Your Hosts: Dan, Mary, Aliette, and Howard with special guest J.Y. Yang
J.Y. Yang is a Hugo-nominated short story writer from Singapore who identifies as non-binary. They joined us to talk about this non-binary identification, and how writers can do a better job of depicting it (beyond simply using non-gendered pronouns.)
Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm and mastered by Alex Jackson
If you live in the northern hemisphere, inland, perhaps above the 40th parallel, you are probably quite sure that there are four distinct seasons. There are, however, many, many people for whom “seasons” are things that happen to other people.
This is the conflict between your default and the rest of the world, and in this episode we’ll talk about confronting your default.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Andrew Twiss, and mastered by Alex Jackson.
Our characters become far more interesting when they begin interacting with each other. These interactions—these relationships—are often how our stories get told. In this episode we explore ways in which we can fine tune relationships in service of our stories.
The tools include the Kowal Relationship Axes (Mind, Money, Morals, Manners, Monogamy, and The Marx Brothers) and the differences between personal and position power.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson and mastered by Alex Jackson
Brandon wanted to ask us how our perspectives on character have changed since the very beginning of our writing. It’s a difficult question to answer, and a very soulful sort of thing to answer in front of other people. So Brandon went first while the rest of us racked our brains.
What are you going to learn from this episode? Well… you might learn a bit about each of us, but it’s also possible that you’ll learn something about your own writing, and find yourself able to navigate the next few steps on your journey with character.
Note: The apology strips Howard mentioned begin with this strip. They are part of a story that begins here.
Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.