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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

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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 #202: Summer Flashback 1 - How Do You Learn To Create?

    Tell The Damn Story #202: Summer Flashback 1 - How Do You Learn To Create?

    Chris and me are on hiatus so this is the first of their Summer Flashbacks visits of earlier episodes.  

    This week, Chris and Alex discuss some of the many ways artists learn not only how to create, but also how to deal with some of those negative mindsets. 

    Just back from a writers' conference with Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan and others, Chris shares some of their thoughts on, "How do you learn to write a good story?"  "Where do  ideas come from?"  And facing those challenges. "How do we continue to do what we do?"

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    • 49 min
    TELL THE DAMN STORY 201: "The Importance of Writer Reflections"

    TELL THE DAMN STORY 201: "The Importance of Writer Reflections"

    Despite some technological challenges we made it.

    In this episode, Alex and Chris take a quick look at pop culture, discuss big changes coming for them, reflect on the importance of authors reflecting on their career and their work, and then make a whopper of an announcement. Don't miss it!

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    #WandaVision, #TheFalconandTheWinterSoldier, #Loki, #Avengers #Wakanda #BlackPanther #BlackjackAdventures #writers #Superman #ManofSteel #TheShadow #CityofWoe #GeniusHigh #Hiatus

    • 27 min
    TELL THE DAMN STORY 200: Celebrating Over 200 Episode of Writing Tips, Techniques, & Tales

    TELL THE DAMN STORY 200: Celebrating Over 200 Episode of Writing Tips, Techniques, & Tales

    "Previously On..."

    In this momentous episode, Alex and Chris celebrate the "free writing school" aspects of TTDS. For over 6 years their conversations have included discussions and advice about writing habits, techniques, tropes, genres, and a ton of creative advice. 

    Not to mention the many locations and countries they've recorded in, conferences they reported from, and the over 100 people they've interviewed, all in the name of telling the damn story! 

    Come enjoy the fun as the boys look back over where they've been as they gear up for where they're going next.

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    #WandaVision, #TheFalconandTheWinterSoldier, #Loki, #Avengers #Wakanda #BlackPanther #AvengersEndGame, #DavidWalker,  #TheDestinyWar, #AlexSegura #CaseenGaines #DonMcgregor #JerryCraft #FootNotes #OmarHolman #BlackNerdProblems #BlackLightning #TonyIsabella #PulpFest #BlackjackAdventures #writers 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tell The Damn Story 199: Why Betting On Black ... Broadway, Can Be Bittersweet.

    Tell The Damn Story 199: Why Betting On Black ... Broadway, Can Be Bittersweet.

    A long buried Broadway secret is now getting national attention because of one man's long shot.

    Chris and Alex welcome the return of author CASEEN GAINES, this time to delve into how his new book, FOOTNOTES, is getting national recognition.  From the Hollywood Reporter to the New York Times, and more.  

    The three dig deep into the gamble that Caseen took, writing about the fate of a long forgotten, controversial 1920s black Broadway musical ("Shuffle Along").  How a show that was a hit, while igniting conflict on both sides of the color line, then and for many years there after.

    It's an episode that explores the creative process, pitching to mainstream publishing, and the double-edge complications of racial representation.


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    #caseengaines #Footnotes #shufflealong #blackpanther #spokenword #wedon'tneednoroads #peewee'splayhouse #darkcrystal #writers

    • 1 hr 7 min
    TELL THE DAMN STORY 198: "Finish The Damn Story!"

    TELL THE DAMN STORY 198: "Finish The Damn Story!"

    This week Alex and Chris team up with writer/publishers Jim Beard and John C. Bruening of Flinch Books.

    The four creatives get together for a fantastic, fun, and enlightening discussion about the nature and value of pulp fiction, what it is like to run an independent publishing company, and how to put together an anthology project. 

    The conversation tackles what is "pulp," writing styles, researching, collaboration and editing challenges.

    We even go on a quest for the space gods! Monsters who eat earth, crime fighters in a post WW 2 world, and more. 

    If you like fiction, if you love books, this is an episode you cannot miss! And if you're a pulp fiction fan, you're gonna wanna listen to it twice! 



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    #pulp #newpulp #PulpFest #jimbeard #johncbruening #independentpublishing #indie #DIY #amwriting #amediting #ampublishing #ohio

    • 1 hr 16 min
    TELL THE DAMN STORY 197: "The Episode at the Heart of Forever"

    TELL THE DAMN STORY 197: "The Episode at the Heart of Forever"

    Or ... Caught In A Vortex Called The MCU.

    This week Alex and Chris had an idea. Like most ideas, it went awry. 

    The plan was to do a "just us" episode after having six very solid interview episodes in a row. If you haven't experienced those episodes they're 191 through 196. 

    But today we were going to keep it light. LOL. We may have started with personal news but we soon found ourselves in the MCU.  That led us to  talking about the Loki series and two other Marvel TV series. 

    Chris even offers a theory that the MCU is not heading into Phase IV - Secret Wars, but to The Destiny War covered in Kurt Busiek's Avengers Forever 12-issue mini-series!

    For this "interrogation" the UN-usual suspects are Time Keepers, Loki, Kang, Scarlet Witch, and more.  

    Come for the jokes; stay for the deep geek theories and writing advice!



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    #WandaVision, #TheFalconandTheWinterSoldier, #Loki, #Avengers #Wakanda #BlackPanther #CrisisEnfiniteEarth, #AvengersForever, #KurtBusiek,  #TheDestinyWar, #KangTheConqueror, #TheDestinyWar

    • 1 hr 4 min

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