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Finding the Throughline: Conversations about the Creative Process invites you into the minds of writers and other creatives as they open up about their process, their doubts, and what kinds of changes they’re thinking about making. The questions are mildly invasive, honestly, and the answers are unvarnished…and so refreshing! Whether your creative work is writing, painting, making music, parenting, or simply living, Finding the Throughline can help you get—and stay—inspired. Invigorated, even. For detailed show notes on each interview, visit katehanley.substack.com. And if you’d like to hear these interviews in one ad-free episode (as opposed to broken up into three shorter episodes with a few ads sprinkled in to keep the lights on), become a paid subscriber once you’re there. .

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Finding the Throughline: Conversations about the Creative Process invites you into the minds of writers and other creatives as they open up about their process, their doubts, and what kinds of changes they’re thinking about making. The questions are mildly invasive, honestly, and the answers are unvarnished…and so refreshing! Whether your creative work is writing, painting, making music, parenting, or simply living, Finding the Throughline can help you get—and stay—inspired. Invigorated, even. For detailed show notes on each interview, visit katehanley.substack.com. And if you’d like to hear these interviews in one ad-free episode (as opposed to broken up into three shorter episodes with a few ads sprinkled in to keep the lights on), become a paid subscriber once you’re there. .

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[Sonya Huber, practical matters]: Secrets to having a healthy relationship with writing Ep 1071

4/22/2024
This week I am interviewing Sonia Huber, a prolific and award winning writer in many genres, but primarily in creative nonfiction. Her book of essays on chronic pain, Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System was named a best book of 2018 by The New Statesman. Her other books include Love and Industry (2023), Voice First: A Writer's Manifesto (2022) and Supremely Tiny Acts (2021). Her essays have been included in the Best American Essays series numerous times. And she is a professor in the department of English at Fairfield university and in the Fairfield low residency MFA program. Despite all these places where Sonya's work has appeared, I found her on Substack, where she publishes a newsletter called Nuts and Bolts with Sonya. We covered: Why and how Sonya works on multiple books at one time (“maybe because I’m super distractible”) Not being afraid to follow a tangent Having zero expectations for your writing output, and just having fun exploring the things you’re curious about or mulling over How much “tiny steps add up to bigger works” How farm-sitting goats pays as much or better than writing The book about writing that was written in 1938 that played a huge role in Sonya’s approach to writing Sitting down for one hour in the mornings even if you’re bored or uninspired to “unsnarl one tiny knot I’ve made for myself” Strategies for keeping your various ideas accessible, if not exactly organized Using writing as a tool for dealing with chronic pain For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:25

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[Joanne McNeil: What’s coming up]: “I just want to make writing part of my life throughout my life” Ep 1070

4/19/2024
In this final part of my interview with Joanne McNeill, author of Wrong Way (a novel set in the near future at a company that manages driverless cars) and Lurking (a non-fiction look at the history of the internet from a user’s perspective), we peek at what’s coming around the bend for her and I get her answers to my fast five questions. We talked about: The novel The Lodgers by Holly Pester, about the housing crisis, and how it hurts a little bit every time she has to put it down because it’s so good Joanne’s sci-fi inspirations, including Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard, Ursula Le Guin, and Octavia Butler, and what specifically about their work fuels her writing How avant garde sci fi novels used to sell hundreds of thousands of copies–and how this hunger for challenging work is still present, even if you’re not a fancy city elite A tiny sneak peek at the new book she’s working on. OK, not really, but she does share how she’s trying to write this one differently and push back on the ideas she’s created about how she writes best Joanne’s answers to the fast 5 questions–a book she was stunned by, where she gets her coffee beans, the Kate Bush song she finds so meaningful that she only listens to it a couple of times a year so it doesn’t lose its power, her favorite season, and the perfect wrap sandwich she would ask for if someone offered to make or buy absolutely anything she wanted. Joanne’s website: https://www.joannemcneil.com/ For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:17:30

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[Joanne McNeil, inner stuff]: Owning your outsider status + “doing what I can do with with the tools that I have” Ep 1069

4/17/2024
In this episode I'm talking with Joanne McNeil, author of Wrong Way (a novel set in the near future at a company that manages driverless cars) and Lurking (a non-fiction look at the history of the internet from a user’s perspective), about the inner workings of creativity–the thoughts, ideas, and beliefs that either help you do your work, or get in the way. Warning, there’s a tiny bit of cursing and a mention of sexual harassment in the workplace–not a specific story, but just the topic in general, so take care while listening. We talked about: The thrill of writing an op ed and indulging that desire to be right… …. compared to writing something more personal (fiction or nonfiction) and being more reflective and offering more of yourself Reckoning with the fact that since her novel, Wrong Way, happens at work and the main character is female, she’d need to include scenes of sexual harassment in order for it be authentic–and really not wanting to go there (“I kind of wrote them in a flurry”) Resisting the urge to overcompensate for the fact that she doesn’t have the ‘right’ writer’s resume Why she still considers herself to be an emerging writer How having writers who come from outside the traditional writing pipeline is so important for the future of writing… …and how those writers will naturally take longer to develop (so please don’t tell yourself it’s ‘too late’ or ‘taking too long’!) A mini rant about the use of AI to create art, and being the cheesy romantic who says “humanity is important” Joanne’s website: https://www.joannemcneil.com/ For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:46

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[Joanne McNeil, practical matters]: On finding your ambition and building your own opportunities + a Trader Joe’s shopping list for fueling your writing Ep 1068

4/15/2024
This week I am talking with journalist, essayist, and novelist, Joanne McNeil. Joanne's first novel Wrong Way came out in 2023. It's a sci-fi novel set in the near future that takes a look at the intersection of the gig economy and big tech and is both satirical and touching–it also made a lot of lists of the best books of 2023 and The New Yorker called it “a literary sneak attack on the very idea of 'the future.'” Joanne's first book, Lurking, is a nonfiction look at the history of the internet from a user's perspective. Joanne is also an important tech critic and has been writing professionally for 20 years. We covered: How posting on message boards in the early days of the Internet led Joanne, a kid from a working-class Massachusetts town, to pursue writing Getting strategic about your career, especially when you don’t come from the traditional path of Ivy League undergraduate degree and top tier MFA The often slow but vital work of building a diverse community How residencies are like gift cards–and how to create your own residency if need be Joanne’s list of must-have supplies for a writing residency: bulletin board, push pins, Post-It notes, and a detailed list of what to get at Trader Joe’s Acknowledging the fact that one hour to yourself can serve as a residency when you need it to Joanne’s website: https://www.joannemcneil.com/ For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:39

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[Hayley Krischer: What’s coming up]: What she’s recently learned about understanding her character’s psyches + the incredible allure of hot tubs Ep 1067

4/12/2024
In this final part of my interview with Hayley Krischer, journalist and author of the soon-to-be-released “Where Are You, Echo Blue?” we peek at what’s coming around the bend for her and I get her answers to my fast five questions. We talked about: The incredible allure of hot tubs How re-watching “The Actor’s Studio with James Lipton” was a key part of her research process for “Where Are You, Echo Blue?” What she learned from studying actors about getting in to the psychology of her characters The Instagram influencer who’s helping Hayley understand her perimenopausal body and learning how to take care of herself (Health with Holland) Thinking ahead to when her youngest child is out of the house A preview of both her YA novel that’s coming out in 2025 (think Charles Manson meets Goop meets teenage girls) and the adult novel she’s writing next The 620-page novel Hayley read in four days because she couldn’t put it down The exact morning beverage (my second guest who swears by Peet’s Coffee Major Dickinson blend) the fuels Hayley, and the (dark) song that gets her fired up when she needs a kick in the pants Hayley on Instagram and Threads: @haylerkrischer Hayley on TikTok: @hayleykrischerauthor Hayley’s website: hayleykrischer.net Hayley’s Substack: Hayley’s upcoming book (pre-order it now so that you have it for as much of the summer as possible, it’s gonna be the best juiciest beach read of the year): Where Are You, Echo Blue? For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AirDoctorPro. Use promo code KATE at airdoctorpro.com to save up to $300 off an air purifier and receive a free 3-year warranty (an $87 value). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:17:21

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[Hayley Krischer, inner stuff]: True confessions about how “horrible” writing can feel + why–and how–she wrote her next novel in longhand Ep 1066

4/10/2024
In this episode I'm talking with Hayley Krischer, author of the upcoming “Where Are You, Echo Blue?”, which is poised to be the beach read of the summer, about the squishier side of creativity– including: The steps Hayley takes–and the tools she uses–to immerse herself in the world of her novels and inside her characters’ psyches What she does when she’s feeling stuck How good it feels when you connect with someone who loved your work in the real world The YA author Hayley fan-girled all over when she realized he was also an audience member at a reading she was attending How writing and editing can feel “horrible,” “like torture”--and the parts that make Hayley feel like jumping for joy How her inner critic loves to tell her she should be able to write a novel while also taking five-mile hikes every day How the months between when you’re done working on a manuscript and the book is published is a tough time, mentally–and how to navigate it The self-care practices helping Hayley through (the journaling practice, the supplements, the breathing exercise that helps her sleep) Busting the myth that writers make a lot of money and how hard it is to make a bestseller list For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AirDoctorPro. Use promo code KATE at airdoctorpro.com to save up to $300 off an air purifier and receive a free 3-year warranty (an $87 value). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:15

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[Hayley Krischer, Practical Matters]: The power of just keeping going + how to capture those great ideas that come when you’re not at your desk Ep 1065

4/8/2024
This week I am talking with journalist and novelist Haley Krischer. Haley's journalism has won awards and appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, and Elle, among other places. She has profiled celebrities like Tatum O'Neill and Celine Dion and Gabrielle Union, and she's reported on trends through a feminist lens. Haley's first two novels were for young adults: “Something Happened to Allie Greenleaf” and “The Falling Girls.” This summer, her first adult novel is coming out: “Where Are You, Echo Blue?” It's about a journalist's obsessive search for a missing Hollywood starlet. And I for one am so looking forward to packing that on my summer vacation. We covered: Which former child actor/celebrities Hayley obsessively researched for her upcoming book, “Where Are You, Echo Blue?” How she found herself working at the Boston Globe in college and found all the journalists “these grimy, sexy, fascinating people” The brilliant wisdom she tells her kids about power of just keeping going. The circular editorial career that led her to being an author The “pure insanity” that keeps her coming back to the page The writing program Hayley signed up for that took the story she’d been working on for 20 years and could never sell and helped her revise it into a form that sold to a major publisher in four days (her first YA novel, “Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf” The exact mechanical pencil she used to write her upcoming YA novel that’s coming out in 2025 The author that inspired Hayley to write a novel in longhand Why you should never trust yourself to remember that great idea and the myriad ways Hayley captures those ideas, wherever they may happen For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:06

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[Jennifer Fink: What’s coming up]: The lure of leaving it all behind and becoming a flight attendant + the Post-It note sayings that light the path Ep 1064

4/5/2024
In part three of my conversation with author of Building Boys, Jennifer Fink, we talk about the mind trip that is beginning to envision retirement. I have to point out that this is the third interview in a row where my guest mentions that they have a phrase written on a Post-It note hanging above their computer monitor. In addition to sharing what she’s written on her Post-It notes (plural–there are two), Jennifer shares some of her go to shows, snacks, and songs. The lure of leaving it all behind and becoming a flight attendant: “After raising teenagers, unruly passengers? Cinch” The Building Boys Book Club Jennifer is currently dreaming up What’s written on the Post-It note above her computer (there are two of them, actually) Finding ways to connect more directly with the people who value your skills and expertise Thinking about retirement, and having more regular access to scuba diving Envisioning being able to work only on the things closest to your heart and having plenty of time for relationships The Netflix show the world went crazy over a couple years ago that Jennifer just discovered The secret to making movie-theater-caliber popcorn Her go-to Pandora station Why December 23rd is the best day of her year, hands down Connect with Jennifer: At her website: buildingboys.net At her Substack (email newsletter): buildingboys.substack.com For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AirDoctorPro. Use promo code KATE at airdoctorpro.com to save up to $300 off an air purifier and receive a free 3-year warranty (an $87 value). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:09

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[Jennifer Fink, inner stuff]: Dealing with internalized trolls + aqua aerobics! Ep 1063

4/3/2024
In this episode I'm talking with Jennifer about the squishier side of creativity–the thoughts, ideas, and attitudes that affect your work, even if you're not fully conscious of it, including: Finding the inspiration to write about controversial subjects in today’s age of nasty comments and trolling Jennifer’s trick for keeping herself accountable and not avoiding writing about the hard stuff The power of talking to other writers The things her inner critic says, and how it gets louder when she’s doing the work that’s closest to her heart The trick for getting things down on the page–and how that seeming blather transforms into ‘readable chapters’ The beauties and drawbacks of living in a rural area The dichotomy of having a virtual job with a big network while living in a small, somewhat isolated town Becoming a cliche as you grow older: “I started aqua aerobics recently” Continuing to work when your body may have other plans The caregiving sandwich Dealing with the claustrophobia of being in a transitional period, or what Jennifer calls a hallway Her list of three collective illusions Jennifer wishes we’d wake up from For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AirDoctorPro. Use promo code KATE at airdoctorpro.com to save up to $300 off an air purifier and receive a free 3-year warranty (an $87 value). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:17

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[Jennifer Fink, Practical Matters]: Writing what you know + the book she found at the library that launched her writing career EP 1062

4/1/2024
Today I am talking with Jennifer Fink, an award winning freelance writer who covers parenting, education, and health for magazines and websites. started her career as a registered nurse, but shortly after her oldest son, and as you'll find out, she has four boys, pivoted to writing full time. Her most recent book is called Building Boys, Raising Great Guys in a World that Misunderstands Males. She is also the co host of the podcast “On Boys,” which covers, you guessed it, real talk about parenting, teaching, and reaching tomorrow's men. Although Jennifer's writing career is clearly going great, she does maintain her nursing license just in case. Jennifer’s start as a nurse How taking her baby to story time at the public library ended up launching her writing career The book that showed her how to start freelance writing How it started/how it’s going in terms of why she started writing about boys vs. why she does it now A quick look into why boys are struggling lately How an unexpected divorce launched her writing business to the next level (“failure was not an option”) In praise of morning pages (a practice Jennifer learned in Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”) Her focus and productivity hacks Why she gets outside every day–even during a Wisconsin winter A rumor about coffee with cream in it that Jennifer is choosing to ignore For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AirDoctorPro. Use promo code KATE at airdoctorpro.com to save up to $300 off an air purifier and receive a free 3-year warranty (an $87 value). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:13

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[Antonia Angress: What’s coming up]: “I aspire to get to a place where I can be a hermit and let my work stand on its own” Ep 1061

3/29/2024
In this final part of my interview with Antonia Angress, author of "Sirens & Muses," we peek at what’s coming around the bend for her and I get her answers to my fast five questions. We talked about: - The novels about motherhood Antonia is reading to prepare for when her baby is born - The pressure on young women authors to be likable, available, and approachable - The two writers Antonia looks to for inspiration on being successful while “resisting the machinations of publicity that can devour you” - Getting better at not squandering time, vacuuming the rugs - The Pulitzer finalist Antonia devoured in a couple of days - What it’s like when your husband becomes a Swiftie in his 30s, when you’ve been on board since your teens For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AirDoctorPro. Use promo code KATE at airdoctorpro.com to save up to $300 off an air purifier and receive a free 3-year warranty (an $87 value). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:16:28

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[Antonia Angress, inner stuff]: Throwing away the work that isn’t working + adapting to the public speaking side of being a writer Ep 1060

3/27/2024
In this episode I'm talking with Antonia about the squishier side of creativity–the thoughts, ideas, and attitudes that affect your work, even if you're not fully conscious of it, including: - The part of the writing process that Antonia relishes - The specific point in the book-writing process where Antonia focuses on making her sentences pretty - How she only kept “a few paragraphs” from the first draft of her second novel (!!) - Adapting to the public speaking portion of being a writer - The thing her graduate school professor told her when she was halfway through writing her first novel and having a crisis of confidence - The two things that can happen after her inner critic has told her the stuff she’s writing is no good - How she views her first novel, looking back - The “toxic narrative” about how you have to suffer for your art - Continually working to be OK with resting (especially as an about-to-be mother) - Antonia’s plug for therapy For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AirDoctorPro. Use promo code KATE at airdoctorpro.com to save up to $300 off an air purifier and receive a free 3-year warranty (an $87 value). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:52

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[Antonia Angress, Practical Matters]: The self-doubt that never goes away, and how to keep writing despite it Ep 1059

3/25/2024
This week I am talking to writer Antonia Angress. Antonia is the author of "Sirens & Muses," which starts off as a campus novel set at a New England art school, but then blooms into an exploration of the intersection of home and belonging versus individualism and seeking to stand out, set in the New York City art scene during the Occupy Wall Street era. "Sirens & Muses" was named one of the best books of the year by Glamour Magazine and won the Minnesota Book Award, and Antonia was recently named one of the NEA's 2024 Creative Writing Fellows. I loved the book and I love that I get to ask Antonia my list of mildly invasive questions about why and how she does her particular creative work. We covered: - The advice she gives about the stuff you write that you end up deleting - The fact that publishing a book “really doesn’t change your life” - The importance of that feeling of being alone with your work - The daily writing goal that keeps Antonia going (spoiler: it’s very small) - How she manages her ‘internet junk food’ diet - The practice that gets her ready to write - What motivational phrase is on the Post-It note above her computer For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AirDoctorPro. Use promo code KATE at airdoctorpro.com to save up to $300 off an air purifier and receive a free 3-year warranty (an $87 value). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:15

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[Daisy Alpert Florin, what’s coming up]: “I really do feel that having done the work of raising kids that now really anything is possible for me.” Ep 1058

3/22/2024
In this final part of my interview with Daisy Alpert Florin, author of My Last Innocent Year, we peek at what’s coming around the bend for her and I get her answers to my fast five questions. We talked about: The mega pop star who makes Daisy “want to get back to the page” Daisy’s role models who show her how to “just keep getting up and keep going” The benefits of being a mom to teenagers The song by said mega pop star that gets Daisy riled up (in a good way) The hardest question of them all–what meal would you have if someone said they’d make or order anything you want (it involves lots and lots of grease) For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AquaTru.com. Use promo code KATE to save 20% off a reverse osmosis water filter and support this podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:14:36

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[Daisy Alpert Florin, inner stuff]: “Cloaking yourself” in fiction + getting over the idea that you don’t have the right pedigree Ep 1057

3/20/2024
In today’s portion of my interview with Daisy Alpert Florin, author of My Last Innocent Year, we talk about the mindset side of creating. (Honestly, these are always my favorite episodes!) We covered: How you can “cloak” your story by writing fiction–incorporating the feelings of things you’ve experienced if not the exact experiences themselves Worrying that people are sick of hearing you talk Getting over the voice that says “you don’t have the proper training to write a novel” What’s on the inspirational Post-It note that Daisy keeps above her monitor How it’s never too to be a debut author Daisy’s “buoyancy” about the future now that her kids are teens and hard work of early parenting is behind her The collective disillusions Daisy would like to evaporate For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AquaTru.com. Use promo code KATE to save 20% off a reverse osmosis water filter and support this podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:08

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[Daisy Alpert Florin, practical matters]: “Writing in to the abyss,” setting “super low goals” + finding your rhythm Ep 1056

3/18/2024
Daisy Alpert Florin, author of a book I truly adored, My Last Innocent Year, about a young woman in her last year of college, which is recently out in paperbook and–hot tip–would make an excellent book group pick. My Last Innocent Year was a New York Times Book Reviews Editor's Choice and Good Morning America called it one of those stories that stays with you. I've had the pleasure of being on a writing retreat with Daisy and getting to know her both in person and on the page.And I am very excited to plumb the depths of her personal through line with you here today. In this episode on the practical matters that inform her writing, we cover: How she doesn’t tick the boxes of a ‘typical’ novelist’s path–majored in history, didn’t get an MFA, etc. How Daisy feels about publishing her first novel at age 50 (hint: The movie Daisy watched for fun that gave her ideas for her current book How writing a novel is like riding a horse How she stays in the world of the novel so that her subconscious can be working things out even when she’s sleeping, showering or driving her car How she captures the ideas she has when she’s sleeping, showering, or driving her car For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AquaTru.com. Use promo code KATE to save 20% off a reverse osmosis water filter and support this podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:18:24

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[Nada Samih-Rotondo, part 3]: The joy of going down a research wormhole, a preview of her second memoir ) + matcha latte mustaches Ep 1055

3/15/2024
A preview of her second memoir, which has a central theme of earthquakes, both the geological variety and the personal kind (it sounds amazing I cannot wait) The allure of folk tales and fairy tales The joy of going down a research wormhole Nada’s current wormholes–turtle migration, and early African-American history in Rhode Island Getting over the very human desire for external validation Nada’s beautiful vision of a free Palestine The YA novels Nada can’t put down Oat milk matcha lattes (and why Nada hope they give her a green mustache at the coffeeshop) The perfection of a Sunday morning and navigating the kitchen when you’re the only parent home Nada’s favorite Palestinian dish (come to full show notes on Substack for a link) For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AquaTru.com. Use promo code KATE to save 20% off a reverse osmosis water filter and support this podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:35

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[Nada Samih-Rotondo, part 2]: Reader feedback as creative rocketfuel, being the only Arab-American kid around + astrology talk! Ep 1054

3/13/2024
In this episode I'm talking with Netta about what I call inner stuff, the thoughts, ideas, and attitudes that affect your work, even if you're not fully conscious of it, including: The process of her least favorite part of writing (sharing her work) becoming her most favorite part The type of reader feedback that fills her heart and lights her up and fuels her to create Feeling out of step with the world–and being OK with that Being the only Arab kid around in the 90s Nada’s plea–that we wake up from the collective illusion of separateness Finding points of connection, particularly with people you disagree with Astrology talk! (She’s an Aries sun with a Pisces moon–equal parts ready to charge into a fight and to contemplate quantum physics.) For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AquaTru.com. Use promo code KATE to save 20% off a reverse osmosis water filter and support this podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:18:33

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[Nada Samih-Rotondo, part 1]: Writing by feeling vs. knowing, pandemic productivity + the importance of getting out of the house Ep 1053

3/11/2024
Nada Samih-Rotondo is a multi-genre Palestinian-American writer, teacher, and mother, who recently published her first book, a memoir called All Water Has Perfect Memory. Born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, Nada immigrated to the U.S. at the age of six to Rhode Island. Her work has been published in the The Master's Review, Squat! Birth Journal, and Gulfstream Literary Magazine. Nada and I are talking on a school holiday because she is a teacher and I am so grateful that she made time for us. How Nada started writing her novel during the pandemic while teaching from home and homeschooling three kids Developing patience with the publishing process Reading as a vital part of feeding your creativity Writing in coffee shops (especially when you have kids) For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AquaTru.com. Use promo code KATE to save 20% off a reverse osmosis water filter and support this podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:22

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[Chelsey Goodan, part 3: Owning your weird self as a way to find your people and your path] Ep 1052

3/8/2024
In this final installment of my talk with Chelsey Goodan, author of Underestimated: The Wisdom and Power of Teenage Girls, we talk a lot about the many, many perks of embracing your particular brand of weirdness, as well as: The power of friends to keep you inspired What teens AND adults can do to find their people and make meaningful friendships The payoff that comes from paying attention to what in your life needs to change Using a milestone birthday–even one that’s a ways off–as fuel Chelsey’s current favorite book on creativity The Netflix show you should watch with your teen For full show notes with links to everything we discuss, plus bonus photos!, visit katehanley.substack.com. Big thanks to our sponsor, AquaTru.com. Use promo code KATE to save 20% off a reverse osmosis water filter and support this podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:30