Episode 5: Resources

This week on the podcast, we discussed finding inspiration and spurring on creativity–essentially, how we get our brilliant beyond brilliant ideas. If reading articles and doing research to help get your creative juices flowing is your jam, then check out the links below:

Top artists reveal how to find creative inspiration

Where to find Creative Inspiration?

How to Unleash Your Creativity and Find Inspiration Today!

10 Tips to Shake Away the Creativity Burnout and Find Artistic Inspiration

And, as always, we want to hear from you!

Pretend we are playing with Nicole’s new puppy and chatting about what we’ve been writing lately. What’s been inspiring you? Comment below to let us know!

Episode 5: Brilliant Beyond Brilliant Ideas

What has been inspiring you lately? This is the question that episode five is all about: finding inspiration (plus, a new puppy!) Join Addey, Nicole, and Amber to hear about how they find inspiration and get their “brilliant beyond brilliant” ideas (in the words of Hallie Parker).

Episode 4: Resources

In episode four of borrowed solace: the podcast, we heard Kelly A. Dorgan’s nonfiction piece, “Taking Care” read aloud on the show.

“Taking Care” was published in borrowed solace issue 1.1, Hinterlands.

If you liked today’s story, you can find out more about Kelly A. Dorgan and her work below:

Kelly A. Dorgan’s nonfiction work has appeared in books like Performing Motherhood, research journals like Women and Health, as well as online publications like Not Your Mother’s Breast Milk, borrowed solace, Nasiona, and Motherwell Magazine. A Pushcart Nominee who calls Southern Appalachia home, she’s a writer, researcher, and professor, specializing in the study of culture, gender, and illness. 

 To connect with Kelly, visit her website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

“Taking Care” was read by Candy Bryant. Find out more about her below:

Candy Bryant is a veteran radio personality who lived up and down the dial and across the country. Before accepting a position, teaching and managing the student radio station, at East Tennessee State, Candy worked in television news, wrote and produced documentaries, and performed voice talent for many commercial and educational programs.

And, as always, we want to hear from you!

Imagine we’re savoring the last few nights of summer by gathering around a campfire. Amidst the scent of wood smoke and taste of burnt marshmallow, conversation turns to the latest episode of the podcast. Please comment below and join the discussion!

Episode 4: Taking Care

It’s storytime this week on the podcast. Take a moment out of your day to hear the written word brought to life in a whole new way! Plug in your headphones and crank up the volume to listen to Kelly A. Dorgan’s nonfiction piece, “Taking Care” read by Candy Bryant.

Episode 3: Resources

In episode 3 of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey and Amber discussed all things horror and suspense.

If you are interested in learning more about utilizing suspense and horror in your own writing, check out some of the resources listed below:

Suspense | Literary Devices

How to Create Suspense in Writing

9 Tricks to Writing Suspense Fiction

The Horror Genre: On Writing Horror and Avoiding Clichés

Horror Writers Association

And, as always, we want to hear from you!

Pretend we’re at a summer barbecue together, melting in the heat while in need of some good writerly discussion to pass the afternoon, and leave your comments below! Discussions only work if there’s input from all sides, and we can’t wait to hear what you think.

Episode 3: Oh, the Horror!

This episode of the podcast, join Addey and fiction editor, Amber Porter, as they discuss utilizing horror and suspense in writing–what makes a reader’s skin crawl? What keeps horror and suspense from being cringe-worthy? Tune in to fine out!

Episode 2: Resources

In episode 2 of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey and Nicole discussed pen names and all the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with choosing to use your real name, or opting to use a nom de plume.

If you are interested in learning more about pen names and exploring some of the resources we mentioned, visit the links below:

BehindTheName.com (a great resource for picking your pen name!)

How to Choose the Perfect Pen Name

How to Choose a Pen Name (and examples of some famous pen names to get you thinking!)

Author Pen Names: 5 Reasons they’re a Bad Idea in the Digital Age

The Purpose of Pen Names

Why Nonfiction Writers Shouldn’t Use a Pen Name

And, as always, we want to hear from you!

Pretend we’re sitting in your living room drinking some tea (Addey’s beverage of choice) or a cappuccino (Nicole’s potable pick-me-up) and leave your comments below! Discussions only work if there’s input from all sides, and we can’t wait to hear what you think.

Episode 2: Double Agents

This week on the podcast, hear from Addey and Nicole as they discuss all things pen-name related: To pen name, or not to pen name? How do you pick a pen name? Who uses a pen name? Should pen names be used in nonfiction? …and more. Take a moment of borrowed solace to listen and dive into another writerly topic with us!

This episode will be live wherever you listen to podcasts shortly. Thanks for listening!

Episode 1: Are Your Pants on Fire?

In this episode of borrowed solace: the podcast, you’ll get to hear from all of us editors and learn some fun personal tidbits from each of us — about both writing and non-writing topics — and you’ll also get to hear a little bit more about the idea behind the podcast.

This episode will be live wherever you listen to podcasts shortly. Thanks for listening!

An Exciting Announcement

Drumroll, please…! 

We are thrilled to announce that borrowed solace: the podcast will be coming to a listening platform near you this summer!  This is something that has been, and still is, in the works over here at borrowed solace.  We believe in creating a writing community and immersing ourselves in writing in any way that we can, so what better way to do that than through a podcast?

borrowed solace was founded on the idea of cultivating a moment of time out of our reader’s day-to-day lives to discover solace in writing and literature.  Most of us live hectic non-writing-focused lives and try to squeeze writing in here and there as we have space to do so.  We thought of starting a podcast as a way to make even more space for writing in your life.  With this podcast, our hope is that you are able to dwell in ideas, conversations, and stories centered on creativity while you go through the motions of the day-to-day.  This podcast will allow for moments of borrowed solace while you get ready in the morning, while you’re in the pickup line waiting for your kids to get out of school, or while you scurry about in the kitchen cooking dinner.  It will allow your mind to wander to writing during moments where you might otherwise be focusing on the day’s schedule, or while you work on your non-writing career, day in and day out.

Ultimately, we want this podcast to be for you!  We want you to have a role in this thing, too, because borrowed solace is all about creating a creative community.  From you, dear readers, submitters, writers, dreamers, we ask for your thoughts and questions.  Our goal is to come out with podcasts twice a month and to devote a few moments of each episode to answering your questions or focusing on topics that you care about while also sharing interviews with writers, artists, poets, and other editors.

To submit your thoughts to us, or let us know if you are interested in being featured on the podcast, we have added a brand new page to the journal’s website all about borrowed solace: the podcast. On it, there is information on how you can submit ideas to us.  No submission is off limits, but be forewarned that we may not answer everything that comes through to us on the podcast if it is something very narrow in scope or that we really aren’t knowledgeable about enough to answer. Please also submit your stories, poems, and nonfiction works to us if you are interested in having it read, or reading it yourself, on air!

We have already planted the seeds of a wonderful writing community here amongst our readers, editors, and contributors, and can’t wait to further water the borrowed solace garden with the addition of this podcast!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email us. All podcast-related questions can be sent to podcast@borrowedsolace.com.