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Lasers Dragons And Keyboards

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Jan 14, 2020

Due to a Midwestern snowstorm, Liberty was unable to join Aaron & Josh in this spectacular interview with sci-fi legend, Nick Cole. A former soldier and actor, Nick shares insights into his writing process, tabletop gaming, indie publishing, and who you should pay attention to in this world where everybody is a guru in the indie-sphere. 

Nov 11, 2019

We sat down and discussed Jason Joyner's debut novel, Launch. As well as what led to the creation of the Realm Makers Consortium in 2015, and how great it is to be a part of a writing community that shares bonds in areas of both spiritual and fandom. Be sure to check out the stream on Twitch.tv/LDK_Podcast for great interaction on the chat!

Where to Find Jason + other links:
Jason Joyner
Launch

LDK on Twitch
LDK on Patreon

Nov 4, 2019

We sat down with J.J. Johnson, author of  Iggy & Oz: The Plastic Dinos of Doom this week on LDK! We discussed the challenges of writing for middle grade, giant snot blobs, and insights into marketing from a marketing professional. Oh, and there was laughter. A. Lot. Of. Laughter. (But what else do you expect from us?) 

Links:

J.J. Johnson
Iggy & Oz on Amazon
LDK on Twitch.tv
LDK on Patreon
After Atlantis Gaming on Twitch.tv
Josh's book on Amazon
Aaron's books on Amazon
Liberty's latest book on Amazon

Oct 26, 2019

We're excited to be re-launching the podcast! And today, we did a test run of our new recording setup. Be sure to join us on Twitch.tv/LDK_Podcast for future episodes!

Apr 25, 2018

We were delighted to have with us NYT bestselling author, Ed Greenwood, on this week's episode of the show! For those not in the know, Mr. Greenwood is the creator of The Forgotten Realms.

Note to listeners: we had not only our producer missing, but the guys had to jury-rig a setup to record. Mr. Greenwood joined us over the phone, which was not what we had planned—but we were delighted to have him despite our technical difficulties. (Liberty's hair may or may not be more grey after editing...) Also, for our listeners with sensitive ears, there is some mild swearing in this episode.

The guys mostly let Mr. Greenwood talk, and as such, we think this is an episode best listened to rather than trying to sum it up. But we do get a history lesson on publishing and research. My word, do we have it easy nowadays.

Everything in a home exists to support bookshelves. ~ Ed Greenwood

 

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Apr 24, 2018

We've got some great insight into intellectual property law with attorney Steve Fairchild. It may sound boring, but as authors, it's important we understand at least a little bit about the law.

We start things out with an overview of what's encompassed in intellectual property, and then it really gets fun!

In Episode 76:

  • How biology degrees relates to intellectual property
  • How Steve gets his clients
  • Can you use the term "lightsaber™" in your book?
  • Does I.P. law translate to other countries?
  • Finding an I.P. attorney...and do you need one?
  • What's the difference between an I.P. attorney and an agent?
  • When does copyright exist?
  • Do you need to file your copyright with the copyright office?
  • What happens when your work has been pirated?
  • Can I.P. law be funny?
  • How Steven actually informed an episode of Suits--and how they got it wrong!
  • What Steven finds frustrating in fiction about the law
  • Bunny trails!
  • Do I need to copyright my idea formally with the copyright office?
  • Fair use law
  • Steve's advice on courtroom scenes
  • Steve's favorite movies about legal stuff

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Jan 9, 2018

We sit down with physics teacher by day, thriller author by night, Kayla--K.M.--Dailey this episode. K.M. is the winner of our flash short story contest with Laura VanArendonk Baugh to write a short story featuring Samwise Gamgee (LOTR) and River Song (Doctor Who.) K.M.'s story had us in stitches, and we're sure you'll see why we picked the story as our winner.

We talk about our Harry Potter houses, Kayla's inspiration for the short story, Christmas trees out of books, Liberty admits to having lower standards in her reading, the ever-present need for more bookcases, Harry Dresden, the new doctor on Doctor Who and Kayla's and Liberty's concerns about the direction, Doctor Who indoctrination (no pun intended!), Kayla's goal of 100 rejections in 2018 (!!!), Captain America...or Captain Jack Sparrow?

Find out more about Kayla on her YouTube channel.

Kayla's book recommendations:

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
The Three Body Problem - Cixin Liu

 

For a transcript of K.M. Dailey's short story, visit our website at: LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com

Nov 21, 2017

This week we have hopeless romantic, H.L. (Heidi) Burke on the show. She's totally obsessed with dragons, but we know a few people who also are, so we won't hold it against her.

 

In episode 74:

  • The evolution of a pantser to a plotter
  • Guess which of Heidi's offspring might be a future Bond villain!
  • Lyrics in music? Yes or no?
  • The adventures of being a military wife
  • Why Heidi doesn't think she's a very deep person.
  • Working with an editor when you've been self-published first
  • How Sarah picks her release dates
  • Aaron warns new authors about vanity presses
  • Who is Theodore??

 

As always, check our website for full show notes! LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com

 

 

 

Oct 16, 2017

This week we have hopeless romantic, H.L. (Heidi) Burke on the show. She's totally obsessed with dragons, but we know a few people who also are, so we won't hold it against her.

In episode 73:

  • We discuss the Eros & Psyche myth again (see Laura VAB's recent episode for more E&P!) as H.L.'s book, Coiled, is based on the myth.
  • Heidi's desire to go "aww" while writing.
  • How we have to release our books to the world and they become a part of the world instead of ours.
  • Myths are out of copyright—we can plagiarize them!
  • Can snakes get sea sick?
  • Star Trek rants!
  • Re-reading on Goodreads
  • Myers Briggs analysis of characters

For more notes and links to other shows, please visit LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com

Oct 12, 2017

We have Andrew Winch on this week, who is the executive editor with Splickety Publishing group where he's worked with a whole host of authors including Jerry B. Jenkins, Tosca Lee, and Robert Liparulo. He's a full time physical therapist when he's not running around with Ben Wolf.

In this episode:

  • Google is a wonderful thing. ;)
  • Who is Ben Wolflichman?
  • Wrangling flaming pigs
  • Gothic horror / steampunk
  • Weird stuff submitted to Splickety (hint: did you guess frog erotica?)
  • Andrew's love of creepy stuff
  • Don't edit your voice out of your story!!!
  • Is writing flash fiction a perfectionist's game?
  • What 3 tips would Andrew give to improve your writing?
  • Why you should read women's fiction.
  • You have to write a great story.
  • Supporting characters Andrew wants to know more about!

For additional show notes, visit LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com

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