Our Affirmations for the 2020s

January 20th, 2020

In the last episode, Joanna Penn challenged us to declare our affirmations. In Episode 38 of QWERTY Writing Life Podcast, we share those with you. We’ve got big dreams for 2020 and for the new decade and we’ve got plans in place to achieve them.

We’re passing the QWERTY Challenge to you. Follow Joanna’s steps for determining your affirmations and then share them with us. We’ll read them in future episodes of the podcast! While you work on those, be sure to check out these resources we mentioned in the show:

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/mindset/

https://www.kateclayborn.com/ (author of Love Lettering and Beginner’s Luck)

http://www.joyerancatore.com/any-good-thing/

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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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Interview with a Creative: Joanna Penn on Evolution of Creativity

January 13th, 2020

Join us in welcoming Joanna Penn, award-winning entrepreneur and award-nominated (soon to be award-winning; we’re affirming it here!) author of thrillers and nonfiction for authors. In Episode 37 of QWERTY Writing Life Podcast, she discusses with us the evolution of creativity. Joanna walks us through how creativity can change over the years. We examine how, for creativity to be realized or to evolve, we must pull together an internal excavation of sorts and our natural curiosity with action. One key practice for Joanna to move from the introspective side (dreaming and wishing) to action (achieving) is making affirmations.

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, Joanna wants us to claim our creative affirmations for the 2020s. She maps out a three-step process, and we look forward to making theirs along with you. Share your affirmations with us, so we can encourage one another! We’ll be back for next week’s episode with our affirmations for the 2020s.

Be sure to visit Joanna and thank her for joining our show!

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/blueprint-signup5/

https://twitter.com/thecreativepenn

https://www.instagram.com/jfpennauthor/

https://www.booksandtravel.page/listen/

Check out links for resources mentioned in this episode:

http://www.thesuccessprinciples.com/

https://www.thesecret.tv/

http://www.thelawofattraction.com/

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2019/11/25/writing-with-a-family-productivity-andrea-pearson/

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/things-3/id904237743

https://juliacameronlive.com/books-by-julia/

https://www.the1thing.com/

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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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Goal Planning with 2020 Vision, Part II: Goals in Action

January 6th, 2020

We are back with the second part of our mini series on Goal Planning with 2020 Vision. Episode 36 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast is all about Goals in Action where we show you how the Template for Goal-Setting we presented in the last episode works in our real-life planning. We’ll have some tips for you as well as we each break down one of our Dragon Goals into smaller Cat Sìth and Pixie Goals.

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we’re recapping last week’s since it’s a big one! You get to take the tips we’ve presented along with the examples we’ve given and do some fantastic goal planning of your own. Plus, drop us a line at the email address below (or DM either of us on social media) and we’ll send you a FREE PDF to help you work this process!

Here are the fantastic links we mentioned in the show:

https://www.logosandmythospress.com/finders-keepers

https://www.logosandmythospress.com/any-good-thing

https://blogbattlers.wordpress.com/

https://rachaelritchey.com/the-crux-anthology/

http://www.joyerancatore.com/my-writings/tales-of-the-faerie-shepherds/

https://hollyswritingclasses.com/

https://womeninpublishingsummit.com

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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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Goal Planning with 2020 Vision, Part I: Template for Goal-Setting

December 30th, 2019

This isn't your grandma’s annual resolution show! In Episode 35 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast, we’re talking goals with a fantastical twist. This week we’re giving you a template of sorts for goal-setting. Next week, you’ll get to see what this looks like for our own 2020 goals and how we plan to achieve them.

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we’re sending you off with three steps toward a productive new year!

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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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Combating Creative Kryptonite: When Overwhelm Strikes

December 23rd, 2019

We’ve all experienced it. It’s the battle against the hourglass; the grasping at more time in a day; the neverending list of unchecked boxes. It’s not burnout. We could certainly use the word exhaustion. We’ve decided to call it, “Creative Kryptonite.” Find out what we’re talking about and learn how we defend against ours in Episode 34 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast. 

Get to know another creative mentioned in Mea’s creative week! Visit Rachael Floyd’s website here: http://sowritesrachael.com/.

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we’d love to hear how you handle your own Creative Kryptonite. If you don’t have coping methods yet, try ours and then let us know what works for you!

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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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Creativity During the Holidays

December 16th, 2019

Are you planning some special creativity time this holiday season? Are you making a list and checking it twice of all the parties and family obligations that sometimes feel less than nice? With a little creative planning, you may just be able to incorporate creativity into your holiday schedule—without adding unnecessary stress or flinging fruitcakes at your family’s face. We’ll share our tips with you in Episode 33 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast.

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we’ll guide you to apply a little bit of planning in order to achieve more positive creativity.

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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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FINDING FINDERS KEEPERS

December 9th, 2019

Today, we celebrate! As our co-written book baby flies out into the world, we’re taking a sentimental glance back before we turn our full attention to the future of Finders Keepers: A Practical Approach to Find & Keep Your Writing Critique Partner and QWERTY Writing Life. Listen in to Episode 32 as we share why and how the book came to be and where we see it taking all of us—including YOU!—in the future.

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we encourage you to take a page from our playbook and find multiple ways to utilize your work. Check out Rachael Ritchey’s book design page and the site for the 2020 Women in Publishing Summit, plus say hi to our three beta readers and see what they write in the links below:

https://rachaelritchey.com/book-design-by-rachael/

https://womeninpublishingsummit.com

https://candicemarleyconner.com

https://carriedalby.com

http://findingthelightseries.com

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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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Creative Workshop: Perfecting Our Book Description

December 2nd, 2019

We’ve struggled through writing two book blurbs so far, but we’ve learned a great deal about them, about ourselves and about our books. Find out all the details and perhaps get some tips to help you in Episode 31 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast. Check out these links for more info on what we shared during the workshop:

Blurb’s base template for writing a nonfiction book description: 

https://www.blurb.com/blog/how-to-write-a-blurb-for-your-non-fiction-book/

My 4-step Process for Writing a Nonfiction Book Blurb That Sells, from Rainmaker Press:

https://www.rainmakerpress.com/my-musings/2018/10/18/my-4-step-process-for-writing-a-nonfiction-book-blurb-that-sells

ALLi Podcast: Book Blurbs, Book Hooks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw2-rZj4YXc

How to Write a Good Book Description, IngramSpark

https://www.ingramspark.com/blog/how-to-write-a-good-book-description

Back Book Cover Blurb, Kindlepreneur

https://kindlepreneur.com/back-book-cover-blurb/

Rachael Ritchey’s website, cover designer extraordinaire

https://rachaelritchey.com/book-design-by-rachael/

Kim Howes Zabbia, Just Paint, It Ain’t

https://www.kimhoweszabbia.com/books-for-sale

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we will send you off with the task of condensing your current body of work, writing or otherwise, into a few lines. We would love for you to share them with us!

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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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Celebrating Six Months: The Gratitude Review

November 25th, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving to our US friends!! In Episode 30, we are reflecting on the first six months of QWERTY Writing Life Podcast. Can you believe it’s been six months already?!?! We have many things to be thankful for in this experience and so many exciting things to come. In fact, we have a gigantic announcement to share that we think you’ll be pretty stoked about as well.

Check out the links we reference in the show and be sure to share with us what you’re thankful for this year.

https://www.logosandmythospress.com

https://womeninpublishingsummit.com

http://brookewarner.com

https://podcast.shewrites.com

https://www.shewrites.com

http://brookewarner.com/green-light-chapter-giveaway/

Episode 14: Interview with a Creative: Kim Howes Zabbia, artist https://youtu.be/DdYyIG84pNs

https://www.kimhoweszabbia.com

Episode 29: Interview with a Creative: Brandon Odom, professional vocal performer https://youtu.be/z-jO6IC-Zqo

https://corovocati.org/

https://www.thecreativepenn.com

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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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Interview with a Creative: Brandon Odom, Vocal Performer

November 18th, 2019

Brandon Odom, professional vocal performer for more than twenty years, shares his creative journey and tips of the trade in this Interview with a Creative on the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast. He discusses his experience as a professional performer as well as the benefits and challenges of interpreting an established work of art. Brandon gives us practical tips on how to infuse your creative mark when reimagining these pieces through research and by connecting with the piece through a combination of emotions and personal experiences. 

Brandon leaves us with a QWERTY Challenge based on his practical creative tips. You can visit Brandon and hear his incredible voice on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChULdxMo4xXRhVz8eq59O3g

Learn more about the professional choir Brandon sings with by visiting https://corovocati.org/

At the end of the episode, Brandon sings “Beautiful City” from the Broadway show Godspell.

Please share our podcast with your friends! We’d love for them to be our new friends, too! Questions? Comments? 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 author resource 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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