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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)

Dec 1, 2016

This week, we have Keven Newsome again to talk writing!

  • Plotting/pantsing theory.
  • Keven's modified Snowflake method (shoutout to Randy Ingermanson).
  • Writing and editing tips in Scrivener from Keven & Liberty.
  • How Keven uses One Note to track his notes and research.
  • Keven's editing process and tips.
  • Joss Whedon advice on writer's block.
  • Keven's Musicality in his writing.
  • Marketing tips that DON'T work.
  • Writing a series.
  • Liberty has to roll solo when Aaron's router drops out.
  • We talk classic Doctor Who, which is always a fun topic.

Links:
Keven Newsome
The Winter Series
P.A. Baines - Alpha Redemption
Robin McKinley - Hero and the Crown
The 5 Stage plot (from Keven's blog)
One Note
Keven's Epic Radio on Spotify
Doctor Who

 

Be sure to check out website: www.LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.com for more detailed show notes!

Nov 17, 2016

This week on this (late) show, we have with us Keven Newsome! Keven is a pastor, and the author of the Winter Series.

In today's episode, Liberty gets her geek card revoked by Keven as we discuss the Chronicles of Narnia. We have a lively discussion in general--as per usual--without Josh. 

Be sure to check our show notes at LasersDragonsAndKeyboards.wordpress.com for more detail on the show, as well as links to things we discuss!

*** Also, apologies for some poor audio quality in parts of the show. We think we know why the glitches happened and are working to rectify it. ***

Oct 31, 2016

71vd27gppvl-_ux250_We were totally delighted to hang out with one of the forefathers of the awesome Realm Makers conference in these episodes, Kerry Nietz! Kerry, as he says, is a refugee from software engineering, and is the author of Amish Vampires in Space (as seen on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!)

51bhqsotepl-_sy346_In Episode 46:

  • How Kerry structures his writing time so he can end his session in the middle of a scene.
  • Oh, Scrivner, do we love thee? Let us count the ways...
  • Kerry's really good first drafts, and how he handles editing.
  • Developing a thick skin! (Metaphorically...)
  • Developing habits to overcome writer's block (literally...)
  • Mayans, mythology, and vampire gods - Oh My!
  • Never stop writing-never surrender!
  • The differences in traditional publishing versus self-publishing, at least from Kerry's perspective.

Too lazy to type out the links while you're listening? We've got you covered! (If they don't work, it's Liberty's fault....)
Kerry Nietz
Frayed
Amish Vampires in Space
Mike Duran
Tosca Lee
Nadine Brandes (editing services)
Jeff Gerke (editing services)
Ray Bradbury (Hey, he won a Pulitzer! But not for what you'd think...)
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Michael Crighton

Oct 27, 2016

71vd27gppvl-_ux250_We were totally delighted to hang out with one of the forefathers of the awesome Realm Makers conference in these episodes, Kerry Nietz! Kerry, as he says, is a refugee from software engineering, and is the author of Amish Vampires in Space (as seen on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!)

 

In Episode 45:

  • Revisiting story worlds by writing Frayed.
  • Threadbare, the main character, and why Kerry loves him.
  • Throwing characters curve balls (No, not literally...)
  • Liberty's cold leads to a misinterpretation of one of our questions, and an interesting answer.
  • Research into boxing!
  • Kerry's favorite superhero and the version he prefers!
  • Usually, one's superhero and one's Captain have similar traits... Mr. Nietz is an exception...

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Too lazy to type out the links while you're listening? We've got you covered! (If they don't work, it's Liberty's fault....)
Kerry Nietz
Frayed
Amish Vampires in Space
Mike Duran
Tosca Lee
Nadine Brandes (editing services)
Jeff Gerke (editing services)
Ray Bradbury (Hey, he won a Pulitzer! But not for what you'd think...)
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Michael Crighton

Find LDK online!

Oct 18, 2016

We had John Brhel on with us in these episodes. He was a bit of an unknown to us,8mrtazpd but we had a lot of fun hanging out with him and talking about Marvelry's Curiosity Shop. He's part of a writing duo with Joseph Sullivan and they tend to write horror. Marvelry's Curiosity Shop definitely has a horror vibe to it even though it's more paranormal fantasy, but also a lot of human interest.

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  • Not getting boxed in by outlines.
  • Working with a co-writer.
  • Knocking out drafts in a day or two.
  • Writing with infants (and how that affects writing software choice!)
  • On the fly research.
  • Real-time editing with a co-writer.
  • Various techniques to overcome writer's block
  • Liberty learns that there's such a thing as video game soundtracks!
  • How John's day job influences his marketing, and some of his tips and tricks to market his books.
  • Things you shouldn't be doing as authors when you're marketing.

Links:

John Brhel
John on Twitter
John & Joe's Website (Cemetery Gates Media)
Marvelry's Curiosity Shop
At the Cemetery Gates
Stephen King's Needful Things
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Nickelodeon Show)
M.R. James (Early 20th century ghost stories)
King Solomon's Mine (H. Rider Haggard)
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Christopher Walken's reading of "The Raven"
Edgar Allen Poe
Stephen King
John Steinbeck
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Brandon Sanderson

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