Monthly Archives: November 2013

Episode 39: Life Experience

The guys all enjoyed Joseph Scapellato’s “Drunk in Texas, Two New Friends Talked Horses,” the discussion of which leads them to wonder whether people should write about their life experience, and whether people even need to have life experience. Then Jon threatens (yet again) to head off to war, and Brian and Ben admit that they might have accidentally Rand Pauled some of their favorite books.

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Episode 38: NaNoWriMo

November means three things: Thanksgiving, mustaches, and National Novel Writing Month, the last of which the WITTScasters discuss in this episode (including the plot of Ben’s NaNoWriMo novel from his younger days). They also touch on moments so perfect you know right away they’ll show up in your fiction and whether publishing an anthology is a legitimate career stepping stone before putting on their waders and visiting the swampland of Megan Mayhew Bergman’s “Birds of a Lesser Paradise.”

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Episode 37: WITTScast West — Boulder, CO

IMAG0226Look at this! The boys enjoyed some Upslope Craft Lager while recording in one place for the first time in WITTScast history. Here they are in Brian’s basement, where the boys share their thoughts on Boulder, Colorado, and the many writerly (and alcoholic) haunts we visited, from the University of Colorado campus to the Boulder Book Store.

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Hey look! The UC Boulder library!


And Jon and Brian discuss life, liberty, et cetera.



Episode 36: Writers and the People Who Love Them

It’s not easy to find a lover who understands how important your writing time is, or a friend who appreciates the triumph of a few hours of good revision. The guys discuss the value of surrounding yourself with people who support your writing lifestyle. Then it’s on to other challenges, like finding a Northern Flicker in Central Park, in Emma Straub’s “Marjorie and the Birds.”

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