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Special thanks to Corbin J Drake for the photo. For this next installment of the 2017 Dog Days of Podcasting challenge, Tee looks at the challenge of exploring a world that you are familiar with. It’s a world you as the one who created it should know inside and out and intimately, but can you still discover something new within it, surprising yourself as well as your readers? That’s the rush you feel when facing a new challenge. Find Tee on Twitter at either here, leave a voicemail or questions for the Dog Days of Podcasting at 703.791.1701, or leave us a comment here at the blog. I’ll talk about it! And remember, you can find this show on iTunes or Stitcher! Subscribe, listen, and review.
We’re baaaaaaaaaaaack!!! Another year, another retreat in the Smoky Mountains. Here’s how it all went down… 00:00 —  Introduction How many times is Pip going to make this joke? First time with new mics? Why, yes — yes, it is! Special Guest — K.T. Bryski who is always writing like she’s running out of time… New drop-in’s from Hamilton: An American Musical…again! So what’s the new gear and what do you all think? Tee’s on a Heil PR781 for the first time, and digging it! Pip is working the Heil PR40 while using a Heil PL2T Boom Mic stand. Katie is the rebel of the three of us, recording on the MXL BCD-1  (which came with a WS-002 windscreen) with the BCD Boom Mic stand. Thoughts and opinions on the new gear… So why the upgrade? Tee Morris and Chuck Tomasi are returning to the stands with Podcasting for Dummies: The Third Edition! 06:48 — Episode 72: The 2017 Smoky Writers Retreat Wrap-Up (featuring K.T. Bryski…now with even MORE Hamilton!!!) What are we taking with us? (Sing along if you know the drop-in…) Always nice to see Stephen Grenade when you get there. A look at the man behind the Smoky Writers Retreat…. Great Things about the New Cabin Double the hot tubs! Everyone had beds! Where we found our place to write in Valhalla? Katie is being distracting! Tee starts up a new routine: A Brisk Morning Walk — UPHILL — BOTH WAYS!!! Watch one of the videos from Tee & Tim’s Morning Walk, and laugh at how hard we are working… What we were working on… For Pip: The Illuminal — first draft, now at a 50K word count For Katie: She started off wanting to write a novel, but took a step back to work on short stories. For Tee: Dope, now over 27K deep and running at a good pace If you are not reading Piper J. Drake’s bestselling trilogy, you should be! Extreme Honor Ultimate Courage Absolute Trust WHAT WAS THE FAVORITE FOOD?!? For Katie: Salmon and Soba Noodles For Pip: She refuses to choose… For Tee: The Lamb Curry Tee starts taking risks with Sirracha. A Day at MagicQuest How to fix MagicQuest from authors who have never grown up… The Mirror Maze — FUN! Blacklight Pirate Golf, as you do! Smoky Writers is NOT a vacation. Just accept it — we all love M.K.! This year saw the founding of the Smoky Writers Chamber Choir! Thank you M.K. for picking up the official SWR Guitar! The reasons we may be returning to Valhalla… What brings us back to Smoky and how this is Alex White’s show… The waiting list could be a retreat in itself. So how about learning from the master? Read this and this. So…are we there yet? 32:03 — Loot Crate Lookie-Loo! The Loot Crate arrived before we left… February Theme: BUILD The Lego Batman Food Container — MINE! The tee-shirt is Volton …and now it is Katie’s Lego Dimensions: Benny and Benny’s Spaceship Tetris Magnets. That’s a distraction waiting to happen. Secret Order of the Keys…something for later. The BUILD crate marks the one-year anniversary with Loot Crate! What else came in the mail? A special Cards Against Humanity expansion pack! It was M.K.’s first time playing, and we were all worried about how she was going to take it… …well, not all of us were worried. There was “That bitch, Stacey!” And what did Tee pick up? A Mass Effect Expansion Pack. 37:36 — The Wrap-Up What were we drinking tonight? What’s coming in 2017… Katie is finally going home! And she’s got a mystery on her hands… 1-2 April, The 3rd Annual Science Fiction Online Writers Conference, presented by Writers Digest 28-30 April, RavenCon 12 in Williamsburg, VA 18 – 21 May, The Nebula Awards Conference in Pittsburgh, PA (It will be Katie, Tee, and Pip…along with others from the Smoky Retreat!) Tee and Pip will be visiting Balticon… We are going to get back to Operation: Endgame… And we’re back to Hamilton: An American Musical, as we do. Katie at KTBryski.com… …and as for us… Call us at 703.791.1701 (now accessible through the Instagram app!) Send Tee email — tee@teemorris.com Send Pip email — pip@pjballantine.com …or find us on social media everywhere. 45:03 — Post-Show Groove 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
With all these podcasts coming through this feed (and yes, welcome to the Dog Days of Podcasting, ya’ll!), would you believe we lost track of when we needed to post a Shared Desk? My bad. With inspiration from Germany, Tee and Pip are talking about writing in the zone, those wonderful times when the ideas and words show no signs of stopping. How do you manage — you know — the outside world? Well, here are  a few tips for you to consider. 00:00 —  Introduction Mmmmm…Blue Apron. How about those drop-in’s from The Defenders? Kreg Steppe, this is all your fault! Closing in on the end of Dog Days of Podcasting… Pip liked Tee’s theme so much, she stole it for her Patreon podcast! Shout out to Corbin J Drake, the four-legged addition to Piper J and Matthew J Drake, for being the face of Tee’s DDOP 2017. Tee got so into this that he lost track of The Shared Desk posting’s schedule. What a ride this challenge has been! Tucking in with Operation: Endgame…finally. Pip’s been having a long week along with Jessica Jones. Also working on Operation: Endgame… Also working on Immortal Sisters… AND ALSO…working on a BRAND NEW novel! 05:45 —  Episode #79: Writing in the Zone Got a note from a friend and fellow Guardian from Germany asking a question that inspired this show topic. What happens when writers find themselves in “The Zone” and Real Life is still happening? A quick look at The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers Pip feels less impulsive, more disciplined into her writing, Multitasking happens with adulting, apparently. When it comes to non-fiction, Tee does need to take a break. Fiction? Tee can still lose himself. “The Smoky Effect” It sucks when Habitica reminds Tee and Pip of what needs to be done. A truly Kiwi Approach to Writing It’s tough to stop when you get on a roll, but there’s an advantage to leaving words in the tank. Quick shout-out’s to… Jirani Coffeehouse, here in Manassas. Headshots, here on teh Interwebz Tee’s a little obsessive about having a clean kitchen. What about the opposite of the Zone — what happens when the desire is there but the focus and the energy is not. Good times in Mechanicsburg, PA and the Mystery As You Like It Conference! A tease of what our next episode may be… Pip calls it meditation. Tee calls it a nap. The pros and cons of slipping deep into “The Smoky Effect” in the real world. Cats are great listeners, but lousy conversationalists. This is why it can be tough for Tee when he gets home. 23:47 —  Writers Off the Clock Pip had to get in the last word. Taking the scenic route home from Mechanicsburg, PA… The other world along Blue Ridge Mountain Drive So, Pip wanted to watch the highway fight scene from Episode 3 of The Defenders on the flat screen… Five episodes later, we were done. We’re big enough to go back to Marvel’s Iron Fist and say, after our original review, “Well done, Finn Jones.” Luke Cage said everything we wanted to say to Danny Rand, Iron Fist needed more crossovers with the headliners the way Jessica Jones and Luke Cage did. In light of Jones’ ill-chosen words, he makes up for with this performance. Evil Sigourney Weaver. Awesome. You had me at Sigourney Weaver. Marvel Studios, rocking diversity Again, The Defenders shows how rushed Iron Fist was. Final thoughts. Props to Mike Coulter and Finn Jones for creating some serious chemistry. 41:27 — The Wrap-Up How are we ending of the summer? Tee’s challenge of The Dog Days of Podcasting is still happening. AND WE’RE ALMOST DONE!  1-4 September, Escape Velocity in Washington, D.C. October, The Maryland Renaissance Festival’s “Day of Wrong” is coming. Stay tuned for details. 28 October, Tee will be alongside Chuck Tomasi, hosting the P.I.Y. Workshop, a launch event for Podcasting for Dummies, 3rd Edition If you have an event and want The Shared Desk to appear there, here’s where to find us… 703.791.1701 pip@pjballantine.com tee@teemorris.com …and social media, of course. And did you know that Pip has a Patreon? SHE DOES, YOU KNOW!!! It would be great if Pip knew where our newsletter is. It’s here, by the way, and you get a free book when you sign up! Announcements coming up concerning Operation: Endgame 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
We are horrendously late getting this episode out (but don’t sweat it as we’re going to be recording another one next week!) but let’s call it like it is: November was a cray-cray month! After a wild ride between the end of October and the beginning of November, The Shared Desk is reflecting on their week of solid creativity, and also share their thoughts about a creative Kiwi and his recent motion picture that you may have heard of. So, yeah, it took us a few weeks to getting around to posting this episode. We blame jetlag, the holidays, and smoking meats… 00:00 —  Introduction Recorded just after the Virginia elections, and it’s been a really great 48 hours. Respect the accent there, bro! A shout out to Taika Waititi, and an invitation to drink. Foreshadowing to this episode’s “Writers Off the Clock” segment. 01:49 —  Episode #83: The Benefits of Hanging with Creative People In our last episode we were talking about Dragon Anywhere and we are going to be talking about her again! Tee flew out the day before his birthday to get together with Chuck Tomasi for P.I.Y. 2017! There were some very cool people at the event… Yep, Tee met and shared hugs with Joe Hogan of Geektitude! Jack Mangan’s daughter learns something new about her dad. Will there be another P.I.Y. event? Well, about that… Tee has a copy of Podcasting for Dummies in his hands! (And yes, the podcast is back!) Quick shout-out to Chuck and Donna Tomasi’s AirBnB Tee sat in with the crew of Technorama. Shenanigans occurred. Six days away from home, and Tee was feeling the stress. Finally, Tee and Pip reunite at the 2017 Drake Writing Retreat which kicked off Thursday. When looking for a location for writing retreats, you will want to look at “places to write” at the house. The challenges of finishing up a draft of Operation: Endgame and returning to a book Tee had not touched in years… Meanwhile, Pip was cranking out words in transit. So she started a brand new project in the middle of the Retreat. Pip’s new secret weapon of creativity: The Rocketbook. Alex White’s thumbprint on Pip’s work-in-progress The enjoyment of sharing space and oxygen with incredibly creative people Official signings v. drive-by signings The joy of creating content after talking about the creative process The day after getting home, riding off  P.I.Y. and the Drake Retreat, Tee was in-studio, recording an interview for Happy Hour from the Tower. How hanging out with creatives lead to other creative ideas… 27:34 — Writers Off the Clock Sebastian wants LOVE! What happens when Kiwis get a hold of a Norse god? THOR: Ragnarök happens. Filmed in beautiful technocolour! A brief look at the previous THOR movies Get to know Taika Waititi Flight of the Conchords What We Do in the Shadows Hunt for the Wilderpeople (and watch these commercials afterwards) Did Taika do New Zealand proud? Oh, yeah. SPOILERS HAPPENING HERE — jump to 47:12 to avoid them! Pip was ready to riot if there was a problem with Idris. 48:25 — The Wrap-Up December 2-3 — Star Wars Day in Woodbridge, VA with Tee presenting his soundtrack panel…and then we are done! Operation: Endgame is coming! Order your copy now!!! Big shout-out for Virginia! Way to go, voters! Pip’s Patreon will feature an action-adventure story for this month. And just in time for Christmas — We Don’t Talk About That  Tee is planning some fun stuff for Happy Hour from the Tower in December 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… 703.791.1701 pip@pjballantine.com tee@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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
Hey there, remember us? Yeah, we know. We thought we were done with the hiccups in the schedule, but this thing called February happened. Things didn’t get better in March. And April was not shaping up to be any kind of improvement. Sure, we had content in the hopper, we had stuff we wanted to talk about, and we wanted to talk to you all. Problem is, we had a full plate of ADULTING to cope with, and that is what this comeback episode of The Shared Desk is all about — when Life refuses to cut you a break. We have some thoughts on what to do about it. 00:00 —  Introduction Remember us? So that’s why Tee is so interesting to people… Are you feeling defeatist? BETTER NOT! It’s been some time, not that we are light on content… 01:04 —  Episode #88: Writing in the Midst of Bad News, Bad Luck, and Grief We’ve got some really cool stuff in the backlog… Chatting with K.T. Bryski about the 2018 Smoky Writers An interview with Chris Lester A reunion of Verena & Christina on the show …but we were sidetracked. Or maybe we were derailed. A bit of a bomb was dropped in Tee’s lap two weeks after the last show. Sure, Tee would love to go full time with his writing. But there’s this thing called health insurance. Attention was dedicated to finding Tee a job. Not all bad news. Despite our efforts, our daughter is taking first steps into a writer’s life. Coming off of Smoky, Tee was riding a wave. This is probably why Tee’s “short story” for Tales from the Archives is…not so short. Tried accessing TeeMorris.com or HappyHourFromTheTower.com last month? Well, yeah, black (ass)hat hackers made that a little difficult. So…job is in trouble, the hunt is on for a new gig, two of Tee’s sites get hacked. Could things get any worse? Whenever your mom calls you at 6 a.m., it cannot be good. Tee’s mom, Tee’s brother, and Tee sat down…and decisions were made. Saturday, March 24. Nope. Life is still not done with Tee as he returns to his Day Job to discover… How do you get back on your feet? Hold up, Fam —Tee’s good. My Twitch streams have been helping him cope. It’s like the early days of podcasting, but with video games. Tee kept the Day Job situation close to the vest for a reason. The new Day Job coming has got Tee grooving to this song… How having the new job already lined up helped Tee through his Dad’s Memorial. There may be good intentions behind “Get back on the horse…” but sometimes, you need to keep your pie-hole shut. Tee knows this. Sadly. Concerning his friend, Kim Headlee. Writers react to death, grief, and stress differently. That is a truth. To the people who think Tee and Pip should be full time in writing by now… Interviewing for Day Jobs — especially ones that are just for show — are exhausting. There are different ways to cope with death, grief, and stress. It’s okay to ask for help. What writers need to do: set a date for a return. Escapes are good. Escapes are essential.  Tee’s Dad may never appear in a novel of his, but there will be influences and reflections a-plenty. The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant will always be that story for his father. Too bad his dad liked the first one more. Allow yourself to grieve. And remember, you are not alone in the world. You are not. Tee shares his breaking point. Cheesy as it may sound, there is something good about hitting rock bottom. Through all this, Pip discovers a super power. Embrace your Tribe. When you are ready, turn your grief, your darkness, your pain, into characters that resonate with readers. When you are ready. 29:02 —  Writers Off the Clock Holy shit, this soundtrack is AWESOME!!! Spoilers, Will Robinson! We are going to riff a bit about… To really understand this reboot, you have to travel back in time to the original Lost in Space… …which doesn’t quite age well. At all. Let’s discuss. Decades later, Hollywood decided to take Lost in Space into a darker corner… …and no, things didn’t really fall apart with Matt LeBlanc. It started with the script. “But early Doctor Who is pretty chintzy,” you say? About that… GENERAL FANDOM: Lost in Space is a sacred cow. No need to remake it, reboot it, or retool it for a modern audience. NETFLIX: Hold my beer. What Tee and Pip did not like about Lost in Space… What did Tee and Pip like about Netflix’s Lost in Space? Where do we begin? Acting — on point and incredible Women were taking the lead without emasculating the men, The management of huge cast — everyone had their moment! Everyone felt real. Let’s talk about Parker Posey, Dr. Smith, and how she polished this turd-of-a-character and redefines this science fiction villain. The creative crew of this new Lost in Space slip in a lot of nods to both the original television and film. Opinions on the Robot Already planning a re-watch. Kid-Friendly…but there are some tense moments… 54:19 — The Wrap-Up Tee and Pip had a lot to share with the class. What will Tee do on his off-week before the new day job? Play video games. Mulch the garden…if weather permits. Read up on Open Source. Write. Write. Write. Where will Pip and Tee be, you might wonder? 20-22 April — RavenCon in Williamsburg, VA Shout out to the Steampunk Symposium…which, if you were wondering why they were not there, now you know. 25-28 May — Balticon 52 in Baltimore, MD 13-14 July — GuardianCon in Tampa Bay, FL (just Tee with the Kelly family) Other news you should know about… Operation: Endgame coming to print in February. Audio soon to follow. (Do leave us a review!) Other irons in the fire for Pip and Tee… Tales from the Archives, Season V is underway. Happy Hour from the Tower is still going strong, including new fiction from Tee! Pip’s Patreon is still rocking and rolling! Yep, she’s got a website for that new podcast of hers, We Don’t Talk About That  And you can hear it first….if you become a subscriber. 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… 703.791.1701 pip@pjballantine.com tee@teemorris.com …and social media, of course. Watch for those shows from our audio vault! They are en route! 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
Adjusting to new schedules is hard. Hard to believe that May got by us so quickly but there you have it. This June, we are working to get back on track with things because, let’s be honest — we’re not podcasting as much because we are launching new projects. So you might want to take notes as we have a LOT to talk about. 00:00 —  Introduction Closing in to that 100th episode… Calling you out, Nobilis! Playing an old favorite plug-in It’s been some time, not that we are light on content… 01:39 —  Episode #89: What We’re Up to and Back to Balticon Feels good to be back! First free weekend in June as May was booked SOLID. Tee’s new day job His new title. #CodeOn, mai peeps. Join Tee here, on Fridays, for #RoofTalks Welcome to Code.gov where #AmericasCode is our mantra. And here’s my boss. Who is Alvin Salehi? He’s freakin’ Iron Man, yo! Yeah, he loves it for a lot of reasons. Shout-out to K.C. Alexander. And now here is Pip and her new project. Six women, six mermaids. Stacia Kelly Piper J Drake Lauren B. Harris Katee Robert Åsa Maria Bradley An epic collection of awesomeness How similar The Sea King’s Daughters is to another project of Pip and Tee’s… Available in all formats We do have shows recorded… Looking ahead to our 100th show A side note on collaborations and some of its challenges Other things we’re getting done DOPE is coming along The fiftieth story of Tales from the Archives is in production. Life and Death, people. Returning to Balticon Working the Dealers Room with The Chain Nerd Panels, panels, panels… …and a podcast with Gus and crew! Balticon is fun, but this is a job. A quick review of the hotel. The Renaissance was touch-and-go in some aspects. A surprised highlight of the weekend: Jason Gregory Banks’ delicious butt. BIG shout-out to Nutty!!! Some problems with being on the Literary Track: SMOF’s A really refreshing change to Balticon this year: Diversity. Another big shout-out to Starla Huchton! NERDS: The Next Generation Back to Balticon in 2019? YOU BET!!!  30:10 —  Writers Off the Clock Tee is on Twitch, if you didn’t know. He mainly streams Destiny… …which he podcasts about… …with these guys! Tee will have been streaming for a year, coming this September. On his channel, Tee does themed days. On a whim, Tee purchased a new game for his #ThrillerThursday content… How do you describe Detroit: Become Human? Pip and Tee agree on the mash-up between Blade Runner and Choose Your Own Adventure…. …but add in CSI and This Is Us, and you got this video game. A PERFECT addition to #ThrillerThursday (The following clip is NSFW, due to salty language….) From a writer’s perspective, this is an incredible experience, starting with the Flowchart. Well done, Quantic Dream. The game mechanics are smooth! Stand-out performance in this video game? Clancy Brown, ladies and gentlemen…. You can’t miss him! That Chloe is a guilt-dealing bee-atch!!!  This is why you can’t stop talking about this game… 40:29 — The Loot Crate Lookie-Loo Tee and Pip thought this was May’s Loot Crate. Turns out it is April’s: ARTIFACTS. What is in the April Loot Crate? A tee-shirt of Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet from The Avengers: Infinity War. Nope. Too soon. On looking back at Thanos’ plan… And Pip’s got mad comic book knowledge. Thanos, bond villains, and mad dictators Back to your box, Morris… Dark Crystal notecards A Legend of Zelda map The pin…that looks like the cup of a carpenter. What do you mean you have never seen The Court Jester?! Finally, it’s FRODO! AND TEE’S DESTINY CRATE IS ON THE WAY!!! (Going to open that up here…) 48:56 — The Wrap-Up Where will Pip and Tee be, you might wonder? 13-14 July — GuardianCon in Tampa Bay, FL (just Tee with the Kelly family) 12 June — Siren’s Tide: Book One of the Sea King’s Daughters will be available, but you can pre-order it now! And there will be shenanigans! Pip’s Patreon is offering free audio to her subscribers! Coming the Summer — the Writer’s Digest Online Science Fiction Convention Tee will be going about Dialogue and character Development Pip will be delving into Character Agency Looking ahead to Fall and Winter events. Shout-out to Ellicott City, MD And two items in the works… Pip silences Tee on his new project. Keep listening to find out more! 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… 703.791.1701 pip@pjballantine.com tee@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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
  It took us long enough, but we finally got around to it… 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
Special thanks to Corbin J Drake for the photo. The 2017 Dog Days of Podcasting challenge—a 10-minute podcast—got voicemail? Seriously? Yep, a blast from the past with fellow podcaster and storyteller Indiana Jim who left a detailed message for Tee about his first DDoP 2017 episode on Writer’s Rage. It’s advice that becomes real talk on expectations, something that matters to writers everywhere. Find Tee on Twitter here, leave a voicemail or questions for the Dog Days of Podcasting at 703.791.1701, or leave us a comment here at the blog. I’ll talk about it! And remember, you can find this show on iTunes or Stitcher! Subscribe, listen, and review.
We are horrendously late getting this episode out (but don’t sweat it as we’re going to be recording another one next week!) but let’s call it like it is: November was a cray-cray month! After a wild ride between the end of October and the beginning of November, The Shared Desk is reflecting on their week of solid creativity, and also share their thoughts about a creative Kiwi and his recent motion picture that you may have heard of. So, yeah, it took us a few weeks to getting around to posting this episode. We blame jetlag, the holidays, and smoking meats… 00:00 —  Introduction Pip kind of punches up the Kiwi in the introduction, and she blames Taika Waititi for that. This episode’s “Writers Off the Clock” segment isn’t happening, but let’s spend a few minutes talking about Marvel’s The Punisher. What have we been working on? Pip has got stuff happening on her Patreon! A new Christmas story is taking shape for Tales from the Archives. Both Pip and Tee are working on the edits for Operation: Endgame. Order your copy now!!! Tee’s also got two projects happening at Happy Hour from the Tower A new challenge: The Dog Days of Advent, in association with the Aventword.org Tee’s giving “Fiction Friday” a go. So, lots to do….around Christmas. 08:05 —  Episode #84: What’s Going On at Goodreads? A development over at the social network for authors and readers worldwide: Goodreads This is how Goodreads describes this new and exciting direction. This is how writers describe it. Tee thinks this Goodreads situation is actually a good thing, making authors stop and look at the value of a “giveaway” be it on Good Reads or book blogs. What is the real R.O.I. on working with book bloggers and blog tours? So now, what are independent publishers expected to do? Publishers, from our own experience, do not throw money at authors and rarely throw money into promotion. With the free giveaway gone, why stick around with Goodreads? Disagree with us? Then sound off… …on the voicemail at 703-791-1701 tee (at) teemorris (dot) com pip (at) pjballantine (dot) com What are the options remaining for authors? Your email list is your email list. Always. Social media platforms like Goodreads, Facebook, and the like? No, they are not there for you. A content creator’s relationship with Facebook Instagram and advertising — nice idea, but… Speaking of Instagram, here’s the new schtick… Tee has been returning to Twitter, thanks to Twitch. Cover Reveals: Pro’s and Con’s The great debate on writers blogging Pip and Tee start planning for 2018… 29:08 — The Loot Crate Lookie-Loo Pip is cutting the show short in order to get to this month’s Loot Crate! Neither Tee nor Pip can remember this month’s theme. Tee guesses…and gets it wrong. November’s Loot Crate: UNIFY From Funko Pop, a Loot Crate exclusive of Overwatch’s Widowmaker The mini Q-Fig celebrates the Power Rangers. (And if you blink, you might miss a Red Ranger sighting in Stranger Things 2) The Tee-Shirt: Voltron…in elegant 8-bit renderings! (Maybe Serena could wear it as a nightshirt.) Wait a minute, Loot Crate, you think your cat is looking rough-and-tumble in the Punisher hat? Hold on…from 2016, thank you…… Pin: Superheroes assembled! Comic Book Reprint: Justice League of America (their first appearance), presented by Brave and the Bold Divvying up the Loot Pip sometimes misses those details that matter. Tee is counting down to December’s Loot Crate: EXPLORE. Star Wars Destiny 2 Guardians of the Galaxy ….and a mystery franchise. Since we mentioned Guardians of the Galaxy, how about DAT TRAILER!  Total nerdgasm at the Morris household! Mantis: “Hey, Hemsworth!” 36:25 — The Wrap-Up A few thoughts on Star Wars Day in Woodbridge, VA. You might want to not compare the U.S. Boy Scouts with… Quick shout-out to TD-0013, the only Imperial Stormtrooper I love! December 16, 10a – 7p — Jirani’s Christmas Con in Manassas, VA Thanks, Nick Kelly! Come on out! Details on Facebook! Good coffee and even better geekery! Sadly, no MAGFest this year, but… Happy Hour from the Tower is heading to GuardianCon 2018 in July!!! Other events confirmed for 2018: RavenCon (April) Steampunk Symposium (April) Steampunk World’s Fair (May) Eyeing up Balticon for 2018. Two weeks of Shared Desk, I know, right? When did Old town Manassas get cool? Pip’s Patreon will feature the first episode of her ALL-NEW PODCAST! Yep, she’s got a website (with a teaser) — We Don’t Talk About That  And you can hear it first….if you become a subscriber. 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… 703.791.1701 pip@pjballantine.com tee@teemorris.com …and social media, of course. See you in two weeks! 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
Hey, everyone! No…this is NOT Episode 69, dudes. We have a lot happening this month. We’re working on our final season (and yes we admit to be using the term “final” liberally…) of Tales from the Archives, work to do on Operation: Endgame, and planning a special two-part head-to-head episode here on the Shared Desk with in-studio guest Nick Kelly over a science fiction epic, and how it ended. However, we wanted to take some time and share with you this episode of the Geek Wolfpack Podcast, Nick Kelly’s premiere podcast featuring the entire Kelly family. (Give it a listen. It’s a hoot!) This particular episode features the Wolfpack Podcast’s first interview, their guest professional nerd and entertainment professional Elle Jensen, founder of the Nerd Out App. Elle sits down with Nick, Tee, and Pip to talk about the app’s Kickstarter campaign and how geeks of all backgrounds should be taking advantage of this wonder of technology! Episode 16 (Show notes by Nick Kelly) 0:00 – Intro 1:18 – Our Interview with Elle Jensen of the Nerd Out App! 1:42 – Pip Ballantine! 1:55 – Tee Morris! 2:31 – Elle Jensen, Founder of the Nerd Out App 2:48 – The plug bell 3:06 – What exactly is the Kickstarter for? 3:45 – App development is like LEGO bricks 5:05 – Nick starts counting cities where he’s used the app 5:13 – What exactly is the Nerd Out App? Elle’s Comic Con story 6:00 – Nerdy Burlesque! 6:33 – The growth numbers on Nerd Out App 1.0 6:44 – The Average Geek Show 7:15 – Where does the App team get their events? 8:04 – The Chicago crew needs to get on the Nerd Squad 8:22 – A Klingon Christmas Carol 8:39 – DreamstoBecome.com 10:12 – Currently, events get added via a manual process. It’s going to be way easier in 2.0 10:53 – #furriesruineverything 11:12 – How are events vetted? 12:31 – Nerding responsibly 12:57 – The coolest events ever hosted in the app 13:24 – Poltergeist as a burlesque 13:55 – Nick’s list of cities, and the count is… 14:08 – Shout out to Geektitude.com 14:30 – Nerdcon! 14:36- Dumbells and Dragons and the Wekk podcast 15:06 – Other features in 2.0 – Geolocation, additional locations 15:45 – NEW ZEALAND! 15:53 – EpicCon – V’s Cosplay will be there as Agents Books & Braun 16:35 – Overseas requests come in bursts, but 2.0 will be able to expand more 17:15 – What is the financial goal of the Kickstarter campaign? 17:54 – If you do a Kickstarter campaign, factor in taxes 18:15 – What questions does Elle have for Tee and Pip? 19:45 – What’s the frequency of posts? 20:15 – How many posts are we boosting? 21:00 – What was Pip’s strategy in boosting posts? 21:33 – The West Coast Steampunk folks need to get posting more! 22:08 – What are the incentives? 23:02 – Audiobook giveaways are popular 23:22 – Other authors are happy to provide eBooks 23:50 – Additional feature – filtering so you can keep it kid friendly 24:28 – Stickers! Game of Thrones! Harry Potter! Deadpool! The Flash! Stranger Things! 25:02 – The Con Survival Pack – Everything you need to survive a con 25:45 – Sponsorship levels 26:12 – Tee explains the uber level 27:32 – Personalization is a big, big thing 27:47 – Friday the 13th: The Video Game 28:28 – Mystery Science Theater 3000 28:50 – Habitica gets a mention 29:20 – What are some personalization options for Nerd Out 2.0? 29:49 – King or Queen Nerd of your town 30:50 – You could be the nerd in the logo! 31:50 – A launch party, with the nerdy burlesque people and Geeky Tees 32:38 – Do you have a plan b? 33:40 – The timing of the kickstarter 35:40 – Nick’s experience from the field – www.starwarsdays.com 36:00 – Garrison Tyranus of the 501st Legion 36:19 – +2 Charisma 37:06 – Tee foreshadows the Nick vs. Tee Westworld episode 38:30 – Here we go. Elle’s street cred… 39:02 – Agent Carter 39:35 – Riverdale 39:55 – The CW Alien Crossover event 41:44 – I know my value 42:32 – Where can we find Elle and the Nerd Out App 42:55 – Thanks from the Wolfpack to Elle, Tee and Pip! 43:50 – ADHD D&D 44:31 – We continue to search Vrath Keep, after a PSA about flammable oven mitts 45:03 – NO DEMIGORGONS! 45:50 – Comfy chair 47:16 – It’s a conference room 48:21 – We all react to the ridiculous goblin map 49:13 – Turgen wants halflings to eat 49:55 – Do not spill ranch dressing on yourself 51:45 – Young Shecky Greene 54:03 – Battle of Lexington and Concord 54:30 – Hey, Pharaxes, go set everything on fire! 55:39 – You want an arcana check? 57:20 – Take an automatic 20 (why not?) 58:58 – The nightmare refugee scenario 59:50 – Outro 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
We’re baaaaaaaaaaaack!!! Sorry for the skip in the weeks. We’ve been kind of busy these past few weeks. Let us bring you up to speed! 00:00 —  Introduction Creeping towards Show #100…. Missed a week here and there, but we are on a….somewhat regular-ish schedule? Sure, we got some feedback in the hopper, but we’re going to focus on something else… Pip’s got a new book out! Have you got your copy of Immortal Progeny yet? Tee’s trying to keep up with writing, but his Dad has not been making things easy… The K.T. Brisket has been perfected. So we’re waiting for K.T. to come back for another visit! 03:58 — Episode 73: Something Old, Something New I ask again—have you got your copy of Immortal Progeny yet? This is her first solo book since Harbinger! A synopsis…with drop-in’s. What took this book so long? Pip goes deep into an epic fantasy locked in a religious war, and two more are coming… While Pip has been working on Immortal Progeny, Tee gets tapped by Wiley Publishing again! Podcasting for Dummies, 2nd Edition hit the shelves over a decade ago. On the third royalty check for this decade-old book, Tee started making calls. In February, offers were made. In March, contracts were signed. Coming to shelves in September 2017 — Podcasting for Dummies, 3rd Edition. BETTER. STRONGER. FASTER. Anyone remember the iRiver? Updating a decade-old book… So what happened today? Somebody asked Tee about Billibub Baddings. Tee’s done with Billi. Here’s why… But if Tee wants to move forward, why is he going back to Podcasting for Dummies? What sets The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences apart from Billi or Rafe? More stories, more opportunities… When working on titles, it’s not about the art. It’s about paying bills. It’s about survival. It’s about business. A lesson for writers with Elizabeth Bear from Edgar Allan Poe… Tee doesn’t want to phone it in…and there was a nagging voice Tee was haunted by… Even Pip wants Tee to get back to DOPE. A full plate. That is what is going on in 2017—a full friggin’ plate. Tee is picking a direction. It is forward. 31:46 — Writers Off the Clock We prefer to be positive in our Writers Off the Clock segment…but we’re talking about Marvel’s Iron Fist. Was it the whitewashing? Nope. Was it Finn Jones? Nope. (But he did not help his case at all.) WHO’S TO BLAME? THE WRITERS! Iron Fist is what happens when a project is rushed. PROPS TO THE LADIES!!! This is a first draft. A terrible first draft. LET’S FILM IT! Another problem I got: The way martial arts are handled. Absolute amateur hour. When you watch Into the Badlands, this is your bar, Marvel Entertainment. You have to clear it. What was Marvel doing? Cutting corners with martial arts? In Iron Fist? QUICK UPDATE FROM TEE ON FINISHING IRON FIST The script remained throughout a real disservice to the actors. This isn’t all Finn Jones’ fault. The big finale…meh. Lots of time in corporate boardrooms…or BOREDrooms? Does Finn Jones get a pass for not knowing martial arts? EXHIBIT A: The Matrix. Iron Fist was a rushed project, and it shows. 47:43 — The Wrap-Up Hey, Marvel, don’t like our compinions? FIGHT US! Call us at 703.791.1701 (now accessible through the Instagram app!) Send Tee email — tee@teemorris.com Send Pip email — pip@pjballantine.com …or find us on social media everywhere. What’s coming in 2017… 28-30 April, RavenCon 12 in Williamsburg, VA 18 – 21 May, The Nebula Awards Conference in Pittsburgh, PA (It will be Katie, Tee, and Pip…along with others from the Smoky Retreat!) Tee and Pip will be visiting Balticon… Events in the works… A steampunk tea in Ellicott City, Maryland… Guest speakers at a Mystery conference… …and a return to Revel Grove in October! And Tee isn’t busy enough so he’s launch a new podcast all about the video game, Destiny! 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
  So with January behind us, you might have thought, we intended to take a break. No, we didn’t. After a rather rough start to the year, we’re coming back—baby steps, mind you—into posting on a regular basis. We got a lot of stuff planned for you in February, but let’s ease back into our podcast with a look back at a panel at one of Tee’s favorite events… 00:00 —  Introduction As we have said before, we are twelve years old… Where were we in January? This blog post sums up the month. New show coming, but right now it’s a Shared Desk from MAGFest 2017! Nick Kelly, author Robert V. Aldrich, author The topic? Storytelling in Gaming! Major props to the MAGFest A/V Team! Want to hear Nick and Tee riff about MAGFest? Stay tuned next week for a special syndicated episode of the Geek Wolfpack Podcast… Like the panel? Send us feedback! Call us at 703.791.1701 (now accessible through the Instagram app!) Send Tee email — tee@teemorris.com Send Pip email — pip@pjballantine.com …or find us on social media everywhere. 03:27 — Episode #70: Storytelling in Gaming (with Nick Kelly and Robert V. Aldrich) Introductions of panelists Callsigns for Tee’s Gaming Crew Nobilis Reed — Callsign: WikiReedia Nick Kelly — Callsign: The Punisher Tee Morris — Callsign: Wrong Way What makes a good story? Internal consistency Consistent characters Each panelist has picked two games and will be taking deep dives into what makes them good storytelling video games… Robert apparently loves Tee’s slide shows…but he has a tough time giving feedback on them. *LOL* Robert V. Aldrich’s Favorites Final Fantasy VI Ratchet & Clank Nick Kelly’s Favorites Asheron’s Call (coming to a close after 19 years…) Xenoblade Chronicles Tee’s Favorites Myst Destiny 43:39 — The Wrap-Up 2017 is underway, and here is where we will be… 18-19 February, Farpoint 24 in Timonium, MD 24 February – 5 March, Smoky Writers Retreat in Gatlinburg, TN 28-30 April, RavenCon 12 in Williamsburg, VA Nick Kelly and I are reaching out to future events to see if they want us… …but keep up with what geeky things are happening in your neck of the woods with the Nerd Out App! What was your favorite or most informative show in 2016? Call us at 703.791.1701 (now accessible through the Instagram app!) Send Tee email — tee@teemorris.com Send Pip email — pip@pjballantine.com …or find us on social media everywhere. Geeky Goodbyes: Richard Hatch (71) and Brian Ford (48) No outro music. Just ending on a more reflective tone… 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
Special thanks to Corbin J Drake for the photo. Has the 2017 Dog Days of Podcasting challenge become a routine yet? Tee hopes so. See, a routine for a writer is a good thing. Routines help you get things done, and there’s real value in having routines for the day. Does this mean that routines go missed? Well, yeah, that happens. Life is not set in its patterns, and routines are sometimes disrupted. This is why they are so valuable to you as a writer. Find Tee on Twitter here, leave a voicemail or questions for the Dog Days of Podcasting at 703.791.1701, or leave us a comment here at the blog. I’ll talk about it! And remember, you can find this show on iTunes or Stitcher! Subscribe, listen, and review.
Special thanks to Corbin J Drake for the photo. WE’VE BROKEN INTO DOUBLE DIGITS! And thank you, everyone, for the feedback through voicemail, Twitter, and Facebook, over the Dog Days of Podcasting. Tee goes long on this episode (hey, it took him until the TENTH episode to shatter the 15-minute mark, so that is saying something…) but it was a real hot button for him: Rejection. It’s a matter-of-fact that in life—not just the arts, but in real friggin’ life, rejection is going to come into play. How do you cope? Does it get any easier? Why bother? Tee doubles down on a fistful of observations and opinions, and offers up a perspective on the big R. Hold on to something…   Find Tee on Twitter here, leave a voicemail or questions for the Dog Days of Podcasting at 703.791.1701, or leave us a comment here at the blog. I’ll talk about it! And remember, you can find this show on iTunes or Stitcher! Subscribe, listen, and review.
Special thanks to Corbin J Drake for the photo. Leave it to the Dog Days of Podcasting to remind Tee that TODAY he and Pip were supposed to put out a new episode of The Shared Desk. Ooops. Staying organized is hard, but Tee’s got a few tricks that help him out with projects, timelines, and appointments. What are you favorite organization methods? Share them with us here!   Find Tee on Twitter here, leave a voicemail or questions for the Dog Days of Podcasting at 703.791.1701, or leave us a comment here at the blog. I’ll talk about it! And remember, you can find this show on iTunes or Stitcher! Subscribe, listen, and review.
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.
We’ve been busy lately with wrapping up one project and starting a brand new one. However, we are never too busy to learn new things, and Pip is doing that presently with Nick Stephenson and his course, How to Find Your First 10,000 Readers. This may sound like we’re drinking the marketing guru’s Kool-Aid (mmmmm…fruity) but we are asking hard questions. Nick’s got answers. 00:00 —  Introduction All the SEVENS! Shameless plug for Happy Hour from the Tower… Sonic Boom is encouraging bad behavior at home. What are we up to? Podcasting for Dummies, the Third Edition Operation: Endgame Listening to Geo again, and still loving that skeptical goofball! Where is Tee going to be ON HIS BIRTHDAY? Well, he’s launching Podcasting for Dummies in Phoenix, Arizona! Jack Mangan needs to get back into podcasting. 04:50 —  Episode #77: Pip Is Learning New Things You can be marketing books for years (like us) and still miss steps. When marketing goes bad… Pip decided to take a deep dive course in marketing with Nick Stephenson of Your First 10,000 Readers Who is Nick Stephenson? Who is endorsing nick? Well, Joanna is, for one… You can see some of these changes happening here. Pip begins to share her newfound knowledge…and channels a Beatnik instead. Your website should be doing this. (I didn’t know that!) Free really isn’t “free” when you look at it. Tee wants to buy Nick a pint based on his sense of humor. Nick practices what he preaches. A look at how to value your work. Pip is learning a HECK of a lot! When covers go bad, it’s EPIC. Authors can really be cheap. With lessons learned and learning from the lessons of others, it’s time to a To-Do List. Launching a book? Tee’s got that covered. 23:45 —  The Loot Crate Lookie-Loo! Who’s opening THE BOOOOOOXXX?!?!? June’s Theme: Alter-Ego (Something Pip and Tee are familiar with.) Tee-shirt: A Classic Transformers shout-out. A Spider-Man Q-fig An Incredible Hulk bowl, perfect for a raging teenage barbarian! A poster book of DC Comics’ New 52 comic book covers Nice Loot Crate pin nod to Spider-Man’s nemesis, the Green Goblin We made a dent in our Geeky Prize Giveaway Stash at AwesomeCon, but we’re filling it up again… 28:52 — Writers Off the Clock It was a VERY special weekend at the Morris household…. Introducing our daughter to ALIENS… She handled The Matrix really well, but it wasn’t the R rating that bothered us. Do you have to show someone Alien before you introduce them to Aliens? Pip will not be writing freehand anytime soon. There is only ONE — DEFINITIVE — VERSION — of Aliens… What the Director’s Cut adds to the Aliens experience. Aliens have inspired successful games. One of them scared Phil Rossi! After 30 years, the movie is still solid. Masterful storytelling in film. Character development in Aliens Even the music plays a part. The writing question: Why do the sequels and prequels fall so short? Where do you go after Aliens? Tee’s one question for Alien: Covenant… 43:51 — The Wrap-Up Well, AwesomeCon lived up to the hype! Where are we going to be? 30 June-July 2, BlerDCon in Washington D.C. (Sunday only! BRIGHT AND EARLY!!!) 14-16 July, Motor City Steam Con in Detroit, MI (Break out your PJ’s!) 19-20 August, Mechanicsburg Mystery Weekend in Mechanicsburg, PA (Lots to do during this Mystery conference…) 1-4 September, Escape Velocity in Washington, D.C. (A weekend of hardcore geekery with Nick Kelly!) If you have an event and want The Shared Desk to appear there, here’s where to find us… 703.791.1701 pip@pjballantine.com tee@teemorris.com …and social media, of course. Ah, the glamorous life of writers… 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
Remember The Shared Desk? That was a pretty cool podcast. Too bad it podfaded, right? Well, no — we didn’t go anywhere! Well, hold on, actually, yeah, we did go somewhere. It was Clockwork Alchemy and it was a right blast! The Shared Desk, now recorded LIVE on Twitch at Tee’s Twitch Channel, finally got behind the mics after the dust from a government furlough and a trip out west finally gave them a chance to catch their breaths and record. What are we talking about, you wonder? Well, we’re specifically talking about writers consuming media. Sometimes, writers need to relax. Thing is, that can be hard when we’re always critically looking at how other writers do things. Can writers effectively turn their brains off, relax and enjoy the show? Let’s find out. 00:00 —  Introduction Well yeah, there was another Episode #94, but Tee never got to the editing part of it…the audio may sound a little weird. Wait until you find out why! (At the end of episode, of course.)Adult beverages all around?Kill All the Golfers for TeePip has a drink, but she wants Tee’s drink instead.When is Game of Thrones coming back? Oh yeah…Tee is not hip, but he is old.Addressing the stream and a changing of the guard.A nod to Destiny and Happy Hour from the TowerSorry, Katie! Maybe we can do something special with that episode? Maybe drop it into Pip’s Patreon?The original bell will not go quietly! 05:18 —  Episode #94: Writers Consuming Content  So where did this all start?As many ideas comes from, it started with a series of rants on Facebook…Pip defines “turning your brain off” as a writer.What inspired the show topic … Tee and Pip have really been enjoying Star Trek: Discovery. Is it worth the cost of CBS All Access?This will be a spoiler-free episode, we promise!Going back to Season One, we meet THIS CHARACTER…We want to know MORE about THIS CHARACTER.The, in Season Two, we get an episode dedicated to THIS CHARACTER……so we could watch THIS CHARACTER die.Then we get Discovery’s next stop in the galaxy: Talos IV.A bit of Star Trek historySome nods throughout the series coping with canonWhere Tee is triggered in all thisThe writing crew of Discovery handles canon with real reverence, but the new, original stuff is slightly clumsy.Sprinkling seeds throughout chapters or episodes versus cramming it all into one momentAfter a moment’s rant, Tee asked “Maybe I’m expecting too much from these writers?”Pip thinks writers make terrible media consumers.Pip’s current read is dickering around with time jumps, and she’s got issues.Writing passages in time are not always easy.Tee still believes he can relax and enjoy it, but Pip is struggling…The dice-roll in reading another’s book for the purpose of blurbing itTee loves a slow burn, and it triggers him when shortcuts are taken.A good example of new canon and a slow burn done right… Massive shout-out to Ethan Peck who gives great Nimoy without doing an impersonation of Leonard Nimoy.As a writer and an actor, Tee’s got a jelly on.Want a glimpse at Lauren Harris‘ next cosplay? Ensign Sylvia “Space Merida” Tilly Where you can find them, watch “Short Treks” in between seasons.No, not all writers are perfect. It’s when you show how good you are, but then take cheap or manipulative short cuts?A spoiler from Season One that shows ridiculous, shoddy writing: grafting a personality to someone. (Beg your pardon?) Yes, we get it. We suspend disbelief. But there are limits.Can writers appreciate good writing better than their own? Oh yes!True Detective, Season 3The Marvel Cinematic UniverseGame of Thrones, Seasons 1 – 8But really? Cat scratch fever? Really? (Okay, we can give that a pass.)Good writing — no matter the media — should be inspirational to other writers.Since we’re talking about good writing and bad writing in media, it’s time to re-open this old wound… 32:04 — Writers off the Clock This is a beautiful theme, but it’s not ready for The Big Score (coming soon to AwesomeCon this weekend)How about this for an unexpected surprise? You’re going to want to see this. Seriously.Why Shazam! worksGiving Shazam’s suit a makeoverReally coherent, cohesive writing by keeping it simple but not stupidBilly Batson is a teenager, so Shazam acts like a teenager. And it works!This was a fun ride, but it does go dark when it needs to. Billy Batson’s story, for example…Zachary Levi delivers as the Big Red Cheese.This is DC’s Guardians of the Galaxy.Tee and Pip wonder why Dwayne Johnson is an Executive Producer? Well, rumor has it… 39:57 — The Wrap-Up How long until Game of Thrones?!Wrapping up the podcast, but when you follow or subscribe to the stream, you get the extra content!Got some appearances lined up…THIS WEEKEND, April 26-27 in Washington D.C. — AwesomeConMay 21-24 in Baltimore, MD — BalticonTee weighs in on attending GuardianCon in 2019. Instead, Tee is aiming for TwitchCon in September.Tee & Pip are coming to Key City Steampunk Festival.And there’s a return to Richmond for the James River Writing Festival planned for this year! Twitch for Dummies, now in bookstores everywhere!Time to get to Westeros!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. 45:32 — Behind-the-Scenes Blooper 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.
Special thanks to Corbin J Drake for the photo. The Dog Days of Podcasting has its first crossover with Tee’s other passion project, Happy Hour from the Tower.  An interview with Twitch streamer 3vil_Aura  has Tee thinking about guy instincts and how important they are to follow. Listen close that feeling, and have a great weekend!   Find Tee on Twitter here, leave a voicemail or questions for the Dog Days of Podcasting at 703.791.1701, or leave us a comment here at the blog. I’ll talk about it! And remember, you can find this show on iTunes or Stitcher! Subscribe, listen, and review.
Special thanks to Corbin J Drake for the photo. Welcome to the 2017 Dog Days of Podcasting challenge. The Shared Desk is hosting this bold venture, and Tee will explain more about it in this week’s show. For now, just expect something completely different appearing in your feed this month alongside regular episodes of the writerly podcast you know from this site. This episode looks at Writer’s Rage. At least that’s what Tee is calling it. Find Tee on Twitter at either here, leave a voicemail or questions for the Dog Days of Podcasting at 703.791.1701, or leave us a comment here at the blog. I’ll talk about it! And remember, you can find this show on iTunes or Stitcher! Subscribe, listen, and review.
00:00 Introduction Tee has some new dropins for us from Aggretsukoprevious 96 audio wasn’t good enough, so it is a lost episode now. Spooky!Pip comes out from behind the micShout out to Key City Steampunk. You’re still awesome. Our patronus 02:53 A Writer Beware Moment Ways to read signs aheadMarie Bilodeau’s blogpost to readAnyone we know through Katie is a good eggOur sore point gets triggered… not getting paidYou need to be getting statements at least every six monthsDo check out SFWA’s Writer BewareExamine your contract before signing… a trick for new and eager writersTee was smarter than the average author, and checked out his first contract throughlyPip did notTee recommends research and get a lawyer to check it out.Make sure the lawyer is one versed in contract law and Intellectual Property Be as serious about your contract as you are about your writing careerPip confesses to grabby hands… and that rare time when Tee is smarter than she was New authors be like… Make sure your contract specifies how you can get out of it.Tee admits he did make other mistakesDon’t make your author copy transactions too complicatedKeep yourself in charge of pricing when working conventions and eventsSmall press has the most varied of contract, but every contract needs to checkedSmall presses also far less likely to pay advances and agents therefore usually won’t get involved on your behalf Maybe not follow this guy to legal advice… 19:07 Trust Your Gut Too Tee dives into some bad memories from the past… and Pip points out that was ancient timesA party makes an impressionAn uncomfortable conversation where Pip gets a vibeIf you can’t get a straight answer out of someone, ask yourself if you want to be in business with themBe alert for red flagsCheck with author groups (some good ones on Facebook) on the reputation of the publisherWhen a contract is broken, it still takes money to fightLegal fights in different states and countries can be trickyTee did have to threaten legal action to get paid… but he did get there eventually. But he was in the same state as the company who hadn’t paid.Tee got a great birthday present!Professional organizations can help you get your money, often without needing to resort to courtsAlso, without statements you don’t know how well your books are sellingWiley statements showed a renewed interest in Podcasting for Dummies—so new edition happenedSuch are the nuts and bolts of the business 34:20 Writers off the Clock: Binge Worthy Media We have a plan for a certain Amazon OriginalTime for Mindhunter on Netflix. Just as good as Season 1!Being typecast as MansonSerial killers doing audiobooksA nice look at expanding a seriesThe Boys on Amazon PrimeNew Zealanders FTW Kiwis have the best ideas… 48:38 Wrap up Find Tee at TwitchCon 27-29 SeptemberFind Pip and Tee at the James River Writers Convention 12-13 Octoberand at the Maryland Renaissance Festival 19 October
Special thanks to Corbin J Drake for the photo. And now the conclusion of the Dog Days of Podcasting… …where Tee answers that one last question. Find Tee on Twitter here, leave a voicemail or questions for the Dog Days of Podcasting at 703.791.1701, or leave us a comment here at the blog. I’ll talk about it! And remember, you can find this show on iTunes or Stitcher! Subscribe, listen, and review.
Prepare to go deep into this episode where we talk about productivity and how Tee has managed to improve his with a new tool. 00:00 —  Introduction No one likes the Mirror Universe, especially K T Bryski Sebastian stops the bell. And makes his presence known throughout the episode. BUT LOOK AT DIS FAES! HOW KAN U RESIST DAT FAES?!??! Tee’s commute was a word killer Pip blames Destiny….just a little bit. Piper J Drake makes an appearance…from the æther! 04:39 —  Productivity with a Dragon Piper suggested Dragon Anywhere the mobile version of Dragon Naturally Speaking Tee is intrigued and gives it a shot Syncs with Dropbox and Evernote In Tee’s commute of about an hour one way, got 1500 words. Pip reckons 3,000 per day is a nice pace Tee reads how it came out, the first time… a little word soupy. Play the game while editing ‘what does that sound like?’ The app does learn and so does the person Pip worries if there is a tangent coming… There is. Battlestar Galactica dictation. Still dictation is better than typing on your laptop in traffic. The dragon stops listening if the phone goes to sleep, or if it doesn’t hear anything after 15-30 seconds Tee didn’t read the instructions. Surprise! Sebastian tries to send Pip to sleep Night’s Plutonian Shore gets a mention Sebastian continues to interrupt from the Desk Just tell the Dragon to sync Tee is much happier thanks to this Dragon, but his podcast listening will take a hit Reading aloud really helps you spot the problems in your work 29:01 — The Loot Crate Lookie-Loo! Tee gets to open the box the theme is not magic… its mythical Sebastian deliberately messes with the soundboard. Nice 80s neon Ghostbusters tee! We divert to Stranger Things… Thor is coming!!! Tee gives Pip all the building to do… but it works out better Pip promises not to watch Stranger Things 2 without Tee. Will she keep it? Mr Pointy is a bookmark! 35:41 — The Wrap-Up Pip finishes the building! HUZZAH! 2017 is nearly done 28 October, Tee will be alongside Chuck Tomasi, hosting the P.I.Y. Workshop, a launch event for Podcasting for Dummies, 3rd Edition in Phoenix, AZ.  You can turn up at the door if you’ve missed getting your tickets! Hardware track, software track, and the best practices track. The Podcasting for Dummies Companion Podcast Tee might bring this show to the East Coast next year sometime. Star Wars Day in Woodbridge, VA with Tee presenting his soundtrack panel Pip and Tee had a lot of peopling on the weekend at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Page After Page the bookstore within the festival! Met friends from last year. Always a delight. Pip saw her first centaur and a satyr! Pip and Tee will be back next year with new books and the roleplaying game! Pip’s Patreon will feature a horror story for this month. Pip may have a new podcast idea, which Tee did not shoot down. (Heck, Tee has got ZERO GROUND to stand on. Look at what he started months ago. And then there’s this!) We Don’t Talk About That will take you to the dark side of New Zealand. Coming sometime soon… maybe… Pip was near four murders… so those will probably feature. 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… 703.791.1701 pip@pjballantine.com tee@teemorris.com …and social media, of course. 52:29 — The 2017 Podcast It Yourself Workshop and Book Launch 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 ride and we’ll catch you later. SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
You can’t say “No” to this… NNNOOOO!!!! It is the Lin-Manuel Miranda edition of The Shared Desk. Don’t think Lin-Manuel Miranda has anything to do with our topic, but as you listen to the show, you’ll understand why we are dedicating this show to the cast of the hottest musical to hit Broadway in decades… 00:00 —  Introduction First show of the New year on account of a really rough start… New drop in from Hamilton: An American Musical Heading to Farpoint this weekend, but not the first event of 2017. At least, for Tee. MAGFest 2017! was Tee’s break-in of the year, alongside Nick Kelly and Robert V. Aldrich How is Lauren finding herself here for Farpoint? We got to make this event happen this weekend! We got to WORK! 03:54 — Episode 71: Dealing with the Imposter Syndrome while Pining for Lin-Manuel Miranda (with Special Guest Lauren “Scribe” Harris) What are we drinking tonight? Viking Blod, the breakfast of writing champions! The story of Blod and Smoky Writers Past. A topic that came up during MAGFest… The Imposter Syndrome Defined by Tee Defined by Pip Defined by Lauren The debate over the Imposter Syndrome What do you say when successful indie authors are suffering this? The next Hamilton reference…and another… If your goal isn’t the validation you seek, then what is? Are you listening to Words of a Feather podcast? Well, you should. The Imposter Syndrome can come from a variety of sources… Stress Starting new projects in uncharted countries Looking at where you are in your career and where you want to be What’s attractive between both independent publishing and traditional publishing? What’s tough to do between both independent publishing and traditional publishing? Pip’s firmly planted in the Nick Kelly camp when it comes to the Imposter Syndrome. Lauren owns it …but Tee also copes with it… ….and so does Pip. Tee’s biggest Imposter Syndrome fear: He’s not a well-read guy. How do we combat Imposter Syndrome? For Lauren: Working harder. For Tee: Jumping into a new idea. For Pip: Solving the problem within the work. Wired for Story — a resource all writers should have within reach The return of Old Yeller… 32:00 — Writers Off the Clock So…fucking Lin-Manuel Miranda and his goddamn incredible talents… Why were we resistant of the Ham Wagon? For Pip: The girl’s a REBEL! For Lauren: Her Obsessive Personality For Tee: The Actor in Him and His Love of Musical Theatre How did we finally surrender to the phenomenon of Hamilton: An American Musical? For Pip: That reprobate from the Great White North… For Lauren: Her roommate (and former guest of the show), Skribby For Tee: He knew he was in trouble when watching Moana. Sonic Boom was listening to Hamilton before we were! Shout-out to the Howard Family who met one of the King George actors after the show… Lot of cool things the Hamilton cast did during Lin-Manuel’s run. Shout-out to JMU alumni behind the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express! 53:33 — The Wrap-Up Drunk auditioning for Hamilton More dates coming in 2017… 24 February – 5 March, Smoky Writers Retreat in Gatlinburg, TN 28-30 April, RavenCon 12 in Williamsburg, VA Lauren will be at Balticon as well as the Writing Excuses Cruise…and possibly reuniting with her alluring cover model from Countless Hues of Crimson… What was your favorite or most informative show in 2016? Call us at 703.791.1701 (now accessible through the Instagram app!) Send Tee email — tee@teemorris.com Send Pip email — pip@pjballantine.com …or find us on social media everywhere. Tee can still do the end tag even after Blod! Tee’s got a surprise in the works… 1:01:23 — Post-Show Groove 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
It’s so nice to breathe again, and because we got over the bug that we’ve passed back and forth to one another, we are back with a brand new Shared Desk! We have The Nebula Awards Conference this weekend, so as we are prepping for that, we’re turning to our voicemails and spending some time with you this go-round! (See—when you leave us Voicemail, we put you on the show!) We are also debuting a new segment for the show. Make sure to let us know what you think at 703-791-1701, and we may feature you in a segment or a special show just like this one. Well, not just like this one as we are not going to get the exact feedback. You know what we mean! 00:00 —  Introduction No longer shouting into the mic. See, Pip can be taught! Thanks, Billy, for the sweet drop-in! Big shout out for all this great geekery on the television. Well, not all of it… Anyone else excited about The Defenders? Finally over the sniffles, the coughing, and the congestion… Pip missed Ravencon, but here’s a flashback to it. Then Tee got sick. Thanks, Pip. Why you edit audiobooks… 03:54 — Episode 74: Your Voicemails! Some Voicemail love We’ve been letting the voicemails stack up, so we’re giving the whole show to them. Some cross-promotion for Happy Hour from the Tower Upcoming Podcasting for Dummies shenanigans …and yeah, a lot of podcasting in the works for the both of us! First Voicemail: Brian Webber & Episode 69 Great Dungeons & Dragons stories Arkle’s suggestion for Tee and Nick’s talk, Slightly Off-Key Quick nod to Daemon Suede’s Cinema Craptastique Pip is totally in sync with Arkle’s D&D story Concerning ADHDD&D on the Geek Wolfpack Podcast Second Voicemail: Chris Lester & Episode 71 Chris knows how to plug! The theory of what brings on The Impostor Syndrome Chris’ introduction to Hamilton parallels Tee’s Some Hamilton trivia, especially Lin-Manuel Miranda at the White House Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Creative Process A discussion about being a “Genius” Third Voicemail: Nobilis Reed & Episode 73 When authors don’t want to move forward, why does that mean readers can’t? The end can be the beginning, whether it is a role-playing game (like ours!) or writing fan fiction. Fan fiction is a healthy extension of where an author’s work ends. Mike Rigg launched the Steam Rollers Adventure Podcast as an extension of his own world (and Tee loves to listen). Fourth Voicemail: Steve Pritchard & Episode 73 More reminiscing over Billi Baddings Passing along notes to other writers and passing the torch… Looking back on Iron Fist Yes, we love Listener Feedback so drop us a line… 703.791.1701 tee (at) teemorris (dot) com pip (at) pjballantine (dot) com ….or leave us a comment right here in the show’s post!  Pip gets all foreign on Tee again. 28:07 — What’s Cookin’, Writers?  And now, the Spirit Animal of Tee and Pip’s Kitchen How did this segment come about? It all started with a Facebook exchange from Tommy Garza… If you think we cook like crazy, how about that Piper J Drake? Smoking Meats: The Basics Step 1: Get Yourself a Smoker Be careful—you may get so attached to your smoker, you may put your life before this appliance. Char-Broil Electric Smoker. Great device, dodgy app. The Zen of Smoked Meats This is not an impulse thing. You plan for smoking meats. Smoking meats is great for writers! You want wood? We got wood! Char Broil has a great website for tips on smoking meats. Try different flavors with your wood. Find out what works for you. Whatever the cooking time, add one hour. Smoking Ribs: The 3-2-1 Method Enjoy your double innuendos. The Tea & Spice Exchange is great for rubs! Farmers’ Markets also carry terrific rubs. Apply rub to your meat, smoke that for three hours. Then baste your meat, smoke for two hours. (We love using cider from Cobbler Mountain Cellars.) Cover in a sauce of your liking, smoke for an hour. Serve, eat, and you’re welcome. And now, since we’re talking about poultry, let’s talk about spatchcocking. Shout out to Scott Sigler! Closing with brisket Want to try Blue Apron? Reach out to us. Let us know… 45:45 — The Wrap-Up Where are we going to be? 18 – 21 May, The Nebula Awards Conference in Pittsburgh, PA (It will be Katie, Tee, Pip, Lauren, Piper, and Matt — the Smoky Writers Mafia!) 27 May, Balticon 51 in Baltimore, MD…but not as guests. Just coming to hang out. 16-18 June, AwesomeCon in Washington D.C. 14-16 July, Motor City Steam Con in Detroit, MI Alright, now let’s see if they can stay healthy! 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 ride and we’ll catch you later.
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Dec 6th, 2016
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Feb 20th, 2020
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