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For this month's interlude, Bryan swings by for a stop on the blog tour for his new book, The Returning (the sequel to The Worker Prince). We discuss writing sequels, using pseudonyms, Peter Mayhew, and gay Bigfoot (don't ask). Find Bryan here: BryanThomasSchmidt.net. Write!

Direct download: 01-15.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT
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Rachel stops by one last time to discuss blorging (that's what we're calling it now). The guys find fun ways to get her off the topic and hilarity ensues. Then Ben and Guillermo talk about stuff...nothing special, just stuff. Enjoy the episode, and HUGE thanks to Rachel Aaron for being our guest this month (RachelAaron.net and on Twitter: @Rachel_Aaron). Write!

Direct download: 01-14.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT
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Another awesome episode featuring the awesome Rachel Aaron (RachelAaron.net)! This time she discusses world-building with Ben and Guillermo, and we find out a little bit about how to sneak your voice into a given book too. Afterwards, Ben is all alone because Guillermo would rather sleep. Thanks for listening. Write!

Direct download: 01-13.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:17am EDT
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In this (much-delayed) episode Rachel explains how to write 500,000 words in one afternoon (individual results may vary). After this episode. and with some luck, we'll all reach that first million in no time flat. Read her blog on the topic at RachelAaron.net and follow her on Twitter @Rachel_Aaron, and don't forget to get yourself a copy of her newly released book, The Spirit War. Afterwards, Ben and Guiilermo make massive apologies for how long this episode took to get out there, talk about how much we rip off The Dead Robots' Society (DeadRobotsSociety.com), then make general pleas to save Bryan Thomas Schmidt's car (BryanThomasSchmidt.net). Enjoy. 

Direct download: 01-12.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT
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Rachel Aaron stops by to tell us a bit about herself and her books (The Legend of Eli Monpress Series) and a look into some of her writing processes. It was truly a pleasure to have her as a guest; we look forward to the nex three weeks of writing advice topics. You can find Rachel online at RachelAaron.net and follow her on Twitter: @Rachel_Aaron. Don't forget to pick up her newly released book, The Spirit War and look for Spirit's End in November. Enjoy...and Write!

Direct download: 01-11.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT
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In this episode Ben and Guillermo wrap up May and look forward to June (spoiler: they are both very depressed about it being summer).  Big thanks to Michael J. Sullivan for being our featured author for May, and big thanks to Rachel Aaron who will be our author in June. Write!

Direct download: 01-10.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT
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It's our final episode with Michael (bittersweet). We talk about that horrible, four-letter word: exposition, and how a writer can get the information across to the reader without making it into an info-dump (of which  Michael is a master). Michael is on the Internets here: www.Riyria.com and on the Twitter here: @Author_Sullivan. After that, Ben and Guillermo talk about how distracted they've been the past week, and what they've been doing instead of writing. See you next week for the May Wrap-Up Show. Write!

Direct download: 01-09.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT
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Michael J Sullivan was kind enough to talk to us again. This time about dialogue. He answers all questions on the importance of not being annoying and not trying to mirror how people actually speak in real life. Visit Michael's site, Riyria.com if you'd like to hear more of his thoughts on writing, and follow him on Twitter @author_sullivan. Then Ben and Guillermo reflect on dialogue, talk about stoner goblins and redneck trolls, review Space Battles, and remember some uncomfortable things from their past. Follow us on Twitter @FMWPodcast and join us next week when we finish up our interviews with Michael and talk about exposition. Write!

Direct download: 01-08.mp3
Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 4:27pm EDT
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