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December 9, 2019 @ 12:02 am

Episode 76 - We check-in about our submission process

In this episode, we touch base on our challenge to submit something every other month. We also chat about our recent month or so of writing, including coming to terms with challenging schedules (hello, November, nice to see you again) and how to move ahead. Also: what to do when you're almost ready for other people to read your draft and it's scary!

Finally, we'll putting out a guide to writing while you travel in our last episode this year. We're looking to put together a few more guides, so if you have anything you'd like a guide on, let us know!

 

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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November 25, 2019 @ 2:28 am

Episode 75 - Tasha L. Harrison and Kate Newburg talk writing friendships and creative collaborations

Today's episode was one of the most fun conversations to record (we say that every time, but seriously, y'all, we mean it). Kate Newburg and Tasha L. Harrison are writing and podcasting BFFs. They like to say that they are a lot, and we think that's perfect. In this episode, they have so much energy and so many projects, and we loved chatting with them about writing friendship and collaboration.

We've had Tasha on before, way back in episode 59, and are happy to have her back with Kate. Kate and Tasha are in the middle of season 2 of their fantastic Lady Books podcast. Kate describes their approach as a concept album, where each season is self-contained and totally different, and definitely worth adding to your listening line-up.

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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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November 18, 2019 @ 12:04 am

Pep Talk 17: Jessica Abel on naps and self-care

Pep Talk 17 is from Episode 61 with Jessica Abel. We totally endorse her nap-on-the-spot plan but especially like her approach to using self-care techniques as part of the writing process.

If you like this, go back and check out the full episodes 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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November 18, 2019 @ 12:03 am

Pep Talk 16: Paul Jarvis on what to do with fear

Pep Talk 16 is from Episode 51 with Paul Jarvis, when he talked to us about what to do with fear - what you can use and what you have to push past.

If you like this, go back and check out the full episodes 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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November 4, 2019 @ 12:02 am

Episode 74: Why it’s okay to say no to NaNo

Before we even get started, let's just say up front: if you're doing National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), we are totally rooting for you!

But NaNo isn't for us, and this is something we've been coming to terms with over the past couple of years - if you don't believe us, check out our previous episodes on this topic.

For us, focusing just on one month, when we (as writers with day jobs and other responsibilities) have so much going on, isn't very sustainable and can make us really anxious/stressed/feel bad.

So this episode is about saying "no" in a gracious way - including how to set goals for your project that are longer-term, and also dealing with your feelings when so many other people are talking about NaNo. 

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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October 21, 2019 @ 12:01 am

Julie Buntin on Friendship

Today we’re bringing you an interview with writer and editor Julie Buntin, the author of a great friendship novel, Marlena, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR, and Kirkus Reviews. Y’all, it’s really good. Julie is from northern Michigan, and her writing has appeared in the AtlanticVogue, the New York Times Book Review, Guernica, and other publications. She has taught creative writing at New York University, Columbia University, and the Yale Writers’ Workshop, and is incoming asst prof in the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan, and a recent Ellen Levine Fund for Writers Award winner for her current novel-in-progress, and is editor-at-large for Catapult. You can find her at juliebuntin.com and on Twitter @juliebuntin.

We cover a lot of ground, serious and not-so-serious. From the impact of friendships and loss, to Golden Girls, Judy Blume, and Nicholas Cage, to the algorithm and how to run a writing workshop. We loved talking to Julie, and hope you enjoy listening.

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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October 7, 2019 @ 12:02 am

Episode 72: Our origin story & a mini-book club with friendship novels

We go way back in this episode, to the beginning of our friendship - those fraught 6 weeks at the beginning of college where you may or may not make incorrect judgments about who you do or don't like.

We talk about how our friendship has gotten closer over time, and what has bonded us, even when we don't physically see each other that much.

And then we rely on Meghan's deep knowledge of friendship books, and the project she's doing to think about them as a genre: what counts as a friendship book (or story), and why are we so drawn to them? It's basically a very excellent book club.

Send us your favorite friendship books/TV shows/movies, and we'd also love to hear about your favorite literary friendships, if you're into that.

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Full show notes are on our website, marginallypodcast.com.

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!

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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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September 23, 2019 @ 12:05 am

Writing Planning with Alicia de los Reyes

In today’s episode, we bring back one of our very first guests, Alicia de los Reyes! Alicia is a writer based in Maine, where she lives with her family and cat. She has her MFA from University of New Hampshire. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Archipelago, The Billfold, and others, and her fiction has been published in Best New Writing 2015. 

She’s also the author of the writing guides DIY Writing Retreat and DIY Chick Lit, and the creator of the Writer’s Process Planner, and we have her on today to talk about goal setting and planning — take it from me, even if you’re allergic to Virgo season and planning and goals, you’ll want to listen to this one.

You can find out more about Alicia at aliciadelosreyes.com, and as @likesoatmeal on Instagram and Twitter. Listen to her podcast Scratch Paper on iTunes or on Stitcher, or at her website.

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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August 31, 2019 @ 12:01 am

Summer’s over & we’re starting a writing group

We came back from the summer with a lot of news, which we're excited to share.

First, we talk about what we did over the summer - the ups and downs of our writing.

Then we talk about our goals for the year. Olivia and Meghan both have goals related to their book projects, and also we are planning to submit something for publication every two months (alternating months). We will share our experience and lessons from that as we go along this season.

And finally, one of our goals for the year is to have more collaboration and community, so ...

we are starting a writing collective!

You can let us know that you're interested in participating in it by answering the questions we posted on our blog, here.

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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August 28, 2019 @ 12:01 am

Episode 69: Courtney Balestier of WMFA

Today, we're bringing you a special episode: a collaboration with Courtney Balestier of the WMFA podcast. If you don't already listen to WMFA, this episode is sure to make you a convert. WMFA features interviews with outstanding writers, from Emily St. John Mandel (one of my favorite episodes) to Susan Choi, as well as minisodes where Courtney puts into words the same anxieties and thoughts we have, in a way that makes us feel so seen.

Courtney Balestier is a writer whose work focuses on the intersection of place and identity, particularly in her native Appalachia. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Yorker online, Lucky Peach, the New York Times, and Oxford American, and has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award and a Pushcart Prize. Courtney holds a bachelor's degree in news journalism from West Virginia University and a master's degree in magazine journalism from New York University. A native West Virginian, she is at work on a novel about identity, progress, and class set in Appalachia and Detroit. She lives and works in Pittsburgh.

You can find Courtney on her website, Twitter, and Instagram. Find WMFA online here, or listen in your favorite podcast app.

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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