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For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.

For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.
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For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.

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Episodes

Episode 47: Following Your Intuition

10/15/2018
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We’re on today with another update episode, talking about following your intuition — when you know it’s time to move on to something new, and working through what it means to quit. We talk about how to find freedom in making a big change, getting inspiration and comfort from other writers’ journeys, and spin out some absurd metaphors, as usual. 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...

Duration:00:35:52

Episode 46: Was There A Golden Age of Short Stories?

10/8/2018
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In Episode 46, we do some myth-busting in our exploration of whether there was really a golden age of short stories. When was it? Were people really able to make a living writing short stories? What's the short story market like now? What we found out: We talk about Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gaskill and others, and we talk about what people say they get paid now. Finally, we talk about the update Susan Dennard sent out to her earlier newsletter post, Income As A Writer - with comments from...

Duration:00:47:20

Pep Talk 8: Just deal with it

10/3/2018
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Today's pep talk comes from a conversation Meghan had with her 8-year-old son, Thomas, and some pretty solid advice he gave. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and your project. You can find more information and get in touch on our website, marginallypodcast.com. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcastor Facebook. Meghan's on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia Theme music is "It's...

Duration:00:02:36

Episode 45: Catching up, and learning from Ursula K. LeGuin

10/1/2018
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This episode is one of our regular check-ins, where we talk openly about how our writing and day job balancing act is going. In this one, both of us have been really busy with various things - including finding new routines - and haven't had much chance to write lately. We talk about dealing with our expectations and about trying to be less rigid with our schedules (but still find a way to get work done). Then, we talk about the acceptance speech that Ursula K. Le Guin gave at the National...

Duration:00:26:30

Pep Talk 7: Follow the inner spark

9/26/2018
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Today's pep talk comes from the conversation we had with Olivia's dad, Fred Allison, back in June's episode. It's a great one if you're struggling to make the time to focus on your creative work. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and your project. You can find more information and get in touch on our website, marginallypodcast.com. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcastor Facebook. Meghan's on...

Duration:00:02:23

Episode 44: Jane Friedman and the business of writing

9/24/2018
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In this week's episode, we talk to Jane Friedman, an expert in the publishing industry who has written with much insight, candor and calm about the business of writing and publishing. In her spare time, Jane writes creative nonfiction, which has been included in the anthologies Every Father's Daughter and Drinking Diaries. Jane describes herself as sitting at the intersection of several communities, giving her a 360-degree view of the changes now shaping writing and publishing. She sees...

Duration:00:48:27

Episode 43: Four Big Questions About Writing & Money

9/17/2018
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In Episode 43, we discuss the answers to four big questions about writers and money: This episode is a starting point from what we found out from our initial research - the knowledge base from which we start this Season 2 on money and writing and day jobs and quitting day jobs. In some cases, we talk about how hard it is to find answers - but even where there are no quick answers, we fill you in on the current debate in the writing and publishing world. You'll see that we have so many...

Duration:01:16:57

Season 2 preview

9/10/2018
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This week, we're bringing you a short preview of some of the topics we'll be exploring this season, all around the theme of money. Don't worry -- we won't be turning into a personal finance podcast, though we will be looking at how money affects art. Want to join in the conversation? Get in touch with your comments and questions, as well as suggestions for future guests at our website, marginallypodcast.com As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast...

Duration:00:10:09

Episode 41: We're back! Or: What we did on our summer vacations

9/3/2018
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Today is a kind of back-to-school episode of the podcast, all about what we learned and what we did this summer. We talk good writing books, unexpected surprises, different journaling techniques - all the good stuff. We also introduce our updated social media presence, so check us out. Marginally has a new Facebook page! Please like it. Also, as always, we are on Instagram @marginallypodcast. We are also re-launching our TinyLetter newsletter, and we'll be giving stuff away (not just...

Duration:00:34:43

Episode 40: KJ Dell'Antonia and how to be a happier writer

8/13/2018
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This month, we interview KJ Dell'Antonia, the author of the very-soon-to-be-released book How To Be A Happier Parent, parent, former New York Timesreporter and editor of the NYT's Motherlodeblog and contributing editor of the NYT's Well Family section. Our listeners are probably most familiar with KJ as the co-host of the wonderful #AmWriting podcast. KJ talked to us about how to hold on to your writer self, even when little humans need something from you, in order to get the words down. Her...

Duration:00:50:58

Episode 39: Jean Hannah Edelstein on the the value of day jobs and permission to be a writer

7/23/2018
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This month, we present our conversation with writer Jean Hannah Edelstein about the all-too-often unspoken realities of making a living – one of which is that it’s not often done with writing. We also talk about the glories of being an underachiever at the day job while still using writing skills (check out episode 35with Caroline Donahue for more about choosing a day job that leaves you with enough mental and physical space to pursue writing), how a rigid writing schedule doesn’t work for...

Duration:00:40:17

Episode 38: Writer and Historian Fred Allison compares writing to being a fighter pilot

6/17/2018
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In this episode for June, we took advantage of Olivia's parents' visit to her to record a special Father's Day episode with her dad, Fred Allison, who is a historian by day and a writer by evenings/weekends. He has published several books and articles about military history. His most recent book is We Were Going to Win, Or Die There, a book based on numerous oral history interviews he did with the Marine Roy H. Elrod. This book has recently won a Marine Corps Heritage award. We loved...

Duration:00:37:01

Episode 37: Summer Announcements and Goals Review

5/28/2018
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In this episode, we have a couple of big announcements. We're wrapping up our regular shows for a few months to take the summer off. Don't worry, we'll still be bringing you some delightful interviews - that we've already recorded - each month this summer. But we won't be doing any more weekly episodes until September. We're also ending the writing prompt series for now, but will keep thinking about other ways to share. Finally, we check in with how we are doing about our goals and what...

Duration:00:30:33

Episode 36: Writer and teacher Jess Lahey of #AmWriting

5/21/2018
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We interviewed Jessica Lahey, a teacher, writer and co-host from the wonderful #AmWriting podcast. Jess talked us through how keeping her day job keeps her writing and ideas fresh, the difficulties of writing when she's on the road on speaking tours. She gives some good tips on how to balance speaking gigs and freelance work, should you be looking to go that direction. And she has great advice on being kind to yourself and living a writing life, and the importance of writing...

Duration:00:43:02

Episode 35: Caroline Donahue on planning, playing the (creative) field, and making room for unheard voices

5/14/2018
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This week, we are delighted to share our conversation with Caroline Donahue, a book coach and host of the wonderful Secret Library podcast and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, I Wrote it Anyway. Caroline has so much great advice that we've decided she's our new spiritual adviser. In the episode, she talks about her planning process, giving creative projects time to root and grow (and not worrying about being too faithful to them), and her incredible publishing project, I Wrote it...

Duration:01:23:27

Episode 34: April Critique and May Writing Prompt

5/7/2018
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In Episode 34, we share our responses to the April writing prompt. If you don't remember, for this one we used the Writer Igniter generator from DIYMFA. We gave you the option of picking/spinning for your own unique combination, or using the one we got when we used it: Child prodigy + receives the wrong directions + handcuffs + beach (Spoiler: We discussed the fact that this was not an easy one for us!) We also go into our segment Everything is Terrible/What's Working Now, which could...

Duration:00:37:28

Pep Talk #4: Abigail Welhouse - No One Cares, and If They Do, It's a Gift

4/30/2018
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Are you worried about what everyone thinks? Or you're worried that you're just doing this whole writing thing for attention? Either way, this is a fantastic pep talk from our interview with Abigail Welhouse in Episode 33. She reminds us how wonderful it is that writing can connect you with other people, and also that other people are probably not as worried about what you're doing as you think. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and...

Duration:00:04:08

Pep Talk #5: For when you're not writing

4/30/2018
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A pep talk for those times when you're not writing. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and your project. You can find more information and get in touch on our website, marginallypodcast.com. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast Theme music is "It's Time" by Scaricá Ricascá

Duration:00:03:17

Pep Talk #6: Keep going (especially if it's your first novel)

4/30/2018
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We didn't initially intend to share this with you guys, but Meghan's advice and thoughts were so helpful if you're doing this whole novel-writing (or anything-writing) thing for the first time. So we've recorded Olivia's question/comment to Meghan ("Should I keep doing this??") and her great response. Hopefully it gets you unstuck, or helps you keep going, too. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and...

Duration:00:05:42

Episode 33: Poet and publicist Abigail Welhouse

4/23/2018
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In Episode 33, we sat down to talk to poet, book publicist and horseback riding instructor Abigail Welhouse, a great treat for April, which is National Poetry Month. Abigail is the author of Bad Baby (dancing girl press), Too Many Humans of New York (Bottlecap Press), and Memento Mori (a poem/comic collaboration with Evan Johnston), and works as a publicist at Scott Manning & Associates. She also works in a second day job for GallopNYC as a horseback riding instructor. You can follow her by...

Duration:01:05:14