In season two episode ten of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey chatted with Madison Farren about writing and self-publishing her debut children’s book, My Daddy is a Hipster!
If you would like to purchase a copy of My Daddy is a Hipster, with illustrations by Ivanna Nashkolna, you can visit Madison’s website, MadisonFarrenWrites.com.
You can also follow Madison on Instagram @madisonfarrenwrites and Ivanna @deseo.art.
Per the usual routine, we would love to hear your thoughts on the episode in the comments below! Imagine we are at the park on a breezy summer evening and chatting about self-publishing and children’s book. What parts of the episode surprised you? What was interesting? What questions do you still have? Let us know!
On season two, episode nine, of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey was joined by her dad, Todd Vaters, to discuss how the idea is king. If you are interested in learning more about Todd and his work, you can visit his website ToddVaters.com.
As always, we want to hear any thoughts you have! Pretend we are getting ready to head to the beach on a warm (almost) summer day. As we pack up a picnic and lunch and remember to bring extra sunscreen, we’re chatting about the podcast. What do you think about the concept of “the idea is king?” Let us know by commenting below!
On season two episode seven of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey, Amber, and Nicole discussed their favorite authors and influences. See the names of the authors they discussed below if you’d like to check them out:
Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket)
Also, check out Rick Riordan’s character and writing advice on his website here.
Imagine we are chatting during a Netflix watch party (what else is there to do while we are socially distanced?) about this week’s episode. Who are your favorite authors? How have they influenced you? Sound off in the comments below!
On season two episode six of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey was joined by executive editor Nicole to talk about how to stay creative in the midst of chaos. Our current world seems to be one full of chaos, so figuring out where to put your time, energy, and creativity right now is important! Whether, for you, that means taking a step back to relish doing nothing for a little while like Addey, plowing ahead with your home improvement projects like Nicole, or something else entirely, we want to hear about it!
Imagine we are chatting in a virtual workshop (*hint, hint*–stay tuned for some future communications about this very thing) and discussing this episode. What’s your creativity looking like lately? Let us know in the comments below!
On season two episode five of borrowed solace: the podcast, Nicole was joined by her cousin Kate to talk about her small business and what it is like working for yourself. If you’d like to find out more information about Kate & Co., please visit them on Facebook.
And, as always, please leave your thoughts below. Pretend we are touching base via video chat and discussing this week’s episode. What are your thoughts?
Addey and Nicole went over the books on their reading lists in season two episode four of the podcast. If you are interested in checking out any of the books they mentioned, the titles and authors are listed below!
Timber Ridge Reflections series by Tamera Alexander
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
From Hell to Breakfast by Meghan Tifft
The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander
The Grisha Verse by Leigh Bardugo
Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball Super
Naruto and Naruto Shippuden
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
And finally, imagine that we are chatting over FaceTime, Skype, or regular old phone (#SocialDistancing for the win) about what books are on your reading list. If you’d care to share–we are always looking for recommendations–leave your picks in the comments below!
Like we talked about in season two episode three of borrowed solace: the podcast, paragraph structure isn’t really mentioned much in creative writing circles. A quick Google search yields many different academic resources and links to university writing centers, but not much from creative writers.
If you’re interested in using your paragraphs to better serve your own creative writing, check out a post from Writer’s Digest here and another on The Editor’s Blog here.
If you have any resources of links you know of and would like to share, please leave them in the comments below.
Pretend we are spending some time out in the sunshine since it’s finally starting to feel like spring… As we relish the warm light, we start talking about paragraphs. What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below!
On our most recent episode of borrowed solace: the podcast, Nicole sat down to talk to her coworker and arts and entertainment writer Diana Nollen. Diana has had an amazing career in journalism and shared about her experience in the first episode of our Creative Careers series.
To find out more about Diana and read some of her work, check out her writer page at The Cedar Rapids Gazette.
You can also follow Diana on Twitter.
And now, pretend that we are off to see one of the performances Diana recently wrote about. On our way to the venue we are chatting about creative careers and this episode of the podcast. What questions do you have? What are your thoughts on creative careers? Share with us in the comments below!
In season two episode one of borrowed solace: the podcast, the editors discussed how to begin a story. While there’s no consensus on what is a strictly good or strictly bad way to start a story (rules are meant to be broken after all, right?) there’s lots of good advice on ways to experiment with a beginning.
Below are links to some of the information Nicole mentioned in the podcast:
10 Ways to Start Your Story Better
10 Good Ways to Start a Story
What ways have you started a story? Pretend we are reverting back to our kindergarten ways and making homemade valentines to pass out to our friends. As we get our craft on, we’re chatting about this week’s episode. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Episode ten of borrowed solace: the podcast features story time with Eowyn Randall. Eowyn Randall has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh, a city she discovered she loved while spending a year traveling North America by bus and reading the stories of other journeys. She still lives, writes, and reads there. Particularly interested in genres, she’s constantly looking for new ways to blur the boundaries between them. Her work has appeared in A Lonely Riot & borrowed solace.
As always, we want to hear from you! It’s almost Thanksgiving, so imagine we are gathered for a borrowed solace friendsgiving, and share what you think about this episode in the comments below!