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Derailed Trains now on Youtube

As usual, I’m way behind on linking to Derailed Trains of Thought, the monthly podcast about storytelling I co-host with Timothy Deal. So, instead of trying to catch up, I’ll just leave a few updates here and encourage you to subscribe to the podcast through one of the myriad of…

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DToT #49 – Write It Again, Sam

This entry is part 48 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Another month, another podcast! This time Tim and I discuss the art of revision. Here’s the write-up: Writing is revision and a movie is discovered in the editing room. Or so “they” tell us. Isn’t vision enough? If not, how do we go about casting our re-vision anyway? Tim and…

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DToT #48 – Glimpses of Light

This entry is part 46 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

It’s another podcast! As a companion to the previous episode, we decided to tackle the role of beauty in stories. “Balder the Beautiful / Is dead, is dead!” These words once caused a young C. S. Lewis to glimpse a scene of beauty and joy. We all have our own…

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DToT #47 – The SFW ‘NSFW Episode’

This entry is part 47 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Yet again, I’m behind on sharing the utter genius which is the Derailed Trains of Thought podcast, featuring yours truly and some other guy named Timothy Deal. Episode 47 featured discussed gratuitous content in stories. You know what makes a story real? What makes it intelligent and high-minded? Sex. Also, unflinching violence….

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DToT #46 – The Expurgated Version

This entry is part 45 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

After some delay, Timothy Deal and I have managed to published a new podcast. However, we had a little, er, interference. See the write-up: Dear listeners:You may have heard the hosts of this podcast refer to such works as Star Wars, Babylon 5, The Muppets, LOST, The Wheel of Time,…

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DToT #45 – The One Certain Thing (Not Taxes)

This entry is part 44 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Our June episode of Derailed Trains of Thought, your premiere podcast on storytelling, is up for your listening pleasure! In case you don’t know, Derailed Trains of Thought is a monthly podcast produced by myself and Timothy Deal. This month’s episode deals with the issue of death in stories. Let…

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DToT #44 – Whose Outline Is It Anyway?

This entry is part 43 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

I might be holed up hermit-like while writing more Strin & Fred, but I can still poke up my head for a podcast here and there. In the most recent episode of Derailed Trains of Thought, we discuss the process of planning: Look–it’s a fact. Not everyone can make diabolically…

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DToT #43 – The Child Within

This entry is part 42 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Yes, yes, it’s another blog about how you should be listening to Derailed Trains of Thought, the world’s greatest (and only) podcast about storytelling hosted by two guys by the name of Nick Hayden and Timothy Deal. This episode’s topic — kid’s movies and kidlit. The official write-up: Not everything’s…

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DToT #42 – Why We (Don’t) Create

This entry is part 41 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Hey, it’s a new episode of Derailed Trains of Thought, the premier podcast about storytelling,  co-hosted by yours truly! Actually, this episode my cohort Timothy Deal and I dig into our reasons for storytelling as well as discuss all the obstacles and inner demons that keep us from actually putting…

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DToT #41 – Can’t See No Forest For All These Trees

This entry is part 40 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

My blog tour is on a roll, so please check that out, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the most recent episode of Derailed Trains of Thought is up and ready for listening. Here’s the rundown: We all have our little pet scenes and characters. You know, that…

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Derailed Trains Podcast Over the Hill

Of the many Internet promotional activities I perform with less-than-stellar ability, at among the top contenders has to be the timely promotion of my podcast, Derailed Trains of Thought, on this website. If you don’t know,  for the last few years my friend Timothy Deal and I have been producing a…

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If You Ever Wanted To See My Ugly Mug….

…you’re in luck! Recently, I was interviewed about my new novel The Unremarkable Squire by my friend and fellow writer Nathan Marchand on his vlog, But I Digress…. We talked inspiration for the novel, examined why it took me so long to finish it, read an excerpt, and discussed various other…

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