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Killing Your Characters, part 2

This week on Hide and Create, Debbie Viguie, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, and Michael J. Sullivan continue their discussion about killing characters. During this two-part episode we talk about reasons to kill your characters and reasons why you should not. We talk about how to do it well and ways we’ve seen it done poorly. […]

Killing Your Characters, part 1

Or, “I Woke Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed and Someone is Going to Die.” This week on Hide and Create, Debbie Viguie (who coined that title), Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, and Michael J. Sullivan talk about killing characters. I love killing characters. I just love the moving, exquisite pain of it. I really […]

Favorite Movies, part 2

This week on Hide and Create, Debbie Viguie, Michael J. Sullivan, Jordan Ellinger, and Joshua Essoe, finish off their (first) discussion about their favorite movies and what makes them great. More on Star Wars, Harry Potter, Die Hard, and Fight Club . . . but here’s the blow-mind of this discussion. The Lone Ranger is […]

Favorite Movies, part 1

Welcome to 2015 and Season 3 of Hide and Create, dear listeners! This week on Hide and Create, Debbie Viguie, Michael J. Sullivan, Jordan Ellinger, and Joshua Essoe talk about their favorite movies and what we can take away from them in terms of story-telling. What makes your favorite movies your favorites? What in them speaks to […]

Tales from the Slush: part 2

This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Debbie Viguie, and Michael J. Sullivan continue their conversation with slushmaster, Richard Salter about the slush pile. Here are some technical gripes or red flags that a slush reader might have that you can keep an eye out for. 1. Slush readers find that mistakes like […]

Tales from the Slush: part 1

This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Debbie Viguie, and Michael J. Sullivan talk with Richard Salter, slushmaster at Urban Fantasy Magazine about slush. So who slush reads? Some editors, some agents, mostly assistants of both of those, or outside contractors better known as mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha minions. Sometimes they’re called a publisher’s readers […]