14.9: Showing Off

Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, Dan, and Howard

Let’s infodump without infodumping. Let’s deliver lots of exposition without sounding expository. Let’s talk with the maid and the butler without having maid-and-butler dialog.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Benjamin Hewett, and mastered by Alex Jackson



Write some ephemera for your world

Shadiversity (Vidcast), by Shad M. Brooks

9 thoughts on “14.9: Showing Off”

  1. Well I must say it was such a glorious surprise to find myself being mentioned in Book Of The Week as I’ve been an avid listener to Writing Excuses for many years, promoting your very podcast in my videos on writing.
    Coincidentally I’ll be publishing my debut novel in a few months, I’m literally going through the audio narration recorded by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading this very moment for my novel’s audio book.
    I’m not sure if you guys keep a list of listeners who move on to publish but if you do you can certainly add me to it.

    Really love your work guys, you’ve been such a great help to me over the years.

    1. Thank you! And congratulations on getting the team of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading onto your audio book. They’re legends.

      (Aside: It was Keliana Tayler, my oldest, who pointed me at Shadiversity. “Dad, you keep listening to science stuff while you draw. You might like this thing about swords and castles…”)

  2. This episode isn’t showing up in the xml feed as of the timestamp of this comment, so it’s not in my podcast app. Just a heads up.

  3. I have the same issue as above – this episode is not showing up in my apple podcast app, I’ve refreshed since Monday without seeing a download update. Glad one exists! I will listen through the web on my rainy London evening bus ride! Keep up the good work.

  4. Wow! The original foursome, Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard, tackled the issue of making infodumps interesting. While Howard would have changed his clothes if he knew exactly what they were going to be talking about, they still managed to give plenty of advice and reflections on the problem of avoiding “As you know, Bob” by using various techniques like “Bob, you idiot!”, humor, sex positions, and of course, ephemera galore. So, go listen to the podcast or read the transcript available in the archives or over here:


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