20 – Jeremy Hicks and Begone Xenomorons

I met Jeremy when we were both panelists at a science fiction conference. I believe it might have been JordanCon. We ended up being buddies.

Jeremy recently had the honor of being the Artist Guest at HallowCon, which was also attended by past podcast guest Bobby Nash. Jeremy is the author of the Cycle of Ages saga as well as screenplays, poems, all manner of whatnot. Thrilled to have him as a guest.

Find him on his website here: https://jjeremyhicks.com/
On Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/JeremyHicksAuthor/

Thanks for listening!

19 – Spoiler Alert – Ready Player One

This is a new style of The Outliners I’m calling Spoiler Alert. There are spoilers in it. Watch out.

I thought it might be helpful to take some popular works and break them down into their composite parts. We spend a lot of time going the other direction with our authors, making them come up with an outline. I wanted to try going the other way.

The only thing is, this requires us to talk about the entire story. If you don’t want the plot of Ready Player One to be spoiled for you, don’t listen.

Let me know what you think about this, and check out my new book, Santa Suits, now up for pre-order.

18 – Aaron Cross and Feed the Meter

I was introduced to Aaron Cross by our mutual friend Jonathan French. After taking one look at the titles of his books I knew he’d be a great podcast guest.

I’m talking about titles like “Robocopter Ski Patrol” and “Ruben’s Cube Alaska: Bullet Point 2: Judgment Day: This Time It’s Real.” Quality work there, folks, I think you’ll agree.

Aaron and I get into the thick of it with a prompt that turns oddly supernatural.

Aaron’s site: http://Aaronccross.com
Or find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobocopterSkiPatrol/

Thanks for listening!

Bobby Nash and the Misadventures of Dick the Dog

Bobby Nash is an award-winning writer from the wilds of Georgia and I can tell you, having been around him in person, he’s every bit as much fun in person as he is on this episode.

I had some technical problems with recording this one, plus some brain problems telling Bobby when exactly it would air, but Mr. Nash himself had not one iota of problems outlining a story from scratch.

Check him out here: http://bobbynash.com

Also! Stop by Amazon and check out my book Santa vs. Krampus. Now in audio format for your ear holes!

Thanks for listening!

16 – Editor Garrett Marco and Dear Leader

Garrett puts me in the hot seat when he’s editing my work, so it’s only fair I should get to force him to come up with a novel idea on the spot, right? Right!

Today is that day, my friends! He edited Heart’s Racing and Ten Thousand Gods for me and did excellent work. I owe him much.

Find Garrett’s fine editing services at http://marcoediting.com/. Thanks for listening!

15 – Paul Dale and Future Cost

Special miniguest this week, the Girl Child makes an appearance while waiting for the bus. Our actual guest is Paul Dale, author of the amazing Dark Lord’s Handbook.

I love Dark Lord’s Handbook because it has such a reverence for fantasy tropes even as it is defying them or turning them on their heads. It’s a tough line to walk but Paul Dale handles it with great skill. If you’re into any kind of humorous fantasy I can guarantee you this is a book to read immediately.

Paul and I are both cyclists but, for the sake of the listener, we agreed not to discuss bikes for fear of boring you senseless. You’re welcome.

Find Paul Dale on his site here: http://www.pauladdale.co.uk/
And on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Dale/e/B0075CK60K/

Thanks for listening!

14 – Rhonda Parrish and Serial Killer Pizza

Rhonda Parrish is a shapeshifter with talents to match her every incarnation- magpie tenacity for picking the shiniest submissions, nightingale notes for crafting tales, and bright, feline eyes for seeking out her photographic subjects. She balances on the knife-edge of darkness and light, a sorceress of both realms.

Find her on the web here: http://www.rhondaparrish.com/
On Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Rhonda-Parrish/e/B00IN688KC

I had a ball talking to Rhonda and appreciate her appearing on the podcast, especially since she’s super busy right now trying to put together an anthology of short stories.

She claims to be someone who doesn’t outline, but she nailed it anyway!

13 – Leanna Adams and the Krakenist

I have been a Leanna Adams fan ever since I got the chance to work alongside her with the group Sketchworks here in Atlanta, GA. She’s in high demand these days so it was tough to get this episode recorded. At last, she had a break and was able to shoehorn us in.

You’ve most likely seen her acting, writing, or both on places like Funny or Die, or in your local film festival. She wins awards all over the place.

Having worked in a writer’s room and on set with Leanna I can tell you that we’re going to be seeing a lot of her. She has that combination of talent and professionalism.

Find out more about Leanna here: https://www.leannaadams.com/

Leanna and I deal with a watery, beastly proposition on this one. The Krakens are awakening. What does it mean? Are they our enemies? Find out!

Thanks for listening!

12 – Jim McDoniel and the Diaries of a Human

I hunted Jim McDoniel down and respectfully demanded that he be a guest on this podcast because I loved his book “An Unattractive Vampire” so much. I highly recommend it.

In the book, an ancient and properly evil vampire, Yulric Bile, awakens in our modern age to discover that vampires are fit, sexy, and worst of all, covered in glitter. Horrifying.

Book discussed, Jim must enter the crucible of outlining and do battle with a prompt from Scott Meyer. Which he does!

Find Jim on the web here: http://www.jimmcdoniel.com/
On Twitter here: https://twitter.com/jimmcdoniel

Jim was a great guest. I’m glad I hunted him down. I think you guys are going to like this episode a lot.

11 – Scott Meyer and the Warrior Race

Scott Meyer is the hilarious author of Off to Be the Wizard, The Authorities, and the new book Run Program. His fans, your humble host included, love his work for its deft implementation of humor while still telling an exciting story.

That is something easier said than done by far. But Scott has put in his time as a standup comic, which is one of three ways to grow comedy chops (the other two are improv and a genie).

If you’re into my work — humorous Science Fiction and Fantasy — you will unquestionably like Scott’s books. His latest is Run Program from 47North.

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