Episode 92: The One with Tantrums

by Barry Lyga



Episode 91: The One where We Need a Dance Pope

by Barry Lyga


A lot of parenting talk, including dance class, a quiz to determine if you’re ready for parenthood, and more. Barry goes viral. Sort of. Book doulas—yeah, they’re a thing. Why your first book has to be perfect. And how do you avoid the scourge of multitasking when you need to monotask (i.e., write)?

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Episode 90: The One with Barry’s Deep, Dark Secret

by Barry Lyga


Dads apparently reduce childhood obesity by just…being dads? Trump is apparently killing publishing. Barry goes on a rant about spoilers and is called out for hypocrisy, then confesses a major children’s lit sin…and proceeds to diss a book you probably love. Sorry about that.

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Episode 89: The One where Morgan Read a Dude

by Barry Lyga


Kids learn social media fails by watching their parents. Forget readers — how do you raise writers? The agony and the ecstasy of summer reading. Is sex the secret to getting boys to read? What you need to read in order to be a better writer. Plus: the collector mentality.

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Episode 88: The One where It’s All about One Thing, Really

by Barry Lyga



Episode 87: The One with Poopy in the Potty

by Barry Lyga


We swear this isn’t turning into a TV review podcast, but…we just have to spend some time on Younger and Friends from College. Is it OK for men to use female pseudonyms? What do you say to someone who is afraid to have kids? The economics of cookbooks. Plus: You knew it was coming: Potty training.

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Episode 86: The One with Two Rants

by Barry Lyga



Episode 85: The One where Barry is Aware that It’s the Wrong Flash

by Barry Lyga



Episode 84: The One where It Is Happening Again

by Barry Lyga



Episode 83: The One with a Time-Out

by Barry Lyga



Episode 82: The One where Morgan Isn’t Pregnant Anymore

by Barry Lyga


We’re back! The tale of the birth of their superhuman son. The mantras that got them through the early months of Luke’s life. Morgan starts a new project that isn’t a baby. Barry’s tour for BANG and its aftermath.

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Episode 81: The One where Morgan’s Still Pregnant

by Barry Lyga



Episode 80: The One Right Before the Holidays

by Barry Lyga


First toddler holiday season. What do you get for the kid who has everything? #firstworldproblems Morgan still hasn’t given birth. What exactly do babies remember and for how long? Morgan can’t distinguish between herself and her twin. A discussion of YA’s obsession with teen romance.

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Episode 79: The One in the Deeply Uncomfortable Phase of Pregnancy

by Barry Lyga


Follow-up on ebooks: Are sales REALLY down? Errors in published books. Also, follow-up on writers taking breaks. Morgan discovers that she likes writing. Did the election kill reading? Morgan’s theory of needing other parents. Plus: Isn’t there a better term for graphic novels?

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Episode 78: The One where Morgan Struggles

by Barry Lyga


Books can keep you sane. What does the election mean for fiction, particularly YA? Maybe ebooks aren’t the big deal everyone thought they were. When is it permissible to slack off on your writing? Thanksgiving advice for non-Americans. Splitting focus between your kids. Clingy post-nap toddlers.

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Episode 77: The One after Trump Wins

by Barry Lyga


A necessary discussion of the distinction between a political podcast and an apolitical podcast. Parenting in the age of Trump. The web reveals which writers Barry writes like. Why is platform-shaming a thing?

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Episode 76: The One with Veggie Burgers

by Barry Lyga


Morgan is, like, the next Arthur Conan Doyle. What do authors wish they’d known when they first started their careers? The difference between institutional and commercial sales…and success. Letting your kids get bored can be good for them. The AAP revises its screen recommendations. (Whew!)

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Episode 75: The One where Barry Talks A Lot

by Barry Lyga



Episode 74: The One not Sponsored by Sesame Place

by Barry Lyga


A brief clarification from last week. Sesame Street vs. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse…to the death! Is a young writer more impressive than an old one? Who do you try to make happy when you write, and should it always be yourself? Practice vs. raw talent. Barry rants briefly about VOYA.

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Episode 73: The One where They Saw Hamilton

by Barry Lyga


Is it all doom and gloom for publishing? Is there a secret room somewhere with the salvation of books? Should authors wish for salaries instead of royalties? What is the secret of Barry’s unpublished novel and its connection to Lin-Manuel Miranda? Plus: Morgan is writing again!

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