Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Episode 39 - Going Ape!

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Alan and Dave talk about their writing life, current projects and future plans.

Dave talks about the latest Gryphonwood Press signing, Justin Macumber, of Dead Robot’s Society fame.

Then we talk about some listener feedback:

Dave responds to some feedback about Scrivener and talks about how he uses it to help his novel writing.

Here’s the ebook Dave mentions from a listener comment: http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Novel-Scrivener-ebook/dp/B004ZG7BMU

Here’s the Wordle site the listener tipped: http://www.wordle.net/  

Alan talks about how he doesn’t really get on with the writing aid applications but uses several Word documents instead.

Here’s the Y-Writer software we mention from Simon Haynes: http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html

We then talk about tracking productivity or wordcounts and whether we do or don’t use those kind of goals.

Next, we discuss what kind of music we listen to while we write and why.

Then we go ape.

Alan talks about how he was driven to rage-tweet about just how awful the Tim Burton movie of Planet Of The Apes was as he watched it on TV.

Dave reviews the original book, Planet Of The Apes by Pierre Boulle (1963), then Alan talks about why the Burton movie is so bad in comparison to such a great book.

This leads us to lament the distinct lack of story in movies these days, with spectacle always sacrificing storytelling.

Dave then talks about some listener response to his question: What are your favourite Ape/Protohuman stories.

Following that, Dave lists his own Top 10 Ape/Human Ancestor Books:

1. Planet of the Apes - Pierre Boulle

2. Neanderthal - John Darnton

3. Congo - Michael Crichton

4. The Lost World - Arthur Conan Doyle

5. Direct Descendant - Charles Wilson

6. Almost Adam - Petro Popescu

7. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells

8. Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs

9. Eaters of the Dead - Michael Crichton

10. Hominids - Robert J. Sawyer

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