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May 9, 2017

We have a special mother-daughter show for you this week! Our guests are Donita K. Paul and her daughter, Evangeline Denmark.

In this week's episode...

  • Donita learns something new about her daughter right off the bat.
  • We talk WIPs that sound really cool.
  • Growing up with an author for a mom.
  • Minigames!
  • How Donita raised Evangeline with a love for words.
  • Donita & Evangeline's collaborations, including their children's books.
  • Living up to your mom's standards.
  • Legacies.
  • Catching Didactics.
  • Other creative endeavors
  • Favorite parts of the creative process.
    (We have some technical difficulties with Donita's feed--we apologize!)
  • How to balance family & writing
  • Having gifts you need to use as a wife and mother.
  • How you need other writers to give you feedback.
  • And, we explore some fun new questions!

Links
Donita K. Paul

Donita's Facebook

Evangeline Denmark

Evangeline on Facebook

The Dragon and the Turtle

The Dragon and the Turtle go on Safari

Apr 18, 2017

This week we have with us Lauren Brandenburg, author of Orlo the Created! This sounds like an awesome middle grade steampunk book series, and we can't wait to get it to share with our kids...yeah, that's the reason. ;)

 

Episode 58 (Be Excited!):

  • Plotting/pantsing
  • Scrivener!
  • Some of the cool features of Scrivener!
  • Maps!
  • Liberty continues having technical issues...
  • Lauren's self-editing process & her editor -- and incorporating her editing into her homeschooling.
  • Writer's block and a funny story
  • How writing "Orlo" changed Lauren
  • Lauren's unique approach to marketing (which probably not for everyone because of her market)
  • Lauren's love of Harry Potter, and her recommendations for how a kid should read the books.
  • Awesome rabbit trails!

Links!

Lauren Brandenburg
Orlo the Created
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/antsylabs/fidget-cube-a-vinyl-desk-toy
Nadine Brandes
Rachelle Dekker
Suzanne Collins (Overlander)
Tarzan of the Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
Wicked Bible

Apr 7, 2017

This week we have with us Lauren Brandenburg, author of Orlo the Created! This sounds like an awesome middle grade steampunk book series, and we can't wait to get it to share with our kids...yeah, that's the reason. ;)

In Episode 57:

  • Orlo!
  • We talk about the earlier books in the series, focusing on Boone.
  • How much does Lauren love world-building?
  • CS Lewis quotes!
  • Having favorite characters.
  • Lauren, Aaron, and Josh's aversion to coffee
  • Lauren's mad ninja skills
  • What Lauren avoided talking about in Orlo.
  • Aaron's obsession with finding a Doctor Strange figurine.
  • What Muppet is most like Lauren? And her main character?
  • What's up for Lauren next?
  • Liberty's got some technical issues (what else is new?)

 

Be sure to check out our website for additional shows and more extensive show notes! www.LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com 

Mar 2, 2017

We finally sat down to do our anniversary episode, and since we hadn't chatted lately, added in short discussions of the two best movies of 2016: Doctor Strange and Rogue One.

It didn't take long for hilarity to ensue (really, so you expect any different from us?) as we had some frank discussion over the movies and our desire to see both again (pre-order anyone?) 18 stars for Doctor Strange from the three of us and 8.5 - 9 stars for Rogue One (since Aaron hadn't seen it yet!)

After talking movies & books, we get into a recap of the last year and hint at what's coming up in 2017. Aaron hits his sugar high for the day, and turns into the LDK version of Twitchy from Hoodwinked. Liberty tries to be serious, but this is LDK. It doesn't last long!

We have to be serious for a moment and thank our listeners for tuning in, and our guests for being willing guinea pigs, err, victims, err, to come on the show and hang out. We love doing the show and love sharing a bit of ourselves with you. We can't wait to see what 2017 has in store!

Feb 20, 2017

This week, we talk with Deanna Fugett (not to be confused with Deanna Troi). We get right into it with a discussion about oddly named characters, and where some of these names come from (don't ask...)

Next, because this is a speculative fiction show, we talk at length about Little House on the Prairie (Of course...) Liberty wasn't around this week to steer us back on track... (because she spontaneously combusted... well, that's our story, anyway...)

We eventually got back on track (kind of...), and learned that Josh loves depressing endings (Aaron can't stand them...)

Who's Deanna's favorite super hero? Is it Green Arrow? Super Grover? You'll have to listen to find out.

 

As always, check out LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com for full show notes and links to things we discussed! 

Jan 26, 2017

Our guest this week was the Most Interesting Accountant in the World! He also goes by Chris Morris. Chris is a CPA who caters to artists and authors, using easy to understand terms.

In Episode 53:

Chris Morris, CPA
  • Laughter immediately ensues when we get into a discussion about colors.
  • Authors and other artists all need help with accounting and tax services. Chris' goal is to build his business to serve the author-entrepreneur community.
  • Discussion on the special challenges that authors face.
  • Rabbit trails on the most expensive pens!
  • How to determine if expenses are business-related.
  • How to treat your writing like a business.
  • ID 10T errors
  • Deductions that people miss
  • Crazy things people have asked if they can deduct.
  • Ben Wolf's marketing practices (Ep. 10 & Ep. 11)
  • We get into a lot of the nitty-gritty of setting up businesses and funding your business when you're not making money yet.
  • Should you hire a bookkeeper?
  • Google & Taxes are not a good combination. ;)
  • Oh $@!*# I'm Making Money, Now What?

 

Links:

Chris Morris
Chris's book (as above)
Cam Scanner app
Lindsay Franklin & Wombatman
Failbook

Dec 30, 2016

This week we have with us CW Briar, author of Wrath & Ruin, an anthology filled with spec fic ranging from horror to humorous sci-fi. We discuss gnomes--eep!13718810_1834962903398255_6073621401561895564_n

 

51ykxjb9yql-_sy346_In Episode 52:

  • CW & Liberty agree it's very difficult to write a mystery without an outline.
  • How CW works around his career and his kids and using his commute to maximize his time.
  • CW's preference for Word over Scrivener, and how he organizes it.
  • How CW's job as an engineer informs his writing and outlining process.
  • Stealing from your beta readers.
  • Canadian mining practices in the 19th Century
  • Cthulu!
  • Learn to Love Editing

Links!
CW Briar
Wrath and Ruin
Brandon Sanderson
Algernon Blackwood
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterston
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Dragon Speaks!
Epic Music from YouTube

 

As always, check out our show notes on LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com

Dec 30, 2016

This week we have with us CW Briar, author of Wrath & Ruin, an anthology filled with spec fic ranging from horror to humorous sci-fi. We discuss gnomes--eep!

In Episode 51:

  • Why he wrote an anthology rather than starting with a full-length novel.
  • Accomplishments and interesting experiences as a first-time author.
  • CW's favorite characters from the anthology.
  • How CW's desires for a certain effect shaped some of his stories.
  • Interesting juxtapositions of CW's research.
  • CW can't pick one captain. :)
  • We get off on a bit of Doctor Who riff.
  • How writing Wrath & Ruin has changed CW.

As always, see complete show notes at LasersDragonsandKeyboards.com

Dec 20, 2016

This episode brought us the joy of interviewing co-host and producer Liberty in regards to her latest book, Omission (Now available in e-format!)

In Episode 49:

We discuss who makes the better Liberty.

Liberty tells us what it's like to be a series writer.

We get to hear who'd make the best cast for a TV version of the Darby Shaw Chronicles

In Episode 50:

We hear what the perfect music for writing mysteries is.

Gluten-free snacks are discussed.

We get profound as Liberty tells us how writing has changed her!

Be sure to check out our site, LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com, for more detailed show notes and links!

 

Liberty Speidel

Omission (Book #4 of the Darby Shaw Chronicles)

Dec 20, 2016

This episode brought us the joy of interviewing co-host and producer Liberty in regards to her latest book, Omission (Now available in e-format!)

In Episode 49:

We discuss who makes the better Liberty.

Liberty tells us what it's like to be a series writer.

We get to hear who'd make the best cast for a TV version of the Darby Shaw Chronicles

In Episode 50:

We hear what the perfect music for writing mysteries is.

Gluten-free snacks are discussed.

We get profound as Liberty tells us how writing has changed her!

Be sure to check out our site, LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com, for more detailed show notes and links!

 

Liberty Speidel

Omission (Book #4 of the Darby Shaw Chronicles)

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