The Wayback Machine: Galley Table Episode Thirty-Four: Pushing Boundaries

by Doc Coleman on February 4, 2013 · 0 comments

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I haven’t fired up the Wayback Machine in a while, and the backlog of episodes just keeps building up. Time to do something about that. So here we have another episode from podcasting’s past. Today’s trip takes up to May 2nd, 2001, and Episode 34 of  Galley Table. This episode didn’t have a guest, but was just the regular Galley Table crew talking about pushing beyond your boundaries and how that can affect your writing.

Some special moments from the episode:

  • “We want to talk about working outside of your comfort zone.”
  • “I do like violence and bloodshed and naughty words.”
  • “Auugh! Another deadline!”
  • “How do you push past that?”
  • “Even though I’m the idiot who set the schedule in the first place…”
  • “Somebody took out the next step in my staircase.”
  • “Life will come along and kick you in the teeth when you try to do something that doesn’t come naturally to you.”
  • “I give up entirely too easy.”
  • “There is such a thing as doing too much, and it is entirely possible I have crossed that line.”
  • “I can’t get the scary. It ends up being cheesy.”
  • “When you have a failure and someone criticizes you, that’s when you learn what you need to improve, so that’s a victory.”
  • “Find somebody who’s really good at giving balanced criticism, so you don’t bleed to death all over the floor.”
  • “The person’s comments are not about my story, the comments are about me!”
  • “They’re criticizing the story, they’re not criticizing me.”
  • “You’re gonna fall down, but that’s OK.”
  • “I’m deliberately going to change my genre with each thing that I do.”
  • “You’re in this for the long haul.”
  • “So what is your strength? – I really don’t know yet.”
  • “When I start to write, even if I’ve got a plan, I completely diverge from it within 300 words.”
  • “Why do you think it is uncomfortable to stick to the plan?”
  • “When I sit down at the keyboard I don’t know that I am in control any more.”
  • “There is still discovery writing within that framework.”
  • “It’s an outline, not a straight jacket!”
  • “Instead of the creativity being in the writing of the words, you transfer it to the outline.”
  • “Nope, that didn’t work.”
  • “Outlining is not for everybody.”
  • “Outlining works well for him for world building, but not for storytelling.”
  • “Sometimes when you go outside your comfort zone you find out that something is not for you.”
  • “I also discovered that I don’t like it over there.”
  • “A man’s got to know his limitations.”
  • “We couldn’t do this without JP. Well, we could…”
  • “Crafty like MacGuyver with duct tape.”
  • “I went from being a fanboy to working backstage.”
  • “I think I’ve talked more this episode than I have most other episodes combined.”
  • “That’s desperation on their part.”
  • “I’ve tried a number of things expecting to fail and get that feedback, and they’ve just gone. I haven’t gotten the feedback I’ve been looking for.”
  • “You’re wondering if your mom is out paying people, or if you’ve just got a pork chop around your neck.”
  • “If you don’t get negative feedback, I don’t think you get any better.”
  • “We are all stepping out of our comfort zones to do these things.”
  • “This is my first year of writing and I’ve got Parsec Nominations?”
  • “You should do that in the privacy of your own home, away from prying eyes and small children.”
  • “The waiting is the worst part for me.”
  • “You need to keep trying, keep banging away.”
  • “Rather than give you a rejection, they went under instead?”
  • Question of the Week – If you had a pet named after a writer/literary or movie character what would it be?
  • “It appeals to the dark side of my personality to have Doberman Pincher named ‘Damien’.”
  • “We haven’t mentioned Nathan Lowell yet.”
  • “You have your fish named Ishmael.”
  • “You can hear less from me on most podcasts.”
  • “A time-traveller told me.”
  • “The studio audience gets unruly.”
  • “Galley Table is recorded in front of a live studio audience.”

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