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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 30 - Oh my MURPHY!

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 30 - Oh my MURPHY!

July 29, 2020

Coffee and Concepts is coming at you with the Danger!

Ep 5.28 - LIVE! The Caineverse

Ep 5.28 - LIVE! The Caineverse

July 28, 2020

Today, we sit down with Charles E Gannon, Mike Massa, KC Ezell, Chris Kennedy, & Toni Weisskpf, to talk about a new series of novels written by a group of fantastic authors, all set in Gannon's Caine Riordan Universe.

 

Come join the conversation!

Behind the Scenes with Mil SciFi, with Walt Robillard, Ep. 2.31

Behind the Scenes with Mil SciFi, with Walt Robillard, Ep. 2.31

July 28, 2020

Normally we have these cool descriptions about the show topic and they tell you enticing things to click...

 

But Lauren isn't here this go around, and Kalene is such a genius this is what she came up with...

 

Guess you'll have to click the link and roll the dice! Because it's time for another...

 

WRITER'S JOURNEY! *All the Big Boomy Music*

Coffee & Carnivores, Ep. 29 - Hostile Territory

Coffee & Carnivores, Ep. 29 - Hostile Territory

July 28, 2020

What do you do when you've just finished the hunt at the local grocery store for the perfect cut of meat and you're all out of rub... Hit it with Coffee! After that we're talking animals.

Ep 5.27 - LIVE! Anything & Everything - July Roundtable

Ep 5.27 - LIVE! Anything & Everything - July Roundtable

July 26, 2020

Josh, Scott, Chuck talk about everything writing-related! Come join the conversation!

 

Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, C. Stephen Manley

[00:00] Opening remarks

[03:47] Weekly update—Bald Robot Josh Edition

Josh: Hardback of Valor™. Rick Partlow gifted some weird western books by Mark Sumner. Signature cards for Battle for Luna Continued work on Tranquility series.

Chuck: Wrote more at Jack Dark #2. Prework to Jack Dark #3, which will veer into post-apoc/magic.

Scott: Picked up a super secret collaborator for Alien Invasion side project. Resistance Day (Alien Invasion #2) launched and other work. Learning marketing and rolling dice.

[15:00] Main Event: LIVE! Anything & Everything - July Roundtable!

-Josh is rereading Michael Crichton’s Sphere and the differences between the book and the movie

-Bringing in more dialogue and having it feel more natural.

-Give the reader enough information and let the reader fill in the details.

-Using description in the right way to bring impact to the scene.

-Contradictory speech vs. internal monologue.

-Sand van Glotka in Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy

-Different POVs and how third person can allow you to get into the head of each character.

-First person POV you can go deep in just the one character if you desire.

[33:20] Sponsor: Scott Moon’s Resistance Day (They Came for Blood, Book 2)

[35:15] Main Event: LIVE! Anything & Everything - July Roundtable, Continued!

-Adding to a story to fill it out, getting away from 65k and pushing to reach 120k epic novels.

-Josh describes his current collaborative process.

-New beta reader process locking a Google Document for comments only.

-Continuity problems plague longer series.

-Chuck discusses World Anvil

-Josh demos Aeon Timeline

-Josh is suffering productivity woes.

-The destruction of normal time schedules.

-Tracking time vs. tracking words.

[57:00] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

***

 

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Surprising Action Details Authors Get Wrong, Ep. 2.30

Surprising Action Details Authors Get Wrong, Ep. 2.30

July 21, 2020

Need a technical advisor for your action and adventure story? You're in luck, because we've snagged one for tonight's show.

 

Sam Point has worked in all kinds of fields, from PI investigator to rescue helicopter operations, horse farms and the army. While he's worked as a consultant for TV series and movie producers, tonight he's here for you! We'll talk about his experiences, and also what mistakes he commonly sees in fiction and how we authors can get those details right.

 

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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 28 - Covered in your favorite!

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 28 - Covered in your favorite!

July 21, 2020

OMERGERD Have you tried a chocolate covered coffee bean? Have you ever made them?

 

From sweet and salty to tart and nutty, we then dive into dialogue!

Ep 5.26 - LIVE! Fighting the Middle & More!

Ep 5.26 - LIVE! Fighting the Middle & More!

July 20, 2020

Josh, Chuck, and Scott sit down to discuss how they battle the murky middle and anything else that happens to come up!  Come and Hang out with us!

 

Hosts: Josh Hayes, Scott Moon, C. Stephen Manley

[00:00] Opening remarks

[05:15] Weekly update—Toilet In the Yard Edition

Josh: Josh learns to waterski in skis not made in 1934. Wrote a couple of chapters into Tranquility and more in another novel.

Chuck: Still plugging away at Jack Dark #2. More Softball Time™. Used copious Liquid Courage® to watch Hamilton. Damn Merriam Webster!

Scott: Getting used to the new job time. Grinding away at the new series—Resistance Day goes out next week, working on Victory Day. Finishing up a third Brothers in Arms novel. Working on some promotions and ad spend.

[27:15] Sponsor: Battle Luna by Various Authors (including Josh Hayes)

[28:40] Main Event: LIVE! Fighting the Middle & More

-What propels you thought a book/movie as a reader/viewer?

Josh: A character like Glokta from Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, or a story like Core (The Demon Cycle #5) by Peter V. Brett

Chuck: 99% characters, 1% for a good mystery.

-Can you put a subplot in the middle to help?

-Don’t make a list!

-Josh can’t finish Stephen King’s 11/22/63 because of its soggy middle beyond the engaging hook.

-Plot reversals.

-Best genre mashups

Scott: They are hard to market. Dark Landing is a genre mashup of Western and Sci-Fi; most love their genres, but perhaps not the mashup that’s too different.

Example: Firefly

Scott is a fan of genre mashup writing, but you should really bring your A game to a mashup.

Example: Hayley Stone’s Make Me No Grave: A Weird West Novel

Example: Alien is a sci-fi horror mashup

-Chuck discusses an approach to do a 70-30 mix of the genre vs. 50-50.

-Sci-Fi and Fantasy venn diagrams.

Example: Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer: The Lotus War Book One is Japanese samurai steampunk and post-apocalyptic

[1:04:30] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

***

 

Become a Medium today! https://keystrokemedium.com/mediums/

Don't forget to Like and Subscribe and get involved with the mayhem and shenanigans in the live chat! http://www.youtube.com/c/keystrokemedium

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Also, subscribe to Sci Fi Explorations for the best discounted and free books we come across through our contacts: http://www.scifiexplorations.com

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     Horizons Beyond - https://amzn.to/2SrJ6uX

     Farthest Reachhttps://amzn.to/2UZINeo

The Writing Dream – and How to Make it to Happily Ever After – Keystroke Medium’s first non-fiction book. https://amzn.to/2UZINeo

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Get Your Guns Right: Science Fiction and the Military, Ep. 2.29

Get Your Guns Right: Science Fiction and the Military, Ep. 2.29

July 20, 2020

Reach even more readers with a bit of research. We're talking military history tonight! Why is that important? Realistic immersion for your readers. We'll be talking about researching for your plot, making rounded characters, writing kickass action scenes, and the utilizing power of Handwavium.

 

Do you get dinged in reviews for seemingly trivial errors about weapons, warfare, military life, tactics and battles?

 

Why does that bother readers? What can you do to smooth out these issues? What are the pitfalls of writing military science fiction or fantasy, if you aren't a veteran of a science fiction war, a fantasy war, or even a contemporary one?

 

Terry Maggert is a bestselling science fiction author and a big enough geek to not just read history, but teach it to university students.

 

Join us for a wide ranging interview with Terry in which he lays out his perspective on combat scenes, how to research relevant history, what the commons mistakes are.

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 27 - Thai One On

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 27 - Thai One On

July 9, 2020

Thai Iced Coffee... SURE! And to go with the sweet, something that could turn sour. Trying out a new genre.

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