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Episode #66: Young Adult Fiction 101 — Part One (with Lauren “Scribe” Harris and “Skribby”)

With Curse of the Silver Pharaoh now out in print, Tee and Pip head to a renaissance festival for hilarity and sheananigans. They invited for their little merry jaunt a pair of Laurens who know a lot about writing Young Adult fiction. So even thought it is Tee’s birthday, we are giving YOU a present with this podcast for your Friday!!!

00:00 —  Introduction

  • Little wins can sometimes include kicking off a podcast
  • Epic Sized Introduction Drop-In’s for Epic Sized Ladies
  • On Tee’s To-Do List: Harvesting Kate McKinnon Outtakes
  • This visit all started at LaurenCon
    • Featuring really good vodka from Murlarkey Distilleries
    • Scribe and Scribby spent their visit hanging with the Boom…and the Boom LOVED it!
  • Did I mention Boom is twelve?
  • Librarians know how to party!

06:53 — Episode #66: Young Adult Fiction 101 (with Scribe and Scribby) 

  • We have EXPERTS in the studio on this!
  • See, we got The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh out now…and holy crap—it’s out!
  • Tee’s pitch for Silver Pharaoh
  • The conversation stems from a recent blogpost of Tee’s…
  • A brief moment of political discourse…
  • First Lesson: Don’t treat your audience like kids.
    • The danger of talking down to your audience
    • Comparing Harry Potter to The Hobbit
    • Pacing tends to affect the word count as well.
    • How tweens and teens deal with and explore morality, both in groups as well as in individuals
    • The matter of POV’s in Y.A. Fiction
  • Second Lesson: Your heroes are not prodigies.
  • A collection of Chosen Ones
    • The Maze Runner
    • Divergent
    • The Fifth Wave
  • What Harry Potter gets right about handling the Chosen One trope
  • Defending the Chosen One Trope
  • Tee and Jo? Yeah, we’re tight.
  • Now, if you want to talk Chosen Ones, TAKE A LOOK AT NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM….
    longbottomDamn, bro…
  • How Harry become the Chosen One
  • The Fifth Wave, exploring the power of the abs…
  • What set Katniss apart from other “Chosen One” heroes.
  • WE HAVE A LOT MORE TO SAY ON Y.A. but we will just have to pick up where we left off in two weeks.

30:49 — Writers Off the Clock

  • Where were we this weekend? This little party called The Maryland Renaissance Festival
  • Pimp that Kiwi — COMING IN 2017 ON THE CW!
    • First Stop: Barnes & Noble Power Plant…which was a disaster.
    • Next Stop: Barnes & Noble at JMU
    • Final Stop: Page After Page at MDRF
  • Comparing the North Carolina Renaissance Festival to Revel Grove
  • Doc Coleman — Your Map to the Grove
  • Tee’s Approach to Revel Grove, and how Page After Page is the center of this Tudor Nexus
  • Let Tee tell you about Puke & Snot
  • The show Tee never wrote for Shakespeare’s Skum
  • Another great thing about the Grove: SHOPPING!
  • What clothiers want to hear: “I wanna look like Claire.”
  • Skribby Fangirling is precious.
  • Boom’s Adventures in Revel Grove
  • Stuffed Dragons AT — THE — DOOR!
  • Boom was working the crowd like a champ.
  • Good first impression on Boom from Loot Crate!
  • Hey, LootCrate — how about a Stranger Things crate? Something to think about!

45:15 — Wrapping up

  • It’s all gold…so should we break this up, you think? (Spoiler Alert: We did.)
  • Our next podcast: Three Nasty Women and One Bad Hombre Podcast
  • What should be the content of a podcast? Let us know at 703.791.1701
  • Quick promo and shout-out for Revel Grove
  • Where will Scribe and Skribby be at the end of the year…
    • They just moved! (And they are so tired.)
    • Leaving really cool digs on the farm for a bachelorette pad of nasty women
    • Catching a breath and unpacking boxing
  • Bringing Katie and Skribby together — We must make that happen!
  • Where are we going to be between now and the end of the year: 18-20 November, PhilCon in Cherry Hill, NJ
  • We need to also get in writing with Countless Hues of Crimson
    • Mad love for Verena Vorsatz
    • Broadening the reach of the Tribe
    • Final Fantasy cosplay shenanigans abound
  • Where to find Scribe and Skribby
  • A full Hogwarts house in this recording!
  • We are getting your voicemails and email, but we’ve been recording jam-packed shows of late. We will be getting to them soon! Until then…
    • Call us at 703.791.1701 (now accessible through the Instagram app!)
    • Send me email — tee@teemorris.com
    • Send Pip email — pip@pjballantine.com
    • …or find us on social media everywhere.


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


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Episode #60: Starting from Scratch…Again (with Special Guest Lauren “Scribe” Harris)


Hold on — Lauren “Scribe” Harris is back in studio?

Why, yes, yes, she is! With the Drakes out west, we need to fill the vacancy left behind; and Lauren is up for the challenge. Speaking of challenges, this week we’re facing that dreaded moment in a writer’s life when we look at a work-in-progress, realize that it is a ship sinking fast, and only one thing is left to do with it…

00:00 —  Introduction

  • Yay! Lauren’s back!
  • Tonight’s cocktail comes courtesy of MurLarkey’s Distilled Spirits, a Virginia Distillery and Bristow’s first!
    • Cinnamon Irish Coffee made with Cincerity
    • Tee prefers Smoke on the Mountain
    • This drink has a practical application, Lauren discovers
  • What brings Lauren back to the studio…

03:54 — Starting from Scratch…Again (with Lauren “Scribe” Harris) 

  • What happens when the story isn’t clicking?
    • For Pip, it was Hollywood Sentinels. A great idea…but just not a pleasant experience.
    • The story is broken, and Pip can’t discover the disconnect.
    • For Lauren, her own“Tackle & Grapple” happened not once but twice.
  • And here’s a new writer’s term: Ol’ Yellering a Novel. (I am so, so sorry.)
  • Lauren’s two Ol’ Yellers: The Mark of Flight and Hellhound
  • Is Ol’ Yellering a novel worth it?
  • If something feels wrong in a work-in-progress, chances are there is. Trust the instincts and start again.
  • Happy Fourth of July from our subdivision!
  • When two ideas struggle for attention, and one of the ideas isn’t falling into place, another idea might be worth pursuing.
  • Do you scrap an idea when you’re under contract? Sadly, yes.
  • How do you snap back psychologically from making the call of trashing a novel?
  • Before investing the energy and time into a broken story, consider what you are putting into it and the return from that investment.
  • What can be more crippling than scrapping a novel? Never finishing a novel.
  • Tee faces all these demons with Blackstar Rising.
  • This is the “Man Crush” moment of the show, featuring Chuck and Phil
  • No rapping! No rapping!
  • Tee’s reboot of Morevi. Not. Happening.
  • Lauren is a walking musical. You just randomly break out into song…
  • Sometimes, it’s better to walk forward than look back.
  • Scrapping an idea is not a reflection on you as a writer. It is a reflection on you as a professional.

31:42 — Writers Off the Clock

  • Still a favorite of Pip’s.
  • First stop for the weekend — Cobbler Mountain Cellars
    • We popped a “Bear Cherry” together.
    • Lauren’s favorite of the tasting: The Ginger Peach.
    • The Jeffersonian — Tastes Like Slavery
    • Cider Talk
  • Next stop: MurLarkey Distillery
    • This distillery is far too close to us!
    • Tee recalls his Vodka Vault experience…and how terrible it was.
    • However, the Divine Clarity was amazing!
    • Another surprise—the Imagination.
    • What we brought back— Clemoncy and Cincerity.
    • And we’ve been mixing drinks…
    • The winner of the weekend: Smoke on the Mountain
    • Good times at MurLarkey!
  • Clocking in time in the Man Cave with…
  • Escape Velocity, the first convention hosted by the Museum of Science Fiction
    • Where is everyone?
    • We looked good…but we were the only ones in costume.
    • Fantastic programming, and apparently that was where all the people were.
    • Steampunk in Anime, Film, and Print—the panel that almost wasn’t.
    • The convention crew was spot-on amazing!
    • Charles Dunbar and Doomtastic were on the panel…and we had a great time.
    • Then came The Big Score…and communication was proving a bit of a challenge.
    • Escape Velocity still came through, and I was able to give the presentation.
    • Always nice when you do a giveaway and your winners get excited over the free stuff!
    • Some advice to the con organizers for 2017…
    • We need folks like Pamela Gay, Stephen Grenade, John Cmar, and others on account of the STEM focus.
  • Keep listening to see if Tee, Pip, and others return for Escape Velocity 2017…

58:34 — Wrapping up

  • What do you know? We went long.
  • Where Lauren will be?
    • 16 JulyCongregate in High Point, North Carolina
    • Sometime in August — LaurenCon 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • What’s coming up for us?
  • Got thoughts or comments on this show or what we are rambling about at the end of the show?
    • We have voicemail — 703.791.1701
    • I have email — tee@teemorris.com
    • Pip’s got email — pip@pjballantine.com
    • …and on various corners of social media!
  • Listen up — here’s where you can find all of us online!
  • Whoops! Tee swiped Pip’s closing line.


Find us on Twitter at either Tee’s or Pip’s account,
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or leave us a comment here at the blog.

Enjoy the ride
and we’ll catch you later.


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