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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

Pep Talk 12: It was hard

12/10/2018
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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. Today, instead of a regular episode, we're bringing you four pep talks designed to help you through the winter holidays or other busy season. This is a notoriously stressful time of year, whether you find it joyful on balance or not. Travel, end-of-year work push, family, kids off school -- there's a lot going on. Not to mention the inevitable...

Duration:00:03:42

Pep Talk 13: Manjula Martin and YOLO

12/10/2018
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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. This pep talk is part of a series of talks designed to help you through the winter holidays or other busy season. This is a time of year -- and a time in history -- when things can feel very uncertain and risky, and it's easy to question even trying. This excerpt from our conversation with Manjula Martin in episode 48 is an antidote to feeling out of...

Duration:00:02:58

Pep Talk 14: Ayanna Gaines on making space for creativity

12/10/2018
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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. This pep talk is part of a series of talks designed to help you through the winter holidays or other busy season. As margin-writers, fitting in our creative work around the demands of day jobs and caring responsibilities, it can be hard to make the time and energy to commit. In our conversation with librarian and poet Ayanna Gaines in episode 9 , she...

Duration:00:03:32

Pep Talk 15: Divya Kohli on emotional turbulence and mindful pauses

12/10/2018
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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. This pep talk is part of a series of talks designed to help you through the winter holidays or other busy season. We talk often about writing anyway, about stealing time to write, because if it matters, you'd make it happen, right? But holidays and celebrations can be a time of great pain for many people, and the truth is, in times of great emotional...

Duration:00:05:48

Episode 53: Business book roundup

12/3/2018
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Today's episode is a mega-book report of sorts. We read a huge stack of personal finance, business, and writing-business books so you don't have to (though we do have a couple to recommend anyway). The episode covers getting a handle on personal finance and budgeting basics, spreadsheets, and how being realistic about your financial life is the best way to get over any fear. Whether you're thinking of quitting your day job or not, these books should be on your radar. As always, we'd love...

Duration:00:39:33

Episode 52: Some big day job news - and what it did to our writing

11/26/2018
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In Episode 52, we talk about some big developments in our day jobs, and how that's affected our writing. We touch on how it feels to move into - or stay in - jobs that work well for you. And a bit more on how trusting your intuition - making a big personal choice - helps you get over making lots of other choices, and why that feels so good. Meghan also gives Olivia a little pep talk about how the daydreaming about her book is also part of writing, even if she hasn't had much time or energy...

Duration:00:54:46

Episode 51: Paul Jarvis on growing your brand intentionally

11/19/2018
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In today's episode, we talk to writer and designer Paul Jarvis, who has many insightful things about how to grow your brand in an intentional way, and about making the transition from a day job to writing full-time. In this episode, we talked about Paul Jarvis is a writer and designer who’s worked with professional athletes like Steve Nash and Shaquille O’Neal, corporate giants like Microsoft and Mercedes-Benz, and entrepreneurs with online empires like Danielle LaPorte and Marie Forleo....

Duration:01:04:50

Episode 50: To Quit or not to Quit

11/12/2018
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In this episode, we go through our brainstorming process for all the things you might want to think about when considering whether to quit your day job to write. We'll be honest: we don't have answers, just a lot of questions. But that's because there are no answers, just different paths we all take. We'll spend the rest of this season talking to experts on writing and these questions, to see if we can get more advice to consider when you're making this choice. As always, we'd love for you...

Duration:00:45:46

Episode 49: You'll never believe what happened after we decided to quit our novels

11/5/2018
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For Episode 49, we got to have the fantastic luxury of recording in real life, huddling over a single microphone in Meghan's home. We enjoyed sharing how things have shaped up after we decided to quit our novels (total clickbait headline), and then talking about friendship and our new brand redesign (do you like our new colors?). 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 website,...

Duration:00:32:23

Episode 48: Manjula Martin

10/29/2018
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Today's guest is Manjula Martin, the creator of Who Pays Writers and the editor of Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living . Her writing has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Pacific Standard, Aeon Magazine, Hazlitt Magazine, Nieman Storyboard, and The Awl, among other publications. Martin’s next nonfiction book will be Fruit Trees for Every Garden, cowritten with Orin Martin, forthcoming in Fall 2019 from Ten Speed Press. Martin is the managing editor of Zoetrope:...

Duration:00:50:09

Pep Talk 11: Failure isn't really failure

10/25/2018
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This pep talk is an excerpt from episode 23, our interview with librarian and filmmaker Ashley Maynor. It's about creative failure, and how it isn't really failure. 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...

Duration:00:04:25

Pep Talk 10: Touch your work daily

10/25/2018
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This pep talk is an excerpt from episode 23, our interview with librarian and filmmaker Ashley Maynor. It's on the importance of keeping in touch with your creative projects everyday, especially when life gets busy. 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...

Duration:00:02:55

Pep Talk 9: Letting Go When Obstacles Arise

10/22/2018
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Meghan's had some unexpected travel delays, so I'm recording for you the pep talk I gave her this morning, when we were talking about how we might record. This pep talk is all about letting go when obstacles make your life harder. You don't need to come up with new tasks to make up for the delay; maybe the best thing to do is take a nap or do some yoga. Use this pep talk when you're feeling frustrated about your plans getting derailed. These short pep talks are designed to give you a...

Duration:00:02:55

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