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The Writers Block
48 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Ep38: Moonshot with Jean-Paul Wood!
One of our favorite narrators and longtime collaborators, Jean-Paul Wood, joins us for a conversation and story!At 19:05 another zany TWB tale begins in a farmhouse where a mad scientist is about to put his sinister plans into action...or at least he'll try...Stick around for a bonus convo at 33:42 where we discuss our secret words and talk a little more about JP's narration and writing adventures!You can find JP @https://www.youtube.com/user/HumorlessComedyAnd on our 8Sparks Stories podcast @https://www.buzzsprout.com/1361362And of course, don't forget to check us and JP out on our official webpage @https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
52 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Ep37: On the Lam with Todd Waites!
Fellow collaborator and narrator/voice talent, Todd Waites, joins us in tonight's episode! At around 19:38 this week's theme music kicks in and our story begins, throwing us right in the middle of the action as a man on the lam, Steve, finds himself running from a mysterious entity..or two!Stick around at around 37:06 in for our bonus convo, where we try to guess each other's 5 random words!You can follow Todd on:On his official website @ http://www.toddwaitesvoice.comFacebook @ https://www.facebook.com/VoiceofTWTwitter @ https://twitter.com/VoiceofTWTikTok @ https://www.tiktok.com/@voiceoftwand on Discord @ https://discord.gg/znBnURBSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
37 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
John Jackson Barry takes one last assignment, this time at Old Orchard Beach in Maine, where a pod of recently hatched mer-children have begun feeding on beach-goers. At 22:54, Clarence and Shaun play catch-up with their project announcements, including Clarence's recently released Blacktop Kings novella/audiobook, his upcoming Shadows & Keyholes collection; and Shaun's post-pandemic burnout blues album, next children's book and the Seed collection! See links attached!Blacktop Kings (ebook, paperback, and audiobook narrated by Kailey Peckford):https://www.amazon.com/The-Blacktop-Kings/dp/B097NJ7N3H/post-pandemic burnout blues albumhttps://open.spotify.com/album/3gXrHKtQappj1Z1eBwOy3h?si=4iAJEyYrSGeEJC29xRM6YA&dl_branch=1link to Shaun's interview with Jeph Balesdent and Mike Hatfield @ JaM Sessions Podcasthttps://open.spotify.com/show/33WaKinnWGDkzTUFbPTjPq?si=MA-kFvVrTqqpub6zGhg-BA&dl_branch=1Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
25 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Ex-airship marine George Ellison fights to bring down a zombie virus-carrying airship headed straight for Cony Island. But can he overcome his love for the pilot steering the ship..his ex-girlfriend?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
46 minutes | Jan 23, 2021
Ep34: Detecive Nova, Part 2: Conflagration
Detective Nova's tale concludes in this season 4 two-part premiere! But will her fiery past get in her way?!At 17:18 Clarence and Shaun discuss their stories and the significance of character descriptions, as well as the need to be open and honest with fellow writers in the community.Check out more TWB stories @:https://www.8sparksmedia.com/or on Facebook @:https://www.facebook.com/8sparksmediaAnd check out and review James Pynes' Big Cranky @:https://www.amazon.com/Big-Cranky-Fall-Darkness-Paperback/dp/1777395518/Sound effects taken from https://www.zapsplat.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
41 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
Ep33: Detective Nova
The Writers are back (again)! Season 4 of TWB begins with part 1 of the story of Detective Nova as she tracks down space crime lord, Marvin Atlas, in an effort to solve an arson case that is literally out of this world!At 14:15, the first conversation of the season begins as Clarence and Shaun discuss the value of fan fiction, writers with underwriters, Stephen King, and more! Remember to subscribe and follow on Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/thewritersblockofficialAs well as on our website @https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Background sound effects taken from https://www.zapsplat.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
38 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Christmas Special 2: The Great Narwhal Hunt
'Tis the season...again! The second annual TWB Christmas special commences with a brand new tale straight from Candy Cane Lane, this time following Jeremiah the elf on his hunt for the gold-toothed Narwhal!At 17:16, Shaun and Clarence dive into a conversation of project updates, shout-outs, and break down of what we think is wrong (and right) with Little Fires Everywhere and Queen's Gambit!Christmas music: "A Peaceful Winter" by Scott Holmes used under the by Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Taken from:https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/christmas-background-music/a-peaceful-winterRemember to subscribe and follow on Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/thewritersblockofficialAs well as on our website @https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Don't forget, you can also purchase Clarence Carter's book, No Honor Among Thieves on Amazon @https://www.amazon.com/Honor-Among-Thieves-Clarence-Carter/dp/1671794001/And Shaun J. Nigro's children's book, Koala Celebrates Songkran @https://www.amazon.com/Koala-Celebrates-Songkran-Thailand/dp/B08F7S5LNH/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
38 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
DOUBLE FEATURE 2: Hovercar 2050/Big Bomb Billy
Our second Double Feature commences with a blast from the past and a leap into the future! First up, Hovercar 2050, in a tale of a man from the year 2050 just trying to register his hovercar at the DMV and maybe get some bread for dinner.At 21:21 our second tale of the evening follows director Vincent Terrence Tito and his attempt to make the next great cinematic masterpiece, Big Bomb Billy.Be sure to check out previous episodes, other 8Sparks content, and our shop for merchandise @https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Purchase Clarence's No Honor Among Thieves @https://www.amazon.com/Honor-Among-Thieves-Clarence-Carter/dp/1671794001/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=no+honor+among+thieves+clarence+carter&qid=1601065515&sr=8-1And check out his story "Desolate" in the First Stain anthology @https://www.amazon.com/First-Stain-Inked-Gray-Anthology/dp/1952969018/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=first+stain+inked+in+gray&qid=1601065552&sr=8-1Purchase Shaun's latest book, Koala Celebrates Songkran @https://www.amazon.com/Koala-Celebrates-Songkran-Thailand/dp/B08F7S5LNH/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=3E3U4HN0P1WGV&dchild=1&keywords=koala+celebrates+songkran&qid=1601065603&sprefix=koala+cele%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyS0VJRFhYM1g5RUE5JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMTQ3MTk4MzJOT0I0Rks0UFBYViZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTM0MDAzMko5N1NaVFRFRTZIVCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=And check out his story "Hall of Justice" in the 1st Degree anthology @https://www.amazon.com/1st-Degree-Breaking-Publishing-Project-ebook/dp/B08GM64N2W/ref=sr_1_1?crid=27SN1NFN7EKFY&dchild=1&keywords=1st+degree+by+breaking+rules+publishing+short+story+project&qid=1601065646&sprefix=1st+Degree%2Caps%2C191&sr=8-1Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
44 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Chapter 3 Finale: Woe is Joe with Derrick Spruill!
Derrick Spruill of 4Sake Media joins us in the chapter 3 finale! In tonight's episode, Derrick discusses his various projects through 4Sake, previous collaborations with us, and his plans for the future of his company.At 21:21, Derrick leads us in a story of a man named Joe who realizes he must choose between the bottle and realizing his full potential in order to (maybe) save the world!Stick around for a bonus conversation at 36:10, where we reveal our words!Check out 4Sake Media on their official website @:https://www.4sakemedia.com/And on Facebook @:https://www.facebook.com/4sakemediaAnd check out Derrick's hilarious VR skits @:http://www.youtube.com/c/derkysprawlAnd of course, you can find TWB @:https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
50 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
Ep29: Our New Society with Kailey Peckford!
In tonight's episode, Kailey Peckford, of the Story Inkorporated podcast, joins us! Kailey chats with us about her podcast and her writing process, as well as her influences and goals for the future of the podcast and her original stories!At around 16:43, Kailey joins us in a story set in a dystopian sci-fi world, where a woman named Dakota is about to receive a text that will make her question her entire existence.Stick around for a bonus conversation, at around 37:40, where we reveal our challenge words and talk more with Kailey about her podcast and the upcoming TWB anthology.You can find Story Inkorporated on all major podcasting platforms through Buzzsprout @:http://storyink.buzzsprout.com/ And you can check out the official Story Inkorporated website @:https://storyinkorporated.wixsite.com/mysiteOn Instagram @:https://www.instagram.com/story_inkorporated/And on Facebook @:https://www.facebook.com/SInkorporatedAnd of course, don't forget to check out more 8Sparks Media content, including TWB games and merchandise @:https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
38 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Ep28: Randy the Rumbler
In tonight's episode, we discuss new publications, including the recently released "Koala Celebrates Songkran" childrens book by Shaun and a short story acceptance for an upcoming Breaking Rules Publishing anthology. Clarence and Shaun discuss ISBN codes with KDP self-publishing as well as their different perspectives and anxieties about signing stories away.At 17:33, the first fully improvised TWB sports story begins in a time when boxing legend Randy the Rumbler discovers he may be owned by the mob. Shaun's book, "Koala Celebrates Songkran" can be purchased in paperback or through Kindle @https://www.amazon.com/Koala-Celebrates-Songkran-Thailand/dp/B08F7S5LNH/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=884HP4F8NTTS&dchild=1&keywords=koala+celebrates+songkran&qid=1598040032&sprefix=koala+celebrates+songkran%2Caps%2C240&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExM042WU9ZMUEyUUZYJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTc4OTE5Mlc3WTFQT1o5Vkg5UyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTM0MDAzMko5N1NaVFRFRTZIVCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=Clarence's recent publication in Inked In Gray's "First Stain" anthology can be found @https://www.amazon.com/First-Stain-Inked-Gray-Anthology/dp/1952969018/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=inked+in+gray&qid=1598040121&sr=8-2Shaun's "Hall of Justice" can be read in Breaking Rules Publishing's "1st Degree" anthology @https://www.breakingrulespublishing.com/store/p281/1st_Degree_Anthology.htmlAnd of course you can find TWB and all other 8Sparks Media related content on our website @https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
48 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Ep27: Hellbound with Becky Kilimnik!
Artist, designer, and paranormal podcaster Rebecca Kilimnik joins us for the 27th episode! Tonight we trade creepy stories, talk about her podcast, Homespun Haints, and Shaun learns that he may not actually be safe from vampires...At 17:47 Becky leads us in a tale of a Summer camp counselor who discovers too late that she may have boarded the wrong bus!Stick around for the bonus conversation at 37:29 where we reveal our hidden words.Check out Homespun Haints on all podcasting platforms and on their website, Facebook, and Instagram @:http://HomespunHaints.com https://www.facebook.com/homespunhaintshttps://www.instagram.com/homespunhaints/And check out Becky's design and artwork on her website and social links @:http://theconceptspot.comhttps://www.instagram.com/beckykilimnik/https://www.facebook.com/beckykilimnikSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
37 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
Ep26: Adventures of Hiraldo Jackson
In this week's episode, the Writers discuss the art of retcon (retroactive continuity) in comic books and the Dark Tower series, as well as a continued discussion on POV problems, and a comparison of Joe Hill's NOS4A2 to the AMC series. At the 15:17 mark, a new story begins, but with some old friends. When Hiraldo Jackson's parents begin fighting, Hiraldo decides to run away from home. His old pal, Terry, joins him and together they sail on a raft down the Mississippi River, Huck Finn style! But there's trouble around every corner![this episode is a sequel to Ep2: Goonies Never Say Die & Ep5: Werewolf]You can purchase Clarence's book, No Honor Among Thieves on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Honor-Among-Thieves-Clarence-Carter/dp/1671794001/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=No+honor+among+thieves+clarence+carter&qid=1596798970&sr=8-1https://www.amazon.com/Honor-Among-Thieves-Clarence-Carter/dp/1671794001/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=No+honor+among+thieves+clarence+carter&qid=1596798970&sr=8-1And you can pre-order Shaun's Koala book (illustrated by Keith Talbot) here:https://www.amazon.com/Koala-Celebrates-Songkran-Thailand-Book-ebook/dp/B08CS6MZV3/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=koala+celebrates+songkran&qid=1596798917&sprefix=koala+celebra&sr=8-1Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
49 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Ep25: Chipmunks, Bloodhound, and Bear, Oh My! with Zack & Aaron!
Fellow improv artists, Zack Dictakis and Aaron Labarre of Zack & Aaron, join us to talk about their shows, their process, how they met, and their Pandora's Blocks game! We also discuss embarrassing YouTube videos and Zack's musical ambitions.At around 20:20, our guests lead us in a story with their Blocks (instead of the usual 5 random words). This week's tale is a first for us as we delve into the whimsical world of the animal kingdom, through the eyes of a busy chipmunk named Donny.Stick around for a bonus convo at 38:58! *Shaun's words were star, flower, Reptar, ice cream cone, and computerYou can find Zack & Aaron on YouTube @:https://www.youtube.com/zackandaaronOn Instagram @:https://www.instagram.com/zackandaaron/On Twitch @:https://www.twitch.tv/zackandaaronAnd the Pandora's Blocks game can be purchased on Amazon @:https://www.amazon.com/Pandoras-Blocks-Dice-Game-Piece/dp/B07W73D1ZC/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=pandoras+blocks&qid=1570030765&sr=8-1&pldnSite=1Zack's music can be heard on Soundcloud @:https://soundcloud.com/zack-dictakisAnd and! You can read the new TWB blog in the blog section @:https://www.8sparksmedia.com/blogSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
45 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Ep24: Killer Carnies
The Writers discuss recent submissions, "hard" and "soft" waves in writing, and ways to accept criticism and make your stories as good as they can possibly be.At 14:02 the Bradbury-esque tale of a young girl and her brother begins. Shelley must protect her brother Vince from cannibalistic zombie carnies as they make their way across the fair grounds to the parking lot. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
58 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Ep23: Apocalypse, Part 2 with James Pyne!
Writer James Pyne visits the Block and discusses everything writing including his process, influences, a collaborative story with Clarence, and the epic Big Cranky series. At 20:46 Pyne joins the Writers in a continuation of last week's story, "Apocalypse, Part 1." Stick around after the story for a bonus conversation at 38:39!James Pyne writings:https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01J7C82VK?fbclid=IwAR2lv52v8zX2gbv7JWdswoJYrkPnXDxTR0we9Bdd-DQYs5O9Szdf7quoC-o8Sparks Media:https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Shaun Nigro writings:https://www.amazon.com/Koala-Celebrates-Songkran-Thailand-Book-ebook/dp/B08CS6MZV3/ref=sr_1_1?crid=R6GBMC2LPX1D&dchild=1&keywords=koala+celebrates+songkran&qid=1595023282&s=digital-text&sprefix=Koala+Celebrates%2Cdigital-text%2C385&sr=1-1Clarence Carter writings:https://www.amazon.com/Honor-Among-Thieves-Clarence-Carter-ebook/dp/B082CM4N3N/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&qid=1595023241&refinements=p_27%3AClarence+Carter&s=digital-text&sr=1-3&text=Clarence+CarterSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
39 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
Ep22: Apocalypse, Part 1
Season 3 begins with some updates on Clarence and Shaun's projects between seasons, including Clarence's "Desolate", featured in Inked In Gray's The First Stain anthology, and Shaun's upcoming Koala childrens book, available for pre-order on Amazon soon!Part 1 of a post-apocalyptic tale of robots and automated delivery trucks begins at 15:02, featuring a westward traveling Brock DiAngelo who wants more than anything to find another living human being. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
37 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
DOUBLE FEATURE: Mr. Boils/Microwaved Martinis
In their first ever Double Feature, the Writers pull two stories from the Vault of unreleased tales. The first tale, Mr. Boils, picks up from the mythos of Mavericks Insane Asylum, following the origin and discovery of Mr. Boils by Nurse Diane.The second tale takes off on the Daytona Cruise ship in a Doohow-esque fashion following accountant Fred Benjamin as he experiences what may be called the worst cruise of all time.Be sure to follow us on our Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/thewritersblockofficial/And check us and other 8Sparks projects out on the official 8Sparks Media website @https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Our artist, Keith Talbot can be found on Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/KTArtAndPhotography/Check out Clarence's latest story "Desolate" featured in The First Stain anthology by Inked In Gray @https://www.amazon.com/First-Stain-Inked-Gray-Anthology-ebook/dp/B089GJMLLP/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Inked+In+Gray&qid=1591829001&sr=8-1And check out Story Inkorporated @http://storyink.buzzsprout.com/And on Instagram @https://www.instagram.com/story_inkorporated/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
40 minutes | May 22, 2020
Chapter 2 Finale: Tickets, Please!
In this Chapter 2 Finale, Clarence and Shaun discuss the projects they've been working on during quarantine, as well as how the pandemic has affected theirs and others' creative output. A new story of creepy Ticketmen and mysterious screams onboard a transcontinental train to Moscow begins at 20:44!Don't forget to follow the Writers on Facebook @facebook.com/thewritersblockofficialAnd stay up to date with the other 8Sparks Media projects on the official website @https://www.8sparksmedia.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
26 minutes | May 19, 2020
The Writers return with a tale of magic and magician rivalry as Timothy Buble and Jasper Marciano face off in what might prove to be Buble's final act!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/m/writersblockpodcast)
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