The Outliners

Jim Hodgson

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In each episode, your host Jim Hodgson and a writer guest try to come up with a workable novel outline from a blind prompt. It always ends up being hilarious. Join us!

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27 – David Joel Stevenson and Cavern of the Immortal

0:00 | Aug 16th, 2018

David Joel Stevenson is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and author. He lives outside of Nashville, TN with his wife, several chickens, and thousands of honey bees. He’s working on a great series about a superhero called Victor Boone. “Victor B...Show More

27 - David Joel Stevenson and Cavern of the Immortal

1:07:09 | Aug 16th, 2018

David Joel Stevenson is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and author. He lives outside of Nashville, TN with his wife, several chickens, and thousands of honey bees. He's working on a great series about a superhero called Victor Boone. "Victor B...Show More

26 – Lydia Sherrer and the Planet of the Snakes

0:00 | Aug 6th, 2018

Lydia Sherrer is an award-winning USA Today bestseller and author of the Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus series. Find all of Lydia’s work on her website here: http://lydiasherrer.com/ I met Lydia on a panel at Hypericon in Nashville, which got completely...Show More

26 - Lydia Sherrer and Alien Snakes and Book Launch!

1:18:36 | Aug 5th, 2018

Lydia Sherrer is an award-winning USA Today bestseller and author of the Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus series. Find all of Lydia's work on her website here: http://lydiasherrer.com/ I met Lydia on a panel at Hypericon in Nashville, which got completely...Show More

25 – D. Alan Lewis and Gears of Love

0:00 | Jul 19th, 2018

My guest this episode is D. Alan Lewis, possibly the bravest man alive. He leapt into an open seat on this podcast with no explanation or warning or anything. That’s a leap of faith similar to the one when Indiana Jones stepped off that ledge in the ...Show More

25 - D. Alan Lewis and Gears of Love

49:05 | Jul 19th, 2018

My guest this episode is D. Alan Lewis, possibly the bravest man alive. He leapt into an open seat on this podcast with no explanation or warning or anything. That takes a lot of guts, so he's to be highly commended. Find his work here: http://snowfl...Show More

The Outliners Episode 24 – Bilgrones and Crystal Whispers

0:00 | Jul 5th, 2018

My guests on this episode are Julia Jones and Jessica Bilgrad otherwise known by their two-woman powerhouse improv duo Bilgrones. Find them on Instagram here: http://instagram.com/bilgrones I invited them to be on this writing podcast first of all be...Show More

24 - Bilgrones and the Crystal Whispers

54:10 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Thanks for listening! Feel free to tweet me your thoughts at http://twtter.com/jimhodgson or email jim@jimhodgson.com If you have ideas for author guests, there's info on that here: https://jimhodgson.com/outliners-guest/ The Outliners going on the r...Show More

23 - Jonathan French and the Grey Bastards Book Launch

1:03:41 | Jun 21st, 2018

On this episode I want to take a minute to celebrate friend of the podcast Jonathan French and his "The Grey Bastards" book launch with Crown. I recorded our conversation at Eagle Eye Books at his launch event so you'll get to hear that too. Check ou...Show More

23 – Jonathan French and the Grey Bastards

0:00 | Jun 21st, 2018

On this episode I want to take a minute to celebrate friend of the podcast Jonathan French and his “The Grey Bastards” book launch with Crown. I recorded our conversation at Eagle Eye Books at his launch event so you’ll get to hear that too. Check ou...Show More

22 – Gil Hough and the Algae of Death

0:00 | Jun 7th, 2018

I met Gil as a fellow panelist at ConNooga, a scifi con in Chattanooga. He’s a super interesting dude, as you will see when we get into the tale of the Algae of Death! Gil is working on epic fantasy with his Order of the Lion series. The Celestial Pa...Show More

22 - Gil Hough and the Algae of Death

52:13 | Jun 7th, 2018

I met Gil as a fellow panelist at ConNooga, a scifi con in Chattanooga. He’s a super interesting dude, as you will see when we get into the tale of the Algae of Death! Gil is working on epic fantasy with his Order of the Lion series. The Celestial Pa...Show More

21 – Dan Jolley and the Legacy of Rust

0:00 | May 23rd, 2018

The podcast is back! I get into it a little bit. But yes, we will be back with more Outliners episodes. I hope you’re enjoying them. Our guest this time is Dan Jolley, an American novelist and comic book writer. I met him at Connooga and we chatted a...Show More

21 - Dan Jolley and the Legacy of Rust

1:00:18 | May 23rd, 2018

The podcast is back! I get into it a little bit. But yes, we will be back with more Outliners episodes. I hope you're enjoying them. Our guest this time is Dan Jolley, an American novelist and comic book writer. I met him at Connooga and we chatted a...Show More

20 – Jeremy Hicks and Begone Xenomorons

49:58 | Nov 15th, 2017

I met Jeremy when we were both panelists at a science fiction conference. I believe it might have been JordanCon. We ended up being buddies. Jeremy recently had the honor of being the Artist Guest at HallowCon, which was also attended by past podcas...Show More

19 – Spoiler Alert – Ready Player One

25:41 | Nov 1st, 2017

This is a new style of The Outliners I’m calling Spoiler Alert. There are spoilers in it. Watch out. I thought it might be helpful to take some popular works and break them down into their composite parts. We spend a lot of time going the other dire...Show More

18 – Aaron Cross and Feed the Meter

48:23 | Oct 18th, 2017

I was introduced to Aaron Cross by our mutual friend Jonathan French. After taking one look at the titles of his books I knew he’d be a great podcast guest. I’m talking about titles like “Robocopter Ski Patrol” and “Ruben’s Cube Alaska: Bullet Point...Show More

Bobby Nash and the Misadventures of Dick the Dog

1:02:36 | Oct 4th, 2017

Bobby Nash is an award-winning writer from the wilds of Georgia and I can tell you, having been around him in person, he’s every bit as much fun in person as he is on this episode. I had some technical problems with recording this one, plus some bra...Show More

16 – Editor Garrett Marco and Dear Leader

1:02:04 | Sep 20th, 2017

Garrett puts me in the hot seat when he’s editing my work, so it’s only fair I should get to force him to come up with a novel idea on the spot, right? Right! Today is that day, my friends! He edited Heart’s Racing and Ten Thousand Gods for me and di...Show More

15 – Paul Dale and Future Cost

1:16:05 | Sep 6th, 2017

Special miniguest this week, the Girl Child makes an appearance while waiting for the bus. Our actual guest is Paul Dale, author of the amazing Dark Lord’s Handbook. I love Dark Lord’s Handbook because it has such a reverence for fantasy tropes even ...Show More

14 – Rhonda Parrish and Serial Killer Pizza

49:36 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Rhonda Parrish is a shapeshifter with talents to match her every incarnation- magpie tenacity for picking the shiniest submissions, nightingale notes for crafting tales, and bright, feline eyes for seeking out her photographic subjects. She balances ...Show More

13 – Leanna Adams and the Krakenist

59:45 | Aug 9th, 2017

I have been a Leanna Adams fan ever since I got the chance to work alongside her with the group Sketchworks here in Atlanta, GA. She’s in high demand these days so it was tough to get this episode recorded. At last, she had a break and was able to sh...Show More

12 – Jim McDoniel and the Diaries of a Human

57:09 | Jul 26th, 2017

I hunted Jim McDoniel down and respectfully demanded that he be a guest on this podcast because I loved his book “An Unattractive Vampire” so much. I highly recommend it. In the book, an ancient and properly evil vampire, Yulric Bile, awakens in our...Show More

11 – Scott Meyer and the Warrior Race

0:00 | Jul 12th, 2017

Scott Meyer is the hilarious author of Off to Be the Wizard, The Authorities, and the new book Run Program. His fans, your humble host included, love his work for its deft implementation of humor while still telling an exciting story. That is someth...Show More

10 – Catie Hogan and the High Seas

0:00 | Jul 5th, 2017

Catie Hogan is my friend and fellow sketch writer from Sketchworks here in Atlanta. When she started submitting sketches to Sketchworks, the rest of us in the writer’s room had to re-evaluate the level of our work to try to get up on the bar she rais...Show More

9 – John Hartness and the Wild Wild Life

0:00 | Jun 28th, 2017

John G. Hartness is a teller of tales, a righter of wrong, defender of ladies’ virtues, and some people call him Maurice, for he was named Maurice by his parents. No, not really. He is also the best-selling author of the EPIC-Award-winning series The...Show More

8 – Robert Bevan and The Stolen Car

0:00 | Jun 14th, 2017

Robert Bevan, English painter, 1865–1925? No! Robert Bevan the hugely popular author of the Caverns & Creatures series. His latest is Critical Failures V (Caverns and Creatures Book 5). I met Robert at Contraflow in New Orleans last year. Just befor...Show More

7 – AC Fuller and the Great Old One

1:11:23 | Jun 14th, 2017

A.C. Fuller was kind enough several years ago to invite your humble host on his podcast, Writer 2.0, so this is my chance to return the favor. He’s a good host, a fun guest, and he can outline like a champ. Well done, buddy. He’s done time as a journ...Show More

6 – Tony Sarrecchia and the Space Hermit

54:54 | Jun 7th, 2017

This week my guest is the amazing Tony Sarrecchia. Tony is the creator and writer of the award-winning Harry Strange Radio Drama, a full cast, pulp-style supernatural thriller which airs on both traditional and Internet radio stations. You can purcha...Show More

5 – MNBrian and the Chatty Cadavers

1:19:21 | May 31st, 2017

Our guest this week is the enigmatic MNBrian. Brian is a reader for an agent and a tireless thought leader on the Reddits. He’s an asset to the craft at large in a way that many lit agents do not take the time to be. That said, let’s be clear: Brian ...Show More

4 – Jonathan French and the Cave Bugs

1:02:25 | May 24th, 2017

My buddy Jonathan French stops by the house to try his luck at an outline. Find his books here and his twitter here. His work has caught a lot of traction recently. So much so that he has signed a deal with Crown Publishing, where his work will join ...Show More

3 – A Chipmunk’s Journey with Meghann Hodgson

31:59 | May 17th, 2017

Your pleas have been heard, folks. Starting now, this podcast will cease to be just me sorting through submitted podcasts. I have some author pals scheduled. Should be a lot of fun. As a show of good faith, this week we have a special guest: my wife,...Show More

2 – Love and Loss and Woodwinds with Ray_Thompson

26:51 | May 11th, 2017

If you’re near Atlanta, this month you can see me performing at Towne Cinema in Avondale May 25th. I will hosting Decaturish’s Folks To Give, a comedy show to support care.org. Find out more about that at folkstogive.com This week we have a submissio...Show More

1 – Statement of Purpose

36:33 | May 5th, 2017

In this first-ever episode of The Outliners, I lay out what the podcast hopes to achieve as well as what it won’t be. I also take a swipe at GRRM. He’s rich. He can handle it. Many thanks to Sean Connery Probably for the introductory section. That wa...Show More