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September 28, 2020 @ 12:00 am

Episode 89: The Marginally Writing Collective

This season, we’re exploring community. One of the reasons we started this podcast was we wanted to talk about writing and day jobs with other writers, and didn’t find an existing space. So when we wanted to be part of a small critique group, it made sense to start our own. The resulting collective is one of things we’re most proud of.

Today’s episode is a discussion with some of last year’s collective members, about what works and what doesn’t, and we hope it gives you some tips and encouragement for starting your own. Let us know if you do!

 

In this episode, we talk to Amy Dressler, Erin Levens, Nicole Roth, and Stephanie Bucklin. Links to their websites are in the show notes so you can check them out. You can also find links to collective members Peter Amos and Sarah Hawkins, who weren’t able to join, but who are also doing some exciting writing things.

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

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September 14, 2020 @ 12:02 am

Episode 88: Marginally Statement & Update

Hi listeners

We wanted to take a second to talk to you after our long silence, which has coincided with the pandemic and the amazing activism of the Black Lives Matter movement, and … so much else.

We talk through a statement on our current thinking on these things, and also check in after a longer-than-normal summer break. We have a lot of changes in our lives! I guess many people do after these past few months. 

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this statement, and also how you've been doing over the summer. We're on Instagram (@marginallypodcast), email podcast@marginallypodcast.com and our website marginallypodcast.com. 

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As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá. 

Have a question you'd like us to try to answer, or a topic you'd love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here.  Thanks for listening, and get to work!

If you like Marginally, you should check out #amwriting, with Jess and KJ, where two much more experienced writers talk through their processes with each other and celebrated guests.

 

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June 1, 2020 @ 5:01 am

Episode 87: Divya Kohli on meditating in difficult time & how your book finds you

 

We were originally planning another episode this week, but we decided to release this interview with meditation teacher, yoga teacher and writer Divya Kohli instead. Her new book, Finding Peace in Difficult Times, has been published speedily because of how relevant it is for the current situation in which we find ourselves.

 

As we discuss here, activism and wellness are not mutually exclusive. Meditation can help you to see what is – help you to see and feel your own feelings, but also can bring you to see what is happening, what is unjust, in the world. It doesn’t have to be a tool of accepting whatever happens and letting it go. It can make you stronger as you commit to new action to change things.

Divya also has a fascinating publishing story - she worked on various novels that didn't work until this book found her. She talks about how her book found her, and the usefulness of working with a writing coach.

You can find more about her at: www.yogawithdivya.co.uk. You can also find her online at her Facebook page.

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As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá. 

Have a question you'd like us to try to answer, or a topic you'd love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here.  Thanks for listening, and get to work!

If you like Marginally, you should check out #amwriting, with Jess and KJ, where two much more experienced writers talk through their processes with each other and celebrated guests.

 

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May 20, 2020 @ 4:56 pm

Episode 86: Jennie Nash

We're here today with Jennie Nash, book coach and founder/CEO of Author Accelerator. Jennie has spent more than 30 years in the publishing industry. With 9 books under her belt, and more than a decade coaching bestselling authors like Lisa Cron and KJ Dell'Antonia, she definitely knows what she's talking about from both sides of the desk.

Jennie's latest book, Read Books All Day and Get Paid For It, about the book coaching industry, came out in January. She sat down with us this week to talk book coaching -- why you should get one, when to know you're ready, and how she works with her clients -- and we also ended up getting a little mini-coaching ourselves. We hope you love listening as much as we loved talking to Jennie!

You can find Jennie online at jennienash.com or authoraccelerator.com. If you're interested in what's probably her most famous tool, the Inside Outline, head to authoraccelerator.com/marginally.

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá 

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April 20, 2020 @ 12:00 am

Episode 85: Big Finishing Energy

In today's episode, we talk about finishing things -- work projects, drafts, you name it -- and the different types of Big Finishing Energy. We also talk about how structure helps you drop it later, being bored on purpose, and the reading and watching we're doing right now.

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá

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April 6, 2020 @ 12:02 am

Episode 84: Jess Lahey & KJ Dell’Antonia on how to build long-lasting writing friendships

In this episode, we talk to two of the three co-hosts of the #amwriting podcast. (We are huge fans of that podcast, in case you haven't noticed.) We talk with them about the benefits of having a friendship that is just about writing, about the incredible gift of being able to be open with close friends, and about the relief of finding someone to take writing seriously with.

KJ Dell'Antonia wrote and edited the Motherlode blog for the New York Times from 2011 until 2016 and was a contributing editor to the Well Family section from 2016-2017. She is also the author of the author of How to Be a Happier Parent and the forthcoming novel The Chicken Sisters, which will be released June 30th 2020. (KJ was a guest on Marginally in Episode 40.)

Jessica Lahey is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, will be released in April 2021. (Jess was a guest in Episode 36 as well.)

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As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá. 

Have a question you'd like us to try to answer, or a topic you'd love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here.  Thanks for listening, and get to work!

If you like Marginally, you should check out #amwriting, with Jess and KJ, where two much more experienced writers talk through their processes with each other and celebrated guests.

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March 23, 2020 @ 2:53 am

Episode 83: Friendship goals with Miranda Popkey & Zan Romanoff

Today, we’re sharing a conversation with a couple of writers who are definite goals – as writers, of course, but especially as friends. Zan Romanoff and Miranda Popkey met in college, and they talk to us about how their friendship has evolved, its role in their writing, and about writing women’s friendships in fiction. They also talk process, craft, and day jobs and writing – basically everything.

Zan Romanoff writes essays, journalism, and fiction, with a particular focus on and interest in areas of culture that don't always get the respect they deserve: stuff like fandom, food, and the Kardashian clan. She also writes YA, including the forthcoming novel Look, out on March 31 (make sure to preorder!), and lives in LA.

Miranda is a writer, editor, social worker, and translator from the Italian. She’s lived in California, Connecticut, Texas, New York, Missouri, and Italy. Right now, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and her dog, and her first novel, Topics of Conversation, was published by Knopf on January 7, 2020. You can find them at zanromanoff.com and mirandapopkey.com. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking to them!

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As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá. 

Have a question you'd like us to try to answer, or a topic you'd love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here.  Thanks for listening, and get to work!

If you like Marginally, you should check out #amwriting, with Jess and KJ, where two much more experienced writers talk through their processes with each other and celebrated guests.

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March 2, 2020 @ 12:02 am

Episode 82: Revisiting the Day Job Discussion

Today, we revisit the fundamental question of this podcast: how does a day job and writing fit together? What have we learned in the past few years, and what have the job changes we've both experienced taught us about this balancing act? We'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this as well.

Also, during our regular book check-in, we go deep into how to transition between two plot strands that you're trying to weave together - and the struggles both of us have with that at the moment. We also talk about whether you're an over-writer or an under-writer when describing things - and how to think about it as a form of trust in the reader.

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As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá. 

Have a question you'd like us to try to answer, or a topic you'd love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here.  Thanks for listening, and get to work!

If you like Marginally, you should check out #amwriting, with Jess and KJ, where two much more experienced writers talk through their processes with each other and celebrated guests.

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February 17, 2020 @ 12:00 am

Episode 81: Getting Unstuck

Today, we talk about how we've been stuck lately and what we're doing to get unstuck. Sometimes writing is hard for reasons outside your control, like being sick, and sometimes it's hard because you're not sure what to do next. We talk about what helps us, and would love to hear what works for you.

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

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January 27, 2020 @ 12:03 am

Episode 80: Lydia Denworth & why friendships are good for us

Today's episode is a fascinating discussion of the science of friendship with author, science writer and editor Lydia Denworth. Before this interview, we read her excellent new book, Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond. We enjoyed talking about some of our favorite parts, but we recommend checking out the whole book to learn more about this topic, which is just starting to get significant scientific attention.

Lydia Denworth started her career in news magazines and freelancing for women’s magazines, but has more recently gravitated to writing primarily about science. She’s visited brain imaging labs and baboon troops in Kenya, and written about everything from Alzheimer’s to zebrafish.

She is now the author of three books of popular science. Today we’re talking about her third book, which is Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond – an excellent book about the health and scientific data about quality relationships. This book was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

She is a contributing editor for Scientific American and she writes the Brain Waves blog for Psychology Today. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, NewsweekThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalTime, Spectrum and many other publications.

We loved talking to her about her new and fascinating book, which is out this week – January 28, 2020. We strongly recommend you check it out.

 

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá. 

Have a question you'd like us to try to answer, or a topic you'd love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here.  Thanks for listening, and get to work!

If you like Marginally, you should check out #amwriting, with Jess and KJ, where two much more experienced writers talk through their processes with each other and celebrated guests.

 

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