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A weekly podcast on reading, writing music and books, and any thing else that takes my fancy. If you are looking for writing tips and NPR whisper-voices, this isn’t the podcast for you.If, however, you’d like to join in on a conversation about the life that surrounds writing books and songs, then you’ve found a home, a friend, and a passionate lover.

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A weekly podcast on reading, writing music and books, and any thing else that takes my fancy. If you are looking for writing tips and NPR whisper-voices, this isn’t the podcast for you.If, however, you’d like to join in on a conversation about the life that surrounds writing books and songs, then you’ve found a home, a friend, and a passionate lover.

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moniqueamelie

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The funniest podcast on writing... Glad your back.

Dan sounds insane.

By Dissonantly - Feb 11 2016
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I have no problem with this. What writer isn't?

iTunes Ratings

62 Ratings
Average Ratings
37
7
1
2
15

moniqueamelie

By moniqueamelie - Aug 20 2019
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The funniest podcast on writing... Glad your back.

Dan sounds insane.

By Dissonantly - Feb 11 2016
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I have no problem with this. What writer isn't?

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A weekly podcast on reading, writing music and books, and any thing else that takes my fancy. If you are looking for writing tips and NPR whisper-voices, this isn’t the podcast for you.If, however, you’d like to join in on a conversation about the life that surrounds writing books and songs, then you’ve found a home, a friend, and a passionate lover.

017 - How (not) to Write a Novel

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Is our writing adding to the noise, or do we have something different to offer? What are we looking for as writers? Dan tries to flesh out these questions and comes to a conclusion as to whom we write for.

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Dan’s Recommendation of the Month

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro http://amzn.to/1DQsdAb

Your Kindness Makes Us Squeal with Delight!

Support through Patreon or PayPal.

Contact

Email your poetry to: dan@awlshow.com General questions: info@awlshow.com

All links are affiliates in support of this wonderful program and its very, very good-looking host. This is a production of Pale Fire Creative © 2015 http://www.palefirecreative.com

Apr 14 2015

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#48 - Bad Anxiety, Isolation, and Fat Bad Boys

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Today I talk about my anxiety troubles and how I got out of them. I also get into why I think stand up comedy is experiencing such a boom.

Mentioned:

Saul Bellow ("Henderson the Rain King")

Stephen King ("The Institute" - his newest book)

Bad Boys 3 trailer (on YouTube)

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Sep 09 2019

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023- How to Write Like Neil Gaiman

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How important is finding a daily rhythm in a writer’s life? If it’s broken and we find ourselves not doing our job, how do we get that rhythm back? Dan talks about how important it is both to find it and, once in a while, lose it.

Also on the show Dan gives 5 ways to write more like Neil Gaiman, the award winning author of such works as Neverwhere, Coraline, American Gods, and several short story collections.

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Mentioned on the show

The works used as examples on the show all came from Neil Gaiman’s short story collection, Fragile Things

Other Works by Neil Gaiman:

Anansi Boys

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

Neverwhere

Coraline

American Gods

Other Mentions:

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

Seize the Day by Saul Bellow

The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny

Dan’s Recommendation of the Month

Leaf Storm and Other Stories

by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

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May 27 2015

58mins

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009 - Smarter Than Everyone / Starting a Short Story

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Dan talks about his neurotic way of crafting insults out of acts of kindness. He also reads the first lines of Hemingway's "Indian Camp" and "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" and wonders about the best way to begin a short story.

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Mar 27 2015

1hr 2mins

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#45 - Who's the Boss, Short Stories, the C-Word, and Victor Hugo

Aug 19 2019

1hr 3mins

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007 - A Full Writer’s Life / Predicates

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Dan gets a little heavy and discusses how he feels the world is pulling away from him. Also, he handles a different way to think of a sentence construction. Seriously, this guy may be going mad.

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Mar 25 2015

1hr

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006 Blue Pencil Ed. - Chubby Renaissance Men

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Dan explores why he came to writing so late and the calculated risks writers take to begin their careers. Also, the value of being a renaissance man (or woman) if one is going to write from the unconscious mind.

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Mar 24 2015

29mins

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021 - How to Use Writing Prompts Effectively

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Dan’s not a fan of writing prompts. But if you have to use them they should serve a twofold purpose.

Join Dan as he talks about the joys and frustrations of writing and

Mentioned on the show

Dangerous Visions by Harlan Elision In which his story ‘The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prowler_in_the_City_at_the_Edge_of_the_World appears as a sequel to Robert Bloch’s “A Toy for Juliette”

Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Star Wars Novels Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin Ulysses by James Joyce enter link description hereA&P by John Updike

Buy on Amazon: http://bit.ly/Leafstorm

Contact

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All links are affiliates in support of this wonderful program and its very, very good-looking host.

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May 14 2015

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020 - Becoming a Competent Self-editor

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How deep does Impostor Syndrome run in a writer? Can a brother ever snap out of it and make the jump from poseur to”real” writer.

Also on the show, Dan defends his assertion that Garcia-Marquez is better than Hemingway and then gives some tips on how to become a competent self-editor. Not an easy thing to do, but absolutely essential to art of writing well.

Get a FREE copy of Rilke’s ‘Letters to a Young Poet’

Just go to iTunes and leave a written review. When you’re done, email Dan (dan@awlshow.com) with your name, address and itunes nickname and he will send you a copy of Rainer Maria Rilke’s famous work ‘Letters to a Young Poet’.

The first six to email will get the book and maybe some other cool stuff too.

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Mentioned on the show

Leaf Storm

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

How Benjamin Franklin learned to write

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

Need proof that some people need to stop writing? Here you go :

Sex Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle (Yep, this exists)

           [Taken by the T-Rex by Christie Sims](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FI9JFFO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00FI9JFFO&linkCode=as2&tag=palfircre-20&linkId=Y3SNSDFHKVOPRQUH

A little info on wild strawberries

Dan’s Recommendation of the Month

Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

Buy on Amazon: http://bit.ly/Leafstorm

Your Kindness Makes Us Squeal with Delight!

Support through Patreon or PayPal.

Contact

Email your poetry to: dan@awlshow.com General questions: info@awlshow.com

All links are affiliates in support of this wonderful program and its very, very good-looking host.

This is a production of Pale Fire Creative © 2015 http://www.palefirecreative.com

May 04 2015

1hr

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026 - The Art of Self-Sabotage

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The Art of Self-Sabotage

What does it mean to write broad fiction? If everyone likes your work, is it still art? Join the ol’ DB for a discussion on popularity and the dangers of being an internet hipster and maybe we’ll even take a stroll through a forest called ‘Holy Crap Why Am I So Intent On Self Sabotage’. It’s full of nettles and not many return from the journey, but who doesn’t like an adventure?

Also on the show, what all good writers have in common when it comes to details in a narrative.

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Mentioned on the show

Haunting of Hill by Shirley Jackson

Why Reddit Sucks (Washinton Post Article)

Led Zeppelin IV

Antifogmatic by Punch Brothers

The Phosphorescent Blues by Punch Brothers

G. by John Berger (Not “Nine” as was said on the show)

Finders Keepers by Steven King (his newest novel)

Seize the Day by Saul Bellow

Dan’s Recommendation of the Month

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Email your poetry or questions to: dan@awlshow.com

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Jul 05 2015

45mins

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014 - Pleasure Your Characters

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The necessity of pleasure to the writer. Also, characters and how they must come into contact with their worlds.

A Writer’s Letters

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book discussions and who the heck knows what else. This content is only available in the newsletter, so sign up now and don’t miss out!

Your Kindness Makes Us Squeal with Delight!

Support through Patreon or PayPal.

Contact

Email your poetry to: mailto:dan@awlshow.com

All links are affiliates in support of this wonderful program and its very, very good-looking host. 

This is a production of Pale Fire Creative © 2015 http://www.palefirecreative.com

Apr 01 2015

1hr 2mins

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016 - Beautiful Women / Literary Narrative Voice

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Dan meets the most beautiful girl he's ever seen and gets into certain narrative voices that can poison your novel.

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Contact

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Apr 08 2015

1hr 1min

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027 - The Patterson Effect

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What is the difference between popular books and “Literature”? The DB shares his opinions.

Also, The DB contrasts cheap suspense with the idea of a “flowering” narrative.

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Mentioned on the show

James Patterson Masterclass

Freakonomics Podcast

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

One of Harlan Coben’s Books

Underworld: A Novel by Don DeLillo

An interesting (and controversial) article on MFAs

Bel Canto (P.S.) by Ann Patchett

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer

Dan’s Recommendation of the Month

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Email your poetry or questions to: dan@awlshow.com

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Aug 02 2015

42mins

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012 - A Writer's Money/Publishing World

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Writing is difficult and the temptation to simply float your work out on the internet is tempting. But maybe, Dan muses, that isn't the best thing to do.

DB talks about a writer's time on earth, and how it looks a little different than the regular person's.

Also on the show, Dan reads from the introduction of a William Saroyan short story collection written by the author. Saroyan gives us insight into a writer's life in the year 1943. Much has changed in the last 70 years. Has it been for the better? Hmmmm.

Join the discussion as Dan sifts through the murky waters that are his opinions and tries to figure it all out.

One More Thing:

We are making a big push for iTunes reviews to move up in the rankings

Help poor, neurotic DB in the quest to elevate the show in the rankings and review it on iTunes HERE.

Thank you!

Mentioned in the show:

Someday I'll be a Millionaire by William Saroyan

The Human Comedy by William Saroyan

Ulysses by James Joyce

Amzon's Top Books This Week (A link in the show notes to make up for what Dan said about authors who publish on Amazon)

Your Kindness Makes Us Squeal with Delight!

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Contact

Email your poetry to: dan@awlshow.com

General questions: info@awlshow.com

All links are affiliates in support of this wonderful program and its very, very good-looking host. 

This is a production of Pale Fire Creative © 2015 http://www.palefirecreative.com

Mar 31 2015

1hr 2mins

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#44 - A Proper Introduction of Your Humble Host

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Today I give a proper introduction literally from birth. There's also some stuff about short stories and religion.

Books I Mention:

Lost Horizon by James Hilton

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

Some of the STAR WARS books I've read:

Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyres

 The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton

Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson

Aug 11 2019

1hr 9mins

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010 - Working the Angles /Irony Part 1

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Dan talks about taking a look at things from another angle and the opportunities writers miss whilst being normal. He also disrespects irony and the popular method of beginning a work of fiction.

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Short Stories 1896 - 1904 (The Complete Short Stories of Anton Chekov)

(A&P - short story) My Father's Tears: And Other Stories by John Updike

Fifty Shades of Grey (The Fifty Shades Trilogy) (if you have to buy it, might as well do it here.)

Your Kindness Makes Us Squeal with Delight!

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Contact

Email your poetry to: dan@awlshow.com

General questions: info@awlshow.com

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This is a production of Pale Fire Creative © 2015 http://www.palefirecreative.com

Mar 27 2015

1hr 10mins

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013 - Print is Good/Building Characters

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On today's show Dan apologizes for his disparaging remarks on self-published authors.

Our big push for iTunes reviews.

We are making a big push for iTunes reviews to move up in the rankings.

Help poor, neurotic DB in the quest to elevate the show in the rankings and review it on iTunes HERE.

Thank you fir your support!

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book discussions and who the heck knows what else. This content is only available in the newsletter, so sign up now and don’t miss out!

Mentioned in the show:

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

How Fiction Works by James Wood

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Joseph Conrad: A Personal Rememberance by Ford Maddox Ford

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Queen Hortense by Guy de Maupassant

Your Kindness Makes Us Squeal with Delight!

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Contact

Email your poetry to: dan@awlshow.com

General questions: info@awlshow.com

All links are affiliates in support of this wonderful program and its very, very good-looking host. 

This is a production of Pale Fire Creative © 2015 http://www.palefirecreative.com

Mar 31 2015

44mins

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024 - Ticking Passage of Time Bomb

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The most skillful writers know how to manipulate time. Today DB gets disects the ins and outs of a writer's life and ponders the irony of loving something so much one finds ways to avoid it.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Herzog by Saul Bellow

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

Of the Farm: A Novel by John Updike

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Jun 14 2015

45mins

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025 - The Robin Thicke of Literature

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Do we rebel against certain conventions in a clumsy attempt to be unique? Dan covers a lot of topics this episode, everything from sympathetic characters to gaining insight from our natural inclination to controvert things that work in literature.

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Help out the show and clickthrough our Amazon page!

Mentioned on the show

Antifogmatic by Punch Brothers

The Phosphorescent Blues by Punch Brothers

Deadfall Hotel by Steve Rasnic Tem

That Thing You Do (Love this movie!)

Yeah, he exists: Chet (effin’) Hanx

…and his “music” video

Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

Growing Pains: Season 1

Finders Keepers: A Novel by Stephen King

Seize the Day by Saul Bellow

Dan’s Recommendation of the Month

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Email your poetry or questions to: dan@awlshow.com

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Jun 23 2015

42mins

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015 - Micro Macro-me

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Getting all micro in your prose is a killer and makes your narrative plain and laborious to read. On this episode Dan talks about getting "Macro" and talks about giving your sentences purpose lest they become a mere list of actions. Also, he tells people how to write after telling them it's none of his business how anyone writes.

Oh, the madness is getting deeper!

Your Kindness Makes Us Squeal with Delight!

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Contact

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Apr 03 2015

39mins

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#53 - Eating and Breaking Bad Storytelling

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Today I'm on about eating and suggesting everyone just stay away from each other. I also get into storytelling in season 2 of Breaking Bad.

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Oct 23 2019

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#52 - Subway Tastes Like Dog $---

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Today I'm on about the splitting of the Booker Prize and trying to get a turkey sandwich at the worst and largest franchise in American history: Subway. If your armpits could take sh--s it would taste like a Subway sandwich.

There's other stuff too, but you gotta listen, bro.

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Oct 15 2019

1hr 26mins

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#51 - Lesbian High Life and Snow Cone Confidence

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Today I'm on about how to live freely in a yellow-green VW Beetle, Pickin' festivals, and really all around silliness.

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Oct 08 2019

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#50 - POV, the Sad State of Publishing, and Saving Art

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Today I'm on about how to find the point of view and clarifying story as well as the sad state of the publishing industry

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Sep 24 2019

1hr 6mins

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#49 - Existential Gibberish, Finding the Story, and More Math.

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Today I'm on about human patterns and the idea that we are in a simulation and how that connects to the idea of God. There's also some other stuff about writing in there too.

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Sep 17 2019

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#48 - Bad Anxiety, Isolation, and Fat Bad Boys

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Today I talk about my anxiety troubles and how I got out of them. I also get into why I think stand up comedy is experiencing such a boom.

Mentioned:

Saul Bellow ("Henderson the Rain King")

Stephen King ("The Institute" - his newest book)

Bad Boys 3 trailer (on YouTube)

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Sep 09 2019

1hr 5mins

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#47 - Twitter Dum-dums, Struggles with Chabon, and the Fight to Free the Writer's Mind

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Today I talk about someone who made me angry on Twitter, how boring some lit mags are, and my science fiction kick. There's also a call to writer's everywhere to take Dave Chappelle's example and express themselves freely.

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Books I mention:

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Tin House Magazine Alaska Quarterly Review The Paris Review The New Yorker Daily Science Fiction

Music:

Snakes and Ladders by Snowman

Other Stuff: www.duotrope.com

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Sep 01 2019

1hr 8mins

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#46 - Cleaning House, Your Writing Core, and Butthole Molecules

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Today I talk about how molecules travel from butts to noses and how gross it is. There's also a lot about short stories and being present while writing.

Mentioned on the Show:

John Updike's Collected Poetry

We Bare Bears on Netflix

Mind Hunter on Netflix

Dave Chappelle's new special on Netflix

David Fincher's IMdB

What is the composition of the human fart? Quora has an answer here: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-composition-of-the-human-fart#targetText=The%20general%20composition%20of%20a,1%25%20of%20your%20average%20fart.

Short Stories:

Frozen Charlottes by Lucy Sussex

The Owl by Conrad Williams

The Specialist by Alison Smith

Watch and Wake by M.T. Anderson

The Skin of the World by Douglas Clegg

All of the short stories are all from the same book:

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection

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Aug 28 2019

1hr 2mins

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#45 - Who's the Boss, Short Stories, the C-Word, and Victor Hugo

Aug 19 2019

1hr 3mins

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#44 - A Proper Introduction of Your Humble Host

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Today I give a proper introduction literally from birth. There's also some stuff about short stories and religion.

Books I Mention:

Lost Horizon by James Hilton

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

Some of the STAR WARS books I've read:

Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyres

 The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton

Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson

Aug 11 2019

1hr 9mins

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#43 - The Bourne Identity and the Chronicles in Amber

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Today I babble about getting the most out of your narrative voice. I also talk about Writer's Digest creative suggestions(link to the article)

The Bourne Identity (movie)

Books Mentioned:

The Chronicles in Amber by Roger Zelazny

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World by Gabriel García Márquez - FREE READ

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www.goodreads.com/danblack

Today I babble about getting the most out of your narrative voice. I also talk about Writer's Digest creative suggestions(link to the article)

The Bourne Identity (movie)

Books Mentioned:

The Chronicles in Amber by Roger Zelazny

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World by Gabriel García Márquez - FREE READ

Support:

If you would like to advertise on the show you can contact us at palefirecreative [at] gmail [dot] com

www.palefirecreative.com

www.goodreads.com/danblack 

Aug 08 2019

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#42 - Music and Writing

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Today I wonder if it’s possible to write words that rile passions as well as music does. 

Mentioned on the Podcast:

www.duotrope.com (a must-use tool if you’re a short story writer.

www.querytracker.net

Performed by the great Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra:

Antonin Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 Antonin Dvorák: 9Symphony No.9 Antonin Dvorák: Symphony No. 7

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K. 626 Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - The Nightingale Bach: Preludes, Fughettas & Fugues - Gould Remastered

Books:

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition (Absolutely essential if you're a short story writer. Actually, every writer needs a copy of this, whether you like Hemingway or not. He is one of civilization's best writers. Love him or hate him, he was incredible.)

The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

And here's something by Brad Thor if you really want...

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Aug 05 2019

1hr 9mins

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#41- Working Out, Non-Fiction Reviews & Big Egos

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Today was a real ranger, pals. I talk about exercising, writing narratives that lead nowhere, there's also a little love showed to non-fiction, which I'm reading a lot of these days. I also discuss how my interest in physics is rudimentary at best. Pretty lame for how many science books I've read.

Also, I go through the New York Times Best Seller List and see what's happening there.

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Books Mentioned:

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Road to Reality by Roger Penrose

The New Girl by Daniel Silva

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Educated By Tara Westover

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Roger Penrose Video #1

Roger Penrose Video #2

Roger Penrose on The Joe Rogan Experience

Music:

Pink Lemonade by Closure in Moscow

Jul 29 2019

1hr 8mins

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#40 - Branching Out & How to Save the Publishing Industry

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Today I discuss how every moment should be savored for later use. I also talk about the dire situation the industry is in and how to save the whole thing. You're welcome, Humanity.

BOOKS:

OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens

MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

UNDER CURRENTS by Nora Roberts

CITY OF GIRLS By Elizabeth Gilbert

BACKLASH by Brad Thor

MUSIC:

CURRENTS by Tame Impala

THE BROTHEL Susanne Sundfor

Movies:

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2

VENOM

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Jul 25 2019

36mins

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#39 - Fafhrd, BookRiot.com, Kazuo Ishiguro, and my Inner A-hole

Jul 22 2019

1hr 7mins

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#38 - Writing Patterns / Dystopian Lament

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Today I talk about writing patterns, Dan Brown's work as well as Garcia Marquez.

Buy the Cursive record here: 

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Autobiography:

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James Joyce's lame crypto novel

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Jul 14 2019

58mins

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#37 - AWL is Back with Its Junk Out

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Well, that's it!

I'm doing the podcast again.

If you like the idea please subscribe and leave areview on itunes!

Jul 06 2019

38mins

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#35 - The Beatles, Disneyland, Logos, and the Gays

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Man, some rambly stuff in this one, folks. I'm talking about books and gays and Disneyland. Who knows what-all. And also getting cannabis shipped from Cali. 

Jun 28 2019

1hr 12mins

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#36 - Jesus' Junk: A Christmas Special

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Awww yeah, Folkers. It's a special Christmas episode where I talk about Jesus' necessarily huge penis and drop a little theology on y'all. I also talk about Jordan Peterson and apologize for doubting his ken of Greek philosophy.

I didn't review any movies or books this week but never fear, I shall do so in the next episode, 'cause I watched the f!@# out of Netflix this Christmas.

Dec 26 2018

31mins

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034 - A Lesson in Magic

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Magic magic and the Murakami Effect.

Nov 12 2015

36mins

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