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Episode #97: Diving into the River

00:00 Introduction

  • Tee and Pip are in a metal mood thanks to Halloween
  • Their velvet purple skull Twitchy is here for the season.
  • Welcome to new listeners

02:30 The James River Writers Convention

  • Ways to read signs ahead
  • The James River Writers Conference is an example of a well run convention. Others should take note of some of the things they do.
  • Pip can’t leave Twitchy alone.
  • JRW Conference has been going for many years.
  • JRW provide year round support to local writers.
  • Pip recalls with relish the first contact where Tee was her +1
Pip be like…
  • Tee tried to stream… and failed…
  • Conventions have to fork out a lot of money for wi fi
  • Seriously Pip leave the skull alone!
  • Follow Tee on Twitch to find out when we go live.
  • JRW make an effort to have a diversity of writers, agents and publishers
  • Tee missed out on the Dating Game
What, my name got called?
  • Tee did a pitch and met some agents
  • How many people attended?
  • Pip feels a little out gunned
  • Not just chairs—tables too!
  • Moderators are prepared and know who their panelists are
  • Shout out to Bill Blume
  • Panel on podcasting moderated by Sharvette Mitchell was a good time
  • Tee’s Shop Talk was about writing what you don’t know
  • Writing outside your experience? Reach out to those who are in the community
  • Pip feels uncomfortable writing from a first person POV outside her community
  • The importance of beta readers
  • Tee recounts a tale from his theatre days
  • The naming of a podcast… like the Shared Desk?
  • Tee really gets into what the theme music is. It’s important!!
  • Tee did a branding panel. Why does branding matter to authors?
  • World building… important but not everything
World building is important… but so is writing!
  • Your world can change… and that’s OK
  • The James River Writers Convention is worth attending as a panelist, or if you want to improve your writing.

28:50 Pip and Tee go into the Kitchen

Felt like this…
  • A bookseller, a secret password, and there you are!
Flaming Youth
  • Tee and Pip enjoyed a flight!
  • Some interesting history behind speakeasies, helped along with some well dressed servers.
  • Not just drinks, the food was also excellent
  • The whole thing was streamed
  • Seriously, Richmond has it all!

43:19 Wrap up

  • What shall we do for our 100th episode?
  • Tee is working with Steve Saylor for the month of October to raise money for Able Gamers. Go here to donate. See if two knuckleheads can beat Mountain Dew!
  • Tee shaved his beard for this… and Pip is still recovering…
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Enjoy the ride
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Episode #76: Wonder Woman from a Writerly Perspective (with Mary Katherine “M.K.” Backstrom)

Tee and Pip invite the newest member of the the Smoky Writers Mafia to the show after she — that’s special guest M.K. Backstrom, if you’re curious — suggested we all get on mic and talk about Wonder Woman…

…and that’s just what we did. And you’ll find out VERY QUICKLY why we fell in love with this Power Blogger.

00:00 —  Episode #76: Wonder Woman from a Writerly Perspective (with Mary Katherine “M.K.” Backstrom)

  • Welcome to the podcast Mary Katherine Backstrom of Mom Babble and Scary Mommy!
  • Tee cashes in on the new friendship with M.K.
  • Tee is the odd man out with this discussion on Wonder Woman, and that is just fine.
  • Quick check of the household, kids-wise to find out who did you go see Wonder Woman with?
  • For M.K., the movie was way more emotional than she expected.
  • Pip’s emotions swelled with both Moana and Wonder Woman.
  • Tee knew it was going be a good ride with the film’s soundtrack.
  • Tee found a few takeaways from Wonder Woman
  • That moment when Lynda Carter rendered Tee speechless.
  • Differences between Carter’s Diana and Gadot’s Diana
    • When dudes write for Wonder Woman
    • There wasn’t eye candy for guys in this movie? Well, depends on the guy…
    • “Why, yes, I do like older women.”
  • How Steve Trevor was written…
  • Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman with men writing for her…
    • Both Pip and M.K. want to vacation on Themyscira.
    • A quick House of Cards tangent…
    • Some love for Etta!
  • The scene at Trafalgar Square
  • M.K.’s advantage over Tee and Pip: No other Wonder Woman eras to compare to.
  • The emotional impact of World War I (and Pip’s trivia on that moment)
  • Social commentary in Wonder Woman? It could happen.
  • The storytelling of Wonder Woman compared to the storytelling of Batman Vs. Superman
  • Girl Power in Wonder Woman: Organic or Heavy Handed?
    • M.K. gets the Analogy Bell!
    • Tables turned back to Tee
    • Is Tee getting woman-splained? Well, yeah, he is. *LOL*
    • SERIOUS FEMINIST LOVE FOR ALIENS! (Where was the male outrage there?)
  • Commentary on the inevitable love scene…which still caught Tee, Pip, and M.K. by surprise.
  • Did we think Wonder Woman was perfect? Oh no, not by a longshot…
  • Wonder Woman raises the bar for Justice League.
  • 51:34 — The Wrap-Up


    Find us on Twitter at either Tee’s or Pip’s account,
    leave us a voicemail or questions for the show at 703.791.1701,
    or leave us a comment here at the blog.
    We’ll talk about it!
    And remember, you can find the show on iTunes or Stitcher!
    Subscribe, listen, and review.

    Enjoy the ride
    and we’ll catch you later.

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