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Episode #100: What a RIDE!

The Shared Desk
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  • They said we couldn’t make it… whoever they are…
  • Pip and Tee chose Birds of Prey for their Valentine’s movie!
  • We get cheers from chat!

3:04 Let’s Look Back

  • Pip tried to count Dog Days of Podcasting that Tee did in 2018
  • Consistency… well not so much our thing….
  • Episode 1… we started off pretty exclusively about the craft!
  • And we started with the idea of half hour episodes…

7:23 Types of episodes

  • We’ve done craft and business episodes
  • But our most downloaded episode was Episode 59, about Penny Dreadful from a writer’s point of view
  • Then we’ve covered, marketing, had guests in show, and recorded from events
  • Then there are the odd ones…
  • And the evergreen content ‘writers did what now?’

9:29 Let’s talk about guests

14:02 We Tracked Smoky Writers

  • From the beginning, our beloved retreat was covered. Either there, or a post-retreat review
  • Our largest guest episode, with all the microphones!
  • Pip reflects on the fun stuff represented by the Shared Desk

14: 55 Consistency? What’s that??

  • Sometimes we slipped…
  • Editing is a thing… we don’t like to just release into the wild
  • Deadlines and families to come first… podcasting fell by the way side
  • Some years have been easier than others
  • We started streaming in 2018, episode 90.
  • Streaming has kept us more on track

17:28 Memories of past segments

  • Eagle vs kiwi — limited options after a point
  • Crazy Uncle Charlie — his time passed (Pip was happy about that)
Charlie went to do his own thing…

20:32 Picking out some favorite episodes and topics

  • Pip mentions episode 23, where we talked about a writer’s kit and giveaway swag
  • Tee diverts into Penny Dreadful side rant…
  • Pip and Tee discuss some of the changes to swag people expect
  • Pip mentions the 99c book promo choices authors make
  • The infamous way Goodreads reviewers mark books before they’ve even been released
  • Giving away your work, you need to be careful how you do it
  • The short story market has changed over the course of this podcast
  • Work for free is still however something to be avoided
  • SFWA has also changed… and improved!
  • Print is still alive!
  • Pip’s patreon got started in the middle of the Shared Desk

36:37 Live shows!

  • A lot of fun has been had at a lot of conventions
  • Episode 75 from the SFWA Nebula Awards show. One of Tee’s favs
  • Our first on the road show, was Author’s After Dark
  • Demi-Con was a blast, and Tee was Guest of Honor
  • Alyson Grauer we met there, and has a book out
  • PC Haring showed us around

40:47 Pip can’t recall and episode

  • The mysterious episode 45… the world is full of disturbing books
  • Oh and it was a racist POS
  • The Shared Desk could be writers behaving badly

41:52 Pip’s Favorite

  • Episode 51: The ABC
  • Recorded around the time of the book cover shoot. Featuring Verena Vorsatz and Christina Payton.
  • Quite a memorable time

46:21 Pip gets the credit

  • Tee riffs on Pip causing the whole damn thing
  • So many good times, so many good friends.
  • We met the Kellys just because of this podcast
  • What a grand time it’s been…
  • Thank you for all the support and love
We mean it…

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leave us a voicemail or questions for the show at 703.791.1701,
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We’ll talk about it!
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Enjoy the ride
and we’ll catch you later.

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The Dog Days of Podcasting: Look for the Hook

Special thanks to Corbin J Drake for the photo.

Fresh from the workout, The Dog Days of Podcasting takes you on a nostalgic trip, or at least on a bumpy ride, to the 80’s. Okay, the 80’s that Tee remembers…and he addresses the dangers of too much nostalgia and too much meta. Remember — it’s your story people want to hear.




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Episode #29: All About Stonecoast (with Katie Bryski!)


After two days of recording and a plethora of technical glitches, we are back for another episodes with our new intern and return Canuck, ForeWord-nominated author, Katie Bryski! Join us as Katie, fresh from Stonecoast, come in-studio to talk about this amazing experience that she has embarked upon…

00:00 — Introduction

  • We are on a roll!!!
  • G’day, eh? We have a guest in the studio again! Throw on the back bacon — it’s Katie Bryski!
  • Things you shouldn’t do after the Smoky Writers: Have your liver tested.
  • Pip bitches about the drop-in’s. Again. (And remember this…for later on in the show…)
  • Since the Smoky Writers events, what have Tee & Pip been up to?
    • The Silver Pharaoh is submitted to Laurie.
    • Wolf in the Fold is also submitted to Laurie.
    • Audio recording for Ministry Protocol is underway.
    • Tee’s still job hunting, still working on Wolf in the Fold, and also working on something for Valentine’s Day.
  • What Katie has been up to since Stonecoast?
    • She’s our intern for February!
    • Katie is still working on a book that is formally known as formerly known as Styx.
    • In Season Three of Tales from the Archives, things get very Canadian!

 14:48 — All about Stonecoast (with Katie Bryski) 

  • The first challenge of Stonecoast: Get to the right Portland!
  • What exactly is Stonecoast?
    • Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
    • Low-Residency (so you can do this from home…)
    • Residency is in Portland, ME
  • Tee’s mic problems and Pip’s odd need for editing…eh, just go with it!
  • Working with Mentors (who are working authors)
  • This isn’t NaNoWriMo or a writers’ retreat, folks. This is graduate school. For writers.
  • And there is Tee, just being far too ‘Murican.
  • From #MicFAIL to #DropInFAIL
  • Pip asks who would Tee want to have as his Writing Mentor…and Pip makes an uber-#SteampunkFAIL.
  • But Katie is a published author already…so why does Katie need a Masters Degree in Writing?
  • Katie looks at the goals of Stonecoast she’s looking to accomplish through this program.
  • Tee and Pip are a touch green with envy over Katie’s journey with Stonecoast.
  • For someone who hates drop-in’s, Pip’s asking a lot from Tee in this episode.
  • Does Stonecoast have business angles covered?
  • Stonecoast offers another aspect of the writers’ community

33:44 — Seriously?! Seriously.

  • Another #DropInFAIL but we’ll get this…
  • It’s kind of important before you go into a blog tour to know what to do when you’re on a blog tour.
  • Copy-Paste-Here’s-Your-Blogpost….no, that’s not what you do.
  • If you are too busy to go on a blog tour because you are too busy promoting, you’re lost in #EpicFAIL
  • There are bigger problems afoot if you don’t have evergreen blog content to offer a blog tour.
  • Is the problem a lack of ideas? (As we show, nope.)

41:25 — The Wrap-Up

  • So excited that we have Katie for a little more time!
  • Katie is gathering a lot of dirt on it.
  • And she’s a good intern ’cause she’s getting Tee coffee!
  • Pip and Tee struggle to keep the show on target
    • Weather Child now has a cover.
    • Tee & Pip head down to Richmond for The Writers’ Show!
    • Dawn’s Early Light hits the shelves at the end of March!
    • Something special coming up in February….
    • Oh yeah, RavenCon as well!
  • Sweet as! Katie is coming to Balticon!!! And she’s talking about beer!!!
  • We need a better sign-off for Katie…
Find us on Twitter at either Tee’s or Pip’s account,
leave us a voicemail or question for the show at 703.791.1701,
or leave us a comment here at the blog.
Enjoy the ride
and we’ll catch you later.



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