The Deceptionists Episode 15 – Historical Fiction

Fuzzy Typewriter proudly presents The Deceptionists: Truth through Fiction!

In this episode Caroline, Kelly and Jim are joined by writer/editor Sigrid Ellis to discuss writing historical fiction. Also: Sigrid shows her work!

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Music on this episode:

English Curse by Frank Turner
Ring of Fire by Social Distortion

And here’s some additional information and links with work from our special guest, Sigrid Ellis:

Sigrid’s blog:

Sigrid’s short story, “No Return Address”:

Whedonistas, a book Sigrid contributed to:

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2 Responses to “The Deceptionists Episode 15 – Historical Fiction”

  1. Brook F says:

    Great episode as always guys. Damn shame that you lost some of it.

    PS: Jim, not sure if this will help, but when it comes to reviewing…I wouldn’t worry about the conceit of coming off like the “voice of God” or whatever. Reasonable readers understand that reasonable reviewers don’t think of themselves as perfect. I understand that a lot of reviewers want to err on the side of caution and stress their own subjectivity, but oftentimes I find that those reviewers can go overboard. If you’re concerned about focusing on your own subjectivity and fallibility by reminding people that many things about art are relative…you can end up not saying anything at all. If I read a review that starts off with a sentence like “This was a horrible book”, then — even if I myself liked the book — I’m actually NOT going to automatically think that the reviewer is a judgmental jerk; more often than not, I’m actually going to think “Hm, interesting. Let’s see what this guy has to say to back up his dissenting opinion. What might he have noticed that I overlooked?” And, for reasonable people, the difference between someone saying “This was a bad book” and “I THINK this was a bad book” is almost non-existent. If someone just says “This was a bad book”, we KNOW that’s “just” their opinion. What matters is what backs up the opinions, responses and opinions; when the focus of a review becomes the reviewer’s focus on his/her own subjectivity, it’s like beating around the bush.

  2. m.i.milkman says:

    sorry to hear all your hard work get lost. but what you had was good. loved what Sigrid had to say on the process of it all. its a lot of work at times– if you want it to be any good at least– and can become overwhelming. i cant remember who said it on your podcast but i’m firmly in the less is more camp as well. there is a time and a place for heavy descriptive passages but it think that if you just write like you know what your talking about–assuming you do– than the reader will figure it out and it makes for a more entertaining read.

    loved the show gals and dude. whats the topic for next time?

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