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.
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.
00:00 Introduction Tee and Pip are in a metal mood thanks to HalloweenTheir velvet purple skull Twitchy is here for the season.Welcome to new listeners 02:30 The James River Writers Convention Ways to read signs aheadThe James River Writers Conference is an example of a well run convention. Others should take note of some of the things they do.Pip can’t leave Twitchy alone.JRW Conference has been going for many years.JRW provide year round support to local writers.Pip recalls with relish the first contact where Tee was her +1 Pip be like… Tee tried to stream… and failed…Conventions have to fork out a lot of money for wi fiSeriously Pip leave the skull alone!Follow Tee on Twitch to find out when we go live.JRW make an effort to have a diversity of writers, agents and publishersTee missed out on the Dating Game What, my name got called? Tee did a pitch and met some agentsHow many people attended?Pip feels a little out gunnedNot just chairs—tables too!Moderators are prepared and know who their panelists areShout out to Bill BlumePanel on podcasting moderated by Sharvette Mitchell was a good timeTee’s Shop Talk was about writing what you don’t knowWriting outside your experience? Reach out to those who are in the communityPip feels uncomfortable writing from a first person POV outside her communityThe importance of beta readersTee recounts a tale from his theatre daysThe naming of a podcast… like the Shared Desk?Tee really gets into what the theme music is. It’s important!!Tee did a branding panel. Why does branding matter to authors?World building… important but not everything World building is important… but so is writing! Your world can change… and that’s OKThe James River Writers Convention is worth attending as a panelist, or if you want to improve your writing. 28:50 Pip and Tee go into the Kitchen Pip and Tee stayed at the Linden Row Inn supposedly haunted, but no ghosts came to visitPip has a crazy idea…Richmond has speakeasies… with 100% less poisonous bath tub ginGrandstaff and Stein Booksellers. Felt like this… A bookseller, a secret password, and there you are! Flaming Youth Tee and Pip enjoyed a flight!Some interesting history behind speakeasies, helped along with some well dressed servers.Not just drinks, the food was also excellentThe whole thing was streamedSeriously, Richmond has it all! 43:19 Wrap up What shall we do for our 100th episode?Tee is working with Steve Saylor for the month of October to raise money for Able Gamers. Go here to donate. See if two knuckleheads can beat Mountain Dew!Tee shaved his beard for this… and Pip is still recovering… 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 iTunes or Stitcher!Subscribe, listen, and review. Enjoy the rideand we’ll catch you later.
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123
Podcast Count
16
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1 day, 18 hours