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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…
  • 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
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Enjoy the ride
and we’ll catch you later.

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Episode #27: Talking about Works-in-Progress


It’s taken us a while to get back to the miss but get back to the miss we did! Pip and I took a few minutes before a Writers’ Retreat to fire up the studio and let loose their tongues on works-in-progress. What’s coming down the pike? What will be percolating while in Pigeon Forge? And is it a good idea to talk about works-in-progress? It’s back in black for Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris on this, the first show of 2014!


00:00 — Introduction

  • Working to get back your trust…
  • The Shared Desk returns! (And what do you know — more drop-in’s!)
  • Nine years ago, MOREVI went live. Where did the time go?
  • Tee laments on the lost “new” job.
  • Vinnie over at Trinity Manassas Church gives Tee a little perspective
  • A Writer’s Retreat is now in our future!
    • Organized by Alex White
    • What Pip is looking forward to.
    • Living like rock stars for five days!
    • Woah! Tee’s sleeping with his new boss!!!
  • A promise of recording audio at the Writers’ Retreat.and other audio that we captured…
  • Big thanks for the writing keeping us sane…
08:11 — Talking about Works-in-Progress 
  • Tee reflects on The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy.
  • Pip and Tee disagree on revealing works-in-progress
    • Pip likes teasing her audience.
    • We have found a new favorite drop-in for Pip.
  • Talking about works-in-progress is good.
    • Shows the audience you have new stuff in the works.
    • Actually delivering on an idea as opposed to just talking about it.
    • Pip’s new work-in-progress — The Immortal Prodgeny
  • Talking about works-in-progress is bad
    • Tee Morris and Billibub Baddings
    • How the Powerpuff Girls worries Tee about returning to the Billibub Baddings Mysteries
  • Tee’s work-in-progress — Wolf in the Fold
    • Has Tee done urban fantasy before?
    • Will this be a spoof or will Tee turn tropes on their head?
  • Another idea from Tee — Villainy LLC
    • No, this is not Playing for Keeps. It’s more like The Tick…taken to the next level.
    • In this story, Tee goes after Richmond and Social Media douchebags.
    • If NYC and the agents pass on it, Tee can always go the self-publishing route.
  • Anxieties on sharing works-in-progress
  • Pip’s attitude on sharing works-in-progress with the readers: FOLLOW THROUGH!
  • Another idea taking shape for Pip: Verity Fitzroy and the Ministry Seven in The Mystery of the Silver Pharaoh.
  • And to add to the retreat’s schedule — Tee and Pip’s next idea: Broken.
  • Continuing to look ahead with the Ministry in 2014…
  • Upcoming news on Pip’s latest Pip blanks on her special New Zealand day…

30:30  — The Wrap-Up

  • Keeping it simple on account of the upcoming road trip.
  • Pip gives Tee a truly “Bazinga” moment….but Tee doesn’t play that drop-in.
  • Write by the Rails is holding a blog tour! Come join us!
  • What’s coming soon…
  • Thank you, everyone, for the kindness and support through the false start that was Tee’s “new” job.
  • And Tee pulls out a flawless ending. Not too shabby after nine years….
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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