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DToT #11 – Hate the Sin, Love the Villain

This entry is part 13 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

So, I’ve been a bit slow about cross-posting…. Relentless. Ruthless. Witty retorts. A rockin’ theme song. Villains often captivate us with their acts of savagery and urbane smiles. Why do we love a good villain? In this episode, Tim and Nick explore the lure of villainy, the idea of justice…

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DToT #12 – YA! A New Episode!

This entry is part 14 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Guest starring my wife! YA! Why are we so excited? Because everyone loves YA (young adult) books, and we have resident YA book expert Natasha Hayden with us this episode to discuss YA trends, explain why she enjoys YA books more than regular adult fiction, and give us her reading…

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DToT# 13 – How to Read a Story

This entry is part 15 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

The most recent installment of the storytelling podcast I co-host with Timothy Deal. Dr. Suess says you can read with your eyes shut, but we’re not so sure. This episode we take a reader’s viewpoint to discover what it takes to fully engage a story. Along the way, Tim shows…

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DToT #14 – The Frolics and Freak-outs of Fandom

This entry is part 16 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

I’m still a week behind in posting here, but the podcast is as good late as on time. Trekkies, MSTies, Browncoats, Twi-hards, Gleeks, Whovians, Deleteheads…. How does a story spawn its own subculture? Fanfiction writer Laura Fischer joins us to discuss what drives fans to create new fiction, art, and…

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DToT #15 – Nothing New Beneath the Sun

This entry is part 17 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Once again, I’m behind the times. That means I’m doing work behind the scenes, of course! Here’s the almost-latest episode of your premiere storytelling podcast. Have we got an original for you! What do you get when you mix 20+ minutes of philosophical merry-go-round on the need for creativity; some…

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DToT #16 – Come, Let’s Play a Story Together!

This entry is part 18 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

 The latest and greatest episode of your premiere storytelling podcast, featuring me and the inestimable Timothy Deal! Admit it. Sometimes when you’re reading a book, you wish you could jump in and spend some time in that world. This episode, Tim and Nick discuss formats in which you ARE the main character…

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DToT #17 – Magic, Muggles, and Morals

This entry is part 19 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

The  latest episode: Witches, wizards, and warlocks–oh my! This episode Tim and Nick discuss whether the use of magic in fiction is the downfall of modern society. Join us for a meaty discussion of the pitfalls and potential of spells, enchantments, and Turkish Delight for the both creator and the…

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DToT #18 – Epic Fail Like the Greats!

This entry is part 20 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Yet again, I’m posting waaaay after the fact. Ever had one of those days? Your father’s been murdered by your uncle and you just don’t know what to do. Your best friend’s fallen down the stairs, broken his leg, gotten bone marrow in his blood, and died. And your crazy neighbor’s…

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DToT #19 – It’s a Wocka, Wocka, Wocka World!

This entry is part 21 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Seriously, 80-year old silent films are cool. Listen in and see why. Everyone’s a comedian…or are they? In the latest episode of Derailed Trains of Thought (your one and only (please?) storytelling podcast), Tim and Nick tackle the hard work of dissecting what makes the audience laugh. (It’s a function of…

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DToT #20 – Everything But the Kitchen Sink

This entry is part 22 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

This one is not to be missed. It’s an EPIC retrospective. If you listen to only one Derailed Trains of Thought podcast this year, listen to this one. In honor of the podcast’s first anniversary, we’ve sent our previous episode descriptions through the blender and come up with this: Hello,…

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DToT #21 – The Art of Fog

This entry is part 23 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

…and I’m up to date. Having recovered from their EPIC anniversary episode, Tim and Nick set out to discover new realms of exploration. Along the way they realize, “Hey, it’s pretty cool to keep finding new lands and creatures and characters and stuff.” So they decided to discuss the art…

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DToT #22 – Fear as a Fun Factor

This entry is part 24 of 48 in the series Derailed Trains of Thought

Our Halloween episode of Derailed Trains of Thought, you’re premiere story-telling podcast: Ah, Halloween. This is that festive time of year when such cuddly, creepy, heart-warming,bone-chilling creatures as evil witches, blood-slurping vampires, rotting zombies, and gory chainsaw-wielding psychopaths grace the forefront of our popular culture. Why do people enjoy being scared? And what…

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