GGG#14: Holly Black
Episode 14 << Click to Listen
Panel Topic: Toys and Miniatures
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0:00 Introduction by Tor.com
0:38 Dave and John introduce the show
Interview: Holly Black
03:22 Interview begins
03:40 Books that made Holly want to be a writer and early influences
05:32 Growing up believing in fairies turns out to be terrifying
08:34 On meeting her collaborator, artist Tony DiTerlizzi, winner of the Caldecott Award
07:29 Holly Black rolls 20s, baby!
10:00 Regarding the movie adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles
12:15 Can we look forward to any more Spiderwick?
12:51 Holly’s upcoming graphic novels
16:06 How Holly came to the idea behind her new series The Curse Workers, the first book of which is White Cat
19:38 Holly’s short story collection The Poison Eaters
21:45 A question from Geek’s Guide friend and listener Charles A. Tan: Will Holly set any future stories in the Philippines?
22:14 Holly’s new anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns and her foray into editing
26:01 About the Borderlands series and Holly’s work on the latest anthology
30:04 The upcoming Alpha workshop, and the workshop experience
28:22 Holly’s take on urban fantasy
32:12 End of interview
Dave and John talk about dolls action figures, and why you should put peanut butter on your keyboard
32:11 The things that inspire obsessive learning
35:46 Dolls vs. Action Figures and how it relates to SF writers who claim they don’t write SF
36:44 Dave confesses to his Artisanal Action Figure history
38:21 Imagination as social currency
39:44 The joy of toys
42:09 Moms of the world, take note: those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Back away from your kid’s comic collection NOW
45:46 Hey Listeners: what’s the deal with getting the rights to using action figures in stop-motion animation?
45:35 What John has in common with George R.R. Martin, and how role playing influences creativity
51:22 The peculiar phenomenon that is merchandising based on fiction
52:02 John’s recent trip to Medieval Times and what it clearly lacked
53:21 The writer’s need for a hobby
54:32 What do you do while listening to audiobooks?
56:15 No show would be complete with mentioning Robert Asprin
59:39 The Car Key Fairy, and putting peanut butter on your keyboard
01:03:55 Show wrap-up
Note: John was not able to photograph his miniatures properly. If he ever figures out how to take pictures of them in focus, he promises to post them.
Next week: Dan Carlin, host of the Hardcore History podcast
Thanks for listening!