Chasing Creative Season 3 is here!

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Well, it’s been here for awhile actually, but I have been slacking in my announcer duties.

Ashley and I launched Season 3 on Monday, March 6th, so we’re already a few episodes in. This season we got to talk to some really neat people doing really creative things. The lineup:

Episode 1: Ashley and I caught up on what we’ve been doing while the podcast was on a break and talked about setting creative goals for 2017.

Episode 2: We got to chat with Nicole Gulotta, author of the Eat This Poem blog and the new Eat This Poem book. She had some great advice for managing a write life and day job, as well as making sure the people in your corner know what your creative priorities are.

Episode 3: One of our favorite people on the internet is Rachel Dawson, and we loved catching up with her about balancing a creative job with personal creativity, as well as hear about all the books she’s been reading (it’s a lot).

Episode 4: Anyone who has listened to the podcast in the past knows how much I love my Get To Work Book. So you can imagine how excited I was when we reached out to Elise Blaha Cripe to come on the show – and she said yes! She’s been a creative person on the internet for a while, and her tips for balancing her creative projects in all the changing seasons of life were so, so good.

Episode 5: Sarah Fox is a writer and editor during the day… and a writer and editor at night. Her tips for turning a side hustle into a dream job and then needing to find another side hustle are something just about every creative person can relate to on some level.

Next week, we’re chatting with Lisa Hensley of Delighting in my Days, and she has so much good stuff to say about balancing motherhood and creativity. I’m so glad we got the chance to talk with her before my own little one arrived. I have a feeling hers is an episode I will be listening back to again and again in the coming months and years. Stay tuned at www.ChasingCreative.com so you don’t miss her episode! Or subscribe in iTunes to get the new episode delivered straight to your phone.

 

 

The Chasing Creative Podcast is Back for Season 2!

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After a few month’s hiatus, the Chasing Creative podcast is back!

Ashley from Brooks Editorial and I really, really enjoyed our break – and are so excited to be back recording Chasing Creative again. In our Season Two intro, we share what we did over our summer vacation, how our creativity fared, and – of course! – what we read.

We’re making season two a “mini-season” – catching up with our guests from season one who have had some big life changes since we last spoke. We’ll release an episode each Monday morning, like last season, on into December. This season is going to be a bit short, we know. But we promised ourselves to make this creative project fit into the nooks and crannies of our lives, just like our guests do with their own creativity. And right now, we’re in the midst of newborns and house-building and pregnancy and the upcoming holidays… and we are trying not to drive ourselves crazy, too.

(Although, arguably, we probably know the way pretty well by now).

Thanks for you patience as we took some time off, and we’re glad to be chatting with you all again.

Thanks for listening!

Need to catch up? Check out all our past episodes at www.chasingcreative.com

 

Wonder: The Intersection of Truth & Fiction

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There’s this magical place that exists, nestled between the world of fact and lie. It’s a place called fiction.

It’s a place where I like to spend a lot of my time.

Fiction can look like a lot of things. It can be wizards and knights, analogies wrapped up into quests. It can be a simple love story, one where everything happens exactly as expected and tastes exactly like a warm cup of tea. It can be magic or dramatic or unexpected. It can also be eye-opening, and carry with it a sadness that sits with you awhile.

Fiction can take you out of your world and let you see another time and place as vividly as if you were there.

Fiction can teach you to empathize with someone whose story is in no way similar to your own.

Fiction can teach you kindness and grace. To be more gentle. To know the story you’ve been told is not the only one.

Fiction was a tremendous part of my childhood, a place I could go when my world just wasn’t enough for me – or too much. It taught me some of the lessons I might otherwise have missed. Fiction allowed me to lead a hundred lives each school year, turning dull bus trips into adventures.

True, fiction can be an escape, a way to ignore the everyday and disappear into another place.

But sometimes, isn’t that what we all need? A little more wonder? 

There’s a wonderful Ted Talk from Mac Barnett on this topic (you can watch it below, or at this link).

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“We know these characters aren’t real, but we have these real feelings about them.”

“Kids are the best audience for serious literary fiction.”

“You can’t find the seams on the fiction.”

“Metafiction: stories about stories.”

“The best readers deserve the best stories we can give them.”

Let’s create great stories. 

P.S. Have you listened to the Chasing Creative Podcast yet? Each week we chat with a creative person or couple and they share their amazing story!