OwlTail

Cover image of Dead Robots' Society

Dead Robots' Society

Writers talking about writing.Writers talking about publishing.Writers talking about life.Authors Terry Mixon and Paul E Cooley interview, babble, and usually cover a number of disassociated topics.

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Popular episodes

All episodes

The best episodes ranked using user listens.

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 277 - Robots On Inspiration Point

This week the Robots talk about what inspired them to be writers, what inspired particular stories, and what has inspired the way they write. We hope you enjoy the conversation.

51mins

18 Jun 2013

Rank #1

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 530 - Setting The Stage

How do you make that setting pop and help your characters come alive? Terry and Paul pontificate.

30 Jan 2019

Rank #2

Similar Podcasts

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 396 - Ritualistic Writing

Terry, Scott (yes, he actually showed up), and Paul discuss topics of routine, rituals, and the science of finding your creative spaces, atmospheres, and etc.

22 Apr 2016

Rank #3

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 279 - Charlie Brown From Dirty Magick to Transmedia

The Robots' talk with author, screenwriter, and director Charlie Brown about his upcoming anthology and transmedia. What happens when you get a New Orleans native together with two Texans? Come find out.

58mins

2 Jul 2013

Rank #4

Most Popular Podcasts

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 439 - Interview With JR Handley

Paul and Terry interview military sci-fi author JR Handley.

22 Mar 2017

Rank #5

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 403–Future of the Show and Other Topics

Terry and Paul discuss the changes to the show format, B&N’s 3rd impending bankruptcy, and publishing plans.

23 Jun 2016

Rank #6

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 285 - An Argument For Self-Publishing

This week the Robots sit down to chat about the publishing industry, and more specifically self-publishing. A great deal has changed in the past few years, and the gatekeepers are nearly out of a job. Let us know what you think? Enjoy!

1hr 28mins

3 Sep 2013

Rank #7

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 420 - Attack of the L Word!

Paul and guest host Charlie Brown discuss and suggest "literary fiction" titles for genre readers and writers.

19 Oct 2016

Rank #8

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 542 - Arcs and Squirrels

DRS Episode 542 -Arcs and SquirrelsTerry and Paul found a topic. Pretty sure they immediately lost it.Enjoy the show? Consider becoming a Patreon supporter and for as little as $1 a month, you can help keep the podcast free and receive exclusive content. More information at "http://patreon.com/drspodcast".

24 Apr 2019

Rank #9

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 563 - Pacing, Action Beats, Adventure!

Terry and Paul discuss tricks of pacing, action beats, and, well, yes, adventure.Like the show? Considering becoming a Patreon patron or purchasing one of our stories and thanks for watching.Support us on Patreon - http://patreon.com/drspodcastPaul's Amazon Page - https://amzn.to/2jJ4yekTerry's new novel with Glynn Stewart "Bound By Honor" - https://amzn.to/2KpYBiWTerry's author page - http://amzn.to/2mj8Eua

21 Nov 2019

Rank #10

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 410 - Fear And Loathing And Beta Readers

Terry and Paul converse about beta readers, a suggested topic from our listeners.

11 Aug 2016

Rank #11

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 480 - The Exposition!

Paul and Terry discuss exposition, what it is, and how NOT to use it.

10 Jan 2018

Rank #12

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 499 - 5 Things

Terry and Paul discuss 5 things they try and avoid in their writing.

20 Jun 2018

Rank #13

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 283 - Crossing The Genre Streams

This week the Robots chat about genre mashups. The topic of genre is slippery already, but when you talk about combining them it gets more slippery still. We hope you enjoy this conversation!

1hr 8mins

30 Jul 2013

Rank #14

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 490 - Stereotypes and Archetypes

Terry and Paul wade into the morass of fundamentally linked terms.

18 Apr 2018

Rank #15

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 406--Arcs of Misery, Elation, Success, and Failure

Paul and Terry discuss the results of the Hedonometer Project and its analysis of emotional arcs in fiction.

14 Jul 2016

Rank #16

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 564 - Revising Our Revisions!

Terry and Paul explore their revision processes and try to find one that works better than what they currently have. *spoiler alert*--they fail.Enjoy the show? Consider becoming a Patreon supporter and for as little as $1 a month, you can help keep the podcast free and receive exclusive content. More information at "http://patreon.com/drspodcast".

28 Nov 2019

Rank #17

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 388 - Nuts and Bolts Not Franks And Beans

Terry and Paul discuss a myriad of writing craft topics and for the first time ever, actually agree on most of them.

19 Feb 2016

Rank #18

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 386 - Howie To Be A Writer

Terry, Paul, and Scott pore over Hugh Howie's essay "So You Want To Be A Writer?". In addition, Terry struggles with living "cheaply," Scott destroys the internet, and Paul wants a singing career.

6 Feb 2016

Rank #19

Podcast cover

DRS Episode 401- Nora Roberts' "The Obsession"

Terry, Scott, and Paul discuss Nora Roberts' The Obsession.

9 Jun 2016

Rank #20