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The Hopeless Romantic
72 minutes | Jul 3, 2018
Episode 40: Thanks for Coming to Our TED Talk
Content warning: This episode contains spoilers for the movie Annihilation (as well as some spoilers for the book it's based on). The ending is in no way spoiled, but some plot elements are laid out. There are also spoilers for The Picture of Dorian Gray. Also, suicide is mentioned. After two and a half years, forty episodes, many arguments with Skype, and lots of Overwatch references, The Hopeless Romantic is closing its doors! Join Austin and Amanda for this last episode before their next podcast, The Red Pen, launches later in 2018. Topics include how a performance of The Picture of Dorian Gray really packed a punch and made Austin think about queer history and contemporary queer romance; how the book and movie Annihilation gave Amanda a lot of feelings about themes in sci-fi; and take a detour to discuss how the hosts are cranky with the state of current discourse on Queer Twitter (and Tumblr). Also, don't miss out on Amanda's feelings of betrayal toward William Shatner, and how Anthony Hopkins is never allowed to betray her. The hosts want to thank the wonderful listeners and amazing guests they've been privileged to have. They hope you'll join them on their next venture. The Red Pen launches later this summer, and it features Austin and Amanda cutting up fiction to see what it's made of. Click here to support Austin and Amanda on Patreon! Episode notes: The Red Pen on Facebook @redpenpod William Shatner Anthony Hopkins Frank Sinatra - My Way Christopher Rice Anne Rice VLC Media Player Book-It Repertory Theater Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray (2009 film) The McElroy Brothers Shows A Wrinkle in Time (2018 film) Pacific Rim Uprising Annihilation (2018 film) Jeff VanderMeer - The Southern Reach Trilogy Washington Post: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (review) [spoilers for the book] Alex Garland
77 minutes | Jun 12, 2018
Episode 39: What's in a Pen Name?
Content warning: This episode mentions the Killing Stalking manhwa, discusses problematic elements of dramas (such as non-consensual grabbing, stalking, kidnapping, and misogynistic behavior), mentions drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, fictional suicide in Orphan Black, underage relationships with regards to Queer as Folk, microaggressions and exclusionary behavior re: Pride events, fake suicides and hate crimes, and deals with a complex and potentially tender subject―that of pen names and pronouns in queer romance being policed. We also mention Santino Hassell. Austin and Amanda talk about stuff they've been consuming―including a strangely enjoyable but deeply problematic Chinese BoyLove drama―and also discuss gatekeeping and accessibility issues at Pride events. The last half of the episode is dedicated to the subject of pen names in queer romance, and how policing what pronouns someone uses in their author life can be harmful. Though there are genuine examples of people appropriating experiences for artistic cred and social capital and using that to cause real harm, we need to focus on the harm done and not what pronoun the person used while doing it. Click here to support Amanda and Austin on Patreon! Episode notes: The free bleep I used was found here! Elton John - Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee) The Ella Enchanted version Ngozi Ukaz - Check, Please! Koogi - Killing Stalking (TW for kidnapping, rape, murder, violence, and other disturbing content) Keezy Young - Never Heroes: Yellow Hearts Robin Bennis - The Guns Above: A Signal Airship Novel Westworld (TV show) P.G. Wodehouse The Hopeless Romantic - Episode 30 - Beefman Orphan Black (TV show) Addicted (Chinese drama) Brokeback Mountain Theme Screencaps from Addicted Elton John - The Circle of Life Queer as Folk (US TV show) The L Word (TV show) The Fussy Librarian: "Cockygate" hearing transcript released J.K. Rowling aka Joanne Rowling George Sand aka Amantine Lucile Dupin AO3 Census: Masterpost Book Binge: A Statement About Santino Hassell LGBTSR.Org: Gay Mystery Icon Josh Lanyon Comes Out as a Woman Also, Amanda didn't mention them by name, but another case of manipulation and fraud in M/M had to do with the author Thorny Sterling.
77 minutes | May 29, 2018
Episode 38: Problematic Gay Stuff
Content warnings: This episode references potentially triggering topics, including abusive relationships, gaslighting, murder, cannibalism, sexual assault, violence, incest, Real Person Fan Fiction, and age differences--a lot of triggers that constitute "dark" or "problematic" fiction. While we don't dwell on many of these subjects, they are referenced, and people may want to protect themselves accordingly. Also, there are mild spoilers for Hannibal and other pieces of media referenced. Don't miss the very important announcement about the future of THR and our other podcast ventures! We have exciting news to share and want feedback from our listeners to give you the best experience possible. This episode, we head over to the Dark Side of queer publishing and fan fiction (and give you several more TED Talks). Austin and Amanda think that the widespread use of content and trigger warnings in fandom and queer fiction give readers the ability to curate their own experience and examine their reactions to fiction in ways that mainstream media doesn't typically allow for. Amanda talks about her own journey through dark media and how she's drawn and redrawn her own lines, and Austin does the same. Ultimately, both hosts believe there is no consensus as to what constitutes "good" fiction versus "problematic" fiction, that policing other people's engagement with media is impossible and reductive, and that humans are complicated and messy by nature. Click here to support THR on Patreon! Episode notes: Killing Eve (TV show) KJ Charles - The Henchmen of Zenda Anthony Hope - The Prisoner of Zenda Aliette de Bodard - The Citadel of Weeping Pearls (Xuya Universe) Margaret Killjoy - The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion Kelly Robson - A Human Stain The Clarkesworld Podcast Rich Larson - Carouseling Rich Larson - God Decay The Verge: Listen to one of the best short science fiction podcasts right now Robyn Bennis - The Guns Above: A Signal Airship Novel Heather Rose Jones - Daughter of Mystery The Exorcist (TV show) My Favorite Murder (Podcast) Poppy Z. Brite - Exquisite Corpse CS Pacat - The Captive Prince Series Kurt/Blaine (Glee TV show) Madeline Miller - The Song of Achilles Hannibal/Will [Hannigram] (Hannibal TV show) Brokeback Mountain (Film) Boys Don't Cry (Film) Kylo Ren/Hux [Kylux] (Star Wars films) Clint/Coulson (MCU films) Goodreads: Popular M/M dark books (couldn't find an F/F equivalent--let me know if you do!)
70 minutes | May 15, 2018
Episode 37: Meet Nasty
Content warning: This contains a trigger warning for a dead dog in Killing Eve and also mentions mild spoilers for the endings of Time Was and Person of Interest. After repeated technical failure, Brooklyn Wallace finally manages to chat with Austin and Amanda about her upcoming black F/F romance Sugar and Ice. Predictably, the group is sidetracked by Cockygate, bad 1920s New York accents, Smokey the Bear's racism, and messy characters in F/F. Amanda Hollywood—Amanda Jean's brand-new and far superior successor—has high praise for Killing Eve and a murderous robot, and Austin has two book recommendations. Brooklyn Wallace on Twitter Brooklyn's Website Click here to support THR on Patreon! The Cockygate debacle: Jenny Trout: Don’t Do This, Ever: Faleena Hopkins Cocks The Whole Entire Fuck Up Cassie Sharp: Open Letter to Faleena Hopkins Show notes: Junkrat Yuri on Ice!!! Cole McCade - His Cocky Valet Know Your Meme: Truth Coming Out of Her Well to Shame Mankind Ian McDonald - Time Was Jeannelle M. Ferreira - The Covert Captain: Or, A Marriage of Equals Martha Wells - The Murderbot Diaries series Catherynne M. Valente - Space Opera Eurovision Douglas Adams J.Y. Yang - The Black Tides of Heaven (The Tensorate Series) Reza Aslan - Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Reza Aslan - No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam Lost in Space (2018) Roan Parrish - Natural Enemies Brooklyn Wallace - Sugar and Ice Sapphire stereotype Wes Kennedy - To Terminator, With Love Fanlore: Root/Shaw BBC America: Killing Eve Hannibal (TV show) SorryWatch: The Curious Incident of the Chocolate Love Monkey Jake Kosek - Understories: The Political Life of Forests in Northern New Mexico (which contains the chapter "Smokey the Bear is a White Racist Pig") Austin Chant - Caroline's Heart #LGBTWIP Tor Novella Submissions (reopening in July 2018) Vulture: It Took Sandra Oh 30 Years to Get to Killing Eve The Exorcist (TV show) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
74 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
Episode 36: Chekhov's War
Content warning: We discuss (though not in any detail) Amanda's current ear infection and a staph ear infection Austin had a few years back, as well as general health/medical stuff. Skip to 9:38 if this is a potential trigger or squick for you. There are also some spoilers for The Ring/Ringu and the video game Until Dawn. (First off, apologies for Austin sounding like he recorded in a toilet. Podcasts are hard.) This episode focuses on craft, specifically on how Amanda and Austin wrangle their stories and write what they want to write—which involves tuning out the voice in their heads that tells them to make only Serious Fiction. But first, they chat recent life and medical shenanigans, Austin talks comics, Amanda gives fic recs and quizzes Austin on his rudimentary Star Trek knowledge, and there's a discussion of horror tropes and how to subvert them a la The Ring/Ringu. Click here to support THR on Patreon! Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Strange Horizons Alternating Current: On Being LGBT+ in Rural Areas and LGBT+ in the Deep South anthology calls Beyond comics anthologies Noora Heikkilä - Letters for Lucardo Space Battle Lunchtime vol. 1 The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins Graphic Novel yeaka - Inside the River whochick - Leave No Soul Behind Marcel Proust - Swann's Way Chuck Palahniuk - Fight Club astolat - Peacemaker wordplay - The Luckiest Root/Shaw Vonda N. McIntyre - The Entropy Effect K.W. Jeter - The Mandalorian Armor: Star Wars Legends The Ring/Ringu Until Dawn
64 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
Episode 35: The State of Things
Content warning: This episode references sexual abuse and harassment, and generally a lot of toxic behavior and boundary crossing. None of it is explicitly discussed, but please take care of yourself if you might be triggered. Austin and Amanda get serious and address racism, gatekeeping, abuse, amateurism, and other broken elements in queer publishing. Another major problem discussed is how a lack of boundaries can lead to those in the industry with power (authors, publishers, editors, etc.) transgressing against those with less power. There's some call-outs for publishers to pay fair wages to editors (including sensitivity editors) and some advice for authors to be wary of predatory contract clauses and author mills. Support THR on Patreon! Rebekah Weatherspoon's Tweet re: a racist editorial director Xen x Cole McCade: On Sarah Lyons and Why I Ended My Relationship With Riptide Publishing Riptide Publishing: Our Statement on Sarah Lyons Writer Beware Absolute Write Water Cooler
72 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
Episode 34: Manic Pixie Scottish Banana
At the top of the episode, Austin and Amanda briefly address the ongoing revelations of misconduct and abuse within queer publishing. We stand with authors. Austin and Amanda go digging for comedy gold in ancient Harlequin blurbs, then get serious and talk about how damn hard beginnings can be. Amanda talks about what she typically finds missing in beginnings as an acquisitions editor. The hosts take a moment to address the diversity in romance publishing statistics released by The Ripped Bodice and chat current reads and Disneyland pipe dreams. Finally, it's Amanda's turn to have too many emotions over a D&D podcast. Support THR on Patreon! Riptide Publishing: Statement on Santino Hassell Riptide Publishing: Statement on Sarah Lyons The Ripped Bodice: The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report Austin's Patreon Kai Ashante Wilson - A Taste of Honey and Sorcerer of the Wildeeps Kij Johnson - The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe Helping Writers Become Authors: Story Structure Database The Adventure Zone Podcast
71 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
Episode 33: If I'm Wrong, @ Me
This episode contains spoilers for God's Own Country. Celebrate Valentine’s Day two weeks late with the always-prepared THR! Amanda recommends a podcast and tells a story about how she wins friends and influences people, which is followed by the hosts struggling to contain laughter over romance titles generated by a neural network (the punishment for laughter is blurbing said titles). There's discussion about the emotions, authenticity, and sheep in God's Own Country, and then, at long last, Austin's crying journey through the Adventure Zone has come to its end. R.I.P. Austin. Support THR on Patreon! Episode notes: Be the Serpent Podcast Dates II anthology Kai Ashante Wilson - A Taste of Honey Bei Tong - Bejing Comrades Beyond Comic Towards Data Science: Romance Novels, Generated by Artificial Intelligence AI Weirdness: Letting neural networks be weird God's Own Country Patrick Wolf - The Days The Adventure Zone Podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me Podcast
72 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
Episode 32: Waiting for My Emotions to Run Out
Warning for very mild spoilers for The Adventure Zone podcast. We warn in-episode and it's nothing earth shattering. Austin and Amanda reminisce about their experiences at Read With Pride, which recently announced its end, and try to describe the Lynchian quality of the Seattle Public Library's fourth floor. There's also discussion of New Adult stories and how aromantic and asexual people may feel alienated by the levels of sex and romance in the genre, which sparks a bigger conversation about the benefits and drawbacks of queer romance as a catch-all space for LGBTQIA stories. Finally, Austin cries a lot about the Adventure Zone podcast and how it fulfills his needs for queer, romp-y speculative fiction, and Amanda is effusive about the McElroys in general. Support THR on Patreon! (And please give us a review on iTunes if you feel so inclined.) Episode notes: The Verge: Watch this dancing Pikachu get dragged mercilessly offstage for deflating mid-performance Vitamin C - Graduation (Friends Forever) Read With Pride (Austin's 2017 panel; Amanda's 2017 panel) R. Cooper - A Little Familiar (Familiar Spirits 1) R. Cooper - Holly and Oak (Familiar Spirits 2) Alternating Current's Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018 Kraken Collective Nathan Burgoine - In Memoriam Santino Hassell - Down By Contact New Adult fiction The Balance: What Is Erotica, and Where Can I Publish My Erotic Fiction? RT Book Reviews: What Exactly is the Difference Between Steamy Romance and Erotica? Throwback to our Anatomy of a Sex Scene episode and the dickscription argument I. W. Gregorio - None of the Above (not an endorsement) Vincent Virga - Gaywyck The Adventure Zone Podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me Podcast Monster Factory at Polygon (Austin and Amanda's favorites include Mass Effect and The Boy Mayor of Second Life) Vulture: Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet Dance in the Streets of Italy With Call Me by Your Name Fans MBMBAM: Griffin McElroy's Stack Soap Song
76 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
Episode 31: A Peach by Any Other Name
Content warning: part of this episode discusses a fictional relationship between a 17-year-old and a 24-year-old. THR returns with a semi-revamped format! Austin and Amanda talk about the future of the show, delve into some of the realities of freelancing from their own experiences, and spend the last two-thirds of the episode talking about Call Me By Your Name and their wildly disparate reactions to it. (Warning for book and movie spoilers. There's a head's up in the episode when we get to spoiler territory as well.) Stay tuned after the credits for the oft-mentioned recording of the hosts and friends watching CMBYN's most infamous scene. Support THR on Patreon! Episode notes: Call Me by Your Name - Andre Aciman Call Me By Your Name audiobook narrated by Armie Hammer Call Me By Your Name soundtrack Brokeback Mountain Moonlight Carol Love, Simon The Shape of Water Get Out Sufjan Stevens
73 minutes | Nov 21, 2017
Episode 30: Beefman
Content warning: Austin and Amanda are tipsy/drunk in this episode again. Weird stuff happens. If drunkeness or people talking about being drunk (and hungover) bugs you, take care to skip this ep and we'll be back with another regular one soon. THR celebrates its second anniversary with another infamous drunk episode! Or that was the plan, anyway. Austin and Amanda got a little too drunk and the material ranged between boring rambled stories and helpless wheezing about Beefman, The Exorcist TV show, The Couch Anecdote, and the origins of our friendship. We've hacked and slashed the best bits and stapled them onto a sober recording to flesh the whole thing out. We hope you enjoy, and thanks so much for sticking with us for two whole years. Support THR on Patreon! Episode notes: Overwatch, as usual Ann Leckie - Ancillary Justice Humans Wanted anthology Keira Andrews - Kidnapped by the Pirate Keira Andrews - Beyond the Sea JM Barrie - Peter and Wendy JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Sacha Lamb - Avi Cantor Has Six Months to Live Cat Sebastian - The Soldier's Scoundrel Cat Sebastian - It Takes Two to Tumble: Seducing the Sedgewicks EE Ottoman - The Doctor's Discretion Psy - Hangover Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody Frank Sinatra - My Way Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire Johnny Cash - Hurt Hozier - Take Me to Church Sean Kingston - Fire Burning The Exorcist (tv show)
77 minutes | Oct 16, 2017
Episode 29: Machines Fueled By Spite
Content warning: There's two pejorative terms/slurs for a promiscuous person (and a sex worker) mentioned in the episode. This episode tried its hardest to foil us: between meowing cats, barking dogs, ambient rain, and Amanda's recording mysteriously stopping at four minutes and forcing her to rely on a shoddy recording of the Skype call, it's a miracle we made it to the end. Our $10 Patron, Silas, prompted us to talk about media that has fed our creativity, and boy howdy did we have a lot to discuss. Somewhere along the way, we end up talking about why you shouldn't share a microphone, ever, various reactions to Alien: Covenant, and the pronunciation of "gaol." Click here to support THR on Patreon! (You, too, can ask us to discuss a topic of your choice at the $10 level.) Episode notes (basically what we mentioned, the good, the bad, and the off topic alike): Austin's list: Jurassic Park by Michael Chriton (as well as The Lost World) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway Diana Wynne Jones Ray Bradbury The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Jane Austin Isaac Asimov Oscar Wilde The Captive Prince trilogy by CS Pacat The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey Nevada by Imogen Binnie The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell The Book of Salt by Monique Truong Overwatch (game) Road Not Taken (game) Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan Amanda's list: De Profundis by Oscar Wilde Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (Amanda recs her audiobooks in particular) The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell Raymond Chandler The Simple Art of Murder - Raymond Chandler The West Wing Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Art of Screenwriting by Robert McKee (not actually mentioned, but she meant to) Repetition ("callback") in standup comedy Jackdaw by KJ Charles Ancillary Justice by by Anne Leckie The Changeover by Margaret Mahy Sunshine by Robin McKinley Alien: Covenant (this is not necessarily an endorsement) Eyewitness (please heed the warnings Amanda mentioned, which include murder, statutory rape, rape, drugs, violence, internalized homophobia, trauma, and probably more Amanda can't remember) The Black Rose by Christina Skye Amanda Quick Sandra Brown Julie Garwood Danielle Steel Carnivale Miley Cyrus - Bangerz (The Raymond Chandler quote Amanda attempted to reproduce was: "Yet some very dull books have been written about God, and some very fine ones about how to make a living and stay fairly honest. It is always a matter of who writes the stuff, and what he has in him to write it with.")
77 minutes | Oct 3, 2017
Episode 28: The Long Con
Ginn Hale's newest book, The Long Past, is out as of 10/3/17! She joins THR to talk about writing and researching alt Westerns, world building, avoiding the whitewash of history, and also chickens. The episode has a chicken thing. Also discussed is the miracle of modern plumbing, writing religion when you grew up outside of religion, and yet more chickens. The Long Past is available for purchase Follow Ginn Hale on Twitter Ginn Hale's website Click here to support THR on Patreon! Show notes: TiddlyTools (make your own wiki!) BeeLine Reader (app to "speed up" reading)
58 minutes | Jul 18, 2017
Episode 27: Hopeless After Dark #2
Content warning: this episode contains references to fisting, actor Kim Woo Bin's cancer diagnosis, and our typical NSFW irreverence. Austin and Amanda bore the heat of summer in an enclosed space to bring you this episode of Hopeless After Dark. Hear them talk about Kdramas, deadlines, Doomfist, that time Amanda touched Harry Shum Jr but not in a weird way, and what books they've been reading lately. And check the full description for show notes! Support THR on Patreon! Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator I Hear Your Voice - DramaFever (unfortunately not on Hulu anymore) Lee Jong Suk having a good face School 2013 - DramaFever (Amanda recs watching this only if you're already familiar with Kdramas) Shadowhunters - Magnus/Alec compilation (season 1) Matthew Daddario's dumb good face Cat Sebastian - The Ruin of a Rake
59 minutes | Jun 27, 2017
Episode 26: Gay Elves and Sexy Lizard People
Fantasy and speculative fiction is the topic of the day! Austin and Amanda throw around some loose definitions, give examples of their favorite queer fantasy (send Amanda more gaslamp manuscripts!). and writing fantasy with romance in it vs writing romance in a fantasy setting. They answer some questions from Twitter and wonder why people bother to transplant real-life oppression into fantastical settings. Austin and Amanda are big nerds who cry at Lord of the Rings, call out Mass Effect Andromeda, and demand more gay elves. Click here to support THR on Patreon! Authors and books mentioned in the episode, as well as some others to check out: Astrid Amara Sam Argent - Sebastian (Family of Lies) KJ Charles - A Charm of Magpies Cassandra Clare - Infernal Devices Storm Constantine Kirby Crow - Scarlet and the White Wolf Megan Derr Lynn Flewelling - The Nightrunner Series Rachel Haimowitz - Song of the Fallen series Jesse Hajicek - The God Eaters Ginn Hale (includes Lord of the White Hell, Wicked Gentlemen, and the Rifter series) Jordan L Hawke - Whyborne & Griffin TJ Klune Ellen Kushner (includes Swordspoint and Tremontaine, which also features Racheline Maltese and Malinda Lo) Malinda Lo C.S. Pacat - Captive Prince trilogy C.M. Spivey - From Under the Mountain Chuck Tingle There's also some Goodreads lists like this one, fantasy with gay MCs.
49 minutes | Jun 13, 2017
Episode 25: Avon & Roan
Co-authors of the upcoming Heart of the Steal, Avon Gale and Roan Parrish, join THR to chat about their cowriting process! They also talk about working with an agent, hideous hotel breakfasts, and how they got started in the queer romance industry. Amanda reveals she cries at every episode of Friday Night Lights, Roan is not a food snob, no one really knows how to write serial fiction, and we had to cut twenty minutes of material because Skype made us all sound like robot demons. Heart of the Steal is out July 11! Avon's website Roan's website Avon's twitter: @avongalewrites Roan's twitter: @roanparrish
39 minutes | May 1, 2017
Episode 24: Hopeless After Dark #1
Content warning: this episode (briefly) mentions fisting and choking, calls certain Overwatch characters Daddy, and generally features a lot of irreverent filth. Welcome to Hopeless After Dark, a new subset of THR that isn't exclusively dedicated to queer romance. We reached out to Twitter to ask some of our listeners what they'd like to hear us talk about, and we tackled Overwatch and Austin's burgeoning obsessions, AUs of Peter Darling and the origins of Coffee Boy, and finally failed to create a Captive Prince coffee shop AU. We hope you enjoy our strange venture. If not, the next episode of THR will be back on brand.
75 minutes | Apr 4, 2017
Episode 23: Amnesia and Peril and Cowboys, Oh My
Content warning: There are a few mentions of racism and a mention of rape in this episode. THR talks tropes! From their favorites (ask about Austin's love for cowboys and Amanda's for arranged marriage) to their least favorites, when a trope can be neutral, and when it can be potentially harmful. They also cover some tropes that intersect with or differ from those in fan fiction. Also, for some reason Austin attempts to say some stuff in German. Tune in to find out how that goes. Click here to support THR on Patreon!
100 minutes | Mar 21, 2017
Episode 22: Kill Your (Peter) Darlings
Co-host Austin Chant's novel Peter Darling was released in February, and Amanda and Austin break down the editing process over many months and three recording sessions. Hear them stress over deadlines, complain about talking whales and Hook's outfits, give props to the Captive Prince trilogy for various inspiration, discuss the versions of the book that weren't, and totally contradict themselves from session to session! The episode is an in-depth look at what it takes to bring a novel from first draft to publication. It does contain spoilers for the book. Purchase Peter Darling at Less Than Three Press (along with the rest of the books in the My Dearest Enemy collection, which Amanda edited) Books Austin and Amanda read: The Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles Downtime by Tamara Allen Documenting Light by E. E. Ottoman The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat Show Yourself to Me: Queer Kink Erotica by Xan West Click here to support THR on Patreon.
39 minutes | Mar 7, 2017
Episode 21: Some Sort of Sad Dragon
Megan Derr, CEO of Less Than Three Press and a prolific author of high fantasy and spec, covers world building, including where she starts, info dump, winging it, dialog, and languages. She also talks about ace rep, including what she's looking for at LT3 and as an ace reader. The group also discusses how Amanda's got a ton of unread books on her Kindle, but Megan's seated atop a mighty hoard of books and definitely has her beat. Follow Megan Derr on Twitter Megan Derr's website Less Than Three Press Click here to support THR on Patreon!
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