Live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop held on June 6, 2014. Topics debated include “Fireworks” by Richard Ford, Raymond Carver stories, postmodern literary fiction, impotent narrators, “The Sportswriter,” the Fourth of July as a paradoxical holiday, the BBC series “Sherlock,” and a draft of a Frank Marcopolos short story tentatively entitled “Storytime.” We apologize for the air conditioning in the background. And the dogs.
Here are the exact (kinda) timestamps for this episode:

0:00 Frank’s Introduction
1:48 Beginning Analysis of Richard Ford’s “Fireworks”
3:50 Female #1 – Analysis of “Fireworks” – Well Crafted
5:00 Female #2 – Analysis – Confusing and Fizzled
9:40 Comparison to “The Sportswriter”
10:30 Discussion of Thematic Structure – Modern – Postmodern Story
11:03 Comparison to “Rock Springs”
13:40 Frank’s Opinion of the Story and How It Changed
15:00 Story Length
15:35 Michael’s Comments – Compares to “Rock Springs” & “The Sportswriter”
16:55 Effect the Story Had At the Time It Was Released
17:33 Discussion of Literary Value And Technique Versus Entertainment
21:35 Comparison of “Fireworks” with the tension in “Rock Springs”
23:47 Discuss of Resonance & Existentialism
32:13 Frank Marcopolos’s story, “Storytime” – First Analysis- “Social Object” concept discussed
35:33 Shift – Same Person?
30:30 Second Analysis of “Storytime” – Michael
40:32 Element Descriptors
41:55 Wikipedia – Too Much Space Used?
42:15 Lists Use Other Lists in Frank’s Previous Work
43:40 Give Specifics for Creditability of Character
44:23 Other Heavy Hitters – Vague
46:10 Post-Modern Misspelling Names Effective?
47:30 Difficult Plot
49:42 Use of All Caps instead of Italics
54:45 Storyline In Reverse (What, Where, and When)
51:12 Jim’s Analysis
52:14 Vernacularizing, Capitalizing
53:10 Pacing (read “Balance”) Seems Off
53:50 Risky Nature of Using Too Many Postmodern Techniques in 1 Story
56:36 Strongest Parts of “Storytime,” Its Potential, and the Challenges of How to
Make it Better
57:38 Discussion About BBC’s “Sherlock” & Why It Was Picked for Discussion
1:00:16 Detail of Writing 9 Episodes – Linear Design
1:01:24 Blogs & Websites
1:01:44 Origination Of Stories
1:03:00 Casting
1:04:41 Ending of Episode Six and the Worldwide Hysteria it Caused
1:06:45 Believable Explanation In Seven, Eight, & Nine

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Frank Marcopolos lives in Pittsburgh, PA, without a dog. He writes novels, short stories, grocery lists, and love letters to lasagna bakers. He also produces free audiobooks of public domain works on his YouTube channel. You can subscribe to that here: