Monthly Archives: March 2016


Character’s Mental Health

Let’s get real:
That punch to the head…
That divorce…
That violence…
That abuse…
All have consequences on character.

Jon and Juliet talk about trauma and what it means to characters. We love it when the cowboy gets punched on the nose but gets right back on his horse. But have you ever been punched on the nose?

Links and Things Mentioned in the Show:

Jon mentioned Sarah Zarr’s very good podcast: This Creative Life. Especially episode 48: Corey Ann Haydu & Adult Children of Alcoholics.

Another podcast about mental health that Jon recommends is The Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin.


Writer’s Tics

Writers tend to repeat things.
We discuss what and why.

Jon and Juliet start with their own verbal tics: Juliet’s awesome and Jon’s to da loo. We talk about Gillian Lynn’s Gone Girl an the number of literally. In Jon’s novel Loom, he discusses removing the world moment seventy-five or so times.

Mentioned on the show:

Gone Girl by Gillian Lynn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? (Link and Text From Amazon.)