Radio Plays & Serialized Stories

When I was a kid, we only ever listened to one radio station. It was a local station that played round-the-clock country music. Not a terrible thing, but also not something that gave me any real exposure to the broader pleasures radio could bring. It wasn’t until many years later that I discovered radio plays. In fact, I think the first one I ever listened to was Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (BBC – Douglas Adams). To this day, that story is one of my favorites and definitely defines my sense of humour. Then I discovered (this time, only a scant few years ago) Decoder Ring Theatre. I reveled in the wonderful stories and excellent production values I found there. […]

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Writing (Perfect) Beginnings

Last week I talked a bit about how I wanted to be a perfect writer when I first seriously started trying to get published. That resulted in excessively long timelines to get anything done and probably much more stress than I ever wanted or needed. But I’m not talking about being a perfect writer today (or for that matter, trying to be one). No. Instead, I’m talking about Perfect Beginnings and trying to create them. Why? Because I’m sure many of you have read the same books I have. You know the ones – they talk about how critically important it is to have an engaging first sentence/paragraph/scene/chapter? So, having read that bit of advice and because the first sentence […]

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