S2 Episode 4: Resources

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!

Addey’s Picks

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

Nicole’s Picks

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!

S2 Episode 3: Resources

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!

S2 Episode 2: Resources

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!

S2 Episode 1: Resources

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 10: Resources

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!

Episode 8: Resources

On episode eight of borrowed solace: the podcast, the editors discussed how we went from the Writer’s Guild–a student led club on a college campus–to borrowed solace. Check out some resources for more information below:

How To Start Your Own Literary Journal (And Why You Want To!)

So You Want To Start Your Own On-Line Literary Journal. . .

We want to hear what you think about this episode! Please comment below and join the discussion. Pretend we are carving pumpkins and watching Halloween movies while chatting about the podcast, and leave your thoughts below!

Episode 7: Resources

In episode seven of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey was joined by one of the original founders of the Writer’s Guild, Crystal Hinrichsen, to talk about what it’s like to create your own creative community.

If you’d like to read a bit more about our history starting out as the Writer’s Guild, please visit our about page.

For information on how you can embark on your own journey to finding fellow writers to create with, please visit the links below:

How To Start A Writers’ Group

4 Tips on How to Build Your Creative Community

Writing Group Starter Kit (specifically for students at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, but there are lots of great tips for starting a group or club–especially at a college!)

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Writers Group

Of course, per the usual, we want to hear what you have to say! Pretend we are at a meeting of your local writing group. What would you contribute to a conversation about how to start (and continue on) with a writing group/club of your own?

Episode 6: Resources

In episode six of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey and Nicole were joined by former borrowed solace contributor and creative nonfiction writer Elle Mott.

Elle’s work appears in journals, anthologies, a national news magazine, and the inaugural issue of borrowed solace. Her debut book is Out of Chaos: A Memoir and she is currently working on her second book.

If you would like to connect with Elle and learn more about her work, you can visit her on her website or on Facebook @ellemott.author. You can also find her on Author Central with Amazon.

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

It’s pretty much fall now, so pretend we’re…picking pumpkins? As we wander through the pumpkin patch to find the perfect specimen, we’re chatting about nonfiction and this episode of the podcast. Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

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 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!