S4 Episode 2: Resources

Season four, episode 2, of the podcast features the short work “Lady Grief” as read by the author, Melanie Chartoff. “Lady Grief” was published in the fall 2021 journal, Tamed, and it was so fun to hear the work read aloud.

If you’re interested in learning more about the author and her diverse work in writing and acting, here is a bit more about Melanie, including where you can find her online:

Melanie Chartoff’s lust for acting began on the stages of Yale University and Long Wharf Theatre in her hometown New Haven. Working on and off Broadway while studying craft with Stella Adler, singing, dancing, and improv in many schools of thought, she moonlighted as a singing stand-up at the Improv Club.  While guest-starring on television in Los Angeles, she continued honing her comedy chops at the Hollywood Improv and joined the cast of Fridays, ABC’s answer to Saturday Night Live, along with Larry David and Michael Richards.  She’s best known for characters she created there and on Seinfeld, Newhart, Weird Science, Wiseguy, and Rugrats, also familiar from the notorious Andy Kaufman incident, for testifying against George Costanza in the Final Seinfeld, and for playing Grandma Minka in the first animated Chanukah Special for Rugrats and Nickelodeon.

Recently, she’s been published in McSweeney’s, Medium, Entropy, The Jewish Journal, Funny Times, Five on the Fifth, Glint, Entropy, Bluestem, Goats Milk Magazine, Evening Street Press, The Literate Ape, Mused, Jewlarious, Defenestration, Better after 50, Living the Second Act, and five editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul (Simon and Schuster). Odd Woman Out: Essays and Stories, her first book, is rated 5 stars on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. It intimately exposes the nature of identity in the life of a performing artist, snapshotting the search for a self Chartoff could love, and someone else’s self to love, too, She found and married him seven years ago and became a happy step-mother to his fabulous prefab kids.

She has been teaching “Charismatizing Improvising and Acting” in private classes and online coaching for years. For info and testimonials, go to Charismatizing.com. Her performing website is MelanieChartoff.com.  

You can find her on Facebook here for Charistmatizing and Melanie Chartoff, or @melaniechartoff & #melaniechartoff elsewhere.

Now, imagine we are preparing for Thanksgiving (can you believe it’s the day after tomorrow?) when the conversation turns to this week’s episode of the podcast. We would love to hear your thoughts–leave a comment below!

S4 Episode 1: Resources

In season four, episode one of the podcast, Addey, Nicole, and Amber talked about what it’s like running a literary journal. After taking a peek behind the literary journal curtain, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Imagine we are talking about Thanksgiving plans (can you believe the holiday is next week already?) when the conversation turns to this week’s episode of the podcast. What did you think about the information shared in this episode? Let us know in the comments below!

S3 Episode 10: Resources

In season three, episode ten of the podcast, Addey and Nicole talked all about how they wrote their books–and learned that no two writers write the same.

Pretend we are discussing this week’s podcast episode while lounging at the pool to beat the heat. What did you take away from this episode? How do you write? Let us know in the comments below!

S3 Episode 9: Resources

In season three, episode nine of the podcast, Amber and Nicole took over to talk about video games (this is a part two episode, so be sure to check out episode eight before listening to this episode!)

What do you think about this episode? Imagine we are chatting about what video games have inspired your writing while walking in a spring shower (don’t worry–we’ve got umbrellas!) How have video games inspired your writing?

S3 Episode 7: Resources

In season three, episode 6 of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey was joined by Kim Malinowski–writer, teacher, and poet–to learn more about her new poetry collection, Home, published by Kelsay Books.

Here is a bit more about Kim, including upcoming events ad where you can find her on the interwebs:

Kim Malinowski is a lover of words. She earned her B.A. from West Virginia University and her M.F.A. from American University. She studies with The Writers Studio. Her debut collection Home was published by Kelsay Books. Her chapbook Death: A Love Story was published by Flutter Press. Her work has appeared in borrowed solace, Faerie Magazine/Enchanted Living, War, Literature, and the Arts, AHF Magazine, Mookychick, Amethyst Review, and others. She writes because the alternative is unthinkable. You can find out more about her on her website.

Events and Places of Word Fun and Learning

Hybrid Shorts Class (Recurring)

Mighty Networks Moon Feather Hollow: Will—O’—Wisp’s Valley of Verse

April 28, 2021: Open Mic with Kim Malinowski: Speculative Poetry

Opening May 1st: Terra Nouveau Lyceum on Mighty Networks–Kim Teaches Writing Classes and Free Tips, Techniques, Prompts, etc.

As always, we would so appreciate you sharing your thoughts and comments! Imagine we are taking a walk in the snow (yes, it snowed in Colorado today) and chatting about this episode of the podcast. What did you think? Let us know by commenting below!

S3 Episode 6: Resources

In season three, episode six of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey was joined by Zulie Rane–freelance content creator, ghostwriter, YouTuber, and cat mom. Addey and Zulie talked all things writing online including some of her tips for writing on Medium, how she started her freelance writing business, and what it’s like talking about writing on YouTube.

If you’d like to learn more about Zulie, you can find her online in the following places:


Her website, ZulieWrites.com

Write Your Future, a collaborative weekly newsletter

Her YouTube Channel



And, of course, we’d love to hear from you. Pretend we are relaxing at the park now that spring seems to have finally sprung–what did you learn from this week’s episode of the podcast? Leave us a comment down below to let us know!

S3 Episode 4: Resources

In season three, episode four of the podcast, Addey was joined by Nicole to talk about her graduate program in publishing.

For more information on the Master of Professional Studies in Publishing at George Washington University, click here.

For more information on Harlequin (the publisher Addey went on a tangent about) click here.

And, of course, we want to hear from you! Imagine we are chatting on the phone about our Thanksgiving prep and the coming holiday week when the conversation turns to this week’s podcast. What did you think? Comment down below!

S3 Episode 3: Resources

This week on borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey was joined by fiction editor, Amber, to talk about writers and how they are portrayed in pop culture. This was a fun episode with not too many serious resources discussed, but here are just some of the TV shows and books we discussed in the episode:

Gilmore Girls

Murder She Wrote

Criminal Minds

Council of Dads

Gossip Girl

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Secret Window by Stephen King

Misery by Stephen King

The Bold Type

So what did you think about this week’s episode? Do you think writer’s are portrayed accurately in pop culture, or not so much? Pretend we are having a socially distanced writer’s night and talking about the episode. Leave your thoughts (or some more examples) down in the comments below!