18. Hammock Accident

Darren and Simon—eventually—discuss world building, that extension of setting that enables readers to feel like the story they’re reading takes place somewhere very real, talking about their favourite worlds from novels they’ve read alongside some of their own work. Also a quick update on Darren’s missed opportunity with monster trucks and Simon’s concussion.

Worth also noting, if you ask ask Darren for a tiny synopsis of a work in progress, you should know now what to expect. You’ve been warned.

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17. Jane Aaaaiiiiiiirrrrr

What exactly is a ‘sensitivity reader’ and what is the service that one can offer a story in progress? Darren and Simon clear some air around an occasionally fraught topic, pointing out that this is really just an extension of what editors do anyway. 

In other news, the literary Brothers Groth discover yet again that they are the lesser Groth siblings with the discover of the Groth Brothers monster truck driving team. This, inevitably, kicks off a discussion about the perfect name for a literary monster truck.

Let’s call it an episode of contrasts.

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16. Made from Coke Cans and Bud Light Bottles

A triumphant return to the Fireproof Garage as Darren and Simon discuss their recent hiatus and its associated pilgrimage to the podcast namesake in Livermore, California.  

Main topic of discussion in this episode, though, is the forthcoming actual text-based collaboration between Darren and Simon. Called “Infinite Blue”, this modern fabulist love triangle between boy, girl, and the water will be released all over North America in September 2018.

There will be plenty more to talk about closer to release, but for now, Darren and Simon respond to the three questions they know they will be asked on the book’s release.

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15. ...If He's In A Good Mood

An oil change episode as Darren and Simon takes turns running through the three writers each would choose to have a beer with, should the opportunity arise. On the way they discuss Darren's dubious stalking practices and the value of corsages.

In what may be a telling contrast Simon's choices were all for dead authors, while Darren avoided the graveyard in favour of contemporaries. We'll leave it for the amateur psychologists to work out what that means, if anything. 

Simon's choices:

  • Douglas Adams
  • Marcus Clarke
  • Thea Astley

Darren's choices:

  • Nick Hornby
  • Steve Toltz
  • Margaret Atwood

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14. Article One

Darren and Simon discuss remixing literature, the complexities of copyright and appropriation, especially in the wake of Lionel Shriver's address to the recent Brisbane Writers Festival, and we finish with a reading from Simon's 'Hunted Down and Other Tales'.

Stuff talked about:

Hyde by Daniel Levine
https://www.amazon.com/Hyde-Daniel-Levine/dp/0544484029

Lionel Shriver’s deliberately controversial address to the Brisbane Writers Festival
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/13/lionel-shrivers-full-speech-i-hope-the-concept-of-cultural-appropriation-is-a-passing-fad

Hunted Down and Other Tales by Marcus Clarke
http://www.futureofthebook.org.au/shop/hunted-down/

13. Eleven-year-old Beefcake

An update on the brothers' current exploits in writing takes a quick detour through the finer points of copyright (thankfully punctuated by some shirtless action from Simon's son) and a reading from Darren's new work in progress "Where You Are Now".

12. M.Biggen

An oil change episode as Darren and Simon takes turns running through three of their favourite bookshops.

Along the way they quote from The Simpsons, address Alice Munro directly, discuss using a Kraken as a fake passenger for HOV/transit lanes, and assess the suitability of the title of this episode as an appropriate pseudonym for an adult film star.

Simon's favourites:

Darren's favourites:

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11. My Guts are All Over this Manuscript

After a novel-writing hiatus, brothers Darren and Simon Groth return to the Fireproof Garage for a second series of their not-at-all acclaimed podcast with news of their impending collaborative novel, Infinite Blue to be released in Canada and the United States in the not-too-distant future.

After discussing some of the mechanics of managing a collaborative work between siblings, and a side mention of their mum's preferred fake phone number for flipping off suitors, Darren and Simon read each of their favourite bits from the novel. 

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10. Oil Change: Three Books by Stephen King

The Oil Change is the Fireproof Garage in brief: a quick top 3 segment from Darren or Simon on books around a particular theme.

They couldn't just stop at one top three when it comes to Stephen King so both Simon and Darren take us through their top three books by the best genre-crossing writer to have come out of New England. 

  • The Dark Half (Darren)
  • It (Simon)
  • On Writing (Darren)
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (Simon)
  • From a Buick 8 (Darren)
  • Dolores Claiborne (Simon)

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And to follow up: Simon's lovely wife—a much better read Stephen King fan—has added her top three:

  • The Stand
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  • 11.22.63

Also, don't forget to wash your hands.

9. Oil Change: Three Booker Prize Winners

The Oil Change is the Fireproof Garage in brief: a quick top 3 segment from Darren or Simon on books around a particular theme.

For this episode, Darren takes us through his three favourite books that have won some prize or something that we suspect is named after Booker T. and the M.G.'s

  • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  • True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  • Last Orders by Graham Swift

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