Our Ideas Are Not Finite

August 20th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 16 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! Have you ever worried that you’ll write the book of your heart or the five story ideas twirling around in your mind and that will be it? Your well will be dry. Nothing else will come. We’ve got good news for you today, friends! Our ideas are not finite. In fact, it’s quite the contrary; the more you create and the more you surround yourself with creativity, the more creative ideas you’ll have. We’re sharing our experiences, including our own battles with this Doubt; plus, we’re taking it a step further and giving you some tips to combat this fear. Our QWERTY Challenge will help you harness all the great ideas you already have and find some new ones as well. Questions? Comments? Want to share how your Challenge went? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] com. We mentioned a great site with a monthly writing prompt: https://blogbattlers.wordpress.comFor more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to www.logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portal. Or, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channel. Can’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at www.measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, www.joyerancatore.com.

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Artists, Observe! Inspiration is Everywhere

August 12th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 15 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We’re coming at you today with an exclamatory imperative, creative friends. We’ve got a pretty good reason behind it, though. So, pop in your earbuds, steep your tea and set out your favorite snacks for “Artists, Observe! Inspiration Is Everywhere!” We’re sharing with you some of the strange places and ways inspiration has come to us, and our QWERTY Challenge will have you opening up to the inspiration around you. Questions? Comments? Want to share how your Challenge went? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] com. For more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to www.logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portal. Or, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channel. Can’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at www.measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, www.joyerancatore.comHere are the links we referenced in today’s show in case you want to check them out:

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What? We Chatted with an Artist!

August 5th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 14 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! Today we’ve got a special treat for you guys. Our first guest on the show, Kim Howes Zabbia, will inspire and encourage you in your own creative endeavors and might just make you laugh. An accomplished artist, Kim taught art for many years at Ponchatoula High School in Ponchatoula, LA, and now teaches art to adults in her studio. Her latest book is Just Paint, It Ain’t: Demystifying the the Complex Marriage of Artists and Their Viewers. She’s sharing details with us about this book, specifically the Artistic Cycle she showcases in it. Kim brings us our QWERTY Challenge, and it’s a good one. In fact, Joy and Mea have taken on this challenge as well. Questions? Comments? Want to share how your Challenge went? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] com. Be sure to check out Kim’s website and social media platforms and follow her for more inspiration. Here are all the links you’ll need: https://www.kimhoweszabbia.com, https://www.facebook.com/KimHowesZabbiaArtist/, https://www.instagram.com/KimHowesZabbiaArtist/, https://www.youtube.com/user/KimZabbiaFor more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to www.logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portal. Or, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channel. Can’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at www.measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, www.joyerancatore.com.

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Finding the Creative in Your Community

July 29th, 2019

Welcome to lucky Episode 13 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! [DISCLAIMER: left earbud only] We’re challenging you to Find the Creative in Your Community! Wonder where to start? We’ve got a whole show worth of suggestions for you! Our QWERTY Challenge might just push you outside your comfort zone. But, don’t worry! We’re here to help you and encourage you as you do. Are you ready? We believe in you! Questions? Comments? Want to share how your Challenge went? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] com. For more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to www.logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portal. Or, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channel. Can’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at www.measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, www.joyerancatore.com.

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Benefits of Short Fiction, Part 3

July 22nd, 2019

Welcome to Episode 12 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We are closing out a three-part series on the Benefits of Short Fiction. In case you missed the first two episodes, we discussed the boost short fiction can give your craft techniques and your author brand. This time, we’re getting emotional. Yes, short fiction can give you an emotional boost! Find out how! Our QWERTY Challenge will encourage you to exercise that right brain. Are you ready? We believe in you! Questions? Comments? Want to share how your Challenge went? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] com. For more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to www.logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portal. Or, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channel. Can’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at www.measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, www.joyerancatore.com.

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Benefits of Short Fiction, Part 2

July 15th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 11 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We’re heading into the second part of a three-part series on the Benefits of Short Fiction. This time we’re focusing on the bonus perk of enhancing your author brand or adding to your collection of works. Our QWERTY Challenge will help you think of ways to boost your author brand or to discover your author voice through short fiction. Questions? Comments? Want to share your plans? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] com. For more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to www.logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portal. Or, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channel. Can’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at www.measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, www.joyerancatore.com.

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Benefits of Short Fiction, Part 1

July 8th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 10 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We love short fiction! We enjoy writing it and encouraging others to write it as well. In fact, we enjoy that so much, we turned one episode on the benefits of writing short fiction into THREE! For the first part, we’re examining the benefits to craft training. When you write something shorter, it’s easier to try something new or strive to improve something specific. Our QWERTY Challenge will push you to make something this week, specifically a short piece with the purpose of examining a specific craft technique you’d like to explore or improve. Questions? Comments? Want to share how your Challenge went? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] com. For more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to www.logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portal. Or, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channel. Can’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at www.measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, www.joyerancatore.com.

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Writing Rituals

July 1st, 2019

Welcome to Episode 9 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! Do you have any writing rituals? When you go to create something—whether it’s a story or a song or a painting—do you need a certain smell or drink or sound? We dream about our ideal writing situations and then we get real and share a little of what actual writing time looks like for us and how we make it work for us. Our QWERTY Challenge will help you get to a point where you can create wherever you are in whatever time you’re given too. As long as you’re willing to practice, that is! Questions? Comments? Want to share your list? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] com. For more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portal. Or, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channel. Can’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, joyerancatore.com.

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Rebelling Against Writing Rules

June 24th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 8 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We’re going to be rebels today! We’re sharing some writing “rules” that might just need to be broken. Creativity methods can be based upon others’ processes, but ultimately this is a personal thing. You have to listen to your instincts and—wait for it—know yourself to be able to morph something that someone else does into a process that works for you. Also, you have to accept the concept that maybe Your Process hasn’t been perfected yet, because you haven’t tried things or given yourself permission to make a new plan. We mentioned a fabulous artist during the beginning of today’s show. To see more about Kim Howes Zabbia, head over to her site www.kimhoweszabbia.com. We also mentioned a book by our dear friend, Autumn Lindsay. You can see more about her and her debut novel, Remaining Aileen, on her website www.autumnlindsey.com. For more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portal. Or, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channel. Can’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, joyerancatore.com.

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Perspective, Part 2

June 17th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 7 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We’re finishing our two-part look at Perspective with a focus on Details. Break it down and list it out, QWERTY Friend! We’re talking about fine-tuning those little details of our work and finding new ways to catch issues with them. Our QWERTY Challenge will have you making your own list. Questions? Comments? Want to share your list? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] comFor more information about us, the show and our writing craft book series, head over to logosandmythospress.com/qwerty-writing-life. Subscribe in your favorite podcast portalOr, if you’d rather see our grinning faces, ring the bell on our YouTube channelCan’t get enough of Mea? Head over to her online home at measmith.com. Want to know more about Joy? Check out her site, joyerancatore.com.

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