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Where we'll talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.

Tell The Damn Stor‪y‬ Alex Simmons

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

Where we'll talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.

    Tell The Damn Story 180: "Wandering Visions of Writing"

    Tell The Damn Story 180: "Wandering Visions of Writing"

    It's a jam-packed episode of TV shows, international animation, and the value of writer's groups.

    Today Alex and Chris talk about getting vaccinated, WandaVision episode seven and eight and how that show is offering master classes to creatives. 

    Alex talks about spending the week on panels to promote the upcoming Tales of Wakanda anthology that he is a part of.  He also mentions appearing virtually at the Jamaica Animation Con, while also teaching his usual load of screen writing classes, including a class consisting of students from all across Africa (told you he was a globetrotting adventurer). 

    During our segment called "Alex Simmons' Time Machine", Alex issues Chris a challenge to watch any four episodes from season one of the old Perry Mason show now on Netflix.  Then Chris is supposed to watch the eight episode Perry Mason reboot on HBO Max for discussion next week. (Challenge accepted. Come join in!) 

    Finally, we discuss in detail the pros and cons of leaving a writers group, taking a close look at honoring commitments versus getting out of a bad situation. There's a little something for everybody in this episode so dive on in! 

    Have any comments or questions for this episode topics?

    Then please leave them in our comments section.  

    Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.



    #pandemic #vaccination #Disney+ #WandaVision #ElizabethOlsen #PaulBettany #KathrynHahn #emmys #screenwriting #acting #production #sets #wardrobe #directing #AlexSimmonsTimeMachine #PerryMason #Netflix #HBOMax #BenjaminPercy #ThrillMe #TimFielder #Infinitum #writersgroups #writerscritiquegroups #honoringcommitment #acceptingfeedback #Blackpanthertalesofwakanda #TalesOfWakanda #Blackjack

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tell The Damn Story #179: TACKLE A NEW BOOK, ROARING 20's RACISM ON B'WAY & FACEBOOK LIVE!

    Tell The Damn Story #179: TACKLE A NEW BOOK, ROARING 20's RACISM ON B'WAY & FACEBOOK LIVE!

    This week, Alex and Chris are joined by Caseen Gaines on Facebook Live for the first time ever! And this time we're discussing how to tell the damn story through the prism of Caseen's upcoming new book FOOTNOTES. 

    We get deep into African-American entertainment history (spanning from Eubie Blake to August Wilson), deep in to the ongoing struggle that people have to see each other as people, not prey. Don't let that fool you, we have a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and a lot of audience participation. 

    You can listen to us here. And you can check out the recorded video too. 



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    Then please leave them in our comments section.  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.

    #caseengaines #Footnote #ShuffleAlong #amwriting #writers #screenwriting #novelists #politicalthriller #Capitol #journalism #americandream #creatingcharacters #motivations #timfielder #infinitum #allthewayhome #writingcoach #valueoftruth #factchecking #gowriteforit #robertmckee #Raybradbury #nowsthetimetowritethecrime #chrisryanwrites #infinitum 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tell The Damn Story 178: The Secret Origin of ... Writers

    Tell The Damn Story 178: The Secret Origin of ... Writers

    Today Alex and Chris talk about how writers and creators become writers and creators. 

    How does loving story or doodling evolve into creating the characters and heart wrenching stories that fill up so many of our lives? The answer is both unique and universal, and you may recognize yourself in the stories we tell. 

    Plus we talk briefly about Wanda Vision! Plus plus, we announce the winner of Alex's story idea competition. Plus plus plus, we have way too much fun for a Sunday morning and you get to reap the benefits. Come on along and further your journey on the creative path.

    NEWS BLASTS

    Join us Sunday, Feb. 21st for our TTDS Facebook Live Special. And we'll be joined by special guest author Caseen Gaines. Keep an eye on our TTDS Facebook page for more information.

    Click here to join Alex on a second Writer's Way Webinar on Friday, Feb. 19th at 7 PM eastern standard time.

    Click here for info on, "Now's The Time To Write The Crime" boot camp.

    Have any comments or questions for this episode topics?

    Then please leave them in our comments section.  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.

    #WandaVision #MarvelStudios #MarvelComics #Disney #amwriting #writers #screenwriting #novelists #politicalthriller #Capitol #journalism #americandream #creatingcharacters #motivations #timfielder #infinitum #allthewayhome #writingcoach #valueoftruth #factchecking #gowriteforit #robertmckee #Raybradbury 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Tell The Damn Story 177: What Two Characters Know About Characterization

    Tell The Damn Story 177: What Two Characters Know About Characterization

    We still believe Plot Is Character, And Character Is Plot.

    This week, Alex and Chris talk about WandaVision episode five and then go deep on characterization, offering a wide array of techniques for developing your characters, with examples of exceptional characterization in lit and on screen. If you want to know how to build your characters, you came to the right place.

    Let us know what you think and we'll mention it on our next show.

    Have any comments or questions for this episode topics?

    Then please leave them in our comments section.  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.

    #WandaVision #MarvelStudios #MarvelComics #Disney #amwriting #writers #screenwriting #novelists #politicalthriller #Capitol #journalism #americandream #creatingcharacters #motivations #timfielder #infinitum #allthewayhome #writingcoach #valueoftruth #factchecking #gowriteforit

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Tell The Damn Story 176: “The Why of It All”

    Tell The Damn Story 176: “The Why of It All”

    Stories & The Truth.  Fact In Fiction and Does It Really Matter



    This week Alex and Chris talk about very current stuff, very ancient, stuff and some universal all time life and story themes. 

    As they discuss how rewrites are going for Chris, update our views on Disney+‘s WandaVision (Alex finally saw episodes 1 to 3, Chris saw episode 4 - we talk about at all, sans spoilers).  

    We also do a commercial for co-founder Tim Fielder’s INFINITUM, and then get down to business. 

    We talk about the late 50s early 60s short film “All The Way Home“ which is about a black family potentially buying a house in a white neighborhood.  Needless to say we reflect, sadly, how much has not changed, and how much has. 

    We go deep, ladies and gents, so strap in and come along for the ride. And it all leads to an even deeper discussion of why we need to learn how to write and how to write well.  Harder still, why we need to see our writing as others see it and do the research to get our stories right so we can get past the gate keepers and tell the damn story.



    So again we say ... Fact in fiction and does it really matter?

    Let us know what you think and we'll mention it on our next show.

    Have any comments or questions for this episode topics?

    Then please leave them in our comments section.  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.

    #WandaVision #MarvelStudios #MarvelComics #Disney #amwriting #writers #screenwriting #novelists #politicalthriller #Capitol #journalism #americandream #creatingcharacters #motivations #timfielder #infinitum #allthewayhome #writingcoach #valueoftruth #factchecking #gowriteforit 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Tell The Damn Story 175: "The Creative Hill We Climb." Poetry, Wanda Vision, and Multi-Billion Dollar Movies

    Tell The Damn Story 175: "The Creative Hill We Climb." Poetry, Wanda Vision, and Multi-Billion Dollar Movies

    This episode we learn how Amanda Gorman made Chris cry and blubber and gosh with pride and praise and so much hope that Alex has it take control of the show for a while. After the river of tears ends we move on to discuss our new national poet laureate's impact on the inauguration, on our hearts, on our hopes, and in the textbooks of our children's future. 

    Then Chris gushed again, this time about WandaVision episode 3 "now in color."  He and Alex discuss how it deepens the plot and rewards patience, and really shows how Marvel is playing with house money and fan loyalty.  We go over how they weave a story that fits in the Marvel canon that they could never have done early on. 

    And one more topic is covered when we talk about about creating before the money is there, and after.  

    Speaking of money Alex and Chris, after having fun with it themselves, pose interesting question about the recent billion dollar lotto prize.  And they challenge you to answer it as well.  

    What question?  Give a listen and see.

    Holy smokes! We forgot one more thing!  (Respects to "Uncle," from the Jackie Chan cartoon show.). Alex and Chris also celebrate the publishing release of TTDS co-founder Tim Fielder's INFINITUM, an impressive, masterwork graphic novel that takes us from ancient Africa to Afro-futuristic heights in a fascinating, engrossing tale.



    What's your answer to that question?  Let us know and we'll mention it on our next show.

    Have any comments or questions for this episode topics?

    Then please leave them in our comments section.  Or write to us at:  TTDSOnAir@gmail.com.



    #avengers #Desperado #RobertRoriguez #HollywoodShuffle #RobertTownsend  #AmandaGorman #inauguaration #WandaVision #MarvelStudios #MarvelComics #JohnSayles #ReturnOfTheSecaucus7 #ElMariachi #Disney #amwriting #writers #lowbudgetfilms #Milliondollarmovies #poetry #poetluareate #screenwriting #novelists #politicalthriller #Capitol #journalism #americandream #creatingcharacters #motivations #newsmedia 

    • 1 hr 4 min

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