Semi-Sages of the Pages

Semi-Sages of the Pages

The writing podcast where we don't know where we're going...but we're having an adventure! The four semi-sages are women who write primarily speculative fiction. Join them as they explore the ever-evolving world of writing and publication.

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May 4, 2021 30 min

We detail all the lovely things we got to do and people we met at Flights of Foundry, an online & free virtual convention. Also, listen-in to hear some exciting updates from No Bad Books Press! https://nobadbookspress.com/

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There are many different reasons to write and today we talk about the power of writing to heal. The ladies share personal stories, strategies, and thoughts about this powerful topic. As we say during the episode, we are not professionals, we are not doctors. We are simply talking about things that have helped us grow as both people and authors.

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If dialogue is yellow thread and description is blue thread, when you weave them together, does your book tapestry look green? 

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March 24, 2021 46 min

Molly and Morrigan talk about the intricacies in Children's Literature, specifically Middle Grade and Young Adult.  What defines each age category? What topics can you address? What type of vocabulary/grammar should you use? We discuss all this and more here!

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In this episode, the Semi-Sages discuss what it means to write marketably. Like any good topic, it starts with introspection and an understanding of what your writing goals are! We dive into style, trends, age categories, genres, tropes, and more!

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February 24, 2021 62 min

In a special 1 year celebration, we answer audience questions, reflect on the last year, & what's upcoming. We also read entries from our latest Flash Fiction contest and announce the winners! 

Thank you to everyone out there for listening and supporting us this past year. Sending all the love!

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One of the ultimate goals of writing is to make a reader feel and feel alongside your characters. In this episode, the Semi-Sages discuss how to convey a character's emotion on the page in a genuine way that will connect with readers. This is a multi-dimensional topic including but not limited to - show vs. tell, character reaction, blocking, scene & set-up, over vs. under-emoting, and formatting.

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In this Semi-Sode Theresa talks about the pitfalls associated with authors leaving reviews for other authors. It includes some tips on what to do if you HAVE to leave a review for a book you don't like and a caution about blindly leaving 5 star reviews.  

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January 26, 2021 63 min

As authors we have great plans. We plot our stories and make multiple drafts. And yet...sometimes our subconscious still trickles into our stories in unexpected ways. Our brains can betray us in all manner of ways - through inherent biases, uncooperative characters, our fears, or even our dreams.

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Semi-Sage Sarah Faxon talks about how she stays focused so that maybe a part of her process will inspire you.

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January 5, 2021 97 min

Audio from our live show! Join us for some holiday trivia and fun times.

If you want to watch the youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fghZXCNbDk&ab_channel=Semi-SagesforthePages

Special shout out to Bubbles!

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December 16, 2020 43 min

Disclaimer - we talk about sex and writing sex. Be aware of the following topics: sex, rape, & anatomical names of body parts. If this is not for you, then don't listen.

We decided to tackle this topic because writing sex scenes is something that many of us as authors have to face. But it is often a stigmatized topic and not freely discussed. We go over the follow points - deciding if you need a sex scene, point of view of y...

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December 9, 2020 13 min

Welcome to this semi-sode of Molly Explains, where she completely overanalyzes something that everyone else probably thinks is common knowledge. 

This time, we dive into "Show Don't Tell" -learn where the phrase came from, how it came to be popularized in the writing community and what the heck it even means! As always, there are concrete examples and a rule of thumb at the end. Because it's not fun if you can't ...

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Listen in as the Semi-Sages talk about their experiences with querying. We're not here to tell you how to do it, but instead discuss what our experiences have looked like. We talk all about the emotional rollercoaster and how we handle it. Or, sometimes, we don't handle it. 

Make sure to listen to the end for a guest appearance from Sarah's furry friend!

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This Moments with Morrigan episode explores the importance of planning the opening of your story around reader engagement. Morrigan analyzes the introduction paragraph of five best selling books to elucidate how authors set readers up to ask questions that serve the overall setting, theme, and characterization of the story.  Like a great book, this episode may have a hidden surprise!

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November 10, 2020 59 min

Join the Semi-Sages of the Pages for our Halloween Hangover including costumes, games, and we'll announce the winner of our 100 word Horror Story competition!

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October 27, 2020 8 min

In this episode, Theresa shares tips and tricks for creating memorable dialogue to improve your writing craft.

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Social media can be a great resource, way to connect with others, build a community, and see uplifting stories. It can also be a huge time sink, is full of bullies and trolls, and can cause anxiety. With this conflagration of contradictions, how do we find balance? As an author, do you need to have a social media presence? And if so, why and how much? Listen in as we discuss all this and more. 

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October 13, 2020 5 min

Think the journey of your book ends once it's available for purchase? You may want to hear what Semi-Sage Sarah has to share about her advice of steps to take after your book is launched.

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Listen in as we discuss what author services might be worth spending money on. This is a part 2 where we discuss: hiring a audiobook narrator, attending conferences and writing seminars, Publisher's Marketplace, & writing programs like Scrivener. Note - we are not sponsored by any of these services. If you want to know our take on more services, go listen to Episode 15 where we discuss - hiring editor(s), cover art, concept...

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