Literary Alchemy... one podcast at a time

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  • Michael Sullivan: Authors Helping Authors: Bundled short story with my next novel
    Providing a helping hand to authors is something I've spent a lot of time at.  Long before my installment "Authors Helping Authors" I've written hundreds of blog posts and articles, not to mention numerous panels at conventions. Those have been great at providing helping to a lot of authors from a standpoint of education, but I wanted to do more to get them noticed.My wife, who is brilliant, came up with an incredible idea. "Hey,… ... read more
    Published on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
  • Cavan Scott: Read this week’s Bananaman for free, plus Roger helps Dennis the Menace in this week’s Beano
    It’s Saturday so if you haven’t got your Beano you better head out and grab it right now. There’s two scripts by me in there. Roger the Dodger is asked to help out Beanotown’s noisiest rock band, Dennis and the Din-Makers! Art by Barrie Appleby there. Elsewhere, Bananaman is training his faithful Banana-hound, with art from Wayne Thompson. In fact, if you want to read this week’s Bananaman, you can for free online below!… ... read more
    Published on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
  • J. Daniel Sawyer: Podcast Promos for The Write Stuff
    Fellow Pod-People! I've made a few audio promos up for The Write Stuff, current book bundle at Storybundle. The bundle runs for about another eleven days, and if you or your audience is interested in the craft and business of writing, this is a must have, because...well, look what's in it: So, if you have ...continue reading Podcast Promos for The Write Stuff ... read more
    Published on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
  • Cherie Priest: We don’t need to know the way home
    Things are still good – just a bit busy. Since last I posted, I made a couple of deadlines, gained another one, and did a LOT of yardwork and garage restoration. Also, I’ve acquired one fluffy-eared and wildly misnamed houseguest, so we’re having a good old time over here. By “wildly misnamed houseguest” you regular readers will know that I mean “Cujo,” the super-sweet gent with three legs, a heart condition, and the greatest smile… ... read more
    Published on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
  • Jerry Gordon: Wind Power Grows Up
    Every trip from Indianapolis to Chicago takes me past Purdue University’s impressive wind farm.  No matter how many times I drive past, it always feels like I’ve been transported into a science fiction movie.  Hundreds of windmills, three hundred feet tall, dot the farmland surrounding I-65.  It’s the perfect location.  The relatively small windmill base doesn’t interfere with farming.  And since the land borders one of Indiana’s busiest interstates, no one complains about the noise.… ... read more
    Published on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • The Writers Alley: The Blank Page…and other Writing Paranoia
    If you’re a writing, there is a good chance you’ve felt the nudge, sting, or shove of self-doubt. Maybe will a little fear sprinkled in for good measure.I know I have! On both sides of publication, writers have a tendency to doubt their own abilities, worry about the general acceptance of our words on paper, and question our calling. And, of course, those tiny doubts escalate into a tidal wave crashing down on us, leaving… ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 25th, 2015
  • The Write Conversation: Memorial Day 2015—Never Forget
    Never forget the ultimate sacrifices made for us. ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 25th, 2015
  • Live Write Thrive: Why Writers Should Enter Free Writing Contests 
    Today’s guest post is by Michael McPherson: Entering writing contests can afford a great opportunity to practice new skills, hone your existing writing skills, and bring in income. Yes, most contests offer cash prizes, and many writers actually earn up to a third of their income entering and winning writing contests. Contests span a broad range of topics and writing styles, so you are certain to find a contest that fits your interests, skills, and… ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 25th, 2015
  • The Creative Penn: Writing Horror And Making A Living With Your Writing With Michaelbrent Collings
    Some of the loveliest authors I know write horror and Michaelbrent Collings is one of them! Today we discuss the boundaries of the horror genre, writing to heal, screenwriting and multiple streams of income. Super fun In the introduction, I talk about the change to the podcast – it will now go out every Monday so you can expect a regular show! After 6 years of sporadic audio, hopefully this will be a welcome… ... read more
    Published on Monday, May 25th, 2015
  • Positive Writer: Writing Contest: How Writing Has Positively Influenced YOUR Life
    (ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO ENTER) It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is write an essay (blog post) about how writing has positively influenced your life (in some way). This contest ends 1 June 2015. The prizes are: 1st $95.00 Amazon gift card 2nd $50.00 Amazon gift card 3rd $25.00 Amazon gift card Share your story in an inspiring way. I’m not looking for technically perfect stories. I am looking for… ... read more
    Published on Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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CREATIVITY

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  • Creativity-Online: Casa Andina: Traveling Is the Best Cure
    Published on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
  • Creativity-Online: Unilever: Grease
    Published on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
  • TED Blog: Looking for a new podcast to try? 45 great picks from the TED staff
    There’s something so cool about finding a new podcast to love — each little download opens a door to new ideas, new jokes, new ways of seeing the world. Working at TED, as you might guess, many of us have strong opinions about this. Beyond the podcasts we all love: This American Life, Radiolab, The Moth, Serial, and of course our own TED Radio Hour  — here’s our list of 45 you might not… ... read more
    Published on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
  • Hero X: The Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge Moves Into High Gear!
    The Gulf Coast of Florida is an incredibly rich and diverse region. In addition to the bounty of the seas - which provides extensive opportunities for locally-sourced seafood and biomedical research - the area and its many bays have incredible potential for tourism, sports, leisure, and marine science. And yet, much of these resources are regrettably underutilized. For starters, Florida imports far more seafood than it produces. In 2013 alone, roughly $697 million worth of… ... read more
    Published on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
  • The Creativity Post: Science of Creativity Digest: Business School, MS Program, & Too Much Structure
    Creativity is coming to the center of education and business. If in the 1990s, it was viewed as a liberation to personal and creative expression, the past ten years of research and conversation has pointed to a central fact: It is part and parcel of how we human beings learn, engage, manipulate, and make the world - better and worse. Here are three articles to keep you connected to the latest in the art and… ... read more
    Published on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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Thoughts and Inspirations - RTP Blog Posts

Story Development
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There is no one better equipped to build rich authentic characters than someone who has actually “lived” (for a few hours) as someone else. In order to appear authentic on stage, an actor has to be able to respond to cues and events AS THEIR CHARACTER. If they don’t, the performance is flat and uninteresting. Writers are striving for that same authenticity… and suffer the same consequences if they fall short of the mark. So how do actors do it?

Story Development
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“We want to believe the best of who we are, and ignore and deny the worst.  The most intriguing moment of a story is when a villain begins to convince…

Ideas and Inspiration
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“There are people who appear to be able to invoke creativity on command.  They sit down and BAM, creative inspirations suddenly leap from their lips like spawning salmon.  Want to…

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20 Minutes with Shanna Germain

Shanna Germain is an astonishing creator. In addition to her work as Lead Editor for Monte Cook Games (including Numenra and the NOW KICKSTARTING “No Thank You, Evil”), she has…

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20 Minutes with Shanna Germain

Shanna Germain is an astonishing creator. In addition to her work as Lead Editor for Monte Cook Games (including Numenra and the NOW KICKSTARTING “No Thank You, Evil”), she has…

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“One Question: Developing an Idea” at Balticon 48

You get an idea for a story. Now what? What happens between the inspiration and perspiration? How do you prepare and develop a story idea so it’s ready to be written?

That’s what I asked seven gifted and articulate writers at this year’s Balticon 48 (sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society). The answers from Paul E. Cooley, Jared Axelrod, Maria V. Snyder, Starla Huchton, Pip Ballantine, Nobilis Reed, and Myke Cole are as diverse and inspired as the people we asked.

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Workshop Episode 78 (Guest Host: Justin Landon)

This week, Justin Landon – host of “RocketTalk”, co-editor of the “Speculative Fiction 2012: The Year’s Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary” compilation, and once-and-future king of the “Staffer’s Book Review” blog,…