Tee Morris has been writing adventures in far-off lands and far-off worlds since elementary school. Inspired by numerous Choose Your Own Adventure titles and Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, he wrote not-so-short short stories of his own, unaware that working on a typewriter when sick-from-school and, later, on a computer (which was a lot quieter…that meant more time to write at night…) would pave a way for his writings. His first published work was at James Madison University where he received his degree in Mass Communications and Theatre. In 1990, during his semester abroad in England, Tee covered London’s Poll Tax Riots for JMU’s newspaper, The Breeze. While an accomplishment, writing—whether it was journalism or fiction—was just a fun departure from his first love: Theatre. His first work, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, a Historical-Fantasy epic written with Lisa Lee began in the most unlikely of places — an online chat room for Fantasy role players who combined various gaming rules and characters to interact between one another. It was here that Tee Morris’ Rafe Rafton met Lisa Lee’s Askana Moldarin, and the two began work on an adventure that would become a top selling title for Dragon Moon Press, an EPPIE finalist for Best eBook Fantasy of 2003, the first book to be podcast in 2005, and a Parsec Award Finalist for Best Podcast Novel in 2006. Podcasting MOREVI led to the founding of Podiobooks dot com and collaborating with Evo Terra and Chuck Tomasi on Podcasting for Dummies. It also won acclaim and accolades for his first solo title, Billibub Baddings and The Case of the Singing Sword, the podcast winning a 2008 Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama. While writing Fantasy is his passion, his journalism chops were still called upon when commissioned to write articles for BenBella Books’s Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets and So Say We All: Collected Thoughts and Opinions of Battlestar Galactica. He was also tapped to write All a Twitter, a definitive guide to working with Twitter. With his diverse background in Science Fiction, writing, and Social Media,Tee has hosted presentations at venues across the country and around the world including The Library of Congress, BlogWorld, CREATE South, and Te Papa Tongawera. Tee returned to writing fiction with The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, written with his wife, Pip Ballantine. he still dabbles in non-fiction, having panned with his wife Social Media for Writers, returning for the Third Edition of Podcasting for Dummies, and releasing the first mainstream book for Twitch, Twitch for Dummies. When Tee is not creating something on his Macintosh, he enjoys streaming video games early in the morning, Krav Maga, and putting together new Spotify playlists to write by. His other hobbies include cigars and scotch, which he regards the same way as anime and graphic novels: “I don’t know everything about them, but I know what I like.” (And he likes Avo and Arturo Fuente for his smoke, Highland Park for his scotch!) He enjoys life in Virginia alongside Pip, their daughter Serena, and three cats.
(Podcasting for Dummies, the 4th edition is out in the wild today… pick up a copy from your favorite online store!) Pip and Tee take on the subject of blogging. Is it still useful? Relevant? 00: 58 Intro Amanda J Surowitz sent us an email complimenting Social Media for Writers, which includes a Discord chapter (or you can do a deeper dive with Discord for Dummies.) 04:11 Tee Talks about his experience with blogging Tee has worked professionally for universities, and the government. Writing blogs was part of what he did every day.Amanda drops into chatTee was on a roll, then the world changed. Everyone knows that feeling Tee then had back to back projects, but blogging is still his thingPip hasn’t blogged for awhile. Now she thinks the space is a lot more crowded, and now you have streaming competing.Pip makes the internet noise and Tee joins in.People like Chuck Wendig make a success of it, but has a very particular style.Tee found he would spend days writing a blogpost on writing, and getting behind on his actual writing.Pip feels like she never found her niche in blogging… and worried she just whined a lot.Pip wonders about jumping on current events… say ‘Waffle House fights’We mention Chris Evan’s… moment and how he turned it to his advantage You can tap into what is trending, as Pip points out they have from time to time. Tee agrees as long as it is within your field, jumping on current issues is a good policy.Pip tries to justify her next Waffle House fight blogpost…When you sit down to write, have a point to itKeep an eye on comments on the blog and your social mediaBlogging for blogging sake is problematic 24:34 Pip has a question So lists were popular a while go ‘top five’ or the ‘five worst’. Are they still popular?People do still seem to want to read quick articles Tee suggests setting a word limit. 27:07 Tee has a question As pros, with other projects how do you manage blogging?Add it to your weekly schedule.Tee suggests some people are using Twitch, as a video blog.But do all authors think on their feet quickly? A riff can easily become a ramble.Bullet Alexander returns… and Pip is not impressed.What are authors most comfortable doing?Social Media for Writers is out now, and has new chapters, including one on crisis management.It’s made trickier when you don’t have a book to promote, but publishers these day want you to have a platform before they’ll give you a book deal. So figure out if you have a purpose and do you have the time for it?But at the end of the day deadlines have to come before blogging.If it is making you miserable, then you don’t have to blog.Your platform should include blogging only if you enjoy doing it, and can remain consistent. If you have an event in 2021 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.
We welcome our pal, Jack Mangan to the Shared Desk, and back into the writing gig. Jack’s new foray into creativity is a graphic novel. We dig deep into this process and how Jack’s getting it done with crowdfunding. 0:45 Jack Mangan introduction Though he has no AKA name, we’re glad to see him.You might know Jack from Spherical Tomi and DeadpanFrom back in the days…. Podcasters from 15 years ago Jack talks about his podcast trajectory… and then life intervened.Known as a novelist, and podcast, we dive into how Jack’s moved into the new arena of graphic novels.Pip and Tee discuss how much they loved having Jack in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Find it in the second collection of Tales from the Archives 7:29 What were the challenges of changing genre Jack researched the masters of this new genreAt first he tried drafting out instructions to the graphic artist.You have to form a relationship between writer and artist- collaboration!Pip contemplates a Ministry graphic novel… 12:48 Pip asks ‘But what is this project?‘ Jack’s history as a music journalist, brought him into contact with Diamond Head.Yes, this project is so METAL! Jack got all the relevant permissionsAm I Evil, is a song with a story to tell.Now to the funding of it! Challenges Jack faced… well pandemic!Kickstarter didn’t work out, but now I Am Evil is live on IndieGoGoThe idea is to make sure every professional gets paidMeet the team! This is Jack’s passion project, that he wants out in the world.Marketing is always tough. But you have to find the right time to launch and promote.Pip and Tee popped by to Jack’s live launchEveryone delves into their metal credentials…Jack has been writing as a journalist, but he is getting back to fiction—including coming back to Spherical TomiMany of the original podcasters, are going back to their original fiction worlds.When you are part of a team, you don’t want to let people down.Jack talks about being a mature writerCheck out the video! Jack explains how he created the video.Pip brings up stretch goals, and the dangers of pineapple related ones.Jack teases us with royal connections…Am I Evil campaign is live now! If you have an event in 2021 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.
Technology works, and we shout out to the live audience who joined us on TwitchOur cat is recuperating from surgery, and we’re recuperating from the Hugos. Makes him rather grumpy…Guess what made Pip and Tee grumpyIt’s not the gloves from Ritual Motion Pip and Tee can however…here we go… 2:31 Let’s talk about the Hugo Awards The latest Worldcon was held in Pip’s hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, but the pandemic made it have to become virtualThe Hugo are fan voted, and are not strangers to controversy Pip and Tee discuss that ‘golden age’ of science fictionGeorge RR Martin was asked to be toastmasterTee has been the MC at Pip’s brother’s wedding.The role requires you talk about the people who the event is for.The Hugo Awards were about the nominees, but GRRM didn’t get that memoHe then proceeded to pine for the good ole days of John W Campbell, Heinlein, Asimov et al All of GRRM’s parts were pre-recordedTee asks Pip how she feels as a New Zealander and a writer ConZealand was planned for many, many yearsPip was angry, disappointed and mortified… New Zealand is better than thisEven assuming GRRM was not sent pronunciation, that doesn’t let him off the hookPip and Tee remain unsurprised at how his recordings went down The Hugo Awards have become more diverse but it has a history of being exclusionaryLots of inside jokes, name dropping… all of these things make sure there is an ‘us’ and ‘them’Making community means being welcomingHarking back to an age GRRM has nostalgia about, brings a lot of baggagePip talks about the nature of fandom in New Zealand Fandom needs to think about how they empower people by ignoring their behaviorThe award winners were a diverse, world-wide group of people, but GRRM barely mentioned themThe always popular apology-non-apologyPip dives into how women (especially of an older generation) are taught not to make a fuss in order to be part of the boy’s club New Zealand’s specific national psyche may have fed into this.Pip wonders what happened? Did they watch it? Were they afraid of GRRM?Tee reminds every writer, that this is a professional setting.Pip confirms New Zealand is massively passive aggressive There is a way to own it thoughBut not just GRRM and the con organizers should own it.We need to be better… as fans and writers.The Hugo Awards are meant to celebrate about what is best during the last yearYoung authors need to feel that they can be in the space of the Hugos. This is a place for them.Hopefully good changes will come out of this. If you have an event in 2021 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.
We welcome Savan Gupta to the show, but Tee is audio only… and it had nothing to do with Pip! Savan kicks it off, and the party begins. Having a company is apparently just as stressful as kids We welcome Savan and all his universes 3:07 Savan begins to unravel all his creative endeavors Steam-funk Studios– a multi-media and marketing firmFrom that came the Living Multiverse, a cross-media fiction project… and World DominationThe Unconventional champions journalist and academic excellence in fandom—The Rolling Stone of Fandom. FanthropolgySepia Riot, a project in development, championing Indian, Arab and Asian representation in fandomThe Unconventional will be coming this year! 8:03 Tee asks Savan how he manages all these amazing projects Savan keeps a regular schedule, military likeManage expectations with those that are working with youSavan vets everyone and gives them an orientation so that people are ramped upCommunicate any problems that crop up in lifeTee throws himself under the bus, but also owns his problemsSavan points out that when you act like a professional everything is simpler We call it that too! 12:29 Pip asks Savan just how many people he’s collaborated with over the years Savan remembers another collaboration, Geeks Gone WildCollaborating means having standards and processes to encourage others who want to work with youSavan comes to this from a financial marketPip gets jealous of Savan’s organizationTee points out the collaboration with Galileo Games was very well organizedSavan mentions that he’s spent years all over the country, finding talentSavan says past and present he’s worked with hundreds of people 17:41 Tee asks, so what do they all do? Everything began as a performance troupeIn 2014 critical mass happened. Slick-brass and the Crew of the A.S.S. Titilus was joined by Rohan and the Dogs of War. Then more… and more… and consulting for othersIt got so big, that they needed residuals to support the performance, so Savan changed tack.Rebooting the brand, they turned inward to evaluate what goods and services work best, to make moneyThe Unconventional is free, because its aim is to make a community- but it gives plenty of attribution, and a bio Attribution is something we need more ofSavan answers the question about how many people who work in the companyShout out to Savan’s teams!Pip’s mind is blown 27:01 Tee asks Savan how he handles when collaboration goes bad Savan makes clear what expectations are, and how much time it will take to his collaborators His exceptions clauses are; your health (you don’t have to disclose what those are, legally as well), day job/school (hell weeks do happen in both), and finally your family.Everyone needs paperwork!Tee, Savan and Pip discuss about deadlinesSavan describes his ‘break glass’ situation No one wants to do this, but sometimes it is necessary… Now the Hobbit comes up… we have all been forged by fireSavan calls back to his father, for his fortitude and persistence 51:14 Tee makes sure when the pandemic is over, Savan will break bread with he and Pip once again Tee reveals his love for Trejos Tacos cook bookCulinary arts series coming from the Unconventional! Savan, often compared to Tony Stark 53:17 Where can we find Savan Gupta? The Unconventional NewsGeeks Gone WildSteam-funk StudiosSo many of Savan’s websites will combine their forces shortlyWe look forward to seeing Savan and his groups at events next year!Tee’s hair is becoming mythic… almost as mythic as Thomas Willeford!If you want Savan and his productions to visit your event next year, now is the time to book! If you have an event in 2021 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.
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128
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16
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2 days, 3 hours
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