40 episodes

This isn’t a podcast for total beginners. We’re going to assume that you know what plot structure is, what a protagonist is, where ideas come from, and how to use a semicolon. This is a podcast for people who can already write okay, but want to do better.

Rite Gud Kittysneezes

    • Education
    • 2.9 • 40 Ratings

This isn’t a podcast for total beginners. We’re going to assume that you know what plot structure is, what a protagonist is, where ideas come from, and how to use a semicolon. This is a podcast for people who can already write okay, but want to do better.

    Genre Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good

    Genre Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good

    Genre is safe. Genre is comfortable. Genre tells us, as readers, what to expect. As writers, genre gives us guidelines to follow, which can make it a lot easier to plan a story: put the villain monologue here, put the meet cute there, tragically kill the protagonist’s mentor in this part of the story. But do we rely on genre conventions too much? Can genre hold us back? Is genre busting good? In this episode of Rite Gud, we are joined by writer and designer Matt Maxwell.



    Recommended reading:



    Jeff Bezos had a 12-step guide for making ‘iconic’ TV shows that Amazon Studios execs had to follow, according to a new book

    The CIA recruited ‘mind readers’ to spy on the Soviets in the 1970s 

    Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

    Peter Watts, Blindsight

    Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness

    Frank Herbert, Dune

    Matt’s website



    Header image by estartee on Flickr

    About Rite Gud: Raquel S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more. 

    The Rite Gud theme is by Surgeryhead. Follow them on Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    NSFW: Not Safe For Weenies

    NSFW: Not Safe For Weenies

    On this very special NSFW episode of Rite Gud, goth girl correspondent Matilda Lewis and veteran tijuana bible cartoonist Bitter Karella (creator of The Midnight Pals, co-host of the A Special Presentation podcast) join everyone’s favorite audio gremlin Sid Oozeley to discuss a topic most scandalous—sex scenes! Can our ribald heroes run the gauntlet through what can go wrong with sex scenes, diagnose the sexual pathology of a particular kind of SFF writer, and offer suggestions for how anyone can improve their dirty writing? Enjoy ninety minutes of this all-goblin panel discussion of how to make sex scenes in prose hotter, wetter, and better.

    Links:



    * Matilda’s Gumroad

    * Sid’s Paypal for Tips

    * A Special Presentation podcast

    * The Midnight Pals

    * Morrissey Wins Bad Sex Awards

    * Bad Sex Awards Cancelled

    * Anatomy of a Bad Sex Scene

    * Most Ridiculous Sexual Phrases

    * Karella’s Study of Fatty Wank Archetypes, Parts 1 & 2



    * Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)

    * The Encounter

    * Love Sonnet XI

    * Read Aleister Crowley’s Dirty, Dirty 666-Word Sex Poem ‘Leah Sublime’

    * Sappho Fragment 22 (courtesy of Anne Carson’s “If Not Winter”)

    * MsScribe: The Harry Potter Fandom’s Biggest Con Artist





    About Rite Gud: Raquel S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Sid Oozeley is an unprofessional SFF writer, veteran couchsurfer and Rite Gud’s own audio gremlin; words in Blood Knife and several bricked laptops. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.  Show edited by Sid Oozeley.

    The Rite Gud theme is by Surgeryhead. Follow them on Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Why We Can Stop Flogging H.P. Lovecraft’s Dead Bloated Corpse

    Why We Can Stop Flogging H.P. Lovecraft’s Dead Bloated Corpse

    In today’s sci-fi/ fantasy community, it’s fashionable to dig up H.P. Lovecraft and put him on trial as the avatar of everything wrong with speculative fiction. While we won’t defend Lovecraft’s abhorrent social values, we have to ask: what is the point of this? What do we gain by canceling a man who is now a dusty skeleton mouldering in the dirt? Are we really reckoning with genre fiction’s bigoted past, or are we just looking for a way to distract from our contemporary problems?

    In this episode, Karlo Yeager Rodríguez joins us to talk about horror, colonialism, and Captain Picard’s dangerous space dumps.



    Links:







    L*vecraft Country





    Found in the Archives: America’s Unsettling Early Eugenicist Movement





    Racism in the American North





    The Route of Ice and Salt is a vampire classic back from the dead





    Decolonization is not a metaphor





    Podside Picnic





    Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race





    In Maine, a Hidden History on Malaga Island





    New Life and New Civilizations: Socialism, Progress & the Final Frontier





    About Rite Gud: Raquel S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.  Show edited by Sid Oozeley.

    The Rite Gud theme is by Surgeryhead. Follow them on Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Writing for Young Audiences with Celine Kiernan

    Writing for Young Audiences with Celine Kiernan

    “If someone is mad enough to publish my weird shit, I am going to do my utmost to be a little bit more complex.”

    In this episode, middle grade horror/fantasy author Celine Kiernan joins us to talk about writing fiction for young people. How do you handle dark, difficult topics? How do you fight the censors? How do you bridge the generation gap between author and audience? How do you temper your language for inexperienced readers? What do writers owe young people? What does it mean to exploit your audience?

    Celine Kiernan is the author of The Moorehawk Trilogy, Into the Grey, Resonance, and The Wild Magic Trilogy. She is also a freelance editor. She lives in Ireland.

    Links:





    Celine Kiernan’s blog





    Celine Kiernan on Twitter





    Celine Kiernan on Deviant Art





    Pre-order The Promise Witch





    Language Acquisition





    About Rite Gud: Raquel S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.  Show edited by Sid Oozeley.

    The Rite Gud theme is by Surgeryhead. Follow them on Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 51 min
    Talk Gud: A Dialogue about Dialogue

    Talk Gud: A Dialogue about Dialogue

    In this irregular episode, audio gremlin Sid Oozeley talks shop with returning guest Mario Coelho about fantasy and science fiction’s long-standing vendetta against dialogue writing.

    Why is it frequently so stilted and stiff? Why are American writers so averse to local flavor? Why do so many grown adults still try to write like Joss Whedon? Just how far off-topic can Sid take a conversation? What the hell is verisimilitude, exactly?

    Our boys get to the bottom of all of this and more on this unusual episode of Rite Gud.

    Recommended reading list:



    * Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

    * Rossum’s Universal Robots by Karel Capek

    * A Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger



    Links:



    * Dialogue Between Benjamin Franklin and the Gout

    * The Trouble with Most High Fantasy Dialog is that It’s Terrible

    * What makes a fight scene interesting?

    * Was John W Campbell a F*****g Fascist or Merely a Fascist?

    * Bob Silverberg Absolutely Not Doing a Sexism

    * John Swartzwelder, Sage of the Simpsons



    About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.  Show edited by Sid Oozeley.

    The Rite Gud theme is by Surgeryhead. Follow them on Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Hopepunk? More Like COPEpunk

    Hopepunk? More Like COPEpunk

    If you’re into science fiction and fantasy, you might have heard of something called hopepunk. Hopepunk, according to its supporters, is a creative movement that believes that producing and consuming optimistic fiction will make the world a better place. But does hopepunk really offer meaningful hope and revolution, or is it just a way to numb yourself and hide from the world?

    In this episode, Sid Oozeley gets on the mic to talk about how all fiction is escapist: the only question is, what are you escaping from?

    Links:



    * Hopepunk, Explained

    * CS Lewis: “The only people who hate escapism are jailers.”

    * “Bright-Sided”: When Happiness Doesn’t Help

    * Toxic Positivity

    * Lucy Parsons

    * Hannah Arendt’s challenge to Adolf Eichmann

    * George Wallace in 1985:



    * The protest songs that drove the Wobblies a century ago are still lighting fires

    * A Spooktacular reading of “Night of the Ostrich”

    * Hot Goblin Discourse



    About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.  Show edited by Sid Oozeley.

    The Rite Gud theme is by Surgeryhead. Follow them on Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Fanfic Defender ,

Is this performance art? A parody of MFA snobbery?

If this is a send-up of the myopic, gatekeeping, pretentiousness currently infesting MFAdom, it’s brilliant; if this is an actual how-to-write-better podcast then...big yikes. A more self-important yet clueless host one could not hope to find.

alainahammond ,

Fascinating discussion!

I’ve only listened to one episode and am excited to hear more!

goblinnun ,

Challenging + Subversive Takes for Serious Writers

The 1 star review brigade that R. S. Benedict has received for daring to suggest fanfics aren’t serious training or necessarily healthy communities for budding writers should be a clear indication of the level of maturity of the show’s detractors. The guests and discussions about writing and culture on this show are thought-provoking and substantive rather than just commercial and affirming. If you’re serious about making good art the topics and perspectives here are absolutely worth your time!

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