Hourlings Podcast Project

Hourlings Podcast Project

In October 2020, Martin Wilsey broached the subject of doing a writing-related podcast sponsored by the Hourlings Writing Group as an outreach activity to help out other writers. After a series of online discussions, the first episode was recorded in early November, 2020, and aired on November 9, 2020. Here’s a list of all the topics that have been covered by the podcast, including sessions that have been recorded but not yet published.

EpisodeAir DateLen (m)Title
65.1/15/22
Happy HourTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 9/21/21
64.1/8/22
World-Building: ReligionTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener (L), S.C. Megale
Recorded: 9/14/21
63.1/1/22
Books on WritingTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 9/7/21
62.12/25/21
VillainsTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 8/31/21
61.12/18/21
Book ReviewsTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 8/10/21
60.12/11/21
Prologues, etc.TBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 7/27/21
59.12/04/21
ZombiesTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 7/20/21
58.11/27/21
Happy HourTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 6/29/21
57.11/20/21
Sensitivity ReadersTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 6/22/21
56.11/13/21
AnthologiesTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 6/15/21
55.11/06/21
Dedications & AcknowledgementsTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 6/15/21
54.10/30/21
Author FamiliesTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 6/08/21
53.10/23/21
Writer Search HistoriesTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 6/08/21
52.10/16/21
Writing ScreenplaysTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 6/01/21
51.10/09/21
Show, Don’t TellTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 6/01/21
50.10/02/21
Ask Authors AnythingTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 5/25/21
49.09/25/21
Creating Fight ScenesTBD.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 5/25/21
48.09/18/2140
Beta ReadsWherein our distinguished panel discuss alpha reads, beta reads, and other types of story reviews. Plus topics like how to get the most out of a beta read, when you should do a beta read, etc.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener (L), S.C. Megale
Recorded: 5/18/21
47.09/11/2142
Creating Magic SystemsLots of stories feature magic, Some of the best ones contain imaginative, well-developed magic systems (we’re talking about you, Brandon Sanderson). In this episode, our pugnacious writers the ins and outs of crafting magic systems for your fantasy stories.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs (L), David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 5/18/21
46.09/04/2122
Romance“Oh, be still my beating heart.” Today, our inestimable prognosticators will discuss the use of romance in their fiction. Yes, we know they’re not literally romance writers, but a little romance can liven up your actionstories, too. Learn about slipping a little romance between…the covers of your book.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 5/11/21
45.08/28/2136
How to Handle FeedbackFeedback is part of being a writer. You get feedback from editors, fellow writing group members, beta readers, critics…you name it. One of the key skills for ANY author is learning how to navigate the dangerous shoals of feedback. In this episode, our intrepid scriveners reveal how they deal with feedback.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 5/11/21
44.08/21/2121
Fan FictionSomeone once described fan fiction as “writing with training wheels.” Our illustrious writers discuss fan fiction, especially with regard to how many writers have gotten their start with fan fiction. Come and learn more about fan fiction!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 4/29/21
43.08/14/2128
Movie and TV InspirationAll right, it turns out that even professional writers like SF on TV and in movies. In this episode, our illustrious panel of writers discuss the TV series and movies that have inspired them. Be prepared to come away with a list of shows and films you’re absolutely going to HAVE to watch.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 4/29/21
42.08/07/2148
Good and Bad HabitsWriters write (theoretically, that’s why they’re called…writers). Good habits help you get stuff done. Bad habits, well, they get in the way. Big time. In this episode, our inestimable scriveners get down and dirty about their good…and bad…habits. This oughta be messy. And memorable.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 4/20/21
41.07/31/2176
Happy HourTake authors, add beer…and anything can happen. Welcome to Happy Hour, wherein our intrepid writers tackle any subject that comes to mind, while David Keener (the boring, sober one) desperately tries to keep them on track.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 4/20/21
40.07/24/2118
ForeshadowingThings happen in any story…but foreshadowing can dramatically increase the emotional impact of events. But, how do you do foreshadowing? How much is too much? How do you avoid being too obvious? In this episode, our illustrious authors pry the veil aside and reveal some of their most sophisticated techniques. And…maybe a few that…um…don’t really work all that well.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 4/13/21
39.07/17/2128
Favorite Fantasy StoriesIn which our illustrious panel of writers each present three fantasy stories that they find inspring. Beware, if you watch this episode, you’ll end up buying books!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 4/13/21
XX.–/–/–
Book AwardsAye, folks. A great and terrible mystery surrounds this episode. Recorded, yet never found. There are rumors that the intrepid authors who participated may have touched upon Secrets Too Terrible To Be Known. Even they can’t remember, for sure. All they know is…this episode has mysteriously disappeared.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs (M), David Keener, S.C. Megale (L)
Recorded: 4/6/21
38.07/10/2137
2021 Goals – Mid-Year StatusWelcome to the mid-year status check on our illustrious crew of authors. Are they on track to meet their annual goals? What do you think?
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale, Stephanie Mirro
Recorded: 6/29/21
37.07/03/2134
Naming CharactersWhat’s in a name? A rose, by any other name… OK, names are IMPORTANT. In this episode, our hapless writers tell you the lengths they go to to come up with the perfect names for their characters. Whew, it’s a constant struggle with mediocity…for every “James Bond” there’s a sadly unmemorable “Bob Jones.”
 
With: Jeffrey C. Jacobs (M), David Keener, S.C. Megale (L)
Recorded: 3/23/21
36.06/26/2129
Alternate WorldsEverything you could possibly want to know about Alternate Worlds fiction, according to our our illustrious band of chrononauts (authors). Does it count as science fiction? What are the rules? What are the pros and cons of this type of fiction? For answers, or at least opinions, check out this episode!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 4/6/21
35.06/19/2132
Time TravelOur intrepid panelists take on the tired tropes of time travel and discuss new ways to breathe life into time travel stories. Find out more about the advantages…and perils…of time travel. But beware, there may be some discussion of world-buidling, too.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 3/16/21
34.06/12/2154
World-Building: Generation ShipThe Daedalus Seven is a vast generation ship with multiple, diverse habitats on a doomed, never-ending voyage. David Keener designed the ship, then challenged our inestimable writers with a serious world-building exercise. Their mission is to design the civilizations, flora, fauna, and geographical conditions of the ship’s remaining habitable areas. And then brainstorm about the types of stories that might occur on the ship.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener (L), S.C. Megale
Recorded: 3/16/21
33.06/05/2139
Favorite Science Fiction StoriesThis week, each of our erstwhile authors was tasked to list their three favorite SF stories (while the others make rude comments and jeer at them…well, not really, but it sounded good). Chekc it out! At the very least, you’ll get some cool stories to add to your reading list.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener (L), S.C. Megale
Recorded: 3/9/21
32.05/29/2116
BrainstormingBefore you even set pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), brainstorming is an awesome way to approach creating a story, a setting and more. In this episode, our illustrious writers discuss how to use brainstorming to amp up their game. Find out how you can do it, too.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 3/9/21
31.05/15/2128
HeroesThe gang discusses not just heroes, but heroic archetypes. Once you know what types of heroes are available, you can decide what kind of hero best fits your story and what expectations readers will have for them.
 
With: Jeffrey C. Jacobs (M), David Keener (L), S.C. Megale
Recorded: 3/02/21
30.05/22/2184
Happy HourWherein our inestimable flock of authors talk about everything under the sun. This is what happens when you give writers adult beverages and then record them. You’ll have to find out for yourself whether there were any truly embarassing moments.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 3/02/21
29.05/08/2133
DialogueMovies are known for snappy dialogue, but not usually books. How can you use dialogue to make your stories memorable? Our inestimable authors will attempt to mesmerize with their dialogue techniques. Maybe someday, people will be quoting your dialogue at conventions, emblazoning your quotes on T-shirts, and even getting…tattoos…of your quotes.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 2/23/21
28.05/01/2131
Top 5 Ways to Find An AgentAs the only traditionally published writer amongst our illustrious crew, S. C. Megale leads a discussion of the five best ways to find an agent while the others heckle her mercilessly from the sidelines. May the odds be ever in your favor.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale (L)
Recorded: 2/23/21
27.04/24/2136
Killing CharactersKilling characters for fun and profit… But, why do you need to kill characters sometimes? And if you’re going to kill someone off, how do you make it really count? Our illustrious authors will help you get in touch with your inner “George R. R. Martin” and show how being “murdery” can make your story better.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale (L)
Recorded: 2/16/21
26.04/17/2128
OutlinesOutlines are an awesome, and underrated, tool for writers. Find out about different types of outlining and how outlines can benefit pantsers as well as plotters.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener (L), S.C. Megale, Erica Rue
Recorded: 2/16/21
25.04/10/2137
Audio BooksMartin Wilsey provides his insights on producing audio books, which was actually his #1 source of author revenue in 2020. With the help of his crack team of (wannabe) audio sellers, he’ll show how it’s possible to turn audio into a serious revenue stream.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 2/09/21
24.04/03/2142
Book SigningsEverything you EVER wanted to know about book signings but were too afraid to ask. Autograph…or personalized message? Cursive, or not? And, best of all, what NOT to do…
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale (L), Erica Rue
Recorded: 2/09/21
23.03/27/2140
Top 5 SciFi Sub-GenresEpisode #23’s topic is “Top-5 Sci-Fi Sub-Genres,” based on the semi-scientific research of our illustrious crew of working SF/Fantasy writers. Let the debate begin! And let us hope that the swords stay in their scabbards!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 2/02/21
22.03/20/2140
Author PlatformWhat is an Author Platform? Our illustrious authors define it as: The ability to reach an audience and, potentially, to entice them to take an action you’d like them to take. Since we’re authors, usually that action is to buy our books or related products. In this session, we cover the essential elements of an Author Platform, including websites, blogs, social media, mailing lists, Amazon author pages, and more.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener (L), S.C. Megale
Recorded: 2/02/21
21.03/13/2132
Writing GroupsThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 21, We talk about the power of a good writers group.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 1/26/21
20.03/06/2132
Top 5 Fantasy Sub-GenresThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 20, Top 5 Fantasy Sub-Genres.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 1/26/21
19.02/27/2136
Writing Non-Human CharactersThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 19, is all about writing characters that are not humans!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale, Erica Rue
Recorded: 1/19/21
18.02/20/2146
It’s Happy Hour!The Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 18, is just four writing talking and having a cocktail!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 1/19/21
17.02/13/2123
Choosing a TitleThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 17, is all about how we pick titles for our books. Do’s and Don’ts!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 1/12/21
16.02/06/2138
Young Adult FictionThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 16, is all about writing YA, Young Adult Fiction.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale, Erica Rue
Recorded: 1/12/21
15.01/30/2131
Author ToolsThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 15, is all about Author Tools.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 1/05/21
14.01/23/2122
TropesThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 14, is all about SF&F Tropes. The good, the bad, and the hated!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 1/05/21
13.01/16/2126
Writing a SeriesThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 13, is all about writing a series of books. It’s very popular to do series in both Scifi and Fantasy.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale, Erica Rue
Recorded: 12/29/20
12.01/09/2117
Writing Action ScenesThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 12, is all about writing action scenes. Everything from bar fights to Space battles.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 12/29/20
11.01/02/2124
Goals for 2021The Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 11, Happy New Year! We got together on January 1, 2021, and talked about our goals for 2021. Some writing goals, some personal goals, and some Fun.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale, Stephanie Mirro
Recorded: 01/01/21
10.12/26/2018
Writing While on VacationThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 10, is all about writing while on vacation, traveling, or just away from your usual desk.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 12/23/20
9.12/24/2036
CoversThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 9, is all about covers, our process for getting them, and why they are so important.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale, Stephanie Mirro
Recorded: 12/23/20
8.12/19/2018
DistractionsThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 8, is all about the author’s most significant distractions.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 12/15/20
7.12/16/2018
The HookThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 7, is all about the Hook.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 12/15/20
6.12/09/2072
Creating CharactersThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 6, looks at how we all go about Creating Characters. We discuss various ways characters happen like basing them on people we know, actors, and/or creating them from scratch.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale, Erica Rue
Recorded: 12/08/20
5.12/02/2072
Happy Hour: Apocs, Santa & Other DisastersThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 5, is all about Happy Hour! Tonight there was no fixed topic. We discussed the pending Zombie Apocalypse preparations, audiobooks, Santa, COVID, and other disasters!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale, Erica Rue
Recorded: 12/01/20
4.11/25/2081
Marketing MadnessThe Hourlings Podcast Project, Episode 4, is all about the author’s least favorite task… Marketing.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale, Stephanie Mirro, Erica Rue
Recorded: 11/24/20
3.11/20/2062
Finding the TimeHow do authors find the time to write?
 
With: David Keener (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, S.C. Megale, Erica Rue
Recorded: 11/17/20
2.11/11/2066
World-BuildingIn this episode we talked about Nanowrimo, Worldbuilding Do’s and Don’ts, introduced some new friends, and had some fun!
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), David Keener, S.C. Megale, Stephanie Mirro, Erica Rue, Shelley Shearer
Recorded: 11/10/20
1.11/09/2056
So It Begins…The Hourlings are a Writer’s Group based in Northern Virginia. We focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy. We plan to detail the lessons we have learned on the roads to becoming an author.
 
With: Martin Wilsey (M), Jeffrey C. Jacobs, David Keener, S.C. Megale
Recorded: 11/03/20

Key: (M) = Moderator, (L) = Leader for the Topic

Note: The Intro Music is Voice Of Eternity by Keys of Moon, promoted by Free Stock Music.