In these episodes, Patrick keeps us laughing. Also, you’ll never believe how accident prone Patrick is!a1lciw73q9l-_ux250_

All of us wax nostalgic at some point…you’d think we’re old or something!

In Episode 29

  • Odd character traits with Patrick’s main character. (How does sleep walking and murders correlate?)
  • Writing with an unreliable protagonist.
  • Hating your writing while you’re writing.
  • Juggling. Emergency room visits! We manage to gross Aaron out. How Patrick uses his own accidents to inform his books.
  • How to recast your books from one setting to another when your editor and agent tell you to.
  • Fencing stories! Some engineering talk, which is totally fascinating.
  • Googling has some interesting answers…including how dogs see.
  • We get off into old time radio and radio broadcasts in general because of Patrick’s answer to the superhero question.
  • You will NEVER guess Patrick’s answer to his Captain. Never, never, never!
  • Patrick’s looking forward to teaching a class at Realm Makers!

51kwf1dzaql-_sx322_bo1204203200_In Episode 30

  • Character-driven fantasy, and how he accomplishes this in his plotting process.
  • Patrick and his disagreeable muse.
  • Planning for a series long-term + happy circumstance
  • Re-doing books from scratch…under deadline
  • Carrying around your books and your characters in your head all the time.
  • Patrick’s advice: be a merciless critic where your writing is concerned.
  • Patrick’s methods for attacking writer’s block
  • Candy bar in a cup drinks at Starbucks at Christmas
  • Patrick shares some of his techniques for making perfect fudge (yes, seriously)
  • Patrick and Liberty discuss rigor mortis…and gross Aaron out
  • Traditional marketing advice from Patrick’s agent, Steve Laube. The phrase “literary Amway guy” comes into play.
  • Patrick’s funny experiences of being an author

Links:

Patrick Carr
The Darkwater Saga
The Shock of Night
Home Improvement
Steve Laube (Patrick’s agent!)
David Eddings (The Belgariad)
Steven R. Donaldson (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant)
Robert Ludlum
Brandon Sanderson
C. S. Lewis (Screwtape Letters; The Space Trilogy)
Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series
The Magician by Raymond Feist

 

Episode 27 & 28 – Mike Duran

Mike Duran, author of The Ghost Box and Saint Death, novels in the Reagan Moon para-noir series, joins us in Episodes 27 & 28 this week. We had a blast talking to him. Sometimes funny, sometimes very serious, Mike is a former pastor and he definitely keeps us on our toes throughout both episodes.

As Christian writers…hope has to be a pretty big factor in our writing. ~Mike Duran

In Episode 27:

Mike shares about his unlikely background, which includes 5190nmiuc1l-_ux250_going from dabbling in the occult to being a pastor. We’re pretty sure it informs Reagan Moon’s stories, which are definitely fun reads, but they may not be for all our listeners. Mike describes Reagan in a bit of a…colorful…manner.😉

We discuss paranormal stuff…and Mike suggests that a lot of that may exist more than people realize. You may or may not agree, but it’s still a fascinating discussion.

So, what you’re saying is that life is a little more like Hot Topic than we want to admit? ~Aaron DeMott

Why Los Angeles needed to be the setting for the Reagan Moon books…I think when you hear his reasoning, it’ll make perfect sense.

The background for Saint Death is really a fascinating discussion, and some of it has been in the news in the last few months (I vaguely remember hearing about it.) Mike describes a research trip he and his wife did in the process of writing this book. It’s interesting, to say the least.

610a62u5jdl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Mike’s answer to our superhero question raises a few eyebrows. But given his background, it makes perfect sense.

Gremlins! (And not the movie!) The true origins of ghost boxes (who knew?)! Some moderately gross stuff (that may make some of our listeners squeamish!)

Mike’s “what’s up next” is definitely something to look forward to if you’re a writer interested in horror and/or writing from a faith perspective and what the parameters are for that.

In Episode 28, Stand On Your Head:

Our Plotting vs Pantsing question sends us down a hilarious rabbit trail, before Mike helps us get back on track. Then he talks about his own paranoia as a writer. Mike shares how he figures out what book to write next.

We discuss the learning curve of Scrivener, but also the benefits, too. (Hint: we all use Scrivener and LOVE it.)

Mike compares the editing process to a visit to a dentist, and while it’s a gross comparison in a way, it has a lot of merit. Had us in stitches!:)51hd5bw5rbl-_sx322_bo1204203200_

Writer’s block, or the lack thereof. Mike’s solutions for feeling inspirationally dry are tremendously helpful (and is a technique I’ve used myself!) Mike starts waxing philosophical about writer’s inspirational…and it gets deep (in a good way.)

Mike recommends not eating or drinking during writing, and also uses a standing desk. He believes he writes better when he’s standing.

What characteristic does Mike share with his son? (Hint: it kind of grosses Aaron out!) And yeah, we went there. Mike compares his marketing practices to corpses about to be autopsied. (He’s kidding.)

Through giggles, we manage to get in some deep theological discussion. Which, if you’ve read Mike’s blog, shouldn’t surprise you at all. When we start discussing theology in tandem with physics and the reality of time, it gets deep. Truly a fascinating discussion.

Listen to Episode 27
Listen to Episode 28

Links:

Mike Duran
The Ghost Box
Saint Death
Peace Like a River (Leif Enger)
Moby Dick
Dante
Twilight Zone
Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas Series
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein
Tosca Lee’s Demon
Realm Makers
Ex Machina (motion picture)
Drawing On the Right Side of Your Brain
Eternity in Their Heart
The Creator and the Cosmos

Episode 26 – The Writing Life

Due to some last minute circumstances, we had our guest for our normal recording session reschedule on us, so what’s a podcast to do? Well, we filled it with discussing some aspects of the writing life! Sorry to our reader-only listeners, this one is mostly focused on writing. But we do take a few bunny trails that our readers may enjoy!

13263826_733599883443787_7589090540668477462_nAaron & Josh have some helpful marriage advice for all the guys out there, some of it coming from The Red Green Show.

Then we get into the meat of the podcast. All three of us share what our “normal” lives look like, and then how we balance in our writing time.

We were taking listener questions during this episode, and someone asked us how long it takes for us to WRITE our first drafts. I (Liberty) kind of took over the show at that point for a while before giving the guys a chance to share.

First draft: Say it.
Second draft: Say what you mean.
Third draft: Say it well.
~Sean Platt

We do talk editing at length (and I think we need to do an editing episode–any freelance editors want to come on and talk editing exclusively?) And we also talk about goals with our careers.

Some of our favorite resources come up (see our short links list below!) Fight scenes are a lengthy part of the discussion.

And we cover some of the quirky questions we ask our guests.:) Aaron and Liberty disagree about the quality of Star Trek: Voyager (which we’re pretty sure is going to be a topic that comes up again…and again…and again…) Discussion about the merit of time-travel episodes may or may not happen.

Tune in to hear which books we think should be turned into movies and/or TV shows.

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Links

Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall
Anne McCafferey’s Pern Series
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Dresden Files (TV series)
Wheel of Time
J.D. Robb’s In Death series
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
The Martian by Andy Weir (book)
The Martian (movie)