ThinkingOutLoud 11: Diamond in the Rough

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In this episode, Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the partnership between writer and editor and writer and publisher. They discuss that it’s a two-way street and that both people have to be comfortable with the relationship. Once you find that person who is going to help make your creative dream become better, it’s like finding a diamond in the rough.

Show Notes

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 10: Branching Out

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Merianna and Elisabeth talk about the influence of the Kindle store on publishing and how to decide whether to print or publish in the digital role. They also talk about their runs in with libraries and library fines. After they covered that, they talk to Sam Harrelson about his book and how our culture and society is producing a Digital Dark Age with the emphasis on the digital work.

Show Notes

What We’re Reading

Ready Player One: A Novel

Lucifer’s Hammer

All You Zombies

Anathem

 

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ThinkingOutLoud 9: A Little Bit Ahead of the Curve

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about Elisabeth’s venture into the world of Goodreads and Pinterest. They also talk about likable and unlikable characters, and how readers react to those characters. Along the way, they meander and talk about some new trailers from books they love and whether they will see the movies or not.

Show Notes

What Elisabeth is Reading

The Wicked Day (The Arthurian Saga, Book 4)

What Merianna is Reading

The Goldfinch

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ThinkingOutLoud 8: Reading Out of Writer’s Block

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about how reading in a genre can help authors get out of writer’s block. They also discuss that as an author, you have to be careful about reading too much in the genre so that you don’t sound too much like another writer. After which, they try to name their top three books, quite unsuccessfully.

Show Notes:

25 Books that Will Blow Your Mind

List Challenge (Just in case you’re wondering, Elisabeth got 43. Merianna scored 34.)

Elisabeth’s Top Three Books (always subject to change):
- Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game
- John Steinback’s Of Mice and Men
- Partricia McConnell’s For the Love of a Dog

Merianna’s Top Three Books (always subject to change):
- Margaret Atwood’s Handmaiden’s Tale
- Lois Lowry’s The Giver
- Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

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ThinkingOutLoud 7: Mouse Maze

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about how to lead your reader into the story without leaving them wandering about in a mouse maze of confusing plot lines and plot twists. They talk about how even in fantasy and science fiction works, the author gives the reader enough that is familiar to stand on firm ground.

Show Notes:

Serendipity

Lord of the Rings Triology Trailer

The Hobbit Reviews

Self-Publishing Directory

What Elisabeth is Reading:
Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner

What Merianna is Reading :
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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ThinkingOutLoud 6: A Few Details Scrapped on the Top

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Merianna and Elisaebeth talk about the addition of details to your story and the delicate balance it takes to add details and not overwhelm your reader with details. They talk about how Herman Melville uses details, and what authors can learn from Melville. They also remind authors to ask the question, “Why did the reader pick up your book?”

Show Notes:

Neil Gaiman hand cramps

The Office Finer Things Club

What Elisabeth is Reading:
Lamb by Christopher Moore
On Writing by Stephen King

What Merianna is Reading:
Time is a River by Mary Alice Monroe
Bel Canto by Anne Pachett

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ThinkingOutLoud 5: Speaking It Into the Universe

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In this episode, Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the power of speaking your ideas into the universe. If you never say that you are writing a book, then you have no onus to actually write a book; however, when you say it you have to do it!

Show Notes:

San Francisco Writer’s Conference

Who Elisabeth Will Be Silently Stalking

Editorial Freelancers Association

Book Expo America

What Merianna is Reading:
- On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einsteinby Jennifer Berne
- Time Is a River by Mary Alice Monroe

What Elisabeth is Reading:
- On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craftby Stephen King
- Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in Americaby Margot Adler

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ThinkingDaily: Being a Divorced Dad

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Sam talks about being a dad after divorce and how tools like Google Hangouts, Dropbox and Google Drive make all the difference despite the geographic differences.

In the end, life is beautiful and worth our time to always improve.

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ThinkingReligion 21: American Civil Spirituality

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Thomas and Sam continue last week’s conversation on canon and discuss whether America really is moving toward a new civil spirituality and whether an American civil religion can survive in a religiously pluralistic society.

Show Notes:

The Obama Doctrine: American Civil Spirituality

What’s In a Canon?

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ThinkingDaily: Don’t Do Branding

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What are the differences between marketing, advertising, public relations, and branding?

Today, Sam evaluates those differences with a number of warnings and suggestions about how to do your marketing better and spend your money more wisely (and how to avoid the chutes and climb the right ladders).

Show Notes:

Great images showing the differences between these terms

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