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48. The Second Semi-Annual Writers Retreat

November 29th, 2017

For the second time we take our podcast out of the urban setting and take inspiration from the rural idyll. In this case the rural idyll was extremely cold, so it wore its hoody indoors the whole time. This is mostly an update of where we're at. Kate embarks on her new book, Cathy reflects on her process and Máire talks through what it's like to go through edits with a publisher.

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Máire Brophy

Music (as usual) by Gavin Mulhall

 

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47. Everybody Loves Samwise Gamgee

October 5th, 2017

This week join us around the table as we talk about the challenge of writing moral characters.No one seems to like the goody-goody who always does the right thing and everything in life seems to work out for him. So how do you write a likable moral character? Is it possible?  The verdict seems to be split on this one!

Hope you enjoy!

Presented by Kate Mulholland, Cathy Clarke and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Kate Mulholland.

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46. Climate Fiction, ‘Hot’ New Genre

September 14th, 2017

This week we consider the emerging sub-genre of speculative fiction, Climate Fiction. This genre explores how characters feel and react to their changed world. We speculate about authors and films we've read and watched to see if they qualify as Climate Fiction. Be warned. Sharks are discussed in this episode! 

Enjoy!

 

Presented by Kate Mulholland, Cathy Clarke and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Kate Mulholland.

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45. Writing your author bio… in space

August 8th, 2017

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This week Máire raises the issue of making your author page and how to write a good bio for early stage authors. You can see Cathy's author page at cathycclarke.com and Máire's at mairebrophy.com, Kate plans to do hers in space. We're talking websites, bios and author pictures, and talking about yourself in the third person... I mean herself... themselves.

 

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Máire Brophy

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44. Dungeons and Dragons and Advice

July 13th, 2017

This week Máire talks about the opportunities for writers in the D&D world - that's the Role Playing Game Dungeons and Dragons - looking at the model of the DM's Guild for selling player written games using the D&D rules. Cathy brings up a thorny issue, how do writers find ways of getting good advice and specific insight into improving their writing. We discuss the role of classes, editors, mentors, publishers and..eh... masterchef. We talk about the art and craft of it all, and give a sneak peek into an alternate world where we do a podcast while running.

Presented by Kate Mulholland, Cathy Clarke and Maire Brophy. This episode was produced by Máire Brophy

 

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43. Interview with Sinead Hamill

June 22nd, 2017

This week we have author Sinead Hamill, author of 'Scumbags and Handbags', 'Smiling Vendetta' and the soon to be published 'Dippers'. Sinead talks about her decision to self-publish, where her inspiration comes from and the drive she has to write (and of course have the craic). We talk life, death and ditties!

Sinead's book Dippers is available now.

 

This episode was presented and produced by Máire Brophy 

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42. It’s been too long

June 3rd, 2017

We've been apart for awhile so now we have a lot to say. In this episode Kate tells us about finishing her epic book, Cathy talks about her latest editing and writing group activities and Máire brings us some significant news. We also talk about the difficulty in switching between writing novels and screenplays, and what we should do with advice and opinions on our writing.

 

Episode presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy, produced by Máire Brophy. Music by Gavin Mulhall.

 

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41. NaNoWriMo past the half way point

November 25th, 2016

Two roads diverged in a wood. Kate was on the one that was going somewhere, Maire was not!

We're passed the half way point in this recording for NaNoWriMo, and we're quite far apart from each other. Kate is ploughing ahead and Maire realises she has been intensely writing very boring things. 

 

Presented by Kate Mulholland and Maire Brophy. Produced by Maire Brophy. 

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40. NaNoWriMo Day 7

November 8th, 2016

It's one week into NaNoWriMo, and we discuss where we're at. Kate is getting into it working out her treatment, and Maire has faltered and changed tracks, and not sure if she'll change tracks again.

We are still writing, and yet nowhere near the pesky graph!

Presented by Kate Mulholland and Maire Brophy. Produced by Maire Brophy
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39. NaNoWriMo… And they’re off!

November 2nd, 2016

The second episode of our nano podcast series was recorded on day 2 of NaNoWriMo. We meet in a surprisingly jazz filled room (just imagine us in black and white) to check in and see how the current project is going.

We're off the blocks with our words - yes surry, none of your blank pages for us. And yet, some doubt has crept in. Are we doing the right things for this project? Is this the right project? Is it normal to have early stage jitters? And can I count this intro as part of my word quota for today? We're hoping it'll be resolved by next week. Tune in to find out!

Presented by Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. Produced by Máire Brophy
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