Wes Matlock

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263 – Trees in Spec Fic

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If someone records a podcast about trees, and no one listens to it, does it make a sound? Hopefully we won’t have to find out, because this episode is all about our leafy friends and how they fit into our stories. We talk about trees … read more »

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262 – Describing Characters

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In real life, we have our eyeballs to tell us what something looks like. But in prose fiction, we’re not so lucky. Be it novels or short stories, we only have words on a page to communicate visuals, so how do we do it? That’s … read more »

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261 – The Witcher TV Show

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What’s that sound? Is it a striga hiding in the shadows, maybe a werewolf howling at the moon, or a kikimore doing whatever it is kikimore’s do? It’s certainly some kind of monster, because this week we’re talking about Netflix’s latest hit: The Witcher. It’s … read more »

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260 – Swamps, Bogs, and Fens Oh My

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This week we leave the idyllic forests and pristine meadows behind to enter the deep dark dampness of the swamp! Or the bog, marsh, fen, mangrove forest, whatever floats your swamp boat. These wetlands are often portrayed as dangerous and unfriendly to humans, which isn’t … read more »

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255 – Monsters of Ice and Snow

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Brrrr, it’s cold! That’s bad enough, but what if there were monsters in the cold? That would be way worse, if maybe more fun, and it’s what we’re discussing today. We talk about the coolest ice monsters out there, and then list some snow creatures … read more »

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254 – Why the Puppeteer Archetype Is Terrible

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Behold, you thought the story was about this character, but actually it was the cutesy animal companion pulling strings from behind the scenes. Aren’t you in awe of this clever twist? If you’ve ever beheld something like that, you’ve seen a puppeteer in the wild, … read more »

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253 – Creating Villains Who Have a Point

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Villains are bad people, but are they always wrong? Maybe not! Sometimes the villain has a good idea buried under all their evil. That’s why this week, we’re talking about how to create villains who have a point. We discuss why authors do this, how … read more »

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252 – Weather in Fiction

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It was a dark and stormy podcast. Suddenly, a host called out “what does weather mean in fiction?” So we decided to do that for a topic. That’s right, 30 minutes talking about the weather. Flee while you can! Or stay and discover what weather … read more »

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251 – What Does Genre Mean?

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Scifi, mystery, literary, these are all genres, and each of them means something different. But what does genre mean, exactly? How important is it to the writing process, or the publishing process for that matter? Listen in as we tackle those very questions this week. … read more »

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250 – Oppressed Mage Shenanigans

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Mages are difficult to oppress, what with how they can teleport and shoot fire out of their hands, but that doesn’t stop authors from trying. Some stories manage to get past the practical barriers of oppressing mages before running into the socio-political ones, but we’re … read more »

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