In this episode Howard pitches three story ideas to the group, and they pick one to brainstorm. The selection process is itself educational (which is good, because it runs for a third of the ‘cast…)
The story selected is near-future science-fiction with extra-dimensional, magical elements. As the brainstorming continues, we grab some fun secret-history elements, and successfully deepen the conflict. We also learn that there are two stories here, and Howard has to choose which one of them to write.
Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Feedback, by Robison Wells, narrated by Michael Goldstrom
Writing Prompt: Pick a major event in history, and then write a secret history in which Death returns to take over.
And For Your Disappointment: As of this time the story laid out in this ‘cast remains unwritten, so you can’t read it.
But to Make Up For It: Howard got distracted and wrote a horror piece instead! Here is a sample! (Note: this wasn’t one of the pitches, but it DOES demonstrate that Howard really, really wanted to get out of his comfort zone.)
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