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Ep 5.25 - LIVE! Writing Roundtable - July 2020

July 8, 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

[06:30] Weekly update—Tase Me, Please Edition

Josh: Vacation Sunburn™, wrote some chapters in the coauthored work, listening to more audiobooks.

Scott: Victory Day (Alien Invastion #3) is on pre-order. How great covers can change a book. Serious side quests and plots.

Chuck: Extended Kid Time™ dealing with family medical issues per 2020®

[18:00] Main Event: LIVE! Writing Roundtable July 2020!

-Josh postulates that 2020 is the way that it is because the Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

-Josh is enjoying The Demon Cycle series by Peter V. Brett

-Confusion over titles of demon races and finally picking up the concepts that were introduced in the first book. Super grim dark.

-A character that goes from a child to an adult over the course of a series, which can be troublesome for a series.

-Not for the faint of heart, but the characters were more developed than Joe Abercrombie’s First Law characters

-Scott’s Magic Yeti

-Chuck was in the hunt for high fantasy that wasn’t grimdark but not epic, but more like D&D fantasy of the 80’s.

-What has changed in the last 30 years?

-It depends on the fantasy you read; Josh wasn’t compelled to read Priori of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon because of the prose and POV shifts.

-An overload of characters from that book.

-Josh also read The Shadow of What Was Lost (Licanus Trilogy) by James Islington

-It was a boy going on a Hero’s Journey with two different types of magic and a bit obvious.

-Josh recommends The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archives #1) by Brandon Sanderson (of course)

-Working title for The Way of Kings was Writing This for Josh.

-Chuck chose Web of Eyes (Buried Goddess Saga #1) by Rhett Bruno and Jamie Castle

-Josh explains the indoctrination into Stormlight is much like Scientology….

-Scott did not like most of the characters, but he liked Shallan.

-Scott reacted differently to The First Law trilogy than Josh.

-Chuck was curious about the concept of the generic character, but there’s an appeal there.

-Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time starts as a clone of JRR Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings but diverts after the first book.

-Magic system fatigue.

-Follow along with the Everyman™.

-Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Tales series has parallels to A Song of Fire and Ice – magic.

-A discussion of explaining the magic or not (hard v. soft).

-Josh explains Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

-Josh then explains Stormlight magic…

Anyone read some steam punk?

-Josh started The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

-Scott and Chuck read some Cherie Priest Clockwork Century novels

-Deadwood with Magic would be fun.

-Chuck enjoyed Stephen King’s The Outsider, but Josh did not like the show.

-Scott loved Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, which is a mix of fantasy and historical fiction

-Josh surprisingly enjoyed The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North


[1:03:31] Closing remarks

Coffee and Concepts

Writer’s Journey



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