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This isn’t a podcast for total beginners. We’re going to assume that you know what plot structure is, what a protagonist is, where ideas come from, and how to use a semicolon. This is a podcast for people who can already write okay, but want to do better.

Latest Episodes

A Wretched Episode of Scum and Villainy

Villains in fiction tend to fit a certain template: erudite, aristocratic, queer-coded, monologuing and vaguely British. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it gets a little old after a while. So for this episode, we’re going to take a look at some real-life villains, from globe-striding corporate monsters to small-time petty jerks, and see how fiction measures up. Joining us is Kelton of Psychic Dolphin Garageand Garbage In Garbage Out. Links: Inside Jeffrey Epstein’s Curious Sociopathy TrueAnon’s interview with Maria Farmer The Most Disturbing Details From the NXIVM Case Wyatt Koch Is Bold The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes “I was a starter wife” Juicero is still the greatest example of Silicon Valley stupidity What to know about the “raw water” trend Controversial “Feminist” Hugo Schwyzer Has a Very Public Twitter Meltdown How Men’s Rights Leader Paul Elam Turned Being a Deadbeat Dad into a Money Making Movement About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing...

107 MIN1 w ago
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A Wretched Episode of Scum and Villainy

Telling Your Own Stories

When Stephen Mazur, Assistant editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, interviews writers, he always asks them this question: “Why do you write?” One of the most common answers is: “Because I couldn’t find the stories I wanted to read.” In this episode, filmmaker Shannon Strucci and critic Leslie Lee of Struggle Session were kind enough to join us to talk about why we need to tell our own stories instead of waiting for someone else to tell it for you. We also discuss the corporate monopolization of media, the value of supporting independent marginalized artists, and rethinking what it means to participate in culture. Special appearances by Shannon’s dog and Raquel’s cat. Links: * Struggle Session * Leslie’s Twitter * FAKE FRIENDS Episode 1 and Episode 2 * The Nerd Crew: A Pop Culture Podcast by Red Letter Media * On Ghostbusters and Identity * On the Choice to Consume Small Art * Culture Consumption Versus Culture Creation * Martin Scorsese’s 1993 letter to The ...

67 MINJUN 5
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Telling Your Own Stories

Writing the Body: Avoiding Characters Who Are Brains-In-Jars (Unless That’s Your Whole Thing)

In this episode, writer and stuntwoman SL Huang joins us to talk about writing that fully explores the physicality of its characters. How can we write characters who feel like flesh and blood people, not disembodied brains in jars? How do race, gender, class, and other features of identity influence our relationships with our bodies? Has visual media made us less aware of our sense of smell, taste and touch? Recommended Reading: * SL Huang’s website * SL Huang’s Twitter * Zero Sum Game * Null Set * Critical Point * Burning Roses * Strong Female Characters Beyond Ripley? * 69 Percent of Men Don’t Wash Their Hands After Using the Bathroom?! * Black is beautiful, but our bodies are not for your fetishes * I Once Bawled in Yoga Class—and Now I Know That’s Totally Normal About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction.Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes,...

40 MINMAY 15
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Writing the Body: Avoiding Characters Who Are Brains-In-Jars (Unless That’s Your Whole Thing)

Writing While the World Burns: What Does It Mean to Be a Writer During the Climate Crisis?

In this episode, we talk to writer/editor Sarena Ulibarri about what it means to be a writer during a global climate crisis. Do writers have a responsibility to address the problem? Are we a part of the problem? Does art matter when the world is on fire? Should we educate people or offer them an escape from the horrors of reality? Should we give people hope or scare the shit out of them? Can art change the world, or are we just like the musicians on the Titanic playing for the upper-class while the ship goes down? Sources/Additional Reading: * World Weaver Press * Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures * The Spiral Ranch * Chrysalis in Sunlight * Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers * Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters * Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World * ‘I want you to panic’: Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, lays it on the line for world leaders * Titanic Orchestra * Solarpunk: A Reference Guide * How Clim...

51 MINAPR 24
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Writing While the World Burns: What Does It Mean to Be a Writer During the Climate Crisis?

Transgressive Queer Fiction and the Right to Be Messy

Straight writers frequently portray cisgender heterosexual characters with twisted sexual pathologies or dysfunctional, miserable relationships. But when an emerging sci-fi writer published a sharp, witty, in-your-face short story about a transgender helicopter pilot in a dystopian future, prominent members of the writing community rushed to viciously condemn her until she withdrew her work and went into hiding. In this episode, horror writer Gretchen Felker-Martin joins us to talk about the importance of making space for transgressive fiction by queer writers. We also discuss didactive versus expressive art, the trap of respectability that queer creatives fall into, and Isabel Fall’s “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter.” (And Raquel mispronounces the word didactic several dozen times.) Links: * Gretchen’s Twitter * Gretchen’s Patreon * She Kills People From 7,85- Miles Away * Drone Disorientations: How “Unmanned” Weapons Queer the Experience of Killing in War * The ...

73 MINAPR 3
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Transgressive Queer Fiction and the Right to Be Messy

Creepypasta and Other Eerie Starches

In this spooktacular episode, we talk to Ash and Jon of the Horror Vanguard podcast about the internet-based form of horror fiction known as creepypasta. In a culture increasingly controlled by a small handful of media corporations, creepypasta presents a form of communal storytelling, a digital version of the campfire where kids gather round to swap scary stories. We take a look at how creepypasta uses the unique structure of the internet to give us the creeps and how it falls into the greater tradition of horror and gothic literature. We also examine why the entertainment industry’s attempts to capitalize on creepypasta so often fail, and how creepypasta can survive as the internet grows ever more centralized. This topic was suggested by one of our subscribers. If you’d like to suggest a topic and get access to the latest episode before everybody else does, sign up for our Patreon. Links: * Behind Creepypasta, the Internet Community that Spread a Killer Meme * Ted the Caver * Th...

72 MINMAR 20
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Creepypasta and Other Eerie Starches

Writer Beware! Spotting Shady Agents, Vanity Presses and Other Scams

The road to publishing can be a thorny one, filled with con artists lying in wait to pounce on unwary writers. Fortunately, Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware is here to tell us how to avoid being scammed. During our chat, Victoria answers questions like the following: How can you spot a shady agent? What’s the difference between self-publishing and vanity publishing? Should you enter a contest with an entry fee? Victoria also tells us about one of her more interesting cases, a dastardly tale involving the Canadian Royal Mounted Police! Recommended reading: * The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Guild of America * Writer Beware! * Writer Beware: The Blog * Victoria Strauss’s website * Writer Beware’s email address * Jane Friedman’s website * David Gaughran’s website * The bizarre saga of Melanie Mills About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction.M...

46 MINFEB 29
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Writer Beware! Spotting Shady Agents, Vanity Presses and Other Scams

The Dark Side of Fandom Part 2: Friendship Simulator

Why do people love the Disney corporation? Why do people watch other people play video games? Can fans influence creatives’ work for the worse? Does the mainstreaming of geek culture represent a triumph for social outcasts, or is it all just a capitalist plot? In part two of our discussion on the dark side of fandom, RS Benedict talks to Tim Heiderich about parasocial relationships, Twitch streamers, Nazis, Pink Floyd’s The Walland fans who want to watch their idols burn. Recommended reading/viewing: * The Dark Side of K-Pop * Mary Weiland’s heartbreaking letter in Rolling Stone about the death of her ex-husband, Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland * Fake Friends Episode One * Parasocial Relationships: The Nature of Celebrity Fascinations * That movie where Melissa Joan Hart falls in love with a nutcracker is in fact real * Rammstein — “Mann Gegen Mann” * Disney lobbies Congress to change copyright laws * Nine Inch Nails — “Every Day Is Exactly The Same” * The Skinne...

66 MINFEB 15
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The Dark Side of Fandom Part 2: Friendship Simulator

The Dark Side of Fandom, Part 1: Have You Accepted Spider-Man as Your Lord and Savior?

Tim Heiderich of Have You Seen Thistook the time to talk to us about the creative perils of fandom. Fandom can be fun, but it can also turn ugly too, or it can keep us so busy focusing on someone else’s work that we fail to develop our own talents. This was a huge conversation, so we split it into two parts. In the first installment, we talk about toxic fandom, simulacra, and the siren song of nostalgia. (This episode includes a mention of Harry Potter fandom. Please note that we recorded the episode before JK Rowling outed herself as a huge transphobe on Twitter so we neglected to call her a TERF.) Recommended reading/listening: * Simulacrum * 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back * Disney’s Weaponized Nostalgia * The Dark Side of the ’90s Beanie Baby Craze * School Shootings Drove Stephen King to Take Rage off the Shelves About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Sc...

59 MINJAN 24
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The Dark Side of Fandom, Part 1: Have You Accepted Spider-Man as Your Lord and Savior?

Originality: Feh, Who Needs It?

RS Benedict talks to Stephen Mazur, Assistant Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, about originality. How important is it, really? Readers and editors say they crave original stories, but much of our pop culture these days is proudly derivative: sequels, remakes, reboots and adaptations of pre-existing source material. And the human race has been telling stories for millennia; chances are, someone else has already had a story idea just like yours. Should we even bother trying to tell original stories? Does originality matter? Mazur also talks a little about the nuts and bolts of running the long-running sci-fi mag, why some writers are remembered while others vanish, and whether or not you should write that werewolf detective story. Recommended reading: * The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction * Kali Wallace’s “Botanical Exercises for Curious Girls” (FSF March 2011) * Cassandra Khaw and Jonathan L. Howard, “Shooting Iron” (FSF Sept/Oct 2018) * GV Anderson, “...

94 MINJAN 3
Comments
Originality: Feh, Who Needs It?

Latest Episodes

A Wretched Episode of Scum and Villainy

Villains in fiction tend to fit a certain template: erudite, aristocratic, queer-coded, monologuing and vaguely British. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it gets a little old after a while. So for this episode, we’re going to take a look at some real-life villains, from globe-striding corporate monsters to small-time petty jerks, and see how fiction measures up. Joining us is Kelton of Psychic Dolphin Garageand Garbage In Garbage Out. Links: Inside Jeffrey Epstein’s Curious Sociopathy TrueAnon’s interview with Maria Farmer The Most Disturbing Details From the NXIVM Case Wyatt Koch Is Bold The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes “I was a starter wife” Juicero is still the greatest example of Silicon Valley stupidity What to know about the “raw water” trend Controversial “Feminist” Hugo Schwyzer Has a Very Public Twitter Meltdown How Men’s Rights Leader Paul Elam Turned Being a Deadbeat Dad into a Money Making Movement About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing...

107 MIN1 w ago
Comments
A Wretched Episode of Scum and Villainy

Telling Your Own Stories

When Stephen Mazur, Assistant editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, interviews writers, he always asks them this question: “Why do you write?” One of the most common answers is: “Because I couldn’t find the stories I wanted to read.” In this episode, filmmaker Shannon Strucci and critic Leslie Lee of Struggle Session were kind enough to join us to talk about why we need to tell our own stories instead of waiting for someone else to tell it for you. We also discuss the corporate monopolization of media, the value of supporting independent marginalized artists, and rethinking what it means to participate in culture. Special appearances by Shannon’s dog and Raquel’s cat. Links: * Struggle Session * Leslie’s Twitter * FAKE FRIENDS Episode 1 and Episode 2 * The Nerd Crew: A Pop Culture Podcast by Red Letter Media * On Ghostbusters and Identity * On the Choice to Consume Small Art * Culture Consumption Versus Culture Creation * Martin Scorsese’s 1993 letter to The ...

67 MINJUN 5
Comments
Telling Your Own Stories

Writing the Body: Avoiding Characters Who Are Brains-In-Jars (Unless That’s Your Whole Thing)

In this episode, writer and stuntwoman SL Huang joins us to talk about writing that fully explores the physicality of its characters. How can we write characters who feel like flesh and blood people, not disembodied brains in jars? How do race, gender, class, and other features of identity influence our relationships with our bodies? Has visual media made us less aware of our sense of smell, taste and touch? Recommended Reading: * SL Huang’s website * SL Huang’s Twitter * Zero Sum Game * Null Set * Critical Point * Burning Roses * Strong Female Characters Beyond Ripley? * 69 Percent of Men Don’t Wash Their Hands After Using the Bathroom?! * Black is beautiful, but our bodies are not for your fetishes * I Once Bawled in Yoga Class—and Now I Know That’s Totally Normal About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction.Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes,...

40 MINMAY 15
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Writing the Body: Avoiding Characters Who Are Brains-In-Jars (Unless That’s Your Whole Thing)

Writing While the World Burns: What Does It Mean to Be a Writer During the Climate Crisis?

In this episode, we talk to writer/editor Sarena Ulibarri about what it means to be a writer during a global climate crisis. Do writers have a responsibility to address the problem? Are we a part of the problem? Does art matter when the world is on fire? Should we educate people or offer them an escape from the horrors of reality? Should we give people hope or scare the shit out of them? Can art change the world, or are we just like the musicians on the Titanic playing for the upper-class while the ship goes down? Sources/Additional Reading: * World Weaver Press * Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures * The Spiral Ranch * Chrysalis in Sunlight * Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers * Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters * Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World * ‘I want you to panic’: Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, lays it on the line for world leaders * Titanic Orchestra * Solarpunk: A Reference Guide * How Clim...

51 MINAPR 24
Comments
Writing While the World Burns: What Does It Mean to Be a Writer During the Climate Crisis?

Transgressive Queer Fiction and the Right to Be Messy

Straight writers frequently portray cisgender heterosexual characters with twisted sexual pathologies or dysfunctional, miserable relationships. But when an emerging sci-fi writer published a sharp, witty, in-your-face short story about a transgender helicopter pilot in a dystopian future, prominent members of the writing community rushed to viciously condemn her until she withdrew her work and went into hiding. In this episode, horror writer Gretchen Felker-Martin joins us to talk about the importance of making space for transgressive fiction by queer writers. We also discuss didactive versus expressive art, the trap of respectability that queer creatives fall into, and Isabel Fall’s “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter.” (And Raquel mispronounces the word didactic several dozen times.) Links: * Gretchen’s Twitter * Gretchen’s Patreon * She Kills People From 7,85- Miles Away * Drone Disorientations: How “Unmanned” Weapons Queer the Experience of Killing in War * The ...

73 MINAPR 3
Comments
Transgressive Queer Fiction and the Right to Be Messy

Creepypasta and Other Eerie Starches

In this spooktacular episode, we talk to Ash and Jon of the Horror Vanguard podcast about the internet-based form of horror fiction known as creepypasta. In a culture increasingly controlled by a small handful of media corporations, creepypasta presents a form of communal storytelling, a digital version of the campfire where kids gather round to swap scary stories. We take a look at how creepypasta uses the unique structure of the internet to give us the creeps and how it falls into the greater tradition of horror and gothic literature. We also examine why the entertainment industry’s attempts to capitalize on creepypasta so often fail, and how creepypasta can survive as the internet grows ever more centralized. This topic was suggested by one of our subscribers. If you’d like to suggest a topic and get access to the latest episode before everybody else does, sign up for our Patreon. Links: * Behind Creepypasta, the Internet Community that Spread a Killer Meme * Ted the Caver * Th...

72 MINMAR 20
Comments
Creepypasta and Other Eerie Starches

Writer Beware! Spotting Shady Agents, Vanity Presses and Other Scams

The road to publishing can be a thorny one, filled with con artists lying in wait to pounce on unwary writers. Fortunately, Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware is here to tell us how to avoid being scammed. During our chat, Victoria answers questions like the following: How can you spot a shady agent? What’s the difference between self-publishing and vanity publishing? Should you enter a contest with an entry fee? Victoria also tells us about one of her more interesting cases, a dastardly tale involving the Canadian Royal Mounted Police! Recommended reading: * The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Guild of America * Writer Beware! * Writer Beware: The Blog * Victoria Strauss’s website * Writer Beware’s email address * Jane Friedman’s website * David Gaughran’s website * The bizarre saga of Melanie Mills About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction.M...

46 MINFEB 29
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Writer Beware! Spotting Shady Agents, Vanity Presses and Other Scams

The Dark Side of Fandom Part 2: Friendship Simulator

Why do people love the Disney corporation? Why do people watch other people play video games? Can fans influence creatives’ work for the worse? Does the mainstreaming of geek culture represent a triumph for social outcasts, or is it all just a capitalist plot? In part two of our discussion on the dark side of fandom, RS Benedict talks to Tim Heiderich about parasocial relationships, Twitch streamers, Nazis, Pink Floyd’s The Walland fans who want to watch their idols burn. Recommended reading/viewing: * The Dark Side of K-Pop * Mary Weiland’s heartbreaking letter in Rolling Stone about the death of her ex-husband, Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland * Fake Friends Episode One * Parasocial Relationships: The Nature of Celebrity Fascinations * That movie where Melissa Joan Hart falls in love with a nutcracker is in fact real * Rammstein — “Mann Gegen Mann” * Disney lobbies Congress to change copyright laws * Nine Inch Nails — “Every Day Is Exactly The Same” * The Skinne...

66 MINFEB 15
Comments
The Dark Side of Fandom Part 2: Friendship Simulator

The Dark Side of Fandom, Part 1: Have You Accepted Spider-Man as Your Lord and Savior?

Tim Heiderich of Have You Seen Thistook the time to talk to us about the creative perils of fandom. Fandom can be fun, but it can also turn ugly too, or it can keep us so busy focusing on someone else’s work that we fail to develop our own talents. This was a huge conversation, so we split it into two parts. In the first installment, we talk about toxic fandom, simulacra, and the siren song of nostalgia. (This episode includes a mention of Harry Potter fandom. Please note that we recorded the episode before JK Rowling outed herself as a huge transphobe on Twitter so we neglected to call her a TERF.) Recommended reading/listening: * Simulacrum * 372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back * Disney’s Weaponized Nostalgia * The Dark Side of the ’90s Beanie Baby Craze * School Shootings Drove Stephen King to Take Rage off the Shelves About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Sc...

59 MINJAN 24
Comments
The Dark Side of Fandom, Part 1: Have You Accepted Spider-Man as Your Lord and Savior?

Originality: Feh, Who Needs It?

RS Benedict talks to Stephen Mazur, Assistant Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, about originality. How important is it, really? Readers and editors say they crave original stories, but much of our pop culture these days is proudly derivative: sequels, remakes, reboots and adaptations of pre-existing source material. And the human race has been telling stories for millennia; chances are, someone else has already had a story idea just like yours. Should we even bother trying to tell original stories? Does originality matter? Mazur also talks a little about the nuts and bolts of running the long-running sci-fi mag, why some writers are remembered while others vanish, and whether or not you should write that werewolf detective story. Recommended reading: * The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction * Kali Wallace’s “Botanical Exercises for Curious Girls” (FSF March 2011) * Cassandra Khaw and Jonathan L. Howard, “Shooting Iron” (FSF Sept/Oct 2018) * GV Anderson, “...

94 MINJAN 3
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Originality: Feh, Who Needs It?
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