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Derailed Trains of Thought is a podcast about writing, film making, and everything in between. Hosted by Timothy Deal (filmmaker) and Nick Hayden (writer), Derailed Trains of Thought is at heart a podcast about storytelling in all its various forms.

Derailed Trains of Thought Nick Hayden & Timothy Deal

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    • 4.6 • 9 Ratings

Derailed Trains of Thought is a podcast about writing, film making, and everything in between. Hosted by Timothy Deal (filmmaker) and Nick Hayden (writer), Derailed Trains of Thought is at heart a podcast about storytelling in all its various forms.

    Episode 112 - Previously On...the Last Decade

    Episode 112 - Previously On...the Last Decade

    Do you remember what it was like ten years ago? Netflix was still sending out DVDs and people were still using camcorders to make found-footage movies. And, believe it or not, the first episode of your premiere podcast on storytelling, Derailed Trains of Thought, was sent out into the Internet. Ten years ago. Ten years. Count them. Ten.

    Hosts Timothy Deal and Nick Hayden look back at the last decade of podcasting in this anniversary episode in a special Story School. In the second half they reminiscence on old theater experiences in place of their annual summer movie review.

    Come take a trip down memory lane with this landmark episode of Derailed Trains of Thought. It only happens once a decade.

    Show Notes

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 111 - Brought to You by All the Numbers

    Episode 111 - Brought to You by All the Numbers

    Most people think they don't want math in their mysteries, or numerals in Numenor. These people are wrong. Many times, numbers are integral to our enjoyment of stories.

    In the 1st half of episode 111, your favorite 2 podcasters, Timothy Deal and Nick Hayden, look 4 ways in which numbers ADD to the TAKE AWAY value of stories.

    Then in the 2nd half, we have 3 distinct segments--the return of the 1 and only Pun Times!, followed by a PRIME example of A Bit of Story. Finally, to ROUND out the EQUATION, we enjoy some unPARALLELed Intrawebs finds.

    So, now that we have your unDIVIDED attention, listen in to this unEQUALED foray into storytelling, numerology, and fun. This is our eleventieth first episode, so you know you can COUNT on a good time!

    Show Notes

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 110 - The Weird, The Bizarre, and The Ugly

    Episode 110 - The Weird, The Bizarre, and The Ugly

    Some stories are safe; some are nightmare fuel. Some stories reflect the world we live in; others subject us to worlds of pure imagination. Some stories present us with pleasant characters; other star David Bowie in tight pants.

    What is the appeal of these strange, unusual stories? Tim and Nick consider stories on the scale of oddball to downright disturbing in this episode's Story School.

    The second half features a downright normal Take on Tales.

    So find a pleasant spot and listen in to your premiere podcast on storytelling. All the normal people do.

    Show Notes

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 109 - Answering the Call of the Wild

    Episode 109 - Answering the Call of the Wild

    Has urban life made people soft? Does living off the grid make you one with Nature? Does eking out an existence on a deserted island improve your moral character? Following up last episode's discussion on nature, Tim and Nick examine how characters are changed for the better (or worse) by the wild.

    In the second half, after our first audio Listener Feedback, our intrepid hosts tackle such pressing questions as "How would Charlie Brown survive if he was stranded on the moon?" in a rousing What If?

    So, whether you're a city slicker or a noble savage, you're sure to enjoy the latest episode of your premiere podcast on storytelling, Derailed Trains of Thought.

    Show Notes

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 108 - Fields and Fountains, Moors and Mountains

    Episode 108 - Fields and Fountains, Moors and Mountains

    The flowers are blooming, the trees blaze green, and the world shines in the aftermath of cool showers. Spring is here! And so, naturally (pun intended), Nick and Tim discuss the place of nature in fiction.

    They follow up with a short, plant-based "It Came From the Intrawebs," followed by a quick hop back to topic of Biblical adaptations to highlight The Chosen in "Previously On..."

    So, get outside, put in those ear buds, and listen to the soothing sounds of episode 108 of Derailed Trains of Thought, your premiere podcast on storytelling.

    Show Notes

    • 1 hr
    Side Track 11 - Judging a Person By Their Bookshelf

    Side Track 11 - Judging a Person By Their Bookshelf

    Even when you're stuck at home, there are still worlds to explore! In this special Side Track, socially distanced hosts Timothy Deal and Nick Hayden share the contents and histories of their book and movie shelves.

    It's a special quarantine Side Track of your favorite podcast on storytelling, Derailed Trains of Thought! Listen in. You have nothing better to do.

    Show Notes

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Sister Winter 30 ,

Sophisticated & accessible

Nick and Tim consistently give us an informed, balanced, interesting, and nuanced discussion of stories and storytelling. They are masters of their craft (I’ve read their novels), yet their discussions are always friendly, inviting, and easy to understand - entirely devoid of snobbery and highbrow arrogance. I absolutely LOVE their What If segments, in which they compile randomly generated elements and create stories on the spot. The results are hilarious! The Pun Times and It Came From the InterWebs segments are funny, too. Perfect podcast for that quiet evening in when you want something that entertains, keeps your attention, and gently offers some food for thought.

shannon byrne ,

Love this podcast very funny

Nick and Tim are the best! funny and very interesting and funny

Nate "Big Red" Marchand ,

Your premiere podcast on storytelling

This is a show that tackles various issues related to all manner of storytelling for the creator and consumer. Tim is a film connoisseur and Nick an author, so they a wide spectrum of insights. Their guests add much to the show. After the Story School segment, their many rotating other segments are highly entertaining. My favorite is when they discuss the Wizard of Oz if it was directed by Michael Bay.

A must listen for all storytellers!

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