S1 E4 An Ocean of False Starts
In this week’s writing podcast, Alli and KL! become tangled in the net of narrative as we fish for a coherent story. We use an old photograph as our jumping off point to discuss creativity, working with your muse, the ethics of Pygmalion, and the horror of a group of mermaid statues sharing a hive mind in your workshop.
Digressions include: asking a mermaid to marry you, every 80s movie, how very wet Florida is, internalized misogyny, and the types of mermaid statues we’d like to see.
Today’s Prompt Systems:
Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past by Ransom Riggs
What’s Been Inspiring Us Lately:
- All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told by Douglas Wolk
- Orphan Black (trailer)
- She-Hulk (trailer)
- Pygmailan by George Bernard Shaw
- Splash (trailer)
- Inspector Gadget (video)
- T-1000 (this, but a mermaid!) (video: warning for gun violence and reckless driving)
- Gremlins (trailer)
- Art Nouveau Mermaid (vintage ad)
- Art Deco style mermaid lamp
- Abstract mermaid sculpture
- “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers (video)
Subscribe: Anchor | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Amazon Music | Castbox | Pocket Casts | RadioPublic | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS
Music: Cherryblossom by Raptorface is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives.
Support Us on Patreon
We’re committed to keeping Story Kernels both free to download and free of outside advertising. Neither of those things is contingent on the relative success of the Patreon. (But the success of the Patreon sure helps make other things easier!)
Our Patreon helps cover the costs of hosting, production, equipment maintenance and upgrades, and additional materials, and gives us the resources to add features and content. Click the button to visit our page and subscribe!
Thanks for your support!