NEW EPISODE! S4E4: Laura Tremaine and How Time Heals All (Most?) Wounds”

Laura Tremaine joins us today to talk about her transition from mommy-blogger to podcaster to author. She also opens up about a dark stage in her life and what brought her through. Finally, Shawn and Maile ask her if there are any feelings of jealousy between her and her super-successful and creative husband, Jeff, who is a movie producer…and the conversation that ensues is encouraging.

Preorder Laura’s new book: Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First.

Laura’s podcast: 10 Things to Tell You

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NEW EPISODE! S4E3 Creating Courageously During Difficult Days

Today Maile and Shawn talk about the various ways creative people can and should be engaging with culture during these difficult days. We try to do it without hypocrisy, but you can judge for yourself on whether or not that is the case.

Maile also plugs her upcoming course over at Black Barn Online, which you can find out more about HERE.

We also mention (again) Jonathan Rogers’ wonderful podcast and newsletter, The Habit.

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As always, there are a few ways to listen: click the play button in the image above, go to our webpage to hear this and all of our other episodes, or head on over to Apple podcasts or Spotify!

If you enjoy the podcast and would like to see it continue, and if you’d like exclusive access to Maile’s writing and other bonus material (including the one where we talk about our very favorite book of 2020), please join our Patreon community at the $5 / month level HERE.

And keep writing!

NEW EPISODE! S4E2 Sean Dietrich on the South, Tragedy, and Writing

We have a wonderful time speaking with Sean Dietrich (Sean of the South) about his childhood, the differences between the North and the South, and what it’s like to write about his childhood, which involved his father committing suicide. His family was always very private about the incident, and he tells us the story of letting his mother read his memoir for the first time.

Sean’s memoir is Will the Circle Be Unbroken.

His upcoming novel is called, The Incredible Winston Browne.

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As always, there are a few ways to listen: click the play button in the image above, go to our webpage to hear this and all of our other episodes, or head on over to Apple podcasts or Spotify!

If you enjoy the podcast and would like to see it continue, and if you’d like exclusive access to Maile’s writing and other bonus material (including the one where we talk about our very favorite book of 2020), please join our Patreon community at the $5 / month level HERE.

And keep writing!

NEW EPISODE! S4E1: Bettering Yourself as a Writer

Welcome to Season Four! It’s going to be a good one. Today we talk about Maile’s obsession with Netflix’s fake fireplace (Birchwood edition), the books we’re reading, and what we’re going to do to better ourselves as writers in 2021. Also, Shawn shares the one thing that ALWAYS silences the voices of self-doubt.

Find Maile’s upcoming class at The Black Barn Online

The book Shawn threw in the lazy river: How Fiction Works by James Wood

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As always, there are a few ways to listen: click the play button in the image above, go to our webpage to hear this and all of our other episodes, or head on over to Apple podcasts or Spotify!

If you enjoy the podcast and would like to see it continue, and if you’d like exclusive access to Maile’s writing and other bonus material (including the one where we talk about our very favorite book of 2020), please join our Patreon community at the $5 / month level HERE.

And keep writing!

NEW EPISODE! S3E21: Creative Mindsets for the New Year

What creative mindsets are you taking with you into the New Year? Are they ways of thinking about creativity that serve you well or do they keep you mired in negative self-talk? Today, Shawn and Maile each share one mindset they’re taking with them into the New Year, and one mindset they’re planning on leaving in 2020. Continue reading “NEW EPISODE! S3E21: Creative Mindsets for the New Year”

S3E20 A Conversation with the Artist Freiman Stoltzfus

Today we get to speak with painter and artist Freiman Stoltzfus about growing up as an artist within the Amish community, the role is mother played in his life work, and the relationship between creativity and grief. Maile is especially fascinated by a term he uses, creative recovery, in describing how we can rediscover our creativity, even later in life.

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As always, there are a few ways to listen: click the play button in the image above, go to our webpage to hear this and all of our other episodes, or head on over to Apple podcasts or Spotify!

If you enjoy the podcast and would like to see it continue, and if you’d like exclusive access to Maile’s writing and other bonus material (including the one where we talk about our very favorite book of 2020), please join our Patreon community at the $5 / month level HERE.

And keep writing!