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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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".

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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8. Oil Change: Three Books About the Beatles

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, Simon takes us through his three favourite books about the band Paul McCartney once described as "a big act". 

  • Revolution in the Head by Ian Macdonald
  • The Beatles: Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
  • You Never Give Me Your Money by Peter Doggett

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7. The Greatest Stories Ever 'Told'

It took an hour to set up the audio feed for this podcast, so please excuse the brevity of this description.

On this seventh episode of the Garage gets off track almost immediately as Simon and Darren discuss Harper Lee's new novel (man is that weird to write) Go Set A Watchman. Well Simon discusses it since he's the only one who's read it. Spoiler alert: it's okay.

The ostensible topic for this episode is The Greatest Stories Ever Told (as in orally), in other words great performances or spoken word deliveries.

Darren's choice is Roméo Dallaire whom he had the pleasure of hearing deliver a talk that endured in his memory despite the terrible powerpoint slides that accompanied it. Strangely, missing the opportunity to meet Darren hasn't figured significantly in Dallaire's life since.

Between offering advice on performing spoken word (how did that happen?) Simon's choice for a great performance is Cate Kennedy, who worked on an if:book project with him called Lost in Track Changes. The reading event for that project was generally of extraordinary quality, but Kennedy was still a stand out.

Some links for you:
http://www.romeodallaire.com
http://www.futureofthebook.org.au/portfolio/lost-in-track-changes/

 

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6. Fuelled by Alcohol and Caffeine

After claiming the dubious technical 'accomplishment' of adding a video stream, Darren and Simon turn their attention to more enduring characters from literature.

Simon nominates Boo Radley as the most enduring character from To Kill A Mockingbird, which inevitably leads to a discussion around Go Set A Watchman, a book neither of them has actually read.

Darren's enduring characters are Death from Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and Christopher Boone from Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which leads to a discussion of 'otherness' in characterisation and the importance of empathy.

And, of course, if you're interested you can watch the two talking heads to accompany the audio, if that's your thing.

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2. If These Jerks Can Make a Podcast...

The podcast still doesn't have a proper title or anything, but in the meantime, here's Darren and Simon talking about the books and writers that influenced their journeys on the way to whatever it is they do now.

Name Our Podcast

We put together a podcast without actually thinking up a name for the thing. Darren came up with a few things that Simon immediately dismissed without coming up with anything else.

So we're turning it over to you. If you have an idea for a title for the podcast, we want to hear it. Darren is offering the winner a signed poster of his most recent book Are You Seeing Me? if your entry is chosen.

How to enter?

Send one or both of us a tweet with your suggestion: Darren is here and Simon is here.

The podcast feed is hereiTunes link coming soon.