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Brings you up-and-coming and establish authors of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction in fun, two-part episodes. For both fans of the genre as well as writers

Lasers Dragons And Keyboards Aaron DeMott, Joshua Hardt, Liberty Speidel

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Brings you up-and-coming and establish authors of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction in fun, two-part episodes. For both fans of the genre as well as writers

    LDK S2 Ep 3 - Plan For Your Success

    LDK S2 Ep 3 - Plan For Your Success

    Due to a Midwestern snowstorm, Liberty was unable to join Aaron & Josh in this spectacular interview with sci-fi legend, Nick Cole. A former soldier and actor, Nick shares insights into his writing process, tabletop gaming, indie publishing, and who you should pay attention to in this world where everybody is a guru in the indie-sphere. 

    • 59 min
    LDK S2 Ep2: The Bleeding Will Eventually Stop

    LDK S2 Ep2: The Bleeding Will Eventually Stop

    We sat down and discussed Jason Joyner's debut novel, Launch. As well as what led to the creation of the Realm Makers Consortium in 2015, and how great it is to be a part of a writing community that shares bonds in areas of both spiritual and fandom. Be sure to check out the stream on Twitch.tv/LDK_Podcast for great interaction on the chat!
    Where to Find Jason + other links:
    Jason Joyner
    Launch
    LDK on Twitch
    LDK on Patreon

    • 44 min
    LDK S2 Ep 1 - Dinosaurs, Soda Pop, & Snot

    LDK S2 Ep 1 - Dinosaurs, Soda Pop, & Snot

    We sat down with J.J. Johnson, author of  Iggy & Oz: The Plastic Dinos of Doom this week on LDK! We discussed the challenges of writing for middle grade, giant snot blobs, and insights into marketing from a marketing professional. Oh, and there was laughter. A. Lot. Of. Laughter. (But what else do you expect from us?) 

    Links:

    J.J. Johnson
    Iggy & Oz on Amazon
    LDK on Twitch.tv
    LDK on Patreon
    After Atlantis Gaming on Twitch.tv
    Josh's book on Amazon
    Aaron's books on Amazon
    Liberty's latest book on Amazon

    • 50 min
    LDK S2 Ep 0 - Just a Few Technical Difficulties (re-meet the hosts!)

    LDK S2 Ep 0 - Just a Few Technical Difficulties (re-meet the hosts!)

    We're excited to be re-launching the podcast! And today, we did a test run of our new recording setup. Be sure to join us on Twitch.tv/LDK_Podcast for future episodes!

    • 14 min
    LDK 77 - The History of Fantasy

    LDK 77 - The History of Fantasy

    We were delighted to have with us NYT bestselling author, Ed Greenwood, on this week's episode of the show! For those not in the know, Mr. Greenwood is the creator of The Forgotten Realms.
    Note to listeners: we had not only our producer missing, but the guys had to jury-rig a setup to record. Mr. Greenwood joined us over the phone, which was not what we had planned—but we were delighted to have him despite our technical difficulties. (Liberty's hair may or may not be more grey after editing...) Also, for our listeners with sensitive ears, there is some mild swearing in this episode.
    The guys mostly let Mr. Greenwood talk, and as such, we think this is an episode best listened to rather than trying to sum it up. But we do get a history lesson on publishing and research. My word, do we have it easy nowadays.
    Everything in a home exists to support bookshelves. ~ Ed Greenwood
     
    Links:
    Ed Greenwood The Edverse Ed on Twitter

    • 59 min
    LDK 76 - Intellectual Property Law with Steven Fairchild

    LDK 76 - Intellectual Property Law with Steven Fairchild

    We've got some great insight into intellectual property law with attorney Steve Fairchild. It may sound boring, but as authors, it's important we understand at least a little bit about the law.
    We start things out with an overview of what's encompassed in intellectual property, and then it really gets fun!
    In Episode 76:
    How biology degrees relates to intellectual property How Steve gets his clients Can you use the term "lightsaber™" in your book? Does I.P. law translate to other countries? Finding an I.P. attorney...and do you need one? What's the difference between an I.P. attorney and an agent? When does copyright exist? Do you need to file your copyright with the copyright office? What happens when your work has been pirated? Can I.P. law be funny? How Steven actually informed an episode of Suits--and how they got it wrong! What Steven finds frustrating in fiction about the law Bunny trails! Do I need to copyright my idea formally with the copyright office? Fair use law Steve's advice on courtroom scenes Steve's favorite movies about legal stuff Links:
    Steven R Fairchild author Steven R Fairchild, attorney Living Ashes Turkish Star Wars Redshirts by John Scalzi Godzilla scene from Austin Powers: Goldmember Erin Brokovich Joy

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

GretchenEKEngel ,

A Must Listen for Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans

LDK is interesting, entertaining, and out and out hilarious. They talk books, movies, and general geekery with authors. Who doesn't want to know a favorite author's superhero or if they're Star Wars or Star Trek? Haven't heard of these authors and other writing professionals? Better yet! You can discover some great books for your to-be-read pile. That and maybe damaged electronics are the only dangers. Time sips accordingly so you don't spray your keyboard after a good laugh.

Lysana1 ,

Amusing Diversion

The hosts of LDK clearly know each other and have a good rapport. This is a casual sort of podcast that feels more like friends chatting around a table than a serious focus on craft--and that isn't a bad thing. Enjoyable to have playing in the car or in the background while cleaning, with some solid nuggets of wisdom.

Sassyface81 ,

Woohoo!!!!

So proud of ya Lib! Tuning in on my way home to Ne. ;)

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