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January 15, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 52: Let Us Tell You Our Thoughts on Yaoi…

On this week's episode, we're reminiscing about some of our favorite anime and talking a little about how it influenced our writing! The tentpoles for this episode are: Hikaru no Go, Yakitate!! Japan, and Princess Tutu


What We’re Into Lately

The Untamed & Untamed fic

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Gilded Cage by K.J. Charles

Mutual Admiration Society: Howby Mo Moulton

The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Thief by Ava March

Mo Dao Zu Shi donghua

Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Prince of Tennis


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland

Shaman King


D.N. Angel


Yami no Matsuei

Great British Bake Off

Coppelia (ballet)

Midsummer Night’s Dream  (ballet)

Romeo and Juliet (ballet)

Nutcracker (ballet)

Swan Lake (ballet)

Ugly Duckling (ballet) 

Cinderella (ballet)

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Sailor Moon


Full Metal Alchemist

Yuri!!! On Ice 

Run with the Wind




Ouran High School Host Club

Junjō Romantica

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Tokyo Babylon




For Next Time

The Untamed



The transcript of this episode is available here. We cherish our scribes so much, and you should too!

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January 1, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 51: How to Romance Your Dragon

On this episode, we're talking about dragons, specifically dragons that shapeshift into a hot person so you can kiss them. Well, ok, in one of the tentpoles a girl smooches the actual dragon-shaped dragon, but we'll get to that. The tentpoles this week are In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard, the movie On Drakon, and “O Captain, My Captain” by novembersmith.


What We’re Into Lately

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

The Untamed

The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore



Other Stuff We Mentioned

Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Beauty and the Beast

The Sound of Music (1965)

The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard

The House of Sundering Flames by Aliette de Bodard

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

Hornblower Saga by C.S. Forester

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

How to Pronounce Smaug

King Uther Pendragon

Hamlet’s King Claudius

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Three Things One Can Do with a Dragon

 “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” 

Beauty and the Beast

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Be The Serpent Episode 15: My (Psychic, Firebreathing) Little Pony 

Cruel Enchantment, a short story collection by Janine Ashbless

“The Dragon’s Bride” by Janine Ashbless

Treasured” by Dira Sudis, Sealcat



For Next Time 

Princess Tutu



The transcript of this episode is available here. Picture us throwing bouquets of roses at our wonderful scribal team!!

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December 18, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 50: Extravaganza (Agony Aunt Special)

On this week's episode, we're playing Agony Aunt to fictional characters! What sort of problems have we been presented with this week, and how many times can we suggest "threesomes" as an answer?


What We’re Into Lately

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

The Descent of Monsters by J.Y. Yang

The Untamed

“i blinked (and there you were)” by Della19

Waves by IncompleteSentanc

 the lone traveller, standing strong by bubblewrapstargirl 

before you by theformerone

Docile by K.M. Szpara

Captive Prince fic

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Mass Effect (game series)

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)


The Princess Bride

Anne McCaffrey

For Next Time 

In the Vanisher's Palace by Aliette de Bodard



The transcript for this episode is available here. Blow some kisses to ur local scribes!

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December 4, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 49: And I Shall Sit Here Consumed With Lust for the Rest of the Evening

On this week's episode we're discussing another of our favorite tropes of all time: enemies-to-lovers! The tentpoles are Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (specifically the second book, Prince's Gambit), the 1995 miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and the fanfic Lumos by birdsofshore.


What We’re Into Lately

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Transformers fanfic by astolat

One Strange Rock

The Purge (TV series)

Wu Tang: An American Saga


Docile by K.M. Szpara

The King’s Avatar



Other Stuff We Mentioned

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Sword Art Online


Vorkosigan Saga 

“Rest in FUCKING PIECES, Mr. Darcy”

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Pride & Prejudice (2005) (Kiera Knightley version)

Harry Potter series

Gideon the Ninth

Glinda/Elphaba from Wicked

Eclipse fanfic

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 


K.A. Doore’s The Perfect Assassin

Once Upon a Time

The Bachelor

Episode 44 of Be the Serpent

Black Sails



For Next Time

Nothing! It's the Episode 50 Extravaganza!



The transcript of this episode is available here. Big smooches to our wonderful scribes!

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November 20, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 48: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (And Stab Things)

On this week's episode, we're talking about female reimaginings and digging into some gender stuff! The tentpoles are rageprufrock’s The Least of All Possible Mistakes, Ghostbusters (2016), and the pilot episode of Elementary.


What We’re Into Lately

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Bon Appétit Test Kitchen’s Youtube channel

Return to River Cottage (referred to by Macey as Back to the Cottage, one in a series of documentaries by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Adventure Zone

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Demonology and the Tri-Phasic Model of Trauma: An Integrative Approach by Nnm

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

The Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien

Black Sails 

The Goblin Emperor  by Katherine Addison

Rule 63 (misidentified as Rule 23 by Freya)

Rule 34

Due South

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Salt (2010)

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Spy (2015)

BBC Sherlock (2010–)

Children of Earth (Torchwood, season 3)

The Least of All Possible Mistakes podfic by Lazulus

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Star Wars (1977-)

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Naruto (2002-2007)

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

 Belgariad series by David Eddings

The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

For Next Time

Prince's Gambit by CS Pacat.



The transcript of this episode can be found here. We are forever in awe of our amazing scribes!!!

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November 6, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 47: Clothes Maketh Man

On this week's episode we're discussing the use of fashion and clothing in works of deep literary merit! The tentpoles are Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal, the 2015 film Cinderella, and the graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

A piece of news!! Macey is running a kickstarter for SILK AND STEEL, an amazing fantasy anthology of queer women! Come getchur sword lesbians! 


What We’re Into Lately

Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale

Spellbound by Allie Therin

Derry Girls

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford

The whistleblower complaint, annotated by CNN

How to Belong with a Billionaire by Alexis Hall


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Magpie Lord by KJ Charles

 The Fifth Element (1997)

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Contouring 101 by Sailor J

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Into the Woods (2014)

Hustlers (2019)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir    

The Goblin Emperor  by Kathrine Addison

The Magnificent Century (2011-2014)

Empresses in the Palace  (2015)


For Next Time

Ghostbusters (2016)



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you, delicious scribes!!!

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October 23, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 46: Welcome to Goth Camp

It's the spookiest time of year, so we're talking about a trio of spooky tentpoles! By which we mean Peak Goth Asthetique: Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir, The Addams Family, and Repo! The Genetic Opera.


What We’re Into Lately

The Nightmare before Christmas

Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance

Chronin by Allison Wilgis

Rurouni Kenshin 

Oxford Time Travel universe by Connie Willis

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Work for It by Talia Hibbert. 

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

Dragon Age: Inquisition 

Person of Interest

Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett 


Other Stuff We Mentioned

MBMBAM (My Brother, My Brother, and Me)

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

Schitt’s Creek

Adult Wednesday


Jupiter Ascending


"Bluebird" by Basingstoke

Phantom of the Opera

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Queen of the Damned



Unholyverse by Bexless

Aliette de Bodard’s Dominion of the Fallen series

Homestuck by Andrew Hussle 


For Next Time

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang



The transcript of this episode is available here. THANK YOU, SCRIBES <3

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October 9, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 45: Not Your Usual Family Reunion

On this week's episode, we're discussing found families! The tentpoles are Stilinski's Home for Wayward Wolves” by owlpostagain, Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett, and the pilot episode of Firefly.



What We’re Into Lately

The House of Sundering Flames by Aliette de Bodard

An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

Down to Agincourt by seperis

Embers by Vathara (also on

Sunny with a Chance of Storms” by Mysecretfanmoments and SuggestiveScribe

The Library of the Unwritten by  A.J. Hackwith

The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer

Undiscovered Country by shysweetthing

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

Gentlemen's Blood: A History of Dueling from Swords at Dawn to Pistols at Dusk by Barbara Holland

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Yellow Emperor” by WerewolvesAreReal

In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard


Persona 5

Chaos War” by astolat

Yuri!!! On Ice




The Magicians

Mean Girls


Ocean’s Eleven franchise

Black Sails

Lord of the Flies

Band of Brothers


Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

Teen Wolf

Run with the Wind

Sam Hawke (who is a cool author and not some sort of frog hitperson as Macey seems to imply)


Yakitate!! Japan

Great British Bake Off 


Prince of Tennis

Hikaru no go

Black Sails

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


And I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You by astolat, and its sequel Champion

@dynamicsymmetry’s twitter thread

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Geek Social Fallacies

The Shoebox Project by dorkorific and ladyjaida


For Next Time

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir



The transcript for this episode can be found here. Thanks as always to our scribes, who have been part of our little podcast-family since the very beginning <3

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September 25, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 44: Sympathy for the Devil (Live From WorldCon)

Yes! It is here, at last! The recording of our first-ever live show, performed about a month ago at WorldCon in Dublin, Ireland! We're talking about villain redemption, and we've got some great tentpoles this week: the film Maleficent, and two fanfics, “Looking Glass Country” by astolat and “Three Days” by zamwessell.

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo


The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Sorting Hat Chats

Sleeping Beauty

Once Upon a Time

Snow White


Hand in Unlovable Hand by Annakovsky (in episode 41)

The Good Place

Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat

Wicked the musical (itself adapted from a book. Double transformative work!)

Genghis Khan music video (and song) by Miike Snow


For Next Time:

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett



The transcript of this episode can be found here. Thank you to our scribes (and a special shout-out to Scribe Magali, who was in the audience during this liveshow!)

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September 11, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 43: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together

On today's episode, we're discussing fusions and crossovers! The tentpoles are the first Avengers movie, the fanfic With Fire in Their Eyes by Asuka Kureru, and the fanfic Polaris by setissma. 


What We’re Into Lately

Milkman by Anna Burns

Valentine by Jodi McAlister

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Black Sails 


Emily Tesh

Jenn Lyons

Game of Kings

Oh My General

Good Omens

we could turn the world to gold” by nikkiRA

You, Soft and Only” by thehoyden 

in his own image” by taizi

ask, and ye shall receive” by ariaste 

 A Choir of Lies 

A Conspiracy of Truths.


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Captive Prince

Person of Interest

Yuri on Ice

Harry Potter

The Hunger Games

Star Trek

Romeo and Juliet  

West Side Story

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Generation Kill

You Drive Through the Dust by Dira Sudas

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Pacific Rim

Kingsman: The Secret Service

are we human, or are we dynamite by randomhorse


Thor: Ragnarok

some fic by Fahye

Avengers: End Game 

Dragon Ball Z

Thor series


Episode 2 of Be The Serpent: Personality taxonomies

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Amy Mebberson’s Pocket Princesses

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Rivers Solomon’s An Unkindness of Ghosts 

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories series

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Lucy Parker’s London Celebrities 

Harry Potter

Yuri!!! on Ice

Loveless by Yun Kouga 

Loveless the anime

Yu Yu Hakusho

Star Trek

White Collar

Schitt’s Creek

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

He Says He Is an Experimental Theologian by ErinPtah

Welcome to Nightvale the podcast

Sorting Hat Chats on tumblr

Fast and Furious Franchise

X-Men Franchise

The Next Quarter Mile” by astolat

"run all the lights"  by fahye 

Les Mis the movie


For Next Time

"Three Days (or The One Where Javert and Valjean Take a Road Trip Through France and Raise a Child)" by zamwessell



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