Good Sentences? So what?

So here we sit at the starting line of a new venture. A podcast. About writing. Featuring writers. How original, right? Just like the dozens of others that litter the literary discussion minefield. Why should we care about this one?

Jeez. Take it easy, will ya? We’re just getting started and already you’re like the crazy mob of Tommy’s former followers, come to put a beat down on the pinball wizard. Let’s all just take a deep breath and talk about it.

Did you see what I did there? I pretended to diffuse a non-existent situation! And I did it with written words. Truly the pen is more powerful than the sword. [Pro tip: Always check to make sure you hit the space bar both times when typing the words “the pen is.”]

But this is just one marvelous example of why it’s such a gas to be a writer. And it would seem that more and more people are finding this truth out for themselves. Thanks to the advent of on-demand independent publishing, there are literally millions … okay, hundreds of thousands… alright, there’s this one guy… No, seriously there are a lot of people publishing books now.

Can I be honest? A lot of them aren’t that good. But our marketing research [Ed. note: not a lick of marketing research has been done] indicates that if you’re taking the time to listen to this podcast and read this companion blog, you might possibly be a writer who wants their books to fall in the other category: those that aren’t not that good.

Or that are good, if you insist upon me speaking English.

I’m Scott, by the way, the S.J. Varengo character you may have heard mentioned in connection with the Good Sentences podcast, (and also, possibly, with a string of bank robberies in Montana. Ignore those mentionings.) Craig and I are very excited to be back on the interweb, with another fun show for you to listen to while driving to work and wondering how the non-writers are doing.

Leo Tolstoy: he’s great, he’s Russian, but he’s dead. – meaning he is NOT ELIGIBLE FOR AN INTERVIEW

Now, I don’t mean to imply that if you’re not a writer this podcast will hold nothing of interest for you. Avid readers may enjoy us as well, as we strive to bring you interviews with a diverse range of authors. The only restriction we place upon our interview subjects is that they be alive at the time of recording, so anyone who meets that criteria and agrees to come on and talk with us is fair game. So I’m guessing listeners who are also alive may be able to relate. Just a guess though. I never truly mastered that whole relational syllogism thang.

Angelique L’Amour, author, writing coach, mom, wife and daughter of famed novelist Louis L’Amour is very much alive, so obviously is eligible to be interviewed.

The blog itself will also (assuming I can pull it off), be a useful tool for writers, both seasoned and unseasoned, (or under-seasoned – certainly a pinch of thyme couldn’t hurt). Pages dedicated to the craft itself will be included as well as a gallery of our guests, containing photos (and much more) such as the one of Angelique L’Amour, (whose interview from the Games and Writer’s Show can be heard as S1 E2 of Good Sentences), which is gracing the right margin of this paragraph.

So, I don’t know. I mean, I don’t want to downplay the legitimacy of your original question, which of course I asked for you, (but don’t try to use that to weasel your way out of trouble!), but I think that from where I’m standing, [Ed. Note: He is sitting!], this little podcast might just be worth your time after all.

Let me end my portion of this dialog (feel free to continue arguing on your end, just don’t look for me), by saying that if you choose to listen, and if you have even a fraction of the fun Craig and I have putting the episodes together, then maybe your commute will be a little less stressful. Maybe your four and a half hour wait at the doctors office will not drive your blood pressure through the roof…

Maybe you’ll like it.

Published by Scott Varengo

Blogger, space marine, neurosurgeon and dog polisher.

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