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Have you revisited your childhood books recently? No? Don’t do it.On this episode:Olivia wishes Lemony Snicket had a time machine. Lauren calls C.S. Lewis the “T” word. (Cover your ears). Jinn was commanded by animals to kill the witch.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Strange the Dreamer - Laini TaylorLies of Locke Lamora - Scott LynchAmerican Pasto…
 
How do you feel about the Lord of the Rings books? Forget what you're supposed to say in public. You can be honest with us. ON THIS EPISODE: Anthony delves into the shady world of cryptocurrencies. Bryan invests in himself. And Dave supplexes Battlefield Earth before pinning it for the three count. MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:The Last Light of …
 
What needs to happen in this moment? Just do that.ON THIS EPISODE: Dave exposes his ‘underpinnings’. Anthony gets to tend the rabbits. And Bryan becomes overwhelmed by micro structure.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel KayThe Blind Owl by Sadegh HedayatNight Watch by Sergei LukyanenkoAssassin’s Apprentice by Ro…
 
How do you revise your work?On this episode:John reveals his global pizza elitism. Jinn wants a Cthulu story he actually likes reading. Olivia wonders what King would be doing if he wasn’t writing. Lauren gushes over Laini Taylor.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:On Writing - Stephen KingAmerican Pie - Peter ReinhartKitchen Confidential - Anthony Bou…
 
Do you like books that make up their own language?On this episode: Olivia can't deal with drunken Scottish, Nadsat and Valleymen. Lauren gives some useful time-travelling advice. Jinn decides to learn everything in the universe.East of Eden - John SteinbeckSuperconductivity: A Very Short Introduction - Stephen J. BlundellThermodynamics: A Very Shor…
 
Sorry, folks. There are no shortcuts to enlightenment.On this episode: Bryan calls everyone’s ‘character’ into question. Anthony fills the pipeline. And Dave considers going back in fictional time to erase make-believe people. MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:The Expanse book series by James S.A. CoreyThe Gunslinger by Stephen KingLauris by Eugene V…
 
Who doesn’t root for the axe murderer?On this episode: We learn that, in addition to being a whole lot of fun at parties, Dave is also celebrated for his movie-going fun. Old English makes Anthony giggle like a school boy (Forsooth!). And Bryan burns any possible chance he may have ever had of becoming Stephen King’s friend.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS …
 
What what the most emotionally scarring book you’ve ever read?On this episode:Lauren is loyal to Tilda Swinton, but only to a certain degree. Olivia does NOT, she absolutely DOES NOT download TV shows illegally. (Just like everyone else…) Jinn raves about the golden age of television. John initiates a huge debate on how useful “how to write” books …
 
Does anyone really – emphasis on the really – get poetry?On this episode: Bryan learns from Zombies. Anthony admits to being more of a romantic (Awww). And Dave professes his love for the Wheel of Time...or does he? MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Caliban's War by James S.A. CoreyThe Prague Cemetery by Umberto EcoPeace by Gene WolfePatriot Games by…
 
What the big print giveth, the fine print taketh away and commission ghostwriters to steal your characters and setting… and we’ll erase your plot twist too.On this episode:Lauren swears she is not drinking whiskey on the podcast. Jinn can’t stop gushing about cyberpunk. Olivia thinks authors shouldn’t write books for their British mummies.MEDIA MEN…
 
Who let the cat into the miniatures room?On this episode: Dave schools us on queries. Anthony gets a better handle on the process. And Bryan yada yada yada (you'll see).MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Caliban's War by James S.A. CoreyThe Prague Cemetery by Umberto EcoInvisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate by Brian McDona…
 
Do you read multiple book simultaneously or finish one book at a time before you start the next one?On this episode:Ms. Lauren McNeil’s paperbacks of Moroda arrive in a box. Jinn’s gay-dar is so broken, he mistook Olivia’s protagonist for the wrong sex. John refuses to mix drinks for his friends. Jerk. Olivia got rejected by her own people.MEDIA ME…
 
The substance was the style...capiche?On this episode: Dave joins the group! He's real fun at parties. Anthony gets sucked into the writer's vacuum. And Bryan does his best to disprove your rules. Damn you, rules!MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:The Gunslinger by Stephen KingCaliban's War by James S.A. CoreyMusashi by Eiji YoshikawaBeyond the Sovere…
 
New members John Pedersen and Lauren McNeil join the Garage Fiction Podcast (after weeks of Lauren sabotaging our recordings with a cheap $4 mic from PC World).On this episode:We have a SquareSoft love fest. Jinn watches a train wreck in slow motion. Olivia is pleased with driving her protagonist to infanticide. Lauren is on page 23 of On Looking d…
 
GFP #49A - Inside the Mind of a SickoOn this episode: Unbeknownst it to him, (or little did he know, if you prefer), Nicholas sat innocently at Café Bleu in Del Ray Beach recording his last episode of Garage Fiction with Olivia and Jinn, while his two companions talked about pedophiles, serial killers and other sickos in fiction.MEDIA MENTIONED ON …
 
Exeunt Alex Stage Right...On this episode: Bryan talks for far too long about Jack Reacher. Anthony finds a way to 'solidify that state'. And Alex forms opinions...and then leaves us *cries*MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Killing Floor by Lee Child Write to Market: Deliver a Book that Sells by Chris Fox5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smar…
 
The all-powerful vs the all-seeing...On this episode: Alex throws 'bitch' around like a hundred times. Bryan sticks to his guns...maybe. And Anthony reaches enlightenment.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Lauris by Eugene Vodolazkin Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin Harry Potter 4 by J.K. RowlingBand of Brothers Miniseries by Steven Spielberg a…
 
What are some 2016 films on your "catch-up" list?On this episode: Jinn goes on a relentless rant against post-modernism. Olivia frowns at modern art. Nicholas does yet another impression of Olivia. It's hilarious.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Boyhood dir. Richard Linklater Man in High Castle by Philip K. DickDo Androids Dream of Sheep? by Philip …
 
It's got like a nice lever action goin' on...On this episode: Alex searches for meaning among the expletives. Anthony breaks his promises (bad Anthony). Bryan continues to preach the sermon of Revision.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Gathering Blue by Lois LowryThe Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest HemingwayThe Warren Commission Report…
 
"She was a very old woman"On this episode: Alex considers whether or not to shed a personality or two. Anthony loses his 404 Page Not Found virginity. Bryan believes skyscrapers are 25 feet tall. He may have meant storeys but we're not betting on it. MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Divergent by Veronica RothThe Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age b…
 
GFP #47A - Three Whiny WomenWhat book have you read recently that had a stupid ending?On this episode: Olivia reads Erikson in German. Nicholas suffers from the pain of regret. Jinn apparently writes 5000 word blogs all the time. (He doesn’t.)MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkin…
 
Straight-faced recapping!On this episode: The gang finishes their discussion on the 2016 year in review. Alex wields the writing gauntlet like a pro. Anthony manages to find the only corner in an oval room. And Bryan wrote the single longest submission to date and somehow expected everyone to critique it in a week!MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Di…
 
Will you stand up to fight and join the uprising?On this episode: Olivia enjoys romance novels by proxy. Jinn reveals how much of a cynic he is. Nicholas answers a tough question admirably and diplomatically because that’s just the kind of guy he is.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:The Traveler by John Twelve HawksA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman…
 
Middles are haaaaaarrrrddddd… *whine whine*On this episode: Nicholas is practically George Clooney in Up In The Air. Jinn confesses to not finishing half the books he picks up. Olivia hates restarting series just as much as Jinn does.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Gone Girl - Gillian FlynnSharp Objects - Gillian FlynnThe Traveler - John Twelve Haw…
 
Fire and Forget...for shame!On this episode: The gang discuss their GF submissions to date and what they've learned from each. We also learn that Alexandra's struggle with author names is real, Anthony discovers that Alex and Bryan have been enjoying his work, and Bryan's verbosity continues...(it's okay to groan)MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Hom…
 
What do extroverts think about anyway?On this episode: Jinn shares his favorite petty office pranks. Olivia can’t get over this woman with glasses. Why Invisible Ink is better than saving the cat or snowflakes. Nicholas shares the beauty of Mad Libs with the weird European.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexander DumasK…
 
Alexandra really needs to know...is the tube the soup? On this episode: Alex becomes a dark comedy diva who takes on Godzilla. Anthony has to suffer the slings and arrows of his slacker peers yet again. And Bryan's love of structure really shines through. Also, adverbs.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Godzilla (All of them!)Night Watch by Sergei Luk…
 
Are you a good citizen on social media? Knock, knock. It’s the thought police.On this episode: Olivia and Jinn try to remember if social media was “scary” back in 2013. Nicholas got a new Yeti mic and gets all David Attenborough on us. Jinn brings up Orson Scott Card’s MICE again.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Year of the Flood by Margaret AtwoodT…
 
Do you worry the NSA will use your Google searches against you one day? #writerproblemsOn this episode: Bryan looks up random crazy stuff on viking sex. Alex reveals that her head is filled with plants that poison people. Anthony gives Bryan a new last name. It’s kinda cool.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett…
 
Olivia needs your help! She needs to read 11 more books before the year is out. What are some good books that are under 150 pages?On this episode: Jinn talks about what it means to go to the edge and discover the human condition. Buckley, (Jinn’s Dog), doesn’t like Olivia’s critique of Nicholas’ piece. Nicholas wants us all to sing “Under the Bridg…
 
Our resident podcast lurker Charles finally shows up.On this episode: Chris wrassles with a rogue microphone. Bryan talks about the power of rereading. Alex recounts "The Pickle Incident". Anthony says nothing out-of-place so I can't take his words out of context for the podcast show notes (grr...) Charles says "um" a lot, but don't worry, I delete…
 
What do you watch at 3AM at night when you’re supposed to be finishing a deadline? (Don’t ask Jinn)On this episode: The greatest Garage Fiction expose ever: Did Olivia grow up in a media bubble? Answers within! We also talk about missing deadlines. Jinn, who is NOT an expert, tries to riff on video game history and embarrasses himself. And finally,…
 
Can you say Tsukuru Tazaki three times fast?On this episode: Alex confesses to sleeping with books, but doesn't like the ones with musty, yellow smells. Bryan exposes a dirty secret in the book industry most readers don't know about. Anthony references a classic anime but is met by crickets. (I feel you, brother.) And Alex's boyfriend makes a ghost…
 
Happy Thanksgiving! Do you read books while walking your dog? (Two Garage Fiction writers confess.)On this episode: Jinn admits to vandalizing his books. Olivia still can't believe her dad gave her Stephen King's "It" when she was eight. Nicholas starts crying about father-daughter movies and how he can't watch them.MEDIA MENTIONED ON THIS EPISODE:…
 
Garage Fiction welcomes yet another new member, Alexandra Clare! Yay!On this episode: Chris is losing his mind. Ja're'd hates names where authors add an apostrophe in the middle of it (see what I did there?). Alexandra writes a genderless *and* split-personality character in her first story (daring!). Anthony says he's a "nice guy" (is he?). Bryan …
 
Pop quiz: Do you write stick figures or self-edit as you go?On this episode: We go off the deep end and talk way too much about Dune (or was it just Jared?). Nicholas discovers how many projects one creative can handle optimally (scientifically proven, too!). Jinn goes cold turkey... on something. Olivia learns modern Greek (because three languages…
 
There's a second Garage Fiction group podcasting?! Yep. Garage Fiction has grown and we have four new members on this podcast: Anthony, Bryan, Chris and Jared (who you already met). That's not one, not two, but three first appearances. You should put this issue in hard plastic because it could be worth a lot of money in a few years.On this episode:…
 
The Garage Fiction Podcast is back after a one year hiatus! Nicholas & Jinn are joined by new members: Jared, Olivia and mama critter Senna.On this episode, Nicholas reveals the real reason why they stopped wanting to podcast with Jinn, Olivia wants to fatten up her short stories, Jared & Senna talk about writing like directing a film.Media mention…
 
What do you think? Does Nicholas actually look like a writer? Or someone who plays one on TV?This week's prompt was Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer"Here’s what it inspired this week:• Nicholas wrote www.garagefiction.com/first-day-gf-005• Dogwood wrote www.garagefiction.com/boy-gf-005• Jinn wrote www.garagefiction.com/old-man-ru…
 
Jinn remembers being swallowed whole by JMW Turner's paintings at the Tate in London and chooses "Dido Building Carthage" to be Garage Fiction's 4th prompt.Here’s what it inspired this week:• Nicholas wrote www.garagefiction.com/a-foreign-place-gf004• Dogwood wrote www.garagefiction.com/salt-gf004• Jinn wrote www.garagefiction.com/first-kiss-gf004A…
 
Nicholas gets dark and melancholy by choosing Hurt, written by Trent Reznor, as performed by Johnny Cash for his prompt in week 3 of Garage Fiction.Here’s what it inspired this week:• Nicholas wrote www.garagefiction.com/chased-gf003• Dogwood wrote www.garagefiction.com/mercy-gf003• Jinn wrote www.garagefiction.com/hurt-gf003Also on this episode: N…
 
Dogwood, Jinn & Nicholas hang out at Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando during a business conference for their day jobs. We talk about Dave Grohl looking longingly at us with his eyes, the quote that started it all, and our history as writers.END CREDITS:Our awesome theme song was written by Stephanie and Jonathan Hughes. Check out their latest album at ht…
 
Dogwood Daniels kicks of this week's of fiction with his prompt: "The Battle of Chamdo" a harrowing piece of music by Quebecois metal band Gorguts.Here’s what it inspired this week:• Nicholas wrote http://www.garagefiction.com/chased-gf002• Dogwood wrote http://www.garagefiction.com/fly-wall-gf002• Jinn wrote http://www.garagefiction.com/hungry-gho…
 
The first ever episode of Garage Fiction! Jinn kicks it off with a biblical verse as the prompt-of-the-week:Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.– Ecclesiastes 9:10Here’s what it inspired this week:• Nicholas wrote…
 
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