Episode 28: Framing the Concept

July 8th, 2020

Physical art colors the world around us -- literally! But how do we translate that into the written word? This week, we explore the difference between art and craft, art for public consumption versus private enjoyment, political messages in portraits and sculpture and graffiti, and how those details can communicate the values and trends in the world you're writing.

Transcript for Episode 28 (Thank you, scribes!)

Episode 27: Potpourri 2: 2 Pot, 2 Pourri (Welcome to Season 2!)

June 24th, 2020

We begin Year 2 of the podcast by answering questions from listeners and introducing our new co-host, Cass Morris! We chat about architecture, city design, profanity, and other topics that may well spin out into full episodes as the year goes on. If you're new to the podcast, welcome! This is a great place to start. If you're a devoted follower of the podcast, welcome back! We're delighted to have you tuning in.

Transcript for Episode 27 (thank you, scribes!)

Episode 26: Take Pride in your Worldbuilding featuring K.A. DOORE!

June 10th, 2020

Guest K.A. Doore joins us to talk about queer worldbuilding! What are ways to think about approaching queernorm in crafting second world fantasy? What ripple effects does normalizing queerness add to your world?

Transcript for this episode (Thanks again, scribes!)

Episode 25: Rebel Scum and the Evil Empire Featuring ANDREA STEWART!

May 28th, 2020

Fabulous guest ANDREA STEWART joins us to talk empires and rebellions, including the worldbuilding for the empire in Bone Shard Daughter! Don't miss this episode--it's revolting. In the best way possible.

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Episode 24: Dress for the Quest You Want Featuring MELISSA CARUSO!

May 13th, 2020

Whether you're outfitting a fictional warrior for battle, a farmer for work, or a hapless Hobbit for a very long walk, the pragmatic and aesthetic elements of and individual's clothing and gear are an essential part of fantasy worldbuilding! Join us as we chat with Melissa Caruso (author of the Swords and Fire trilogy and, forthcoming, The Obsidian Tower).

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Episode 23: We Are Gathered Together Featuring TOCHI ONYEBUCHI!

April 29th, 2020

People can make a ceremony out of just about anything--life events, accomplishments, afternoon tea. Why, and how, and what can it convey about the world our characters live in? Featuring TOCHI ONYEBUCHI!

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Episode 22: First We Eat (Featuring CASS MORRIS!)

April 15th, 2020

We've finally done it--we're talking about food! Buffets of food description are a fantasy trope, but why is food so important to worldbuilding, anyway?

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Episode 21: Medicine and the Concept of the Body (Featuring FREYA MARSKE!)

April 1st, 2020

Bodies may not be technically required in fantasy, but most of our characters have 'em...what medicine and concept of physical health and self do they have?

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Episode 20: When Two Wizards Love Each Other Very Much… (feat. Cat Sebastian!)

March 18th, 2020

On this week's episode we're joined by the fabulous romance author Cat Sebastian while we do some SEXY worldbuilding. With, like, slow jazz and shit. Saxophones. Rose petals on the bed. The whole thing. Get cozy!


The transcript of this episode is available here!

Episode 19: Triskadekaphilia

March 4th, 2020

On today's episode, we're doing a deep-dive and building up that Thirteen Families culture that we mentioned a little while back! From the ground up, here we go!


The transcript of this episode is available here.

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