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Writing Alchemy Episode 11 Summary

Monsters is the theme as sci-fi writer and monster enthusiast Bex Shea joins Fay for the conclusion of “Dangerous Company,” in which Kalla finally discovers that the dragon she has been sent to kill has been disguised as her guide the whole time. The following discussion delves into the question of what monstrousness is, the ways that depictions of monsters can be used to otherize or to empathize, fear, compassion, unknowability, the association of gendered traits with power, gender exploration, and the blurring of the lines between human and monster.

Dangerous Company: The last five dragon slayers died. Kalla is good at solving problems, but her skills will be tested as she embarks on her journey with the very dragon she is expected to kill disguised as her guide. Some interesting surprises are just around the corner…

Story: Dangerous Company
Guest: Sci-fi writer and monster enthusiast Bex Shea

An green and gray, ink and watercolor drawing of a steep, tree-covered mountaintop with a white sky behind it. Silhouetted in the sky is a flying dragon with large wings and a long thin tail.

An green and gray, ink and watercolor drawing of a steep, tree-covered mountaintop with a white sky behind it. Silhouetted in the sky is a flying dragon with large wings and a long thin tail.

 

Show Notes:

Today’s story
Dangerous Company: http://writingalchemy.net/older-works/dangerous-company/

Fay’s Links
You can become my patron on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/WritingAlchemy
The RSS feed of this podcast is: http://writingalchemy.net/feed/podcast
Reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q
Different reactions to bicycle theft by a white man, black man, and white woman video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge7i60GuNRg

Bex’s Links
Monster of the Week: http://www.bexshea.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/bexshea
Tumblr: https://bexshea.tumblr.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@bexshea
Animorphs series: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3326828-animorphs

Music Credits
Intro: Kickin’ in the Turbo (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Transition to reading: Another Version of You (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0
Wind: weak wind by mario1298 | License: Creative Commons 0
The footsteps are a combination of two sounds:
Foot Drag Dirt 4.wav by worthahep88 | License: Creative Commons 0
Foot Drag Dirt 3.wav by worthahep88 | License: Creative Commons 0
Ocean waves: WATER OCEAN WAVES 01.wav by sengjinn | License: Creative Commons 0
Playful magic music: Brittle Rille (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
The skid is a combination of two sounds:
Foot Drag Dirt 4.wav by worthahep88 | License: Creative Commons 0
Pushing some gravel off a small hill by jorickhoofd | License: Attribution
Dramatic magic combat music: Dama-May (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
Romance music: Clean Soul (Kevin MacLeod) / CC BY 3.0
Podcast announcements: The Place Where I’ll Return To (Alasdair Cooper) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Outro: Everybody’s Got Problems That Aren’t Mine (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0

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