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Ep 5.34 - LIVE! From the Writing Trenches: Tips from Veteran Author Karen Traviss

Ep 5.34 - LIVE! From the Writing Trenches: Tips from Veteran Author Karen Traviss

September 9, 2020

Happy Labor-Daybor, Mediums!

Joining us today is the author of the Wess'Har series, and is also known for writing tie-in material based on Star Wars, Gears of War, Halo, and G.I. Joe. Her work crosses various forms of media including novels, short stories, comics, and video games. Check out our chat with Karen Traviss, going LIVE at 11 AM Eastern...

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Ep 5.33 - LIVE! 2020 Dragon Award Live Stream

Ep 5.33 - LIVE! 2020 Dragon Award Live Stream

September 9, 2020

Come hang out and find out who this year's big winners are!

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Editing Your Friend’s Novel | No Safe Words Editors, Ep. 2.34

Editing Your Friend’s Novel | No Safe Words Editors, Ep. 2.34

September 8, 2020

Are you thinking of doing some editing but aren't sure how to give useful feedback on your friend's manuscript? Looking for a more helpful response than "Yeah, I liked it..." or "No, the book's total trash"?

In tonight's episode, the No Safe Words editors talk about setting up expectations and goals for the editing process, avoiding possible pitfalls, working with your friend to make this manuscript the best it can be... and somehow keeping your friendship intact by the time you hit publish.

Ready?

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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 38 -  Too Close w/ Jacob!

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 38 - Too Close w/ Jacob!

September 8, 2020

Jacob Close comes on the show to talk up his newest project, the scifi thriller Tinfoil. We WILL also be talking about the bean!

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 37 - Construction Zone with Drew Avera

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 37 - Construction Zone with Drew Avera

September 8, 2020

We're doing the putting together thing with master word assembler Drew Avera!

Ep 5.32 - LIVE! Antagonists

Ep 5.32 - LIVE! Antagonists

September 8, 2020

Josh, Chuck, and special guest host Steve Beaulieu sit down to talk about antagonists, from the mundane to the megalomaniacal.

Hosts: Josh Hayes, C. Steven Manley

[00:00] Opening remarks

[03:50] Sponsor #1: Deranged and Questing: The Necromancer’s Idiot Apprentice with Andy Peloquin [https://www.twitch.tv/andypeloquin]

[07:40] Weekly update—Sloppy Seconds Edition Steve: Kids are in school. Luna Missile Crisis in ebook/print in September. [https://amzn.to/32QSRsu] There’s a sequel in the works!

Chuck: A nice message on Instagram. Plugging away at Jack Dark #2. Listen to his Paragons Trilogy for free on Audible! [https://amzn.to/3hJbMvk]

Josh: Pitched a book idea to a major publisher with a short story for the tone. Almost finished with Tranquility #1. Looking for beta readers.

[19:20] Main Event—Antagonists! Example: Benjamin Linus from Lost [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Linus] Example: Sand dan Glotka from Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy [https://amzn.to/34NJj3Y]

-Low key vs. Over the top villains.

-Manipulative villains are interesting rather than over-the-top Example: Captain Hook in Peter Pan [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Hook]

-Steve wants to hate the Joker, no sympathize with him (as in the new Joker movie) [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7286456/]

-You can call a character evil. Sometimes readers just want that. Example: Voldemort in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series [https://amzn.to/2YSomBd]

Ramsey Bolton in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series [https://amzn.to/2Ga4MJY]

-The sense of ‘Me First’ mentality to the villain. You don’t need to sympathize, though you can understand.

-You don’t have to hate the bad guys, but you can see both sides. Example: The Americans [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2149175/]

-Antagonist vs. Villain

-You can have protagonists do villainous things Example: The Punisher [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5675620/]

-Difference between having to do something bad and wanting to do something bad. Example Dakota Meyer [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Meyer] Example: Alonzo in Training Day [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0139654/] Example: Thanos in Marvel Cinematic Universe [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154796/]

-What is the villain’s perspective? How is it seen by others?

-Structuring the villain’s arc as a version of the hero’s journey

-Can you think you’re a hero with the wrong information that makes you a villain?

-Are you a hero or a villain based on the status quo? Example: Colonists seen as villains by the British Empire in the American Civil War.

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[43:30] Main Event—Antagonists, continued! Example: Cigarette Man from The X-Files [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106179/]

-The decline of the ‘Freak of the Week’ episodic villain stories and the long arc of antagonist/villain Example: Battlestar Galactica reboot [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407362/] Example: Babylon 5 [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105946/]

-Villains who are meant to be a ‘Pinnacle Villain’ but turn out to be not all that massively villainous because he’s overly humanized. Example: Raoul Silva in Skyfall [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074638/] Example: Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/]

-Steve disagrees!

-Sadistic villains Example: Dolores Umbridge in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series [https://amzn.to/2YSomBd] Example: Hands of Blue in Firefly [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303461/]

-The polite villain. Example: Hans Gruber in Die Hard [https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016/]

-Alan Rickman’s great villain performances as Hans Gruber, Sheriff of Nottingham, and even Severus Snape. Example: Darth Vader in Star Wars [https://www.imdb.com/star-wars/]

-The difference in the ‘original’ Vader of the original trilogy and the ‘origin story’ Vader of the prequel trilogy.

-Severus Snape as the ‘gray hero’ and trying to judge Rowling’s characters as adults vs. how they were written for children and the evolution of her writing from the first novel to the last.

[1:11:45] Closing remarks

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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 36 - Lisa Richman

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 36 - Lisa Richman

September 7, 2020

Talking all thing caffeine and story with Lisa Richman.

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 35 - Savage Caffeine

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 35 - Savage Caffeine

September 7, 2020

We get down to the voodoo w/ Mr Nick Cole dropping in to discuss the nomination for the Dragon Awards for their super caffeinated book, The Savage Wars!

Ep 5.31 - LIVE! How to Scrivener w/ Matt Herron

Ep 5.31 - LIVE! How to Scrivener w/ Matt Herron

September 7, 2020

In the last episode, Josh, Scott, and Chuck talked about how they used Scrivener's most basic features to simply write their stories.

This week, Matt Herron joins the conversation to show off some of the program's next-level features and talk about the differences between the Mac and PC versions.

[00:00] Opening remarks—we hit 1,000 subscribers!

[05:33] Weekly update—Central Time Edition

Josh: Finishing up Tranquility #2, workshopped another book of Devon Ford’s. Reading Sphere by Michael Crichton and the new Star Wars: Thrawn book.

Matt: Outlining two full books now. 1. A new space opera series (book 2 in work) and 2. Book 4 in The Gunn Files series.

Scott: Working on Victory Day (They Came for Blood #3), Expeditionaries War (Brothers in Arms) and personal project.

[15:26] Sponsor: J. Clifton Slater’s Muted Implications (Clay Warrior Book 12)

[17:45] Main Event—How to Scrivener with Matt Herron!

-Section breaks

-Scrivener 2 v. 3 compile capability (advice: focus on organizing, drafting, and writing, not compiling)

-Scrivener 3 for Windows broke 2020?

-Give the Scrivener 3 for Windows BETA a try if you’re daring…

-Ways to use labels in Scrivener 3.

-Noodling with index cards.

-Timelines!

-Use of the Writing History.

-Cleaning up quotes vs. smart quotes.

-Linguistic Focus!

-Using the Meta Data pane to add custom meta data to do things like tracking plot threads.

-How you set up the Editor can be different than how you Compile.

-Using a view to look as though you’re writing a book.

-Snapshots to preserve a scene state and compare scenes.

-Revision mode.

-God Mode: Cmd+shift and snapshot whole document.

-How to deal with word document coming back from the editor (Most writers do not come back to Scrivener at this point).

-Split Screen Mode.

-Notes and comments.

[1:06:23] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey

Storytelling

 

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Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 34 - Nomination of Valor

Coffee & Concepts - Ep. 34 - Nomination of Valor

September 7, 2020

How in the caffeinated maelstrom do we have two... TWO CnC shows this week? Darn Dragon Awards, that's how.

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