Healing from Creative Downfalls

October 14th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 24 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We’re getting real in this episode with some downfalls creatives might face and thoughts on how to heal the damage they can do.

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we’re sending you virtual hugs and asking you to think through your own creative downfalls and identify how to heal the wounds in your own lives even as you prepare to defend yourself against future ones.

Please share our podcast with your new 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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QWERTY Craft Tips

October 7th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 23 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! Thanks for joining us for another extra special episode recorded at our alma mater, William Carey University. If you missed Episode 22, that’s okay! These two don’t build on each other. We’re answering different questions for the students we had the honor of speaking to. This week we’re sharing our very best writing craft tips and sharing some favorite resources. Here are links to the ones we mention!

Rachael Stephen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXjda70KpggxCpmrLpxdHuw

Holly Lisle’s Writing Classes: https://hollyswritingclasses.com

Rachael Herron’s “How Do You Write?” Podcast: https://rachaelherron.com/category/podcast/

Ann Patchett: http://www.annpatchett.com

Nanowrimo: https://www.nanowrimo.org

Recommended Podcasts: 

Please share our podcast with your new 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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Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda: Things We Wish We’d Learned Earlier

September 30th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 22 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! Thanks for joining us for an extra-special episode. We recorded this one side-by-side at our alma mater, William Carey University, where we had the honor of speaking as guest lecturers to a creative nonfiction class. We managed to get two podcast episodes out of it, so click on through to hear the first part all about the things we wish we’d learned or done earlier—our Coulda, Woulda, Shouldas.

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we’re urging the students and YOU to spend some time visualizing your life and thinking through how you can achieve what you really want to in your lifetime.

Please share our podcast with your new 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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Allowing Faith in Your Art

September 23rd, 2019

Welcome to Episode 21 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! Flowing forward from last week’s topic, we’re chatting about Allowing Faith in Your Art. We have a couple of theories about how holding back the inner convictions we hold most dear when it comes to our artistic endeavors can lead to blockades in production and often stems from some type of fear. We’ve got some encouragement for you as well!

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we’re urging you to dig deep within and evaluate yourself. It might not be easy, but we believe it will be worth it for you and for your art. Drop us a line and let us know how it goes!

Please share our podcast with your new 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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Created to Create

September 16th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 20 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We’re chatting about how we were Created to Create but, somewhere along the way, we lost our ability to just let go and … CREATE! We’re sharing why we think that is and a few things we can do about it.

In this week’s QWERTY Challenge, we’re channeling a creative idea from The Artist’s Way by Jullia Cameron. Learn more about this incredible resource on creativity on her website: https://juliacameronlive.com/books-by-julia/the-artists-way-a-spiritual-path-to-higher-creativity/. Drop us a line and let us know how it goes!

Please share our podcast with your new 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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Support Teams, Part 2: Creative Ties

September 9th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 19 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We’ve got an exciting announcement for you this week—the topic and … TITLE! … for our upcoming writing craft book! In case you missed last week, this is part two of a two-part series all about Support Teams! In this show, we’re focusing on our Creative Ties—these are the fellow creatives we partner with to form outstanding support systems. We’re sharing how these support teams can help and how we can return the support. Plus, we’re giving you some tips on where to find yours. And, we’re shouting out to our favorite online writing support groups, links below!

We want to hear how the QWERTY Challenge goes for you, too; so please drop us a line. If you join some new groups or meet up with new creative friends, please tell us about it. And, share our podcast with your new 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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Support Teams, Part 1: Ties That Bind

September 2nd, 2019

Welcome to Episode 18 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! We’re starting a special two-part series this week, all about Support Teams! In this show, we’re focusing on the Ties That Bind—our family and close friends, most of whom likely do not share the same creative pursuits but are a huge part of our success. We will share a little about our own teams and talk about what happens when this part of your support team doesn’t support you. If you are in a situation that is abusive, please get help right now. We love you and want you to know you’re worth so much more than how you’re being treated. Here’s the most important link and phone number we’ll ever share in our shownotes: https://www.thehotline.org 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

We want to hear how the QWERTY Challenge goes for you, too; so please drop us a line. If you’re on the side of dealing with a lack of support, we really want to hear from you so we can be cheering you on during the tough conversations we’re challenging you to have. 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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Reflections on the MS Book Festival

August 26th, 2019

Welcome to Episode 17 of the QWERTY Writing Life Podcast with Joy E. Rancatore and Mea Smith! Today’s episode is extra special because we’re taking you through our experiences at the one, the only Mississippi Book Festival. This is the annual event where we kicked our writing careers into high gear back in 2016. We’ve grown alongside this event, and we could not be more proud to be part of such an incredible program. Because so many people come together to make this festival such a success and we have so many great things to say about the day, we have quite a few links to share with you all and our episode is a little longer than our usual.

We want to hear how the QWERTY Challenge goes for you, too; so please drop us a line. Questions? Comments? You know what to do! Continue this week’s chat with us via email at editorial [at] logosandmythospress [dot] com.

We mentioned a bunch of incredible people and places and want to share as many as we can with you, so here goes!

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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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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