Episode #81: Happy Anniversary, Baby!

On the Sunday when they recorded this, Tee & Pip celebrated their sixth anniversary. So for this episode of the Shared Desk, they speculate what kind of writers they would be in a Star Trek-esque Mirror Universe where they would have never collaborated. What kind of a world and what kind of career would it have been?

00:00 —  Introduction

  • Six years? Seriously?!
  • I think this is the longest drop-in we have…
  • Pip’s less Cerci and more Lady of Thorns…
  • Married for six. Podcasting The Shared Desk for four.
  • What have we been up to?
    • Pip edits Operation: Endgame…
    • …while developing the Broken Dead.
    • Tee has got Wolf in the Fold ready for pitching.
    • Pip is also trying to learn her Patreon URL.
  • Usually, Tee can say “No” to new characters trying to get into a novel; but is it impossible to do so when your characters is…

06:46 —  Episode #81: Happy Anniversary, Baby!

  • Getting personal on The Shared Desk (especially since LANI and her 15 minutes are done…)
  • Shout-out to Nobilis Reed who has always said we were making a CouplesCast. Well, today, you get your wish.
  • Where would we be if we never collaborated or got married?
  • Pip would be working with New York, but Tee would still be working with Dragon Moon Press.
  • Would Tee have ever written steampunk?
    • The original idea of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, set in Present Day. Less “James Bond in a corset” more Stargate.
    • Quick tangent on Timeless, a favorite show of theirs…
  • Happy 50th Birthday, “Mirror, Mirror” from Star Trek: TOS!
  • How would Pip’s writing style be different without collaborating with Tee?
  • What would be different if Tee and Pip weren’t writing together. If you’re a fan of Billi, you’re not going to like this. (Send complaints and death threats to pip@pjballantine.com or voicemail at 703.791.1701!)
  • What else would be different?
    • This podcast wouldn’t exist!
    • People we wouldn’t know?
      • Steampunk superstars like Thomas Willeford, Savan Gupta, Sarah Hunter, Diana Pho, and so many, many more…
      • PJ/Piper J Drake
      • Aly Grauer (and her husband of awesome, Drew!)
  • Tee still would not be able to get comfortable with short stories.
  • In truth, Tee & Pip have been writing together for a lot longer than their marriage, so yes things would be very different.
  • Tee has a moment as a very personal project would also not exist. (A moment for Patrick…)
  • MOREVI would still not be completed. But even without the Ministry, Billi would not be a sure thing.
  • Operation: Endgame has not been a cakewalk, even though Tee loves it. Not rough road. Just unexpected.
  • Pip would not necessarily have embraced steampunk without our collaboration.
    • Shout-out for our first promotion: Double Trouble.
    • Pip might still be writing for Puck (and other historical fantasies) in this universe free of collaboration.
    • When impersonations collide…
    • “I guess I’ve learned stuff from you.” — Pip Ballantine to Tee Morris, right here!
  • The Mirror Universe blows!

28:46 — The Loot Crate Lookie-Loo!

  • Another thing we would not have: DROP-IN’S
  • Another Geek Parenting Milestone: Serena watched Blade Runner for the first time.
  • This month’s theme: ROBOTICS!
    • Tee-shirt: The Wallace Corporation from Blade Runner 2049
    • A build-it-yourself R2D2
    • The “Queen Takes Bishop” statue from Aliens
    • An exclusive IDW comic book set in the Mirror Universe with the Star Trek: TNG crew: Data’s Origin.
  • Quick shout-out to the Kellys that came up with a slick frame for the Destiny artwork and the Loot Crate patches…and we’re going to copy that!
  • No love for Portal or Ex Machina?
  • Pip, stop fighting the “Queen Takes Bishop” statue. It’s only going to fight back!

35:55 — The Wrap-Up

  • The All Blacks have a podcast!
  • And now, tormenting the cat…or the Queen….depending on how Sebastian reacts.
  • Let’s talk about Overcast!
    • The new iOS11 Podcast that Apple said will be a game changer? Well, about that…
    • Tee’s using Overcast now, and he’s loving it.
    • Easy to use, easy to navigate, and easy to import your feeds from the Podcast app to Overcast.
    • Android users? Right now, nope. (Sorry.)
  • 2017 is coming to a close…
    • October 21, The Maryland Renaissance Festival’s “Day of Wrong” is coming. Stay tuned for details.
    • 28 October, Tee will be alongside Chuck Tomasi, hosting the P.I.Y. Workshop, a launch event for Podcasting for Dummies, 3rd Edition
    • And we have two events already booked for 2018…
  • Pip is actually working her Instagram! Make sure to give her a follow! And remember: Pip has a Patreon? SHE DOES, YOU KNOW!!! 
  • If you have an event and want The Shared Desk to appear there, or if you just want to share an opinion about the show, here’s where to find us…
    • 703.791.1701
    • pip@pjballantine.com
    • tee@teemorris.com
    • …and social media, of course.

45:44 The 2017 Podcast It Yourself Workshop and Book Launch


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