Don't Make It Weird

Don't Make It Weird

Two amateur authors and amateur humans—Daniel and Dina—discuss all things writing and books, and re-tell chaotic life adventures from cults to exes that think they’re horses. We’ve got you covered in this comedic and sarcastic, life-centered podcast. Follow us as we fail to not make it weird.

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January 16, 2022 75 min

In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we check our voicemail! We play a round of YOU LAUGH, YOU DIE! NEWS HEADLINES EDITION! We have a discussion about whether or not self-pub authors should hire a professional editor! Dina tells us about the time she tried to hook up with her cousin in Storytime! Daniel reads two short and potent excerpts in Cringey Copulation! And we address your hot takes about writing and literature in ou...

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In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we are joined in the studio by author Emily Hoffmann! We reluctantly try some disgusting savory soft drinks in a game of Truth or Sip! Emily tells us about the time she celebrated her 21st birthday at Oktoberfest in Storytime! We interview her about her book I REMEMBER, and she reads a spicy excerpt from a bad romance scene in Cringey Copulation! #bookish #booktube

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January 2, 2022 98 min

In this first ever 2022 episode of Don’t Make It Weird, we’re joined in the studio by fantasy romance author Shannon Bright! We talk about our New Years Resolutions! We play a game of Real or Fake: Hallmark Holiday Movie Edition! We get to hear all about tales from the body shop in Storytime with Shannon! We interview her about being on sub with her novel Every Wish Way, and she reads us an excerpt from another work in progress! An...

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In this week's episode of Don't Make It Weird, The Christmas celebration continues, as we welcome fantasy author and DND podcaster Kahner C. Calloway into the studio! We play a little Holiday edition of THIS OR THAT? Kahner tells us how he met his editor and fell into a lifetime of debt, in Storytime! We interview Kahner about his epic Christmas fantasy fiction book Seasons: Carol Of The Bells! And he tucks us in for a grap...

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In this very special LIVE Christmas episode of Don’t Make It Weird, we are joined in the studio by Rance and Bob Denton of the Quarantine Book Club! We play a game of Red Flags! The crew surprises Rance and Bob with a special musical number! Our guests tell us about a story featuring chainsaws and tequila! We have a mini-book club discussion about the classic Christmas short story The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry! We talk to Bob an...

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December 12, 2021 78 min

In this week's episode of Don't Make It Weird, we catch up on some voicemail messages. We play a new drinking game called BUZZED! (not a sponsor). We have a discussion about the best and worst hooks in literature. We get to hear about the KFC Hot Sauce Fight in Storytime with Dinasaurus! And Dina reads us a very arousing excerpt from a bad romance novel in Cringey Copulation! #Bookish #BookTube #WritingCommunity

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In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we welcome back our friend Alexander James! We play a couple of rounds of Weird Superfights! Alex tells us about that time he ruined his writing career in Prague, in a new episode of Storytime. We talk about his horror novel The Tribe, along with his next project Felix And The Art Of Floating. We learn the proper preparation of human teeth and raccoon penises from a professional chef! And...

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In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we are celebrating Hanukkah! We play a game called "Are they Jewish?" Daniel and Dina discuss the apparent lack of Jewish/Hanukkah based titles in books and movies. We get to hear about the Dead Body in the Wendy's Drive-thru in Storytime with Dinasaurus! Daniel reads a ridiculous parody of The Simpsons in Cringey Copulation! And we light the first candle on the menorah togeth...

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In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we are joined once again in the studio by the author of the Rise Of The Mercenary King Saga, Peter-Shaun Tyrell! We play a game where we try to guess the meaning of Scouse vs American words and phrases! Peter-Shaun tells us about the time he saved his neighbors from a fire in Storytime! We talk about his new book in the interview segment, he gives us a reading from one of the chapters, an...

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November 14, 2021 107 min

In this highly-anticipated episode of Don't Make It Weird, Dina finally tells us about her time in a religious cult and how she finally got out.  #exIFB #CultSurvivor

Trigger warning: in this episode we will be discussing acts of violence that are emotional, spiritual, physical and sexual in nature. There will be elements of mental abuse and coercion featured heavily. Please be good to yourself and if it is too much, please don’...

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November 7, 2021 131 min

In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we are joined in the studio by longtime friends of the show and the hosts of We Have Issues Podcast, Anthony LaFauci and Stevie Wildcard! We play a new game called Florida Man or Faux-rida Man?! We are treated to a very special "Anthony Dates Robots" segment! We talk to them about their brand new comic book PLAY IT AGAIN! They tell us about the time there was a violent outburst at...

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In this very special episode of Don't Make It Weird, we celebrate Halloween by dressing as each other! Family of the show Jess the Mess stops by! We have a discussion about the best and worst horror tropes and clichés! We get a Storytime double header with The Time I Thought I Saw A Werewolf, and The Time We Drugged The Groom in Storytime with Dinasaurus! And Jess reads an especially spooky Halloween-themed Cringey Copulation! 

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October 24, 2021 86 min
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October 17, 2021 72 min

In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, it is Daniel's birthday.

Keep the birthday love going! Send a birthday greeting to Daniel on Twitter @DanQWritesThing with the hashtag #DanQDay! He would love to hear from you.

A special thanks to the contributing writers in the Daniel's Writing Tips of the Day segment! Stephanie B. Sierra, Matthew Siadak, Fanny T. Crispin, and Rance D. Denton!

Illustration by Stephen Todd. @...

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October 10, 2021 81 min

In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we are joined in the studio by the author of #The8thWarning, Sam Odiorne! We discuss weird hypothetical questions in a round of Would You Rather! We have a discussion about Sam’s RECLAIMED SAGA. He tells us about how his partner discovered he was friends with a particular adult film star in Storytime! And he puts on his best mic-voice for a triple-dose of Cringey Copulation! ​#WritingComm...

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October 3, 2021 62 min

In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, We play a round of Weird Titles! Daniel and Dina have a discussion about the predatory nature of Vanity Presses! Dina finally tells us the tale of the Pepper Cocaine in Storytime! Daniel continues his journey into Jar Jar Binks erotic fan fiction in Cringey Copulation! And we discuss your #WeirdTakes! #WritingCommunity #BookTube #Bookish

You can find the video version of this show on our Y...

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September 26, 2021 60 min

In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we surprise Dina for her birthday! We play her favorite game, Word Association! We hear birthday greetings from so many of our friends! We get to hear about the first time she was pulled over by the police in Storytime with Dinasaurus! And stay tuned to the end for the rest of the birthday surprises! #DinasaurusDay #WritingCommunity #BookTube

FALSE CATHEDRALS by Jonathan D. Clark: https:/...

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September 19, 2021 75 min

In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we are joined in the studio by author Jonathan D. "J.D." Clark! We play True Confessions! We talk to J.D. about his novel FALSE CATHEDRALS! He tells us about that time he accidentally took four edibles in Storytime! And of course, we gave him another bad sex scene to read in Cringey Copulation! #WritingCommunity #BookTube #Bookish

Jonathan D. Clark on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jd...

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September 12, 2021 80 min

In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we share some of our favorite submissions from Daniel's Writing Tips of the Day! Author Alexander James joins us for a discussion about querying! We get to hear about the time that Dina was involved in an accidental three-way proposition in Storytime with Dinasaurus! We get to hear the next chapter of dinosaur-themed erotica in Cringey Copulation! And we discuss some of your #WeirdTak...

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September 5, 2021 82 min

In this episode of Don't Make It Weird, we're joined by the author of the Rune Caster Chronicles series, John Ortega! We play a couple of rounds of Weird Superfight! John gives us an exclusive sneak peek of his upcoming novel, DEATH'S EDGE! He tells us about the time he became stranded on an island in Storytime with John! And he reads us an especially bad selection from the worst romance scenes in Cringey Copulation! #W...

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