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?
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.
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 July — Congregate in High Point, North Carolina
Sometime in August — LaurenCon 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina What’s coming up for us?
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