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Episode 288 Sometimes it is the little things that can make all the difference. In a photograph, it might be a shift in POV or depth of frame. In our printing, it might be the right paper selection. No matter what you are working on a small change can be a big deal. However, as the days seemingly run together in this year of COVID, I got to thinkin…
 
As we settle into our new home on Wednesdays, we’ve got an author Q&A with Helen Juliet. Helen also writes as HJ Welch and here we talk about why she writes, the support she’s received from the m/m romance community, working on shared universes and why she unpublished her first book. Complete shownotes for episode 60 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
Episode 287 I often think of photography as an active verb. It is something that we do, see, and respond. It involves action on both the creator of the image and the viewer. We create photographs to see better, learn about the world and our place in it, and share those insights with others. Hopefully, people look at our photographs to have the same…
 
For the U.S. Labor Day weekend, we've got a short episode that features a special announcement! Big Gay Author Podcast is moving to Wednesday. Will also has some book and podcast recommendations for your weekend, including Make Noise by Eric Nuzum as well as episodes of Stark Reflection Podcast, Six Figure Authors Podcast and Great Writer's Share P…
 
Mission language forms our ideas and actions. Talking about such language is not a waste of time. Uncertainty abounds when it comes to the language of mission. Definitions are found in the eye of the beholder. Missionary activity is defined as everything from church planting among an unreached people to putting a roof on a building to creation care…
 
Episode 286 Sometimes I hear someone say something and it gets me thinking about my approach to my photography. I recently overheard someone say don’t shoot the messenger. This got me to thinking about how many times we blame the viewer for not getting our understanding of our photographs. This week’s podcast is all about how we can help to overcom…
 
After Jeff gives an update on his Christmas novel and says farewell to The Writer's Well Podcast, the guys welcome Daniel Willcocks and Sacha Black for a round of Q&A. We find out why they write, steps they took to become full time authors and they also share a mistake and a success that they've learned from. Complete shownotes for episode 58 are a…
 
Episode 285 I was recently updating a lot of software on my computer. As some of the updates were installing, I took a look at the software release notes. If you have never looked at these notes, they tell you what is included in the update. Nearly all the release notes have the same basic information. They contain bug fixes, new features, and comp…
 
In the second part of our interview with author LaQuette about her Critical Lens workshop, she discusses historicals, why this class is valuable for reviewers and readers as well as the importance of normalizing marginalized characters in the romance genre. Complete shownotes for episode 57 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
With the publication of Transforming Mission (1991), David Bosch acknowledged the Church’s activity in mission has transitioned through several paradigms. His conclusion at the end of the twentieth century was the new paradigm had not arrived but was in the process of development. We are still in this liminal state. What is a possible way to naviga…
 
Episode 284 This week’s podcast dives into how we define a photograph and photography. There is a lot of room to experiment and play with what defines photography, but I think knowing what is an isn’t photography and a photograph can help you be a better photographer and consumer of visual images. For me, there are three key aspects of a photograph…
 
In part one of our interview with author LaQuette, we discuss her Critical Lens workshop. The class is designed to teach authors, reviewers and readers how to use literary criticism to view your own work, or the books you're reading, through an alternative lens. For authors this can provide critical insight into alternative perspectives that can he…
 
Episode 283 This week’s podcast talks introduces two new long-format workshops I am offering in 2020-2021. Each workshop will run for 6-7 months and is limited to six particpants. There is a foundation workshop about editing and workflow and an advanced workshop about finding more meaning in your work. You can get more information from the Workshop…
 
Episode 282 There are a number of aspects of photography that fall into two camps. There are artistic decisions and technical decisions. For some people, you might think of this as left-brain (technical) and right- brain (creative) decisions. However, to be successful, you need both sides of your brain to make a good photograph. Not only both sides…
 
Author and podcaster J. Thorn talks with Jeff about the recent Supercharge Your Scene Challenge, where J. laid out his approach to scenes. J. walks through the worksheet and scene that Jeff submitted for the challenge, which provides valuable insight into scene structure. Jeff and J. also discuss J's podcasts, the events he puts on and what got him…
 
Episode 281 One of our listeners sent in a great question about distractions. Her question was a two-part approach to dealing with distractions. The first was dealing with the distractions of editing the wrong images. Were there ideas or strategies for making sure what we can edit the best images and not waste time on the wrong images. Before you a…
 
Author and podcaster Sacha Black joins us to talk about The Anatomy of Prose: 12 Steps to Sensational Sentences, which is the latest book in her Better Writers series. Sacha also discusses what led her to kicking off the series with a book on villains and how she knew she was ready to write non-fiction books. Complete shownotes for episode 54 are a…
 
Episode 280 Make yourself the best photographer in the world. To do so, all you have to do is wear a mask. If you think it kills your freedom, put one and walk around and see if you can still do things. If you can, the mask hasn’t destroyed your freedom but has kept the rest of us safer. In this week’s podcast, I reflect on how our emotional state …
 
Author E. Davies joins us this week to talk about the market research he does focused on best selling tropes and how that influences his books. He also discusses shared universes, including insights on what it takes to manage one and guidance for authors who want to join one. Complete shownotes for episode 53 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
Episode 279 I get asked a lot of questions about photography. Some are good, and some are not so good. When we look at our own work and spend time behind the camera it is all about asking and answering questions. Is this the right composition? Do I have the right settings? Is my narrative on point? In my experience, when we ask the right question w…
 
Jeff shares his progress on Camp NaNoWriMo and looks at the first quarter of sales data for Keeping Kyle. Jeff and Will talk with Daniel Willcocks about his new book Collaboration for Authors: A Complete Guide to Collaborating, Finding a Partner, and Accelerating Your Author Career. Daniel talks about his own collaborations, as well as what he lear…
 
As COVID-19 continues to build in the USA, I thought I would use the podcast this week to share five things you can do with your stay at home time. These to-do items will work even if you aren't stuck at home under quarantine. Still, these to-dos can help pass the time and improve your photography and photographic inspiration if you are at home. Re…
 
The guys kick off with a brief recap of last week, including the release of the Heart2Heart anthology, and what Jeff's been up to with Camp NaNoWriMo and the Critical Lens class he just started taking. Jeff talks with author and podcaster Lauren Shippen about podcast fiction. Lauren's written and produced several shows, going back to 2015 with The …
 
I often get asked what the things you can do to be a better photographer are. The two that are always at the top of my list are printing and consuming other people's work. I like to use the analogy of ice cream when discussing other people's work. Our work is one flavor of ice cream. Different people all have their own flavor. When we look at other…
 
The guys kick off with a recap of the past week, including recording an interview with Daniel Willcocks, an interesting invitation from J. Thorn and details on a class Jeff is taking during July. The discussion of story structure concludes with a look at the "Fighting for Love" section of Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat. Complete shownotes for epis…
 
We used to be able to go to the movies, one of my favorite traditions was getting something from the concessions stands. Now I know they are a rip-off, but I just love having a treat during the movie. I am always somewhat annoyed; however, by the time it takes some people to pick a type of candy while in line. Now, I have read enough research to kn…
 
Jeff talks about his experience last week with J. Thorn's Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge. Will recommends a recent episode of The Rebel Author Podcast where Sacha Black talked with Libbie Hawker about outlining. The discussion of story structure, based on Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat, continues with the "Retreating from Love" sec…
 
Ah, the great American past-time of complaining. Nothing beats hanging out with friends over a beer and complaining about all sorts of things in life. We love to complain about lots of things such as politics, weather, work, and even our photography. Photographers love to complain about all things photographic. Subscription fees, cameras, software,…
 
Jeff recommends the latest episode of Rachael Herron's How Do You Write? He also talks briefly about J. Thorn's Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge, which he will take part in next week. The guys continue their discussion on story structure with the "Falling in Love" phase from Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat. Jeff wraps up the show by s…
 
A couple of the things I hear photographs talk about all the time is hitting a wall, not getting good feedback, and fear in the face of change. In this week's podcast, I tossed all of those issues into the Vitamix blender and hit high speed on the dial. No matter what problems you face, odds are you try to solve it by repeating the same behavior ov…
 
After Jeff reveals the details on the anthology project he's been alluding to over the past few weeks, Will dives into a discussion on story structure, specifically The Set Up phase described in Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat. After reviewing the elements of that phase, they talk about it in action through a couple of stories and Jeff gets into th…
 
In her classic essay On Photography, Susan Sontag makes the statement: Photographing is essentially an act of non-intervention. So in this week's podcast, I thought we would take a look at that quote and discuss how photographing and the viewing of photographs can be a non-intervening act. The photographs we make that are significant to us, and som…
 
Jeff & Will reveal their Christmas in July project. It starts in June with creating characters, deciding on tropes and using Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beats to outline a Christmas story that they'll write during Camp NaNoWriMo in July. The guys also have a Q&A session with author Victoria Lee. Complete shownotes for episode 46 are at BigGayAuthorP…
 
In this week's podcast, we focus on two aspects of the nature of critique. The how and the why of taking a photograph. The how is the technical side of things in creating the image. The why is who you are as a photographer in the photograph. The story of the image so to speak. When we work on images, ideally, we would have both aspects in our image…
 
In this week's podcast, I talk about some of the impacts that might appear in your photo editing and viewing as a result of binge-watching. While it is fun to sit down and consume a show from beginning to end as fast a possible, there is a cost to this approach. Much like eating good food, without a palate cleanser, our ability to sense subtle nuan…
 
This week's podcast focuses on the impacts in our photography when the days, projects, images, and seeing seem to drag into each other over and over again. The groundhog effect, so to speak. I don't think there is a person out there who hasn't had a negative sense of deja vu when it comes to there photography. Maybe you are stuck working locally ra…
 
Jeff does a deep dive on the release of Keeping Kyle, looking at the expenses to create the book and its first month's earnings. He also compares it to his previous releases. Then Jamie Sands, who also writes under the pen names Jaxon Knight and Drake LaMarque, joins us for a Q& A session. Complete shownotes for episode 43 are at BigGayAuthorPodcas…
 
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. This week's podcast is based on a request from one of our listeners regarding a question of ethics in photography. Ethics, our sense of doing what is right and wrong, is at the core of each of us. As photographers, our understanding of right and wrong regarding what and when to …
 
After an update on Jeff's writing and the week in general, the guys recommend the new podcast, Next Level Authors hosted by Daniel Willcocks and Sacha Black. Authors Alice Archer and Emma Scott each do a round of Q&A talking about their careers and offering advice to those just starting out. Complete shownotes for episode 42 are at BigGayAuthorPodc…
 
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. This week's podcast is a direct response to conversations I have been having with my friends and associates as they struggle to deal with their creative process during the pandemic. As the days drag on from one to another, the creative spark for many people has become less enjoy…
 
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. I have been having some conversations with people lately about how they create their work. In the course of those discussions, I have found that a lot of people seem to focus on the next thing. However, in my experience, there is a lot of information to be gained by returning to…
 
Jeff & Will present a panel discussion that was recorded during the Coastal Magic Convention from February 2020. The Publishing Plus panel featured authors Morgan Brice (aka Gail Z Martin), Jeaniene Frost, Sarah Nicolas (aka Aria Kane) and S.E. Smith in a discussion about the many ways for authors to share more of themselves and their stories with …
 
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. As we all have been forced to make changes to our daily routines, it got me thinking about time. Time is one of those things at the foundation of photography, and I believe, defines a unique aspect of photography as a medium and form of communication. I also have begun to really…
 
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. We recently added a new family member, Cora the dog, to the house. She is a loving, energetic ball of Aussie Shepard fur. Lori and I are working at training her to be a happy, well-adjusted, non-cat chasing member of the family. Part of that training is Lori, and I getting on th…
 
Jeff updates everyone on his publishing activities for Keeping Kyle which releases on Tuesday. The guys also have some recommended listening and reading, including Joanna Penn's appearance on the Choose FI podcast, as well as a recent episode of The Misfits Guide to Writing Indie Romance, a blog post from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and a video from Ch…
 
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