New Podcast Up: R Rated Rant

This episode is devoted to our lament over the fact that Marvel has gone down the rated “R” road with Deadpool, which we feel is really un-necessary. Marvel will now make a slew of these kinds of films, and even though they will probably be pretty successful, we really don’t want the term “fanboy” toContinue reading “New Podcast Up: R Rated Rant”

New Podcast Up: Sensitive Suicide Squad

In this episode we discuss two children’s books: “A Birthday Cake for George Washington” by Ramin Ganeshram and “A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, For Families, One Delicious Treat” by Emily Jenkins. One of these books was banned recently and pulled from Scholastic’s list of books while the other was hailed as an achievement in children’sContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Sensitive Suicide Squad”

New Podcast Up: 15 Things About 2015

In this episode we take a look back at 2015 and discuss 15 things that each of us thought were noteworthy in the realm of fiction and media. We also discuss the things we thought were not that noteworthy. Of course, each of these things are discussed from a writer’s perspective. Find the episode here.

New Podcast Up: Screenwriter/Novelist Drew Chapman

On this episode we had the privelege of interviewing television writer and novelist Drew Chapman. Drew has been in the screenwriting business for many years. He has written for Disney’s “Pocahontas”, “Iron Man”, “Legends” on the TNT network and has written episodes for many network shows. He is also a novelist and his new seriesContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Screenwriter/Novelist Drew Chapman”

New Podcast Up: A Spectre of Bad Tropes

On this episode we discuss those overused tropes that often get used in modern fiction or film and how to avoid them. What are some good tropes and what are some old tropes that can be turned upside down or reworked for better effect? We also discuss a spoiler-free review of the new James BondContinue reading “New Podcast Up: A Spectre of Bad Tropes”

New Podcast Up: Drive the Batmobile to Mars

On this episode we wrap up our discussion about “The Martian” since both of us had a chance to catch the film. We discuss the differences between the film and the book from a writer’s perspective without spoiling any of it for you…and that was pretty hard to do, mind you. I push the conversationContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Drive the Batmobile to Mars”

New Podcast Up: We Go To Mars!

In this podcast first, we attempt to record the podcast from two different locations. I don’t know. We think it may be a success. You be the judge. Anyway, on this podcast we discuss Weir’s best selling book “The Martian” and what we thought made it a great novel. We also discuss Gotham, The BlackContinue reading “New Podcast Up: We Go To Mars!”

New Podcast Up: Special Guest – Patrick Hurd!

This week I am suffering from the throes of bronchitis, which would be awful if people had to listen to constant coughing into the microphone. So, my co-host Ryan McKinley managed to get veteran podcaster and Star Wars content writer for The Laughing Place, Patrick Hurd. ┬áPatrick delivers some excellent advice to novice podcasters andContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Special Guest – Patrick Hurd!”

New Podcast Up: Tom Cruise and Suspense Writing

In this episode we break down “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”. Sure, there’s been a lot of these MI films and some of them have been better than others, but what can writers learn from this latest Tom Cruise vehicle? We felt that it was actually good and used some very practical writing techniques to achieveContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Tom Cruise and Suspense Writing”

New Podcast Up: Not So Fantastic Four

Well, we saw it…and it wasn’t HORRIBLE…we guess. Ryan and I discuss the new Fantasic Four film and what writers can learn from it. There are many lessons in this podcast from characterization to plot development to sustaining a threatening villain. Fantastic Four had none of these and we break it down for you fromContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Not So Fantastic Four”