The video stream We’re in the middle of a pandemic.Tee and Pip didn’t have the ‘rona, we had a cold each. Shout out to all the magnificent health care works who are working and helping society through this.Tee and Pip are raising money for No Kid Hungry, while streaming. They provide meals to children who otherwise would depend on school lunches. You don’t have to watch to donate. 5:23 How to stay creative in a pandemic How things have changed since Smoky Writers in North Carolina. We were so lucky to get it in before COVID-19If you’re a long time listener to the show, you’ll be familiar with our yearly writing retreatA beautiful house by the beach, with some of our favorite people in the worldThe retreat this year was shorter, but we stayed in Wilmington, NCWe returned home, carrying a heavy cold each Much like this… We recorded this episode once before, but we sounded awful.Shortly after Virginia closed schools for the whole yearNow we are on lockdown. Grocery shopping is the only trip we makeWe are getting comfort from New Zealand’s Prime Ministry, Jacinda ArdenPip reminds Australia they can’t have her Let’s begin Let’s talk projects.Pip and Tee have the rights back for Social Media for WritersThere are going to be re-writes in the next edition. Quite a few things have changed in the social media landscape.Tee is working with Chuck Tomasi on a 4th edition of Podcasting for DummiesDiscord for Dummies is coming out in May. Pre-order now!Secret of the Monkey God is on the docket too. Tee is not going to be left out.Pip is working on Ride or Die, as well as Fierce Dead 2Polishing up a few old projects tooBear in mind, the current pandemic situation has a lot of consequences, not just health, but mental and economicWe’re all being creative with getting things done Working from home.. be like… We need to look out for each otherAnd know, it’s OK to not be OK.Use technology to check in on people, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from those that care about you.Writers may need solitude, but we’re not used to not being able to go out to cafes… or libraries.. or anywhere Do not.. do not… go to a cabin in the woods.. At least this cabin. Writers online, writing together while ignoring each other.Being kind, also applies to yourself. Be kind to yourselfHave a routine. Take showers.Get up, get dressed (except for those odd pj days)If you feel you can’t write, then find another creative project.Pip and Tee are currently working on their bathroom. It’s been needing an update for about… 10 years…Clearing out the house, and organizing your books. Gardening is great… and if you’re lucky you get fresh foodPip bought supplies online from Lowe’s, and used contactless pickupGive your mind a break, rather than forcing it to pump out content all the timePip thinks getting back to baking, brewing, gardening is great.Limit your diet of news. Don’t spend too long scrolling through FacebookPip gets on her hobby horse of history.The message from John Rhys DaviesPip tries to post positive things. So in this time, give yourself a break. Apparently people are using this time to learn about podcasting from Podcasting for Dummies and Twitch for Dummies 37:31 Wrap Up Where will Pip and Tee be this yearRavenCon has been postponed. So to Balticon… but it will be available virtuallyWorldCon in New Zealand is going to be virtual onlyOther events are still on the fence…Follow TeeMonster on Twitch to catch the live show If you have an event and want The Shared Desk to appear there, or if you just want to share an opinion about the show, here’s where to find us… 703.791.1701pip@pjballantine.comtee@teemorris.com…and social media, of course. Show art by Candy Cane StudiosFind us on Twitter at either Tee’s or Pip’s account,leave us a voicemail or questions for the show at 703.791.1701,or leave us a comment here at the blog.We’ll talk about it!And remember, you can find the show on Spotify,  iTunes or Stitcher!Subscribe, listen, and review.Enjoy the rideand we’ll catch you later.
New Show Art by Candy Cane Studios They said we couldn’t make it… whoever they are…Pip and Tee chose Birds of Prey for their Valentine’s movie!We get cheers from chat! 3:04 Let’s Look Back Pip tried to count Dog Days of Podcasting that Tee did in 2018Consistency… well not so much our thing….Episode 1… we started off pretty exclusively about the craft!And we started with the idea of half hour episodes… 7:23 Types of episodes We’ve done craft and business episodesBut our most downloaded episode was Episode 59, about Penny Dreadful from a writer’s point of viewThen we’ve covered, marketing, had guests in show, and recorded from eventsThen there are the odd ones…And the evergreen content ‘writers did what now?’ 9:29 Let’s talk about guests Guests… we’ve been very lucky!Piper J Drake and K T Bryski duke it out for most on showNick and Stacia Kelly also been on there quite a few timesLauren ‘Scribe’ Harris has stopped on by a bit too!The WINNER IS KT Bryski! (Also involved in beer talk)Episode 30… what is a writer’s intern? K T came and stayed for quite a while.We’ve had MK Backstrom, Alex White, Tim Dodge, Spence, Nobilis on the show 14:02 We Tracked Smoky Writers From the beginning, our beloved retreat was covered. Either there, or a post-retreat reviewOur largest guest episode, with all the microphones!Pip reflects on the fun stuff represented by the Shared Desk 14: 55 Consistency? What’s that?? Sometimes we slipped…Editing is a thing… we don’t like to just release into the wildDeadlines and families to come first… podcasting fell by the way sideSome years have been easier than othersWe started streaming in 2018, episode 90.Streaming has kept us more on track 17:28 Memories of past segments Eagle vs kiwi — limited options after a pointCrazy Uncle Charlie — his time passed (Pip was happy about that) Charlie went to do his own thing… 20:32 Picking out some favorite episodes and topics Pip mentions episode 23, where we talked about a writer’s kit and giveaway swagTee diverts into Penny Dreadful side rant…Pip and Tee discuss some of the changes to swag people expectPip mentions the 99c book promo choices authors makeThe infamous way Goodreads reviewers mark books before they’ve even been releasedGiving away your work, you need to be careful how you do itThe short story market has changed over the course of this podcastWork for free is still however something to be avoidedSFWA has also changed… and improved!Print is still alive!Pip’s patreon got started in the middle of the Shared Desk 36:37 Live shows! A lot of fun has been had at a lot of conventionsEpisode 75 from the SFWA Nebula Awards show. One of Tee’s favsOur first on the road show, was Author’s After DarkDemi-Con was a blast, and Tee was Guest of HonorAlyson Grauer we met there, and has a book outPC Haring showed us around 40:47 Pip can’t recall and episode The mysterious episode 45… the world is full of disturbing booksOh and it was a racist POSThe Shared Desk could be writers behaving badly 41:52 Pip’s Favorite Episode 51: The ABCRecorded around the time of the book cover shoot. Featuring Verena Vorsatz and Christina Payton.Quite a memorable time 46:21 Pip gets the credit Tee riffs on Pip causing the whole damn thingSo many good times, so many good friends.We met the Kellys just because of this podcastWhat a grand time it’s been…Thank you for all the support and love We mean it… If you have an event and want The Shared Desk to appear there, or if you just want to share an opinion about the show, here’s where to find us… 703.791.1701pip@pjballantine.comtee@teemorris.com…and social media, of course. Show art by Candy Cane Studios Find us on Twitter at either Tee’s or Pip’s account,leave us a voicemail or questions for the show at 703.791.1701,or leave us a comment here at the blog.We’ll talk about it!And remember, you can find the show on Spotify,  iTunes or Stitcher!Subscribe, listen, and review. Enjoy the rideand we’ll catch you later.
00:00 Introduction We can smell episode 100! We had to stream this twice though…. 01:22 Into 2020 Tee and Pip have plenty of plansTime for prohibition?Check out where we will be in 2020Tee helped found RavenCon. So we will be there this year!Escape Velocity in Washington DC Tee’s Dream… Tee guesses wrongGencon bound!!We had a time a great time last year, looking forward to more shenanigans in IndyNext up Key City Steampunk Festival which is now in Gettysburg, PAAnd then venturing into Florida, as Guests of Honor at Necronomicon in Tampa Florida!Tee heads back to TwitchConTwitch for Dummies is now a year old!These old bones can manage this scheduleTee and Pip have a few requirements for traveling to events……but they will do a Shared Desk LIVE!Asking the organizers of events works- but get in advanceOur writers’ retreat is coming up… and this year, we’re heading to the beach! 16:49 Talking Publications Pip has a schedule… with a nebulous sectionDidn’t work out so well last year, but that is why we go with nebulousChuck Wendig’s post on write what you want, because everything is falling apart.Pip and Tee put a lot of expectations and pressure on writing last year.However Tee’s 2020 started off with a bang.Podcasting for Dummies is goingDiscord for Dummies is currently under construction, but Tee just lost a monthSo let’s write what we want to write.Pip *sigh*The Weald, is Pip’s current WIP. A fantasy novel set in Regency EnglandAt the same time, she’s editing the first book of the Spectral Protectors. The Fierce Dead– now available for pre-orderPip and Tee argue about The Secret of the Monkey God release datePip also plans book Two of the Spectral Protectors.Death and the Falcon or Falcon and the RAVEN, the story of Henrietta Falcon and Sophia del Morte are planned for the end of the year.Tee’s heart is calling him to write, Villainy LLC, a story of the B List superheroes. Setting it in Richmond, VACheck in with us at the end of the yearPip wants Tee to get back to enjoying the pure creativity of just writingTee is still thinking about retooling Dope story.Pip suggests putting away a project for awhile to give perspective Feeling 2020 like… Pip is resetting, by making sure to read every day.No faux Jane Austen though. 31:35 Writers Off the Clock: The Witcher Pip wants to find a show where Henry Cavill takes a bathTee brings an ear worm Based on the books from PolandPrepare for the cosplaying!!Party City wig was replaced… thank goodness!!The separate timelines took a bit to work outEpisode 4 was a little wobbly… but we forgive themPip starts streaming Philippa’s Freaky Friday playing Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Check in on Friday nights for fun times…Stealing from peasants is part of the story… morally wrong as that is. If you have an event and want The Shared Desk to appear there, or if you just want to share an opinion about the show, here’s where to find us… 703.791.1701pip@pjballantine.comtee@teemorris.com…and social media, of course. Find us on Twitter at either Tee’s or Pip’s account,leave us a voicemail or questions for the show at 703.791.1701,or leave us a comment here at the blog.We’ll talk about it!And remember, you can find the show on Spotify,  iTunes or Stitcher!Subscribe, listen, and review. Enjoy the rideand we’ll catch you later.
00:00 Introduction Pip and Tee are ready for the New Year, and we’re kicking off with a show many tongues are wagging about: The RWA Bruhaha Extraordinaire! Follow or subscribe to https://twitch.tv/theteemonster Above you got the live open mic segments and tangents a-plenty, and we’d love to see you come by and visit us when EPISODE 100 rolls around. Be there for the fun and we will gladly take your questions LIVE on stream. Join us for a good time as we take a good look at what is going on with the RWA. 01:05 The Romance Writers of America Tee and Pip are not romance writers, but they have an RT Award, and write stories with romantic elementsAmerica is changing and so should its writing.Check out Claire Ryan’s ongoing chronicling of the situationIt all kicked off when Suzan Tisdale filed an ethics complaint against Courtney MilanIt spiraled from there into resignations, cancelling of events, and people cancelling their membershipsJust own your mistakes.Now the original complainant says she only ever wanted an apologyBut at the same time threatened legal action!Karen wants to see the manager!!Another example of keeping your receipts…Presidents have toppled… Chuck Tingle got involved. Nora Roberts got involvedPip The best disinfectant is sunshine.Hopefully there will be good things from thisSFWA offers a safe haven for those with spec fic elementsThe whole affair has esculated akin to the Thing Everyone wants to get the hell away from this…. Our genre has had plenty of its own problems too…But what will rise from the ashes…But wait… the original complainant has remembered something differentlyWhat is the takeaway from all this?Diversity and representation does matterPip is dealing that right now. The Fierce Dead coming in February. Sensitivity readers are important.Also check out Writing the OtherThe balance is delicateKeep your receiptsAnd we’ll see how this all plays out 27:38 We’re in the Kitchen Don’t freak out, we’re detoxingYes, we’re aware we have livers, but this is for something else Gotta have em Stevia is not Tee’s thingMonkfruit all the things!!Tee is caffeine free… for now, but it’ll be first up!Lots… and lots… of water… 36:50 Wrap Up Thanks again to Claire Ryan for chronicling all the RWA shenanigansDon’t forget to join us live on Twitch, we have a post show not in the podcast If you have an event and want The Shared Desk to appear there, or if you just want to share an opinion about the show, here’s where to find us… 703.791.1701pip@pjballantine.comtee@teemorris.com…and social media, of course. Find us on Twitter at either Tee’s or Pip’s account,leave us a voicemail or questions for the show at 703.791.1701,or leave us a comment here at the blog.We’ll talk about it!And remember, you can find the show on Spotify,  iTunes or Stitcher!Subscribe, listen, and review. Enjoy the rideand we’ll catch you later.
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116
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1 day, 18 hours